Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sylvanian Families Sky Ride Adventure Review

When I was sent this set to review I couldn't help but think about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Having said that this set is nothing like Chitty so I have no idea why I think about that.  I suppose it has a whimsical side to it.

Its worth noting that the set does NOT come with any of the figures featured on the box.  That was one of the first questions the children asked when they saw it.  Does it come with people? Nope - it does not.  With this in mind if this is one of your first sets then you would need to buy a family to give it some play value.  Its no good on its own.

What's in the box?

  • Ready made Sky Ride Adventure Bike
  • Picnic Basket
  • 1 Plate
  • 1 Croissant
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 apple
  • Picnic blanket
  • 1 small blue bird

I thought this time I'd try a video review using the people that matter...the children.

So here it is!

It would have been good if the propeller had turned when you push the bike along.  I'm not sure how difficult it would be in the making of the product to achieve this - it really would be a nice extra but only something the hubster and I came up with!  (can I have commission if they introduce this on future updates ;) )

Important Info:

Sylvanian Families Sky Ride Adventure is available to purchase at Amazon and all good toy retailers RRP £22.99

This set was provided to me for the purposes of review.  All opinions are my own (well - actually that of the children!)

This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase from the links I may receive a small commission. This doesn't affect the price you pay.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Make Your Own Wire Wall Grid

I love the recent trend for wire wall grids and have been drooling over this one from Urban Outiftters for ages...

I get lots of inspirational prints from my monthly treat box from TreatBoxUK and I'm a big fan of printables as anyone who follows me on Pinterest will know and this seemed perfect for my ever changing selection (but not at the price Urban Outfitters were charging!)

SO....I made my own!

Make your own wire wall grid


  • Wire mesh grid (found in the garden section of your local DIY/Garden Centre) Approx 61cm x 92cm
  • Spray primer - Hycote Grey Primer , 400ml
  • Spray paint in your colour of choice - I went for Copper
  • Newspaper for floor covering
  • Face mask (just to be careful)

After lots of trawling the internet I found that I could get a large wire mesh grid - if you look up Apollo Galvanised Welded mesh panel you'll find the type of thing I used.

In the end I (and by 'I' I mean hubby who was sent on a shopping mission) found some at The Range for only £2.99.  Luckily Mr H bought two because the first one I cocked up!!

YOU WILL NEED TO USE PRIMER.  On my first attempt I happily sprayed the whole thing (outside - you need ventilation) but although it covered well it just remained tacky.  Not ideal when it was going to be up on my pretty wallpaper!

Attempt 2 - I used primer and then after allowing 24 hours drying time I applied Plastikote spray paint in Copper .

After 24 hours - VOILA!

Wire Wall Grid by

Totally simple, plenty of room (bigger than the one at Urban Outfitters) and came in at around £16!  Bargain.