Thursday, 18 December 2014

Advents 18th Door




The tree has been chosen and is now standing tall and proud in its traditional spot. We're in full festive spirit and day by day our home is being transformed. We're a little star obsessed this year and as soon as we saw these paper stars we knew we had to use them for something. So, we're printing them out onto coloured card and we're going to incorporate them into our table decor, with a sprinkle of colour on the table and a garland hanging above.



and discover more below:





 We're thinking of ways to turn our stars into a game so if anybody has any ideas do share them. 

xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Advents 17th Door





After our fun with the photoboother yesterday we thought it only right to share some of our favourite free printable Photo Booth props. So, here's a few of our favourites, guaranteed to bring giggles to any occasion. keep them in a pot next to an empty wall, place them on the table as part of the place settings, ask Father Christmas to put some in your stocking or send some off to friends near and far.
All you need is some card to print onto, (or print onto paper and stick onto card), and some straws or little wooden bbq skewers. 



We've accumulated quite a collection over the years from sets we've bought, made ourselves as well as great free printables we've discovered. Here's a great way to get going or even to add to your collection:

Top to bottom: Sweet lips here , more fun props here and here

There are lots of props to print here 
Pick your favourites from this collection of accessories, beards and moustaches here . 
The beards here have become our favourites
These here are great for the kids to colour in and have fun designing there own. 
The girls loved this Father Christmas beard and festive accessories here






Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Advents 16th Door - PhotoBooth Me!




 










We've got a soft spot for some photobooth fun and with a few props they're great for parties and silly get togethers. Of course the festive season just has to have a chair turned into a homemade Photo Booth and we've found ..the most amazing thing.... a place to turn your images into these Photo Booth prints!
Simply, choose your frame, upload your photos, and download.

I've got a new obsession and I'm in heaven.



xx



Monday, 15 December 2014

Advents 15th Door



The day's are whooshing by as Christmas day is drawing nearer  and with the children now having finished school for the Christmas term I'm finding that time has become even more precious. We're all enjoying slow mornings and lazy afternoons and re-discovering favourite games and pastimes. It feels as though the time is ours to spend as we wish and so thats what we're doing.

We've pulled out our Shadow puppet theatre and found some of our shadow puppets and made more characters to add to stories.  Its such a beautiful way to spend the winter afternoons inside warm and cosy and there's no end to the characters and sets that can be introduced. Bedtime stories have been drawn into long bedtime productions and I think there's a secret rehearsal of a special Christmas spectacular!

Here's a great place to start your collection with this free printable download here.


Once you begin you'll see how easy it becomes to make your own, drawn onto cardboard and cut out or discovering silhouettes to print.  These below are a perfect addition to any set of shadow puppets. You can find them here and here .



Today I discovered these incredible detailed ones which I hope to cut out and give for another advent creation for them. If I can figure out how to upload our creations for printing I'll be sure to pass them on.

xx


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Advents 14th Door













Is it time to start wrapping yet? We love this special part of the festive season; wrapping and decorating the gifts. Though it might be a bit early for the creative wrapping I'm certainly looking for the right gift tags. We've discovered these beautiful free printable gift tags from creators we know and love as well some new ones.

Top to bottom:

These beautifully illustrated gift tags are so enchanting I'd like to frame them so its a joy to discover their creator has the most wonderful collection of prints and cards for sale too. Take a look at Kelli Murray's website and shop here and download the collection of free printable gift tags here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday gift tags by the brilliant family at Wee gallery. We love these Woodland animals and are certain children of all ages will love them too. Discover your free downloads here amongst many more!

These watercolored gift tags in greens, blues and reds are perfect for pretty colour bursts on top of your gift. Discover the free download here.

For more inspiration, gift wrapping ideas and free printables take a look here!


xx 



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Advents 13th Door



We've fallen so in love with this festive doll we want everyone to have one.  Such a wonderful paper toy to be made into a jumping jack, a puppet, the character for a new story or for a spectacular gift tag. We snuck ours into our advent and it was a huge hit with the kids. Take a look at her shop too Ekaterina Trukhan the prints there are beautiful.


Print it and play

xx


Friday, 12 December 2014

Once upon a place....




..... and there I discovered a family of vegetables hung like snowdrops from a flower, watered with rainbows caught in a red watering can. Creatures great, creatures tall, creatures brave and creatures small played in the garden under a tall tree with adventures on every branch.  We took tea parties among the toadstools with new found friends, sipping from pastel petal cups and saucers. Birds came from near and far and sang songs and called to the wild and sparkling horses and elephants in tutus danced among the blossoms of the tree.
We found houses built with coloured stars, windows and doors opened with a little wooden key. Fluffy dwellings lined the paths, I think I saw little fluffy people inside. We rode horses that leapt high above the trees circling words to the moon and back again. We dined with dinosaurs in bright bow ties. We found dragons that taught us never to be afraid and we sailed among the stars that hung from the sky like garlands..... once upon a place.

Come take a look at our Once Upon a Place and see a world of imaginings. For todays advent we're giving 25 % Off everything in this place of wonder, where dreams come to life. 

Plant little seeds of imagination and water every day


xx

use code WONDERLAND at the checkout for your 25% discount
Offer ends Monday 15th December midnight (GMT)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Advents 11th Door - Sew Pretty Printables






There's something so utterly charming about these lacing cards,  the comfort of continuity of childhood pastimes and the thought of sitting still and being creative is all too inviting at this busy time of year. 
I love the warm colour of this Owl lacing card along with the three other animal designs ready to be downloaded here.  Hung on the wall, stuck to the fridge or turned into a festive card you can colour match their feathers and fur or have fun with bright colours and patterns. 
These cross-stitch animals are in need of some warm wintry jumper designs and though these might be better suited for slightly older children I think children (and adults) of all ages will love these creatures. I think they'd make wonderful gift tags too. 

Discover all our favourite lacing cards:










Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Advents 10th Door - A squeal, a squeak and a squawk



With a squeal and a squeak we welcome this wonderful cast of creatures. Its been a busy day at the breakfast table this morning with this bunch neighing, oinking, meowing, nose-twitching and hopping out of our advent. There's a horse, a bunny, a cat, a pig and a mouse perfect for little hands and big imaginations.

Such a great free printable to print and create together with the kids or to print and post to someone as a surprise. Download the template alongside the simple instructions here.



This flock of fancy birds (below)  have come along to the Christmas chorus too. With their vibrant colours and  elaborate patterns they are so satisfying to make and simple enough for little hands to create. The free template can be downloaded here and the set includes 4 beautiful bird designs. 








x x




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Advents 9th Door : printable tags and gift wrap






I am utterly obsessed with these gift tags and patterned paper. Obsessed.
One of those printables that I know I will be coming back to again and again. Creative gift wrapping is always the best part of the giving (lots more ideas & more free printable here). The quirkiness of these are exactly what my siblings and daughters would love, and those eyes ! what more says 'open me' than that. I can't wait to start wrapping.

Thanks to the always brilliant Amy Moss for creating them. Go get print happy here





Monday, 8 December 2014

Advents 8th Door


I love the fresh bright colours and eclectic patterns of these printable crackers. Breaking away from the traditional colours of the festive season I think these would be a great way to add some colourful fun to any part of the day. Though I'd propose to start the day with these and thats exactly what I've printed them off ready for.  Imagine them placed upon the plates at the breakfast table, filled with silly jokes, a plastic moustache or a dare. Such a wonderful & fun way to start the day. 


Created by Amy Moss at eatdrinkchic discover her beautiful blog here and these brilliant free printable here


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Advent's 7th Door




If like me you countdown the days to Christmas with a series of treats, ideas and little gifts then this advent printable is for you. If like me you have kids that like to shake and try to guess whats wrapped up for their surprise then these are perfect for them. 

A set of 24 of the prettiest little boxes, pillow boxes and envelopes ready to fill with little chocolates, tokens for adventures and little gifts (lots of ideas here) With these little parcels and packages you can disguise each surprise as the days are counted down.
I love the little slips too with sweet ideas perfect to surprise your partner with..... dinner for two, a bouquet of flowers, tickets for the theatre or a book. There's a whole host of blank ones too so you can write your own personal favourites that you know will be loved.

I'd be so utterly thrilled to receive a little token as would so many of my 'grown-up' friends, and they don't have to be every day. This time of the year gets so busy with so many things to do, to plan and to ready its important to stop and take note of all those around you and an advent gift or two will make that day in the countdown one that will be remembered. Why not pick a number and make that your secret advent day each year. A new tradition.




Discover this pretty printable here.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Advents 6th Door


We've been enjoying writing and discovering little notes for each other with this fun little printable set. Just a simple a note can make such lovely post to discover.

We've printed off lots of the letter sets and the girls have each made a letter box for their bedroom door.  With a pile of letter sets printed off the girls have been finding so many things to write to each other.

'Thank you for helping me with my homework.' Would you like to play?' Whether they're sharing something about their day, saying thank you or a sorry I did that, its lovely to see the art of letter writing coming alive again even if each letter is just a line, the meaning in each one carries a lot more.



The free printable set includes a choice of two letter boxes to make and a letter set. Each letter set includes notecards, stamps and two pretty envelope designs.

Discover and create your own here

Friday, 5 December 2014

Advents 5th Door



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We're enjoying some time spent being still, creative and delving into our imaginations as the darker cold evenings bring us inside and around the table together. We're colouring our afternoons and letting our imagination take reign. 

For our 5th door of advent we're giving all our members and blog readers 30% OFF our Create category because an afternoon lying on the floor building and painting or around the table indulging in our imaginations is an afternoon well spent. 

Use code IMAGINE to receive your 30% off all items from our Create category. 
Offer ends 6th December 10pm (GMT)

xx






Thursday, 4 December 2014

Advents 4th Door



Such a wonderful idea and so beautifully accomplished. We love these reindeer envelopes with their frosted noses. What a perfect way to give a little homemade card to friends and teachers at school, little excited notes to cousins in the anticipation of Christmas, thank you letters for the flurry of appreciation we are overwhelmed with after festivities shared with family and friends, or just to give to the lady you pass every day to school a happy happy day. 

Encouraging little hands to write a little something to someone is wonderful and being wonderful and even more wonderful than necessary is a good rule.

Find these Rudolph printable here at designeatrepeat.


xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Advents 3rd Door


 A few of our favourite free printables. Perfect for gifting, for beginning a gallery wall or for creating fun cards with sweet sentiments.

top:

constellation,  Be brave (available in 4 colours) adventure , X ( part of a set including 'KAPOW' lighting bolt, 'SO RAD' and more!) oh what a beautiful day ,  Keep the wild in you ,  I love you to the moon & back  

below: