The Gruffalo lino prints

gruff lino 1
Eek! The mouse is missing a hand! (I fixed this in the final print)

I recently bought this starter Lino Printing kit from Amazon, and I’m actually pretty impressed. Having done lino cutting at school many years ago I assumed it was still a case of ‘hairdryer, get ink in your hair, go home covered in blue plasters’ – but with the new Softcut lino, it’s really good fun. And easy. you just draw a¬†design, cut over your pencil lines, and roll on the ink. Simples!

I imagine I’ll be gradually replacing the parts from the kit as my needs increase (for example the print tray is pretty rubbish at being totally flat – I’ve been using a sheet of glass from an old photo frame instead) – but as a starter kit it has everything you need to try it out. Ace ūüôā

gruff lino 2
Gift for a small person! (The frame didn’t come with the kit)
The Gruffalo lino prints

Wedding: Children’s favour bags

Katy & Dave Colour Web-348
Photo by Albert Palmer

Being part of two huge families, Dave and I were very aware of age-appropriating our wedding. We had a lovely Church service for the more refined guests, but also wanted to cater for the smaller people (and the big kids) at the reception.

For the children, this meant party bags! Or “favour bags” if we’re being fancy. Obviously there is a tricky line to toe between “I’m too old for a party bag” and “I’m gonna choke on this if left unsupervised”, so we opted for two types: one for the under-twos¬†(made by my gorgeous friend Ellie), and one for the older children, made by Dave and I.

Ellie’s¬†under-twos activity packs¬†were seriously¬†cool…


We had so many comments from parents thanking us for keeping their kids occupied so they could relax and get drunk enjoy the atmosphere.

The older kids mostly entertained themselves, but having sat through SO MANY WEDDING SPEECHES as a child, I thought they might appreciate some entertainment too…


Kinder suprise, ‘queue jump’ for the sweets table, origami paper and dinosaur instructions, metal puzzle, disposable camera and a shot list.

Overall the favour bags went down a treat –¬†even with the older ones. A few just took the camera and the Kinder Egg¬†I think –¬†we assumed they’d just¬†ignore them if they wanted to chill with the adults instead!

Wedding: Children’s favour bags