Make Your Own Masquerade Masks for New Year #BostikBlogger

IMG_8246My memories from the last time I went out on New Year’s Eve are vague – not because I was worse for wear but more because it was so long ago.

Overcrowded, over-priced clubs or pubs were never my cup of tea but after having Freya the logistics involved in going out, especially as we don’t have anyone nearby who could watch her, are just too complicated.

Normally we just go to bed and wake up on January 1st (unless the neighbours wake us before) but I thought this year, as Freya is much more aware of what’s going on, we’d have a little mini-party, just the three of us (although we will probably all be in bed by 10pm).

As New Year is the theme of our latest craft box from Craft Merrily, which we receive as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, I thought we could make ourselves some fun masquerade masks to wear as we welcome 2018.

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To make your own masks, you will need.

Card (ideally glittery or sparkly).

Decorations (we used sequins, feathers and flowers).

Chop sticks (or something to hold the masks).

Pipecleaners.

Card to make a template.

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Step 1.

To get an idea of what to make I Googled “mask silhouette” and all sorts of pretty examples came up. Freya already had a cardboard owl mask so we drew around that first of all and then I adapted it for the different designs we wanted.

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Step 2.

Once you have cut out your template, transfer it to the card, making as many as you need.

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Step 2.

Once you have cut them out, the fun really starts. I basically put a box of decorations in front of Freya and said “go for it”. I was really surprised when I turned back from decorating my own mask to find she had picked all the flowers out. This was all her own work (apart from some help with the tape).

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I decorated this one.

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And the last one we did together.

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Step 3.

I twisted the pipe cleaners around the chopsticks, just to make things a bit more colourful and then stuck them on.

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You can tell Mark is loving every minute.

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Have you got anything planned on New Year’s Eve?

Note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this post.

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My Sunday Photo – December 3rd, 2017.

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Whenever Freya asks to paint I know it won’t take long before the paper is cast aside and she starts decorating herself (luckily they are non-toxic). I couldn’t resist playing with the bright light on this particular day.

November was all about the words (as I was taking part in National Novel Writing Month) but I’m looking forward to getting out and about and taking some more photos again now it’s over.

I hope you have a great week.

To see what other people have been taking photos of this week please click on the camera below.

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Reasons My Four-Year-Old Woke Last Night (Plus Tips For Coping With Sleep Deprivation).

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The mind of a four-year-old seems to be a miraculous, if slightly terrifying, thing.

Since starting school in September, Freya has amazed me with how much she has learnt. She’s like a little sponge soaking it all up. The trouble is, at night she seems to be squeezing that sponge to get the excess out.

The first time she woke up last night was probably legitimate. She thought there was a spider on her pillow, which she some how saw in the pitch-black (an extensive search by light of my phone revealed that was not the case).

Next she started awake wondering why she didn’t win any money on the amusements when we were on holiday last week. You have to go through the amusements to get to the disco/soft play and I let her go on some of the little rides, which is why she didn’t win any money.

Then she needed a “huggle” (blaming Topsy and Tim’s gran for that one).

A drink (ok).

Woke up crying that she doesn’t have any friends. She does, I listed half a dozen.

Needed the toilet (legitimate).

Was worried that she will never get married. I explained, with as much patience as I had at 1am, that it’s not something to worry about now OR EVER and that she needed to GO TO SLEEP.

Other nights have included fears about being unable to write the letter a, pondering what you get if you mix red and yellow together and letting me know she doesn’t like being called “Banana Head”. I have never called her that, for the record.

Despite all the wake ups she was ready to go at 4.17am today (grrr changing the clocks) which was obviously not happening and so she fidgeted and sighed loudly until 5am when I finally gave up.

Sadly, this sleeplessness isn’t a new thing.

I know we like to make jokes about sleep (or rather lack of it) when our babies are young but I genuinely believe it’s more of a problem than we give it credit for. People told me I had PND in her first year when she would wake every 10 minutes some nights but I knew, while I was really sad (even though I had the baby I wanted more than anything in the world), sheer exhaustion was behind it. If I even got a tiny bit more sleep, I felt better (I still do).

People also told me, with confidence, she would start sleeping at three months, one, 18 months, two, three and now? They have given up asking, I suppose assuming she just sleeps.

The bags under my eyes tell a different story (not to mention the weight I’ve put on from comfort eating). It’s a lot better than it was but her little brain just doesn’t seem to be able to switch off. As the experts say there is nothing physically wrong with her, there isn’t much help available (at least, that doesn’t involve just letting her cry, which is not something I want to do).

And, of course, it doesn’t just create problems for me but her too. Generally she is a happy girl but as the day wears on and she gets more tired, she gets manic. There are no naps any more (not that she was ever much of a napper) so we just take a not much fun trip to meltdown city when she gets home from school.

I’ve tried all sorts to try and help her (and me) over the years from cranial osteopathy to a Grow Clock, restrictive diets to baths before bed, warm drinks to white noise and massage to reward charts but I’ve kind of just accepted now that I have one of those non-sleeping children. As I’ve been told numerous times “She won’t be like this when she’s 15, you’ll have to drag her out of bed.” I have my doubts about that but at least now I can talk to her about it and explain why sleep is important for all of us. Some nights are better than others. I do my best to keep calm and carry on, bake Halloween gingerbread  (recipe here) at 6am and enjoy the sunrise.

After more than four years of it, I have realised a few things that help get me through the day.

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Have you got a non-sleeper? How do you get through the day following the night before?