Dec 16

A Daddy Day

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Tomorrow when lovely hubby wakes up – it will be Daddy day. He doesn’t know it yet and he won’t know what it is… we made it up. We also made him a crown. He has the day off for lovely girls end of term, but usually our days off involve alot of rushing and doing so many things your head spins. So I just wanted to stop time and cherish him. From sunrise ans the highly prized lie in without kids, to breakfast in bed, to doing whatever he wants ALL day, to steak and potatoe for tea… its not an expensive day. Just one that takes time.for him.

It’s so easy to get lost – caught up in daily getting on… surviving… getting ahead… whatever it is your busy with – so i think, particularly at this time of year, its  critical to live mindfully: to choose what’s important to do – really important – and  tomorrow that’s treating the best human I know like the wonderful king he is….

**no wine has been consumed tonight to cause this sloppiness, promise **

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Dec 14

Tissue paper windows

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Window transparencies are grear this time of year. There not much light but these beautiful window decorations only need a tiny amount then they spring into life.

To make: you will need tissue paper, greaseproof paper, black card,  a craft knife or scissors and a glue stick. Don’t uses pva or it will get become a glue, wrikly mess.

Draw animals or people and a frame on the black card and cut out. Next cut the greaseproof paper to be big enough to cover all the frame. This will be the backing sheet.

Stick tissue paper onto the greaseproof.  Stick the blackcard on top.

Pop the whole picture in the window.

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Nov 29

Santa Claus Letter

I’m a big fan for cheap projects which make magic. This is a great example -A letter from Santa. To be fair I think you could scribble a note and children would believe and love it, partly because getting this in the post is cool partly because magic is totally real to them.

However because I like making stuff here’s what I did this year:

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It’s a printed letter, burnt edgys, stained with tea, added snow.

Then, because I really do like making stuff I also popped a few details on the envelope:

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Post mark stamps, registered mark, wax stamp.

Fun project, really cheap, pretty happy with that.

Happy advent….

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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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