If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that my Halloween crafting obsession has spread to Hama beads this year – partially ignited by the selection that CraftMerrily included in the Bostik Bloggers box this month.

Pumpkins (or Jack O Lanterns as they’re called in the US) are one of the most obvious Halloween symbols to me, so they were the most obvious place to start with my Hama Beads. The urge to make them was so great that no only did I use up all the orange beads I could find in the house, but I also placed a separate order with CraftMerrily for more of them!

Halloween Hama Beads Pumpkin

After making one large pumpkin (pattern found on Pinterest – and pinned on my Halloween board there) I then moved on to a smaller design with the aim of making some Hama bead bunting. Ideally I would have made more pumpkins, but to be honest I just ran out of orange beads! As I made them I lined them up on the bottom of the big mirror we have in our lounge and liked them all there so much that I just didn’t have the heart to move them when I finished.

Halloween Hama Beads Pumpkin

Whilst waiting for an order of orange beads to arrive I tried modifying some cross stitch patterns that I’d found to create some other Halloween characters.

Halloween Hama Beads Skeleton

I started with a simple skeleton – not too bad for a first attempt.

Then I totally depleted my white bead supply with this cute ghost. There’s no way you could describe him as scary but I am completely in love with him!

Halloween Hama Beads Ghost

The thing I’m fast discovering with Hama beads is that no matter how many of them you seem to have in the house, you never have enough in the right colours to make exactly what you want to make when you want to do it. I’m coming to the conclusion (whilst I wait for my next order from Craft Merrily to arrive!) that buying in bulk and having lots of storage boxes sorting into colours is the way forward.

Disclaimer: I was sent some Hama beads as part of my Bostik Bloggers craft box, but most of the ones used in the projects featured above have been bought form CraftMerrily myself.

 

Friendship Loyalty

Today is the last day of Little Miss C’s first half a term at school proper. As she’d been at our local infant school for her pre-school year I’d always assumed that it would be quite an easy transition into reception, and in many ways it has, but at the same time I’d also underestimated somewhat how different it also all is due to that extra year of age. LMC is now four, and will turn 5 later in the school year and that seems to be an age when children are so much more aware of the other children they’re at school with and the concept of friends.

There are children in her class that she was at pre-school with and back then they were generally friends with everyone, but now that is starting to change. Certain friendship groups are already starting to appear and she’s already talking more about some friends than others. Then, as we walked home the other day the line I’d been sadly waiting for was uttered. “Mummy, Amy says I’m can’t be her best friend tomorrow and I’m not allowed to play with her any more”.

Now, for the benefit of any local school mums reading I should add that Amy isn’t this girl’s real name – as far as I know there isn’t an Amy in the year. And in a way, it doesn’t really matter which girl said this, or whether it had been a boy either, but it was the whole concept of her now having a “best friend” that was interesting. She’d never spoken of one before and there are other children that I thought she was closer to, but still. This did kick off a big chat with LMC though about friends and true friendship. We talked about what a friend is and how friends are people that you like to spend time with. They’re also people who will help you out and have fun with, but who will also be there for you if things go wrong. I didn’t use the word “loyalty” in the conversation, but it’s what I was getting at, whilst trying to explain all this to a 4 year old.

I know many people may say “well she’s only 4″ but actually LMC can be quite a sensitive sort and she’s always keen to help out friends who have lost something, or who need taking to the school medical room after a trip or a fall in the playground. I think that trying to help her understand how to behave towards friends and other people is a valuable one.

We talked about Amy and what she should do if Amy didn’t want to play with her the next day. We spoke about how it was still perfectly OK for Amy to play with other children, just as LMC may want to do some days, and how it is possible to have lots of different friends. We also chatted about how you shouldn’t be nasty to someone if they don’t want to play with you, or if you don’t want to play with them and LMC started rehearsing lines about how to say sorry to someone, but that she had chosen to play a different game with someone else that day, rather than just saying “you can’t play with me” as so many children do. If she can apply some of this to her relationship with her brother too it’d be very welcome!

It was, in a way, a difficult talk, but one that I’m glad we had. Friends that you make at primary school, or secondary school, can stay with you your whole life, and having loyal friends that you can rely on whatever the circumstances is so valuable.

In this modern world relationships that we have with people, and businesses, have changed from how it used to be. Friends were often people that you saw regularly, and who were local to you. Any long distance friendships were conducted by letter, sometimes with weeks or months between letters. Business relationships were ones continued over generations of a family, and again they were usually local. Local shops, local solicitors, chemists, undertakers, the lot. You knew your bank manager personally, and your parents had usually known him (and it was always him then) as a boy. You were loyal to them, without question.

People moving around the world, and the advent of modern communications has changed personal friendships, but even still, loyalty is what tie so many friendships together still. But what about business relationships? We now have so much choice that loyalty works very differently. Nearly every supermarket has a loyalty card, but then I’m sure I’m not the only person that has a wallet stuffed full of them, suggesting that I’m not exactly loyal to any one chain. And what about those service industries that have you enticed by a special deal for new customers, but then lose you as soon as that special deal period is over. Heck, there are whole price comparison websites set up to profit from people’s lack of loyalty.

It’s never seemed very fair to me that so many of the best offers to customers are limited to new customers only. We even had to change mortgage providers recently, not because we wanted to, but because it would have been crazy not to have taken the lower interest rates that another building society was offering us as a new customer.

Finally a bank has woken up to this though. Natwest have set up their Hello / Goodbye campaign to make life fairer for their loyal customers. No more will there be rates and offers that existing customers can’t access. Gone are the 0% introductory offers that actually end up costing more in the long terms.

It’s common sense really – after all, businesses must spend so much more trying to get new customers than then would do if they just worked harder to keep the customers they’ve already got. It’s also just polite and fair.

Natwest have also put together this quite funny video which makes you realise just how silly the system of offers for new customers only is. When it’s put in such a simple way I struggle to see how any other businesses would defend their decision to treat new customers differently.

I’m always a fan of old fashioned values and generally think we could do with more of them in today’s society. Surely loyalty, fairness and manners are a key part of that.

As for Little Miss C, well I’m pleased to report that her and “Amy” apparently played happily together the next day at school and every day since. Long may their friendship continue.

Disclaimer: I am working with BritMums and Natwest on this project and have been compensated for this post, but all views and opinions are my own.

I’ve blogged many times now about how much I love my WI group here in St Albans. I look forward to our monthly meetings and really enjoy having that couple of hours to concentrate on something completely different – and often to try my hand at something new in the process.

Venetian Mask

This last month – slightly inspired by Halloween – we had a short talk on Venetian Masks and then had a go at making our own ones. I went to Venice with my family years ago and still remember vividly the masks hung up outside so many of the shops we came across in the streets of the city. They were gorgeous and the examples that were brought to our meeting were so too. The ladies who came long sell masks and I picked up a gorgeous bright pink one which I’m hoping Little Miss C will fall in love with on Christmas day.

When it came to making our own masks, the committee had provided us with blanks to use and then we each brought along our craft supplies to decorate them as we wished. Luckily I was sitting next to my friend J who normally brings most of Hobbycraft with her to meetings so I was completely spoilt for materials!

I also took along the goodies from the latest Bostik box from Craft Merrily and after seeing an example mask covered in ivy leaves I knew that I wanted to make use of the gorgeous leaves that merry had included in our packs.

In terms of materials this is what I used:

Venetian Mask

The first thing I did was tear the green tissue paper up into small pieces and then decoupage them (with the PVA glue) onto the mark until it was covered – making sure I covered the edges of the mask too.

Once the green tissue paper was dry I outlined the eyes with the orange nail polish to help define them. I also added the yellow ric rac around the outside edges of the mask, using the Bostik Sew Simple.

On one side – in my case the right hand side as I looked at the mask – I added a handful of the leaves and used the glu dots to attach them securely.

It felt like the mask needed something else to balance it out on the other side and so I just added a golden sparkly flower from J’s craft box. I’m not sure it was totally the right thing to add, but it definitely needed something there.

I’m really pleased with my finished mask and it’s definitely got me thinking about what I could do in the future, especially to make masks for the children for their dressing up box.

Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies as part of our role on the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network. This post contains affiliate links.

 

Paper Plate Spiders Web

I saw a picture of this make on Pinterest (my favourite place online right now – please pop over and follow me if you don’t already) when doing some insect crafts with the kids earlier in the year and knew that it had to be on my Halloween list of things to make. The yarn in my Bostik Bloggers box from Craft Merrily was the perfect prompt. Paper plate spider’s webs are not only easy to make with young children, but they also look really effective and are great for children’s fine motor skills too.

Paper Plate Spiders Web

All you need is:

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Yarn / wool
  • Large tapestry needle (blunt if children are doing the activity)
  • Hole punch

Paper Plate Spiders Web

The first thing you need to do is cut out the middle of your paper plate. This can be a bit fiddly to start off with and you might need to fold the plate in half to start off your cutting, so it may be best for an adult to do this part.

Paper Plate Spiders Web

Once you’ve got just the rim of your plate left use the hole punch to make holes around the inside of it. Space them out a bit, but they don’t need to be very evenly spaced, nor does it matter how many you do. It seemed Little Miss C had never actually used a hole punch before so we now have piles of paper and paper plates all with holes punched in them as she enjoyed doing it so much!

Paper Plate Spiders Web

Thread the yarn on to the needle and start lacing it across the inside of the cut out plate. It doesn’t matter if you go in and out of holes you’ve already used, or what order you go round the holes, just try to make sure you’ve used all of them. Putting the needle in from the front or the back of the plate also doesn’t matter. This part of the activity is perfect for children – the holes are big enough for them to easily fit the needle through and it doesn’t matter at all as to what order they lace it all up in.

Try to finish by either going through the same hole where you started, or the one next to it and then just tie a not in the two ends of the thread to secure it.

Paper Plate Spiders Web

These are perfect for hanging up as decorations for a Halloween party and would also work well with a small toy spider attached – as I’ve seen on Pinterest – but it seems that I just can’t find anywhere selling toy spiders this Halloween. I’ve searched all the local shops to no avail. I’ll keep my eyes out though as I think it would be the perfect addition.

Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies as part of our role on the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network.

 

This has to be one of the quickest and easiest bits of craft ever to make an attractive, simple, autumn wreath which would look lovely either on a front door, or just hung as a wall decoration.

Making use of the goodies sent from Craft Merrily as part of the Bostik Bloggers challenge I also made use of a simple wicker wreath that my mum gave to me as part of clearing out her sewing room before she moves house.

Easy Autumn Leaf Wreath

So, all you need to make this simple autumn leaf wreath is:

  • Wicker wreath (From most good craft shops, or there’s a selection available from Amazon here)
  • Selection of fabric leaves (mine came from Craft Merrily, but are not yet on their website)
  • Bostik Glu Dots
  • Ribbon

I went for an asymmetric look for my wreath and positioned the leaves up just one side of it, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t cover the whole wreath, or even add some berries for an additional splash of colour. I wanted to still be able to see the wreath itself in my case.

Once you’re happy with you positioning, use Glu Dots to attach the leaves to the wreath.

Tie a piece of ribbon in the colour of your choosing to the top to hang it up – or use a long enough pin in the wall or door to be able to balance the wreath on it.

Ta dah! One, incredibly simple autumn wreath.

Easy Autumn Leaf Wreath

There are several other different ways of making autumn wreaths. Instead of a wicker wreath base you could instead just use a paper plate with the middle cut out – and Jen from Mum in the Mad House has a great post showing lots of examples. Real leaves collected on a nature walk would be perfect for little people to use in their wreath making.

I’m also currently lusting after a Cricut Explorer (mainly after seeing Jen demo one at The Handmade Fair last month) and my brain is buzzing with ideas of all the different materials you could use to cut out leaves, or a million and one other things that would look good on a wreath. This is most definitely on my Christmas wish list – although I may have to try and buy myself one before Christmas, purely so I can make all the Christmas things I want with it!

Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies as part of our role on the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network. This post contains affiliate links.

Since making the decision as to where I want Being Mrs C to go next, I’ve really be catching up on all the crafty things that I enjoy doing and this meant that the latest bloggers box of goodies from Bostik and Craft Merrily couldn’t have been better timed.

Bostik Bloggers Craft Merrily

The obvious themes with this one was Halloween and autumn and I really was itching to get stuck in with things. The wonderful thing about the boxes that Merry puts together is that it’s possible to do so many different crafts with what’s inside them.

A week later and I’m still crafting and still coming up with new ideas of things to make. I’ll do one round up blog post once I’m done, but until then I plan to break it all down into a series of separate posts for each things we’ve done, starting with the cute peg doll witch.

Halloween Peg Doll Witch

 

For this you need:

  • Wooden peg
  • Black foam
  • Black tissue paper
  • Green tissue paper
  • Green felt-tip pen
  • Black Sharpie
  • Orange wool
  • glu dots
  • glu pen

I started off by colouring the top of the peg green for the witch’s face and then added a few strands of orange wool as hair (held in place with a couple of glu dots on her head).

Halloween Peg Doll Witch

I wrapped the rest of the peg in green tissue paper to form her body. This was held in place using the Bostik glu pen. I created a little cloak for her with some black tissue paper

Halloween Peg Doll Witch

From the black foam I cut out a circle and a triangle, which I then formed into a cone. More glu dots held the cone closed and attached it to the circle to form the hat’s brim. Another glu dot on top of the wool hair held the hat on her head firmly.

The final thing was a few facial details with a black Sharpie pen.

Halloween Peg Doll Witch Halloween Peg Doll Witch

And then you have one, simple, peg doll witch in time for Halloween.

Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies as part of our role on the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network.

My recent trip to Amsterdam has been part of a longer process I’m going through looking at my blog, my blogging career, our family finances and lots of related things. I’m lucky enough to make money from my blogging. Not enough to pay the mortgage (unfortunately) but enough that it has been making a difference to our lives – whether it being extra money in the bank each month, or review products or events that we could otherwise not afford to do. This difference has come through hard work though. Lots of hard work, and work that doesn’t necessarily always pay a good hourly wage. There are up months and down months. Clients who pay nice and promptly, and clients who don’t pay so well and also have to be chased so much to pay that by the time they do I’m left questioning whether it was worth working with them in the first place or not.

So I’m sat here now at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to blogging. I love my blog and love writing here. I love the experiences that blogging has brought me that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I love the blogging community that I am now part of and the friends that I’ve made from it.

But, I don’t love being constantly asked to use my brand and business to promote big companies for free. I don’t love having to chase people that have agreed to pay me money for work I have done again and again and again. I don’t love being sent a product worth a couple of quid (without being asked first) and then being hassled lots and lots as to when I will have written a “nice big review” of it.

A better balance needs to be found and that’s what I’ve been trying to do for the last month or so. When I started blogging it was before I had children, and whilst I was still working. Our financial needs were very different to today, and our family life was very different. My blog has organically grown and changed over that time whilst I’ve not had much time to put in to shaping where it was going. Now is the time to direct it a bit more though.

I want to go back to writing about the things I want to write about, the things that make me smile, rather than the things that arrive in my email inbox. There are some brilliant brands that I’m working with right now and I want to put my effort into working properly with them and developing that relationship I have with them. They are brands that make me smile and make me happy.

Over the last two years all my crafting has taken a back seat – it’s hard having a sewing machine or knitting out with an enthusiastic baby or toddler trying to help – but I want (and possibly need) to get back to my craft. It’s what grounded me and helped me relax. September and early October saw me to go the Handmade Fair and also the Knitting and Stitching Show and both visits made me realise what it is I really want to be doing in the future.

Real Simple Life

The moment that really cemented all this for me was when I heard Katie Searle-Williams speak at Meet The Blogger. She is the founder of Kinfolk magazine – a beautiful publication all about “The Simple Life”. It really is lifestyle inspiration – beautiful people sat around lazily, eating gorgeous food, lovingly grown and cooked at home. The meals are taken sat at a vintage style designer table, laden with rustic home wears, and everyone is dressed beautifully. It really is idyllic, and to be honest I’d dream of a lifestyle like that rather than a kitchen over run with plastic toys from China and a quick and easy dinner of frozen food to fit in with my busy lifestyle.

But is this really a simple life? When you look up a dictionary definition* of simple  some of the words and phrases that come up are: not elaborate or artificial; plain; not ornate or luxurious; unadorned; modest; not complicated. As I sat listening to news of the Kinfolk home-wears and clothing ranges being launched I couldn’t help but wonder about the cost of all these things and that to me jared with the “simple” concept. Surely a really simple life is one which makes use of the things around us rather than requiring us to buy new things to live it. It all just sits uneasy with me.

I would say that so many previous generations, especially my grandparents generation in war time, lived a simple life, but that was one through necessity rather than fashion. They were thrifty and economical with what they had. They grew fruit and veg because they had to. Gifts were handmade due to limits on what was available in the shops. They used up leftovers as it was seen as a crime to not do so, especially with rationing in place. Children played with what they had as toys were just not as abundant as they are now. People made their own entertainment. To me that is the real simple life. And it’s the simple life that I want to embrace and blog about.

I’m not saying that I’m never going to buy anything new again, or stop buying toys for my children, but I do want to slow things down and stop feeling all this pressure to have to buy simple things to live a simple life. I want to build memories with my children that are based on experiences rather than expensive extravagances. I want to spend time making things that become treasured possessions rather than spending money to buy in a lifestyle. I want to make the time to sit and enjoy a good book rather than rushing from one thing to another. And I want to blog as I do so.

It may make us a bit cash poorer in the short term, but I have hopes that I can build my writing and other work back up to sit around this real simple life and to do so in a way that I feel more content with. Until then some belts may need to be tightened, but I’ve come to realise that being happy is what matters most to me and my family. Life’s too short and my children’s childhood too precious to be otherwise.

 

* taken from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/simple

So much of Little Miss C’s learning stems from books and when I see her curled up in bed or in her “reading corner” with a book it just gives me a bit of a warm glow inside to see her starting that reading journey that I loved as a child. It’s not just words and language that children learn from books though and one thing that I really like about Spot a Lot Animal Escape is how it encourages children’s maths and observation skills too.

The opening lines of “There’s trouble at the zoo today… The animals have run away!” instantly grabs children’s attention and they instantly want to know what has happened, where they’ve gone and how they’re going to be found. On each page children are asked to find an increasing number of animals (one giraffe, two elephants, three gazelles etc) and all this is accompanied by humorous rhyming text and very busy pictures with lots of things to spot in them. There are also loads of little written prompts in the illustrations with more things to look for.

One thing that I also loved about this book is that fact that it works perfectly when you’re looking for a book to share with siblings. The story part isn’t so long that Master C gets bored with it, but at the same time there is so much for him to look at in the pictures that he is amused whilst I do the story with Little Miss C. There is loads that I can ask both children to spot in the pictures, and I can get LMC to count various things to help with her maths learning as we read it.

Doing the bedtime routine single handed with two children can be tricky, so it’s nice to be able to double up at story time and books like this seem quite a rare find – or I’m just looking in the wrong places!

Disclaimer: We were sent Spot A Lot Animal Escape to review by Parragon as part of our role as Book Buddies. This post contains affiliate links.

When you become a stay at home mum after years working in a career where you were actually someone with quite an important busy job it can be a bit of a shock. Looking back, managing multimillion pound projects with stakeholders with conflicting requirements actually seemed quite easy in comparison to trying to get a Duracell fuelled two year old to lie still whilst you change a particularly nasty dirty nappy. Even those arguments about conflicting requirements were a piece of cake compared to two children both wanting the same toy.

Back in my working days I would have thought nothing about heading overseas on my own to go to a work conference where I knew no one. But things change and that was then. This is now.

MeetTheBlogger

Two weeks ago, partly in an attempt to take my out of my comfort zone and partly to extend myself as a blogger, I waved goodbye to a worried looking Mr C and headed up to Luton airport from where I was catching a flight to Amsterdam to attend my first overseas blogging conference, Meet the Blogger.

Now, I won’t lie, the idea of two nights where I didn’t have to check the baby monitors were on before going to sleep was very very attractive, but I was also interested in seeing what the blogging scene looks like elsewhere and how it compares to the parent blogging scene that I’ve become part of here in the UK. Meet the Blogger advertised itself as being for “interior, design, lifestyle, food, travel, mummy, kids and eco-bloggers/influencers and publishers” so I figured I should fit in. Their working language was English too. Useful seeing as my Dutch is non-existent!

The kick off event for the conference was food and drinks at a local vane called East 57. Now I have to say this place was AMAZING. It’s a weird mix of being a deli, coffee shop, wine bar and restaurant but they served us the most delicious food and it was accompanied by beautifully paired wine. I wish I’d had longer there as it was just such a wonderful place to start my little Amsterdam adventure.

As I stood there with a Dutch gin cocktail in one hand (Dutch courage obviously) and my phone in the other hand (friends providing moral support via twitter) one thing struck me – all I could hear around me was people speaking Dutch. Now arriving somewhere on your own and trying to join in with other groups of people chatting is difficult enough when you all speak the same language. It’s pretty much impossible when they’re speaking a language you don’t understand. Panic hit me and as a result that Dutch gin cocktail didn’t last very long. With a second one in hand I cautiously set off around the room listening carefully for any language I might recognise. Luckily I finally came across two women earnestly chatting away in English and tried to muscle in on their conversation. Even more luckily they both happened to be crochet bloggers! Wink and Nerissa saved me then from a fate with far too much Dutch gin.

When the conference proper started the next morning I at least felt confident that I’d know a couple of people there, and as luck would have it too more Australians came along and I found myself in that unexpected situation of being at a conference in The Netherlands surrounded by three Aussie bloggers (albeit ones that live in Europe right now). But at least it got me over the language problem as it seemed that most of the Dutch delegates I came across all spoke Dutch most of the time, and although the sessions were all supposed to be in English I did need to remind one speaker of this! For now I’ll just overlook that fact that this conference where English was the working language was sponsored by a magazine only published in Dutch…

Coffee

The conference programme itself puzzled me somewhat. There were some fantastic sessions (in particular the one on the Future of Blogging) which did inspire me and from which I took away quite a bit, but there were also some sessions where to be honest I didn’t understand how it was supposed to be relevant to all the types of blogger that they’d advertised the conference as being for. The hour long keynote by a designer from Trend Union was interesting, but not really relevant to me, or to several of the other bloggers I spoke to. One interior design blogger thought he was amazing and was so pleased to have heard him speak, but admitted that she couldn’t see how that hour would be relevant to a mummy blogger or a travel blogger.

That wasn’t the only session like that though and I’m still trying to get my head round why a session with the following description ended up being about perfume:

Simply Slow is a growing community organizing small gatherings about authentic crafts and pure food. This session will offer you SIMPLE & SLOW REFRESHMENTS. Come be curious, get in touch and leave delighted!

Yes, it was fascinating to learn that the same base smell is in both Chanel No 5 and Persil laundry liquid, but I’m not sure how relevant it really is to my blogging.

Chatting to some of the other people there it seemed that there was certainly confusion from non-design bloggers as to why the programme was set up to be so focussed on their interests, but not to the other bloggers that they had said were in their target audience. Some of them wanted more of the practical blogging sessions that I’ve been lucky enough to attend here in the UK on subjects like YouTube, Pinterest and SEO.

When I got home from the conference, one of the first things Mr C asked me was if it had been worth it. It was a question I’d pondered on the aeroplane home. If I were to answer truthfully on just the conference programme I’d probably say I wasn’t sure it was worth it, but then if I think about all the people I met and spoke to, and the luxury of having 36 hours on my own to think about my blogging and writing and where I want to take it next then yes it definitely was. The session with Katie Searle-Williams, founder of Kinfolk magazine, was a complete lightbulb moment for me work-wise and one that I’ll be visiting again in a separate blog post, but that moment alone made the trip worthwhile.

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Who knew a bin could look so damn sexy? @brabantialife #mtbams

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But where does the kitchen bin fit into all this? Well, one of the Meet the Blogger sponsors was Brabantia, those Dutch people that have managed to make kitchen waste sexy. They were running a little competition whilst there where you could win a bin by sharing a picture on Instagram and using their hashtag. I did that and won. Although, going up onto a stage and being presented with a large kitchen bin that you’re then expected to take home with you there and then seems a little strange at an international conference.

Brabantia

I wasn’t sure trying my luck in getting the Easyjet staff to take it on board was really worth it and having watched someone else on my flight be charged €55 to take the Duty Free she bought at the airport on board I probably made the right decision. Luckily my bin and I were reunited a week later thanks to the Meet the Blogger team and a European courier.

As far as a conference freebie goes though – a new sexy kitchen bin is a pretty good one!

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Ladybird Tuesday has become a bit lost over the last few weeks. So much has been going on here and my head has been so busy digesting everything I’ve been discovering about where I want this blog to go that I just needed to park it for a little while. It’s definitely not going away though, especially since I found myself really missing my weekly look at all things vintage Ladybird related.

The lovely Becky from Thrifty Home (and several other amazing blogs!) pinged me on Facebook last week and revealed that she had a few Ladybird books that were in a pile to take to the charity shop and asked if I would like them instead. Is the Pope a Catholic?

So, this week on Ladybird Tuesday I’m delighted to bring you one of those books, A Ladybird Book of Flags from series 584 which was titled the “Recognition” series.

Ladybird Book of Flags

It is very much as the title suggest a book of flags. With beach right hand page featuring pictures of three flags and then the left hand page details the three countries that the flags are for. Although they are not all just country flags as also included are the Royal Standard and the flag of the United Nations.

Ladybird Book of Flags

Originally published in 1968 there are several flags included in this book that don’t exist any more, or that have changed significantly. There are two German flags (East and West Germany) and Russia still shows the USSR’s hammer and sickle. It’s also interesting to think that the Union Jack may have changed significantly had the Scottish independence referendum ended differently the other week.

Whilst this book may today not have the same factual value due to its age, it is a fascinating snapshot of the world as it was at the time of publication. It’s also great for me to test out the pub quiz question of which country has a flag that doesn’t contain one or more of the colours red, white or blue. The quizmaster swore there was only one. I’m no longer convinced, but let’s see if you can come up with the answer.

If you have a collection of old Ladybird books then please feel free to join in with Ladybird Tuesday. There are no formal rules to follow, just leave a link to any post you write in the comments below and if you’re feeling kind link back to my Ladybird Tuesday category here on Being Mrs C. Thanks!