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Christmas Colouring Printable: Polar Bears November 17, 2015 10:28

Polar bears, for colouring in? But they're white aren't they? Who says they need to stay white! Download our free Christmas colouring printable and make our cute and lovable polar bears as colourful and bright as you like!

Don't forget to colour the letters in too, and if you're feeling really inventive why not add a background too? Our polar bears could be sitting in Santa's Grotto, a shopping center, a forest or even in front of the Northern Lights. Let your imagination run wild!

Click on the pictures to download a printable pdf of each image and enjoy! We'd love to see your colouring when you're done!

Christmas coloring printable polar bear free

Christmas coloring printable polar bear free


Free Printable Letter to Santa November 16, 2015 14:09

When you you get your kids to write their letter to Santa?  Have you done it yet? I usually feel it needs to be done around the start of December. If it's any earlier, they might change their mind about what they want for Christmas, if it's any later then Santa might not have time to get him (or her) self organized by Christmas!

Here's a free printable list for Santa which makes the job nice and easy:

Free Printable Letter to Santa

Don't forget to colour the letters in - Santa will be delighted to get a letter which has been beautifully coloured in!

Enjoy! There is a printable pdf version here too.

Don't forget, according to Royal Mail the address to send your Father Christmas letters to is:

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

Apparently if you send your Christmas list to this address (don't forget the stamp!) and include your name and address by 6th December you might even get a personalized reply back again...

Having said that we've always addressed our letters to Father Christmas to the North Pole and they seem to have all arrived safely...


How To Make a Tiger Mask November 12, 2015 12:12

How to make a Tiger Mask

You'll need a few things to make this tiger mask: a template, some card, scissors, sticky tape and LOTS of patience!

My son loves tigers, he always has done. The first thing he ever bought himself when he spent his own birthday money was a huge furry tiger (it's still almost as big as him now, and he's 9!).

So, why not make a tiger mask? Sounds like a good family activity to do together, and after all how hard can it be? ;)

We made it a while ago, and he wore it all Hallowe'en long. It's now in pride of place on his bedroom shelves and looks great as an ornament too.

Making a Tiger Mask

I downloaded this template from Etsy, and to be fair I probably underestimated how many different bits of card need to be fitted together to make it. My advice would be to just take a deep breath, take your time and you'll get there!

Making a Tiger Mask
My little Godson trying the mask on (he wants to do anything his big cool God-brother does!)

So, here are some pictures from the making of the mask. It took quite some time, but was well worth it!

Making a Tiger Mask

As I said, there were a lot of pieces of cardboard to cut-out, score and fold! Oh, and you'll need lots of sellotape too!

Making a Tiger Mask

The finished mask before painting. We did think about leaving it white, as it looked great like this too!

Making a Tiger Mask

 

Making a Tiger Mask

Making a Tiger Mask

Starting the painting!

Making a Tiger Mask

And the finished result:

Making a Tiger Mask

This article was originally published on my other blog NiceLikeNigella


20 Inspiring Parents To Follow on Instagram November 11, 2015 10:25

 

Looking to brighten your day, inspire yourself or find something to smile about? Follow these inspiring parents on Instagram and there will always be something beautiful or amazing in your feed!

Anna @annanovak

Wife to @mattnovak • Mama • Photographer • Disciple RiverUnion.com Anna@tinsparrowstudio.com tinsparrowstudio.com

 

Best buds

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Jessica Shyba @mommasgonecity

Just trying to be happy and raise good people. Naptime with #TheoandBeau 2015 + Bathtime with Theo and Beau 2016 || product sources on blog ?? www.mommasgonecity.com/2015/11/opening-the-conversation/

hey Monday, hey. ????

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Ilana Wiles @mommyshorts

Raising two girls in NYC (one of them is @insta2yearold, the other is @pinkinnyc) // I also run @averageparentproblems // snapchat: ilanawiles bit.ly/1PmIZLZ

 

I want Harlow's voice to sound like this forever. ? #pressplay

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Danyelle Mathews @dandeedesigns

I mother. I love. I create. www.dandee-designs.com

 

Those piggie ears lasted about five minutes but they were the most darling five minutes ever.

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Rebecca Woolf @girlsgonechild

don't want none unless you got puns, hon. girlsgonechild.net

She wanted to wear her Halloween costume for today's school picture day. So that is what she did.

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Joy Cho / Oh Joy! @ohjoy

designer • blogger • author • mama to ruby & coco • lover of good people • los angeles periscope and youtube: @ohjoy say ? at: hi@ohjoy.com ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2015/11/a-housewarming-welcome-kit.html

Shaynah @ruffledsnob

[Minnesota] Let life take you somewhere ✌?️ Lover of Sunshine • Hoarder of Denim • Collector of T-shirts Inquiries : ruffledsnob@gmail.com ruffledsnob.com

 

From the blog... because OMG Wrenny???????

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Aubrey McCoy @aubreymccoy

Husband to 1. Father of 4. Texas raised. Nashville now. Tacos and forever two wheels. Bleubird, Smilebooth and who knows what's next. www.bleubirdblog.com

 

She loves hip hop on a Saturday afternoon. ?

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Bev Weidner @bevcooks

I change food and cook diapers. Wait. ? bevcooks bev@bevcooks.com www.bevcooks.com

 

Rachel Devine @sesameellis

Based on actual events. SesameEllis.com www.SesameEllis.com

 

 

Lauren Hartmann @thelittlethingswedo

????????, Stylist+Blogger, Extroverted Introvert, Jesus Follower, Portlander ?☕,Emoji enthusiast. ??? // snapchat?: laurenhartmann laurenhartmann.com

Kenziejaws @kenziejaws

Mom of 3. Paint. Draw. Build. Sew. Create. Eat. Never sleep. Repeat. Rude or creepy = blocked ? ?Kenziejoslin@msn.com SHOP TEES & FLOWER CROWNS: kenziejaws.com

 

Ann-Marie Espinoza @annmarieloves

mama | maker | picture-taker annmarieloves.com

 

Josh @tiesandfries

Wife: @taza Twitter: @tiesandfries, @lovetaza Blog: www.lovetaza.com www.lovetaza.com

 

So proud of our little astronauts!!

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Angie Keiser @2sisters_angie

Mama to Mayhem ?? {@fashionbymayhem} Curator of #fashionbymayhem Assistant Paper Dress Maker ✂️? More on snapchat: ? @fashionbymayhem www.fashionbymayhem.com/weve-got-this-how-we-keepsakeit-together/

Graciela Gauna @gracielaraquel

Mother of two amazing boys. grgauna@hotmail.com

 

He's an amazing big brother. #gabrielandkaya

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Stephanie Minkoff @stephanieminkoff

california girl raising her four boys in new york.

 

Suzanne Davis @bebehblog

Navy wife, baker, photo-taker, mom to THREE adorable ginger bebehs in New England. #babywearing #bfing bebehblog.com/

 

Linc's new BFF is the #TargetDog

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Morgan @the818

your mom // writer // buzzfeed editor the818.com

 

Does not want to share her cooking tricks or her spotlight. @buzzfeedparents (?: @smshanny)

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Charlie Capen @charliecapen

Pretend writer. Pretend father. Pretend person. This a journal for my sons. I mostly post on @howtobeadad. www.howtobeadad.com

 

Finn, you take after your dad. In many ways. #Finnverine

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10 Fun Alternatives to the Christmas Jumper November 08, 2015 10:37

Usually we whole-heartedly embrace the Christmas Jumper, but it won't be long until my son is officially 'too cool' to wear a big jumper with a snowman and flashing lights on it (he is nearly a tween after all), so here are some alternative ideas for wearing this Christmas. Some aren't jumpers at all (wait till you see the amazing Candy Cane cocktail hat!) and some are ironic or alternative Christmas jumpers, but all of them give you a different way of expressing your Christmas spirit through your wardrobe over the coming weeks! Which of my top 10 is your favourite?

 Batman Christmas Sweater

A perfect blend of kitch, comic superheroes and Christmas, what more could you wish fore. Plus, the large Batman logo is large enough to make it clear that you're wearing something cooler than the classic Christmas jumper! Batman Official Christmas Sweater from Bay 57.

Personalised Polar Bear Christmas Jumper

Personalized Christmas Jumper Kids Children

Who says that Christmas jumpers have to be loud and ugly? Kids can stay looking festive and stylish in this understated but beautiful Polar Bear t-shirt. Available with personalized name or without here.

How To Draw A Reindeer T-Shirt

Give everyone a smile with this 'How to draw a reindeer' instructional (and slightly sarcastic) t-shirt from JollyClothing.

Bah Humbug Jumper

What I love about this Bah Humbug jumper is it's secret pocket for storing the packet of humbugs which come with it, plus the humbug squeaks when you press it! From Woolly Babs Christmas Jumpers

Christmas Candy Cane Felt Hat

Oh my word, if you love beautiful cute and quirky hats you have to check out The Headmistress. This is just one of her amazing designs, and I think you'll agree it's much more stylish than any Christmas jumper!

Love You Santa T-Shirt

Love You Santa Christmas T-Shirt

I love this one! With cheeky 'Love You Santa' message inside a metallic gold or silver heart, this would be great for any member of the family! Love You Santa t-shirt.

Simon The Stag T-Shirt

Who doesn't love a bit of shiny gold at Christmas, and I think you'll agree that anyone would look dapper on Christmas day wearing Simon the Stag! From Boodle, also available as a jumper.

Christmas Jumper Scarf

You can be festive and frivolous without looking totally naff! These lovely Christmas jumper print scarves will keep you looking stylish while you're out singing carols. By Colourpop.

You Had Me At Ho Ho Ho! Jumper

Fun 'You had me at Ho Ho Ho' jumper with mistletoe wreath from Ellie Ellie

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle Embroidered Sweatshirt

Stand out from the crowd in this cute 'Don't get your tinsel in a tangle' embroidered sweatshirt - the perfect sentiment for when you're out Christmas shopping I think! From KaosCreations2015 on Etsy

 

 


We've Been Featured by Blogger Over40AndAMumToOne November 04, 2015 12:50

I'm delighted to share the news that we've been featured by parenting blogger over40andamumtoone. I got in touch with Mary a few weeks ago to see whether her son Monkey would like to try some of our t-shirts out and they both seem to have loved them!

Here's Monkey looking fabulous in his Giraffe t-shirt and Tiger t-shirt. They even went for a tiger-themed day out when he first tired his t-shirts out, how cool is that?

I think you'll agree Monkey knows how to wear a t-shirt with natural style!

You can read the full review as well as the rest of Mary's inspiring parenting blog here.


Sometimes I Like Doing Real Drawing Too... October 13, 2015 19:33

I love designing and drawing on my iPad, it's quick and easy(ish) and I can draw whenever I have a spare minute: whether I'm waiting in the car park on the school run, sitting in Costa or even Netflixing my latest American crime series.

Sometimes though it's nice to get some nice thick paper and proper paints out and spend the afternoon doing something real.

Nothing beats the satisfaction of working with proper paint!  Here are a few of my favourite pop icons: 60s model Twiggy and Han Solo. What do you think?

P.S. sorry the picture at the top is sideways. It isn't supposed to be, but my Shopify blog keeps insisting on flipping it around whatever I do... *sigh* Gotta love technology...


Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids Who Hate Dressing Up October 09, 2015 09:21

Kids dressed up for Halloween

I love Halloween! It's always been one of my favourite excuses to eat chocolate, watch scary movies and of course DRESS UP! So I find it hard to understand my son's reluctance to dress up.

Even from an early age he shied away from fancy dress costumes - except for a few joyous months when he flatly refused to wear anything except a Spiderman costume. We were a source of great entertainment every time we went to Tesco. Sadly that only lasted a few months and then went back to his usual anti-fancy-dress stance.

He's now 9 and will wear a Harry Potter costume when all his friends are dressing up, but it isn't something he gets excited about.  So I've been pondering this question. How do kids (and grown-ups) join in at Halloween parties if they don't want to dress like a giant pumpkin or Frankenstein's monster? 

That led me to design these t-shirts, which are Halloween themed, and glow in the dark, but they can be worn with totally normal clothes. Even the most dress-up-shy person will be comfortable wearing a t-shirt, right?

I'd love to know what you think! The t-shirts are available for kids and adults and you can see my whole Halloween collection here.

Halloween mummy t-shirt

Day of the dead Sugar Skull t-shirt

Retro Catwoman t-shirt

Glow in the dark Skeleton t-shirt

T-Rex dinosaur skeleton t-shirt

And if you are someone who loves dressing up for Halloween, you might like my Pinterest board which has some amazing party and costume ideas!

Follow Tiger Prints's board Halloween on Pinterest.


Hollywood Icons as Halloween Monsters September 26, 2015 10:18

I thought it might be fun to re-imagine some of my favourite Hollywood icons as Horror movie monsters in the run up to Halloween. Here are some of my sketches so far from over on Instagram, which do you like best? And who do you think I should draw next? Suggestions please!

 

 

 

 

 

Getting in the hallowe'en spirit... #zombie #zombieart #drawingoftheday #marilynmonroe

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Bored Jar for Kids [Free Printable] September 25, 2015 13:33

I'm bored...

How many times a day do you hear that? If you've got kids of any age I'm sure you hear that all that time, I certainly do! So here's a great solution: a bored jar.

Whenever you hear those dreaded words get them to pick an activity out of the jar and voila! Boredom problem solved! I can't guarantee you'll never hear the words 'I'm bored...' again but it certainly helps!

I printed my list off on 3 different sheets of coloured paper which more or less filled my jar. My list is geared towards my 9 year old boy, but adapt to fit your kids as you like.  There's a great bored list for a tween girl here if you need some more ideas! You can download and print the list below by clicking on it or download the pdf here.

There's also a printable label for your jar too.

Once you've printed your lists, cut them out, fold in half and store in your jar ready for the next time your hear those dreaded words...


Baby's First Halloween September 17, 2015 09:25

9 is a brilliant age, in fact I've loved every age that my son has been so far - even the terrible twos (although I may have forgotten the tantrums through the mists of time). But every now and again I'll get a bit broody and start thinking how lovely it would be to have a baby again. I find window-shopping usually distracts me from that idea so I've trawled through Etsy looking for the very finest (and cutest) costume ideas and accessories for babies at Halloween. It's a veritable cute-fest! I particularly love that knitted fox costume - isn't it amazing?

'Baby's First Halloween' by TheoMax

Oh how I love Halloween - it's my favorite holiday of the year, and why should being brand-new stop you joining in all the fun! Here are some of the best costume ideas I've found for a baby's first Halloween. Hope you enjoy!


Halloween Headband, Baby Hea...
$6.95

I Love My Mummy Glow In The ...
$14

BABY HALLOWEEN COSTUME, Baby...
$43.95

SALE! Baby Halloween Black a...
$2.95

Shark Hat, Newborn Shark Hat...
$16

Halloween Leg Warmers, Baby ...
$7.25

Baby Halloween Costume, Newb...
$39.98

My First HALLOWEEN Personali...
$24.99

Baby Halloween costume. Hall...
$16.95

Baby Halloween label - hallo...
$5

Skunk playsuit / summer cost...
$46

Wonder woman baby Superhero ...
$29.99

Funny Baby Halloween Costume...
$20

Halloween Spooky Zombie Mumm...
$11.99

14" Baby Halloween Head...
$5
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Of course I couldn't just leave it at that, I had to design some baby Halloween costumes myself too. If you'd like to have a look at our collection of glow-in-the-dark baby outfits for Halloween take a look here, they're spook-tacular! (sorry, couldn't resist!) Here are some of my faves:

 

 


An Eclectic Collection September 15, 2015 09:12

Etsy treasuries usually have a specific theme or colour-scheme, so it's rather refreshing to see one which is just a random collection of things that somebody likes.  The lovely kornietsann was kind enough to include our P for Puffin t-shirt in this treasury along with lots of other lovelies. I particularly like the hand panted silk scarf and musical crib with floating elephants - how cute!

'Great today's finds' by kornietsann


EMBROIDERED bright blue bow ...
$35

Hand Painted Silk Scarf, Yel...
$69

New SALE pricing~Baby Quilt ...
$35

Sunlight Granny Square Blank...
$169

Kids P is for Puffin T-Shirt...
$10

knit baby vest, baby boy ves...
$30

Kids - Cub Scout Uniform Tsh...
$350

Set of 2 lovely Bowls yello...
$18.9

linocut,Blossom,white petals...
$85

Multi Aquamarine Faceted Sma...
$18.95

Desk Alarm Clock, Vintage Go...
$24

Yellow and blue brooch bouqu...
$130

With MUSICAL CRIB ATTACHMENT...
$135

NAEEM KHAN Couture Beaded Dr...
$475

Size 00 - Adorable Handmade ...
$40

12 Vintage Christmas Light G...
$10
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Animal Crackers September 13, 2015 10:17

We've been featured in this gorgeous treasury by MrsDVK on Etsy today, which she created in memory of her daughter who passed away a year ago. I'm sure you'll agree it's a beautiful thought and she's found some things which any 11 year old girl would adore! I feel very honoured that our J for Jaguar T-Shirt was included, and I particularly love that Safari Animal costume! Which are your favourites?

'Animal Crackers for the Children' by MrsDVK

In honor of the brave children battling cancer and in memory of those who lost their battle. In memory of my 11 year old daughter, Cora, who lost her battle in August 2014.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pray-for-Cora-Darlene-Kelly/659841734051850


ANIMAL CRACKER SOAPS, Animal...
$10

Chicken Mittens, Hand Knit F...
$28

Miniature Zoo Waldorf Wood T...
$95

Crochet art doll Mrs. Sheep ...
$74.75

Needle Felted Green and Yell...
$63

Children's Safari Animal...
$35

12 Woodland Forest Themed An...
$18

Hedgehog porcupine pencil ho...
$18

Jungle Kids Mug - Personaliz...
$16

turquoise / yellow ANIMALS b...
$5

Stuffed Animal Guinea Pig Cu...
$28.95

Wildlife Finger Puppets / Ch...
$19.99

Printable art Deer head prin...
$5

Crochet Barefoot Sandals for...
$10

Kids J is for Jaguar T-Shirt...
$10

Giraffe Crochet baby toy Yel...
$20
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Ancient Egypt September 08, 2015 09:34

     

    What could be a more perfect place  for inspiration when designing Ancient Egyptian t-shirts than Cyprus? Well Egypt perhaps, but on our summer holiday I still found time to design our new range of Egyptian-inspired tops!  It helped that we found this amazing bar near our house which was filled to the brim with Ancient Egyptian art (I'm sure it was all authentic...). So, sitting there sipping a Keo surrounded by hieroglyphics and statues of Anubis I got sketching! I also found out some surprising facts about Ancient Egypt which I was doing my research:

    1. There were more than 700 different hieroglyphs in the Egyptian alphabet.
    2. If you unwrapped the bandages of an Ancient Egyptian mummy they would stretch for 1.6km.
    3. Beer was the national currency in Ancient Egypt. Pyramid workers were paid 1 gallon (4 litres) of beer per day.
    4. There were more than 2,000 different Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses ranging from gods of fertility and luck to those who were in charge of beer, digestion and partying!
    5. Cleopatra wasn't actually Egyptian, she was a Greek Macedonian!
    6. Pharaohs were mostly fat, unlike the idealized portraits we see in Ancient Egyptian art. Their diet consisted mostly of beer, wine, bread and honey and they were also prone to diabetes.  One example of this was Queen Hatshepsut who was actually obese and balding, contrary to the depictions on her sarcophagus.
    7. There are more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt
    8. Toilets were found in many Ancient Egyptian tombs.
    9. Ancient Egyptians hunted hippos, it's thought that a bite from a hippo could even have caused King Tutankhamun's death as it would explain the horrific injuries he was embalmed with: his chest wall and heart were missing - something which was radically different from other burials.
    10. Cats were worshiped as gods in Ancient Egypt and most households had cats as pets to bring good luck. When their cat died the owner would shave off their eyebrows in mourning.

    Surprising eh? Anyway, here are some more pictures of the incredible Sfinx bar, and you can see some of my designs below. I'd love to know what you think of our new Ancient Egypt t-shirts!

     

     


    Giveaway: Children's Animal A-Z T-Shirt July 30, 2015 13:02 75 Comments

    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Lucy Carter, congratulations Lucy, we've emailed you about your prize!

    We're giving away one of our new range of Animal Alphabet T-Shirts to one lucky person! The collection has taken a while to design and I'd love to know what you think of the results - you have no idea how tricky finding animals for some letters were (J, U, N and Q were particularly tricky!)

    About the Prize:

    The prize is a T-Shirt from our Animal Alphabet Range in your choice of style, colour and size.  You can see the full collection here.
    Sizes available are: Age 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-13.

    How to Enter:

    Simply sign-up to our mailing list! Not only will you receive a voucher for 10% off your first order, but you will also get entered into the competition!

    Subscribe to our Mailing List

    Don't forget to leave us a comment below letting us know that you signed up!

    Oh, and don't worry, we hate spam too. You can unsubscribe at any time and we won't share your details with anyone else at all.

    Good luck!

    Competition Rules:

    • Entries close at midnight on Sunday 16th August 2015.
    • We will randomly select the winner from the mailing list above.
    • The winner will be contacted about their prize via email, if they have not claimed their prize within 3 months of it being announced TigerPrints.co.uk are under no obligation to still offer the prize.
    • The competition is open to entrants over the age of 18 in the UK.

    This competition is also listed on:

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    The History of the Keep Calm and Carry On Posters July 25, 2015 18:35

    You can find 'Keep Calm' posters, placemats, teatowels, mugs and of course Keep Calm T-shirts absolutely everywhere now, but not many people know the history behind this iconic WW2 poster.

     

    Created in 1939 by the Ministry of Information the original 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster was part of a motivational campaign by the British Government meant to reassure the general public who were facing the threat of war and the prospect of aerial bombing and poison gas attacks which were predicted in the run-up to World War 2.

    The poster was one of a series of 3 posters, the other 2 being: "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" and "Freedom Is in Peril. Defend It With All Your Might".

    Contrary to what you might imagine, the poster wasn't widely displayed at the time. 2.5 million copies of the poster were originally printed but never released and they were all pulped later in the war. One copy was kept in storage and it was only when the poster was re-discovered in 2000 that it became popular.

    The crown on the poster represents a Tudor crown, a symbol of the state which was widely used in emblems during the first half of the 20th Century. It doesn't represent a real crown, but is similar to the small diamond crown worn by Queen Victoria (below).

    Who would have guessed that a poster which was kept for public release because it was deemed patronizing would be so popular today! Perhaps it would have been a success at the time after all!

    See our full range of Keep Calm T-shirts here.

    Image copyright: This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.