More Harry Potter Christmas crafts

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back today to show you what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks.

I made a niffler!  He looks a bit like a pot bellied duck but I could only find a pattern.  Zero instructions. It was an extremely frustrating week.  But he’s finished and my daughter loves him.

We’re calling him Ned.

Ned the Niffler.

And as you can see, he’s ready trying to nick my belcher chain.


Yesterday, Missy and I spent some quality time making these potion bottles to hang on the tree. Thankfully, we didn’t need to use a glue gun for this.  Did I mention that my glue gun blew up.  In my hand.  Bang!  Smoke!  Me:  *freak out*

Glue gun: 1

Me: 0

We used super glue to glue the corks in instead of hot glue.


Please excuse the dust on our wood burner!  Super embarrassing!

Besides the potion bottles that I got from The Works for £1, I had everything else for this craft project at home.


I bought the labels from an Etsy shop a couple of years ago when I participated in a Harry Potter craft shop.  I’d say all in this project only cost me about £2.50

Winner, winner chicken dinner!SONY DSC

I’m still in the process of making the gillyweed label which didn’t come with the set from the etsy shop.  Once that’s done,  I’ll have a little set of 6 potions or ingredients for our potter tree.SONY DSC

Next up, a Dobby figurine made out of felt.  He’s probably going to be as good as the niffler!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R




Foolproof home baked bread in minutes!

Hello my lovelies,

It’s the school holidays here in England and that means 6 weeks of scrambling to find activities for my child that won’t break the bank. Thank goodness for Pinterest and Facebook viral video’s! I found a really cool video for bread in a bag and just had to make it.

Yesterday we baked bread in a bag and it was a-mazing! Light, tasty and super duper easy to make.  In fact, my 5 year old daughter did 95% of the work!

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I measured out all the ingredients in 3 stages so that it was easy for my daughter to add them into the zip lock bag.  She had so much fun!  All you’ll need besides the ingredients, is a large zip lock bag and a few plastic tumblers.  The recipe is in cups which, surprise, surprise I couldn’t find yesterday so I used one of my daughter’s ikea plastic cups which worked perfectly.

So, here’s the recipe and method:

Foolproof bread in a bag

Into a large ziplock bag, add  1 cup of flour, 3 tablespoons white sugar (next time I’ll use 1/2 this mount as it seemed a little sweet to me), 1 pkg rapid rise yeast and 1 cup of warm water.

Seal the bag letting out the air as you go and then comes the fun part.  Play with the ziplock bag and massage it in your hands so that all the ingredients combine.  My daughter LOVED this part!


When it’s combined, set the bag aside for 10 minutes.

Now open the bag and add 1 cup of flour, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Once again, seal the bag letting out the air as you go and play with the ingredients in the ziplock bag and manipulate it in your hands so that all the ingredients combine.

Open the bag and add a cup of flour.

Seal the bag again and manipulate to mix the flour in.

Lay the bread dough on a floured surface and gently mould into the shape of a bread loaf. Place into a greased loaf tin.

Cover and allow to rise for at least 45 minutes in a warm place.

Bake at 190 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Once baked, turn out onto a cooling rack and wait five minutes before devouring with butter and jam!



Bright blessings,

Mama R






My Fair Vintage tea shop

Hello my lovelies,

I have found the most amazing little cafe ever!  It’s just a tiny bit fabulous and I’m so excited to share it with you. It’s called My Fair Vintage and it’s found in Caterham, Surrey.

Everything about this place is straight out of my dreams  vintage tea shop dreams, and I adore it.  Aren’t those cute hanging tea pots and tea cups cute?


As you walk inside, you are greeted with vintage loveliness and a cosy warm feeling of homecoming. Everywhere you look, there are gorgeous little trinkets and homewares to buy and beautiful vintage looking tea shop decorations that make my inner Pinterest maniac purr in delight!

Just look at those hand painted chairs and tables and the hanging honeycomb decorations…


This picture is taken from their Facebook page and shows their toe curling Christmas deccies. I’m gutted I didn’t get a chance to visit during the festive season but have definite plans to go this year.


Alice in Wonderland inspired homewares that I was sooo tempted to buy… and just look at that grogeous painted welsh dresser. It’s for sale, as is other furniture around the store.


More gorgeousness!  But would you look at that red velevet cake!  The proprietress bakes all the cakes and scones from scratch. She’s a real cake baking master. Paul Hollywood eat your heart out!


Let us bask for a moment in the  gloriousness that is this cake.


On the day we visited, there were plain scones, fruit scones, victoria sponge cake, chocolate mini egg cake, coffee and walnut cake, carrot cake and what looked like lemon drizzle cake. How can anybody make a choice?

In the corner on the way to the kitchen is this vintage sweet shop where lovely sweeties are weighed by the pound. Dotted around the shop are sweetie cones filled with nougat, fudge and brightly coloured gem coloured candies.


There’s a list of teas to choose from but I’ve always loved my breakfast tea which is what I ordered. I adore that everytime I visit I get a different tea cup.  All of the tea cups and pots are mismatched and unique. My daughter loves chosing her table based on which tea cup she wants to drink from.

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Swish family Robertson


She calls My Fair Vintage the Posh tea place because she gets to drink tea from these lovely cups and can actually strain it through a little silver strainer. Fascination in the extreme to a five year old princess wannabe.


The menu is everything you would expect from such a lovely tea shop.  The kitchen is tiny yet they manage to prepare such lovely meals at very reasonable prices. And all prepared from scratch.


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I’m taking my good friend here in April for her birthday for afternoon tea and I’m excited to say that it was made possible because My Fair Vintage are able to cater so ably for those with food intolerances and allergies.


I bring my daughter here at the end of every term as a little treat for working so hard and being well behaved at school. In July, I’ve decided to start a new tradition with her of coming here for afternoon tea.

Who wouldn’t want a bit of this!

On the day we visited, we tucked into this gorgeous chocolate cake.  It’s honestly the chocolatiest, moistest most decadent cake I’ve ever had.


We landed up sharing the cake and the Bacon, brie and cranberry panini between us because I knew my little one would never be able to eat the cake and a whole sandwich.  Worked out well for me though because I got the best of both worlds!


I honestly cannot recommend My Fair Vintage enough. Over the past year I’ve been visiting they have surpassed all my expectations and never failed to delivery not only excellent service, but quality food and a special experience every time.  Check out their Facebook page for opening hours and the latest news.

I hope you’ll visit and find it as fabulous as I have.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R


Tulley’s Farm Christmas Experience

Hello my lovelies,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and most of it has been working, renovating our house and starting a new job which means I’m now working full time!  More on that another time!

I wanted to share with you our kick off to the festive season.  I’d heard that Tulley’s Farm did a fantastic Christmas experience but I really didn’t expect to be so blown away!

It was a cold, rainy, blustery day and despite all of us getting over the flu we decided to go and see Father Christmas anyway.  We arrived at 9:40 to collect our tickets and had fun taking pictures and dancing. Everywhere was decorated and had been made festive.

We revieved a kids passbook filled with a map and lots of info as well as an Elf Hunt.


Before our Tractor ‘sleigh ride’ we spent our time wandering about the festive delights.  First we decided to beat the queues and write our letter to Father Christmas at Santa’s Post House. The Post Master was brilliant and really embraced his character.


While I was busy helping DD write her letter to Santa the Post Master gave DH a letter from Santa to put under my daughter’s pillow in way of a reply.


All she wanted for Christmas she told me was for her Scout Elf Snowflake to come back this year… watch this space for more Elf Antics!  I loved how the Post Master even posed in character.

It was really silly of me but I videod us going through the post office into the sorting room and through the winter wonderland to post our letter in the official north pole post box.  I should have taken photographs but sadly I was too busy videoing it!  I still have no idea how to insert video’s in to here!

On our elf search there were lots of things to see

We spent loads of time with the reindeer while DD asked loads of questions. She’s going to be an amazing vet one day.

When it came to meeting these guys DD was suddenly very shy and wouldn’t even look at them prefering instead to climb all over Daddy!



There was a short wait for our tractor ‘sleigh’ ride to see Santa and we occupied ourselves by making funny faces!






And talking to the elves

At last we were on the tractor ‘sleigh’ and DD thought that singing Jingle Bells was just ludicrous


At Santa’s grotto Father Christmas was fast alseep and the children had to wake him up so he could tell me them as story.

I was so impressed because everything was so well decorated and thought out and even Father Christmas looked so realistic!


We had a lovely picture taken with Father Christmas then  waited a short while before we got back on the tractor ‘sleigh’ to go and make our presents.



Which turned out to be – Build your own bears!


We also bought the photograph which I thought was good value for money for such a large picture at £8.

After we had warmed up with some mulled wine and a mince pie from a vendor, we watched the puppet show which was all about doing nice things for those we love.


We even watched the singing chickens!  Yes, chicken!

We could have gotten something to eat there but it was busy and we were cold and hungry so we went off to Smith & Western (one of our favourite restaurants) for brunch.

Here a tired little girl snuggled with her new kitty friend Daisy that she got from Father Christmas.  DH caved and bought her a dress for Daisy which was £9.95 which considering the prices at the Build-a-bear-factory, this was cheaper.


All in all, this was a wonderful day out and a lovely Christmas experience.  It was not cheap at £12.95 per child and £7.95 per adult but it was worth every penny because even us adults enjoyed it. And the fact that they get such a high quality gift as well made it worth it.

I give this Christmas experience 8/10

Stay tuned over the next few days for most festive fun,

Bright blessings,

Mama R






DIY Mr & Mrs burlap wedding bunting

Hello my lovelies,

I made this lovely bunting for Sarah from Kippers and Curtains wedding and just had to share the tutorial. It was time consuming but quite easy to make. To be honest, it’s the kind of bunting I’d have loved to have had at my wedding but I had no concept of bunting 10 years ago!

Of course, I’ve staged my mantle with one of my wedding pictures but I’m seriously considering making myself some bunting just like this for my bedroom.   I was lucky enough to find some blooming lilacs in my garden and my living room is filled with the lovely scent! Ah, don’t you just love Summer time?


You will need:

Burlap (about half a metre)

Lace fabric (a quarter of a metre will be more than enough)

Contrasting floral fabric (scraps will do)

Iron on interfacing (a small piece will do)

Cream/white fabric (again, a small piece will do)

Mr & Mrs templates created on your computer and cut out

Roughtly 2 metres of Bias binding

Modge podge

A paint brush

A hot glue gun

A sewing machine with white thread

To making bunting you will first need to cut out a triangle template. If you’re not confident to cut one out you can find templates online.

On your computer in a word processing program type out the words MR & MRS in a font large enough to fit nicely into your triangles. Print these off and cut them out. Set aside.

Once you’ve got your template cut out, pin it to your burlap and cut out as many triangles as you will need. In this case, 8 triangles of burlap. You will also need 2 triangles cut out of lace and you will need to cut out two hearts from contrasting fabric.


Once you’ve got your triangles cut out you will need to modge podge the edges of the burlap triangles. This helps to stop the burlap from fraying.  Leave these to dry on some newspaper.

When they are dry, place the 2 lace triangles on top of two dried burlap triangles and sew along the edges.


Pin the hearts onto the middle of the lace burlap triangles and sew around the edges of the hearts.

Iron on a piece of iron on interfacing to the back of your cream/white fabric.  Now hold your [paper etters on the fabric and cut them out.  You will be tempted to pin these on before you cut them out but I don’t recommend you do this because it will leave pin marks. Trust me, I know!


Anyway, once your letters are cut out of interfacted fabric hot glue them onto your burlap squares.  Make sure you get all the edges so that it lays nice and flat once stuck down.

Allow to dry completely.


Pin the triangles onto your bias binding.  I left 3 fingers space between the heart lace triangle and the first M and then again before the R.  I left just over 4 fingers space between the R and the ampersand. Continue in this way spacing it so it looks good to you.

Sew a straight line along the bias binding about a quarter of an inch from the edge and you’re done!

It’s easy and looks so pretty strung on the main table or above the cake table. The couple can use it as a decoration in their bedroom after the wedding.

Happy crafting!

Bright blessings,

Mama R


DIY Hogwarts Gryffindor Robes

Hello my lovelies,

Here’s the next item that will be in the special delivery package from Hogwarts for our Hogwarts Holiday at Home program.

Every witchlett needs a school robe!  I’m still waiting for the patch to arrive from ebay but I couldn’t help posting a picture. I am a mature enough geek to say that I really want one of these myself!


I was lucky enough find a sewing pattern for a kids robe at a car boot sale- you know the kind you wear over your pyjamas? I used that and lined it to make this robe. It’s not a difficult sewing project and requires intermediate sewing skills. Everything but the sleeves on this robe are lined.

Sadly, I didn’t take pictures of the sewing process but here’s a tutorial from DIY Fashion that is easy to follow and until I found my pattern I was going to use it.

When the Gryffindor patch arrives I’ll sew it on and it’s going to look really cool. I think she’s going to love it!

Bright blessings,

Mama R


DIY Harry Potter Wands

Hello my lovelies,

Welcome to the first craft project in preparation for the Hogwarts Holiday at Home Program.  To find out all about this awesome home camp check out my post here.


Before the summer holiday plan begins, a special delivery package will be delivered to our front door for my little witchlett.  Since she’s not 11 she can’t yet go to Hogwarts so there will be an acceptance letter into the Hogwarts Holiday at Home program instead.  The care package will include lots of yummy treats and all the essentials that a little witchlett will need for her fun magical studies and activities.   The first item in the package will of course be a wand.

I wanted to show you the wands I made for her and I yesterday.   I’m going to be a Hogwarts teacher so I’ll have to have a wand, right? LOL!

For this project you’ll need a couple of chopsticks or two fat wooden knitting needles. Just so you know I sanded down the points of the needles so they weren’t sharp as a safety precaution.


You will also need a hot glue gun, some beads, two pretty buttons with the shanks broken off with a pair of pliers, brown acrylic paint, pretty nail varnish (or acrylic paint in different colours), nail glitter (or regular fine glitter), some newspaper and a hair dryer.

Here are my pretty butons.


Once your glue gun is heated up squeeze loads of glue into the base/top part of the knitting needle with the aim of creating a handle for your wand.

I wanted to use the buttons for the top parts of the handles so I splodged loads of glue on, stuck on my button and used more hot glue to fill in any gaps. Add your beads being careful not to burn your fingers. When the glue is dry enough that it does to stick to your fingers but still tacky mould it between your hands to get the shape of handle you want. Add more glue along the length of your wand as you like.


I couldn’t take any pictures of this process because I was too busy actually doing it.

Here’s the first wand done up to this point.


Here’s the button in the base – quite a nice touch I think.

Complete this process for as many wands as you are making. Here’s the back of my wand.

and both of them together.

My wand  – sorry I cut off the tip a bit I was distracted by George.

Different sizes of beads give a different texture so play around with it to get the look you want.

Allow the glue to dry completely then paint with brown acrylic paint. I used my hair dryer on the cool setting to dry the paint. FYI if you use the hot setting on your hair dryer the glue will start to become soft again and the paint starts to melt off!

Decorate as you wish.

I didn’t have many pretty colours of acrylic paint so I used nail polish and nail art glitter. Talk about using what you have on hand!

And here they are!

My completed wand – not as pretty as DD’s but I like it.

The handle of my wand.

And DD’s wand.  I’m really proud of it and I think she’s going to love it. It’s blinged up!

I just love how the hot glue dried making this sort of natural drip. I think it makes it look a little authentic, I think. Of cours she’s gonna love the pink and blue ‘jewels’.

and my favourite part of her wand is the blinged up base – that flower button with the glitter around it looks really cute. I’m so chuffed with it!

Voila! Couldn’t be easier and it looks so effective.

Stay tuned because next up will be a Gryffindor Robe.

Bright blessings,

Mama R