Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

As a busy parent, it’s sometimes hard to find 5 minutes to yourself, but when you do it’s nice to just sit back and relax, doing things YOU want to do for a change.

When the peace and quiet descends, it helps to have a hobby or a favourite pastime.

At the moment, my top 5 things to do are…


I’ve always loved to settle down with a good book. Although I tend to have the concentration span of a gnat lately and need to get back into some proper book reading, and not just magazines and newspapers.

Social media

Of course. Where would I be without Facebook, Twitter and my blog? Probably rocking in a corner somewhere, that’s where,

Making wine charms

I’ve never been particularly crafty. In fact, you could go as far to say I’m pretty crap at making things. After all, I’m the person who made a box in high school, picked it up and all the sides promptly fell off. Gah.

I have found a speciality thing to make though, which I am GOOD at. Oh yes. (Maybe because it involves wine?!)

Making pretty charms to go round the stem of wine glasses so that you don’t get your drink mixed up with others.

There’s something quite therapeutic about making these.

wine charms butterfly set


My most favourite thing of all. Whether it be thinking up ideas for short stories, boring everyone half to death on my blog, or wittering on over at Twitter, Facebook, or other random places flung about the internet, I’m always writing.

Going to the cinema

I also love going to the cinema. Although it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, due to the fact that you have to practically re-mortgage your house every time you go just to be able to afford the damn tickets.

What’s your favourite pastime?

I’m joining in with the Prime 5 linky over here

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The World Cup’s about to kick off this week, and I’m about ready to go into hiding for the duration while the football mad members of the household talk about nothing else.

The 10 year old wants to know whether he can stay up and watch all the games. Yes, son. You can stay up and watch the ones that are on at a reasonable time, but as some of them are on about midnight due to the time difference, that would be a big fat NO and get yourself to bed.

There’s still school to go to, and the zombified look from being up all night won’t be conducive to a good learning environment.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that every other word uttered over the next few weeks is going to be a football related one. so apart from hiding in another room while football’s on and commiserating with all the other football widows online, I’ve decided I might as well try and make it a bit more fun.

Just to make life a bit more bearable and stop myself from glazing over whenever the ‘f’ word is mentioned.

For example:


Whenever your home country is playing (in our case, the United Kingdom) theme your dinner to whichever team you are playing against.

So, for example, if England are playing against Italy, then you have yourself an Italian themed feast. Pizza, pasta, gnocci, etc.


It’s also an excuse for me to find lots of yummy recipes and ideas on Pinterest for inspiration.


World Cup party ideas board


Italian Food board


See, I can find the bright side of weeks of football tedium.

Are you a football widow?

Share your tips for making it more fun in the comments box below.







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We’ve been dusting off our crafting skills (well the kids have – not so much me, ahem) this week and coming up with new ideas for things to make for the annual school character egg competition.

Last year I blogged about the calibre of the entrants and how it was more likely to be a case of the mum’s sweating it out over the glue and paints than the small people.

Yeah, down with all that sort of thing.

Here, it’s a kid effort.

So, with much further ado, here is this year’s creation…..

Ohhhhhhh, the Grand Old Duke Of Yolk,

He had 10,000 chicks

He marched them up to the top of the hill

and he marched them down again.

duke of yolk

See all the little chickies marching up the hill to the Grand Old Duke of Yolk at the top.

We toyed with the idea of putting 10,000 chicks on there.

Then realised you’d need a farking great big board to put them all on so that amount you can see would have to do. 🙂

Didn’t win 1st, 2nd or 3rd main prize though.

Maybe next year….

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