A few weeks ago, Mel from Chalk Chook emailed to ask if she could send me a little something in the post. Mel is a friend of a friend who recently started her own business making and selling beautiful handcrafted chalk. A box addressed to my girls arrived containing three special little gift-wrapped packages, each filled with an array of colourful, vibrant stars, fish, motor cars and love hearts.
We don't have a lot of pavement here at our country home, and not a footpath to speak of in the village. In Sydney, our entire backyard was patio. Here, we have lovely, lovely (muddy, fast-growing) grass. But the girls got busy on the small stone pathway out the front and created a few masterpieces. The chalk is so much smoother and easier to use than the normal pavement chalk, and the colours are brilliant. They chalked up a storm, and when the rain arrived that night, it was all washed away leaving not a trace. If only that were the case with the indoor art and craft sessions we have here...
With my little pair's birthday party approaching, I contacted Mel and put in an order for 25 individually wrapped twin-packs - butterflies for the butterfly party, you see. They arrived a few days later, each tied up with string, a little note tucked into each - "With love from Stella and Pearl." Party favours sorted, and I barely had to lift a finger, let alone spend a few hours stuffing sugar and plastic into lolly bags the night before the big day. And I can't tell you how pleased both the kids and their mums were upon receiving a little sugar-free take-home gift at the end of the day. Such a good idea, and so easy!
Make sure you head over to Mel's shop and check out the lovely range of Chalk Chook products she has on offer. Just quietly, the dinosaurs are hilarious!
Tiny fine-print disclaimer: I received a big pack of chalk for free with no obligation. I was a full-price paying bona-fide customer - and a very happy one - of the party favours.