For those of us with loved ones who have birthdays in December this is a great way of adding birthday greetings to the rest of festive decorations!
I’ve used my favourite Das clay to make the letters with cookie cutters. then make holes to thread the string through.It’s so very easy & it looks great…although I am tempted to add some glitter! Click here for how to make the clay christmas decorations!
I know it’s not even December yet but I just couldn’t resist these! I’ve had fabric now for about 2 years with the aim of making elf hats but I’ve just never got round to it …so when I saw these I just had to get them!
This hat was £1 from one of the pound shops in Stratford, it’s a little bit Dr.Zeus which is probably why I like it so much!
These slippers are from Primark & were about £8…not the easiest to walk in but they really do make me smile!
The Elf hat is £1 from Tiger ( in Stratford again, click here)-it’s instant Christmas!
I just need to dig out my Christmas CDs, I think LH has hidden them……!
It’s lovely to receive a home made Christmas card, I have certain friends that I literally can’t wait to see what they do every year & I’m always bowled over by their creativity!
I think these Christmas cards made from red doilies work really well.As ever it’s a simple idea and the pattern of the doily gives it a more decorative feel.
I got the red heart shaped doilies from Party Party, Ridley Road, Dalston( click here).They cost about £1.70 for 12 so plenty to make all your christmas cards!
It works best if you draw the christmas tree on the back of the doily first, using the natural structure of the pattern where you can.
Then stick them in a line, big to small, on your folded art paper.Print your message & attach some red cotton string to one side, I got this from Labour & Wait,click here to visit. Looks great eh?
I love having guest posts & Kath’s review is particularly welcome, what with the cold weather & the dark evenings the relaxed feeling of the summer holidays seems so long ago. A break for some winter sun in St Kitts is still alive but only in my dreams, however there are amazing family friendly hotels in UK where you can relax & cozy in. Perfect for a winter or Christmas treat maybe?
Is it possible to have a family holiday which is fun and relaxing for all involved? Kath Hudson visits Fowey Hall Hotel to find out…
The first time we went on a proper holiday as a family, with a one year old and three year old, I had about one hour when I felt the feeling of relaxation formerly associated with being on holiday.
However, the Luxury Family Hotel group, has managed to put the holiday back into holiday, by creating a formula which everyone can enjoy. Even post-partum, sleep deprived, breastfeeding mothers.
We went to Fowey Hall Hotel, in Cornwall. This property was the inspiration for Wind in the Willows and is as magical as you might expect. Perched above the small fishing village of Fowey, it looks over the peaceful estuary and is a short stroll from Readymoney beach.
As soon as I walked into the slouchily elegant lounge, with its antiquey sofas, roaring fires and chandeliers, I felt my shoulders drop a few notches. I felt even better after the receptionist showed us the games room, cinema room, and rows of DVDs and books to borrow: with entertainment set out for the kids, I was confident I had relaxation ahead of me.
We headed for the pool first. Too warm for serious lengths, it’s ideal for bobbing around with kids. If your children are confident swimmers, you can flop down on the row of fatboys, or sit in the hottub on the deck and enjoy the view.
The spa is next to the pool and offers Comfort Zone and Mama Mio treatments, which are geared around mums with pregnancy and post-partum treatments, as well as the Belly, Boobs and Butt Bootcamps, which claim to reverse the effects of gravity. If you need the kids looked after while you have a treatment (or a sleep), there is a creche, which offers two hour sessions.
Mealtimes have traditionally been one of the holiday flashpoints. However, Fowey Hall gets round this with a couple of palatable options. You can dine together as a family in the restaurant, in the early evening. Or, the kids can eat in the family room between five and six (booze and nibbles available for parents) then watch a film in the cinema room, while parents eat.
As the kids played on the Wii and table football, we managed to revive cocktail hour, enjoyed in front of a fire, before a superb three course meal. The cinema room is next to the office, and close to the dning room, but it isn’t supervised, so only leave your kids there if they are old enough to find a member of staff, or you, if they have an issue.
After breakfast, we had a game of table tennis, before the kids went to collect eggs from the chicken coop, followed by zipwire, trampoline and pool fun and a mooch into Fowey. After 24 hours we all felt like we had had a holiday.
An off season weekend night B&B for a family of four sharing a deluxe room can be had from around £185. Look out for offers run by the hotel or through agents such as www.spabreaks.com, Travel Zoo and Mr and Mrs Smith.
Kath Hudson is a freelance journalist specialising in leisure, health and travel. Regular contributor to Spa Business, Health Club Management and Leisure Management ,she has also been published in The Evening Standard, Women’s Health, Healthy and Zest.She regularly review spas for the spabreaks.com hot tub blog (eg http://hottub.spabreaks.com/2013/04/spotlight-on-bovey-castle).
Kath’s blog is a must read (http://www.kathhudson.co.uk), go check it out!