Posted in Christmas, craft, featured, Seasonal

Blogmas – December 2nd. Making Cards

On the first day of Blogmas, the Advent Tree gave to me… well the kids, crafty bits to make cool cards for Christmas!  And here is what we did yesterday. ( if you missed yesterdays post, it is here)

Dec 2
I have been really impressed with the range of Christmas craft stuff available this year, particularly in the cheaper end shops.  Not only has it been possible to stock up on washi tape, but I have been able to pick up some really cute charms and stick-ons, which will look great on the cards. (We are going to pretend – just for this month – that I am not attempting minimalism, sustainability, or indeed any of the concepts that will run counter to my buying and making tat!)

As I am theming this year; going for Navy, white and Silver with a whole ‘Winter Wonderland’ vibe, I am going to be using these items that I picked up in Poundland (this isn’t a sponsored post, just a huge fan of their work). This is what I have bought:

A pack of 3 blue winter themed washi tapes
A pack of 15 blank cards and envelopes
A pack of sticky craft snowflakes
A pack of mini bunting

(I also bought some gift tabs from Home Bargains for £1, and as the kids wanted to use them too they are included in the crafting inventory)

The kids had a bit of an experiment and agreed to let me put the pictures up as long as I didn’t have them in the photos!





Washi tape is a literal gift from the crafting gods! It makes the process of putting cards together so easy, and as there is less glue involved there is (slightly) less mess.
We are now thinking of making up the rest of the pack as we still have plenty of washi and bunting left – although I may take them to Guides with me on Wednesday and see what the girls come up.

Have you got any craft plans for Christmas? I have bought some more bits and really want to spend an evening or two making things.  Hopefully will get some aesthetically pleasing pictures to share too.

Let me know what you are making for Christmas in the comments below.


Posted in Bucket List, featured, Japan, Regarding polly, Tips & How to's, Uncategorized

#40 Make 1000 Cranes: Why an epic origami quest is on the Kettle List.

1000 cranes blog canva


Not everything on the Kettle List is an exciting outdoorsy adventure, or designed to snap me in half.  Some of them are craft based and have a bit more substance, like my task of making 1000 origami cranes

I have therefore started on my epic paper folding journey as I hope to create 1000 cranes by 2027.  If you go check out this vlog, you’ll notice that I didn’t do a tutorial, but included links to videos I have used, which will make folding your own cranes that bit easier. My favourite ones are Lelya Torres & Tavin’s Origami Instructions.  So what’s the deal with cranes then? And why am I making 1000 of the things! (That’s like 8 a month, every month, for the next 10 years!)

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Polly’s Pondering’s – Mobile Phone Addiction

The plan had been to Blog every day in October, but after my pre-written pieces ran out I realised that I didn’t have enough time to write everyday. The problem I have is that I tend to spend a bit too long thinking about what I am going to write, rather than actually writing, and as I generally leave the house at 6 am, and do not return again until 6 pm or later, this means I need to get a lot more organised in terms of when and how quickly I produce posts…and a laptop, I really need a laptop!

Therefore I would like to introduce a pilot episode of: Polly’s Pondering.

Polly’s pondering’s are very quick posts (that I can type into the WordPress App during my lunch break!) It is just me chatting about something that I have ‘pondered’ today and speedily typed up while munching on my bread-sticks and hummus. Consider it a take on modern miscellany with an older person’s perspective. This weeks pondering?

Phone addiction – Yes. I am writing this on my phone –Yes. I am fully and painfully aware of the irony.


My name is Polly Thompson and I am addicted to using my mobile phone. I didn’t think I was, after all, it wasn’t like I was sat mindlessly playing games on it; I was using it to check emails, to research articles for my blog, to find out how old Leo Sayer was (70, apparently) and to tweet out about my latest posts.

Today I forgot to bring my phone to work – I know what you’re thinking, ‘nice try Polly, but you said you were writing this on your phone, so you must have it’…and you are right…I made my husband drive home and bring it back to me. The mere idea of being without my phone for the day filled me with utter dread, and it was at that point I knew I had a problem.

As I said, I have always used my phone for practical purposes: texting and organising meetings, getting hold of the kids, looking up which bus I needed to catch, that kind of thing, and I have therefore never considered myself an actual addict. There is no denying that the Smartphone is a very useful tool; I had to pre-organise a time and place with my husband when he dropped my phone to me because he couldn’t just text ‘outside’ as he normally would. I told him I definitely needed it so as to confirm my dinner date with my friend this evening:
“Just phone her from work” he suggested…
I then realised that I do not know anyone’s phone number apart from my Mum’s. Not even my own mobile!
Another important aspect of my phone?
All of my music is on it and the idea of a lunch hour without hearing ‘my boys’ doesn’t bare thinking about! (To be honest, my music addiction is a whole other ‘ponder’ for another day!) So on a whim, I took a test… The results were terrifying!

Mobile phone addiction is an actual recognised dependence syndrome, comparable to drug use that can have massive impacts on your mental health.

While I would argue that the questions are a bit skewed towards everyone who answers appearing like an addict, if you do think you may potentially have a problem there are tips to help you reduce your use here.

I could argue that my phone use has only increased recently because I now have a blog which I administer via an app on my phone – I would consider myself to be technically working, but then an addict would try and come up with an excuse wouldn’t they? Maybe it’s time to try out airplane mode for a few hours…it’s fine,I will be able to cope… all my K-pop is downloaded onto the phone anyway; my music addition is one I don’t want to be cured of!

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