Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Snowflake Treat Jars ~ Bostik Challenge

My last post for The December Bostik challenge was for the snowman picture that Little M and I created. We also made these little treat jars for her to take home as presents for her mum and dad and one for her self too.

To make the snowflake treat jars you will need:

Jar any size you like with a screw top lid.

  • Red felt
  • White pompoms
  • Snowflake trimming
  • Ribbon
  • Bostik glue
  • Bostik glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Treats
  • Snow fabric 

How to make the Jars:

1. Cut the snowflake trim to fit around the jar, Stick it on the jar using Bostik Glue Dots.

2. Cut a small piece of the snow fabric and tear it to fluff it up. Put it in the bottom of the jar. Keep aside.
3.On the red felt, using the lid as a template draw around it and cut out a round circle. Stick the red felt circle inside the bottle lid. if you have see through lid if its not see through stick the felt circle on the top of the lid.

4.Cut a length of green ribbon that fits around the lid and add an extra 12 cm to make bow. Stick glue dots around the rim of the lid. Leaving approximately 6 cm start sticking the green ribbon around the lid, you will finish where you started with another 6 cm ribbon left over. Tie a bow with  two bits of ribbon.

5. Stick 3 pom poms on top of the lid. The jar is ready to be filled with your favourite treats.

6. Fill up the jar with special treats and add a gift tag if you like.

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Snowman Picture Decoration ~Bostik Challenge

This weekend I had Little M visit me for the whole day so her parents could go Christmas shopping. Litte M for those who need an intro is my crafting buddy. She is 6 years old and is my niece. On Sunday morning she arrived full of energy and bursting to go. The weather was kind and we did have a glimmer of sunshine so we decided that we would spend some time in the garden. I desperately needed to pick up all the leaves so Little M helped me. We spent almost an a hour clearing the garden after which it was time to go indoors to have a snack. Usually we make a smoothie but we were really cold so we broke the ritual and instead made hot chocolate and gingerbread latte the recipe you can find here.

For the hot chocolate I warmed milk in the microwave added some cadburys hot chocolate into it and warmed it for two minutes. Little M was dissapointed we did not use the Froothie Blender to make the chocolate like she does when we make smoothies. To cheer her up I let her froth the milk up with a frother and she got all excited. 

After refreshments Little M and I set about  with the Bostik craft box. There were many snow themed craft items in the box. Little M wanted to make presents for her mum and dad and little brother so we made a lovely snow man  Picture decoration for Litte S her brother and some lovely snow themed sweet jars for her parents which I will share in my next post. Little M really enjoyed making this snowman and she loved his goggly eyes!!!! She decided to call him Larry!! I have no idea why or where she got this name from.

To make the snowman picture decoration, you will need:

  • A5 sparkley blue card
  • Funky foam snowman cut out shape
  • Ribbon
  • white imitation snow fabric
  • 2 stick on eyes
  • Red felt for scarf and nose
  • Black card for hat
  • Buttons
  • Sparkly stick on gems
  • Bostik Glue
  • Bostik Glue Dots
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

To see how we made our Snowman Picture Decoration please watch the video below.

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Bidvine- A one stop place to find professional services.

This summer we are celebrating a very special birthday for my daughter, we are hosting a small family and friend’s summer garden party to celebrate the occasion. As a special momenta we thought it would be nice to get a photographer to capture the moments so that we can make a keeps sake book for my daughter as a gift afterwards.

I did not know where to start looking for a photographer and that is when a friend suggested Bidvine to me. Bidvine  is an online web site that has a listing of professional that offer their services such as photography, handyman, music lessons, painting, plumbing, diy etc. It is a ones top place to find the right professional for your job.
Using Bidvine is simple, you need to create a log in for the app or use their website and select the professional service that you require. Once you have done this, the website will take you through a series of questions to ascertain your requirements and the budget that you have in mind so that they can find the best matches that fits your request.

Bidvine will then start to work by contacting the relevant professionals in your area so that you can receive up to five quotes from them within 4 days. Once the quotes arrive you can evaluate them at leisure, research the services the professionals offer and also check out their website and reviews before you make your choice.
I was really surprised to find that Bidvine were most efficient, within an hour I received 5 quotes. Each quote had details of the professional’s website so I could see their portfolio and read reviews from other people who had used their services. The photographers also shared ideas and techniques they use for photography and also offered many options of how I could receive the photographs ie in a USB stick, CD, photobook/ album or prints. The choices that were on offer were great and I found this really useful as everything was clear and transparent. One quote that really impressed me was that it even included what brand of camera and lenses the professional had so that if I wanted specific shots they were able to accommodate them.  
I have found Bidvine to be most useful as it has saved me a lot of time manually searching for a photographer. I would most definitely use it for other services too.
*This post is in collaboration with Bidvine