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Archive for December, 2012

xmas8Happy Christmas!

The holidays are here and the kids are excited about Santa’s visit.  We’ve sorted out the cookies and the reindeer food and everything is in its rightful place.  We hope the excitement is huge at your place, too.

Enjoy the break and we will see you again in the New Year.  We can compare gifts!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family.

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Following on from our earlier post entitled Christmas Crafts For Kids we received many requests to feature some more ideas so we have done just that.

Gingerbread men are part and parcel of Christmas celebrations so whether you are baking them or making them – don’t leave them off your to-do list.

Snowflakes are still a fun Christmas craft to do even if it may be 30 degrees outside your door.  Here is one idea for a paper snowflake which can be used as a base for a snowflake card, go 3D and make this stunning crystal snowflake, create a pipe cleaner snowflake or even adorn your dining table with snowflake quesadillas.

If you need a colourful centrepiece for your dining table then try your hand at this cupcake liner Christmas tree.  Colourful and creative!

If you still have family gifts to wrap then there is nothing as personal as homemade gift wrap.  It can be as decorative as you like and will add a lovely touch to any gift you give.

Handprint and footprint crafts are great for young children and make a great keepsake as you can keep them and hang them even when the kids have outgrown their prints.  Here is an idea for a handprint Christmas tree, a hand and footprint reindeer and a handprint Christmas wreath.

And if you are still looking for even more great ideas, visit our Facebook page as many of our fans have posted their Christmas crafts which will keep you busy well into the New Year.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

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pom-pomsChristmas is a magical time of year for kids and the excitement builds for weeks before the actual day.

Harness all that excited energy and get your kids involved in some Christmas crafts which will decorate the tree and your home for the holiday season.

Here are a couple of ideas from the Kidspot website.  This website is packed with great ideas and with just a little bit of help from the parents they are safe, fun and easy for your kids to make.

Christmas tissue pom poms are made from different coloured tissue paper and can be stuck on walls, around a window or on the Christmas tree.  These are easy to make and you can design them to be large of small.

Christmas paper bauble garland is a versatile decoration as you can hang it on a wall, on the edge of table as well as around the Christmas tree.  The baubles can be made from leftover wrapping paper, old Christmas cards or even newspaper.  The designs and shapes can be similar or different depending on the effect you are trying to achieve.

Over at Mom Spotted there are step by step instructions for making a simple Christmas tree ornament using icy-pole sticks, glue and textas.  Decorate with glitter or buttons or whatever you happen to have handy.

That Artist Woman takes paper chains to a new level turning them into decorative garlands.  This is a simple paper craft that every child will love.  We love the snowmen.

Never forget the good old paper chains we all used to make at school.  Even now when I see one I feel a ripple of excitement that the holidays are near.  If you’ve forgotten how to make them, pop over to education.com for some instructions.

These are all really simple activities that will keep your children happy for hours and will make your home look well-loved and festive.

Go and have some fun.

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pendant_2For some truly spectacular pendants have a look at the range produced by the Kimberley based artist Caren Burns that we have available.  These are part of Caren’s Collection and each of these handmade pendants is made from multiple layers of dichroic glass where each layer is hand cut, carefully designed and then fired at 800⁰C to make exquisite patterns and a stunning final effect.

Have a look at some of the following examples that Caren has recently produced and I am sure you will be impressed by the stunning colours, textures and unique designs.

pendant_1As each pendant is handmade they are unique and you will not see another one like it so you know no one else will be wearing the same design as you.

As a resident of Kununurra, Caren’s unique designs are inspired by the incredible landscapes, scenery, animals as well as the geography of the Kimberley.

Follow this link to see more great examples of pendants from Caren’s Collection as I am sure you will find something for yourself or one that would make an ideal gift.

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Summer is a time of many hot days and in recent times with the impact of global warming there seems to be a lot more days of extreme heat.  Keeping babies and kids cool in summer is critical and here are some ideas that can help.

strollerfanThe Dream Baby Stroller Fan is made from soft foam that can be easily attached onto most strollers.  The fan is ideal for those still, hot days where there is no breeze plus as the fan comes in bright colours it can entertain your child while keeping them cool.

Keeping babies and kids hydrated with plenty of liquids is a priority and we have a huge range of drink containers that you can choose from.  This includes a thermos style drink bottle such as the Funtainer that is insulated to keep drinks and food cold for longer.  Made from stainless steel these are tough, kid proof as well as dishwasher safe.

chickpea hatWe also have a lot of hats to choose from for those hot sunny days.  The Chickpea Sun Hat is made from 100% cotton and features a wide brim to increase the level of protection from the sun as well as ties to keep the hat firmly in place on those windy days.  The Penny Scallan Sun Hat is also made from 100% cotton and is available in an apple print that adds lots of colour.

Also, wrapping a washcloth around an ice block and placing it in a lunch box is perfect for a cool wipe down whether it be after your child has eaten or simply when things get too hot.  Our Pat-a-Cake Baby Washcloths are ideal for the soft skin of your child as they have absorbent terry towelling on one side and soft cotton on the other side.

These are some ideas for keeping kids cool in summer but there are plenty more ites in store so have a look around and see what you can find.

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