Monday, 17 August 2015

Happy Birthday Big Girl!!

On this day, twelve years ago, we welcomed our little girl into the world!
A funny looking thing when born (like most babies I reckon), she has matured into a beautiful young lady (I'm not biased at all, honest!).

Today was a school day, so presents were opened when she got back. I won't bore you with all the gifts, but seeing as I described this as a partly crafty blog, I shall show you some of the things I made for her. 

Homemade bubbles....

I found this idea on Pinterest. My kids love blowing bubbles, but the squirt of washing up liquid in a cup of water I was using just didn't seem to be working. So I thought I'd give this a go. You can even print off a label to tie on your jar too! Ideally it needs making in advance, and needs stirring once a day for at least a few days, ideally a week. 
So then I thought I'd make a bubble blower to go with it. OH wasn't convinced it would work, as it's not completely flat, but it was rather hard to bend the wire as I used an old coat hangar (only metal I had, and it's quite thick). 
Well, when all the presents were opened, we decided to give the bubbles a try. I must admit I was a little disappointed, I was expecting lots of huge awesome bubbles, but they were fairly ordinary. The glycerine did make them a little stronger, and they even lasted for quite a few seconds when they landed on the ground. We had lots of giggles, blowing bubbles then waving our hands around to see how long we could keep them afloat....

She said they were good, so I guess that's all that matters

Knitted bunny.....

Meet Betty bunny (so named by us), she is one of many lovely knitted animal designs you can purchase from the talented lady Julie Williams at Little Cotton Rabbits. Her patterns are fantastic, well written, easy to follow and come with lots of photos to help you along the way (I don't get anything for saying that by the way, I just like to recommend things if I think they deserve it!). I must be honest though, I wasn't as pleased with how she turned as I was with the fox I made for Little Man....

This is Ferdinand, and I just love love love him! I can't wait to make one all for me, but seeing as they take aaaages to make I don't know when that will ever happen. 
But back to bunny, she is cute, and it's not the pattern at fault, it's  probably just me being picky and critical of my work. I think it's the eyes. I'm no good at French knots, so I think if I do get around to making myself one, I will use black plastic safety eyes instead. 

Car travel pillow....

Big Girl gets car sick, so likes to go to sleep in the car if she can. I found this idea online and thought it was just what she needed. I had a stash of spare fabric, and an old pillow inner to cut up as filling, and the making up was easy. 

Excuse the poor image quality above, I got this from online to show how it works. I tried it out, and it's really good!

Even Little Man made the effort....

I made a little heart for him out of Fimo and a heart shaped cookie cutter. Then he put two little finger prints in it. It looked good until it was baked in the oven, when the fingerprints lost their definition. But the thought was there! 

So birthday nearly over, just time to blow out the candles on the cake and make a wish....

Hope her wish comes true (as long as it was a sensible one!)



  1. Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! Lovely presents, and lots of fun with the bubbles! xx

  2. Thankyou Amy, I will pass the message on xx

  3. What a lovely birthday - hope she had fun. Your home-made presents are impressive, especially the knitted rabbit. Love the fox too.
    Cathy x

    1. Thanks Cathy! I always try and make some homemade presents, as i think it shows you have made the time and effort to make something special to treasure

  4. Happy Birthday to the big girl. I love home made presents, makes them special. I think Betty Bunny has turned out really well, love her xx

    1. Yes Cheryl, homemade presents are the best! They are a bit of a family tradition, my sister always tries to give everyone at least one

  5. What a lovely selection of home made goodies - they are often the ones that are treasured for a long time :) And Betty Bunny looks so cute ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

    1. Yes, I'm hoping I've created a family tradition. I used to get lovely presents when I was little, but never homemade ones xx

  6. What lovely, thoughtful gifts. I love the little heart pendant with the fingerprints and I do sympathize with your daughter about the travel sickness - I used to suffer dreadfully from it as a child. I'm sure my own cosy travel pillow would have helped enormously. Have a great week. xx

    1. Yes, I love the little pendant too, just a shame it didn't quite work out as planned with the fingerprints. It's been nice driving along in the car, seeing Big Girl asleep using her pillow I made her! Xx