Don't be impressed.... we haven't made this YET but I talked to Man beast and I think this might be our xmas pressie to TC and MC! Yes I have started thinking about pressei making already!!! ... See MoreSee Less
I haven't spoken much about my bees this summer. Ive basically turned more into a Bee Hotelier than a Bee keeper and pretty much leave them to it which is what I'd prefer anyway. However today some late summer beekeeping took place and I had a helper.... this is Man Beast who had to fashion a Beekeeping suit out of a bike helmet, a load of purple mesh and a scarf! It did the trick- he did't get stung or anything :) ... See MoreSee Less
This 'slipper' has been staring at me for a week now but it still remains unsewn! Quite frankly, I'm a makey scaredy cat as there is a very high chance it'll go wrong/ not fit/ slip off.
Basically I've made up a 'pattern' by pinning some cheap felt around TC's foot, the idea being that once I had a template I was happy with I could trace it into the lovely thick green felt and sew them altogether.
This is a big down fall of mine. I kind of like to know it (whatever I'm making)will work. Someone once told me to enjoy the process but I like the feeling of being done and making something I'm proud of.
Part of me wants to give up... part of me wants to carry on.... I might just look at them for another week! ... See MoreSee Less
I had my first night away from 16m Mini Creature this weekend and I went Bushcraft training in a wet and wild forest. There was one new skill in particular that I just had to share... 'Breakfast in a bag' Get a paper bag, spray a thickish layer of oil on the bottom. Spread a layer of parboiled sliced potato. Add sliced Halloumi if you are veggie or bacon if you want meat. Add layers of Sliced mushrooms and tomato. Create a 'well' on top and break in an egg! Cook over a smouldering camp fire until egg etc is done. Oh yes indeed! ... See MoreSee Less
So......I wanted to get Tiny Creature used to the idea of going to school. She wont be wearing a uniform so there isn't the usual ritual of buying school clothes. Instead we decided to embark upon the journey of making her a school kit bag to live on her peg. I struggled to figure out how she could help but once we started making it became clear that she could trace all the letters and shapes and roughly (and I mean roughly!) cut them out. I tidied it up (when she wasn't looking!) and together we stuck it all down. Gluing was her favourite part., obvs! I sewed it on for extra sturdiness as well. Next up, is slipper making! Ha! I can't believe my little caterpillar will soon be on her way! ... See MoreSee Less
Makey parents, I'm so thrilled to be able to share this print making course with you run by CATO Press. It's designed specifically for parents, essentially it's a 6 week course that you team up to do with another parent. You each do alternating weeks and take it in turn to look after each others child. Revolutionary! Love this AND love printmaking! Have you tried it before? ... See MoreSee Less
Roll up, roll up Grandmothers... A few months ago I helped to run some lovely makey workshops just for Grannies and their grandchildren making plaster casts. I'm very happy to say that we will be doing it again for FREE.
Open to all Grandmothers and their grandchildren (Ages 4+) to have fun, spend time together, eat cake and make a plaster cast. Places must me booked by PM'ing me or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Monday 18th September 4-5.30pm Knowle West Childrens Centre
If you enjoy this first workshop there is an opportunity (although definitely not obligatory) to be part of a set of 4 further creative workshops supporting the unique relationship between grandmothers and their grandchildren. Over tea and cake you will get to share memories and stories with your grandchild. You can then work together to make a collage, family tree, patchwork or handmade book bringing your memories to life. You will be guided through this process- no creative experience necessary. ... See MoreSee Less
Haha yes an honest post but with a wonderful memory photo ♡
Last trip to the oldbury court I spent lots of time collecting rubbish tipped over from a huge metal drum bin that a teenager pushed over! The one by the ice cream van and dog poo walkers of course!
Life is a tapestry of events and umm... rubbish every now and then 😜 I'm sure I wont be the last to mention.... "those wellies rock!" Lovely pics and memories x
Brilliant! 😂 Although you've just made me realise I really want a stream by my house 😳
So many people tell me they hate pinterest and that stuff is really unachievable on there but I would never have thought myself to use shaving foam and food colouring to tie dye card...
I very rarely buy specific bits of kit to make stuff but I did buy the shaving foam as I was intrugued by this activity. It was a real hit with TC and we made about 12 cards in anticipation of the many, many celebrations we have coming up. Basically you put a thick layer of foam in a tray, dot some food colouring around (minimal is best) give it a brief stir. Put your card in and press all around the corners. Take your card out and then scrap off the foam. That's it. Just have lots of towels around as it's v messy, also the shaving foam stinks!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Omg Misty, that is so funny. I've been doing that with my kids and friends for years! It's absolutely brilliant! Isn't it!
I have couple more you might be interested in. Let me know! Xxx
hmm ... do you think it would work with whipped cream instead? Just thinking that would be nicer to work with and you wouldn't have to worry about fingers ending up in their mouths (but maybe too oily) ...
I like some Facebook pages for ideas. Ideas for busy kids and teaching 2 and 3 year olds
Omg I love Pinterest for kids stuff!
I love this idea - and the pictures you and TC created look AMAZING! Trouble is, I just. can't. stand. the smell of shaving foam!!
Have you ever wondered why 'Piggy Banks' are named as such? Apparently in the middle ages there was a type of clay called 'Pygg'. The peeps used to collect their spare coins in pots made of the Pygg and over time the pots became PIG shaped as well. It is only because of Tiny Creatures recent interest in all things money and coins that we found this out. She was so excited about the idea of a piggy bank that we have spent the last few weeks making this paper mache piggy bank. It was simple enough (I'll post a link below to instructions) but took time. It was really nice working on a makey project over several weeks, but I'm glad it's done!! Meet our new friend...Elmer the Piggy Bank! ... See MoreSee Less
Today I made a bike rack. It was so,so hard that it made me cry with frustration. This sort of logical task is just not my skill at all but I was determined to do it as I want Tiny Creature to see me do things out of my comfort zone. I want her to see me try and fail and keep trying. She gave me a supportive hug at one point but mainly she 'helped' by using the box as a sleeping bag! The instructions say 15 minutes, I say 2.5 hours! ... See MoreSee Less
I've had to be reminded by my 5yr old to 'be like a stick-at-tortoise mummy'
The character they use at school to encourage them to keep trying x
Oh blimey, I've had a similar experience with an IKEA flat pack that clearly states that it takes TWO people to assemble! Well, that's not an option in our house, so I had to improvise, but I showed my daughter that you can achieve great things with determination. Well done you!
Well done for keeping going. Also not a bad thing for our kids to see us cry. Better than them seeing you suppress feelings and bottling things up xx
10/10 for perseverance!! X
Yay! Well done you :D I'd have given up! (out of curiosity, how many times did you swear under your breath? ;) )
As a family of vegetarians I'm not sure we should have LOVED crabbing as much as we did! TC and MC were in hysterics at the crabs, Man Beast and I were in hysterics at them. Days later a crab impression is the new fav thing to do in our house! Have you tried it?! ... See MoreSee Less
My not so Tiny Creature is off to school in September....she will be going to a Steiner academy and we'll be partly flexischooling her (p/t home schooling for those of you who've not come across this term before). I put together this little cone family for her in anticipation of her Steiner schooling. Amongst many other things they encourage learning through play and the dolls they play with at this age generally don't have facial features, the idea being that TC will put her own emotions onto the dolls. Not literally, but she can decide how they feel and tell stories with them accordingly.
These are very simple to make (as long as you have a few pine cones saved from Autumn)
For one you need: 1 cone 1 length of bandage or white stocking with cotton wool to stuff a tiny bit of felt a bell Strong glue Needle and thread
To make the head, tie a knot in a small length of bandage or white stocking and add some cotton wool to form a ball. Tie a knot in the other end.Roll around in your hand ot get a good ball shape. Cut out a triangle of felt, fold in half and sew down the long edge to make a pointy hat. Sew the bell onto the end. Sew or glue the hat onto the head. Glue the head onto the cone- to get this as secure as possible you can try and flatten the top bit of the cone as much as you can. ... See MoreSee Less
Mother F**kin' Glitter I can't work out if I love it or loathe it. Either way, I feel strongly about it.
The loathing part of me: The photo is Mini Creature's chubby hand after touching glitter for about 2 secs. I changed her nappy and it was over her whole body and all over her bits. Ouch! I know I'll be dealing with it for a week. It even got over TC who wasn't even there. Grrrrrr!
The loving part of me: For 10.5 years (the length of time Man Beast I have been together) he has pretty much always had 1 single piece of glitter somewhere on his face and it tickles me pink. He works with computers so it's not like he is all up in the glitter everyday. We never quite figured out why but I love him a little more for it!
You can see my dilemma. How does it make you feel? Love or loathe? ... See MoreSee Less
I've been making handmade cards for over 25 years so it might not surprise you that I have a 'stock' ideas for certain celebrations, especially babies and weddings. This is my wedding card. It makes me feel a bit funny giving them as handmade cards are so personal but by making my 'stock' cards I take some of that personal touch away.... Do you have cards that you make over and over again? ... See MoreSee Less
This is a new one for me but will be repeated (many thank you cards made tonight)
I have a box of blank cards and my go to idea involves my daughter and felt pens, here is a night time scene which even includes a bat. I honestly haven't bought a card from a shop or made one myself since she learned to hold a crayon #imalazymakeymama
I make granny squares in embroidery thread and sew them on card (this one's not sewn on yet). I've also totally stolen your child's button bday card idea which my daughter LOVES (just have to remember to do it in time for the glue to dry for the party) x
Simple fun, magical fun.... wand making and nature crowns. Wands: Sticks with ribbons tied to them. Nature crowns: Card lengths with double sided tape and natures finest weeds/ flowers that have gone over! TC made 4 of these, just becuase :) ... See MoreSee Less
Living the makey dream....One of my besties is getting married tomorrow and I had the job of transforming some jam jars into table pieces. I just love the simplicity of this idea (not mine). They will be filled with humble herbs and garden foliage. ... See MoreSee Less
I found this photo of my mum circa 1984. She made everyone's gingham dreams come true with her aprons, dolls, jams and toilet roll doolies. She is the original (and the best) makey mama!! What did your mama used to make? or make now? ... See MoreSee Less
My mum used to have a quilling business where she made stationery and pictures out of quilled paper. Now she makes clothes for the grandchildren, gets arty with them and bakes wonderful cakes! She also grew and arranged my wedding flowers :) Another makey mama :)
Val Hurley x
She used to make me dungarees out of my Dad's old jeans :)
My mum made me clothes from Clothkits and still knits and makes jam and chutney to this day!
It's not just mums. I had a makey daddy! He can bake, sew, decorate cakes, draw, pretty much turn his hand to anything!