Monkey’s Advent Adventures

This is essentially a guest post by Barn as what follows is his creation – an idea he came up with to visually share his advent calendar with family and friends – I thought you might enjoy it too ūüôā

On Day 1 there were Minion socks and Day 2¬†a miniature but very powerful torch (ideal for camping trips). ¬†On Day 3¬†Monkey was introduced to the scene…

Day 3 РA passing Monkey was drawn to the bright colours on the tree and asked what was going on.  After having the concept explained to him he asked to join in then immediately lay claim to the contents of box no. 3.

Day 4 – Curious Monkey discovered a Man Flu treatment in his box…and immediately felt a headache coming on.

Day 5 –¬†Monkey got so excited he was biting his nails, and actually got a trifle¬†over giddy. ¬†When he finally got the wrapper off he was very pleased with his new chocolate friend.

Day 6 –¬†Barn went for a bike ride and came home to find Monkey anxiously watching out for him at the window.¬† Monkey gave a great big cheer when he came in, then rushed off to get in the shower with his new shower gel.

Day 7 –¬†Monkey was sent to climb up and collect the box from the tree. ¬†¬†He was quite out of breath when he got back but felt it was worth it for a chocolate snowman.

Day 8 –¬†After having his breakfast Monkey was in such a rush to get to his present that he got his hand stuck in the box. ¬†After freeing himself and opening the gift he decided to laze around and do nothing but dream and eat the chocolate bars he’d received.

Day 9 –¬†Monkey upped the festive spirit by popping on his new reindeer antlers for the box opening.¬† He was gobsmacked by the Santa socks he got.

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Ghosts of Christmas past

Merry Christmas!

Like a small child I’ve woken unnecessarily early and am sitting here, in the peaceful hush of a sleeping house, taking a wee¬†meander through Christmases past, having some moments of appreciation for Christmas present, and vaguely flirting with a few¬†ideas for Christmases yet to come (yes, tis true…I’m already germinating plans for next¬†year!)

As you know, this year the Renegade household has¬†been in the wonderful and very fortunate position of being able to afford to purchase special Christmas gift items for our loved ones. ¬†However, as discussed in an earlier post, this has not always been the case and over recent years we’ve made a lot of our Christmas gifts in the form of food hampers, so I thought I’d show you a few…

Christmas Gifts 2009These were from several years ago, when we had a real white Christmas and even a city suburb like mine managed to look magical.  I particularly liked the edible gingerbread gift tags on the hampers, but am less keen on the hand written labels for the jars.  The labels really should be printed, unless I learn calligraphy, or at least seriously improve my handwriting.

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Party Bags

Party bags collageWhen looking for party bags for Big Sis’s birthday I found myself faced with a familiar problem…the ones I liked were too expensive and the ones I could afford weren’t pretty enough.

In the end I got plain white mini carrier bags and tarted them up using printed labels, stamps, ribbon and pearls.  I wish I managed to find a more closely matched shade of green for the bird ink stamp, but apart from that I was happy with them.