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!

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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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

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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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

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October

Oct 2013

November

Nov 2013

December

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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.

Christmas 2013

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Well it’s been and gone – how was it for you? I always love Christmas (and start listening to Christmas songs from about August!) but it’s also a pretty busy time of year. I love being in school in the run up to Christmas as the children are all so excited, but it has meant that there has been very little time for blogging. So to make up for that I’ll be writing a series of posts about all sorts of Christmas related things over the next few days. These are a few of the things I’ll be telling you about…

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In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

Rangoli patterns

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My topic at school this half term is Celebrations – perfect with Christmas coming up! But when I started looking I realised that this time of year is jam packed with festivals and celebrations of different kinds. So I then decided that I’d focus on a different festival/celebration each week!

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Last week we had Bonfire Night as our theme for the week. We had lots of fun discussing why we celebrate the death of Guy Fawkes by putting a replica of him on a bonfire. (My Australian friend finds this tradition pretty weird and slightly disturbing – and who can blame her?!) This week our theme was Diwali.

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I knew very little about this festival, so went straight to Google to do a little research. Something I came across a lot was the use of rangoli patterns. There are some really beautiful examples on google images. I knew I could link this to maths (repeating patterns/symmetry) and therefore planned a rangoli day!

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I gave the children dotty paper to have a go at making their own rangoli patterns (which turned out to be really difficult for some of them!) but the most successful were the ones they made with coloured rice.

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I printed colouring pictures as guidelines and the children had to use the rice to fill in the outlines – simple!

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I think my favourite part was making the coloured rice. It was super easy – put a load of rice in a Ziploc bag, add some food colouring and give the bag a good old shake! (Remembering to seal the top first, obviously!)

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The blue and purple were gel food colouring which didn’t work as well, but the liquid colouring gave a lovely vibrant colour. We even managed to collect up the rice we’d used, so I now have 2 big bags of multi-coloured rice. Any suggestions what we can use it for next?!

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Of course, not all of it managed to stay in the right place…

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I haven’t seen the cleaners yet, but hope they weren’t too cross!

A sunny Saturday afternoon

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After checking my email another hundred times or so, and twiddling my thumbs for a while I decided that I’d get on with a half finished project that’s been waiting for attention for a few weeks.

I had felt ‘in between’ projects, but my fingers were itching to make something, so I did what I often do at those times and turn to Lucy’s blog. She has so many beautiful patterns that I want to try out, so I was sure I could find something to keep me occupied for a while. I chose to make her Happy Flower Decoration, and had the main flower part and stem with leaves already finished.

I dug them out from under a pile of paper (I have no idea how my desk gets so cluttered!) and stitched them together. I also took a few minutes to whip up a tiny heart to go on the bottom, then took them out into the garden.

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Lucy recommends ‘painting’ the back with PVA glue so it will hold it’s shape. I figured that since it was such a sunny day the glue would dry better outside than in.

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I pinned the flower and heart to an old blanket with a pillowcase over the top. This is what I use to iron on when I can’t be bothered to get the ironing board out! It’s also very useful for blocking small projects.

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While I was waiting for it to dry, I thought I’d take my friend up on her offer of a walk and a coffee. We strolled through a couple of fields (carefully avoiding the nettles) and made our way to a garden centre at Cuttifords Door which has just opened a coffee shop. We had a (very) brief look at the plants – neither of us are particularly in to gardening – before making a beeline for the cafĂ©. I did stop for a few seconds on the way to take some photos of some pretty flowers…

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…but my main aim was coffee!

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It was beautiful sitting out in the sun with a warm breeze blowing through the trees. Bliss!

On our way home we dropped in to see a friend who’s just moved house and chatted for a while before making our way home. It was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The glue was dry on my flower by the time I got home, but you’ll have to wait to see the finished article!