December is almost here! That means that Christmas is around the corner too! That’s why today I am sharing here a new “elf on the shelf” printable!
So we have started to decorate (we like to start Christmas decorations the last week of November). I have our Advent Calendar ready (the one I shared on my last blog, with photos to make a family album).
And today I finished a new watercolor sketch! I just draw an Elf using the watercolor pencils. Then I made a printable to create a puppet. It’s the first time I made one so I am happy I didn’t mess up!🙈
We don’t celebrate the Elf in the shelf here (Spain/France) but I like the idea of that tradition, even if I don’t think I will start it at home because I am sure I will forget every day. 😅 That’s why I thought that a printable puppet would be cute, girls love to play with puppets and we can use it as a decoration too.🙌
If you scroll you will find the printable and the video, and you just need to download it if you want to print your little elf at home.🥰
How does that Elf on the shelf printable work? You just need to download the template and print it.
Then cut the different parts of the elf and use long fasteners to make it articulated.
I hid the “shoulders ” under the collar and add three more,one for the neck and two hips. You can glue the printed sheet to recycled cardboard or laminated it.
It’s also a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration,and I am thinking about different sized ones for more fun,or maybe different characters! What do you think about it? I will keep you updated!
Today I am going to share a reindeer printable! I am so happy I have started to draw again. I use to love drawings and stopped while studying my degree, then a few years ago my sister talked to me about these pencils, an easy way to start some watercolor practice.
I made some regular drawings for the girls crafts but never found a moment to try watercolors. And last month I finally bought the right paper and tried the pencils.
It’s actually not that hard,even if I need to improve my skills,and it’s really satisfying!
After a few tries,that I will be slowly sharing, I tried to recreate a watercolor reindeer, Rudolph style 🦌 And gave it to my girls to play some #facethefoliage with red maple leaves.
That’s why I am sharing here the reindeer printable, so you can print it at home and maybe your kids will also love to glue some leaves to create the antlers!
That’s a similar activity than the one I shared a few months ago, that you can find here .
You just need to download the template (scroll down),print it and use some leaves to add the antlers. Some kids just like to draw the antlers by themselves. And you can even try watercolor pencils, coloring and then adding some water with a brush,they usually love it!
Even if we just entered in November’s month,let’s admit that we need to start thinking about Christmas decorations and gift ideas,so today I am going to share with you this DIY advent calendar that I created last year!
Last year I started a new tradition: a DIY advent calendar with printed photos. Every day, we opened one envelope with a few photos that I printed.
That made a daily activity for the girls, creating that year’s family album with stickers and crafting. It was a last minute idea that I shared on Instagram and couldn’t share on the blog but this year I don’t want to be late! So here’s a photo of our last year’s wreath:
There is a lot of wild mistletoe that you can pick in the woods, I added it to the wreath and use some envelopes that I decorated with paper news,number tags and rustic rope .
I also love old music sheets as Christmas props,so I also used them.
What I love is that I still have the envelopes and the wire hoop. I will pick more mistletoe and just reuse the rest!
It’s the best way to have your photos of the year printed and it makes a fun family activity (and a sugar free calendar idea🤭).
We always struggle to get our photos printed, but I love classic photo albums to enjoy with the girls. Kids love to see these memories printed! So that’s the perfect way to have a yearly album with the highlights of the year. We make some scrapbooking to decorate it and the result is so pretty! Remember that washi tape it’s greener than regular one: think about it! Use it also if you want to wrap your gifts the classic way! Other ideas to wrap your presents are with reusable bags or fabric!
It’s a new month so I want to share another free printable for you! We have been picking lots of acorns and pinecones and I thought that we could use them for a counting activity with a watercolor template that you can download here (scroll down).
I made a pine tree sketch with our watercolor pencils and I used number cards so the girls could add the same number of acorns or pinecones to the tree. We can work maths with additions and subtractions.
I give them the number cards and depending on your kid’s age you can use different activities, like ask them to put the same number of acorns that the number of the card.
For my 5yo I can work with additions and substractions: I use the same cards and that’s a great way to learn!
What I like about these free printables is that we can reuse them many times, you can even laminate them and this way you don’t need to print them several times. Like we did with our face the foliage template, we used it this time with dry leaves for a fall-ish version 🍁
I am learning to use these watercolor pencils but I am looking forward to share more drawings like this! Wishing you a great month!xx
The countdown to Halloween started! So if you need Halloween craft ideas you’ll love today’s free printable!
Download them for free clicking in the link (scroll down) and the fun part is that you can use them for different activities. With these templates we made: muppets, sun catchers, coloring pages,mosaic Halloween characters (using seeds),and also a window decoration using chalk makers
Butternut squash is one of my favorites and that recipe is really easy, perfect for when you don’t have much time,and during rainy days too!
A few years ago I started to buy more butternut squash, they are so good, stay long in the pantry (two months in a cool one) and there are so many different recipes that we love in our household.
Soups, risottos or puree but today is a roasted recipe with spinaches.
You just need to cut the butternut squash in a half,remove the seeds, roast it (oven180° for 40min) and cook some spinaches with quinoa,soya seeds and pine nuts. That’s it,you can serve it and style it.
It’s one of my favorite butternut squash recipes, because I find it eye catching and while it’s in the oven you can multitask!😅
Hope you like it! Or maybe you prefer pumpkins and you are ready for Halloween! 😜 We just carved ours yesterday, some photos coming soon on my Instagram @scraps.and.coffee.grounds !!
Find more healthy and easy recipes classed by seasons in my page healthy recipes .
Kawasaki disease: after three hospitals, lots of perfusions,one lumbar ponction and different treatments we finally know the reason why our oldest girl was struggling with high fever and low blood pressure the last days. Her condition was getting worse so the doctors finally thought about Kawasaki disease (at first they thought it was meningitis,that’s why the lumbar ponction), started the right treatment (intravenous inmunoglobulin and aspirin) Her condition improved so we could came back home yesterday. She’s slowly recovering from everything and we’ll have different appointments to check her heart again,but I wanted to share these templates (swipe for English/french and Spanish) to share in case that helps someone else. I heard about Kawasaki disease but had no idea how impressive symptoms might be and about this coronary risk,so I guess that raising awareness is never a bad idea
That painting was on one of the rooms we had,when we arrived at the emergency room of Toulouse (by helicopter,no parents allowed ) Thanks to all those who sent DMS to check and thought about us,if you know me a bit you probably know that I don’t usually need insta breaks,here’s my happy place and I really enjoy this space and I will probably start sharing again my usual content because that’s how I reset and think about happy things Some info: “Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a severe illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. Although about 80 percent of patients are under five years of age, older children and teenagers can also get KD, but this is uncommon. KD is not contagious.
It is estimated that more than 4,200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease in the U.S. each year. The cause of KD is unknown, although an agent, like a virus,is suspected.There is no specific test for KD; doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a collection of symptoms and physical findings” http://www.kdfoundation.org Thanks to all the health professionals that helped us last week ❤️