Life In Pictures

This week we’ve tried to keep warm and cosy inside because it’s been mean and cold outside. Occupying toddlers is HARD in the winter isn’t it?! We did get a bit of time with the grandparents though and wrapped ourselves up for a little trip to the farm to pick some apples and had a go at riding a bike for the first time.

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A bit of mulled apple juice makes everything so much better…

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~ Tia & Laura ~

Decorating a Mache Snowman

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Fancy making a little snowman centerpiece? This is a really simple little Christmas project to do with kids – the mache snowman is already built (shhh) so all you need to do is decorate him. And you don’t even need to get your hands cold!

Head over to Hobbycraft for this easy tutorial.

Tia & Laura

Clay Panda Plates

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I’m loving pandas right now. I’d quite like to make a panda cushion actually… but perhaps I’m too old to have pandas on my sofa (am I? probably). I’m definitely too old to be wearing anything with pandas on it. So for now I thought I’d stick to a nice pair of clay panda plates to hold trinkets and jewels. These are made from air-dry clay which is so easy to work with and when done right looks just like normal clay. Bear (panda bear) in mind that the clay will take a couple of days to set. It is also not as hardy as real clay and certainly won’t survive any contact with water. I mean, its air-dry… so… that’s obvious, right?!

For 2 Plates:

  • air dry clay (about 250g)
  • 5in diameter saucer
  • 3.5in diameter cup
  • cereal bowl
  • sandpaper or emery foam
  • black and pink acrylic paint
  • Black sharpie
  • Varnish (triple thick is the best)

1. Begin by making a template for the clay. Turn the cup and saucer upside down and draw around them onto paper. Add some ears to each circle – I made a little template and drew around it onto each bear for symmetry.

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2. Roll the clay out between two sheets of cling film to a thickness of about 4mm. Having it between the cling film is great because you can roll it out without it getting dirty or stuck to the rolling pin – plus you can pick it up and feel the thickness. Remove the top layer of cling film and place your template on top. Cut around it, slowly, with a sharp knife. Remove the excess.

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3. Remove the template and place the clay on top of your saucer, with the cling film still attached to the bottom. Press it in place on the saucer and use your fingers to smooth the surface and edges with a little water.

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4. Repeat the process to make the smaller bear plate but place the clay and cling film into the cereal bowl to set.  Leave for a day to harden in the plate (and bowl) then remove the clay and leave for another day to completely set. You can place them in a warm spot if you want to speed this up a bit.

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5. Sand down the bears with sandpaper or emery foam to make sure all the edges are nice and smooth and that there are no clingfilm marks.

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6. Make a template for the face by drawing around the cup and saucer again onto paper and sketching out one eye, one eye patch, a nose and mouth. Cut out the eye patch and draw around it onto the clay. Flip it around and draw the other eye. Then cut out the eye and do the same. Use the nose and mouth sketch as a guide and copy these onto the clay too. Draw arches inside the ears.

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7. Use black acrylic paint and a fine brush to paint the eye patches, inside eye and outer ears. Paint the nose and inside ears pink.

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8. Finally, use a sharpie to outline the nose, ears and add a smiley little mouth. Try to keep a steady hand here… I may have gone a little wonky and mummy panda’s nose went a little thicker than I intended. Oops. Add a slick of varnish to protect from scuffs and stains.

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And that’s it! Fill your bears with jewels and tell yourself panda accessories are very grown up thank you very much.

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Tia x


Easy Suitcase Dollshouse DIY

Easy suitcase dollshouse DIY

 We sometimes have to pinch ourselves to realise what lovely opportunities this blog has given us. We would never have thought two years ago that we would be coming up with craft projects for Laura Ashley. Our latest is a tutorial for how to make a little suitcase dollshouse from the Amelia Suitcases you can buy from Laura Ashley. Our girls absolutely adore them – they’ve been taking them to bed with them, stuffed full of incorrectly proportioned dolls and teddies. They’re great for long car journeys as they can be packed up and opened out when boredom sets in. 

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If you want to know what you’ll need and how to make them the full tutorial is over on the Laura Ashley website.

 ~Tia & Laura xx ~

Potato Print Cactus Baby Grow

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You will need:

  • Plain white baby grow
  • Fabric paint in green and black
  • Potato
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden skewer
  • Sheet of newspaper
  • Piece of scrap fabric

1. Begin by cutting your potato in half to create the stamp. Draw the image you want for your stamp on a sheet of paper as a template. You can print an image or trace one, just as long as it is a simple silhouette and small enough to fit your potato. Cut the image out.

2. Place the picture on the cut side of the potato. Use a sharp pencil to draw around it, pressing down slightly to leave a groove. Remove the image, then use a knife to gently cut around the grooves to a thickness of about 5mm. Slice away the potato surrounding the image.


3.  Paint the stamp with fabric paint using a paintbrush. Test the stamp on a piece of scrap fabric first to check you are happy with how it comes out.


4. Place a sheet of  folded newspaper into the baby grow to prevent paint seeping through to the other side. Then gently press the stamp on the baby grow. Print them randomly across one side of the fabric. Touch up any gaps or mistakes with a paintbrush. Leave to dry and repeat on the other side.

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5. Once dry, add small black spikes to the cacti. I added a cheeky little face on the cactus on the bottom part of the baby grow.  

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Look at those baby rolls!

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 I also made a smiley watermelon print for my Little Button’s little friend. For the potato stamp, cut a triangle with a curved top (see the photo for reference). Stamp using pink fabric paint and add a green strip at the top. I then added black lines and faces on a few of the watermelons using the end of a wooden skewer.

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~ Laura xx ~


Life In Pictures

This week we braved the wind and rain and escaped to the countryside to go to one of our favourite places, Wakehurst Place. We quite often find ourselves there when we’ve got no plans as the fresh air, beautiful photo opportunities and really lovely cakes are worth the journey and inevitable naps in the car.  We also hung out with cousins and had a splish sploshy visit to Blackberry Farm, right before the weather decided to go all mean and cold.

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Amelie absolutely idolises her cousin Caitlyn. I love watching their bond grow. I also love that I get a bit of a break whenever she visits…yey!

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Laura & Tia x

Potato Print Christmas Stocking

How to potato print a christmas stocking

Hobbycraft asked us to create a Christmas Stocking for a pet, so we used our trusty potato printing skills to make this stamped stocking with an appliquéd name and Christmas tree tag. Stamping is super easy and a lovely project to do with kids. If you don’t have a pet, you can change the design to make a handmade gift for another family member. Simply cut basic shapes into potatoes (such as baubles, stars or triangles to make into Christmas trees) and stamp on your design using fabric or acrylic paints. For see our full tutorial visit the Hobbycraft site. They’ve got so many lovely Christmas craft DIYs to try!

~ Laura & Tia xx ~


*Thanks to Hobycraft for taking this lovely photo of our make!