DIY Embroidered Beach Bag

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The High Street is awash with embroidery and pom poms galore, which are two of my absolute favourite things. As this trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast, I jumped onboard with a DIY embroidered beach bag for Harper. Last year was all about embroidered hats and shoes so it was only fair for the summer beach bag to get its turn. I used a bag Harper had in her dressing-up box, but straw bags are widely available online.

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Brilliance In Blogging Awards

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It’s that time of year when we smile sweetly at you and ask you for a teeeeeeensy weensy favour to help us with our blog by voting for us in the BiBs! The Brilliance In Blogging Awards are one of the biggest awards in the UK and being shortlisted for an award would mean the world to us.

We’d like your votes for the Art, Craft & Design Award. If you like our blog and the crafts we put up, this is the one we’d like your support with. Most the work we do for our little blog is unpaid and we put our hearts into making lots of nice things, but we’re only a tiny fish in a giant sea of awesome blogs, so sometimes we struggle to be seen! If you like our blog, or us, or are just feeling nice…then here’s what you do:

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Life in Pictures: Eden

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Eden Project! I went to the EDEN PROJECT! I’ve wanted to go to here ever since it was first created. To me, this place is like Disneyland. I was almost weeing with excitement on the way there (even if that doesn’t take much these days). A place that you can’t imagine can possibly exist, let alone exist here. It honestly took my breath away and made my heart pound. Laura went there last year and I was so jealous (take a look at her pics – they’re better than mine).

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Keyrings

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We love playing with picture (aka Hama) beads. It’s very nostalgic for us, as we had them as kids ourselves, and we used to make an obsessive amount of coasters. Poor parents, forced do display our delightful plastic treasures all over the house.

Luckily, with a little help from Pinterest, there are so many more ideas for picture beads now! Jewellery, badges, magnets – even door signs from these little beads. We thought we would make some little unicorn and rainbow keyrings with our kiddies for our latest Hobbycraft post. and they LOVED them.

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Mini Makers: Natural Paintbrushes

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We got a whiff of sunshine and warmer weather yesterday after a totally grey May so far, so after dinner we did a little outdoor crafting in the sun. Harper is a hoarder of leaves, stones, flowers – basically anything she can stuff in her pockets/bag when we’re out. So after going through all her coat pockets we had a nice collection of natural bits and bobs. We threw in some paint and experimented using natural finds as ‘paintbrushes’.

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Making a Top from a Dress!

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Here I am, looking totally awkward and not sure how to stand (and I think the result may be that I look a bit accidentally smug) in my new Tshirt, that I made from an old maxidress!

I had this dress, all silky and sunny, made from gorgeous fabric. I bought it about 6 years ago, I wore it once. Once, and a photo was taken of me in it. I looked pregnant, pasty and podgy. I was not a fan. Ever since, when I go to put on the dress again, I saw that it just didn’t suit me. I kept it for a while, thinking that one day, when I’m thinner and tanned on holiday somewhere, it will look amazing. Well I’m still waiting for that day and to be honest, it depresses me every time I look at it.

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Life In Pictures: Sundays

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I’m always intrigued by how families spend their weekends. As we don’t have DIY to be getting on with or a garden that needs much attention, if any, we tend to pack our weekends with day trips, so it’s a bit of a break from the humdrum of the week. Saturdays are always hectic with classes and chores, so Sunday is our day-tripping day (that is unless Tia and I are working together!)

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Stitched Birthday Badge

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My lovely little thing turned 5 yesterday. FIVE! Five years on the planet. Five years of being a mum. Five years since a labour that wrecked my body forever. Only five little rainbow years. She was very excited about the whole thing, about going to school and having everyone sing the birthday song, about being able to wear her sparkly shoes and about putting on her birthday badge and erm…. hang on, what now? Birthday badge??

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Pom Pom Trainers

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After seeing these beautiful trainers in Zara our eyes did a cartoon-style jump out of our heads as we love pom poms and needed pom pom trainers in our lives (without the £45.99 price tag). So we popped to Primark to get a cheap pair of trainers and pom-pomed them up!

You Will Need:

  • Mohair wool in 2 colours
  • Pom pom maker
  • Pair of trainers
  • Sewing thread and needle
  1. Begin by making your pom poms. I used a pom pom maker for neatness, but you could easily use a fork or your hand to wrap the wool around (see our tutorial for details).

2. Trim the pom pom so you have a nice fluffy ball. Make two in each colour.

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Life in Pictures: St. Ives

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So we had a little holiday in St. Ives, Cornwall, for a week and it was lovely and now I think I’d quite like to live there. We left at 4am due to my (slightly OTT) panic about getting stuck in a jam with two bored kids on a journey that already takes 6 hours. But we arrived at 10 (unable to check in till 3…) in a bit of a daze and feeling slightly jetlagged/drunk on tiredness. So we had ice creams for breakfast and sat there feeling confused for a few hours.

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Craft Trend #19: Clay Makes

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We’re totally in love with air dry and polymer clay and it seem the rest of the craft world is too at the moment with loads of amaaaaaaazing clay trends popping up all over the internet. We’ve put together our favourite DIYs for you to try this weekend. It was hard to just pick 6! Thse are our favourites from our and other blogs:

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DIY Superhero Piñata

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Back in March, Harper had a superhero party for her 4th birthday. For each of her parties I go a little DIY cray-cray so expect a few superhero-themed posts coming up from me. This superhero piñata was for the end of the event, so the party went out with a BAM (and a WHAM and a KAPOW).

You Will Need:

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Life In Pictures: Spring So Far

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As soon as the sun comes out and Spring hits, I get itchy feet to go and embrace the season and get out of the house. We’ve done just that over the Easter holidays so this week’s Life in Pictures is a little bit of a bumper one!

Our first stop was Kew Gardens to see the blossom. It’s such a cliche to say but it is one of my favourite sights     and it’s somewhere we try to visit a few times a year. I’m not sure if it’s the long drive to get there but one of the kids is always in a grump and this time it was Grayson’s turn.

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Geometric Clay Jewellery

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I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin.  No amount of photoshopping can fix that!

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How to Make Oobleck!

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This stuff, if you haven’t already discovered it, is wonderful for kiddies to make a mess with. Plus it’s cheap and really quick to make which is good for us! So what the oobleck is this stuff? Well, it’s goo. Goo made from cornflour, that has the weirdest consistency ever. The name comes from Dr. Seuss who wrote a book, “Bartholomew & The Oobleck” about a substance that acts like a liquid, but when you apply pressure, it turns to a solid.

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