When I was little I used to go to dance classes. I was always the slightly dumpy kid who was doing their ‘naughty toes’ when everyone was pointing their ‘good toes’, or was on the shuffle when everyone else was on the hop step part. Let’s just say I sucked at dance. Anyway, my mum dug out my old ballet bag recently which was this cool 80s duffel bag, so I wanted to use the style of it to create a bag for Harper’s ballet things. She’s been doing ballet for a year and thankfully it doesn’t look like she’s taken after me in the grace stakes.
I can’t seem to get pom poms out of my head at the moment. Every time I have an idea for a project, my brain goes “OOH that would look good with pom poms on it!” Hence the pom pom earrings (and Laura’s amazing clutch bag) we posted recently. I have pom pom curtains and a hat (that looks better in my head than it sounds written down!) in the pipeline too, but I’m holding back so as not to bore you to death with my obsession with woolly balls.
So that’s it, the summer holidays are over. Didn’t they go quick? Or not, if you were trying to entertain a hoard of grouchy kids in the rain for 70% of it. We thought we’d share our favourite back-to-school themed makes from some awesome blogs we love to read, as well as one or two or our own (because we are just that vain).
I’ve got a little obsession with biscuits. I count them as one of the major food groups after cheese and bread. I try not to keep them in the house, but since The Great British Bake Off returned they’ve crept back into our cupboard. Instead of just eating biscuits I thought I’d make a version of tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) using my favourite biscuits (Bourbons) and what Harper says are hers (she’s never actually had a Party Ring, but she likes the fact that they’re pink).
Pom pom bags are everywhere at the moment, as are pom pom shoes, earrings, keyrings… basically if you can put a pom pom on it, then the craft world already has. I’ve long had the idea of upcycling a placemat into a clutch bag, so I thought why not add pom poms to it too! This was a really quick make and an easy nap time craft, which was the perfect antidote to months of long projects due to book writing.
We absolutely LOVE shrink plastic, as you may have seen if you have flicked through our crafts. As it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays, we thought we would show you how to make these cute shrink plastic key rings with your kids. They’re a great quick craft if you’re in need of an activity to fill the time before school starts again.
I just thought I’d share these little popsicle fairies we made last week because they were fun to make and to be honest, they kept the kids entertained for a good hour and that’s worth sharing in the summer holidays – it meant I could mow the lawn! I hid them in the garden (like, really well) for them to go on a little fairy hunt.
How pretty is this beach hut fabric (available in store) by Cath Kidston? We used it in our latest collaboration with them to make this pretty kite for their blog. It makes a great addition to a lonely bedroom wall, or you could even try and fly it (don’t try too hard, it’s better at being pretty than soaring through the skies!). Head over to Cath Kidston to see how to make your own.
So I have this friend, Angela, who is brilliant and bonkers in equal measures, and one of the only people who can really make me belly laugh, like truly belly laugh. We met at university and bonded over Sweet Valley High books, the word “dude” and Busta Rhymes, and have been firm friends ever since. Anyway, she recently moved into her own pad so I wanted to make her a moving-in present. She’s a fan of pineapples, so much so she even used to take them to parties… just because. I’ve seen these gold pineapples on the High Street (they are everywhere!), so I decided to make my own version using air dry clay. This was simple to make and hopefully will add a touch of a glitz to Angela’s new abode.
Last week I saw a picture of Fearne Cotton wearing some pom pom earrings and I WANTED them. I looked for them, I couldn’t find them. Then I thought – wait – that’s just a pom pom on an earring thingy. I can make pom poms. And I have earring thingies!
It took me about 15 minutes to make them (minus about an hour of pom pom practising in the evening whilst watching Made in Chelsea – don’t judge me – and stuffing chocolate into my face). Here’s how you do it!
Hooray!! Today we’re celebrating our third blogiversary (Yes we made that word up. And?!). In the three years since starting the blog, we’ve written 4 books, won 2 awards and worked with some brands we love. We couldn’t have imagined when starting this online diary what path it would have taken us down and we are so grateful to everyone who has ever read our blog.
I am seriously loving the summer folky style trend of adding embroidery, ribbons, pom pom, ric rac, and basically any and every bit of embellishment you can find, to clothing this season. Boden has a really lovely selection of clothes which I put into a virtual basket before deciding to have a go at doing a version myself. My favourite piece was this skirt. The version I made cost about a third of the price of the original and was pretty simple to make. If you fancy making your own, here’s what you need. (Measurements and sizing are to fit a four year old).
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!