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6 days ago

Makey Mamas

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!
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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!

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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? ;) )

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

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?!
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As a family of vegetarians Im 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?!

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LOVED it as a child. Used to spend hours sat with our legs dangling over the harbour! Never taken Es, but determined to this year :)

Tell me more please! Where and how specifically xx

Sounds like we missed a trick by not doing it when we were in Brixham!

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

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.
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My not so Tiny Creature is off to school in September....she will be going to a Steiner academy and well be partly flexischooling her (p/t home schooling for those of you whove 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 dont 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.

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

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?
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Mother F**kin Glitter
I cant 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 Creatures 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 Ill be dealing with it for a week. It even got over TC who wasnt 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 its 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?

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Was this from playgroup today? I tried to stay far away from the sparkling, glittery side of the room but it got us both too! Eyelids and eyebrows are looking ready for a 70s disco! X

Loathe it, never try and make glitter thank you cards when your child is covered in sun cream... ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š

Love it but never let the children get their hands on it alone and I'm a helicopter mum while they use it!

I once heard it referred to as the herpes of crafts. You'll never get rid of it.

I get this but I still love it in children's play!

My worst nightmare glitter ๐Ÿ˜–

Devils druff

They all love the glitter but my hubby always notices even after I have cleared up and just doesn't get it :D this doesn't stop me.....its even funnier when it somehow is on his face somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‚

I love to look at it but had to throw it all away as I can't bear how it gets everywhere! And doesn't wipe/wash off...just don't need it!

I think it's great for kids but it kind of drives me potty ๐Ÿ˜‚

Loathe it! Like nails down a blackboard for me. Tricky when working with little ones. Banned from my classroom! Xxxx

Lovely photograph.

Love it with all my heart! My day wouldn't be complete without making glitter sandwiches for the kids or glitter craft activities! ๐Ÿคฃ

Wow! What an amazing photo โญ๏ธ

I love it. It makes me smile. :)

I hate it. On so many levels.

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4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

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?
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Ive 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?

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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

Wedding or anniversary card

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

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 :)
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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 :)

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

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

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.

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Beautiful, Misty! See you there tomorrow xx

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

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?
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I found this photo of my mum circa 1984. She made everyones 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?

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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!

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

Is it just me who is quite excited by the site of this?! Man beast and I have spent all weekend organising our basement into a useable makey space! There is so much makey potential just waiting to be had.... ... See MoreSee Less

Is it just me who is quite excited by the site of this?! Man beast and I have spent all weekend organising our basement into a useable makey space! There is so much makey potential just waiting to be had....

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

Gahhhh, running workshops with a mini creature in tow. I give myself a multitasking badge! :) ... See MoreSee Less

Gahhhh, running workshops with a mini creature in tow. I give myself a multitasking badge! :)

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Muchos respectos!! High five that Mama xx

& a Supermum badge!!

You deserve it well done

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

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This kept her amused for ages. Its the tiny things :)

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

Last week I proudly shared pictorial evidence of Tiny Creature's cutting and sticking activities. I felt pleased with my parenting; that even with her limited access to craft supply (scissors/ glue/ card/ crayons/ cellotape) that she was still being creative. Today I take it all back. This is what I found on the trampoline. It's not the scene of a murder. It was TC being 'creative' with her scissors on her beautiful, so far uncut, curls!
Dam you creativity! :)
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Last week I proudly shared pictorial evidence of Tiny Creatures cutting and sticking activities. I felt pleased with my parenting; that even with her limited access to craft supply (scissors/ glue/ card/ crayons/ cellotape) that she was still being creative.  Today I take it all back. This is what I found on the trampoline. Its not the scene of a murder. It was TC being creative with her scissors on her beautiful, so far uncut, curls! 
Dam you creativity! :)

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At least it was her own! S cut a chunk out of T's hair rather than his own!

I was changing our little baby's nappy this afternoon when I overheard my 23 month old son Albie behind me saying ' Albie give Penny the cat hair cut' this afternoon. I have never spun round so fast. He was attempting to restyle her hair with a plastic knife and fork out of his play tea set. The cat didn't seem at all worried ....

Oh no! It definitely seems to be a rite of passage for 4 year olds. I know at least 3 girls who've done the same at that age. My niece ended up with a minute fringe and a major mullet!

Definitely a rite of passage! I remember Es, aged 4 giving herself a lovely very short fringe - she looked like a very cool international student! It was also her first hair cut. xx

Oh no!!!!!!!

Oops, maybe she wants to start her career in hairdressing at an early age... โค๏ธ

Oh my goodness! X

It will grow, we've all done it x

Oh no x

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2 months ago

Makey Mamas

This is the stuff childhood is made of...striping off in the heat and cooling yourself in the dappled shade of a nature den :)
I was so glad we had this living willow dome made in our garden by a fellow just- back-to-work mama, Anja from Pip's Garden. She was a beaut to work with and it's become the main hidey place for Tiny Creature and Mini Creature. It's one of those features that I know will be used for years and years to come and it looks lush as well. Yesterday, when I'd had enough of the girls I found solace there myself :)
FB is being annoying and wont tag Pip's Garden so here's the link if you want lovely things planted, made and designed in your garden by a lovely mama....
www.facebook.com/pipsgardenservices/
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This is the stuff childhood is made of...striping off in the heat and cooling yourself in the dappled shade of a nature den :) 
I was so glad we had this living willow dome made in our garden by a fellow just- back-to-work mama, Anja from Pips Garden. She was a beaut to work with and its become the main hidey place for Tiny Creature and Mini Creature. Its one of those features that I know will be used for years and years to come and it looks lush as well. Yesterday, when Id  had enough of the girls I found solace there myself :)
FB is being annoying and wont tag Pips Garden so heres the link if you want lovely things planted, made and designed in your garden by a lovely mama.... 
https://www.facebook.com/pipsgardenservices/

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I need to build a nature den, this is amazing! Great work and a fabulous pic!! X Sarah, Laura, Kirsty, Beth, Val

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

Tiny Creature presented me with this today. She had been working on them whilst I was making dinner. It's a "giant girl and her small pet tree, with an owl in it".
I was ticked pink by it, because it was not only made by her but she did it completely on her own.
She has 1 drawer with pencils/ crayons/ glue/ scissors/ cellotape and scrap paper and card. I've often wondered if I'm a bit mean/ too controlling by not giving her open access to all our arts and craft materials but feel reassured by this. I see her using these limited materials very resourcefully. It's lush to see her ideas, confidence and creativity grow.
What access to craft materials do you give your little ones?
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Tiny Creature presented me with this today. She had been working on them whilst I was making dinner. Its a giant girl and her small pet tree, with an owl in it.
I was ticked pink by it, because it was not only made by her but she did it completely on her own. 
She has 1 drawer with pencils/ crayons/ glue/ scissors/ cellotape and scrap paper and card. Ive often wondered if Im a bit mean/ too controlling by not giving her open access to all our arts and craft materials but feel reassured by this. I see her using these limited materials very resourcefully. Its lush to see her ideas, confidence and creativity grow.
What access to craft materials do you give your little ones?

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If we're making stuff together, she can use anything, if she's busy on her own, (she's 5) just paper/card, felt tips, and stickers, its always surprising how creative they can be with basic things! ๐Ÿ˜

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

Happy Midsummer's Day beauties
We've enjoyed celebrating the longest day of the year mainly by trying to find some shade on the allotment.
With friends we collected summer flowers, placed them under our fav tree and read flower fairy verse about them. We tied ribbons to tree branches, made wishes (all the kids wishes for strawberries) and danced (stumbled avoiding the brambles!) around our mulberry bush.
We then came home and had a cold bath!
Did you celebrate this auspicious day in anyway?
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Happy Midsummers Day beauties
Weve enjoyed celebrating the longest day of the year mainly by trying to find some shade on the allotment. 
With friends we collected summer flowers, placed them under our fav tree and read flower fairy verse about them. We tied ribbons to tree branches, made wishes (all the kids wishes for strawberries) and danced (stumbled avoiding the brambles!) around our mulberry bush. 
We then came home and had a cold bath!
Did you celebrate this auspicious day in anyway?

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

I have two daughters, Tiny Creature, just 4 and Mini Creature, just 1. Recently I've been thinking about what it means to raise feminist daughters mainly thanks to The Guilty Feminist Podcast which I can't stop listening to. In my world of shitty nappies, being 'touched out' and not being heard (by TC!) it makes me laugh out load when not many things do these days....
If however like me you often don't know where to start with researching and seeking info. This website and FB page, A Mighty Girl is a great place.
TC takes great glee in telling me what a Mighty girl she is and flexing her muscles....
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I have two daughters, Tiny Creature, just 4 and Mini Creature, just 1. Recently Ive been thinking about what it means to raise feminist daughters mainly thanks to The Guilty Feminist Podcast which I cant stop listening to. In my world of shitty nappies, being touched out and not being heard (by TC!) it makes me laugh out load when not many things do these days....
If however like me you often dont know where to start with researching and seeking info. This website and FB page, A Mighty Girl is a great place. 
TC takes great glee in telling me what a Mighty girl she is and flexing her muscles....

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I'm trying to help my boy and girl to be feminists. Mostly it so far consists of trying to gently undo the cultural sexism that 3yo Ru already picks up from the world around him, and trying not to crush 15mo Hazel's spirit (she is a natural feminist we just have to help her hold on to her confidence as she grows). Love A Mighty Girl, and will definitely check out The Guilty Feminist, thanks! xx

Love that page and I have a boy. It's important to me to raise a boy with understanding that women/girls are equal and can do everything that men/boys can do too :) x

Guilty Feminist and Mighty Girl are both fab! As are you ๐Ÿ˜Š

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

Happy Father's Day to all you male beauties out there. Especially to those spending the day in a NICU with their tiny ones. I'm sorry we haven't made hearts for all of you but I have put together this rainbow collage just for you. I hope you are getting well looked after and receiving lots of love and respect from those that matter to you xx ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Fathers Day to all you male beauties out there. Especially to those spending the day in a NICU with their tiny ones. Im sorry we havent made hearts for all of you but I have put together this rainbow collage just for you. I hope you are getting well looked after and receiving lots of love and respect from those that matter to you xx

Imagine if the same thousands of women who made the hearts for our campaign made this.....I want one please

Fatherly
This is the most insanely cool playground you'll see all day.
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Count me in hehe

Ellie Sumpter

2 months ago

Makey Mamas

Look what makey mama nature has been up to......Perfect peas straight from the pod, with grubby hands to boot ... See MoreSee Less

Look what makey mama nature has been up to......Perfect peas straight from the pod, with grubby hands to boot