Life’s a circus

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Well that was some weekend! Aside from the horrendous journey there (five hours, instead of three!) a good time was had by all. My nephews, Freddie and Henry, kept us all entertained and on the football front although we didn’t win, we didn’t lose either and it could have been a whole lot worse. If we had a striker or two we would have probably won! I also got to meet England legend Martin Peters and had another chance to get up close to one of my favourite players, former goalkeeper Phil Parkes.

Freddie and Henry were disappointed Halloween was over so, as their birthdays are in November, I helped them each make a birthday countdown book so they can see exactly how long to go. And talking of birthdays, I also got some fabulous late birthday presents including this cute little snow scene that they made for me.

Isn’t it fabulous?! I also got the tiniest little nativity scene.

I need to try making something like this, it’s even smaller than a matchbox! They also gave me this beautiful white dish:


Which gives me a great idea for using my ever expanding collection of bee stamps…and butterfly stamps too…

So, to today’s project which of course, because it’s Monday, features some fabulous images from The Graphics Fairy.


We used to have some Christmas decorations that featured circus animals. They were made from chipboard and were embellished with gold foil. They were usually one of the last things to go on the tree and it was often a struggle to find enough empty branches to house them. When I saw these gorgeous vintage circus animal images over at The Graphics Fairy I thought they would be perfect to make some thing similar to the decorations I used to have.

I printed out two of each image, making sure one was reversed,and stuck them back to back with a piece of gold ribbon sandwiched in between.


Once the glue was dry, I inked the edges and then decorated with ribbon and glitter.These would also make great gift tags and would be lovely as a decoration for circus themed birthdays.

Hope you have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.




Life’s a circus — 21 Comments

  1. Great ideas as always. Love these little ornaments, They don’t look too hard to make either. Glad you had great time visiting. Really cute gifts they gave you. Always nice to take gifts home. Imagine your nephews appreciated you helping them make the little books. What a nice Auntie you are. Happy week

    • Thank you! They were straightforward as I managed to make them after we got back. The cutting out is the toughest bit but of course you can do that in front of the TV! Happy week to you too xx

  2. Terrifid Idea Mrs. Beez! I had loved all the Circus ephemera Karen has on her website – but now I have an idea – make these ornaments for a tree in my daughter’s French Classroom so near Christmas she can offer each student to take one! I thought I would add a label with it’s name in french, i.e. le tigre!

    Did you photocopy onto to cardstock or else?


    • That’s a fabulous idea! I did photocopy onto light card stock and joined two back to back. However, I did also think you could just use a patterned or glitter paper on the back as it’s quite tricky to get two to cut out exactly the same. Inking the edges covers up a lot! Good Luck ! x

      • I was thinking about using some fancy paper for the reverse – but only to make it less costly (colored printer ink!) – not for the obvious reason you gave. I will also ink the edges as you suggest! Can’t wait to make some and show my daughter my idea! (scratch – your idea!)

  3. Hello and thanks so much for the lovely decorations, they remind me of a treasured pop out and make book I had in my childhood of a circus train. I love the gifts too, the bee is such a great icon!

    All the best,
    Tilly B

    • Thanks so much Tilly and so glad they evoke a special memory for you. I used to love pop out and make books, I wonder if they are still around?x

    • Brilliant! I reversed the image by pasting it into word and then on the format options, under rotate you can flip image horizontally. Hope it goes well and that your sister enjoys what you do. xx

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