So it's Easter! This is such a lovely time of year with so much hope of longer warmer days to come. I love our English seasons and try to make the most of each, especially having a little one who is learning all about the world around him and his surroundings. I feel upset if I let the season/ holiday pass me by without doing something to commemorate it. My little boy Sonny has been too little to ever do anything like this but this year I felt we could do something really simple. He is 2 and four months so it needed to be something pretty straight forward and affordable, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a messy couple of hours.

So I went into my local £1 shop where they had so many lovely Easter bits and pieces as well as Easter crafty bits. In all honestly I was spoilt for choice and in the end I had to make my mind up as I was taking far too long choosing! I picked up a bottle of PVA glue, some sponge spreaders rather that the normal ones. I thought these were better for a two and half year old, my logic was that the sponge will hold more glue rather than it just drip all over the table and him! I bought an Easter bonnet and some little carrots, sun flowers and sheep but they had so many different things you could choose from! I would highly recommend the £1 shop for this sort of thing because nearly everything is £1 and you get a few of everything in a £1 pack!

All I did in terms of prep was lay down a plastic table cloth as I thought it would keep my table clean and be easier to wipe over when cleaning up. I put the glue in a porridge pot but you could use a yoghurt pot and then I just let Sonny stick all the little carrots and sheep onto the bonnet. The flowers were really good because you could just push them through the bonnet and they stuck, I believe they must have been made for bonnet decorating. Sonny really enjoyed doing this and I was quite surprised at how this kept him entertained for some time! I did help him being he's just a toddler and I think he liked it that I was doing something with him because if I'm totally honest I always have a washing machine load to put on or there's washing up left on the side that needs putting in the dishwasher... house work with kids is never ending and I am definitely guilty of not spending enough time playing with Sonny so doing little things like this is really nice.

As I said he really enjoyed this simple little play activity, it made such a nice morning and if I'm honest I wish I had bought an extra bonnet as I would have quite liked a go myself! I think this sort of activity could be enjoyed by toddlers as young as mine right up to adults! Especially if you are willing to buy more decorative items than I had and really go for it.

I even think if you have a group of girly friends wouldn't this be a funny thing to do one night over the Easter holidays with a couple of bottles of wine and nibbles! You could have a Bonnet Off and see who makes the best. What a funny night that would be!

f you enjoyed reading this blog you might like to watch our short video of our morning making our Easter bonnet! I'd be so happy if this gives you inspiration to set up your own family Easter activity or project. And don't forget to let me know if you do!

Thanks so much for watching! Have a wonderful Easter holiday. lots of love Candice xxx

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Updated: Mar 30

Soon I will be jetting off to Turkey where I will be sourcing eight new colour ways in cashmere/ silk scarves. Then I will place my order and pick the scarves up a couple of days before coming back home. I can't put into words how excited I am to start silk screen printing onto these lengthy scarves again. To say silk screen printing is my passion is an understatement, I can't describe it really but I just love it, it's my therapy, and something I can do where I loose myself in the moment and create something beautiful to be proud of. When I lift my screen revealing a perfect print it gives me tingles!

With the pandemic I haven't been able to get to Turkey to buy a batch and have completely ran out now. I always like to see the colours in person and pick them in person because otherwise its likely il end up with a pile of 200 in cerise pink when I asked for rose pink. Dealing with the Turkish as lovely as they are who work in the factories can come with its challenges. Number one is the most obvious and that's the language barrier! Emailing the exact type of colour you want even sending photos has in the past led to arriving with a batch being ready for me to take away in the complete wrong shade! I'm sure you can also appreciate how scary it is sending over large amounts of money to a factory in a completely different country to buy scarves and hoping they will be there ready for you to pick up! Therefore I have learnt its far easier for me to go there in person to seal the deal! I mean why wouldn't I any way its a beautiful country and the weather is always hot and sunny.

I have always mixed my colour ways up in the past but this time I'm going with more of a muted palette in mind. I'm thinking of the shades below though this could all change when I get out there! I'm pretty sure il know when I see the different options in front of me what to pick. As for designs I'm toying with the idea of a complete new collection or to make a collection from a mix of all my old designs from over the years. This would include my famous bumble bee print and one of my very first best sellers that I called the garden flower design along with other classic best selling designs created over the years

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When it's wintery and I cant get out doors much I love to get my craft on. I have always been more of an indoors girl than an out doors girl. For me there is nothing better than a mug of hot of tea, my fav biscuits, a good sound track and an afternoon of crafts.

Here I made these cute gift tags from M&S fabric samples! Yes you heard me right! They already had the punch hole for the ribbon to loop through and the crinkle cut edges so all I had to do was decorate them! That was the fun part. I used magazine cut outs applying the chosen imagery with £1 shop glue dots and thats pretty much it. The rest was play and fun. This is something so simple that anyone can do, all you need to is some fabric scraps or samples like I used.

The reason I liked these fabric swatches was because the fabric sample is a stiff fabric. It was a fabric swatch for upholstery therefore it was much more hardy compared to other fabrics. Upholstery fabric swatches can be found for free in so many different places.

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