We are Taking a Short Break - Online Orders Still Open 0
We are heading off on a short break - it is trade show time in Sydney and we are hoping to find some new goodies for the store, but that means we can't be packing and shipping orders during this time.
You can still place your orders online, but we won't be fulfilling any orders made after the 14th of February until the 28th of February. If you order is urgent, please make a comment and we will see what we can do to hurry it along once we get back.
We will still be answering all email enquiries (or you can message us or give us a call if you need to speak to someone in person), so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We love LOVE - Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for your Littlest Love 0
Valentine's Day is fast approaching...I'm pretty sure I was just wrapping Christmas Gifts yesterday but turns out that the days have moved on a lot quicker than that!
I spoke about why we have decided to celebrate Valentine's Day in our house here.
We have been crafting up a storm in our house this past week, preparing for a love filled day by spreading the love to our friends and family. We will share some of the craft ideas we have tried out as well as some special downloads for you to try at home later this week. While we craft, I encourage discussions about our friends and family and try to stimulate some thoughts about why we value them and provide some meaning behind our gift giving.
If your family celebrates this love filled day in a similar way to ours, we have some special gift idea suggestions ranging from cute little metal tins that you can fill with lots of crafty goodies, special treats or tiny treasures.
1. A special collaboration with Polka Dot Club and Misha and Puff, this Persimmon Cuddling Rabbit is the perfect shade of red. This really is a special piece that will become a treasured heirloom in years to come.
2. Any of our Hazel Village animals can be personalised with the addition of a hand embroidered monogram - we embroider a heart and up to three letters in the colours of your choice to make a beautiful, customised gift.
3. These Sweetheart Tin Boxes are great for storing little treats - I could imagine some chocolates in these.
4. Some children like the hold something close, a little friend to provide support and unconditional love when they are feeling out of their depths with their emotions or in an unfamiliar situation. This little My Rabbit is the perfect size to provide a bit of a cuddle and pop into a pocket to keep them feeling safe and a reminder they are loved.
5. These Metal tins come in a pack of 2 and are the perfect size for storing little treasures, hair accessories or yummy treats. I can't go past those adorable piggies, but my daughter has her eyes on the bunny ones.
6. These pretty little butterfly hair clips come in the perfect shade of deep red. Not only are they cute to pop in the hair, they have also stimulated some imaginary play games here in our house. The detail on these ones is amazing, not to mention that beautiful velvet fabric.
If you were wanting some more ideas - we have plenty over at our Valentine's Day Collection.
We will be travelling on Valentine's Day, but my daughter will be opening up the bunny tins that will have this adorable little hedgehog inside one and chocolates in the other to keep her amused on the plane ride.
I know our tins will get filled with lots of treasures around the house and become part of a favourite game of our daughter's called 'It's your birthday' where we all receive a special gift (usually a toy she owns) wrapped in a blanket, towel, shoved into a box or anything that resembles these items.
I would love to know if you celebrate Valentine's Day in your family.
Do you do a family adventure? Try to keep it to the grown ups? Are there any special gifts you have your eye on for yourself (I want to get some ideas to wave past the husband's eyes ;) ).
Happy Easter + a Colouring In Page 2
Wild & Whimsical Things wishes you all a Happy Easter - may your bellies be full of chocolate and your little ones make magical childhood memories.
The store will be open over the Holiday period, but we will be away from the backend of the store from the 29th of March until the 3rd of April. Any orders made during this time will be dispatched starting from the 4th of April. Please let us know if anything is urgent and I will try my hardest to get it out to you ASAP on the 4th of April.
To say thank you for following our journey so far, here is a colouring in download with an Easter theme. I hope you all enjoy it. Please remember to tag us and share your colour in projects on Instagram or Facebook. Over on Instagram, we are using the #wildandwhimsicalthings hashtag.
* If you are looking for some great colouring in pencils for you or the kids - please check out the Lyra Pencils here.
Letter 'B' Colouring In Page 0
Here it is, a week late! But I have finally finished it and I must say, I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I had mentioned in the last Alphabet Colour In series that I was going to aim for a fortnightly post, and I was on track...until my daughter past on her nasty germs and well, I needed some rest. Now I am feeling back on the road to recovery.
So I present to you, the letter 'B'.
This letter was inspired by a few little things in our shop that start with the letter 'B', including some new goodies that will be arriving soon! I always like to add a touch of nature as well (and anything else that tickles my fancy).
My daughter had to 'help' me out a little once she saw it - and now we have to pop it up on the fridge.
Click on the the link to start downloading your colouring in page (PDF document): Letter 'B' Colouring In Page.
I hope you enjoy it and please let me know if you have any feedback about the series - have you downloaded any yet? Do you want to continue seeing this as a regular thing?
Pencils - Lyra unlaquered Colour Giants Nature 18pk.
Valentine's Day Craft 0
I must admit, I have been a little bit of a Valentine's Day grinch in the past. I wasn't always like this, but as you start to grow and develop into real life, sometimes things that are not necessary fall to the the way side. Like celebrating Valentine's Day.
Recently, I have been thinking more about this day since my daughter was born because I want her to meet someone one day that thinks that she is their world and will go the ends of the earth to show her just how much she means to them. I believe that modelling this behaviour in our home environment - that if she see's her Dad and Mum showing how they value and appreciate each other, that this will hopefully be a quality that she will look for in a partner in the future.
So as a family we decided to celebrate this day together - to show each other how much we all love one another and that we are all special and valued. We will be doing a picnic lunch, some small gifts - handmade and/or bought ones, chocolate and some foraged flowers while enjoying each other's company.
I also want my daughter to be able to express her feelings and let other people know that she appreciates them - whether that be for their friendship or teaching her new experiences and skills at childcare. So I have created a little craft for us to do together, to hand out to her childcare teachers and close friends, just to say thank you for all of the love and caring that they show towards her and to show a little of that back.
I also want to thank you all for your love of this little shop of mine and share our little Valentine's Day craft with you.
Valentine's Day Craft Activity
- A4 Cardstock paper - colour of your choice. We used Kraft brown.
- small wrapped chocolates. We used Haigh's milk chocolate love hearts.
Step 1: Download the bunny and rabbit template here. Once you click on the link, the download will start. Print it out and make sure you select the landscape mode if your printer doesn't do this automatically. We used Kraft cardstock so that the cut outs are a little firmer.
Step 2: Cut out around the black outlines - ensure an adult does this for smaller children and always take care with scissors.
Step 3: Colour in your bunny and rabbit to give it a little pop of colour. Write a cute little Valentine's day message on the back.
Step 4: Place a small dot of glue on the center of each bunny or rabbit's chest. Then place a small wrapped chocolate in the centre of the rabbit or bunny's chest.
Step 5: Fold the rabbit or bunny's arms over the chocolate so that it is cuddling the chocolate. Put a small dot of glue on the bottom arm and press the top arm over so that it glues them together. Wait for it to dry.
Step 6: Gift this cute little bunny and rabbit to your Valentine's Day sweethearts.
I hope you all have fun with this craft and we would love feedback from you - did you love it? Do you want to see more of these crafts here on the blog?
We would love to see you playing and making our creations over on our Instagram and Facebook account - make sure you come and check us out over there. Use the hashtag #wildandwhimsicalthingsartsandcrafts so we can see them all.
**This craft activity is for personal use only. If you repost these images, please ensure that you credit Wild & Whimsical Things as the creator of this download and images.**