December 17, 2013
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am very sad that we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Australia. This however gives me the opportunity to think thankfully at Christmas time.
Here are some simple ideas from around the blog world, that can be incorporated in your Christmas celebrations particularly in regards to the table.
Some are beautifully quirky, some ingenious, some worthy of a yearly repeat, some child friendly and some all of the above. Let me know if you get inspired and use some, it’s great to hear from you.
February 8, 2013
I’m a bit in two minds about Valentine’s Day. Some of me sits on the “It’s a created day that is all about retailers and spending money” and the other side of me feels it’s great to be reminded to tell the people we love….that we love them in a more intentional way.
This year I feel more of the second…. hence the post….. but have tried to make it a little more creative (rather than spendy) because self created things almost always* help communicate the love better.
Ideas For Creative Dates
Super Lovey- Dovey
For the Kids
Ideas to Bake
Countdowns to Valentine’s Day (or count on….)
Everything else.* Yes if you have asked for something specifically ….or have been promised something and you receive a sweet handmade gift, you won’t feel the love!
October 5, 2012
September 29, 2012
Tutorial for A4 size monster…..
What you will need.
- a zipper (approx 49cm)
- 15cm x 100cm mouth fabric (red)
- 10cm x 50cm teeth fabric (white)
- an old blanket or bedspread with tasselled edge.
- small amount of fabric for eyeballs.
- 2 buttons.
- thick thread for sewing o the eyes.
How to make it.
hint: The further your fabric from the zipper the less likely it is to get caught when opening and closing….and exposes the zipper more, which is what we want in this case.
- Cut 4 (or more) 8cm x 8cm squares for the teeth.
BODY (Part1) :
- Cut 1 rectangle 49cm x 51cm. (blanket fabric)
- Cut another rectangle 49cm x 20cm.
- Machine (with right sides together) the rectangles on either side of the mouth piece along the 49cm edges.
3. Machine the sides together. Stitch the seam again where the arms are positioned to reinforce them.
2. With a ruler join up the dots and cut through both layers of blanket to create the leg shape. Machine together along the newly cut line. Seam allowance 1.5cm.
- Now for the top (horns). Coming diagonally down from the top corners about 3cm and put a dot ( don’t come lower than your eyes) draw a line from one dot to the other using a ruler. This is your machining line.
- Trim excess fabric from the corners being careful not the cut your stitching.
- Turn your monster inside out through the zipper hole.
- Push the horns and legs out with the end of your scissors to get a nice point.
August 18, 2012
It is my habit to only make one costume a year for book week and for all the rest to come from our dress-up box…. or someone else’s.
This keeps the cost and stress down, and helps the kids get creative about which character they want to be.
I though, just in time for this year I would share a tutorial of how I made the bib.
If you want to create one and don’t sew, you can follow the along, but just use cardboard as the base and instead of stitching the finishes on, use glue. If you do it this way there is no need for lining or binding and would be much less time consuming.
So with no further chatter……..
The Pharaoh Bib Tutorial
What you will need
- Cardboard or paper to make pattern
- base fabric ( I used blue velvet) a rich colour is best
- lining fabric (I used gold satin)
- bias binding (again gold)
- Iron-on stiff interfacing
- Large gold sequins
- Gold wool
- Gold thread
- Gold fabric paint tube
- Contrasting fabric to reverse applique (I used a gold silk)
- pencil, scissors, sewing machine and thread.
How to do it.
1. Start with a rectangle approx 42cm x 18cm
4. Cut another of these pattern pieces in the same way for both your lining and interfacing. You should now have 3 different coloured fabrics (base, lining and interfacing) all the same shape.
6. Put your lining to one side and just work with your base cloth (blue) and your interfacing now.
Iron the interfacing to your base cloth (wrong side of base fabric to shiny side of interfacing) using a dry iron.
7. Transfer your design onto the interfacing.
13. Turn bib so that the wrong sides are together. Give it a really good press with the iron. Be careful of the sequins as they can melt! Best to iron from the lining side.
Pin lining and base bib together at neck edge and outside edge.
15. Using slip stitch, hand sew the bias binding down on the lining side. Tie a knot in the neck edge bias strings to secure.
To complete the costume use the fabric and decorations you have left over to make a headband and armbands. Strips which velcro together. Wear over a long thin white dress (or a white sheet worn in a cylinder shape) with a straight black wig and go nuts with the eye make-up.
Let me know how you go. I’d love to see your creations.
June 12, 2012
A great idea to think about for the upcoming holidays.
Click on the photo for the original post and a printable world map template to help your making.
Our excitable 6 year old enjoyed a crazy mad science party a few weeks ago now.
When she suggested the idea I was a little out of my depth….. not having enjoyed science that much through school…. so I did what I do best and searched the internet for party ideas. Tim also had the great insight to ask some family friends of ours to help with the activities. They are a family full of crazy, fun, sciency folk and they did a marvellous job of entertaining and exciting the masses.
Because I was so thankful to all the people out there in cyber space posting their great ideas for me to use ….I thought would put all the links together in one post for you to use and steal and enjoy.
|Another free invite by Smilebox|
The invite was made using the excellent Smilebox. So easy , and so free!
Norfolk Kids have a great recipe for custard powder gooey slimy stuff!
The Aquapod bottle launcher could quickly become a family favourite. The launcher is safe and with just a bike pump and water sends the rocket about 100m in the air.
…similar ideas at Kids Activities Suite 101.
…a little something like this.
‘Squishy Circuits’ are the brainchild of AnnMarie Thomas. See her TED talk here. These are super cool!!
No link here. I adapted this game all by myself.
We jiggled and wiggled to science music making our ice cream. You can find the recipe here.
….ooops just realised that you all have seen this outfit before on a different birthday girl. Yes the girls do borrow each others clothes.
And speaking of food…..
Made this one up too after the disaster of the ‘molecule cake’
A very cool and easy way to layer jelly. The link is down but you can see from the images here how to do it. All you need is a muffin tray.
I found this cool idea at the sisters cafe. It also works in a larger jug.
The ‘build a molecule’ idea came from Come together Kids. This blog has lots more ideas re:science party.
I have talked and made these tissue paper balls before. The instructions can be found at Martha Stewart (I couldn’t do a party without her) and the idea for re-labelling the bottles of water from Kara’s party ideas. As you could imagine ….there are lots more ideas for different parties to be found here.
The idea for the bunting came from Apartment Therapy.
I used the image of Einstein from the invitations…… then photographer 6 year old doing the same face. After a short fiddle with the colours in photo shop….. we had our bunting.
How do you start putting together ideas for a themed party?
What are the best ones you have ever hosted or been too and why?
May 9, 2012
In keeping with the making of gifts idea from previous posts…. I attempted a variation of the Fort Building Kits by Saltwater Kids posted in a great big list of gifts for boys and girls last Christmas.
I have been wanting to try these for ages, and I am pretty sure I will make more after this success.
The theme of the party was mermaids…. so I purchased fabric appropriate to the sea, included some sequin length, white fur trim and a few gold coins to contribute to the sea idea.
Because I wanted the lovely Lily to be able to use it for other creative play, I decided to call it a fun-kit rather than a fort kit in the hope that it would open up the imaginative possibilities rather than close than down. I imagine her using the contents not just for forts but backdrops for ‘shows’, dress-ups, dancing, picnics or playing mermaids or other sea creatures.
….I hope she enjoys playing with it as much as 8 year old and I enjoyed pulling it together.
Her mum sent me through this photo of an early incarnation of the fun-fit.
Nice one Lily.