Now that Tiny Creature is 3 the birthday party invites are coming in very regularly so we have come up with a fail proof, sensory, homemade birthday card. Most importantly it's quick and fun to make..... Just stick a load of buttons onto the birthday kids name. Voila ... See MoreSee Less
At the beginning of the Year I ran a 6 week 'How to Photograph your baby' course and I saw 8 Mamas produce some beautiful photos of their bubbas. As their last challenge I asked them to photograph family hands all together. A photographic challenge that is a lot harder to do than it looks! Mama Amy waited until her father in law came to visit then seized the opportunity to capture 3 generations of men together: grandad, dad and super cute Baby Joshua. I was thrilled for her when I saw her results below....
As many of you Beauties will know I've been on having baby number two, rebuilding a house and moving this year. It's been a big one but I miss running my makey Workshosp for the mamas of Bristol! I'm considering running some workshops before Christmas time. I only have the resources to ru
I've said it before and I'm saying it again... 'one person's trash is another persons treasure' After dropping Tiny Creature at nursery yesterday I was intrigued by 2 skips overflowing with what looks like exciting makey treasure. Mini Creature and I investigated and low and behold there were so many gems. I got fancy dress costumes, plastic tubs, a complete toy kitchen with all the stuff to go in it, toy gardening stuff, play tools.... One mum saw me and found it very very amusing. She was clearly appalled. I didnt tell her that I was so excited by the treasure that my heart was pounding :) Amended to say that I'm happy to share the location of this but didnt want to name the nursery ans get them into toruble! ... See MoreSee Less
Suzy RichardsonWow I'd of got someone round with a car and loaded up. What a waste of decent items especially in a world where children are going without well done you x2 weeks ago
Kari WarrenerGood for you. It breaks my heart that usable items go to landfill2 weeks ago · 1
Julia PurserWaste not want not 👍 love how mini creature is checking out the colourful collection of goodies!2 weeks ago · 1
Heather BurltonWow! Why didn't they offer it free to a good home? Would have saved them the cost of the skip too. I hate waste2 weeks ago
Naomi Anderson-BickleyWell done Misty 👍 I scavenged a large shell shaped ceramic bowl from the tip recently - Got a good dose of adrenalin as I smuggled it into car without tip people catching me 🐚2 weeks ago
Nathalie Cornwell-DvorakCan't believe that stuff wasn't being donated, it looks in good nic. Way to go you for saving lots of it!!2 weeks ago · 1
Amber WilliamsLove that your heart was pounding! That's so me!! Xx2 weeks ago · 1
Chloé BodardGood for you! I'd have been the same xx2 weeks ago · 1
Beauties, you must remember Mother in the mother, the arts project I've told you so much about??
It was all about exploring the theme of maternal lineage. Stories of 200 mothers (including mine) were collected over the course of the two year project, and are being represented in an exhibition in text, craft, sculpture, portrait photography and moving image.
The exhibition has already made it's way around Bristol and will going to London this Friday night at The Free Space Gallery
Last summer I posted about all sorts of toddler friendly beach crafts, but I forgot one very simple one.... Giant Chalks! Yesterday we were at the beach and Tiny Creature and her tinier friend loved chalking all the rocks they found and then stacking them up. Simples. ... See MoreSee Less
Sometimes I struggle to know how to 'play' with Mini Creature, now 4 months old, that is until I realised her sense of smell is pretty amazing. She is so intrigued by new senses and smells- I've been picking lots of different herbs and plants and her tiny, squishy face lights up with every new smell. I even gave her sniff of some dirty socks- she sniffed, thought about it then screwed up her face in disgust :) ... See MoreSee Less
Imagine being 3 (or 37!) and having 10 000 square feet of rainbow all to yourself..... Today we went to see 'Our Colour', by Artist Liz West, as part of the Bristol Biennial, a two week festival of Arts and Ideas. We were the first there (we are keen rainbow seekers!) and our immediate reaction to the rainbow room was to run through the space. Over and over again. We laid down on our backs looking up at each colour, feeling heavy in the 'indigo' zone and light and happy in the 'yellow' zone. It felt like a trippy Pink Floyd song, or a dream, or a really cool kids park- made especially more real when the curator became Tiny Creature's personal climbing frame. Art is often deemed inaccessible for young people. This was not. Leaving, and hitting the reality of Bristol City Centre on a Saturday was surreal. I wanted t go back to my rainbow cave. So did TC, so we came home and feel asleep in her rainbow bedroom! This exhibition is on until 10th September. There are loads of other very cool things happening as part of the Biennial as well. There is one called "Performance for Pets" which sounds v intriguing..... 'Imagine a performance created especially for your household pet, performed at their home.' ... See MoreSee Less
Beck KinnerslyAmazing! Wish Guernsey had such interesting cultural events...we have to make do with agricultural shows - more tractors and cows than rainbows! :) Lots of love to you 4 xxx3 weeks ago · 1
Anna HinchliffeWe went this evening and Z loved it. When I asked him which colour he liked best, he said they were all beautiful 😍3 weeks ago · 1
While the Man Beast and Tiny Creature are away this Makey Mama doth (is that a word?!) play. I put the final touches on TC's rainbow room by making her a rainbow pillow case and doing an applique heart thingie. Done. ... See MoreSee Less
Man Beast and Tiny Creature are camping as I type this. TC has been so excited about it all week so we made her 'dou-douas' (her small toys) a tiny green tent to go with Man Beast's big tent. It went down a treat and her is a photo of it in action. How to make it, include template, in comments. ... See MoreSee Less
This is definitely one many of you Bristol Beauties will enjoy.... a Flower Hunt hosted by Floriography by Vera Fallacy in Totterdown South Bristol. Despite living on the otherside of town to this florist I've been following them for some time now.The women who runs it does the most lovely things like leaving small posies of flowers all over Totterdown just because. I'm completely taken by what she does and how she does it all so beautifully. I intend to do this Flower Hunt with Tiny Creature... ... See MoreSee Less
Join our flower hunt in Totterdown!
We have some completed flower hunt forms. It's so exciting... I'd like more... The game is for all ages and so are the prizes... go on give it a go. Did you know you could win a prize for a flower party for up to 5, cream tea for 2 at the Duchess, a goody mug from Craftisan, voucher from our butcher... and that's only a little of what is available..... check out the prize list which has grown in the post below. And well just come say hello... Much love xxxxx
Most people I know are going on holidays and enjoying the sun. We move house next week so not much fun here! Rather than wallow I decided to bring some summeryness to myself and whipped up a batch of some Neroli Body Butter. Although you might not have heard of Neroli (wild orange) my guess is that you will know the scent straight away. It's a holiday in a jar!
If you too need a holiday in a jar, here's how: 30g Shea butter 10g Almond Oil 10g Coconut oil 15 drops Neroli Essential Oil Whip it up and slather it on! ... See MoreSee Less
Claire DormandYou're right misty. This must smell delicious! Last summer we were in exactly the same position - we tried to renovate most of our house between May - August & then had to move in with only 2 bedrooms finished & a camping cooker in the kitchen. No holiday all summer either :( I wish I'd had the sense to whip up something like this to make me feel better. It will be bliss in your new house when you are all settled in. Hope the move goes really well & let us know if you need any help xx2 months ago · 1
I'm thrilled that my co-cordainator of the *Hearts for mums on Mother's Day* won an award for all her efforts from the charity she represents, Bliss Bristol. It was Catherine who originally approached me 2 years ago and asked if Makey Mamas could make just 34 hearts for mums spending Mother's Day in Southmead NICU. As you know we exceeded that target may times over and hearts got distributed to over 77 units across the UK this Mother's Day alone. Catherine, You are amazing and have worked tirelessly. Thank you for all that you do xx ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday I was honoured to receive a special dedication to families award at the Bliss thank you event. All the volunteer work I do it to ensure as many families as possible can reach support at such a difficult time
One person's trash is another person's treasure. This statement has never been more true after we found this crocodile head costume in our neighbours recycling this week. Tiny Creature's favourite book at the mo is 'The Enormous crocodile' so you can imagine what a treat this went down. We have had such fun with it. ... See MoreSee Less
I used to be creative and make some lovely things. Now I got to retail parks and buy toilet brushes. The upside is that Tiny Creature is rather enjoying this change of lifestyle and decided to make her own toilet brush out of her Stick Man and a fluffy pink thingie. House move 4 weeks and counting.... ... See MoreSee Less
Imagine my delight when I opened my post to find a heart had been sent to me to celebrate the birth of Mini Creature! Many of you will know the significance of this but for those of you who don't this is what it's all about.... For the last 2 years we, and by 'we' I mean you lot, have been making crocheted/ knitted hearts for mums spending Mother's Day in a NICU (Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit) with their tiny ones. This year 1810 were made and sent to 77 NICU's all over the country. It has amazing! Anyway, out of all the hearts this was my favourite, I even photographed my 34 week pregnant bump with it on the day we got all the hearts in. This heart was kept back for me by my fellow co-coordinator, Catherine from Bliss Bristol. Weirdly she never saw this photo I took so it was pure coincidence, 1 in 1810 chances, that she kept me this heart! I was very touched. Special thanks to lovely Emma who actually made this heart, along with 52 others. I've never met Emma but like so many of you who contributed to our Hearts project I feel a sense of togetherness within this crazy time of motherhood. Correction: Ive just had a message from Emma and she didn't make this one. SO, we have a Makey Mystery on our hands... who made this heart?? ... See MoreSee Less
Rachel SmithIs there somewhere I can learn to croquet a heart. I know someone whose just has a baby boy and 26 weeks and the idea of this just sounds lovely so I would like to make her one to hang on his incubator x1 month ago
Just before I had Mini Creature (now 7 weeks!!) I created a 'Fiddle Pack' for Tiny Creature so that she'd have something new to occupy her when I was doing epic amounts of feeding. I never got round to completing all the parts; this was the final Fiddley thing..... Introducing the 'Aunty Kimberley' game. That's what I grew up calling it, however a wise woman has recently told me it's called matching pairs or the memory game. Do you know that one I mean? I raided my fabric scraps to do it. Nice and simple. I'm going to put together a post on all the things that I made for her 'Fiddle Pack; what has worked well and what hasn't! ... See MoreSee Less
The most popular creative workshop I run is the Baby Casts and Prints. It's not hard to see why when you see this plaster cast of Mini Creature's feet inside Tiny Creature's. The finish is pretty rough finish but I'm tickled pink by it. Mini Creature 12 days old Tiny creature 2 years, 11 months and 12 days old I'm praying it doesn't break in our impending move. I could never re-create such cuteness again!! Have you made a plaster cast at home after attending the workshop? ... See MoreSee Less