A unique gift - Twenty Fingers Review & Giveaway


I like to think of myself as a good gift giver. I love to give thoughtful gifts and, often, unique gifts. I search for individual and different things to give, and I keep a list of things that people mention they need or would like and make use of it for birthdays and Christmas'. I was keen to follow this through for Father's Day and, along with our handmade gift, I wanted to get Daddy something very special. 

So, when Twenty Fingers contacted me and asked me what I thought of reviewing one of their creations I jumped at the chance!

Twenty Fingers is a family run business based in Milton Keynes offering unique and personalised gifts, with papercuts being their specialty. I had seen papercut art before but nothing like the impressive creations of Twenty Fingers!

When I first looked at their website I was bowed over by their intricate designs and attention to detail. How could these pictures be created with paper?



I took my time looking through the website and chose my design. There are lots of styles and layouts to pick from, along with different coloured frames and paper. We are redecorating our bedroom soon and we are having a very white theme, so I went with a white frame and paper. 

Picking which photograph to use was easy as whilst we were away on our trip to Thomasland I took a lovely picture of Joseph snuggling up to his Daddy. It is such a lovely picture I knew that was the one I wanted the team at Twenty Fingers to use. 



Unfortunately smack in the middle of the picture is a water bottle. So after my order was placed I dropped them an email asking if the picture was OK and if they could remove it from the picture.

Lana was quick to react to my request and I soon had a proof to check over. I was free to request changes and after one small alteration I had two further proofs to choose from. I picked my favourite and received an email when my picture was dispatched.

When it arrived I was slightly lost for words. It was absolutely fantastic! 



The intricate work and craftsman ship is amazing. The picture and the wording I chose look fantastic.




I never realised how good and how amazing papercut art could look but Twenty Fingers has shown me just how incredible it could be. Not only is the picture absolutely brilliant, so is their service. Enquiries are responded to promptly and there's email updates to confirm your order, check your proof and to confirm dispatch of your order. 

I am certainly impressed, as was Daddy when I gifted it to him on Father's Day!




If you'd like the chance of winning your own piece of papercut art* from Twenty Fingers enter below by telling us about the photo you'd like to turn into a papercut creation! Follow me on Twitter for another entry! 

Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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*Prize is a standard size Family Silhouette Papercut (value £69)




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Be Father's Day ready with Hallmark!


Living in a busy, and currently, eventful world its easy to forget about special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day and Father's Day, all come around so quickly. Before you know it the days are upon us and we don't have gifts and cards. Or maybe like me, you concentrate on getting an incredibly thoughtful gift for the Daddy of your children but forget about your own Dad!

So, if you're reading this and a panic has swept over you! Don't worry! It's quite possible that Hallmark have got you covered! 

First, I have a confession to make. Personally, I always thought Hallmark were expensive, but I've been proved wrong! I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of the items on offer this Father's Day and I am honestly so impressed by the quality and value for money. 


There's a huge variety, with Star Wars, Superman and The Simpson's available, along with the more traditional style cards, pop ups and badges, with prices starting as low as £1.28! Not only have they got a fantastic selection of cards, you can also now shop with them via Amazon, as well as the usual high street stores! 

There's also the super cute and cool Itty Bitty's selection starting at £6.00! Ideal for a superhero loving Daddy! Meaning you can easily get a gift and card for under £10.00!! 


Father's Day is just around the corner but keep calm! Hallmark have got you covered!

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A canvas for Daddy


My husband, Joseph's Daddy, loves our little ginger hurricane and proudly shows photographs to family, friends and work colleagues. He also displays Joseph very sulky nursery photo on his toolbox at work for all to see! So I wanted Joseph to make him something this Father's Day that he can place next to that sulky picture and be equally proud of. 

I remembered that he really liked a craft we did on the run up to Christmas and casually commented that 'he wouldn't mind one'. So we decided to do it again but tried a different, more effective, technique so I was keen to share it with you on the run up to Father's Day. 

Fancy trying it?

You will need

  • A canvas - £1.00 @ Wilko
  • Paints - I use Baker Ross acrylics but a simple kid's palette will do, £2.00 @ Wilko
  • Pots for paints if not using a palette
  • Paint brush
  • Pot of water for brush rinsing 
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape - 50p @ Wilko

Remember to protect your table/painting area!!

First, start by cutting the tape for your lettering. Consider what words you are using and what size they will need to be to fit them all onto the canvas. As our canvas was for Daddy to take to work we went with 'Daddy's Tools'.



Once your happy with your lettering start painting!


Don't worry if they stray over onto the tape, as you're using masking tape it won't soak through! 



Leave to dry.


Next, peel off the tape. 


Once removed you should be able to see your wording, which will have been left white. 



That's it you're done! Wrap and gift to Daddy or the father figure in your little ones life.



Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Can we stop with the bitching?


This post was first seen on meetothermums.com!!!


Women. Mothers.

We give sympathetic looks to the new Mum trying to get round the supermarket with a screaming newborn. We openly tell each other our birth stories having only met minutes earlier. We befriend each other over Instagram and Mummy forums. We drunkenly hug strangers and mop up their tears whilst in the loos on a night out. 

Yet, we can turn on each other, sometimes quite savagely. Whether it be preaching at a mum who asks about formula and telling her breast being best or deeming a woman a slummy mummy for dropping the kids off at school in her pajamas. It can happen anywhere, on a playground or online.

There can be bitching everywhere. Plenty of people do it. Even if its a 'what is she wearing?' or 'have you seen her latest Facebook profile picture?', its all a little tainted. 

Most readers of Mummy bloggers and/or the Daily Fail (cough), sorry Mail, will be aware of the fish finger, slummy mummy saga recently. A writer/journalist wrote a scathing piece about Mummy bloggers and Instagrammers that she believes are so called 'slummy mummies' and that compete against each other to be bad parents, give fish fingers for tea and drink gin. The writer, who coincidentally has a book to sell herself, even went as far to say they are arrogant and also, which upset me the most, neglectful. 

The whole thing wreaked of jealously and, to be brutally honestly, downright bitchiness.  

Read the comments on some of the leading Instagram stars posts and you will see more of it. Bitchiness. In the press we see best and worst dressed, which is along the same path. Bitchiness. 

What is it that brings this out in us women? Is it jealously? Is it unhappiness? Are we just a bunch of bitches?

Maybe we all need to breath before we type or speak. Does it sound a bit hurtful or bitchy? Is there a point in saying it? How many of our grans would say "don't say anything if you don't have anything nice to say?".  

Maybe we all need to think about that before we bitch and be a bit more like the friendly drunk girl in the loos. 

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Charity Spotlight - Tiny Tickers


As May comes to a close it is time to share a newly discovered charity with you. The charities I choose range in size but their popularity though doesn't matter to me. What matters is the amazing work that they do.

Tiny Tickers is one of those charities. 




I hadn't heard of them until a week or two ago but on reading of their work I felt the need to share the charity with you.

There are lots of baby and children's charities around, all doing amazing work, but what makes Tiny Tickers different is that they are the only charity in the UK doing what they do.

Before reading about their work to improve early detection, diagnosis and care of babies with heart conditions, I had no idea that a baby is born every two hours in the UK with a serious heart defect. It's an eyeopening statistic that I wasn't aware of and I know many of you will be the same. Even more eyeopening is that Congenital Heart Disease causes one in every thirteen infant deaths, making it one of the biggest killers of babies in the UK. 

Tiny Tickers works tirelessly to provide specialist on-site training to sonographers and healthcare professionals to help them identify heart conditions at twenty week scans. This giving babies a better chance of survival, should something be detected.

The charity also works to raise public awareness of the signs of  Congenital Heart Defects and heart failure in babies, helping parents spot symptoms and therefore, help babies get the treatment they need as early as possible. 

Tiny Tickers has recently been featured in a BBC Lifeline appeal, which you can watch here. They share the stories of two different babies, Rocco and Tommy, who were each diagnosed with heart problems at very different times, meaning treatment and happiness for one family and terrible sadness for another. 

Early diagnosis can save the lives of so many babies and this is when and why I ask you to donate if you can. Donations can be used in so many different ways, from cards to alert parents to the signs and symptoms, to providing the much need specialist training to sonographer. Both of which can save lives. 

Please donate if you can by clicking here.

Thank you.

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Lets Flip Out Giveaway!


Trampolining has gained huge popularity over the last couple of years, with more and more venues popping up around the country.  Unlike the freestanding trampolines from your school days these venues offer enclosed arenas.



These venues cater for everyone. You don't have to be to a kid either to give it a try! Grown ups are welcome too! Some venues even offer special toddler/under 5's sessions. There's fitness classes and after dark sessions too, as well as sessions especially for those with disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Add a ninja warrior course, laser maze course, party rooms and cafe, there really is something for everyone in the family! 

The latest venue to open is Flip Out, Brent Cross, and to celebrate they're giving away 4 free jumps for you and your friends!

So, if you're looking for things to do this half term in London give trampolining a try over at Flip Out Brent Cross. 

Enter below for your chance of making your visit completely free! Simply comment with your favourite childhood memory! 

Enjoy!

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Spring Pine Cones


I'm not into bright colours. I'm the type of person who's outfits are mostly black. The one who's home interior is neutral.

But just lately I've felt the pull of the brightness of spring shades and I've been on the look out for easy and affordable ways to bring spring into our home. 

During our recent visit to Sherwood Pines Gruffalo hunting Joseph and I felt the need to collect a few pine cones, much to Daddy's annoyance! Pine cones are easily associated with Christmas and the festive period but why not give them a spring makeover? Here's how!

(This craft is ideal for those with slightly older children or even grown ups! Obviously little ones could give it a try but you’ll have to watch them carefully in case of sharp pine cone edges)

You will need
  • Selection of pine cones
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint pot/tray
  • Paint brush
  • Water pot for brush rinsing
  • A table cover or newspaper to protect the crafting area

Now, as a craft blogger I tend to have a selection of acrylic paints but if you aren’t going to use them often, or even again, consider doing your pine cones in one colour. As long as you use a bright spring colour it will have the same effect!

First pick your colour, squeeze the paint into the pot and paint thoroughly. 



You may find that they need quite a few coats.




It’s also a good idea to paint one half first and then the other to avoid your cone getting stuck to the cloth.


Once dry arrange as needed and where you would like. These would look fab in a wooden or glass bowl.


Personally, I arranged mine around an LED candle in one of our lanterns. They look great! Obviously if you consider giving these a try yourself make sure you use an LED candle to avoid any fire hazards!




Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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