Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Countdown To A Countdown

At exactly this time next month, I will most likely be lolling on my couch, stuffed as a turkey... with turkey... and turkey sandwiches and... all the trimmings. And, despite being stuffed, I'll probably still be trying to force chocolate into my face. And gin. There'll definitely be gin. I'll also, hopefully be enjoying some peaceful downtime after the frenzied buildup to Christmas day.
This year my own 'frenzied buildup' is going to be a bit more frenzied than usual as I've decided to host a 'Craft Advent' here on the blog. Every day from the the first of December until Christmas Eve I will be sharing a different craft, recipe or other festive treat. I've never attempted anything like this before - and to be honest, enthusiastic as I am, I wan't sure I could pull it off alone - so I've called in the troops. Lots of my lovely blogging buddies have stepped in to share their own festive ideas and I am thrilled to have them as guests on Where Wishes Come From and to have a chance to introduce them to my readers. 

(Having guests will also spare you 24 days in a row of my wittering... which is a very good thing.)

I can promise some fabulous creativity, delicious recipes, festive fun and plenty of inspiration - do stop by or follow along on social media by using the hashtag #CraftAdvent2015


I took part in Emily's Craft Advent last year and, with her blessing, I thought I'd give it a whirl myself this year. But, if you're impatient to get started on the festive making - head on over to her site for lots of inspiration in the meantime: The Nest

There is some Christmas Craftiness to be found in these parts already too. Check out my Craft Page to see some!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Dream Job

One morning last week, a friend and I went to check out what Santa had on display at a large toy store so we could *ahem* report back to our children. We both have little girls the same age and all three of them have very similar tastes, so we were keeping an eye out for things they might like to put on the all-important lists we'll be writing over the next few days.  We spent a while wandering the aisles, debating important things like whether the new-style Strawberry Shortcake dolls were more or less cute than their 1980's counterparts and whether Bratz dolls were actually more terrifying than Monster High dolls and whether any of our girls were even interested in playing with dolls (spoiler: they're not).

But, there was one toy we unanimously declared was the perfect Christmas gift for our girls - Sylvanian Families. We spent the longest time in that section, exclaiming wildly about how adorable everything was and agonising over which set was the best (spoiler: they're all the best). We also decided that our dream jobs would be to be the people who style and photograph all the little scenes that are used on the packaging and in the catalogues. Scenes like this one: 
I mean, COME ON! Is that not the cutest thing in the world? Imagine getting to set up things like that all day!

I've always been a fan of Sylvanian Families and still have my collection from the 1980's that my girls enjoy playing with now. I even got ridiculously excited about this giant Freya Chocolate Rabbit when I was in New York earlier this year:
They're known as 'Calico Critters' in the USA, FYI.
But the idea of being the person who gets to play with Sylvanians all day for a living got stuck in my head and eventually, as all good bloggers do, I tweeted about it:

... after that one thing lead to another and some emails were exchanged and BLAMMO - I have my dream job. Or at least as close to my dream job as I'm ever likely to get, that is!

I've been chosen to be a 'Friend of Sylvanian Families'!!!
How exciting is that?! This basically means that from time to time I will be receiving some Sylvanian Families toys for the purposes of reviewing them, creating some Sylvanian inspired crafts and parties and maybe even bringing them out on adventures with Lile and Sábha.

I'll also be keeping you up to date on all the latest product news and hopefully even sharing some Sylvanian love with my readers.

I'm super excited to work with one of my favourite brands and to add this new element to my blog. I really hope you'll enjoy my posts on the subject! 


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