Make It Monday: Birthday Shenanigans Part 2 ‘Sarah & Duck’

I crocheted the Lamb a ‘Sarah’ doll and Sarah’s favourite animal, a sea cow.

We recently celebrated the Lamb’s third (THIRD!!) birthday. She’s heavily into dinosaurs at the moment so I had planned a dinosaur theme for her birthday. However, as always, the best laid plans for scuppered when two weeks before her birthday, she announced she wanted a ‘Sarah and Duck’ theme. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Sarah and Duck is a charming and quirky cartoon featuring a young girl ‘Sarah’, her friend ‘Duck’ who lives with her and a plethora (I really don’t use the word ‘plethora’ enough. Plethora. Love it) of interesting characters, from ‘Scarf Lady’ who is perpetually knitting and her grumpy knitting bag, Umbrella who doesn’t like the rain, Bug who collects buttons, Plate Girl, Ribbon Sisters, the list goes on.


Which luckily means there are a huge number of characters to draw inspiration from. As we do every birthday, we decorated our fireplace.


With help from the Lamb, we made pom-poms. Pom-poms are a craft I’d been looking forward to doing with the Lamb for a while. It’s very simple and mess-free, plus we loved throwing our pom-poms in the air. Their ‘bed’ was actually a cleaned out croissant tray and we shredded some brown packing paper to make soil. We stuck some eyes on the pom-poms, then it was a case of ‘Hello!’, ‘Hello!’, ‘Hello!’, ‘Ahoy!’


Duck was another toddler-friendly craft with lots of tissue paper stuck onto a cardboard duck. Sometimes the simple crafts are the most fun and effective.


Next up was the paper chains, because it’s not a birthday without paper chains. I found an umbrella shaped hole punch in Tiger (I’ve seen them in multiple stores) and set to work. ‘Umbrella’ in Sarah and Duck is red so I tried different methods of creating a red umbrella. Finally I opted to punch strips of yellow paper, then highlight the holes with red paper, which I think created a lovely effect. It was time consuming but looked pretty good, although I cut the red backing paper a little too narrow so from the back it looked a little messy. The Lamb didn’t mind though.


Another view of the paper chains and the paint blown ‘Moon’ to created a few weeks ago.


In one episode Sarah’s plant isn’t too well. It turns out that ‘Bug’ has been storing buttons in the flower pot. Sarah makes Bug a ‘Button’ bank so I filled a jar with my most colourful buttons and added a label. I think Bug would really like this little Bank, don’t you?


Some paper lanterns became ‘Moon’ and ‘Venus’ and more tissue paper helped create ‘Flamingo’ .


And of course, what would a birthday be without ‘Cake’. Fans of the show will know the talkative cake was make for Duck but ended up helping ‘Bread Man’ in his shop. And what flavour was the cake? Lemon drizzle of course!

Does your little one like Sarah and Duck? Have you thrown a Sarah and Duck themed party? Let me know!

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100 Days of Happiness: Day Fourteen

Bit of an early start as we hit the beach for a relaxing walk. It was so lovely to see the pup and Lamb playing together And the bond growing between them. We also saw the Portuguese ‘man of war’ jellyfish which is apparently plaguing our local beaches at the moment. There was also digging, shell collecting and chasing waves. So much fun!

What made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Ten

Day Ten of 100 Days of Happiness. After a bit of a frustrating crafting morning (the toddler and I were trying to get a start on some Christmas decorations but ended up just getting glue everywhere) we set up her train set in the lounge. I have o admit, I was sceptical when her grandparents bought her her first train set, because she’d shown minimal interest in the vTech set we’d bought her but she loves this wooden set and her other grandparents bought her the dinosaur set for her birthday. It was, as always a fun learning time for me as I was following the instructions, only to turn around and see that the toddler had created a crony track around the room. A timely reminder to be an individual and do your own thing so double happiness!

What’s made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Nine

I’ve been working on assorted wool crafts recently, most notably a crochet ‘Sarah’ doll for the toddlers birthday and assorted keyrings for Christmas gifts (never too early to start!) but I saw ‘Spindle & Skein’ on instagram and her various handspun fibres and succumbed to temptation. This stunning soy fibre wool is incredibly soft and feels so rich, plus the colour changes slightly from gold to pale pink depending upon the light. I’m trying to be more mindful of the materials I use in my craft projects and also in making items for us to ensure that they have minimum environmental impact, so soy fibre, which is created with the left-over bits of the plant fits perfectly.

 It was lovely to buy something so different from a local, independent craftsperson and I can’t wait to decide on my project to use it.

What’s made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Eight

I’m cheating by having two photos today but having been really unwell for the last few days I was happy to see the sun and go for a walk on the beach. Within minutes I’d found a ‘witches stone’ which my mum always told me was very lucky. I was also happy to have some family time playing ‘Dinosaur Bingo’.

100Days of Happiness: Day Six

The toddlers Rose is blooming AGAIN! I can’t believe that we’re going to get some blooms in October and am hoping they’ll smell as amazing as the ones we had in the summer. Really lifted my spirits today as have a nasty virus so not much happiness going around! 
What made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Five

After running our legs off in the park yesterday, today the toddler and I turned our attention to more important matters – the perfect biscuit to dunk in your tea! I’m a bit of a traditionalist and like bourbon creams, but we also tried shortbread with rich tea a firm no-no. I truly love these silly little conversations I get to have with the toddler and being able to enjoy sharing a lovely cuppa. What’s your favourite dunky biscuit?

What made you happy today?

100Days of Happiness: Day Four

Day Four of my 100 Days of Happiness challenge saw me sat at the top of the ‘big slide’ contemplating, as I often do when finding myself in daft situations (last week I was stuck inside a children’s climbing frame!) my life choices. However, the toddler and I had fun at the park and it makes me so happy that she wants to play with her daft mum. 

100 Days of Happiness: Day Three

It’s unusual that chores make me happy (although there is a certain satisfaction at seeing an empty laundry basket!) but I was happy starting to put the toddlers birthday gifts away today. One thing I’ve realised doing the 100 Days of Happinesss is that I’m feeling a lot more grateful for the different things and people who make me happy. Seeing all the beautiful gifts and cards th3 toddler received from her friends made me very happy and realised how blessed we are. (Ok, enough of the mulchy stuff!). I was also very happy that the toddler liked all the ‘Sarah and Duck’ decorations we made for her birthday, although I’m fairly certain we’ll all be sad when it’s time to take them down.

100 Days of Happiness: Day Two

Today was filled with lots of little ‘happies’. The toddler and I went for a walk and even though we were late to meet friends, we made sure we took time to kick up the leaves. She also Tok her favourite toy with her, a Stief bear which she’s had since she was born. He’s normally tucked up in bed so think he enjoyed the trip out as well. The pup made me laugh as she was perched on the sofa. She’s such a princess that she won’t sit on just one sofa cushion any more, but will frequently pull the back cushion down as well, plus she evidently needed an extra cushion as well! Such a spoiled dog! Hubby bought me a tea caddy as I love my loose leaf Earl Grey from Brew Tea Co so I’m hoping our tea cupboard will be a little tidier. And my final bit of happy was discovering a new series of ‘Tumbleleaf’ on Amazon. Not going to lie, hubby and I enjoy this show just as much as the toddler and he was a little grumpy to discover the toddler and I had started watching the latest series without him! 

What’s made you happy today?