We were beyond excited when this little beauty popped through our door the other day – Sew Now Magazine, with us on the front! There was some bouncing up and down when we saw it. We did a little interview with them and made these Christmas decorations, which are super easy peasy for little hands to make.
We did something slightly outside the box at the weekend. We went to a Rave. For children. At Ministry of Sound. Am I cool enough? No, actually. Not really. But it was flipping ace anyway.
So you’ve probably heard of baby discos, which are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon pretending you still have a life. But this – a baby RAVE – is a whole new ball game. This was Rave-A-Roo. And it was SO MUCH FUN.
Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is the craft du jour in our houses. It’s so satisfying to watch those fine motor skills getting a workout and it keep Grayson sat still for longer than 3 minutes (which is a record!).
The girls make a lot of bracelets using beads and pipe cleaners and now they stepped it up a notch with beaded wands.
Now the weather has taken a turn and is freezing cold, we’ve not been out too much, so getting photos just hasn’t happened recently. I rarely get the camera out at home so the kids are going to have vague memories of our house and think all we did was go out!
Last weekend we didn’t have any plans and wanted to give the kids a good runaround/good nap in the car, so we drove to Dungeness. Dungeness is a funny blend of bleakness, a beach, a power station and a load of fishermans cottages all within one hamlet. The first stop was the pub, which we were both dreading. Grayson has a tendency to not sit down at meal times so taking him out for food is always a little tricky. But this was pretty much the first meal we’ve had where the kids sat, ate and didn’t wriggle around too badly. I didn’t dare take photos as I didn’t want to break the spell.
I had an idea for a simple way to print onto fabric and I’ve been wanting to try it out and see if it works for ages (It did it did!) It’s just taken me so long trying to think of a word to print onto a pencil case that didn’t make me look like a bit of a kn*b. I’m not a fan of text on stuff as a rule. “Love” and “dream big” isn’t really my bag. But I haven’t managed it, I picked something equally kn*bby. “Imagine”. As in, “imagine all the things you could do if you stopped watching Made in Chelsea re-runs…”
If you’ve not heard of Imagination Tree (where have you been?!), Anna is a mum of 4 and early years teacher so she knows what she’s talking about. Her site is absolutely crammed full of brilliant ideas and resources for crafting and learning for kids.
Apologies in advance for this random bunch of (slightly rubbish!) photos from our half term…. nothing much appears to be happening in my life right now! So I’m starting with Lilah, dressed as Alex the Lion from Madagascar, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Amelie wants to work in a shop that makes plates. Bit odd.
Ah we love Fireworks night we do! Following on from Laura’s (amazeballs) salad spinner art, we thought we would share another (slightly less amazeballs) firework craft to do with your kiddies: Glow-in-the-dark-firework-straw-type-paintings. With glitter. Catchy, eh? The kids loved it though, and that’s the main thing right. See our little vlog above – the first time we’ve ever done videos without each other. Terrifying.
Do you like our feathery headdresses? We made them for Hobbycraft as part of the You Magazine makes we did, and we quite liked how they turned out. Paper-cutting is good for the soul – I’ve not done a lot of it, and I don’t think I have the patience to sit for hours and cut away at a picture (I’d get half way through, get cocky, speed up a bit and f~~k the whole thing up). But these feather headdresses are a nice gentle introduction and a lovely way to pass the time on a sunday afternoon with a movie in the background.
We’ve binned the pumpkins and eaten the remains of the trick of treats sweets so it’s time to switch our brains to fireworks night.
We recently got a salad spinner so instead of spinning kale and cabbage we put it to excellent use by filling it with paint and glitter to create these Catherine Wheel Spinners.
We don’t have many family traditions but since the kids were born we have taken them strawberry picking in summer and pumpkin picking in autumn. We took them a few weeks ago to pick out a small pumpkin each and if Harper would have had her way we would have come away with two whoppers we couldn’t even lift!
If you hadn’t noticed, It’s Halloween next week! We’re continuing the Little Button bombardment of fright night ideas by sharing our video tutorial for simple Halloween face paint ideas for kids. We’ve only had face paints for a few weeks (since our awesome Snazaroo day out!) so we are by no means experts at this. We wanted ideas that would be easy, quick and look spooky cute. I think we did okay!
Round where we live, it seems everyone goes to town for Halloween. There’s always a steady stream of witches, ghosts, monsters and vampires knocking at our door, trick or treating. Last year I was a meanie and hid away and pretended we weren’t in as we only had a small amount of sweets to give (that I quite fancied eating!). But Harper convinced me to share them out so the two of us had a riot answering the door way past bedtime. A year later, she still talks about the time we gave out sweets.
So we had a grand idea last week that it would be great to make a video of three really quick pumpkin ideas for kids, that don’t involve having to dig all it’s guts out. We’d not made any of these before pressing record so some were treats and some were definitely trick(y) and left us a little hot and bothered. And a bit sweaty. See our little video below for the ideas we tried and tested!