Thursday, 17 December 2009

Gingerbread House

Peppermint Place by Martha Stewart,
you'll find a step by step guide on how to make your own Gingerbread House *here*

Saturday, 12 December 2009

I love gorgeous

for adorable dresses for little ones.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Elsa Mora's amiguitos

So sweet!
Read about them on the blog Elsa Mora
Buy them from the Etsy shop Elsita

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Crystal and Pearl Dreamcatcher

" This lovely dream catcher is stylish way to keep nightmares away. Let this beauty sparkle up any room, from above a bed, in the window, or anywhere you like! It measures approximately 8”x5” and comes with 1.5 ft of partially beaded string for hanging. Each dream catcher is adorned with top quality acrylic pearls and crystals in clear and white, along with accents in green. Extra whimsical flair is added to this dream catcher with ribbon, flowers, and a cute green bird on a swing in the center of the ring. "
By Pink Perch and available from the Pink Perch Etsy Shop.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Make your own Advent Calendar with Caroline Zoob

A sheet with 24 images, one for each day of Advent,
for you to use to make your own Advent Calendar.
£4.00 from Caroline Zoob

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Cherry Menlove's Stocking Advent

Full instructions on how to make Cherry menlove's delightful stocking advent calender
can be found here at

Friday, 13 November 2009

Dream Acres Advent Box

" This delightful Advent Box is solidly made in wood and painted in cream and aged with wax. Each box has then been completely hand embelished by" Karon Greive "with vintage prints (from antique Christmas cards), crystals, buttons, sheet music, fabric images and old fashioned glitter. Measuring an impresive 35 x 32 x 6cm the box has 24 individual cubby holes with lift up doors. These cubby holes are just perfect for chocolates or other candies, little gifts and other precious goodies to mark each day on the run up to Christmas itself. " Karon has" only done twelve of these boxes, they are very much a limited edition piece. something "she "hope that will be cherished and broughtout every year with much anticipation and love."

£26 from Karon's online shop Dream Acres

Friday, 16 October 2009

Trick or Treat, Penny or Sweet

Welcome Fanciful Twist Halloween party goers
Will your eyes pop

and your teeth chatter

at the sight of skulls,

dead body bits,

and jelly skellies
or will it take spiders,

or jelly
to help you celebrate All Hallows Eve.
Have fun!!!
All confectionery can be purchased from the Hope and Greenwood website.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

A fanciful Twist's Halloween Party

Renaissance Children's Notebook will be taking part,
thank you for the invitation Vanessa

Monday, 12 October 2009

Storage Bags from Cox & Cox

We love these storage bags available from Cox & Cox @ £20 each

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Tulip and Nettle

"Clothes to love, cherish and above all actually wear every day."
"Tulip and Nettle children`s clothes are made FOR children not BY children."
To find out more about Tulip and Nettle and view their collections visit the website here

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Rooting Basil

This is nice and easy to do with children and it's educational.

Full instructions can be found at in the Newsletter

AQUILA Children's Magazine

Fun, challenge and inspiration for 8-13 year olds.

AQUILA is an independant magazine published for children it doesn't contain any advertising.

"AQUILA's independent stance allows a different perspective on many subjects and offers a real service to families that wish to nurture values which, perhaps, go against the tide in today's media dominated world. It is not restricted or limited by school curriculum requirements, and, like a concerned parent, aims to provide quality ideals and to encourage children to develop caring and thoughtful attitudes towards others and their environment."

To find out more about AQUILA, subscribe etc visit the website

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Papier Mache Magazine

Have you seen it yet?
No - click here to go to the fabulous (and free)
" cute childrens magazine for anyone who wants to read it."
Papier Mache

Friday, 25 September 2009

Widget the Sock Bunny

Follow the adventures of Widget the Sock Bunny
and if you'd like a sock bunny of your own Widget has some friends
looking for new homes here

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Do you like plums?

We've just posted some of our favourite plum recipes from the orchard kitchen

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Adventure Book Library published by Aldus Books

" They just don't make them the way they used to"
This is a wonderful set of 6 pocket books published in the 1960's
full of exciting stories and fab illustrations and they are all true -
educational reading at it's best.
Free UK shipping
to purchase from Renaissance Shop

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Planning a Halloween Party?

Loads of Halloween "makes" available as PDF downloads at the Value Village website
it really is worth taking a look.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Enid Blyton's Nature Plates

"Britain Animals and Nature 5996 Enid Blyton's Nature Plates: Down Willow Way photo process by Eileen Soper after Eileen Alice Soper c 1940s 430 x 530 This and other prints in the series of 60 prints were often hung in British schools to teach children about the countryside and the seasons of the year. Hence, like this one, they often have pinholes in the corners, where teachers pinned them up on the walls. A series of books also provided stories about the prints. Published as part of the Enid Blyton Nature Plates."

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Children off to college?

Martha Stewart’s “Clothing Fix It” Kit will get them to the next level of organized.
(They might never use it, but, at least you'll have tried!)

Gnome Mushroom Cottage Paper Playset

Gnome Mushroom Cottage Paper Playset available as a 10 page PDF
for only $4.00
from Timothy Haugen's Etsy shop Fantastic Toys.
You could also visit his blog, where to find out more about
the creative process of making these toys.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Viking Fancy Dress

Love these Viking Horned Helmets and tunic available from Culture Label

(" is the first online platform to curate and showcase the best artist-designed and limited-edition products from over 60 leading galleries, museums, artists and culture institutions.")

Friday, 11 September 2009

Making presents - An Aloe Vera Plant

For full instructions click here
Home made gifts really are special and we'll be adding lots more ideas to this blog.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Vintage Knitted Toys

Adorable knitted dalmation
a cute alien.
Knit them yourself - vintage knitting patterns from here.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Come on in

Hello and welcome to our new blog
Renaissance Children's Notebook
it's a place where we share the lovely things we see for children
from clothes to toys
things to do, books to read
places to go,
gardening, recipes, making things
and lots, lots, more.
We hope you'll visit often.