I’ve seen a few hoop tent DIYs online recently, like this one from A Beautiful Mess which is beyond beautiful and the cluster of inspiration on Brit & Co. I thought I’d have a go at my own, with the inclusion of a scalloped edge top. It uses muslin which is delicate and inexpensive, as well as a cotton tent top threaded onto a hula hoop. I didn’t get the top perfect, the end result wasn’t quite as I had visualised!
We’re at a tricky phase in our house where my Little Buttons have different routines. Harper hasn’t napped in a while (unless of course we’re in the car and my phone has run out of battery so I’m sat there twiddling my thumbs – anyone else have completely wasted nap opportunities like this?! I digress), Grayson on the other hand has a daily lunchtime sleep. So I’ve been trying to think of ‘big girl’ activities that Harper and I can do while the little one sleeps. I find it tricky to squeeze in craft projects when Grayson is awake as he wants to just a) eat everything or b) grab it from the table, run and hide and then try to eat it. So I’ve been coming up with a few ‘little bits’ activities to do with Harper during these nap times. This felt shapes and bead necklace was a good way for her to practise the fine motor skill of threading, and to make a colourful necklace at the same time.
If your toddlers are anything like ours, they’ll be thinking about what’s for lunch as soon as they’ve put their breakfast spoon down. We always struggle answering the inevitable question of “what’s for lunch?” so we our latest Channel Mum video we came up with four tasty toast toppings to fill up hungry bunnies. They’re a sneaky way of adding in a few extra greens into their tummies without them even noticing.
I don’t know what’s happened to me recently, I’ve become a total wimp. I’ve always been a bit emotional – I still can’t watch The Lion King and I cry at First Dates every time I watch it for no apparent reason. But with the kids… it’s hit a whole new level. Every ‘first’ has me blubbing, every cute thing they say, every time they play nicely together. I’m useless. Amelie is starting school in September and I know it’s going to fill me with lots of teary moments. We went to her school fair at the weekend and it was so lovely, she’s so excited. I watched her run around happily whilst I watched on with a gooey smile and a little pet frog in my throat the whole way through.
I think this has to be my favourite and simplest craft project I’ve done in a while! Pom-poms make me very happy and after seeing that they are the hottest new trend for adult sandals this summer I decided to make a version for Harper so she is beach-chic! I spent a while looking for plain sandals for little girls that weren’t really leather (so they’re easier to sew through) and found this pair in Primark.
It’s nearly Father’s Day, which means that hard working mothers everywhere get an extra day of work. Hoorah! So we decided to make a little personalised mug using Sharpie pens. My 4 year old spends every free moment drawing, she loves it. So I was pleased with myself when I had the idea to decorate a mug for her Daddy. He’ll love it, and it only cost £2. Boom!
We got invited to a lovely crafty event in Brighton on Friday night. Posh Totty Designs have just launched PTD Makes – super cool craft classes in their beautiful studio in the Laines. We were invited along to a Macrame class and we were so excited about trying something new (as well as hanging out crafting and NOT doing the bedtime routine)!
A few weeks ago I posted about the first half of our trip to Cornwall with my brother and his girlfriend, and I’ve finally managed to go through the remaining holiday snaps.
We spent a glorious day in Watergate Bay, Newquay, where Katie and I had a lesson in Standup Paddle Boarding. I think it is becoming our new favourite thing… ever. It was lovely to learn something new, not have something or someone demanding my attention, and work a few different muscles than usual. We’ve had another go in Brighton since we’ve been back and are planning to go a lot over the summer.
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, we were asked to make some royal robes fit for a prince or princess. These are easy to make with some simple folding and cutting from a single piece of fabric, a little stitching and a personalised monogram to finish it off. Perfect for any royal celebrations. For the full tutorial, head over to the Cath Kidston blog.
If you’re in need of a handmade Father’s Day gift then this salt dough medal does the trick – its our latest vid for Channel Mum. It’s easy enough for little ones to do, cheap to make and will make daddys everywhere feel like a champion on Father’s Day – win win win!
Today marks the most exciting day for us since we started the blog. That’s because today is the official release date of our third book, Mini Makers. It’s taken a year to write, edit and design so we’re really pleased it’s officially available to buy and it’s our proudest moment as Little Button Diaries.
Last week we took a little trip with our family friends to Center Parcs in Elveden Forest. It’s probably the only holiday we’ll get this year as we’re doing our house up, and I was ridiculously excited about going (and equally depressed about leaving. Waaah). It couldn’t have been more lovely. We swam and walked and wobbled around on bikes, ate about 6 blocks of Camembert and drank just enough Prosecco to make us giggle like teenagers throughout the evening.
We had a huge amount of fun filming our latest Channel Mum Vlog! These pom pom shooters take about 5 minutes to make and cost next to nothing. They’re great to keep kids occupied. You may be picking up pom poms for months but it’s worth the fun (honest!). We’d love to hear how your shooters go too if you give them a go.
We have to share with you our very exciting news!! We are in this month’s copy of Mollie Makes – our absolute favourite craft magazine. And it makes us VERY excited. We have been reading the magazine every month since it started and to be featured in it is something we have hoped for since we began our blog 3 years ago. So we’re happy right now!
We went on holiday to Cornwall a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to go through the bazillion photos, so Life in Pictures this week is a bit of holiday spam. The weather changed every day, and what we ended up doing was so different from day to day, that I ended up snapping away until my memory card was full. We went with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids absolutely adore. We were so grateful to outnumber the kids for once, and to have a bit of adult company in the evenings where we didn’t simply talk about children!