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Comping: August Wins

Last month was a little disappointing when it came to wins - I only needed five bullet points. This month has been much better! ☆ Logo Billionaire board game by Drummond Park, from the ET Speaks From Home blog . ☆ Emily Sparkes and the Competition Calamity book from the Primary Times . ☆ Blue elephant travel bag   from Fikay Eco Fashion in collaboration with the Big Issue. ☆ Zelf, Shopkins, Lalaloopsy, etc from the Never Grow Up blog . ☆  Shopkins Swapkins Party Kit from EvolutionComps. ☆ Mr & Mrs Murder DVD from TNT Magazine . ☆ Bolts and Blip DVD from The Brick Castle blog . ☆ Nuby Flower Child Feeding Set from the Mummy Vs Work blog . ☆ Mini Marlenka Cake from lovemarlenka.co.uk . ☆ The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom book by Jonny Duddle from ? ☆ Goodreads:           - Auberon (Jessica Keller Chronicles #1) by Blaze Ward.           - Beyond The Sea - Melissa Bailey.           - Echoes Resounding from the Past by Cheryl Freier.      

Mini Mart: miniatures.inc, sunsetsammi, theweecrafthoose

Reviews of a few UK ebay miniatures suppliers: Supplier: miniatures.inc Website: eBay store . Products: Handmade 1/12 scale books, food packaging, etc. Really nicely done, and some of the best quality out there for modern packaging. Post and Packing: Pay once then get free postage on all other items paid for on the same invoice. Supplier: sunsetsammi Website: eBay store . Products: 1/12 scale miniatures, including a range of handmade paper items - like the tarot cards I bought. They were great quality and true to scale. Post and Packing: Combined postage on multiple purchases and very quick dispatch time. Supplier: theweecrafthoose Website: eBay store . Products: 1/12 scale miniatures, including hand made food packaging. Post and Packing: Combined postage for items on the same invoice.

Mini Mart: Milklegs - Suffragette Doll

This review first needs a little bit of back story. When Marianna was very young shuffle happened to chance upon the Mary Poppins song ' Sister Suffragette '. It instantly became her new favourite thing, and she still kicks wildly with excitement every time she hears it. This led to the idea, Marianna being the first grandchild on both sides and spoilt rotten in every way, that I could make a suffragette Barbie as a keepsake Christmas present for her. She certainly won't need anything practical, that's for sure. The doll would have to be a redhead, of course, so I was thinking maybe Sindy's friend Marie, or perhaps Barbie's friend Midge... Then toyboxphilosopher , the doll review blog, happened to have a guest post by Charlotte of Milklegs. Holly O'Hair , the doll above, was the subject of a repaint tutorial. And when I checked out Milklegs' Etsy, Holly was still available for sale. :) Next, to turn an EAH princess into a suffragette. I brush

Baby Book

I've been updating Marianna's baby book a bit. Well, I say a bit... It needs loads of updating. I was very good with it for the first couple of months and then it all went downhill. Still, at least it's not completely empty! When I was at ante-natal class we were told to start a baby book to chart the pregnancy journey, or some equally soft sounding term, but I couldn't do it. It felt like I would be tempting fate somehow. I did buy one though (it's actually an A4 notebook, because I couldn't find one I liked), and  I filled in a couple of pages when Marianna was about 8 days overdue, but I couldn't even finish those. I caught up once Marianna was home, and got everyone to write her a postcard or a letter for her to read when she's older. Hopefully I'll be better at updating it over the winter - now I've just got to look for a good photo printing deal to cover the summer. :) This post has been submitted to the Papery Peep li

My Top Ten Prints

This week I've been watching lots of art history documentaries. Why? Who knows, but the best has been The Artful Codgers , a BBC documentary about the Greenhalgh family. Shaun Greenhalgh created some of the most successful forgeries - across a variety of mediums - in the world, in his garden shed. Very impressive! Lacking the skill to recreate the masters, I'll settle for prints. In no particular order, these are the ten pictures I'd most like to get prints of: #10. Aviva Brueckner The most modern artist on this list, Brueckner did a really cool series of works exploring what some of the greats would have looked like if bones were all that mattered. This take on Matisse's 1909 ' Dance ' speaks to my love of the quirky and random. #9. Caravaggio Detail from Caravaggio's Madonna of Loreto  (1605). There are many, many Madonna and child paintings out there. Just check out the Ugly Renaissance Babies Tumblr . Caravaggio,

School Uniform

It's almost the beginning of the new school year, and school uniform is everywhere. Debenhams are running a competition that got me thinking back to my own school days. They're asking bloggers to post a photo of themselves in uniform, then choose items from the Debenhams Kidswear range to recreate the look as closely as possible. For more info check out the Rock 'n' Roll Mum blog . I started school at Hollybush Primary (now Nant Celyn), but I think this photo is from when I was at Croesyceiliog Primary . I was at Maendy Primary - which I'm now a governor of :) - before Rhys started school, so I'm probably about 5 in the picture. Marianna will doubtless think it hilarious once she's old enough, though I take solace in the fact that Rhys looks equally as ridiculous in his little blue zipper suit there. These are the items I'd recreate it with: My cardigans were generally hand knitted, and my school skirts used to be elasticated and pleat

Fun4All Checklist

A couple of weeks ago I did a checklist of the miniature board games and other toys produced by Basic Fun (you can find it HERE ). This week I'm following it up with similar offerings produced by Fun-4-All, before they went bust in 2004. One day I will catch them all! ;) * All pictures found via Goolge Images, I claim no ownership * Big Wheel Furby Talking keyrings - there are tons of different designs of these. Jacks Jigsaw Puzzle There is also a Simpsons version. Kerplunk Lincoln Logs Lite Brite Mancala Mastermind Pet Rock Play-Doh Fun Factory Rebound See it in action HERE . Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots You could get keychains of the individual robots too. Simon TinkerToy Tip It Tonka You could also get a fire engine. Transformers There were eight different versions; read more HERE . Uno