FF Gift Guide for Kids

November 25, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

Hi, happy Monday! Did you all have a nice weekend?

This morning we’re doing the last of our Gift Guides – for the kiddies! I had a bit of a tricky time putting this one together if I’m honest… I don’t have any kids, and *obviously* kids range so much in age, so it was hard to narrow down my selections! There’s just so much gorgeous stuff out there for kids! I’ve tried to choose gifts for a range of ages, so hopefully there’ll be something here for everyone :)

Gift Guide Boys

1. Piccoli ‘Little Bean’ Bean Bag (Olliella)  2. Submarine Money Bank (Amazon)  3. Little Aeroplane (Incy Interiors)  4. Cubebot Micro Blue (Lilly Lolly or Amazon)  5. Hang in the Balance Board (The Land of Nod)  6. Black & White Stripe Tent (The Teepee Guy)  7. Let’s Go Camping Wall Decals (Love Mae)  8. Bats Single Quilt & Pillow Case (Kip & Co.)Gift Guide Girls

9. ‘The Ice Package’ Hair Ties (Mane Message)  10. Porcelain Bunny Lamp (Lark)  11. Floral Bomb Wonder Tent (Such Great Heights)  12. MoTex Embossing Label Maker (My Messy Room)  13. Housse de Couette Bigotte (AM.PM.)  14. Pony String Lights (Urban Outfitters)  15. Awesome Canvas Purse (Lark)  16. Pixie Mint Wooden Toy Camera (Twig)

DIY Advent Calendar

November 19, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hiiiii! Happy Tuesday :)

I’m curious – do any of you do Advent Calendars in your house? We didn’t really have them growing up, but when I did an exchange to Switzerland in year 11, my host family did it beautifully, with boxes lining the staircase, each one holding a little gift or message. I loved it, and it’s stuck with me all these years (thanks Maryline!)! So I thought it might be fun to do another one this year – for my Husband, seeing as we have no kiddies ;)

I had grand plans for this advent calendar, but I’ll be honest – it ended up being a little more time-consuming and tricky than I’d thought! It was one of those DIYs that had me debating whether to keep pushing on with it, or pack it in and admit defeat. As you can see, I did push on with it, and I’m glad I did. I think it’ll be really fun :)

Advent Calendar DIY

So this is it: I made some lidless boxes out of Kraft card, fill each box with a gift/message, then covered the openings with tissue paper. So when each day comes, my hubby will break through the tissue and find a prize. I can imagine kids would love the act of breaking into each box with their hands to find a surprise inside, don’t you think? And I’m pretty sure normally Advent Calendars only go to day 24, but I thought opening one on Christmas day would be nice too.

So, if you’d like to give this a go I’ll put some instructions below. If you’re not crazy like me and would prefer to just buy 25 boxes (approx. 10cm x 10cm) instead of making them – I’d recommend it! It’d make the whole DIY easier and save a lot of time and hand-ache! In that case, you can skip to Step 4.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 25 x A3 size, medium weight card (any colour, thick enough to hold it’s own weight, but thin enough to be cut and folded)
– Scissors, Ruler, Pencil
– Stapler and lots of staples
– Tissue Paper
– Sticky Tape
– Advent Numbers printed on sticker paper, then cut or punched out (LETTER or A4)
– Little gifts or messages to fill your boxes!

Step 1.
On one sheet of A3 card, measure out a box template (see below). I ended up doing mine with 99mm sides so that it’d fit exactly across the width of my A3 card. You can make them whatever size you like though – just make sure they’re deep enough to hold little gifts, and wide enough for a hand. Cut template out.

Advent Calendar DIYStep 2.
Use this first box as a template, and trace around it onto the rest of your A3 sheets of card. Cut them all out.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 3.
Using a ruler as a guide, fold in the sides and the flaps on each box. Make sure they’re clean, sharp folds. Use a stapler to attach the flaps to the sides, forming your box. You can also glue these, but it takes a lot longer!

Advent Calendar DIYStep 4.
Now that you’ve got your boxes (or if you bought boxes), it’s now time to fill and seal them. I’d recommend writing a list of which gifts will go in each day so you can keep track of what’s where, and spread out any bigger gifts.

Start by cutting the tissue paper into approx. 13 x 13 cm squares. Choose whichever colours you’d like – I chose gold :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 5.
Take a box, and put the gift inside. If the gift is too big to fit in the box, put a little note or clue to tell them where to find it. It’s fun that way! :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 6.
Cut off 4 lengths of sticky tape, each slightly longer than one side of the box. Stick the tissue over the box opening, starting with two opposite sides first, then fold in the other two sides like you’d wrap a gift. Use the remaining sticky tape to stick them down. Tissue paper is quite fragile, so you might have to be gentle.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 7.
Lastly, take the Advent Numbers you cut out before and gently stick the corresponding number into the middle of the tissue paper. That’s it!

Finish the rest of the boxes, then work out how you’d like to stack them. I found that when mine were stacked, they could be a little wobbly, so I ran a strip of washi tape along the length (underneath and on top) of each row to hold them together. You could also stick them to a board.

Advent Calendar DIY

So as you can see, it’s fairly involved! But it’ll make December just that much more fun :)

See all our DIYs here!

FF Gift Guide for Him

November 18, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

I don’t know about you, but I find guys so hard to buy for! My hubby loves techie type things – things which I know nothing about – so it’s always a challenge trying to find a gift for him that I know he’ll like and use. I did some extensive searching for these gift ideas, so hopefully if there’s a man in your life who’s hard to buy for, some of these ideas will help! :)Gift Guide for Him

1. Whole Larder Love: Grow, Hunt, Gather, Cook (Amazon)   2. 100% Natural Beard Tonic (Herbivore Botanicals)   3. Walnut iPhone Case (Rootcases)   4. Olive Drab Duffle (Joshu Vela)   5. Empty Memory Rose Gold 4GB USB Stick (Logical Art Design Ltd)   6. Empty Memory Black Rhodium 4GB Memory Stick (Logical Art Design Ltd)   7. Handmade Brown and Blue Necktie (Son of Soren)

Gift Guide for Him

8. Men & Mountains T-Shirt (Arquebus Clothing)   9. Build Your Own Bluetooth Speakers Kit (Furni)   10. Annual Art Subscription (Papirmass)   11. F45 Lois Sports Bag (Freitag)   12. Shave Bundle (Imperial Barber Products)   13. F54 Brandon Wallet (Freitag)

I hope something here will spark some great gift ideas! And if you missed our Gift Guide for the girls, check that out here!

FF Gift Guide for Her

November 11, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

Good morning! How was your weekend?

As promised last week, it’s time for us to dive into Christmas! I know it might seem a little early, but if you’re anything like me and like to order gifts/decor online, the deadline for shipping is looming! SO – First up is a yummy gift guide for the girls! I had so much fun putting this together – it was hard to stop adding things! There are so many gorgeous goodies out there right now.

Hopefully you’ll be able to find some things you like in these picks too! :)

FF Gift Guide for HER

1. Gemstone Bracelets (The Vamoose)  2. Gem Vessel Mint (Beneath The Sun)  3. Bau Deco Notebook (Ferm Living)  4. Emma Vacuum Teapot (Connox)  5. Frankie Magazine  6. Naomi Mint Latte Cup (Pop-Line)  7. Yellow Spot Pillowcase (Castle)  8. Wire Basket (Ferm Living)  9. Set of 3 Bathsoaks (Herbivore Botanicals)

FF Gift Guide for HER10. Giftable Large Zip Pouch (Fossil)  11. Acorn and Silk Cord Necklace (The Vamoose)  12. Succulent Print (Leah Duncan)  13. Prism Trivet (Xenia Taler)  14. Plum & Ashby Body Lotion (Anthropologie)  15. Chai & Vanilla Owl Soap (Seventh Tree Soaps)  16. Wood Print Phone Case (Cases By Csera)  17. Large Claire-Aude Print Wash Bag (Liberty) 18. Sydney Frame Coin Purse (Fossil)

What’s your favourite?

{Freebie} Animal Tags!

June 27, 2013 | Freebies

Freebie Animal Tags

Do you remember these stamps from a while ago? I thought they’d look cute as tags too, so I made illustrations of them and turned them into some little gift tags that you can print and enjoy too! All you’ve got to do is download the size you want from below, print them onto card, and cut them out! OR you can even print them onto sticker paper and use them on books, jars, folders… whatever you can find really :)

Freebie Animal TagsFreebie Animal Tags

Here are the files, just choose whether you’d like it in A4 or Letter:

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Enjoy!

Freebie Animal Tags