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97 / 365 Making butterflies

Today we made butterflies for the Easter table centrepiece 🙂
We have quite a few more things that we planned to make but we’re running out of time; as long as we get some eggs made to hang from the branches we’re using for the centrepiece, we’ll have enough decorations.


95 / 365 Paper Spring Flowers

Today we made paper spring flowers for our Easter Sunday, dinner table decorations.
I made some flower templates then drew round them on different coloured paper.
I cut them out then using the end of the closed scissors, scored each petal down the middle and folded them. I also cut out different coloured circles for the middle of each.


The girls then glued the circles in the middle of each flower….


smiled for the camera!….


then decorated the middles with rolled up tissue paper


Ella then took time out to learn how to balance a spoon on her nose, as shown to her by their friend who had come round to play.


This is today’s 365 photo
I made some stems from green paper by folding about a centimetre in from the edge then folding it over and over about 5 or 6 times. I them covered them in sellotape to give them extra strength.
I’d saved some meat paste jars earlier in the year, thinking they’d make nice little vases for the Easter table and I was right! We filled them with micro eggs (well I filled 2 of them because the kids had eaten the other bags of eggs I’d bought and now I have to get more!) and put the stems in. I taped some Easter ribbon round the top to disguise the screw part of the glass.
I taped the flowers onto the stems……
and ended up with this lovely little vase of Easter spring flowers, perfect for our Easter dining table 🙂
Tomorrow we’re going to make hanging Easter Eggs out of tin foil for the main table decoration.

Calm Jars

I saw these on Pinterest and had to have a go when someone made them for the Pin Addicts challenge last month.


However, I didn’t have any pink or blue food colouring, glitter glue or tubes of glitter as the girls had used them all on Monday so I figured I’d try it with the only glittery thing we had left; glitter paint.
We’ve got gold, silver and pink glitter paint and the gold only had about one quarter left so I thought I’d try that.

I filled a jar with hot water from the tap then squeezed in the gold paint. It looked like a sparkly gold worm lying at the bottom of the jar and I felt sure it wasn’t going to work. I gave it a good shake anyway and was delighted to find it worked perfectly 🙂

No need for glitter glue, extra glitter or food colouring. The colouring in the paint colours the water and the paint makes the water thicker so the glitter floats nicely.

The girls LOVE it and KayCee asked if she could make a pink one so I saved her the next jar I emptied. Of course, Ella wanted to make one then so there’s a jar in the dishwasher for her for tomorrow! She’s going to make a silver one.

We also added warm water to the paint bottles, put the lid back and removed the label. The girls had a friend round to play today who also liked the calm jars so KayCee gave her the gold and pink paint bottle ones for her to take home for herself and her brother 🙂

65 / 365 – Activity time

We got all our chores done and spent the evening making more origami hearts. The girls then wanted to decorate them with tissue paper and glue. We had a nice evening with not too much arguing and fighting!

56 / 365 Crochet #pinaddicts

I taught myself how to crochet and I have no idea why I thought it was so hard! I’ve tried before and just couldn’t get the hang of it.
I chose learning to crochet as one of my day zero challenges and finally decided to go for it the other day when I kept seeing lovely crochet projects on Pinterest.

I bought a kit from Ebay that included a plastic crochet hook and everything needed to make the caterpillar you can see in the picture.
I didn’t do very well from the instructions that came with the kit so I checked out some of the pins I’d seen on Pinterest and with the help of Vanessa from Do You Mind If I Knit? and some videos on You Tube, I picked it up really easily!

Now I’m not saying I’m any good yet which is why I’m not going to try and show you how to crochet for this pin addicts post! I’ve only done basic stitches and haven’t followed a proper pattern but I’m looking forward to learning and getting more adventurous 🙂

I went on to make some hearts and a flower which have all been claimed by the kids!

Pattern and video

Autumn Tree. Part Two

Autumn Tree. Part Two

Click Here if you missed part one – Foot and hand print leaves.

I drew the outline of the tree in pencil then taped it to the floor and let the girls loose with the paint 🙂


While the paint was drying the girls cut out the ‘leaves’. Ella didn’t quite get the fact that you need to cut round the shapes to make the leaves….she cut straight lines round her hand prints because it was ‘easier and she’s four now so she can do it like that if she wants to’!


When the paint had dried, they glued the leaves on then started drawing bugs, birds and lots of other things that I’m not quite sure what they are and attached those to the tree as well.
Ella even cut out some pink writing and glued it to the tree because it was pink and she wanted too!
KayCee was trying to keep it real and make it look lifelike, I think, so she protested a little when Ella wanted to stick the pink writing on but we talked her round.

We hung it on the door and took pictures of their handy work 🙂

You can’t see the bugs and birds properly because the girls drew them but didn’t colour them in.
It looks better when you colour them in and cut round the shapes but they girls had free reign with this project and enjoyed every minute of it so this is how it’s staying!
We had a great time making our tree and we’re planning on replacing this one with a Christmas tree and making the decorations in December 🙂

Autumn Tree. Part One

The nights are drawing in, the girls can’t play outside for as long after school and the, ‘I’m bored’ whinging has begun.

It’s time to organise some indoor play so this is our first installment. We’re going to paint a huge picture of a tree and make various things to attach to it, like leaves and birds.
Last night, in between making the yummy Millionaire’s Shortbread we did hand and foot printing.

Yes it’s messy and yes it takes ages to clear up and yes, I really dislike clearing up after a painting session but these girls love anything to do with paint so I just got on with it and enjoyed spending the time together.

We used different shades of oranges, yellows and browns because we’re going to turn our foot and handprints into autumn leaves which we’ll attach to the tree.

I did this activity with Aiden when he was about Ella’s age and he was really proud of his tree.
It’s going to be very big so we’re using a door to display it as we don’t have any wall space big enough.
We have a big roll of paper that Ant got from somewhere ages ago but you could always buy an end of the line roll of wallpaper from your local DIY shop.
Our local B&M sell the rolls of wallpaper and borders for about 50p/£1 when they come to the end of the line.

I’ll get the girls to cut out their prints tomorrow when they get home from school. That’ll keep them quiet while I do dinner then we’ll hang the paper and paint our tree.

Check back for our next installment on Saturday 🙂

Bring on Autumn – Acorn bubble blowers

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m loving the start of autumn. Ant and I were out in the garden the other Saturday morning getting more of the ‘love bench’ done.
The sun was shining but there was no warmth from it; infact, there was a slight chill in the air and it had that fresh morning smell, you know the one I mean? It was an absolutely gorgeous morning and I didn’t mind being out there at all painting plank after plank after plank after plank….ok, I’ll stop, you get my meaning!

The previous Thursday, the kids had been picked up from school by Grandad, (everyone calls my father-in-law, Grandad, even my mum!) as is usual for a Thursday. He takes them to his house for dinner and brings them home at bedtime.
They don’t, however, go straight home. He usually takes them to one of the nearby parks. This particular Thursday, they went to Whisby nature reserve and while there, they collected acorns.

We used to collect acorns and pin them together (mum used to get a bit annoyed sometimes when we used all her pins without asking!) to make little acorn people.
Grandad had a different use for them and one that I’ve never seen before. He hollowed out the acorn, cut a hole in the bottom big enough to fit a straw in and created an acorn bubble blower, (or if you cut the straw down, a small acorn pipe for a gnome….you choose!) which the girls adore!

They made their own bubble solution using Tesco Honeysuckle and Silk liquid soap and water. This soap costs about 50p, smells lovely and makes a great bubble solution! At that price, I don’t mind the kids using it for bubbles!

I’ve bought them countless bubble wands, bottles of bubbles, and motorized bubble blowers in the past and none of them have been as popular as Grandad’s homemade acorn bubble blowers!
Thanks, Grandad, for helping to keep the girls entertained! 🙂

Crafts on Sea

Patchwork Quilt

I’ve finished the first patchwork quilt I started about 3 weeks ago and I’m very pleased with it, as is KayCee who brings it down with her in the morning and wraps it around her while she’s waking up!

Ella keeps asking when hers is going to be ready.
I’m going to try and make a start today but I’ve got so many projects on the go, it’s hard to know which to do first!

I’m currently sanding down a chest of drawers so I can repaint it, I bought herb and flower seeds at the weekend and want to get on with growing things. I’ve got a bookcase to sand down and repaint as well as Ella’s quilt to make.
I also want to sew some sheets together that will fit each of the small mattresses that are on the girl’s beds. Regular single sheets are too big and slip around due to the mattress protectors cover. I’m going to sew two sheets together so that the mattress can fit inside the sheets like a duvet fits in its cover.
Hopefully, this will stop Ella throwing her sheet on the floor in the middle of the night!

I really wanted to get pictures of the finished quilt on my blog today but I’ve lost my camera cable so I’m going to finish the sanding then find my cable.

I’ll hopefully be back later!

Edited 02 March 2011

I’m back!

I didn’t find my cable but I can always rely on my wonderful husband to have extras! 🙂

So here it is… first patchwork quilt made from an old curtain, 2 old sheets and an old duvet for the filling.
It cost me nothing (as long as you don’t count the sewing machine I bought last week!!) and I feel great that I’ve used unwanted material that would normally have ended up in the recycle bin.

Patchwork quilt

Ella wants hers made now so I’d better hurry up and get the chest of drawers and bookcase finished so I can start her quilt!

Bring on the sewing!

I’ve been wanting one for a while but kept asking myself if it was going to be worth it. I mean, they’re not cheap and I worried that I wouldn’t use it enough to justify the price, but yesterday I decided to go for it and today my new sewing machine was delivered 🙂

Bring On The Sewing

sewing machine

It’s lovely! I tried it straight away and it’s so easy to use. It’s going to make short work of my first patchwork quilt that I’ve been hand sewing for the past couple of weeks.

Ella seems just as impressed with it as I am! She sat with me, passing me pins when I was pinning the fabric together and then pulling them out again as the fabric went through the machine.

I can’t wait to finish my first patchwork quilt tomorrow, with help from my little Ella!

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