If you are my children don’t read this.
I mean it, turn away now.
Are they gone?

Excellent.

Check out this beauty….

My kids are huge Harry Potter fans and will be ecstatic to find this leaning against the tree come Christmas morning.  And although Santa will claim the credit, we really owe a huge thank you to the greatBIGcanvas.com company.
They sent the twins this fab bit of Potter magic to hang on their wall and for anyone else looking to treat their kids this Christmas (or grown up relatives) you may want to check out their site.
You can find images from Hollywood like…

 

You can also purchase beautiful scenic images like this beautiful one of the beach in Cancun, Mexico.


Or go classic, and have a bit of Monet on your wall.


Or go wild and put one of your own images onto canvas.

These make great, really unique presents that can become a focal point in the home.

To deliver something different this Christmas, check out www.greatbigcanvas.com

Staying in and playing with the kids can be expensive if you feel you have to buy the latest games and fill up the cupboards with the latest models of toys.  Adventure can be made without any fuss or spending and I can guarantee the kids will thrive on playing on normal household objects.

Take the humble bed for example.

Indoor trampolining on a naked mattress is one way my kids get their kicks, they can spend hours trying to headbutt the light fitting and I am always met with groans and moans when I announce it is time to make the bed.  However they all manage to disappear quickly when I ask for help to clothe the cushions.

The bed can also be converted into a dark and dangerous den, you can rip the duvet off the mattress and secure it between the bed frame and the wall (radiators come in handy here) Then cushions can be used to block out natural light and books and torches can be smuggled in for secret dentime reading.  Hours can be spent hiding in a cosy corner, creating new rooms, and trying your hand at den interior design, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

The bed can also be used as a ship on an angry ocean.  One foot off the mattress could be eaten by hungry piranhas, and always make sure you steer clear of the whale who hides underneath the frame.  Pirate can jump aboard and challenge you and you can delight in making them walk the plank into the murky depths below.

Making your own adventures in the home costs nothing, you simply need a bed, a mattress and a bit of imagination.

Much better than the latest fad.

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Half term has begun….

The holiday started with a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, to find out more about the Roman and Celtic way of life….

The twins are studying the Romans and Celts for their homework project this term, so twin girl jumped at the chance to see what she had been learning in action.

We researched the Round Houses…

Then  we visited the Round houses, beautiful dark places, with fires in the center creating a smoky haven of heat.

The kids taught me that fires would have been crucial to the way of life, for food, heat, comfort, and light.

We found the design for Twin girls piece of jewellery that she is going to create.

Then we moved onto the Roman way of life.

And built a mosaic.

And we tried the Roman game of Hopscotch.

Then we spent some time being archaeologists.

And we found some treasure.

All in all  – a pretty fantastic day out.

I love more my home, but I am the first to admit that it needs a wee bit of work and a bit of love to restore it to its former glory.  However, when it comes to home improvements love is often measured by monetary spend.

So I have been slowly improving the home bit by bit, one stage at a time.  If I see a cushion in the sale I grab it to breathe life into an old chair.  If I catch a glimpse of some chic bric a brac in Age Concern, I rescue it, clean it and bring it home to put on display.

And I decorate my walls with art from The Binary Box.

Not heard of them?

The Binary Box are a store which sell eye-catching, colourful wall stickers.  We have two beautiful ones in our home, an enormous map of the world that sits in our dining room and a fabulous blossom tree which has pride of place in our bedroom.

They are the first thing anyone comments on when visiting our home.

They breathe life into walls, create atmosphere in rooms and really stamp orginality on the home.

Plus – they don’t break the bank.

Designs include kids murals, Banksy, Christmas designs, pretty much every type of wall art you can think of, they cover.

This is to be my next purchase – to brighten up the lounge.

I am also mightily tempted to pop this lady out in the hall as well.

I have been a huge fan of the Binary Box for a few years now, my old house was adorned with their wall art and it would seem the new one is going the same way.  The Binary Box very kindly gave us the blossom tree to add sparkle to our boudoir but I would highly recommend them regardless.

The quality of the stickers is fantastic, they don’t peel or fade.  They are easy to put up (so my husband tells me) and you really have to closely examine them to see that they are stickers at all.

A huge thumbs up from us!