Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A summer of fabulous family festivals

Coral Festival Dress, reduced to £58

Festival time is upon us! There is a whole host of family fun on offer at this year's festivals. From the ultimate family friendly fest at Camp Bestival, 26-29th July at Lulworth Castle in Dorset to smaller, local festivals like Deer Shed in North Yorkshire, 20-22 July. Among our favourites to recommend this summer:
Latitude at Henham Park close to glorious Southwold in Suffolk, 12-15 July
Port Eliot  in Cornwall with its eclectic mix of music and culture, 19-22 July
Just So festival, 17-19 August, masses of fun to be had in this award-winning festival in Cheshire.

Festival Kidz is a great site to find out all about the season, there are so many festivals to choose from - read review, enter competitions, read guest blogs and even buy essential festival gear.

Check out our sale for some great savings on groovy festival wear:

Mini Mallow skirt reduced to £35.50, Palm jumper reduced to £34.50
Goa Print Festival Dress reduced to £58

Goa print Pom Pom Headband - reduced to £7
Plimsolls, £25 (not in sale)

Red Rose head dress, £15

Friday, 22 June 2012

Return to the circus... and read this book!

Remember our Giffords Circus competition in May? Victoria Hunter won a family ticket with her winning caption and had a wonderful time at the circus on 1st June. She sent us these fab pictures of their exciting time...

And while we're talking of the circus - can we recommend a wonderful book? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. We guarantee by the time you to read the 'Anticipation' at the start of the book you'll be completely enchanted!

And finally - did you know our summer sale has started? Visit our website to take advantage of some great seasonal savings.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Is your girl a Daddy's Girl?

This Sunday is Father's Day, and what better way to say "I Love You Daddy" than with a hand-made card or gift.

A great source of crafty ideas, clip art and templates, has lots to offer for Father's Day. Have a look at some of our favourites...
Cufflink card

Spinning picture card

And why not take a look at these fab ideas?
Father's Day Card
Printable Daddy's Girl button badges
Retro Father's Day printable labels

Father's Day button card

All pictures thanks to

Thursday, 7 June 2012

A dream fairy house in a tree...

We loved the sweet little hidden fairy doors in Chris Beardshaw's Furzey garden when we visited the Chelsea Flower show...


With a little pottering around the web, we've realised that with a few natural materials, a little bit of ingenuity you can make a house for the little folk like these brilliant examples - we love the pumpkin house! And if you're lucky enough to be on the East Coast of the USA this summer, why not visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens? There's a Fairy House Festival there in August.

There's even a calendar of these beautiful tiny houses - if you can't get to Maine, this might be the next best thing!

Fairy House calendar on Amazon
And this book may provide just the inspiration you need to create your own fairy des-res in your back garden!

Fairy Houses on Amazon

Monday, 4 June 2012

Gorgeously Girly ways to celebrate with the Queen

picture credit: Mail online
The Diamond Jubilee is upon us and the nation has decorated itself in red, white and blue!

We thought we'd ask some of our staff to share how they'd celebrate the Jubilee with their gorgeous girls - daughters, sisters, nieces...

Clare Sheen, (Sales) suggested: 
   - A bit of baking, of course!   
     - Duck racing  
     - Make a crown for their jubilee party
     - Fancy dress
     - Face Painting

   Anna Porter-Wright, (E-Commerce) came up with:
     - Do 'Miss United Kingdom' nails - Paint a union jack on every nail!
- Dust golden glitter across cheeks and forehead for a touch of essential regal glitz
- Play Queenie and write a speech together about what you intend to do for the rest of the  summer
- Get Daddy to teach her to Waltz - essential knowledge for all princesses in training.
- Pour fresh orange juice and lemonade in wine glasses for instant child friendly Bucks Fizz!
- Play potato Hula Hoop royal ring stacking. The first one to sneak a nibble is out!
   Jane Clucas, (Press & PR) suggests:
- Make some paper doily bunting to decorate your Jubilee party [pic attached]
- Make some REAL lemonade, there's nothing quite like it, all you need are lemons, sugar and water: delicious!
  • 3 unwaxed lemons , roughly chopped
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1l cold water
  1. Tip the lemons, sugar and half the water into a food processor and blend until the lemon is finely chopped.
  2. Pour the mixture into a sieve over a bowl, then press through as much juice as you can. Top up with the remaining water and serve with plain ice or frozen with slices of lemon and lime.
- Sing Land of Hope and Glory at the top of your voices whilst waving a Union Jack!

   Louisa Riggs, (our Admin Angel!) adds:
   - Make cupcakes and decorate in red white and blue icing or with a crown on, or make crown shaped biscuits

   And why not take a look at our 'Jubilee Inspiration' Pinterest board? We've added our favourite pins from the recent competition entries - there are plenty of great ideas, 'how-to' pins and tutorials on there too, so enjoy your Jubilee!