We have a dog, Peggy, so we’re always out in the countryside and I usually come back with half of it in my pockets (seriously, I regularly pull out my phone and send a shower of sticks or acorn cups onto the pavement). At this time of year, the house is nearly buried until a […]
Lola’s birthday is coming up and the one thing she’s been asking for all year is a sewing machine. I love sewing and every time my machine is out she asks for a go, so I’ve decided to get one for her. It’s a big purchase in the sense I don’t want something that is […]
An oldie but a goodie – fruit-themed partyÂ decor made with balloons. ThisÂ brilliant example is from Oh Happy Day, there’s a full tutorial over there, so grab a selection of balloons and get in some green paper for leaves. I’m going to try to make pumpkins for Halloween – watch this space!
Paper artist and engineer Lydia Crookâ€™s Make A Mobile (Ivy Press) has just jumpedÂ to the top of my gift list! Beautifully illustrated, theÂ artworks can be pushedÂ out to create 12 original paper mobiles. They are easy to construct â€“ clear instructions explain the assembly process â€“ and there are lots of themes,Â ranging from butterflies and moths, […]
Judging by the amount of fabulous sketches I am seeing online from people of all ages, Jennie Maizel’s Sketchbook Club has become a phenomenon! I’m not surprised, not only are you being taught by a fabulous illustrator, you can buy the course for just Â£20, or each of the 4 modules covering houses, fish, washing […]
You loved our printables for children’s rooms (judging by the amount of shares that post received), so now we’re focusing on you, with fab free printables for grown-up spaces. Design Editor is offering her vintage Seagull camera image, plus an additional image of a vintage Brownie camera as a free download for you to […]
I love this how to from MerMag. Cardboard paper wings whichÂ all of my kids were crazy about andÂ they wereÂ super easy to make. All you need for these is a large sheet of cardboard,Â paper/card stock in the colour of your choice Â for feathers,Â ribbon to tie the wings on, duct tape and something to cut with! Absolutely […]
Sometimes the most simple ideas are the most effective and these watermelon pops spotted over at A Pretty Life in The Suburbs are proof of just that! Easy to do and they look really great. You literally slice your watermelon and a pop in a stick. She also has loads of other really great summer […]
Clay is definitely one of our favourite craft materials, but there’s only so much shelf space for all those models. Mine is rapidly running out, which is probably why I was drawn to this kit from Conscious Craft, Â£8.94. It contains clay, a set of seven wooden tools and a gold pencil – just add […]
I know what we’re going to be making this week – summer pinwheels, thanks to Little Lulubel. All you need is theÂ free PDF template (thanks, guys!), scissors, aÂ paper straw (Little Lulubel have a fab range) and aÂ butterfly pin. ChooseÂ from yellow pineapples or blue palm trees and enjoy making them with the kids.
I decided to have a go at making theÂ strapping stick hobby horse tutorialÂ over at Mad MimÂ this last week, and for a total sewing novice I was pleasantly surprised at the result – my sewing projects regularly go unfinished but this one I was able to stick with! Â If you hop over to the link you’ll […]
Alfie and Kitty love to bake (as you can see from the picture!) And the messier the better. This week, we’ve been trying out a couple of the fabulousÂ kits from BKD London.Â The brains behind the business, AdelleÂ Frejus, also runs classes and events, so, if you’re in London, keep an eye out for them as they […]
First we had The Book withÂ No Pictures and now we have Books to Illustrate byÂ Supereditions. These clever books have Â no pictures, but that’s because they’re for you to illustrate -Â IÂ know I’m stating the obvious there. Let their imaginations run wild with titles such asÂ Where do Monsters and Spiders Hide when they’re Afraid? andÂ What do Extraterrestrials […]
School’s out for most of you – it feels like Lu and I are the only ones with children still at school – so how about this as a rainy day activity, because, judging by the weather outside right now, we’re going to need a few of them! This DIY cardboard bed from Hello Bee […]
If you’re looking for a little homemade something as a teacher thank you gift, or to compliment what you’ve already bought, this Apple Plushie Tutorial from Grace’s Favours looks easy and is cute. Head on over to her site to get step by step tutorial and templates. If you’re looking for a teacher gift, do […]