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Every year we go and see the festival of light… but… the last few years they have been a bit well.. to quote the large child ‘the same as last time and a bit broken’.

I was lucky enough to win a family ticket to this year’s festival, which has moved back into a park in the city centre.

The kids had a great time, we met reindeer and they held an owl… we got reindeer food for Christmas Eve and drew calendars.. we ended up with a hot chocolate to warm us up before we came home.

So.. the vote was it’s definitely an improvement, well done Sunderland Council!

Homemade Halloween

I really like Halloween!

And I got to make stuff for a little display this year (sadly I can’t take photos).

It started with little pumpkins..

Then a few spiders crept in..

Inspiration from here

And some other little dudes..

And I needed some little things to hang up…

I didn’t follow instructions, but there are some here

Crochet and needle felt flowers:

Inspiration from here and here

Ickle Baby:

And baby’s toys:

And some more pumpkins:

And a spidey web

And a little wreath:

copied from here

And this super cute tombstone thingy:

Actual pattern here

Halloween is coming..

Yay! I’m going to try and photograph some of my Halloween makes as I pack them up for transport today, wish me luck!

Someone said ‘blessed Samhain’ to me yesterday, and I just smiled and looked blank cos I didn’t know what it meant. Wiki says this, so you learn something new everyday, I guess!