Upcycled ladybird costume

Today Little Sis needed to dress as a Superhero for nursery. As usual we were only given 48 hours notice so I set to work adapting the Ladybird costume I made for Big Brother last year. I removed the black spots and added some ties. I also made a Superman transfer which I ironed on to a tshirt. Teamed with red leggings Little Sis  looked quite fabulous!

homemade Superman costumeBig Brother had to take a bear as they are currently studying ‘Once upon a time’ and this week it’s all about bears.


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Glitterbelle: The Sparkliest Princess Ever!

As part of our partnership with Parragon books we were sent  copy of Glitterbelle: The Sparkliest Princess Ever! Glitterbelle is a sparkly princess, who is starring in their enchanting new range of glittery, sparkly, creative books with stories, activities and more! Glitterbelle is a modern-day princess who is smart, funny and very enthusiastic! She loves her parents (the King and the Queen), adores her pet dog Bob, enjoys racing around on her scooter and can be found climbing trees with her best friends Dazzlina and Angel. Like all princesses, Glitterbelle has pretty dresses covered in sequins, but she prefers wearing leggings and her glittery trainers!

Glitterbelle: The Sparkliest Princess Ever! book coverGlitterbelle: The Sparkliest Princess Ever!
When Glitterbelle tries to be a proper fairy tale princess, it doesn’t quite work out. Thankfully her friends Dazzlina and Angel are on hand to help her realise that she’s the best kind of princess after all – the sparkle-tastic, Glitterbelle kind!

We read this at bedtime and it’s a lovely book. We were particularly impressed with the illustrations. Glitterbelle’s world is brought to life through stunning, elaborate, miniature sets, each skillfully created by the talented illustrator, Harriet Muncaster. It all starts with a sketch. Muncaster then adds her sketches to handmade 3D scenes, using card, fabric, tiny gems, LOTS of glitter and whatever else she can find to build up Glitterbelle’s world – all by hand. From miniature bathrooms to tiny garden settings, all with an essential touch of glitter, the Glitterbelle artwork concept is a fresh new approach. Scenes in the Glitterbelle series are photographs of the delicately and intricately made sets.

The new Glitterbelle series launches with four books including Glitterbelle: The Sparkliest Princess Ever!, a colourful picture book, Glitterbelle: Me and You, a fill-in journal with a special Glitterbelle touch, Glitterbelle: Doodle, Dazzle, Create!, a fun and creative activity book and Glitterbelle: Dazzling Dress-Up, a dress-up sticker activity book for the aspiring fashionista. We love the latest Princess on the block and we can’t wait to read more of her fun adventures.

Disclosure – I received this product from the publisher for free. However, they have not paid me for this review, and they do not exercise any editorial control over my review or anything else on this site.

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Crafting Chinese New Year

Have you heard of Yellow Moon? I buy some of our craft supplies from there as my son’s school receives a small payment every time we shop. I couldn’t resist a bag of Chinese New Year foam stamps and today the 3 year old was happy to sit and sort them. There were 20 different stickers so this kept her busy for a while!

Crafting Chinese New Year

We thought we’d make a Chinese lantern so I cut out the centre of a paper plate and placed tissue paper behind it. Little Sis decorated it with her stickers and we made a small tassle from red wool to make it look like a lantern.

Chinese lantern craftIt looks sweet hung in the window and we have plenty of stickers left to make more!

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