Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse) [similar]

Attempting to live a creative life in The Mad House with 2 boys aged 11 & 12. Fuelled by tea, fabric and stationery, addicted to washi tape.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**DIY VANILLA PEPPERMINT LIP SCRUB**💋 A perfect homemade gift. There is nothing in this fantastic lip scrub recipe that you couldn't eat, making it a fantastic recipe to make with or for children. I am really careful about what I put on the boys and my skin. Both of the boys suffer from eczema and I try to make sure that what we use is paraben and SLS free. I love how this fits the bill. it is super fun to make and you could make a bigger version as a baby sugar scrub - it really smells good enough to eat!  Find the recipe on the blog.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**REGIFTING** So what are your thoughts on regifting… according to @PayPalUK research over a fifth (21%) of you have asked to return a gift! I have absolutely no issue with it, but I do try and make sure that I give gifts that people would want to keep. My Mum, on the other hand, was always a quantity over quality gift giver (piles of tat- you know the type)! One of the great things about being able to use my phone to buy gifts means that as soon as the idea comes to me I can either make a note or buy it there and then. What is the worst gift you have ever received? Mine was a plate with a furry cat on it (yes bought by my mum before the internet and passed straight on to the charity shop). #Ad #NoMoreBadGifts

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**CLAY CANDLE HOLDERS** These were inspired by something similar we saw when we were in Holland.  We love how the Scandinavians use a lot of candles, so made these with air drying clay.  You could paint them, but there is something really classic about simple white and I am enjoying the fact that the bou=ys are starting to understand less is more.  Not something that younger children do!

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**DIY PENGUIN GIFT WRAP** Make the outside of your gifts as magical as what is inside with our super easy potato print penguin 🐧 wrapping paper. Do you make your own gift wrap? 🐧🎁🎄

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**PROUD OF MYSELF** Tonight have just just put the finishing touches to my #everythinginitsplacebag by @patternsbyannie and I am delighted with it. I have to say that when it comes to doing new things I do lack confidence and often take the easy option. Well thanks to @craftyhannah for helping me with this make and her guidance. She really pushed me to do things out of my comfort zone such as free motion quilting the @annamariahorner echinacea fabric. I also decided to go for leather handles ala @imagingermonkey. My fab @janomeuk #memorycraft 8200CP sis not let me down and was amazing through all the layers of fabric and stabilisers. Joining in with @charmaboutyou #saturdaynightcraftalong #annamariahorner #janomemakes

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**CHRISTMAS SHOPPING** I spent Thursday afternoon finishing my shopping with @PayPalUK whilst having afternoon tea with @RochelleHumes @Slummysinlgemummy and @NorthernMum. So much more fun than actually braving the crowds and 23% of you also shop online to avoid queuing - and I got to drink tea, get present ideas and laugh so much with fabulous friends. It really does blow my mind that I have done nearly all my Christmas shopping on my phone this year. Have you completed your Christmas shopping? #Ad #NoMoreBadGifts

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**FINGERPRINT DECORATIONS** 🎄 We fell hard for Microwave drying clay a few years back and still love it.  It is fast, durable and oh so easy to use. Perfect for impatient kids and mamas like me! We made these adorable white clay fingerprint ornaments and they were dry in ten minutes!

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**SANTA PAWS ** 🎅 🐾 Alvin has found his. “Ho Ho Ho”, which is more that I have! Really not feeling it at the moment, however we are planning to get a real tree tomorrow and then I am going to pop some lights on it and see if I can fake it till I make it! I was going to wait till next weekend, but I have plans for sat and the rest of them have plans on Sunday. So tomorrow or is! Do you have your decorations up yet? Oh and if you see any outdoor candy cane lights please let me know as our broke last year after 14 long years. Why is there not a candy cane emoji?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**TAKING 5-MINS** This handsome fella doesn't often appear on my Instagram, but I bribed him with freshly ground coffee in his new personalised Candy Crush mug and 5 minutes peace! The husbeast doesn't have an online presence and only uses his phone for calls, texts, checking football scores and playing Candy Crush. He usually plays when he is sat in the car waiting to collect Maxi from football or Mini from Cricket or on those days when he is sat in a hospital waiting room with me. His current favourite title is Candy Crush Jelly Saga and playing is his way of relaxing. Candy Crush has introduced a variety of products in lots of designs that can be personalised, which are perfect for Christmas, stocking fillers or the office Christmas secret Santa. Plus there is a next day delivery service if you are in a rush. Why not take a look at the full range here https://shop.candycrushsaga.com/[shop.candycrushsaga.com] Are you a Candy Crush lover? #ad #ThatSWEETfeeling

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**ANGELS** My boys made these 9 (yes NINE) years ago. We have always loved glitter! Do you keep your kids decorations of the past - these are looking worse for wear and I am so glad that I have some photos of them!

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**CANDY CRUSH** What do you get the man who has everything for Christmas? MadDad doesn't really want for anything (well apart from a bathfull of Malteasers apparently). He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, doesn't play golf and clearly is a saint as he puts up with me and the boys. He does, however, love playing Candy Crush. So this personalised merchandise fits the bill. We opted for a t-shirt, magnetic notepads and mug. They have some fab stuff that would make ace stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts (who else never knows what to buy? For the third year running the husbeast has the boss to buy for). Candy Crush is one of the only games on his phone and he can often be found playing on it when waiting in the car for the boys. Candy Crush really has the sweetest personalised products and you can find them all here https://shop.candycrushsaga.com[shop.candycrushsaga.com] and there is next day delivery too. What have you got the man in your life for Christmas? #Ad #ThatSWEETfeeling

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**CAKE CASE CHRISTMAS TREE**🎄 This is a really simple and easy kids craft.  Perfect for scissor skills.  Plus it doesn't have to be green any cake cases will do.  Do you have a selection of decorations that the kids have made over the year?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**FINGERPRINT LIGHTS** I told you I was a sucker for fingerprints didn't I?  These are even simpler than the reindeer cards.  These are great for your preschool age kids.  We used inkpads here, but paint works just as well.  I would pop it on to a sponge and let them press their finger into the sponge.  I am moving on to sharing ideas for decorations next! 🎅🎄

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**FINGERPRINT REINDEERS** These are colourful and fun to make and also would make fab thank you cards too.  We have also done this with tree baubles and on mugs (using porcelain paint) as gifts for teachers over the years.  I love how cute they look.  Plus I am a sucker for fingerprint crafts as you can do them with little ones and add the extras until they are old enough to take over.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**FINGERPRINTS** This card is great for making as a family as you could all add your fingerprints to it.  It is super simple to make (isn't everything I do) and although we used inkpads, paint works just as well.  I am tempted to make one of these on canvas for our wall.  What to see more Christmas Card ideas before I move on to the decorations?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**GIFTING** Is there anything better than making something that you know someone will love. I made this little bag and some pattern weights for the last @simplysolids #simplysewin2017 The bag was from @aneelahoey #stitchedsewingorganizers book #stitchedsewingorganizerssal and I just used some scraps to make the outside all patchworky (is that a word?). @tuppencehapennyquilts

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**HOT, HOT, WE GOT IT!** Reliving our trip on the @polarexpressofficial a few years ago by having hot chocolate in our commemorative mugs. I blooming love the traditions we have for advent and today’s activity is a decadent hot chocolate. Perfect as it was dark when the boys got off the bus tonight. I might not yet be feeling festive or ready to put up our tree and decorations, but I am trying to enjoy winter.
I am someone that really struggles with the short dull days and dark night nights. So I have tried to turn my thinking around. I have learned over the years that loving winter is a real privilege. That having the ability to be able to afford to heat and light our home and feed my family without worry is a luxury that I should cherish. So I am going to embrace winter and all that it brings.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**RIBBON CARDS** Are you seeing a theme yet?  I LOVE Christmas cards and they are a great way of making a mini piece of art to give.  These ribbon trees are perfect for working on scissor skills with children. We bought a big bag of Christmas ribbon 3 years ago from eBay and still have loads left, but your ribbon can be any colour and these would look ace with bright colours.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**CAR WASH** It is such a beautiful day today and Maxi is earning some extra xbox time washing the cars. We have Indian for dinner and I have some hand sewing to crack on with. I really do love lazy Sundays like this. What are you upto? I am also busy messing around with the @sonyxperiagb XZ1's super slow move video function. It records 960 frames a second. #ad #sunday #parenting

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**STRING ART** These cards were inspired by my 70's childhood and the string art that my Uncle John used to make.  I love these for their simplicity, but they are also really striking too. Super easy to make and also to set up.  For younger children you can precut the cards to that the notches in the bottom are already there, older ones can do this themselves.  We used embroidery floss, but yarn or string would work just as well.
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