Harry Potter Craft Swap

Hello my lovelies,

Last year, I participated in a craft swap but sadly I did not receive my swap.  Our craft group swap organiser asked the group for swap angels to make a little something for those who did not receive their swaps. A lovely lady called Woozelmom who has a great blog, agreed to be my swap angel and I waited patiently for my owl delivery.

This is what arrived – by royal mail, I might add, not owl. LOL!

These posters are so clever and must have taken a lot of time to word and design.



Stan Shunpike’s conductors ID came with the posters

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as well as a ticket for the Knight Bus.  Again, I can’t believe the detail on this ticket!


I’ve removed my address from the front of the envelope for security reasons. I just love that the owls seem to be clutching the letter. There was one for me and one for my daughter.


This is the back of the envelope with the Hogwarts hot wax crest. The detail on the crest was amazing.


Inside my daughter’s letter it said


and there was this lovely wrapped gift from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes for her. I love the details of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes logo on the top of the paper bag.


Inside the package was little little lady.  My daughter has called her Candy Floss ‘Flossie’ for short.  Again, the details are just phenomenal!  Flossie has a little bed, favourite cookie and a little soft comfort toy.


And here Flossie is snug in her bed. This Pygmy Puff has such beautiful details including little ears, a cute pom pom nose and the cutest ever little feet!


Flossie loves to sit on my daughter’s shoulder.


My part of the parcel held such exciting goodies. I completely forgot to take a picture of the letter from Charlie Weasley that accompanied this little package.

There’s something so intriuging about a brown paper wrapped gift.  It looks in no way ostentatious and gives no clues with it’s humble appearance.


Charlie’s letter said that he was sending me a Chinese Fireball Dragon’s egg because it never grew big enough to hatch.


The printout that was in the box is a copy of the Chinese Fireball’s carer Harvey Ridgebit field notes on the egg.


Isn’t it gorgeous!


The next item blew my mind! I have no idea how Woozlemom printed onto this fabric so cleanly.  And the box is covered so perfectly, it looks as if it were made that way.


Inside sat these goodies.


A Gyffindor themed bracelet


and this really cute snitch necklace


Also in the bottom of the package was a box of Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans!  I’m apprehensive to try these because the flavours include dirt, boogers, sausage and earwax!

I feel thoroughly spoiled by such lovely presents and if you want some Harry Potter inspiration check out Woozlemom’s blog.

Bright blessings,

Mama R



Ollivanders wand box

Hello my lovelies,

I’m so geeked about today’s craft. It took a while to do but its the perfect accompaniment to the wand I made the last week to go in her Hogwarts delivery.  This will be in use during our Hogwarts Holiday at Home program during the half term break and summer holidays.


I wasn’t about to reinvent the wheel so I followed the instructions from a tutorial on YouTube from a crafter called PSiren28 check out her tutorial here. for how to make the box.

I then painted it inside and out with black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.

This was very difficult to photograph since I was so busy making it so I hope my instructions will suffice.

Once it was dry, I cut pieces of fabric to fit into the lid and base. I wanted the fabric in the base to drape and sort of look full so I useda fairly large piece and played with it until it looked right. Once I had a piece of fabric I was happy would fit, I put clear PVA glue in the base and lid and inserted the fabric.

While these were drying I printed off the box labels from SugiAi and Catholic All Year

The I cut them out and glued them on.


Allow the labels to dry and voila! You’re all done!

I just love that glittery fabric!  A little witchlet has gotta have some bling, right?

Don’t forget to keep checking back because I’ve got some great tutorials coming up in keeping with the Hogwarts Holiday at Home program.

Bright blessings,

Mama R


DIY Disney Autograph Book

Hello my lovelies,

I must have been having a brain fart!  I really thought I had already posted this!  Ho hum!

I wanted to create a personalised Disney Autograph book for my daughter for our coming trip to Disneyland Paris in August. I know I could easily have bought her one but people were charging £10-£15 for them. While I know that this is perfectly justified for the amount of work involved but how would buying an album satisfy my crafting itch?

So I made this!

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I love it!  And so does my daughter!

It was not easy to make but it only cost me around £6 to make and believe me there isn’t another one like it around anywhere.

So, firstly, I bought the album from ebay. It has 40 pages and a sturdy front and back cover.

It took me ages, but I finally found the digital scrapbooking kit that appealed from Wyld Peas Designs. It’s called Mickey Minnie and it’s just fantabulous!


I measured the album’s pages and set my Powerpoint slides to the appropriate size and set about digital scrapbooking and creating these cute pages.   Some of the pages are digitally scrapbooked and some were pictures pinched from the internet.

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This is my favourite princess picture page


I definitely love a little bit of bunting…


I was hoping to keep ticket stubs to paste in with some washy tape and hopefully a few photographs too.


After all the pages were designed, I printed, cut out and pasted them into the album.  I laminated the front cover because I thought it might get a little bit ratty during our visit. And for the finishing touch, I tied disney colour ribbons onto the wire binding.

I still need to make a cross body tote for her to keep her autograph album in so that it’s ready for character introductions and I promise to post about that later.

I can’t wait for our trip now!

Bright blessings,

Mama R