PicStick Magnets (Review)

picsticl photo magnetsI was recently asked to check out PicStick personalised photo magnets. I had lots of ideas of what to print but when I started to think of the magnets coming in packs of nine (It’s a sheet of magnets divided into nine pieces that easily separate). I decided to make the magnets into a number game for the boys. At home and on my walk to collect Nate from preschool I snapped a few numbers with my iphone. They turned out great and the boys love ordering the numbers on the fridge and trust me they have withstood a lot of abuse by little hands.

picstick_2They get a thumbs up from Nate and from me too. Of course, they’d be great for holiday snaps, family photos, and all those carefully filtered Instagram photos (although, you’d notice that the magnets are not square so frame your subjects with that in mind). I’m thinking of ordering some more to make a family tree or even photos of the kids’ drawings to hold up their drawings (totally meta, right?) I’m sure all the grandparents would love a few magnets of the little angels for their fridge.

The quality is great and the website is really easy to use. You can upload images from your computer, Facebook or Instagram and have the option to crop and rotate within the PicStick editor. One sheet of 9 magnets is  only £9.50/$14.99 and shipping is free.

If you hurry to www.picstick.com there’s a Black Friday 3 for 1 offer so you can get plenty of stocking stuffers. Just use the code GIFT3FREE to get 3 sets of magnet sheets for £9.50/$14.99.

I was provided one complementary sheet of magnets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own (and Nate’s).

 

2014 Project (week 46)

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This little dude has been killing it lately with spontaneous bursts of dancing and drumming. He has always been pretty rad about his choice in music, but this week he totally surprised me by jumping down from the table to dance to Belle & Sebastian’s new single The Party Line. He says it’s our song and has choreographed some super sweet moves to it. If you know anything about me, it’s that I totally love that band. So it’s like in his DNA.

Here’s a little video to show you just how freakin cute he is. (And don’t mind Alex’s crying towards the end. He just gets mad when he can’t see his own picture on my iphone. He perked up once I put the phone in his own hands. That boy loves a selfie!)

Nate Dancing to Belle & Sebastian’s Party Line from The Dares on Vimeo.

2014 Project (weeks 44 & 45)

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I am totally having trouble getting back into blogging after a long holiday away, but luckily the kids are still pretty cute. Here they are showing their Dublin roots as two tough dudes in the W. Drive Gang.

45_52_2014And now we have two ferocious critters on their way to The Gruffalo Live at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. It was such a great performance! The highlight was definitely when the Gruffalo came into the audience to talk to my little tiger who backed up into my lap saying “oh no, he scare me!”. Nate loved getting lots of attention as a tiny Gruffalo. He growled at all the people on the street but was a bit to quiet to actually scare people. In the theatre all the kids were waving an pointing at him. I almost expected him to start signing autographs. We’re going through a serious dressing up phase and I love it!

 

DIY Fabric Covered Buttons

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I suppose it’s time for me to buck up and admit that winter is coming. I don’t know why it shocks me every year, but I’m a South Texas girl who loves the sunshine. So to spruce up my trusty M&S winter coat, I swapped out the big plasticy black buttons for fabric covered buttons. It’s a quick DIY job that brightens up a winter coat (without having to shell out for a new one!

This project only took a few minutes to cover the buttons and a few more minutes to sew them on. It’s easily an afternoon project (depending on how good you are at sewing buttons!) The ditsy floral fabric is from Floppy Fabrics and I found the button cover kit at Tiger (although any fabric store or haberdashery should have them. Just make sure they fit your buttonhole). You’ll also need strong, all purpose thread for sewing the buttons on. And a coat obviously.

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You’re button kit will have instructions. Basically you need to cut a circle of fabric larger than the circumference of the button. Fold it in over the inner piece, then press the backing piece firmly in place (you can also do a slip stitch to hold the fabric in place around the inner disc, but that’s a lot of extra work). A couple of my buttons popped off after my first wear because I wasn’t firm enough. A couple drops of glue or a stronger grip should do the trick.

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And there you have it. I picked this fabric because it was bright and tonal. A contrasting fabric would have been cute too, but I like to keep my options open for accessorising with scarves. Now that I think of it, a geometric black and white print would have been nice too. And for full disclosure, I covered my buttons at the end of the season last year so that it would be a nice surprise when I pulled it out of the closet, which explains the sunshine and long hair in the photo!

Our House in Ikea Family Living

I was so excited when Ikea got in touch over the summer to feature our lovely little housein the Ikea Family Living. I love the house we’re living in at the moment, but we know we only have about 6 months left on our lease so it’s really nice that our home gets to shine a little before it all gets packed up.

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Check out the house tour and interview the Ikea site and snoop around a bit more at our house, check out our bedroom and the kids’ room. Thanks to Ikea for sharing our house!