Sunday, 30 December 2012
This year I made a little collection of cards in January in the hope it would help me be more efficient throughout the year. It really worked and I drastically reduced the number of last minute scrambles to make a card or nip to the card shop. So yesterday I spent most of the day while crafting with MJ, watching a film, waiting for M to serve dinner making the new years range of cards. I made 10 of each as I didn't make quite enough for this year!
Friday, 28 December 2012
We caught the train to Liverpool Street and the No. 8 bus from Bishopsgate to Bethnal Green. Now that MJ is 5 he can no longer travel for free and I did question whether it was worth making the trip when I was purchasing our ticket. Knowing I had a packed lunch in my bag and the entry to the museum is free we bought our ticket and boarded the train.
This photo was not taken today...today the weather was grey and wet!
After a quick coffee and snack (actually we ate most of our lunch!) we got down to some serious play.
We took part in the special activities based on the story 'The Nutcracker'. Listening to the story being told and making our own Nutcracker!
We easily spent 5 fun filled hrs playing...I think a record stay for us at a museum.
Tonight before bedtime we listened again to the story of the 'Nutcracker' and to Tchaikovsky's, 'Nutcracker Suite' which interestingly MJ recognised from our Children's Classics CD.
Tomorrow, I hope we have time and energy to make some puppets and MJ has already said he will build the theatre!
Finally a few tips if you decide to visit...
:: Buggies can be left in the foyer (we left coats too)...it will be one of many.
:: If you have a packed lunch you can take it downstairs in the Clore Room, where there is also drinking water available.
:: Check out 'what's on' when you arrive and ask if there are activities suited to the age of your child. We followed the 'Retro trail' and there are Montessori back packs available.
:: The cafe food looks lovely...I had a tasty Latte for £2.35
:: For sunny days, there is a green park next door if the kids need anymore of a run around!
Thursday, 27 December 2012
|January- MJ and Lj on their car|
|February- Enjoying the snow by the lake|
|May- Harvesting rhubarb at the allotment|
|June- Moving house|
|July- Scandinavian Cruise|
|August- MJ cycles free of stabilisers|
|September- Lj loves face painting|
|October- Friends forever at Hatfield forest|
|November- York, Railway Museum|
|December- Making our first gingerbread house|
Inspired by a cake decorating demonstration I attended a few weeks ago I decided to keep my first homemade Christmas cake simple. I used pre rolled marzipan and a block of royal icing.
The day before we left for our Christmas with family, the kids and I made our first ever Gingerbread house. Initially MJ wanted us to build the Colosseum!!! but after a bit of convincing we decided that our first structure should be a basic house. We based it on a Rachel Allen recipe and it took us all afternoon!
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Today we took some timeout from the Christmas madness and visited the British Museum, London. We were part of a group lead by one of the men from church, who guided us round many artifacts, explaining them from a biblical perspective. M and I took turns listening to our guide and entertaining the kids.
Coffee break:: MJ and Lj admiring Sir Norman Fosters glass roof.
I got the kids pack and headed for the History of China section. MJ and Lj are drawing dragons inspired by the Chinese pottery.
Here they try to copy Liu Hai standing on a three-legged toad!
After lunch at a little pancake cafe opposite the museum we got some fresh air and a 'run around' space in the Bloomsbury Park, just south east of the museum.
We were disappointed that the children's library in the Museum was not open today...we had a lot of fun in there the last time we visited!
Tip:: It is a good time of year to visit the British Museum when it is not so packed with people...especially when you have two little ones to keep an eye on!
Thursday, 13 December 2012
While MJ has been rehearsing and performing as a Toy Soldier in his school play, Lj and I continue the homemade Christmas at home.
:: Christmas pudding hats for my friends in Ireland
:: An adult sized elf hat for M's work Christmas dinner (picture to be taken tonight...Insitu...I hope!)
Initially MJ requested the colosseum to be made out of Gingerbread for Christmas but he was persuaded that for our first try we stick with a house! Lj and I have been trying out some recipes and a lot of tasting!
Friday, 7 December 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
It was the only plate I could find to try out my new Sharpie pens. Apparently if you decorate a plain ceramic plate or mug using a Sharpie, bake it in the oven at 180oC for 30mins it fixs and becomes permanent. Seems to good to be true so my Christmas plate is baking as I type! I will let you know how it gets on!
I am going to be on a charity shop hunt as I buy up every white mug or plate I can find to scribble on!
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Finally I have taken the plunge and alongside three of my crafty friends have had a table of our handmade crafts at two local toddler groups. The success has been mixed but I have sold a few things and am surprised at how much I enjoyed the mornings. Lj (and today my niece) were little stars, happy to go off and play while I set up shop. Not surprisingly at the toddler groups I am selling the kiddy things, like hairbands, hair clip tidies, hats and aprons.
My next venture may be to set up a facebook page! Watch out for 'Lilyjean- Quirky & Handmade'!