Hi Guys,

I have a DIY post live on Bloesem Blogs, I’ve been making these Halloween Decorations and if you’d like a go too, here’s how to:

You will need

  • Polystyrene balls – I used 4cm balls
  • Black and orange paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black cardstock
  • White paper
  • String or cord
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Black pen
  • Glue
  • Darning needle / thin knitting needle

Step 1: paint your polystyrene balls. Paint some black for bats and spiders, some orange for pumpkins and leave a handful white for your ghosts.

Step2. For the spiders: Cut two pipe cleaners in half and half again making the eight legs, push them into the sides of a black ball and bend into shape. Cut out eye shapes from your white paper, draw in the pupils and stick in place

Step 3. Make the bats: Fold a piece of black card in half and draw on one wing shape, Cut this out and push or punch two small holes in the fold. Using a small piece of pipe cleaner attach the wings to the back of a black ball. In the same way as before stick the eyes in place.

Step 4. To make the pumpkins: Use your black pen to draw on some pumpkin markings, add your eyes and push a small piece of pipe cleaner into the top to make a little stalk.

Step 5. For the ghosts: Cut a strip of white paper long enough to wrap around a white ball. Cut a wavy shape into the bottom of the paper and stick around your polystyrene ball. Cut large black eyes from the black card and stick to your ghost.

Step 6. Using a thin knitting needle or long darning needle push holes through the centre of the polystyrene decorations. Thread a large darning needle with your string and push through the holes. Tie knots in the string to stop the decorations from slipping down and carry on adding as many decorations as you like.

Hang them around your home, or just play with them like we did. Enjoy, Emma x

This weekend was fathers day and a very good friends 40th birthday (which is an alarming thought) not the fathers day thing but having friends turning 40. I’m not really ok with this. But that aside, I decided I’d put the kids to work creating cards for the occasions.

Step 1. Give pack of pens and some paper to a two and a half year old and try not to over think the result too much but instead make helpful suggestions like, “Hay perhaps we could do another colour over here”, “and “lets try just drawing on the paper and not the train set / your legs or the carpet”

Step 2. Cut the letters out yourself. I’m not sure when your supposed to give scissors to a child but I’m pretty sure I can’t trust mine not to do lasting damage yet.

Step 3. Glue them on – its up to you and how much of a control freak you are as to weather you let your kid do this bit themselves or if you just get them to tell you where they think you should stick the letters before ignoring them and putting them where they are supposed to go.

Tada: A card that a kid made that doesn’t look too much like a kid make it!

I’ve been trying to work on my product photography lately. I have tons of ideas for new products I’m itching to get working on but I decided to make myself have a good look at the ones I already have first and try and make the best of them. My photos have always been so-so. Not awful, (I hope) but definitely with plenty of ‘room for improvement’ which is the same phrase Michael uses to describe my catching skills so we know there not great! I’m trying to read, learn and keep trying to make them better. I’ve started with the Alphabetti badges and magnets which area a consistently good seller especially on Not On the Highstreet but with very old photos they were due for an update. Here’s what I’ve got so far…

I have this vague memory from when I was a kid and as a special treat sometimes we would get to play with a big tray full of dry red lentils. I remember driving cars around in it, scooping them up, pouring them through little water wheels and generally thinking it was the best thing ever. Anyway, I asked my mum about it last weekend so I could try and recreate the magic and she managed to totally shatter my romantic memories by saying something along the lines of ‘oh yes, I think I just tipped a bag of lentils into an old cat litter tray’ lovely, cheers mum!

Anyway, here’s our version, a couple of super cheap bags of rice and a big flat plastic tub. We added in some cars and a digger and it kept this little guy quite happy. Next time perhaps I’ll add in some toy animals or spoons and a funnel.

It’s practically compulsory to eat ice cream and take a walk by the sea on sunny days. Even if it’s only sunny in-between hail stone showers.

I finally got a new phone, after almost three months of frustration trying to get my old one to connect to the internet. Feeding a tiny baby at all times of the night and day I really need something to keep me occupied (and awake!) and peering bleary eyed at my phone is the easiest way to do it. So last week I finally qualified for my upgrade and to celebrate I got myself one of my phone cases from society 6. They have free world wide shipping and $5 off every item so it was pretty easy to convince myself it was a good idea. Plus I was really curious to see what it would actually be like.

And, I’m really pleased with it, its great quality and the print looks good. The colours are exactly how I hoped they would look and its quite a lovely thing to own.