Category Archives: Activities

Easter Bonnets

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I’m sure schools all over the world are taking part in Easter bonnet parades this week. In our school the children in KS1 make bonnets or hats and children in KS2 make a model. Some of the children (and their parents!) get very creative! We then walk the whole school around the village with the children wearing their hats or carrying their models. Lots of people from the village come out to see what the children have made and there’s a lovely festive atmosphere. These are some of the fantastic hats and models that children in my class made for the occastion.

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All this springy/Eastery creativity has made me want to go to Hobbycraft and buy all sorts of lovely supplies to make my own Easter bonnet!

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Craft room

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One of the best things about my new house is that I get to have a craft room! It started off as a bit of a dumping ground…

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…but the cat loved exploring the boxes and found some great hiding places.

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I’ve had some time to do a bit of sorting and tidying, and even though it isn’t completely how I want it, it’s definitely useable! I have quite a lot of storage space on my two shelf units, and I love having all my pretty, colourful things on display and easily accessible.

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I’ve added two of my drawer units to a shelf. They fit perfectly and don’t take up any desk space – bonus!

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I have Granny’s old sewing machine…

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…and pretty plates holding Useful Things.

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This is the ‘I’ll-get-round-to-sorting-it-out-one-day’ area! Not great to look at, but stuff is out of the way but easy to get to when I need it.

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I even have somewhere for the cat to sleep in the sun…

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…although she sometimes prefers to just sit next to her cushion and look out of the window.

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And my favourite part of the room – my colourful wall! I love all the different bits and pieces on this wall, some useful, some holding great memories, some just decorative. This wall is a work in progress – I plan to add more things to the spaces around the edges, and will probably take down/put up different things at various points.

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This bright, colourful space really makes me happy!

Rainbows

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One of the best things about unpacking after moving house is finding all sorts of little treasures I’d completely forgotten about. Some of my boxes have been unopened since university days (5 years ago!) so I’ve found several lovely surprises.

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A tiny but lovely one is my little rainbow maker. I’m not sure where it came from, but I think it was probably a gift from someone. It now hangs in my craft room window.

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This room is particularly sunny in the mornings and the crystal catches the light brilliantly.DSCN2361

The heat from the radiator make the crystal gently move, sending rainbows dancing all over the room. Is just lovely!

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I’m back!

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I ashamed to say that it’s been eight months since my last post. Eight months!
I started to let things slide because I was busy. I told myself I’d have a couple of weeks off to catch up with things. But the to-do list got longer and busy times turned into busier times along with an added helping of stress. So for most of the last eight months my poor little blog has barely crossed my mind.
But for the last month I’ve really missed it. I’ve found myself composing blog posts in my mind again. I think it’s helped that I’ve actually started making things again. Although I’ve had one or two small projects on the go, I’ve not really had time or energy for my normal amount of creativity. But, completely out of the blue, I had a sudden urge to make something – and I realised just how much I’d missed it!
So, hopefully, the beginning of 2015 marks a new beginning of increased creativity. I think this year will probably be as busy as last year in lots of ways, but I’m going to try my best to squeeze in some creative moments wherever I can.

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And, just before I go, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has still been popping by while I’ve been so inactive. It’s amazed me to see so many views when nothing has been going on! But thanks for sticking around and I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with you all again 🙂
Happy new year!! X

Holiday time!

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Hurrah, the holidays are here! I’ve been counting down to this pretty much since the end of the last holiday!

The holiday started with a hen weekend. We stayed in an amazing house in Bude – there were so many doors and stairways I felt sure I would find Narnia at any moment! (Sadly I didn’t find it – think I might have to go back and look again.)  We visited some gnomes…

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They were really quite friendly…

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… and seemed to be having lots of fun!

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We then moved on to Rowan Tree Studio, a place that I’m convinced is just like heaven! From the moment we walked through the doors there were pretty things everywhere!

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The old sewing machines were my favourite – and she had over 30 sewing machines altogether!

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We started with lunch. Some really yummy sandwiches, tea in pretty cups…

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… and delicious cakes.

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We were there to make a quilt for the Bride to Be. We each had a square of fabric to decorate. I think some of us were a little ambitious in what we could do in the time. I ended up bringing mine home because it’s not finished yet!

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We had a lot of fun and everyone came up with great designs.

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Being there made me realise just how much I’d love to do this sort of thing myself. I’d love to have a big space to work in, run classes and workshops and generally spend all my time making things with other people! Maybe one day…

2013

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Happy New Year! Don’t worry, I haven’t completely lost the plot – I know it’s actually 2014, but thought this would be a good time to do a round up of the past year. So here are my last 12 months…

January

Jan 20131

February

Feb 20136

March

Mar 20136

April

Apr 20134

May

May 20137

June

June 2013

July – I think this must have been a particularly busy month as I have no photos saved! I’m guessing some craft must have happened, but no idea what!

August

August 2013

September

Sept 20133

October

Oct 2013

November

Nov 2013

December

Dec 20131

So that was my year. I hope it was a good one for you too, and that 2014 will bring happiness and lots of craft opportunities!

2013 stats

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WordPress has kindly created an overview of the things that went on in blogland in the last year. Feel free to skip this entirely if it’s not your cup of tea, but I know I like being nosy and looking at other people’s stats, so thought I’d share this for those of you who are as nosy as me!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.