Up to 50% off at Not On The Highstreet

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Its summer AND its been sunny for more than two days in a row AND I am taking part in the Not On The Highstreet summer sale. These are things that don’t happen very often. Actually I think this might be the first time I’ve joined in with the summer sale over there so I thought it was definitely worth mentioning. I’m not messing about either, up to 50% off on Hot Dogs and Shoppers, and 25% off Cross Body Bags, its worth a look.

Making Cards with Kids, i.e. letting them help but still ending up with something half way decent.

Kids card making tutorial

This weekend was fathers day and a very good friends 40th birthday (which is an alarming thought) not the fathers day thing but having friends turning 40. I’m not really ok with this. But that aside, I decided I’d put the kids to work creating cards for the occasions.

Step 1. Give pack of pens and some paper to a two and a half year old and try not to over think the result too much but instead make helpful suggestions like, “Hay perhaps we could do another colour over here”, “and “lets try just drawing on the paper and not the train set / your legs or the carpet”

Step 2. Cut the letters out yourself. I’m not sure when your supposed to give scissors to a child but I’m pretty sure I can’t trust mine not to do lasting damage yet.

Step 3. Glue them on – its up to you and how much of a control freak you are as to weather you let your kid do this bit themselves or if you just get them to tell you where they think you should stick the letters before ignoring them and putting them where they are supposed to go.

Tada: A card that a kid made that doesn’t look too much like a kid make it!

Product Photography – Alphabet Badges and Magnets

I’ve been trying to work on my product photography lately. I have tons of ideas for new products I’m itching to get working on but I decided to make myself have a good look at the ones I already have first and try and make the best of them. My photos have always been so-so. Not awful, (I hope) but definitely with plenty of ‘room for improvement’ which is the same phrase Michael uses to describe my catching skills so we know there not great! I’m trying to read, learn and keep trying to make them better. I’ve started with the Alphabetti badges and magnets which area a consistently good seller especially on Not On the Highstreet but with very old photos they were due for an update. Here’s what I’ve got so far…

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Ella4

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FavoursBadges

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Mummy days – playing with rice

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I have this vague memory from when I was a kid and as a special treat sometimes we would get to play with a big tray full of dry red lentils. I remember driving cars around in it, scooping them up, pouring them through little water wheels and generally thinking it was the best thing ever. Anyway I asked my mum about it last weekend so I could try and recreate the magic and she managed to totally shattered my romantic memories by saying something along the lines of ‘oh yes, I think I just tipped a bag of lentils into an old cat litter tray’ lovely, cheers mum! 

Anyway, here’s our version, a couple of super cheep bags of rice and a big flat plastic tub. We added in some cars and a digger and it kept this little guy quite happy. Next time perhaps I’ll add in some toy animals or spoons and a funnel.

Society 6 iPhone case

I finally got a new phone, after almost three months of frustration trying to get my old one to connect to the internet. Feeding a tiny baby at all times of the night and day I really need something to keep me occupied (and awake!) and peering bleary eyed at my phone is the easiest way to do it. So last week I finally qualified for my upgrade and to celebrate I got myself one of my phone cases from society 6. They have free world wide shipping and $5 off every item so it was pretty easy to convince myself it was a good idea. Plus I was really curious to see what it would actually be like.

And, I’m really pleased with it, its great quality and the print looks good. The colours are exactly how I hoped they would look and its quite a lovely thing to own.

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