Monthly Archives: December 2012

The 24 DAys of Christmas


This is what we got up to on some of our crafty Christmas days.  We had a heap of different crafts (lots of inspiration from pinterest) writing on a piece of paper, folded up and we did a lucky dip each, each day and tried to do a few crafts in and around playing and generally getting ready for Christmas.  The boys also worked hard making Christmas presents for friends to give out at T club.  In amongst this we covered science, maths (recipes’, measures, budgets, estimating), DT (glue gun, pyrography, drill, saw, sanding) art (designs, mark making, pointillism, painting), reading (lots of recipe reading) we read lots of Christmas stories and read a chapter book each night (The Christmas wish), handwriting (labels), ICT (cricut), and lots more!

Up went the tree on Dec 2nd

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I made a merry Christmas banner form wooden discs using the pyrography tool and the boys had a go at making decorations using pointillism (much easier than lines)

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We hung some on our Christmas twig tree (collected with Nanna) and some on the tree alongside our cranberry and dried orange garlands

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We also made some pencil holders fro friends-officially the best bit was drilling the holes!

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I got a crafty day to myself and finally mosaiced the fruit bowl I’d been meaning to for years….toatlaly diffrent from my design as I ended up with rainbows-not to self-bext time start form the edge and work in!

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Made some twiggy trees, cut twigs to size, drill, string voila!

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…and some twiggy snowflakes (I love buttons-especially red ones!)

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Tried out the sharpie on a plate and bake-seemed to work once it was cool but later dish washed off :0(

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We were cooking something…..not sure what though!

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Ot’s pyrography-Titanic with the CHristmas star…

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B’s an I love you heart….

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Studding oranges with cloves… (handwriting practice in December)

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Our finished dino eggs for friends (I found a recipe that didn’t use dirt or coffee grounds)

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Cookie cutter beeswax candles (Tig and I made these)

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We tried out making pine cone elves…even with the power of the glue gun they were pretty tricky!

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O, B and S’s gifts were wrapped up like so…..

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G’s gift complete with Christmas worry elf…

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We made bath bombs which we wrapped as gifts…

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If you look carefully you can see our felt decorations which we all made using blanket stitch-B was especially good at it!

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Making cranberry and orange garlands (later bay leaves too).  We created our own dried oranges studded with cloves…smelt lovely, and the guys enjoyed creating patterns.  We strung them using waxed dental floss and medium tapestry needles (more handwriting practice lol!)

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B playing at T club (thanks to B for the photo I never remember to take any)

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Sawing logs into discs for pyrography and chucks for the pencil holders.

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Some sensory play in ‘snow’ with lego men,  rice and water beads……must get some big Tupperware type tubs so we can do this easily most days as it was calming and enjoyed by Ot and B in particular and if it’s ready to go in a plastic tub it’s wo much easier!

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Even Tig joined in to bury skeletons

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Major grouting of various projects near the start of December….

J’s fish

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O’s coaster

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A’s colour-bug

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My eyes-on a big y shaped piece of wood I spotted in my FIL’s stack whcih I purloined and left for the sap to stop oozing then mosaiced on-the reflective glass is a bit scary as it’s getting dark or if you find them in the bushes by the shed with a torech!

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9 Men’s Morris board-finally finished

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A mirror project-mental note take photos and keep…I had laid this out then had to pack it away and when I was grouting I remembered that the lime green beads should be on the outside….grrrr!  Hey ho it still looks pretty OK!

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T’s Guinea pig house sign, ready to erect (we just need to yacht varnish the back and sides).

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More finished garlands hanging on the tree….

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A picture B made for me…

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Twiggy snowflakes, this time by the boys (Ben, Tig, Ot I think)

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A twiggy star by me (it was fiddly so left that one for in a few years time)

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Our stars and snowflakes hung around the mirror….

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A spice tree…..(A glue gun, a polystyrene cone, a cinnamon stick, a disc of wood, a small circle of wood, coffee beans, cloves and pepper corns…need I say more?!)

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Tig’s Twiggy Pic…

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More cookie cutter candles

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B’s twiggy pic and Ot’s on the end…

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Amongst all this there were our usual traditions, like fetching the Turkey on Christmas eve,  making mince pies, Christmas cake decorating, making Christmas pudding, emergency mincemeat, roasting the gammon on Christmas eve and more… are some pics of the guys sticking out the Santa stop here sign…..


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I’ve decided it is practically impossible to get everyone looking, smiling and still at the same time which is why the photos from the photo session are so impressive (got them back on the 21st-lovely).

Side note:  Amongst the fun there was a Christmas party at soft play where Santa appeared…

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…and the boys, then DH, then me managed to pick up a lovely pre Christmas S&D bug….no nothing to do with S&M just  spending quality time with the loo… least we were all fine for Christmas!