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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Feb 12

Spring bulbs

Needlefelted Waldorf spring bulb child. Spring is coming to the nature table…

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Feb 07

World book week

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Well what a busy couple of weeks. We are marching ever closer to spring, days are getting lighter, birds and singing and the snowdrops are up in my garden!

More exciting still was our big trip. Lovely girl, lovely baby and me all headed to big London town for a very lovely bloggers event hosted by the very welcoming Immediate media.

The purpose: to launch a Blossom Magazine’s World Book Day Competition. We spent the day meeting the editors, illustrators, painting fairies and listening to a very interesting Q&A with the beautiful Janey Louise Jones, Author of the Princess Poppy books (A lovely little girl who has great fun, works hard and who, in the words of the author, “doesn’t just aspire to getting married” Horrah!)

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So back to the competition: if you head to your local shop and grab a copy of Blossom- you can get straight to work for the chance for your little one(s) story to be published by Blossom magazine – more than that your budding writers will have their story professionally illustrated! Pretty cool if your a little one me thinks!

For those of you who have not come across it yet- Blossom is a girls magazine packed with aspirational, age appropriate material. Which sincerely makes a refreshing change to the often questionable material floating about on the children’s shelves in supermarkets and toy shops. I guess this post is timely after the recent discussions in parliament; about the ‘pinkifcafion’ of toys hurting our economy:  discouraging girls from maths and science. It has been acknowledged that the fact is if boys play with construction toys, experiment with science kits and solve problems in their play they transition to careers careers using these skills without hesitation. Verses girls whose play has increasingly centered in a vacuous pink hairdressing salons or malls leading girls to a position where they find it challenging to move into science and industry, particularly high paying industries. Leaving this country with a skills gaps and accounting for 80% of the wage gap (because so many women work in lower paying sectors).

So I am pleased to see a magazine focusing on substance inside. Attracting interest through a bright cheerful colour and holding their interest through really engaging content (Lovely girl sat a read the whole mag in the Q&A, I mean sat still. Amazing!)

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I confess I don’t know why it has to be pink. There are so many beautiful colours – I understand producing beautiful magazine to appeal to the feminine but design can be pretty and multi-coloured….

Anyways I am very grateful my house is filled with dinosaurs, gnomes, fairies, cars, ponies in alls shapes and colours. I believe we should just let children be children. Check out let toys be toys for boys and girls for more information on this incredibly interesting area early childhood.

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