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Disney Craft Swap

Last night i was scrolling through Instagram when i noticed a few Disney themed craft swaps. I was loving what i was seeing, but when i went to find out how to sign up, it was all exclusive to the USA.

I find this a lot with the best swaps (at least the ones i want to join) and unfortunately (or fortunately) many people are in the same position as me.

So rather than wait for an International friendly Disney swap ... I decided I'd host one on my own.

Before bed i asked if anyone else was interested and i woke up this morning to an amazing response ... so I'm going ahead and have planned out the swap.

Since this is the first swap of hopefully many, i decided to start with the characters that are the iconic Disney ...

There are a few rules that I've made so that everyone knows whats what.

  • The swap is open internationally.
  • Sign up is the 1st of every month and will close midnight (GMT) on the 5th of the month. You should have your swap buddy info by the 6th.
  • All parcels must be sent by the 25th of the month. Proof of postage is advisable but that's totally your call. I ask that you let me know when your parcel has been sent and when you have received your parcel.
  • Its your call what you make - If your savvy with a sewing machine or nifty with a knitting needle, even if you have a penchant for paper crafts ... There are no restrictions on how/what you make so long as it fits with that months theme.
  • In the spirit of fairness all parcels must have at least 1 crafty make and 2 gift items with a minimum total value £5. By all means if you want to make/gift more then go ahead but the minimum is there so that everyone knows what to expect and no-one gets short changed.

If you want to join in please email me at craftymama087@gmail.com with the subject line Disney Craft Swap *and the month* (for example Disney Craft Swap August) and I'll send you the sign up form.

I'm really excited about all this and i really hope it works out :)

Since its the first one I'm opening the sign up today so that i can get organised a bit more and work out any glitches.

You can find out any updates on the swaps by following me on Instagram and Facebook.


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I'm Loving - July

Its been a busy month with the summer holidays starting and going down to visit my family in England but I've managed to get some me time and to take care of myself.


Stir Fries - Sometimes when you cant be bothered cooking you just order in a take out. I know I've done it before ... But a take out isn't just bad for the purse (especially when your trying to budget) but its also bad for the waist too. So when i have days that i cant be bothered cooking a big meal, i just whip up a stir fry. From pan to table in less than 10 minutes is great and it full of veg which i love. Not only that, its completely Syn free so i can eat as much as i want. Win Win in my book!


Planner Stickers - I've recently splurged and bought myself a happy planner. Even though i sometimes feel guilty spending money on me, i try to remind myself that i don't smoke like Agent D does, and Agent M gets treats all the time so it OK that i get myself something. To go with the planner, i bought stickers from The Geeky Planner on Etsy. Her stickers are brilliant quality and its a colourful way to keep track of the day to day running of the house and my blog.


Benefit Make-up - I was a bit miffed this month with my Glamour magazine subscription as it should have came with a Benefit Mini to add to my collection (except subscribers got shafted and you have to buy the magazine again in selected shops to get it) ... Reason I'm annoyed is I'm trying to build up a good collection of make-up for my sisters wedding in August. since I'm the only bridesmaid i want to look good, and my usual pale complexion resembles that of a recently turned zombie. I'm hoping that with some good make-up I'll at least pass for human on the day. God forbid i need to get a spray tan before hand!


My Name is Earl - I seem to be going through a series a month just now, and this time round is the ever funny My Name is Earl. Its an old programme so I'm sure you have heard of it but Agent D has them and I've yet to see them all so we've been working through them when hes here. I do cringe at some of the things they say as you can tell it was filmed before the world became politically correct but its still funny none the less

Make it Mondays #22

Hey lovely's ... Welcome to my linky!

How are you all enjoying your summer? Its been warm here in Ayrshire but its been raining non-stop so we've been kind of house bound this week. I have bought in some baking ingredients and we've been raiding the rainy day box so I've got some lovely craft makes to share with you all in the coming weeks.

Anyways, the linky is live for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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My Sunday Photo - 24/7/16


I've been playing about with the Fujifilm Instax 8 trying to work out the light settings. Agent D has been my model. I'm getting the hang of it i think ... So i'm prepared to start my sponsored project.

I chose D as my subject as hes usually not happy about me taking pictures of him. So many times i try to take a picture of him and he makes a horrible face or just growls at me. He's never liked having his picture taken he tells me but i don't care. I love him and i don't get to see him as much as i would like so having pictures of him that i can look at.

He's got such a beautiful smile doesn't he :)

Make it Monday #21

Hey lovely's ... welcome to my linky!

Its kind of bitter sweet posting today as its the first day back from our holidays and its back to our old routine. Its nce in some ways but i do miss my Mammy and my baby sister so much. I suppose its not long till we see them again next month as said baby sister is GETTING MARRIED!!! Eeek!

Anyways, the linky is live for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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Summer Reading Log

The school Summer holidays are here ... and yet the sun appears to be having a lie in. 

As much as i can appreciate that he would love to sit on his Xbox all day, that's just not gonna fly in our house so instead we've been playing games and building Lego.

One thing Agent M loves to do is read and although i love to hear all about his favourite parts and characters, Sometimes i need to get on with the housework and cant give him 100% of my attention.

So i created a Summer Reading Log for him to fill in, Then we can look back on it and remember all his favourite parts.


You can download the PDF HERE

There are 11 pages in total however if you need duplicate pages, you can always print off the specific sheet you need i.e the log sheet or the favourite part page


The file is in A4 size and all you need to do to make the booklet is fold the pages in half and staple in the middle ... Simple.

I hope you like it and if you follow me on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your pictures of your little ones using the reading log :)

*Its free for your personal use only. Please don't publish it as your own. Instead if you would like to share it, give the link back to my original blog page.

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Make It Monday #20

Hey lovely's ... welcome to my linky!

This linky is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.

The Agent's and I are currently away on holiday this week visiting family in England ... Its been nice to just chill out with my Mammy for a bit ... And indulge in a little crafting :)


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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Going Off the Grid for 24 hours


When i was contacted on behalf of the charity ShelterBox about their upcoming challenge to go off the grid i thought it would be a good idea. not only would i be helping to promote a good cause but i would also get a chance to start the summer holidays off with a total technology detox. I expect Agent M to be begging to play his 3DS or Xbox for most of his 7 week break so going cold turkey to begin with would be great. Family time with a life lesson and all for a good cause. What could go wrong.

I kept a diary for the day so i could look back on it - below is an edited version (with a lot less swearing)

**Ironically i was given a pardon to use my digital camera to take pictures, however most of the images have corrupted on the SD card. Agent D tried to salvage what he could for me but most of my images are lost. Technology 0 - Off Grid 1!

Waking up without an alarm was great! M decided he would take advantage of the first day of holiday by getting up after 8am. He seems keen on this challenge for the day. hopefully he is still as keen come dinner time when hes eating cereal bars and fruit *gulp*

I wanna quit already. Its just gone 9.30am and i cant have coffee! Why did it not click that i wouldn't be able to use the kettle. M thinks its funny that I'm stumbling already. I will make this work but i cant guarantee I'll be happy about it anymore.

Breakfast was 2 cereal bars each and a cup of juice. We had a long talk about the point in this challenge over breakfast. I cant imagine how horrible it would be to lose your home and all your stuff as an adult, but as a family it must be terrifying. I'm already getting worried about how I'm going to feed M for one day, never mind for days or weeks on end.

Week 12 - Weigh In


I'm not gonna lie, I've not been doing so great the last 4 weeks. Mentally my depression has been kicking my ass and as a result i have been comfort eating quite a bit. I'm not proud that Ben and Jerry made me their bitch, or that i had take out 3 times in 1 week but i did try to keep going with Slimming world as best as i could the rest of the time.

One thing i am proud of is that i have been working out more. I've borrowed an exercise bike and have been slowly increasing my stamina. Hopefully I'll be able to last a full hour by the end of the summer.

So back to the weigh in, I knew that i had been bad so i was expecting that i would actually have put weight on. I mentally gave myself a scolding and so long as i wasn't more than 18st 2lb i would be satisfied.

Cut to weighting myself this morning and you can image how surprised i was to see 17st 5.6lb

With my new Bluetooth scales that send the results to my phone I'm now able to track my weight, BMI, Fat, muscle and water percentages.


Since starting my weight loss journey I've lost almost 2 stones which I'm really proud of. I know I'm gonna have a few hiccups next week as we are going on holiday down to my mums but so long as i keep trying I'm hoping to hit he 2 stone mark by week 16.

Fingers crossed

LilySlim Weight loss tickers

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Summer Colouring Pages

I love colouring in ... I've been doing it for years, although being limited to the basic books for kids. Now however the rest of the world has caught on to how brilliant it is and there are loads of books out there for all ages.

If like me though you are trying to be summer savvy with the pennies, you can find loads of free printables online.

Here are some great summer ones. Just click on the image to go to the original post and print it out.

     
**The footballer can be found here

    


Of course its not just the kids that get to have all the fun ... Here are some gorgeous printables for us adults too. Make yourself a cuppa, get the pens out and have a wee colour in. It will surprise you how relaxing it is.

   

    

All the links will take you to pages which have many other images you can print and colour. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to colouring pages. You can find them below :)


Happy colouring

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Make it Monday #19

Hey lovely's ... welcome to my linky!

This linky is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.

With the Summer Holidays in full swing it will be great to see all the crafty makes that you share ... Give everyone inspiration for the near 7 week holidays ... gulp!


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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