We have been creating in the Sweetpea household again over the last few days. I find that if I keep the children busy making things there is less time for them to wrestle with each other :-)
I thought I would share some of our creations just in case some of you wanted to have a go. Firstly we made bird feeders in the form of pine cones covered in lard and seed. Firstly we melted some lard.
oohh that stuff smells so yucky when you melt it ! We then tied some raffia to the tops of the pine cones to form a loop so they could be hung up.
I poured the melted lard into a cup and we dipped to pine cone into it.
When the lard had built up after a few dips we rolled them in bird seed - didn't get a photo as it got a bit messy at that stage (the kids really loved that part as you can imagine :-)).
We then hung them on the trees, they look really pretty hanging up, we hope the birds love them.
I also cut some strips of brightly coloured paper so that the children could make paper-chains, they love making these.
They really enjoyed this and spent ages sticking them together - even little Sweetpea created one (although it was a slightly different design to the traditional style paper-chain bless her).
They look lovely stuck up around the house.
Another item that is now hung up over the fire place is a pom pom garland. A friend of mine lent me her pom pom makers, wow these are fab! They make pom pom creating so much quicker, they might not be as full as the original style pom poms but they still look great.
I love our new fluffy garland !
Just had to pop this picture in too as I love the coloured lights over our other fireplace, they let off a lovely colourful glow :-)
And now for the new member of our family, here is Spike the hedgehog. He was found on a dog walk the other night and when we weighed him at home we realised he was too small to be out in the cold. We are feeding him slugs and snails which he pounces on (I never knew that hedgehogs pounced!). Eldest Sweetpea is out most mornings looking for slugs for him. He is putting on weight and seems very content. Unless a hedgehog does look too small to be out or is out in the day I wouldn't recommend moving them. We only picked up Spike as he couldn't get up a curb and looked far to small to be out and about.
Just in case I don't get to blog again I would like to wish you all a very relaxing and lovely Christmas and New Year. x
Oohh I nearly forgot to leave you with a festive photo of me ........
Little Sweetpea wouldn't wear this for the nativity party at 'Little Lambs' so of course I stood in :-) Do my ears look big in this photo ? :-)
Luckily my mates are just as crazy, we were the only ones dressed up (BearsFootprints is below if you read her blog - oohh she will love me for this :-)).