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Dec 5 Advent Calendar Focus

Today is a little unorthodox. I put my page together while Emily is eating her lunch…
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Not awesomely photogenic with sun in her eyes and not all that much eaten either.

Here is the page…

I might try adding something more dimensional later. If so I’ll update you!

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It does look good with Christingle opposite I guess.

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Let’s call it day 4…

So today I managed 2 entries in the advent journal/December daily type item. The pocket format really does make it simpler to get a basic page together, but harder, I think, to come up with the layered and full of details pages that I like to make. Turns out that I’m not all that satisfied with the look of basic!
Mum got me these really cool stickers from Cosmo cricket when she was in the States last week. I can see me using the whole pack in this album. They are teeny text with Christmas phrases.
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See how cute they are?

So anyway here is today’s effort… the Santa Parade.

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The elf outfit is Emily’s babycino. Have you ever seen the barrista’s face if you ask for a SOYA choc babycino?
Here is the journalling, let’s see how good the phone camera is!
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I’ve also done Christingle. The facing page will be advent calendars but not got the photos I want yet.
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Very happy with my handwritten Ali Edwards Style ‘overlay’ but see what mean about the one dimensional-ness? Not sure how to fix that…

Close up here…
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Maybe see you with more tomorrow!

December Daily Countdown

Technically its not a dd at all. We are in the midst of moving house and getting over evil germs and all sorts of stresses so now is not the time for a huge project. But I couldn’t bring myself to give it up entirely. The plan is to do Christmassy events instead of every day.

So far I’ve only done the front though and that in the last few minutes… do you want to see? I’m blogging on my new phone (thanks mum!) so let me know if it comes out wonky!
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I’m using the Stampin  Up Christmas album with all the cool pockets. I haven’t done any foundation and unusually for me I’m über apathetic so let’s see how it goes.
Not sure I should be allowed to blog in this sort of mood. I have it on the best of authorities that ‘Yummy Mummy’ blogs, which apparently this is, should be picture perfect and beautiful all the time and only show my beautiful and perfect life. I’ve decided to quit censoring… you get to see real life for a bit instead. Sorry. But Alison and Ally you do at least get something to read!

Hmmm I can’t make the phone do in blog links but if you look on the categories cloud to your right you should be able to click on did from 2012 and 2011 to see what I did then.

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When I decided to do a tea party theme for Miss Emily’s birthday I was a bit (okay, very) conficted on what to make for the cake. I decided on a teapot (and a few times wished I hadn’t). I know I know, another rubbish picture. I will do better, I promise!

teapot cake

The fun started when the ball/hemisphere tin I hired wasn’t actually a hemisphere. The upshot was that to make a teapot shape the cake had to have a left and a right hemisphere as oposed to north and south!

We join the ‘build’ there…

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Then for the handle and spout… This is the first time I tried doing the rice crispie treats thing. I ended up part forming, freezing for 20 minutes, moulding a bit, back in the freezer etc… I actually made 2 sets just in case.

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It worked out okay though… (I wont mention the HUGE dowels that worked as scaffolding to hold up the handle and spout – you can see one of them in the handle picture below.)

teapot cake

teapot cake

Yes at this point, the glass is structurally integral! Fortunately by the next morning I managed to move the glass without the soput falling off!

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Ear candy?

We found this cool ,market stall in Argeles-sur-mer whilst on holiday in France this summer…

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Smoosh Cake!

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I’m giving this one a post of it’s own… cos I loved it so much.

smoosh cake

smoosh cake

Melted Crayon Art/Experiment

We aren’t really sure if this is art or an experiment! An Artiment maybe?

I clocked the melted crayon art all over the blogisphere a bit back but was unable to do much with the information, living in drizzly Sussex. This year however Summer started with avengence and so we decided to try it. I dug out thye bag of old crayons that we saved so make lego crayons (I really do intyend to get around to that one day) and headed for the garden. It was about 30 degrees (centigrade).

We cut the crayons into small pieces…

melted crayon art

melted crayon art

melted crayon art

and made our designs on mini canvases.

melted crayon art

melted crayon art

We left them in the sun and waited….

and waited…

so the next day we put them on a metal tray in the sun…

The tray got very hot and the crayons got soft but didn’t melt.

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we thoiught about where might be even hotter. We’re pretty sure that the inside of Daddy’s car is hotter than the surface of the sun so we tried in there…

bingo!!!!

Not as pretty as some, but definately a good discovery activity!

melted crayon art

melted crayon art

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