Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY 'Family Friendly' Advent Calendar

Last week in the shop I made my 2013 Family Advent Calendar and can I just say I am pretty happy with it!

I didn't have a final image of what it would look like when I started so the creating stage was quite fun.

I did have some definite pre requisites though – I wanted it to be fun and inclusive of the whole family. I wanted it to be activity based with actual things to do and not all about lollies and the ‘getting/receiving’ mentality. And I wanted it to look ‘nice’ but still kid friendly.

So this is what it turned out like:

Would you like to make one too? Well this is how I did it:

This is what I used:
  • 25 Brown paper bags
  • Variety of coloured and white card stock
  • Stampin up Stamp sets:Joyous Celebrations, Memorable Moments, Wishing you, Merry Little Christmas and Sensational Seasons
  • Ink Pads
  • Washi tape
  • String
  • Snail glue or glue dots
  • 25 Wooden pegs (homebrand)
  • My own printable Advent activities. You can print them too, just click here!

How did I make it?

1. Collect everything and set up your creative station.

2. Cut out about 30 white card stock into squares (7cm x 7cm was a good size)

3. Cut out about 50 coloured card stock squares a bit bigger than the white (8cm x 8cm) I chose 3 colours for this.

4. Print out your Advent activities onto white card stock and cut to size. These will need to fit on the coloured card stock squares.

5. Choose 25 Advent activities (I did a few extra’s for you to choose from) and glue each onto a coloured square. Put to the side.

6. Collect your pegs and cover with washi tape. Trim off the edges so they look nice and neat. (I used 3 colours). Put to the side.

7. Fold over the top of each paper bag and decorate with washi tape. (Make sure you leave room to thread the string through later).

WARNING: Messy part!!

8. Get your stamps and ink out and get ready to do some stamping.

9. Collect your white card stock at set it out in front of you. I chose to do about 6 cards at a time.

10. Stamp all of the numbers first, making sure you leave space for another stamp image on the card.

11. Now add your next stamp image to each card. I used the Sensational Seasons stamp set the most because I wanted to keep it fun and childlike. (You can use any Christmassy design you like though).

I factored in extra card stock to allow for mistakes and smudges.

12. Using the remaining coloured card, paste each stamped square onto a coloured square.

You should now have:
  • 25 Stamped Advent date cards bordered with coloured card stock
  • 25 Advent activities bordered with coloured card stock
  • 25 wooden pegs covered with washi tape
  • 25 Paper bags, folded and decorated with wash tape

13. Stick each stamped card onto the front of the paper bag
14. With your calendar at hand, glue the Advent activities on the back of each paper bag. Ensure you chose the desired date for each activity so you don’t get caught putting the Christmas tree up on a Tuesday morning before school.

15. Now thread each bag (in order) with string and display.

Some variations:
  • Hole punch your date and activity cards and attached to your bag with string instead of sticking them.
  • Stick the activities on the back of the date card and hang on the front of the bag.
  • Place the activity card inside each bag with a little treat on some of the days.
  • Hand write your own Advent activities on the back or bottom of each bag.
  • Place your bags into a basket near the tree instead of hanging them.
  • Hang them in the shape of a tree on the wall.
If you would like to purchase any stampin up products or if you would like me to come to you and run a workshop feel free to email me and I can do this for you. (

Personally, I just love Christmas and Advent. It is my most favourite time of the year.

I have a Pinterest Board dedicated just to Advent. Check it out here!

What ways do you celebrate Advent with your family? Do you make your own Calendars or have traditions?

Please share pictures of your Advent creations on my Facebook page or Pinterest Board.

I'd love to see yours.

Have a fabulous day

Advent Activities - Free Printable

Here are your free Advent Printable's.
Just right click on the images and save.

Have a fabulous day & a fabulous Christmas!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gift Ideas for the kids this Christmas

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Mummy & Teacher Christmas Gift ideas

Are you stuck for a teacher thank you gift?
A mummy gift?
Or an Aunty, Nanna or neighbour gift?

Well you are in luck.
Check out my latest range of thank you gifts in store and online now!!

In order from top left:

1. Cristina Re Tea sets - Cups $29.95, Tea pot $49.95
2. Cristina Re Mini china tea cups - Set of 2 $29.95
3. MOR Cosmetic gift sets - $12.95, $19.95, $24.95 and $29.95
4. Cristina Re china 3 tier cake stand - $49.95
5. Cristina Re china tea pot in white - $49.95
6. Raine & Humble cotton half aprons in green stripe or red stripe - $19.95
7. Cristina Re china tea cup & saucer in white and gold - $29.95
8. MOR Christmas cracker with mini hand cream inside - $12.95
9. MOR Cosmetic gift pack with lychee mini hand cream and soapette - $19.95
10. Cristina Re china tea cup & saucer in white and pink stripe - $29.95
11. Cristina Re Tea sets - Cups $29.95, Tea pot $49.95
12. Cristina Re china tea cup & saucer in pink with white polka dots - $29.95
13. Raine & Humber cotton T Towels in a jar in red and blue - $14.95 each
14. Cristina Re Tea Pot and sugar bowl and creamer set in pink - $49.95 and $34.95
15. MOR Cosmetic gift pack with marshmallow mini hand cream and soapette - $19.95
16. Cristina Re china tea cup & saucer in black and white stripe - $29.95

To purchase:
Head to the website
Visit me in store this month only @ 900 Pittwater Rd Dee Why 2099 (access via Howard AVE)

I am open this week:

Have a fabulous week everyone

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Little Table has gone POP UP!!!

Well I have gone and done it this time…


I have opened a Pop Up shop for the whole month of November right here on the Northern Beaches.

This is a shop with a twist though. It a shop for the mummies!!!

Yes that's right. I have designed my space to ensure absolute relaxation whilst shopping and I have varied my opening house so I am open late when the kiddies are tucked up in bed.
I am still stocking all the fabulous kids activity packs and craft kits as always, but I have added adorable china tea cups and tea sets by Cristina Re, delicious MOR cosmetics and candle gift packs and some very cute tea towels and aprons. (Great teacher thank you gift)

I have also organised some AMAZING events during the month including lots of champagne shopping, photography workshops, mini mindspa's, craft sessions, teacher appreciation gift ideas and sooooo much more.

Check out the Calendar of events below:

If you would like to come to any or all of the events just send me a quick email I'd love to meet you :)

Here are a few snap shots of my little store so far.

A very big thank you to the gorgeous and talented Megan Bennet from Megan Bennett Photography for taking the most amazing photos.

I will try a post a few times while I am here. I am having so much fun.
(Sigh) I love my job!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Are you planning for Christmas already?

It is official. Christmas has hit the shops - Coles, Myers, K Mart and even Ikea. Christmas has arrived.

As I walked through Ikea (my favourite second favourite shop) perusing the decorations and Christmas styling I started to think about what my family will be doing for Christmas this year. Events to host, advent planning, presents to buy, decorations, carols, teacher appreciation gifts, travel and holidays... My mind started to spin and I had to take a moment. Am I ready for all of this yet? I feel like I only just packed away last years tree!?!?!

I took a deep breath and said to my husband 'I think it's time to plan for Christmas' Arghhhhhh

Once I got over my initial freak out I calmly grabbed a cup of tea and sat down quietly with the calendar.

Let's start with the big and the basics first:

1. Where will we be for Christmas?
2. Have we put in leave from work?
3. What big events do we have on around this time?

This year we will be travelling to Melbourne for a family wedding on 28th December so that was where I began.

Once I worked out the logistics of travel, accommodation and timing everything else seemed easier.

As a mum of 2 that works pretty much full time I need to ensure that I am super organised. I hate feeling overwhelmed and out of control so I do live by my trusty schedule as much as possible.

I love Christmas and all that it brings. I also love to relax and enjoy my family and have an actual holiday too. I can achieve a nice balance between work and play if I plan a head.

A few more things to think about:

4. Start a gift list now
5. Set a budget for food, gifts, travel and events
6. Plan your Christmas card list. Collect addresses, emails and start making your cards if you like make them yourself
7. Start writing a Christmas ideas list for activities your whole family would like to do in the lead up to the big day and put it on the fridge for everyone to contribute to - Santa photos, Carols by candlelight, fairy light drives and end of year parties.

Starting early will help to avoid the rush and panic of last minute shopping and organisation. 

Now I think I am off to have a glass of wine to calm my nerves. Christmas is 12 weeks away and I think the count down has already begun. Eeek!

Friday, October 4, 2013

11 ideas for birthday traditions

As a mum I love the build up, anticipation and hype we give our children when it comes to their birthday. I love watching Miss B count down the days on the calendar and informing me each night how many sleeps she has until the big day. You can’t help but get swept up into the excitement!
Birthdays are very special in my family and we like to celebrate them with fun and flare. I am all about experiences and making memories, so when it comes to a birthday we have a couple little traditions to ensure each is special.
There is always a birthday breakfast and a special homemade cake usually chosen by the birthday boy or girl in advanced. We always take a family snap shot, and we finish with a family dinner. Up until now, my hubby and I have filled out a birthday book on each child each year. It’s just 2 pages of quirks and facts about that child at that time. This year Miss B is turning 5 and she will fill it out with us for the first time. I will continue this with my kids each year and present them with a collated birthday book when they turn 21. (I will always keep a copy for myself too of course.) I would love for you to share this with your family too.

As you know, I am a huge lover of Pinterest. It is great for searching ideas and for inspiration. Here are some birthday ritual suggestions that I have found. They are budget friendly, meaningful and of course lots of fun for the whole family.
  1. Fill the bedroom floor with balloons while the birthday girl is fast asleep. When she wake up she will have a grin from ear to ear.
  2. Tape some streamers across the bedroom door. The birthday boy can have fun breaking through them.
  3. Make a special care package of fun activities to do together.
  4.  Have a hide and seek present hunt.
  5. Write special messages in letters or post it notes and display them.
  6. Write a message on the bathroom mirror.
  7. A birthday hat for the day.
  8.  Put some birthday treats in the school lunchbox.
  9. Choose your own adventure day.
  10. Queen or king for the day.
  11. Write an entry in the Birthday book together

Birthdays can be so much more than opening presents and blowing out candles. I have discovered that by having a simple tradition associated with a birthday it makes the whole experience so much more special for everyone. We spend more time together as a family preparing and celebrating. And we have lots of silly fun and even more giggles.
How do you celebrate birthdays with your family?
Do you have a special tradition or something fun you like to do each year?

Please share your traditions below.

Have a fabulous day