Summer Hat Hack

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I love a craft hack right now and I also love this season’s must-have hat. I don’t love the £300 price tag though! So I decided to do a virtually free version for a toddler. The original hat spelled its phrase in sequins but I chose embroidery as I know sequins are far too tempting a thing for my Little Button to pick off.

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Viv’s Velvet Beetroot Cupcakes

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My lovely friends Viv and Jon came over to stay with me last week. They were the most wonderful house guests, babysitters, chefs and tea makers. Viv made these delicious beetroot cupcakes when she was here. I didn’t say it at the time, but I was dubious. I have had beetroot cake before and it tasted of, well, beetroot. Not good. But these ones, THESE ones. They are the best cakes. And 1 of your five a day (like, probably). So read on!

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Life in Pictures: Butlins!

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Last week we went to Butlins! It was very last minute and very random and, if I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting much beyond kids entertainment, cheesey shows and a pool. We went there because it was Amelie’s birthday and swimming is her favourite thing, after unicorns of course (option A easier to supply). But guess what (dum dum dum)… It was awesome!

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Craft Trend #17: Unicorns

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Like the rest of the craft and fashion world we are channeling our inner four year old and loving unicorns at the moment. We’ve made a few projects using theses lovely creatures and after having a nose around the internet it’s clear unicorns are the next big trend. We’ve found the best unicorn DIYs for you to try this weekend!

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Air Dry Clay Necklace

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If you haven’t noticed by now, air dry clay is one of my favourite things to work with. I love being able to make ceramic items without a kiln – and I know the finish isn’t quite as durable or watertight as the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good all the same. So I made myself an air dry clay necklace last week. Actually, I’m lying. I made it for someone else. But I liked it, so… mine. I know, that’s not very nice but still. Mine.

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Life in Pictures: Cherry Blossom

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I love it when my husband has a day off during the week as it means a day when it’s not just me responsible for two children and therefore a bit like a bonus weekend day. A couple of weeks ago we had such a day and as it was sunny we decided to tick off a place we’ve been wanting to visit for a while – Kew Gardens.  As the cherry blossom walk is in bloom at the moment we went to have a little look around the grounds. One of Harper’s middle names is Blossom, so it was nice to be able to show her what she was named after (OK… she may have slightly been named after the 90’s TV character with that name too!).

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A Unicorn Birthday Cake

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As you may have seen from my last post, Amelie had a unicorn birthday party at the weekend, so I had an urgent requirement for a unicorn cake. I did some research online and in books and I couldn’t find a single tutorial that wasn’t either scarily impossible or just… scary (seriously – google unicorn cake – there are some shockers!). So I went in blind and winged it, and I was very happy with the result.

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Guest Post: Crochet Cherry Necklace

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Hi! This is Jess from Let’s Do Something Crafty, I’ve known Laura and Tia a little while now and they are so lovely plus I adore their blog so I’m very happy to be guest posting for them.

This is a fun little crochet tutorial and in it I will show you how to make some crocheted cherries. I will be turning into necklaces but you could actually do anything with them, you could sew them onto clothing or make bunting with them, the possibilities are endless!

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Life in Pictures: A Unicorn Birthday

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Who doesn’t love unicorns! They’re Amelie’s favourite ‘Animal’ (which lead to a very disappointed trip to London Zoo a while back). So when she turned 4 this week, we threw her a big unicorn themed bash in our garden. She told me the night before that she’d changed her mind and now wanted an owl theme. So… yep. Great. I invited lots of her little friends and thankfully the sun shined bright the whole day, so it was all good. It would have been a disaster if we’d all been crammed in the house!

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Cardboard Tube Binoculars

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I made these cardboard tube binoculars at the start of the year when Harper was going through a “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” phase. She told me she needed a pair of binoculars for her hunt, so I leaped at the chance to make a pair. They come with their own interchangeable landscapes that little ones can draw, and when they’ve finished hunting for bears and moved onto unicorns, these will still do the trick.

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3 Quick Summer Desserts for Kids

Finding healthy desserts and snacks for kids in the summer can be a bit of a challenge.  We have 3 ice cream-obsessed girls who spend their afternoons demanding mini milks! So, we did a bit of research for our latest vlog for Channel Mum and have come up with three quick, healthy desserts for kids: frozen yoghurt fruit bites,  fruit jellies and an amazing totally guilt-free ice cream. Seriously – it has to be tried to be believed!

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The BIBs

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We’ve been shortlisted for a BiB (Brilliance in Blogging) award in the Arts, Craft & Design Category! We feel a little guilty writing another post on award nominations, so apologies that this may slightly be sounding slightly repetitive… but we’re just happy and shocked that we’ve got to the finals! Again, thank you if you voted for us. Big big thank you.

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Life In Pictures: Button Book Bash

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We had an exciting Bank Holiday Monday promoting our craft books with a lovely bunch of local authors at Yellowave in Brighton. Authors Mel and Madeleine read their books, A Cat Called Panda and The Sky Guys.

The lovely Lorna from our local art class, Story Carousel, made panda and owl masks with the kids. If you’re in the Brighton area you should go along to one of her classes. She is so creative and comes up with lovely kids makes.

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How to Make Marshmallows!

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Oh BLIMEY. Just discovered the sheer amazing melty-fluffiness of a homemade marshmallow! How have I not known this before? They are SO much better than the shop ones. Apparently gourmet marshmallows (along with popcorn and rice cakes… to which I’m also addicted) is big business at the moment. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own (fyi easy) mallows then keep reading.

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The Glitter’s Out….

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We’ve got the glitter out because we’re celebrating being finalists in the MAD Awards for Best Craft Blog! We’re so grateful for everyone who voted for us and want to say a big thank you. So, um, THANK YOU! We don’t get to go out very often either so the promise of an awards ceremony (as well as a day without the little lovelies) is highly exciting.

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