Advent traditions old and new

I’ve been really busy this week making a few crochet Christmas elves for the Bearwood Handmade Winter Fair on 5 December. The inspiration behind these little chaps was the American tradition of ‘Elf on the Shelf’, now growing in popularity here in the UK.  Each Advent, families welcome an elf doll into their home.   The elf’s…

Handmade Christmas loveliness!

Last week I launched my Christmas collection of crochet decorations on Folksy and Etsy.   I’m really very proud of this colourful collection and I hope it will bring a bit of handmade loveliness to some homes this Christmas!  By far the most viewed item so far is my Handmade Merry and Bright wreath.  This…

Planning a birthday party for a 4 year old

So this year I succumbed to the peer pressure and I hosted a party for N’s 4th birthday.  It will be his last birthday at nursery and we invited all of his little friends.  I was slightly terrified.  Despite being an events manager for 8 years, this was my first kids’ party and the thought…