One of our foxes is on Autumnwatch

No not the TV show, on Folksy. I'm so excited!  The lovely folk at Folksy put the red felted foxes onto their weekly newsletter and we promptly sold out!  I've just put more up, grab 'em while you can, £8 +p&p.

I'm going to have sore paws from all that felting!

Today - I am mostly, all over the place...

I am working on some lovely projects at the moment, but I feel, all over the place:

Mrs Fox's new handmade dolls, The Party Gang - need to go up on our  Folksy store asap

New bread maker to get used to.
Just joined Twitter and am all of a flutter

User testing biscuit recipes for the November Christmas Crafty Box

And a wonderful, colourful party for a little girl who loves books

Oh, and I have to paint 4 paper lanterns peach and 24 toilet rolls red, I had an idea you see...

And then, there are the Christmas Crafty boxes of course:


Halloween Craft - Magic Mini Witches & Wizards Hat

We've completely sold out of our Halloween kid's craft boxes here at Mrs Fox's.  In fact we sold out the same day that they went on sale.  So we thought it only fair to share one of our Halloween crafts here on the blog.

Click HERE for a printable version of instructions.

Click HERE for a printable version of templates.


Autumn Crafts from Mrs Fox's

Yesterday I posted about this month's Halloween themed Mrs Fox's Crafty Box - our monthly kid's craft box scheme - and then, how exciting!  It's never happened so quickly before.  But, with subscribers and pre-orders, Mrs Fox's October Crafty Box sold out on it's first full day on sale.  The last one was snapped up almost as soon as I posted about it on Facebook.

So, I've offered to make up some more if there is enough interest by Sunday 20th.  There should still be time to order more materials, put together a couple of boxes and mail them out to arrive before 31st October.

We do so love our autumn crafts, below are some more great crafts inspired by the season:

Mrs Fox's Crafty Box for October contains loads of halloween crafts for children; black cats, witches hats, sweetie cone bats, halloween ghost and pumpkin print bunting and a paper Jack-O-Lantern with a flickering LED candle. £12+p&p.  Or buy a three month subscription which will carry your crafting fun right through the winter months. SOLD OUT

As our native wildlife goes into hibernation for the winter make these little woodland critters out of 100% recycled card designed and printed here in the UK, £7+p&p.

These hand-felted acorns, with real acorn cups, are made to order by Mrs Fox's, they can be made in a variety of colours.  £3 each, or sets of 3 for £8 +p&p.  Email us for details;

 Apple Needle Case Kit, inside this little craft kit is everything you need to make a felt needle case in the shape of an apple.  A lovely first sewing project.  It does contain a real needle however so it should not be given to children under the age of 7.  £6+p&p

Mrs Fox's felt leaf crowns are beautiful and unique, hand-made to order, they are available in our Folksy store and would make any little woodland elf happy.  £12 +p&p.

Mrs Fox's October Crafty Box

Ideas for the October crafty box were not really difficult to come by - All Hallows' Eve is of course at the end of the month so black cats, bats and witches hats are the name of the game this month.  Our crafty little foxes will receive a spooky box filled with craft materials, ideas and instructions to make all these things along with halloween bunting and a paper Jack-O-Lantern with a little LED flickering candle.

Mrs Fox's Crafty Boxes - Kid's Halloween Craft Box available from 16 October 2013

If you would like to join our crafty fun this kid's craft box is available online for £12 +p&p or you can buy a three month subscription for £10.50 a box +p&p, which will take you through November and December and includes loads of great Christmas crafts for children.


How Does Your Garden Grow - The garden's swan song

The last week has been BIG on pumpkins in the garden and the allotment.   Harvesting on the allotment; mostly potatoes, pumpkins, onions and beetroot.  There is spinach that will continue all through the winter, some leeks and onions, but, then that's it.

There was a surprise on the allotment.  I've no idea what this flower is, or where it has come from, it is in the scruff at the edge of the allotment.  Does anyone know what it is?

I have so enjoyed this linky, really, it is my favourite, and although I've not contributed every week I have read it every week.  So, a big "THANKS" to Mammasaurus for hosting, her beautiful photos, and my particular favourite 'Grandad's' beautiful veggie garden and all the other regulars whose gardens I have been inquisitively nosing around, "Thanks for sharing".  I am saying this as, with the weather proper cold this morning on the school run, I know there will be less and less to photograph in my garden and on the allotment.

Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

We've been tidying and putting the garden to bed, cutting back our vine and roses.  Little Louis Fox took this shot of a rose on the weekend as we took the final blooms inside.

There are a few little flowers, like these cyclamen, still poking through in the slightly more sheltered areas of the garden.  I need to tidy my plants in pots into these sheltered corners, if they are going to survive the winter.

I really don't want to sound melancholy as I actually love the autumn.  The last foraging of blackberries.  Autumn walks with the dogs and children chasing leaves.  The colours of autumn.  Little Una Fox's veg art, that we are not allowed to move until she has taken 100 pictures.

One thing I really enjoy is preserving the last of the bounty from the garden. We make chutney, jam, pontack sauce, sloe and damson gin, freeze apples, blackberries, black currents and damsons, my kitchen is even more of a permanent mess than usual:

The last tomatoes ripening on the window sill, waiting to be turned into green tomato chutney.  The last, too far gone, blemished skinned, red tomatoes I roast with peppers, olive oil and chillis and make into my spicy passata.   I use it in chilli which we eat with corn muffins.  A friend with family in the US buys me Jiffy corn muffin mix.  It's the cheapest stuff going, probably not very wholesome, but I got a taste for it when I lived in the states.  It's great with really spicy slow cooked chilli.  And on that note I have made myself so hungry I have to go eat.


Autumn Leaf Crowns

kid'e felt leaf crown

Now that Autumn is here my walks in the morning have that extra acoustic quality - crunch, crunch, crunch...
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day
                                      by Emily Bronte 

kid's felt leaf crown

And while Emily wrote poetry to while away her autumn, I make felt leaf crowns.

Mrs Fox's sells the crowns on Folksy for £12.  They are made to order, so the colours are ever changing and every one is unique.  Each felt leaf is hand cut and stitched.  Reinforced with webbing so they stand nice and straight.  Tiny seed beads adorn the stem of the leaf as it joins to the headband.

I rather love these crowns, secretly I prefer them to the flower headbands that we also make - but, shhhh, don't tell anyone.

Mrs Fox's Felt Leaf Crowns - £12 +p&p on Folksy
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