Sylvanian Families – A Review

The twins (6 years old) have been into Sylvanian families ever since Nanna & Grandad bought them the Grand Hotel for Christmas a couple of years ago.  Like most childrens toys they get left & not played with for a while & then a renewed enthusiasm for them ensues & they simply must play with EVERY part that they own!

This week we were sent a new Sylvanian Family play set. Freya’s Day at the Seaside.


Before I let the twins see what they had & rip open the box I instructed them to get some of their existing families & bring them downstairs to play with.  They brought down the camper van, the cow family & the ice cream cart. Very apt I thought considering they didn’t know what they were getting next.   There was lots of noise when I produced the box & Hannah was desperate to get a beach scene going.

Here’s what came in the box:


Hannah was all about Freya & the accessories that came with her while Robert preferred to stick with the camper van & the figures (boys & cars!!!).

It wasn’t long before they were taking the Sylvanians back up stairs, along with Freya at the Seaside, to set up an enormous beach scene, complete with hotel & lots of visitors.


All in all we are very happy with the new Sylvanian Family play set.  It has renewed the twins interest in the entire range, so much so that now we’ve been playing with Sylvanians non stop for three days.

My only criticism is the packaging of the product.  While the box is already as small as can be & the little green plastic housing for the figure ensures that it stays in place… is it really necessary to have the rest of the parts in four separate plastic bags? The teeny tiny drinking glass came in it’s own bag.  One bag really would have done the same job as four!

Freya’s Day at the Seaside is available from Amazon & all good toy shops. RRP £12.99.

If you visit the Sylvanian Familes website at the moment you can take part in a great photo competition where you can share your Sylvanians on their holidays.





Disclaimer: We received the Sylvanian Families play set free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own & that of my family.

Playing With Hexagons

Yesterday I went to my Thursday sewing group for the first time in weeks.  Life has recently got in the way a bit & kept me from my sewing & I realised how much I was missing the calming, stress relieving side of it.

Lucky for me it was the first day of a new workshop, Playing With Hexagons.  Our tutor is lovely, I’ve met her before on several occasions but never actually attended one of her own workshops.  We had all been emailed with fabric requirements & I decided to raid my stash fabrics for mine… it’s like shopping once you dive in :)

So here’s the fabrics I chose.  I liked the leaf design one to start with & bought the others based around that.  I have since added some other fabrics of similar colours to the bundle.  Again, all from stash.

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The design we’re doing consists of 8 blocks, each of these blocks is made up of hexagons but those hexagons are made up of more than one fabric & a range of different designs.  It will be fun to watch the designs comes together.  Here’s how the first block is going.

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I started with a four patch block & then used a template to cut the hexagons, making sure that each hexagon was cut with the fabric in the same place.  The single leaf hexy is for the center of my block.  As you can imagine there are plenty of ways to layout the hexagons around the middle & it took me ages to decide on my layout but I think I finally have it.

All I need now is to work out which colour to put around the edge in the diamond space of the hexagon.  I have two fabrics in mind & here is a picture of both.  Here is the layout of both.

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You can see on the second layout that I haven’t used the mustard coloured solid that I orginally had chosen, instead i’ve gone for a mustard gingham colour as the solid just looked totally wrong.

So… what do you think?  Which layout colour do you prefer… lilac or gingham?


Razor Red Knife Sharpener – Review

We recently got this lovely little gadget on Amazon UK & I have to say that we were very impressed.


It has to be the most simple knife sharpener that you could ever come across.  It has a suction cup thingy-ma-jig on the bottom so that once it’s on your worktop it’s going nowhere.  I found this particularly useful as it means you don’t have to hold on to the sharpener with one hand while trying to sharpen knives with the other.

We have a good few knives in our drawer, none of which are very sharp in my opinion but the husband insists they are “good” knives.  I tend to stick to my favourite two as I know they’re sharp.

Now, thanks to the Razor Red sharpener we have about ten knives that are all ready to do some serious damage.

Here is a quick video clip to see how you can achieve the sharp results in under a minute.

The sharpener is just 6cm in diameter & 6cm high, making it easy to store in the same drawer as I keep the knives.  It is sturdy to use & works really well.  I would highly recommend this sharpener.




Disclaimer: I received a voucher allowing me to purchase this product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own & that of my family.


Xtreme Giveaway – CHEWITS

Has anyone noticed recently that Chewits chew sweets are all over the place or is it just me??   The last couple of parties that the twins attended have included a tube of Chewits in their goody bag.


I hadn’t seen Chewits in a sweet shop for ages, or I just hadn’t noticed them, but now I’m noticing them LOADS.  I certainly remember them from when I was young, which is not surprising as they’ve been around since 1965.  If I remember correctly there was a TV add that had a monster eating a packet of them on the Empire State Building.


A quick look around the Chewits website & you’ll find some really fun little games for the kids to play, the latest adverts for them to see & even a search facility to find your nearest Sport Course, something else that Chewits are involved in… keeping active :)
Oh yeah & you’ll also find LOADS of different flavours including their Xtreme flavours Sour Apple & Tutti Frutti.  This is the range that they’ve recently added to with Sour Pineapple flavour.

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To celebrate the release of Chewits Xtreme Sour Pineapple I have 4 packs of these super sour chews to give away to one lucky winner.

To enter you just have to answer the question below for a bit of fun.
For an extra entry you can share the giveaway.

Xtreme Chewits Sour Pineapple Giveaway

Giveaway ends on Friday 18th July.
Winner will be drawn at random after the giveaway ends & the winner contacted asap.
If the winner doesn’t respond within 14 days, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize is 4 individual packs of Sour Pineapple Chewits.

I look forward to hearing those lovely flavours.




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Another Tula Pink Quilt – WIP Wednesday

What can I say… I LOVE Tula Pink :)

Today I’ve been working on getting the Tula Pink Shoreline quilt top finished.  I almost managed it too but with just one & a half strips left to stitch, my bobbin ran out of thread.  By the time I re-filled the bobbin it was time to collect the twins from school.


The fabric range I’m using is Saltwater & of course it’s by Tula Pink :)

Tomorrow I should get the top completely finished.  Then it’s time to hunt through some stash for a backing.


I’m linking this post up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced blog.  If you fancy seeing some other lovely, colourful quilting WIP’s then pop over & click on some links.


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