Getting crafty and creating family traditions

Since my little girl has been living with us (we adopted her in March) I have been giving a lot of thought to the family traditions I would like to have.  Christmas is easy I think because we can just do what we’ve always done as a couple and what we did as children ourselves – so with that in mind I’m thinking new pyjamas for Christmas Eve, a Christmas film and treats.  And obviously we’ll need to have treats for Father Christmas and his reindeer.  With all that in mind I’ve decided on a Christmas Eve box to store all this stuff in and so I bought this little  (it’s actually quite big) gem from ebay f


or a bargain £5:

I need to go to B&Q or somewhere now to buy some paint and varnish to get it all ready.  For Christmas traditions u also want J to pick out a bauble or decoration for the tree every year so that by the time she gets older we have a tree full of memories. When I was a child my Nan had a fabric advent calender hung on her living room door and each day I had a little treat – I really love this idea of adding something each day ourselves rather than the cardboard and chocolate varieties so I’m on the lookout for a nice wooden one we can use year after year. Finally I want an elf on the shelf but wow, how expensive are they?!  I need to have a think and find a way I can make something similar.

I’ve also been thinking about the family traditions we’ll have throughout her childhood and it’s led me to an idea for an etsy shop -I have made a prototype and will be launching it in my shop this week hopefully – more news to come when I do.

Most of all I want my daughter to grow up feeling that her creativity is appreciated and feeling unafraid to express herself creatively – I hope that she remembers making things and being creative with as much joy as I remember all the things I used to do and make with my Nan.


Finding my creative outlet

Yesterday I posted about how I hadn’t had time to create anything for the past 4 months – and if I’m completely honest with myself this probably isn’t the whole truth.  I have been short of time definitely – but the baby is in bed by 7pm so if I really wanted to do something I could.  I just didn’t seem to know what to do.  I used to sew pretty little things a couple of years ago and before that I was really into digital scapbooking – I was on creative teams for a few really amazing designers inclining Tangie Baxter and then I lost all my stash when my computer died (always back up!).  My filofax decorations allowed me to spend a little time on a Sunday afternoon decorating the week ahead but to be honest since I’ve been on adoption leave I don’t really have that many plans.
So in an attempt to ‘do something’  about this lack of a creative outlet I bought this beautiful planner from MrsBrimbles (her shop is here):


And I’m going to make an effort to make it look lovely inside.  I might use it for journalling.

I’ve also been making much more effort recently with my snail mail – I’ve had themes with my letters, so recently I’ve made a London themed letter and a tea themed letter.  I also made some pocket letters.



And lastly I’ve decided I’m going to take part in July’s listers gotta list by the Reset Girl (info here) – I’ve made my front cover of a traveler’s notebook:


And I’ve completed day 1:


Hopefully I can do the whole month.

New Year’s Resolutions in September – family, creativity and planning

September means a lot of things for me – there are loads of birthdays to remember, lots of weekend plans (there’s always a food festival and I’m still supposed to be doing Alphabet dates with my husband) and of course teaching starts again.  If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I’ve been busy enrolling (if I have to write enrolment in my Filofax one more time I think I’ll go mad) and this week is the last week before teaching starts.  For me, as a result, September is full of good intentions, a fresh start and a new year.  My ‘New Year’s resolutions’ are therefore made in September.  By October they have normally gone out of the window but I continue to make them every year.  I read somewhere recently that if you write down your goals you are 40% more likely to achieve them, so we’ll see if it works.

My goals for this academic year are:

* To spend at least one day of quality time per week with my husband

* To do something creative on at least one day of the week (I’ve made a good start with this, I’ve been decorating my weekly plans each week and have signed up for a couple of online classes, including the journalling one I mentioned last week)

* To spend more time on lesson planning and less time on marking (I really enjoy planning lessons, it’s the creative process of it, I think)

Hopefully I’ll last beyond October!  Here’s this week’s inserts:

wb 01-09 mon wed  wb 01-09 thurs sun


I’ve also been taking part in the #ohsnapaday photo challenge on Instagram so head on over to my Instagram page to see my very poor efforts so far!

Do you view September as a ‘New Year’? Let me know in the comments, how do you make new plans, and do you stick to them?

My Purpley Life

An attempt at creativity


An attempt at creativity

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