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Popsicle stick mirror – Children’s craft

For her 4th birthday in July Acacia was given some lovely gifts for making crafts.  Amongst these was a pack of popsicle sticks from her Top Tots teacher, Abbey.  I searched the internet for ideas, and found a few pictures of mirrors surrounded by popsicle sticks.  The ones which I found were either plain brown or spray painted gold.  We ... Read More »

EASY TO MAKE DOG CUSHION WITH LOOSE COVER

Our old Scottie Liquorice was recently joined by a new family member, Floppy the puppy.  About a year ago I bought Liquorice a cushion but it got very stained and was hard to wash because the whole cushion had to be washed which was not easy. I decided to make new cushions for both dogs with removable loose covers which ... Read More »

Halloween Treats

I had no intention of doing much if anything for Halloween today, I have a to-do list as long as my arm and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  The problem with my kitchen is that it calls and snares me.  Oh well, the children are happy. First we made Some Jack o’ Lantern cupcakes.  Vanilla cupcakes coloured with a bit ... Read More »

Piping thin lines with icing, simplest is best

In the past week I have made Stork Custard Cookies, 3 times.  The children absolutely love them (and so do the parents).   I also had a bee in my bonnet to find the simplest and most efficient way to pipe the outlines.  Piping the lines to fill on the cookies was a bit of a challenge. The first time I ... Read More »

Painting Clay pots – kids craft at Fjord’s 7th birthday party

Whew I’m so birthday partied out, Fjord and Acacia’s birthdays are 2 weeks apart and planning 2 parties so close together is a fair bit of work.  Added to that I worry that all will go smoothly and according to plan.  I still forgot to make popcorn at both parties but over all they seemed a success.  What matters most ... Read More »

Fjord’s 7th birthday cake a stapeliad flower.

I totally love baking but I do not enjoy decorating (primarily because I suck at it).  For Fjord’s 7th birthday he didn’t want a car, or superhero cake, he wanted a stapeliad flower.  Through Cliff he has learned a love of plants and gardening.  His favourite flowers are such boy flowers, they are stinky.  Stapeliads (or carrion plants) have the ... Read More »

Fabric Painted T shirts, kids craft for Acacia’s birthday party

I’m not mad about party packs for children to take home after a party and like to try to think of alternatives.  Since we always have the children’s birthday parties at home it is good to have something for the children to do other than run around and play on the trampoline.  Having a craft activity at the party provides ... Read More »

Ribbon gloves, a fun kitten toy, easy to make at home

Apparently I am now a grandmother, fortunately my 1st grandchild is a very sweet kitten named Sakiko.  I am not particularly a cat person, primarily because I am more a bird person and seldom the twain do meet without tragic consequence.  Sakiko is however a very sweet member of her species.  Her new mother, my daughter Domi is besotted.  Domi ... Read More »

Hand painted recreation of the famous butterfly dress

Leonard Cohen had his famous blue raincoat, Acacia had her famous purple butterfly dress which was also torn at the shoulder and generally tatty after being worn day in and day out for over a year.  She even slept with it next to her like some kids have a favourite soft toy.  Unlike the tale of angst of the famous ... Read More »

How to make Pillow Slips with a contrast band

This week presented a problem, old age got the better of our duvet cover and it suddenly perished to such an extent that the next trip through the washing machine would have killed it.  The problem was that we have been on holiday this month and eaten out a whole lot, the budget is about as shot as the old ... Read More »