Nov 07

Alphabet

So lovely girl asked for an alphabet. Shes been writing her name for a while and I guess shes wants more letters – no longer satisfied by her lines as writing. So I drew out an abc. Yesterday. Today she did this:

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I watched her, but didnt say anything as she carefully looked up and down between her paper and the watercolours.

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So proud mama bear here, who was feeling pretty slugish about the idea of drawing the whole damn alphabet got a big slice of motivation. Boom:this evening I’ve popped these on the office wall. I’ll wait till she notices and then see if she copies them too. Im awe struck by my wee little self motived writer girl!

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Nov 03

Day of the dead.

Aka: Halloween. All hallows eve. Samhain.  Diawali. 

Lots of religions and cultures have a celebration at this time of year to welcome the darkness, knowing the light and heat will return.

Loads of other people just where costumes to scare the crap out of eberyone and rock up at your door asking for sweets.

So, I try to live with purpose and intention so I put my mind to what the girls would take away from our traditon at this time of year. After looking and reading around the internet I really fell in love with the dia de los muertos celebrations. So full of life and love for all things, including love and fond remembering for souls that have moved on.

So I introduced lovely girl to the idea ans she loved the colour and idea of a piñata!!

So our celebration planning and making got underway, here’s the run down:

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Aug 16

Mermaid rocks

So in Sainsburys this week I saw some discounted gilter paint. 50p. It called to me (as lots of items in the bargin bin do). As soon as I saw the colours I knew it was seaside, mermaid craft time at our place. Yes, I know Im a makiedo geek. Im totally OK with it. ;)  …And as my love of decorating rocks continues (with them being free and all) it was pretty easy to figure we were going to make mermiad rocks.

Lovely girl and Lovely baby sincerely LOVED painting the rocks and at least 30 mins of happy, quiet consentration was enjoyed by all! We just left them to dry overnight on a tray with tin foil.

This morning I simply added a face and  tail pattern with the nail pens I bought to do malas with. (Sharpies would work just as well) I think a coat of pva will probably have to go on to make them a bit more durable – honestly toys in our house have a hard knock life sometimes!

So here are the mermaid rocks….
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Jun 06

Rocks

Todat my nail varish art pens arrived from China. Although marked phone case these little cuties helped me decorate some rocks in the garden. Sadly my four quid on amazon was not well spent on these bad boys because the tips are not fine enough for the work I want to do on the stone. But my nails should loom good for a while and my practice pieces look nice enough to find a home.

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May 29

Wings

Fairy wings for 50p in three steps….

1. Bought skirt from car boot for 50p
2. Chopped in half (up front right through hem, up back leaving hem intact)
3. Unpicked elestic from hem -tided into arm holes.(I added a loop of ribbon at each end for fingers to go through)

Done

Never made a more successful plaything soooo simply.

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Good modelling lovely girl. Shes makes a great fairy…

Be warned if you make fairy wings please expect hour. H.O.U.R.S of running, flapping and sprinkling of fairy dust.

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Mar 04

Zoo

Today I had so much fun. I mean, today the girls had so much fun. Lovely baby keeps roaring like a tiger (ever since her first Halloween were we all dressed as tigers….

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^^ Thats what we looked like… it was grrrreat!)

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Anyway so today we made a Zoo. Just using the glue gun and scraps of old wood. It only took about 30 mins and it has entertained both ALL day. Blooming amazing. I particularly love the steps and ever animal in the whole house has been up and down and up… and down…

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Rigor testimg by the youngest did reveal a structural fault with one pillar, unfortunately allowing all the creatures to escape, much to the delight of big sister, but another dot of glue and a roundimg up of animals and we and we were all set.

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All that’s needed is sticks, saw, glue gun. Imagination. Done.

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Feb 20

How to make a Royal robe for four quid.

Sometimes Im not sure who I make stuff for. Today we have been playing princess. Im princess mummy. Dont worry – I’ve not turned my back on feminism- the princess girls have a work shop and get to climb up trees. Anyway – this is the simplest, cheap and super cute robe/cloak.
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The same pattern could obviously do any colour/style.

I bought 1sq yard of purple felt. 1.5mtrs white feather boa. Cut the purple felt into a semi circle for the bottom and a much small semi circle for the neck to fit through at the top.  As large as will fit on the felt. Hem with the boa.
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As its felt there’s no need to do any other hemming (which I love). Add a small tab with velcro on as a fastening.  Obviously if you have older ones you could use anything I just think for little ones velcro is really safe.
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Add a paper crown and your all set! : ) with easter fast approaching you could add an easter crown like this one.
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