Saw this and just thought I should share.


Spring Fair Photos

November 12, 2012

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A quick slideshow of photos in case you missed our fabulous school fete.

Oh, I bet you thought this was never coming!
You can find the first half of the giant list of fete and fair tutorials and printables here, along with the criteria I used to decide on what was included and what I left out.
If you still want more ideas you can see some past items we have made (although not all have accompanying tutorials)

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  1. The Scrapbooking Jar by Crate Paper Blog
  2.  Chalkboard Serving Platter by Wit and Whistle.
  3. Knitted Snake by Purl Bee 
  4.  Paper Fortune Cookies by design wash rinse repeat.
  5.  Pebble Mat by Junk Hippie 
  6.  Clay bird ornament by JessicaJane Handmade.
  7.  Owl cushion by button bird designs.
  8.  Pillowcase shopping bag by Grow Mama.
  9.  Mouse Ornaments by Family Fun 
  10. Crocheted Washcloths by Purl Bee 
  11. Monster Bags by harrysdesk 
  12.  Pram cards by The Pleated Poppy
  13.  Salt dough Christmas Ornaments by Oleander and Palm 
  14. Rice filled heating Owls for children by Just another Hang Up.
  15.  Beaded Heart Wand by First Palette
  16. Circle Zip Earbud Pouch by dog under my desk
  17.  Tea Bag gift Tag by The Studio Of Mae.
  18. Cardboard Horses by Design Sponge
  19. Mooshy Belly Bunny by Chez Beeper Bebe 
  20. Felt Crowns by hellobee
  21. Easy Drawstring Bag by Purl Bee 
  22. Recycled Book Bird Decoration by Under the Table and Dreaming
  23. Present Cards by Craft and Creativity
  24. Babies Triange Dress by Purl Bee 
  25. Monster Slime by all things simple 
  26. DIY ice cream sundae box by family bits.
  27. Monster bibs by stubbornly crafty.
  28. Cloud and rain mobile by dailylike recipe?
  29. Bunting by the yvestown blog.
  30. Lunchsacks by All people quilt.

Enjoy….and let me know if you think you might make anything.

Often we are keen to help with school or church fetes but are not sure where to start.

So, I have put together a giant list of fete and fair tutorials from around the blogging world.

So many clever people out there!

For me…. what makes a great craft to make for a fete or fair, is one that is inexpensive to make and buy , fun, quick to make, fairly easy to put together, and something people would want to hand there money over for.

All the images below are by the original tutorial writers. If you want to try one… just click on the creators name and it will take you straight there.

Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Let me know what you think.

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  1.  Bunting Cards (tiny party invite) by The Pleated Poppy.
  2.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms by diy Wedding 
  3.  DIY sugar body scrub by Craftiness is not an option.
  4.  Waterproof shower caps by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
  5.  Felt Tissue Pouches by My Growing Home
  6.  Simple Shopping Bags by The Purl Bee
  7.  House pillows by Craft and Creativity.
  8.  Beaded Heart Wand by First Palette.
  9.  3D Owl printables by Craft and Creativity.
  10.  Any colour chalk board paint by Salt Tree.
  11.  Angel placecard by Allsorts.
  12.  Covered Mouse pads by Coming Home To Roost.
  13.  Fairies in a Jar by Organised Chaos.
  14.  Paper Decoration Star by Craft and Creativity.
  15.  Button Thumbtacks by FellowFellow 
  16. Reindeer Gift Tag Printable by Eatdrinkchic.
  17. Knitted Mini Stockings by Little Cotton Rabbits.
  18.  Edible Teabag Cookie (Gluten Dairy and Sugar free)  by Whatever’s left 
  19.  Wooden Fork Dolls by Craft and Creativity.
  20.  Spray Painted Animals on lids by Pysselbolaget
  21.  Fabric Covered Lights by Rebeccasdiy.
  22.  Time for tea Soap by Cumbersome. 
  23.  Owl iphone case by handmade. 
  24.  Tea bag gift Tag by the studio of Mae 
  25.  Monogram bags by zszywka
  26.  Plush Monsters by Blueberry Moon.
  27.  Plush Penguin by Purl Bee.
  28.  Felt ball garland by The SoHo
  29. Lavender Satchels by Purl Bee 
  30. Chalk Paint Cheese Tray by Wit & Whistle

Bliss bomb: Knit Knit

December 10, 2011

Learn to Knit Tea Cosy by Knit Knit. $35 (without discount)

hd: Hi Anna, tell us a little about yourself….
ak: I am a quiet country girl come city slicker who loves knitting, sewing and baking. I’m obsessed with learning how to do new things, and usually hate to make the same thing twice!
hd: I know what you mean. What did you think you would be doing when you were in school?
ak: To be honest, I had no idea what I would be doing! I knew I wanted to make things and do something creative, but I didn’t have any clear idea of what kind of job I could do. I chose to study Fashion and Textile design so maybe I was hoping to head towards being the next Akira Isogawa…
hd: As far as I know Akira doesn’t knit…. so….how did you get to this point?
ak: I worked a little in fashion, then a little in textiles and graphics, then started to feel like I really wanted to be creating my own product, rather than working on someone else’s. I have always been a keen knitter, and realised that a lot of my friends were keen to knit too, but had never learnt. Or they’d tried and failed. So I set out to somehow make knitting accessible to young people who are that way inclined.

Learn to knit Christmas Stocking by Knit Knit $30 (without discount).

hd: Great idea. It’s not really something that gets passed from generation to generation like it was in the past, which is a pity.  Tell us how you have made knitting accessible again.
ak: I create ‘learn to knit’ kits for kids and adults that have an emphasis on great quality natural yarn and needles, and really simple, easy to follow instructions. The kits are a perfect starting point for a non-knitter to explore the world of knitting (or for a rusty knitter to get back on the horse). The kits are designed to appeal to young people and kiddies, and are a great way to introduce them to the world of knitting.

Colour choices.....

Kids Kits....

Smaller Kits...


hd: Have you always loved knitting? What is it about it that captured your attention and started you making things?
ak: Yes I started out knitting scarves for my Barbie dolls quite a while ago! I got hooked and loved making something that no one else was wearing. I also love that you can create a fabric out of a bit of string, and that you only need to know a couple of stitches and you can knit amazing things.

Learn to Knit Kids Hooded Scarf by Knit Knit $35 (without discount).

Adult Learn to Knit Hooded Scarf by Knit Knit $85 (without discount)

……… hd: It’s also super portable….. which makes it a great craft to learn.What did that first sale feel like?
ak: A great relief! I had put a lot of effort into kicking off the brand and was so glad when someone wanted to buy a kit. I think each sale still feels a little like that!
hd: Thanks Anna for helping us to get to know you a little more. What would you like to offer the  ‘Friends of harrysdesk’?
ak: I would love to offer everyone a discount to help you do your Christmas shopping. Just pop over to my etsy store  and enter the discount code FRIENDSOFHARRYSDESK to receive 20% off everything in store.
hd: That’s brilliant Anna. Thanks. I gave my 10 and 11 year old nieces sets last year and they loved the big needles and that everything they needed was right there, ready to go. ….. also 2 of my girls (at ages 6 and 11) completed kits. I love these!

The fairy garden, via Apartment Therapy

*Build a vertical garden.

*Make a fairy garden.

*Make a nature bracelet.

*Build a bird feeder.

*Movies out.

*Movies in. List of Age appropriate movies. Preschool +5-12 years, For an alternative list of the 100 best kids films. (I don’t personally endorse all 100)

*Make a movie.

*Do some jewellery making. Here from buttons.

*Favourite shop trip with a budget.

*Photograph your suburb or yard.

*Craft with junk. Socks and milk cartons and boxes.

*Bring some  snow inside.

Climb a tree and relax.

*Play photo find. Make a list (Something red, something alive) and send them off with a camera.

*Make a fort/cubby inside using lots of pillows and blankets.

*Have a bath and play, play, play.

*Climb a tree.

*Go to the library.

*See what special activities the council has organised in your area.

*Churches often have holiday clubs. Check out your local church or better still ask church people do they know of any they would recommend.

*Do some group artworks.

*Play computer games. We like PBS kids PBS kids GO (for older kids) , agame (selected games), national geographic kids,  ABC kids playground (younger end)

*Write a letter to a friend.

Skeleton pasta art. Image Martha Stewart.

*Craft with eating things. Here and here and here

*Cook crafting things. Playdough and Peanut Butter Playdough and Clay and Silly putty

*Visit grandma and grandpa.

*Call interstate friends.




*Knit for hours.

*Draw for hours

*Play board games. We like Sleeping Queens, Rat-a-tat-cat, Juniour Scrabble, Monopoly Deal, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride.

*Go to a sports camp

*Go to a drama workshop.

Ride your bike!

*Do a big puzzle that takes days.

*Play dress ups.

*Blog, or set up blogs.

*Read  to each other

*Rest…. lots of resting in bed with a warm doona and flannelette pjama’s.

*PJ day!

*Go to the local art gallery.

*Go to local museum.

*Read by yourself. Lists for all ages here and here and broken down into topics here.

*Write a play.

*Write a story.

*Write a poem.

*Go to the park with a ball, frisbee, chalk, remote control car, scooter, bike, skateboard, picnic, pack of cards, ribbon stick, book.

Cousin love

*Hang out with cousins.

*Try and learn a memory verse together.

*Have a theme song for your holiday and listen to it everyday… lots of times.

*Make a crazy lunch.

*All read the same chapter of the bible together, so you talk about it during the day.


*Go fruit picking… maybe in your own backyard.

*Laugh together.

*Talk about plans and important things.

*Cook all day!

*Craft all day!

*Make bubble wands.

Lego sculptures

*Construct with lego.

*Play with Duplo.

*Make rock animals. Here and here

*Sleep overs with close friends at our place.

*Sleep overs with close friends at their place.

*Go rock climbing.

*Busk at the local shops.

Pipe cleaner iguana by Martha Stewart

*Create with pipe cleaners.

*Have a garage sale.

*Rearrange the bedroom.

*Throw some things away.

*Paint and draw like the masters. Miro or Picasso or Kandinsky or Klee

*Help with some jobs. Age appropriate lists here.

*Invite friends for dinner.

*Have Christmas in July.

*Make a holiday ‘advent ‘ calender.

*Go for a long walk.

Paper cranes. Photo from Apartment therapy.

*Experiment with paper folding flowers and origami

*Catch as many forms of public transport as you can in one day.

*Make a wind sock/kite.

*Make cards on the sewing machine.

*Do a job for a neighbour.

*Make a dragon together.

*Learn a new skill.

*Compose a piece using garage band.

*Try and surprise everyone in your family at least once during the break.

*Get your children to teach you something they know about but you don’t.

*Make an I’m bored jar, and use it!

The Mum I'm bored Jar. Photo by Skip to my Lou

My friend Anna from Knit-knit is having fortnightly knitting sessions at her place to help make winter woolies for those who haven’t any.

You may remember Anna from The Great Knit In I had at my place last year.

If you would like to join her, and you are able to get to the inner west (her place is very close to the trainline) come along.

The more knitters the snugglier the blankets.

The details are all on the Knit Some Love facebook page.

The school fete craft stall

November 7, 2010

Lots of beautiful head pieces.


The lovely Sharon....

...and Mark ran the stall

A few of the pieces we made on location.

Gorgeous wristbands and corduroy bears.

Giant personalised pinwheels....more about these soon......

These are some of the shots I got before it bucketed down with rain.

We ended up relocating the stall to the veranda outside the classrooms. This way all the beautiful pieces were dry… and happy fete goes could shop without umbrellas.

I don’t know the final figures for the day, (I’m not even sure if I would be allowed to publish them if I did) but we think it went really well.

Thanks to all the crafty mummies who helped produce goodies for the stall. Your work was much appreciated.

A couple of weekends ago I knitted a scarf!
I attempted to use a pattern from ‘The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches. V1’, but wasn’t happy with how the reverse side looked. Not good when making a scarf where you see the reverse side as often as the right side. Due to excess chatting and not enough concentrating on what I was doing… I realised I had made a fortunate mistake. This mistake looked perfect on the reverse side. In fact, you cannot tell which side is the wrong and right. Just how I wanted it!
So I am sharing my discovery with you.

The finished scarf

Using NO. 10 needles and 8-10 ply wool (not too precious about this) about 100g
Cast on 13 stitches.

Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Purl 2 together six times, Purl 1
Row 3: *Purl 1, pick up and purl the stitch between stitches (repeat from* to end) Purl 1

Repeat these three rows over and over until your scarf is the length you want.

Cast off.
Using a sewing needle finish ends of threads off.

The Great Knit-In Finale

August 5, 2010

Well, our 4 weeks of knitting are done.

I’ve really enjoyed the groups. They were different every week, and that made for lot of fun and friendship.

I want to say a big thank you to Anna of KnitKnit for coming for all for weeks and helping with bobbles, and casting on, and many other knitting knot-ups.

The plan is to keep opening up the lounge room to crafty individuals (No, not the sort your mother warned you about but the wholesome creative types!), every month or so.

That makes the next gathering the  Monday 6th September, 2010. Then the first Monday of the month until the end of the year.

I will let you know as they come up, so stay tuned.

In the mean time, enjoy some of the things we knitted in the last few weeks.