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Living Arrows 2015: 11/52


On Saturday Kitty went to one of her dearest friend’s fairytale princess birthday party.  That she was one of five Elsas including the birthday girl herself will come as no surprise to anyone with small daughters, although I was quite impressed that they were all wearing different dresses.  They played games, ate cake and sausage rolls and choc ices and came home entirely fuelled by fun and sugar so I took everyone out in the garden to burn off a little of that energy.  And there in the bottom of the party bag was a childhood classic, a little pot of bubbles.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I remember getting bubbles in a party bag, though not with Anna and Elsa on and I’m definitely of the era where you had to pop the lid off and go searching for the little plastic wand hidden inside and try to fish it out with your little finger without spilling the whole tub all over the floor.  And the appeal hasn’t changed a jot in the last thirty odd years.  My girls love bubbles, and judging by Pip’s reaction he’s more keen on them too.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I blew streams of bubbles across the garden and Kitty and Elma chased and jumped and giggled and ran. And the camera sat on the table inside, because sometimes it’s just the moment to play, not to run around trying to record it.  But then on Sunday afternoon I pulled the bubbles out again to give the girls a little fresh air, and to have a little play with the camera.


And I rapidly discovered that it is near impossible to blow bubbles and take a picture at the same time.  Although, with the camera focussing on something else you do get the most wonderful halos and colourful blur.

  Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life  

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


There’s just something magical about bubbles isn’t there, the way they float, the colours and the way they just disappear into thin air as soon as you pop them with a well aimed finger.  There’s a reason they’ve outlasted every toy craze yet isn’t there.

   Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • preeta samarasan 16/03/2015 at 8:57 am

    Yeah they’re fantastic. Never met a kid who doesn’t love them, and even as an adult I find them completely magical. Perfect way to slow down time and catch a quick mummy breath when things are getting a bit too hectic for my liking — or I use them when my big girl is doing something her small sister can’t join in.

  • Mackenzie Glanville ( 16/03/2015 at 9:49 am

    yes bubbles are like little sparkles of happiness

  • sally 16/03/2015 at 12:32 pm

    They are brilliant, and often perfect for turning around a dodgy moment I’ve found.

  • hena tayeb 16/03/2015 at 1:54 pm

    Kids and bubbles.. it is amazing how something so simple has such an awe inducing effect on the little ones and adults alike.

  • Catriona Stephen 16/03/2015 at 2:04 pm

    Lovely photo. My little boy loves bubbles! I’m always surprised by how long they keep him occupied, well us as I’m the one blowing the bubbles. Xx

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 16/03/2015 at 2:46 pm

    Love the photos, it is quite difficult to photograph and blow the bubbles at the same time though. All my three love them, they will never go out of fashion xx

  • Jenny 16/03/2015 at 7:44 pm

    Carie, loving the bubbles. Definitely a passage through childhood with bubbles. My two are obsessed and I really want to get a huge one to play around with one day be so much fun capturing them with them. Lovely post. #livingarrows

  • Karen 16/03/2015 at 9:39 pm

    Yes we all love bubbles here too. Great pictures x

  • Emma Shilton 16/03/2015 at 9:49 pm

    Love how something so simple can create fantastic photographs. We love bubbles in our house too!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 16/03/2015 at 10:34 pm

    We love bubbles too! And yes, there is an insane variety of Elsa dresses out there!!

  • susan 16/03/2015 at 11:41 pm

    You’re never too old to enjoy blowing bubbles! They really are quite magical. It sounds like you you enjoyed them as much as your daughter!

  • Sian 21/03/2015 at 9:05 pm

    Lovely bubble pics – you’ve captured them really clearly!

    • Carie 21/03/2015 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Charlotte | Baking Betsy 22/03/2015 at 9:52 pm

    Love bubbles! They really are the best thing for all ages, aren’t they?

    Also v impressed that you have bubbles in focus! Something I have yet to manage!

    • Carie 23/03/2015 at 10:14 pm

      We shall gloss over the number of very wobbly outtakes!!