Sunday, December 18, 2011

DIY Felt Board - Great Gift Idea

Just For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea

We've tried to go handmade with most of our Christmas gifts this year. Trying to use our 'special talents' to create unique gifts that will hopefully be useful and treasured.

Miss Daisy is certainly no exception and both Daddy and Mummy have had some little projects on the go! (And still on the go! How many days until Christmas!?!) Daddy brought home a half finished bed side table from work and has (partially) transformed it into a little kitchen stove for Miss Daisy to play with. We're hoping to develop a whole wooden kitchen over the next few years for her to play with!

One of my little projects was a felt board for Miss Daisy to play with. I've seen a few great felt toys which I've pinned on Pinterest and have since seen a fun felt play board over here.
I decided this would be an easy gift to make, one we could add to easily in the future and one that could be educational as well as enjoyable!

What you will need: 

A painting canvas (your choice of size) I made mine small enough to be handheld in the car etc
A large piece of felt to cover your board
A range of coloured felt to cut out your themed pieces
Glue-gun, Scissors, Stanley knife

How to:

Cut a large piece of felt that will cover your canvas and go around the edges
I placed some hot glue on the surface of the canvas and laid it on the felt, then I cut a square out of each corner equal to the edges to prevent bulk and used hot glue to secure felt around each edge, pulling it taut as I went.

Once you've covered your board in the desired colour you can set that aside and cut out your themed pieces (obviously this part can vary widely!)
I used a combination of scissors and a stanley knife to cut pieces depending on the size of the piece. Some were fiddly and had to be hot glued together (see curtains!) and others were just simple geometric shapes!

Just For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea

Here are the themes I decided on:

Under the SeaJust For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea

City ScapeJust For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea
Home Sweet HomeJust For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea

Five Little DucksJust For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea
Now of course Miss Daisy will be free to play with these as she wishes... and these 'themes' can be integrated into one another! I'm sure she will have some creative interpretations!
Here are a few of mine!

Just For Daisy :: DIY Felt Board Gift Idea

Looking forward to seeing how Miss Daisy plays with it.
As time goes on I'd love to add a counting board, her name and perhaps some themes to match books she loves etc! 

The opportunities are endless!

Update: Here's a cute Three Little Pigs themed board I did for my nephews birthday recently! 

Here are some other fabulous handmade gift ideas I've had fun with (click on picture to be taken to link) and I've got lots from around the web on my Gift Ideas - Handmade Pinterest Board.

Handpainted Pirate Story Stones
Handmade Pirate Story Stones :: Just For Daisy

Silhouette Canvas

Microwave Playdough

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Christmas Intention 2011

We've really been anticipating fulfilling our Christmas Intention once again. I suppose even after two years it can't be called tradition, but our tradition seems to be an annual event thus far! ;)

Well, here is last years gorgeous picture! She seems so small! 
Christmas Giving Tree -  2010

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Craft & Putting Up The Tree

Hubby and I have never totally got into the hype of Christmas. Neither of us is really fond of receiving gifts and we generally don't get caught in the hype of the holiday. Well, now that we have begun the journey of having children I imagine Christmas will adapt a little bit as Miss Daisy and siblings (God willing) grow!

Here's a rundown of 'putting up the tree' at our place! :)
It's not quite as extravagant as that! Impressive though!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Three Blogs For A Thursday #6

I haven't done this in a while but thought I'd share some of what I've been reading lately! :)

I've loved perusing through this delightful blog of Rhonda's. It's really made me consider where we can improve the way we run our household. This is where I got the fabulous 'recipe' for the Laundry Liquid which I made (and LOVE!). I've also come up with some other great ideas for around the house. Looking forward to the release of Rhonda's book! Definitely worth a visit.

I found this site in my travels and couldn't resist making these delicious Banana Cookies! Arent' they cute, shaped like little bananas! Miss Daisy enjoyed these, but they kept going missing... I discovered that Daddy had quite a fancy for them too! A hit for everyone! Yum!

I am loving all the crafty things that this blog has to offer! And they have a regular blog hop to help you mingle! Yay! What a great place to hang out! :-) I love their cute Snowmen Festive Craft... head over and take a look!

What have you been browsing this week!? Feel free to share in the comments below - I'd love to visit your blog or a blog you suggest!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Baking - Yummy Apricot Delight

Something that I don't buy very often but really enjoy is Apricot Delight. It's just so pricey!
Well, what better than to make your own! It's simple and very tasty! I'm trying to decide if I was actually fooled into believing it was 'good for me'!?


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Cooking - Easy Caramel Tarts & Vanilla Cupcakes

It was our Mother's Group Christmas party on Saturday. It was such a lovely day and amazing to see how much our 'babies' have changed - particularly compared with last years Christmas photo! (which Miss Daisy was absent from as we went to my school lunch...anyhew...!)

It was a lovely morning and I had offered to bake some Christmas cupcakes for the kids. I figured I'd make something yummy for the mummies too! Take a look!