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It’s finally happened… we’ve been waiting aaaages. At last, after weeks of wobbling, it’s come out –  the first tooth.

Already six and one of the oldest in the class, yet one of the last to start losing her baby teeth. It’s made me feel a little sad – she’s growing up – far too quickly if you ask me. But just look at that that little happy, gappy smile. 

So here I am – with a tooth. 
I had to ask around for the going Tooth Fairy rate (thanks mums), and it got me thinking of how it was when I was a kid. The idea of a fairy taking away my old tooth ….for money, was magic on so many levels.
I thought I’d do a little embellishing..the sort of thing I would’ve loved. A letter from the Tooth Fairy…a 21st century tooth fairy of course. A modern day, urban tooth fairy who likes a bit of skateboarding as much as she likes her glitter. A fairy who’s not really that much into pink and isn’t afraid to get a bit messy sometimes … and I thought it’d be nice to share with anyone else who lost a tooth this weekend. 

I’ve drawn up and made a little printable – a letter from the Tooth Fairy… complete with envelope. I’ve included pdfs which can be the saved as a an image file and placed it into a program of your choice (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, or an online photo editing site). Write your message, print and cut it out, fold and stick where necessary. I’ve provided full instructions on how to add text, plus an example of what the tooth fairy might write – optional of course. You can print it using one of the many quirky, fairy-style fonts out there, or even handwrite it for that lovely personal touch. Blond, brunette – you get to choose. Plus you get to use it again and again – just change the message each time. Easy peasy.

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You can even make it ‘Fairy size

Let’s make the most of the magic, eh…. while it’s still around…..it doesn’t last long.

                                    Get your customisable Tooth Fairy Letter HERE  

Christmas seems to be so much more fun with children around. They’re coming home from school with cotton wool snowmen and cut out snowflakes. They’re practising their Christmas songs and learning lines for the nativity. Their latest favourite read is the Argos catalogue (why oh why did I pick one of those up?) and every trip to the shopping centre needs a plan for avoiding the Disney shop. Those little ones are getting excited.
I’m very conscious and a little sad that those years of magic are very fleeting so I’m determined to make the best of them. Perhaps in a way, I’m  wanting to relive the the magic I remember from my own childhood. Of course I also learnt the true meaning of christmas and our kids will too, but in the meantime there’s no reason why it can’t be fun.
I thought it would be nice to make a printable. A letter to Santa… in its own special envelope.  Nothing pre-written, chances are they can write their own now – at least with some help from mum or dad. I’ve provided some lines, but hopefully that’s all the help they need…
Just watch them fill up that space in no time.

I wanted to share this as a printable download – in case you might like to do it too.
If you follow the link at the end you can download the 2 page PDF. You may reduce or enlarge as required by changing the details in the ‘scale box in the print menu.
Print and cut out on A4 (portrait setting).  Fold the envelope (it’s easy to see where) and stick down. 
It will need to be sealed with glue – my daughter was a little disappointed when she licked the top and it wouldn’t stick, bless her – never mind….  no big deal. 
We (with an adult of course) put ours on the open fire, and sent it up the chimney… or you could do THIS
If you do decide to send it in the post, don’t forget to include a stamped addressed envelope if you want a reply.
Get The free printable download by clicking HERE

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Back in August, you may remember, I did some crochet granny bunting (well just a bit). I liked it so much, I wondered if I would be able to find a Christmas version. I did – I found this  great little Crochet Granny Christmas Tree over at the fabulous Royal Sisters Blog. It’s nice and simple with a great step-by-step photo tutorial to follow.

Just what I was looking for – although it needed a little something to finish to off….

That’s more like it.
As ever, the madness of of the run-up to Christmas means that there’s never enough time for me to crochet up a stack of these. I will at some point, but in the meantime I did exactly as I did with the last lot of crochet bunting. Yes, you guessed it – another printable. Another little crochet trompe l’oeil.
It works really well…. and it means that you can have Christmas Crochet Bunting even if you’ve never crocheted in your life. Once again it’s available as a free download for thredHED Facebook page fans. Get it HERE.  As with the previous bunting, make sure you print it on a good  quality paper and a high quality media setting….or…. you could use iron-on transfer paper, even printable cloth…. for crochet-print fabric bunting. 
Happy Decorating.
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 I’ve been doing some crochet bunting. I have been known to do the odd granny square now and again. Not very often, mind you, but I do love them. I also like to stop off, from time to time, at the fab Attic 24 blog, mainly to marvel at Lucy’s creative talent, but also because I’m originally a Yorkshire lass and, as much as I love my hectic London life, it’s a great way to get my fix of ‘up North’.
I’ve been amazed at the response, of all you crocheters out there, to Lucy’s request for  classic granny-style crocheted bunting for the forthcoming Yarndale woolfest. The sheer generousity of all you hookers out there giving up your precious time and energy and your even more precious yarn stash to what is clearly going to look nothing less than SPECTACULAR.
Of course I had to have a go didn’t I – how could anyone resist such a great little mini challenge. I just did the one – nothing special. Let’s face it there is such an array of amazing colour combos on the Yarndale Flickr page. I simply couldn’t compete.

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This was just a quickie for me and nothing special but I must admit I’m pretty taken aback by how so many people have said “How nice”, and “ooh that would be great for my…..”, and “I’d love to be able to do that”. Turns out this crochet bunting lark is a little bit exclusive – I forget that a lot of people are not able to crochet, and even those who can….it takes time. I’d have LOVED to have made a whole garland but this was a teeny-weeny project that I had to shoe-horn in-between everything else on my to-do list. 

It was this predicament that gave me an idea…. Just a bit of fun, let’s say. If you can’t have proper crocheted bunting…. what’s the next best thing? Can you guess?
 Here’s what I did…..

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Looks like crochet bunting, I hear you say. Look closer…

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Ok then, a bit closer?… Got it? . 


Printed crochet bunting!

If you can’t have the real stuff, this has got to be the next best thing. From not too far away you’d never know. 

I’ve put together a printable PDF of granny-square-style crochet bunting in five different colouways. Just print out, cut round carefully, punch holes at each corner and string up. 

Now, anyone and everyone can have crochet bunting, whether or not they have the time or the knowhow. Looks great strung up at any party, or think what a nice little bit of quirkiness it will add to a vintage stall display. Watch people’s surprise when they realise it’s not the real thing. Your very own little trompe l’oeil. Just make sure you print it on a good a quality paper and a high quality media setting, and you’ll have ’em fooled. And here’s an idea – how about using iron-on transfer paper, or even printable cloth…. for crochet-print fabric bunting.

Here’s the best bit – It’s free to all thredHED Facebook Page Fans. Maybe you’d like to take the time to crochet the real thing – here’s Lucy of Attic24’s tutorial if you do… but if not, you can get my printable version
HERE