If your going to live on the West Coast of Scotland then you really need to be ok with the odd wet day, part of my strategy for dealing with the dodgy weather is to have a few things I can do with the kids on dreary days.
This set of indoor skittles is an attempt to bring outdoor games inside. Plus we had the added fun of making them before hand.
Rather than recycle our juice bottles like a normal family, we’ve been stashing ours for a few weeks so that we could make a set of indoor skittles.
What you’ll need:
* 6 empty, and clean plastic bottles.
* White acrylic paint
* White poster paint – or ordinary children’s paint
* Coloured paper
* Paint brush
* PVA Glue
* A blob of old mixed up play dough
Step1: To paint the bottles white you will need to use acrylic paint first – this sticks to the plastic and can then be painted over with cheaper white paint. To make it easier for little people to paint the bottles and (hopefully) minimise the amount of paint that gets splattered around the place, we secured the bottles to the table with a blob of old play dough.
Step2: Once the bottles have had a couple of coats of paint its time to decorate. Cut out shapes from your coloured papers, we made rectangles, circles and triangles. If your little ones are helping keep the shapes fairly large so it isn’t too fiddly for them.
Step3: Then using the PVA glue stick them on, brushing a layer of PVA over the whole bottle once you’re finished to keep them well and truly stuck.
Step4: Once they are dry, just pop the lids on.
The skittles are really light so will easily be knocked over with a nice soft ball. All you need to do now is set them up and start playing.
Hope these help pass a rainy day in your house.
Easter cards made from your child’s unique artwork will make a lovely gift for any relatives that you might not be able to visit over the holidays. The other bonus is that you might finally find another home for some of the growing piles of priceless artworks created by your talented off spring. There’s only so much you can put on the fridge and the recycling bin is overflowing!
To create these Easter Cards, download the Easter Card Template and print onto the thickest Card your printer will take.
What you’ll need:
* Some painted paper, an 8cm x 10cm piece will be enough
* A blank piece of card 11cm x 11cm
* Craft knife
* Metal ruler
* Cutting mat
Step1: Firstly score your fold mark onto your printed card. Then cut out the card rectangle using the printed cutting marks. To make life easier don’t cut right to the edges if you do this you’ll chop your guide marks (see the image below) Also cut out the egg shape leaving an egg-shaped hole.
Step2: All you need to do now is stick your painted paper behind the hole and stick the blank card piece over the top to keep everything neat and tidy.
Step3: Bravo! Gorgeous quick and easy handmade cards the whole family can feel proud of.
Bright bold colour is what spring is all about (when your not fixating on easter and chocolate eggs…) so its a great time to pick up some cheerful cushions. I had a big order last week which has almost wiped out my stash of printed fabric for these cushions and as I’m not planning on replacing them I’d rather give away what I have left at a fantastic sale price and move on. No more cushions at Showpony, for a while anyway…
So for the next two weeks (or as long as stocks last) these cushions are available here for 50% off. That includes a lovely feather cushion insert.
Happy spring everyone!
This is a really simple little valentine’s gift that is definitely easy enough for you to do with your kiddo, and quick enough that even young ones won’t get distracted. And as a bonus your more than likely to have everything you need in the house already.
To make these salt dough glitter hearts you will need…
For the salt dough:
Half a cup of water
1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
Glitter – we used chunky glitter but fine stuff would work just as well.
Heart shaped cookie cutters
Badge backs or magnets
Make the salt dough.
Just dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it up with your hands.
Then add in your chosen glitter, we just kept sprinkling it in and mixing it up until it looked like enough.
Then onto a clean surface roll out your dough to about ½ cm thick and using your cookie cutters stamp out your shapes and place onto a baking tray.
If you didn’t have heart shaped cutters I’m sure you could freehand this easily enough.
If you want to string them with twine don’t forget to make a little hole in the heart before you bake them.
Then bake your salt dough hearts at around 110°C/225°F/Gas Mark ¼ for 2-3 hours or until they are hard and completely dry. You can air dry them but it takes around 48 hours.
Once dry you can glue on a badge backing or magnet or string through your twine.
Ready to hang as decorations or give away for Valentines Day.
Happy New Year everybody. I only have one resolution this year but its a biggy. This is the year I get organized. And not just in a tidy up my desk and buy some nice stationery kind of way which is what I usually mean when I tell myself I need to be more organized. I mean learning what it takes to be properly organized and developing habits that make it happen again and again.
The lessons I learnt (that’s what I’m calling it) last year about being a mum and running a business all boil down to this one thing. If I was more organized it would be easier to cook healthy meals. It would be easier to get everybody out of the house in time for playgroup, nursery or just to walk the dog before it gets dark. It would be easier to jump between the kids and work, and all that is bound to make day to day life a lot easier for everybody. Sounds to good to be true, right?
I don’t think I’m a lost cause, its just becoming clear that my old ways aren’t cutting it anymore. So no more staring into the fridge hoping for inspiration I’m going to make meal plans. No more running around the house looking for one welly boot there will be a place for everything. And all appointments and goings on will go on the calendar (Ok, yes I did buy some nice stationery). I’d love to hear how you keep organized, what apps do you use? or what habits do you have that keep you on track? I feel like I should know all this stuff already.
I have printed out the above image and stuck it to the wall to keep me on track.
That’s it guys. Order before 7pm tonight for christmas delivery.
I will still send orders after that but don’t expect them to arrive in time for the big day.
I hope you all have a fantastic christmas and hopefully and lovely break from whatever you normally do.
I don’t know what it is about christmas that makes me want to make even more stuff than usual, I am planning to make stockings for the kids but for now I put together this mini stocking DIY. It felt a whole lot easier (and more fun) to just make a bunch of small stockings to hang on the tree. The idea being that you could give them out to guests over the festive season as a sort of christmas party bag. Also I was thinking they would make a nice little gift for kids and if you filled them with a few toys to keep them amused perhaps the adults might get a chance to have a proper conversation. I live in hope.
Before I start though a word of warning. If you follow my posts on instagram or Facebook you may have seen this image below. But what happened here was that I got quite absorbed in the stencilling and even remember thinking to myself how nice it was that Bruno seemed to be enjoying himself too. No. This is what he was up to…
Anyway, if you want to have a go, the details are below. If you’d rather just paint your arm, try and use paint that washes of easily!
You will need:
- Stocking template: download here.Mini Stocking template
- Plain fabric
- Plain paper
- Craft knife
- Paint (we used regular poster paint)
1. Print your stocking template, cut it out and trace around the shapes onto your fabric.
- Carefully with your craft knife cut some Christmas shapes from your plain paper. I like to make two or three different sizes to give a bit of interest.
- Hold your cut shape over the fabric and with your sponge begin slowly dabbing on the paint.
- Carry on stamping, making sure to give enough time for your paint to dry so you don’t smudge it. Its really tempting to place your template close to wet areas so I like to work on both sides of the stocking at once to reduce the temptation to stamp too close to wet areas.
- Once your paint is dry, cut out your stocking shapes and pin your decorated sides together.
- You can now sew your stocking up. I used my sewing machine but these are small so won’t take long to sew by hand.
- Once sewn, turn your stocking right side out.
- So that you can hang your stockings on your tree, sew your ribbon pieces to the back.
- Now you can fill them and leave them on your tree.