PomPom Chicks

As you can see we’re still obsessed with pompoms (^-^) In fact we’re pretty sure everything will make a super cute pompom.

These Easter chicks also happen to be super easy. One pom, a couple of eyes and a little felt. Cuuuuuuute!

And to think, we weren’t even going to do Easter! Cheep cheep¬†ūüź£



We said we weren’t going to go all out this Easter. ¬†Ha! ¬†We were fools not to factor in spring being in the air and pinterest being full of cute makes.

Here we go with the first of our Easter basket crafts. ¬†It’s just too impersonal to hand over a chocolate egg and be done with it (^-^)

Bunny crayons. Simpler than simple. All you need are old crayons and a silicone mould.  We got ours from the Pound Shop.

Chop up the crayons and place in the mould. ¬†Preheat your oven to 200¬įC and pop them in for 6 minutes. They’ll become satisfyingly molten and vivid.

Leave to cool completely then pop out and admire your work.

We decided to go for individual crayon colours in the hopes that the bunny shape would feature clearly, plus our dotes are little sticklers for an unmixed palette but a mismatch of old crayon ends could make for a fun experiment.

We’ll be putting ours into fillable plastic eggs. ¬†Lets hope our dotes don’t try and eat em (^-^)Logo




Gingerbread is our nemesis.

Last year we handmade everything. ¬†Panels, icing, the lot. ¬†We were so sure we’d be awesome gingerbread housers. Oh the frustration. ¬†Why doesn’t it stick together right? Why won’t the walls stay up? There’s no way a roof can stay on without walls up properly.

If it wasn’t for the fact that we completely enjoyed our haunted dilapidated cathedral complete with jelly baby ravers we would have written the exercise off as a failure. And that’s always hard to do.



This year we thought we’d found the answer.

How could you go wrong with a gingerbread house kit?

Look how happy those gingerbread kids are.



So at 9:30am Lil D and I cleared the kitchen table and got stuck in.

Sure some of the sweeties looked like plastic but all the walls were there and the gingerbread kids were definitely smiling at us.

Erm why are the foundations that were so handily provided bigger than our walls? Why is the icing so tough to pipe? Memories of last year come flooding back. ¬†Bah humbug gingy. ¬†Why can’t we master you?

We battled through, both telling onlookers that they shouldn’t expect much, that it wasn’t going well. ¬†We packed the foundations with icing and held on tight as we lowered the roof and hoped. 15 minutes later we came back to decorate, unsure it would even still be standing.

Surprisingly it was.  And oh how the decorating made up for the construction woes.

Lil D wanted to follow the box so I piped and she embellished.  Not quite as satisfying as making mini elf doughnuts but pretty good.  Plus Short Circuit was on in the background and the way it drew Lil D in was amusing all by itself.

When we stood back to view our creation we had to admit it was pretty awesome.

Still I felt compelled to promise Lil D that I’d spend the year practicing gingerbread to get it right for this time next year.

Then again, these ninjabread men seem much more fun.

Treat yo’ elf ūüĆü


Cheerios, icing and sprinkles. ¬†That’s all it takes to make the elf in your life very happy.

Tiny little doughnuts that conceal the joy we took in making them.

Lil D put her heart into these so when Barbie presented them to Tinseltoes she was understandably proud of her mini achievements.

Elf-esteem – the perfect gift this Christmas (^-^)




Oh Krispie Tree

Rice krispie treeWe saw this recipe in a supermarket magazine ages ago and decided there and then that we had to do it in December. Rice krispies shaped to look like Christmas trees and decorated with smarties with a rolo base?  Рadorable!

They made it sound oh so easy. Melt some butter, add a ton of marshmallows and let it all melt some more. A touch of food colouring then stir into the rice krispies and shape.

It’s only warning was to work quickly to make sure that the decorations stick.

Krispie treeReality 1 – more food colouring than anyone should ever eat was needed for a jolly old green.

Reality 2 – only a 7-year-old can get the correct balance between wet enough hands for shaping, and not wet enough hands for frustration. I gave up quickly, hands covered in sticky green rice whilst Lil D patiently experimented with shaping techniques til she found a way to make triangle.

Not the fun I had anticipated but Lil D was left basking in her own creative glory, so not all bad (^-^)