Easy Neon Lights

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I saw a few ideas for cheap alternatives to fancy expensive neon lights over on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go at making my own version. And I thought I’d share some of the other ace ideas I saw, that probably make my own makes look totally rubbish!

All you need to buy is some EL Wire – which you can get pretty cheaply from Amazon. It’s a thin neon cable attached to a battery pack and, whilst the effect isn’t as dramatic as neon tube lighting, it makes a pretty effective night light. I attempted two versions – a neon cloud and a star.

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Back to School Craft Round up

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The summer holidays are nearly over and another school year will soon be starting. For one half of us this means starting school for the very first time. For the other, it’s into year one with a child who suddenly seems very grown up, after a summer that suddenly seems to have vanished. So we thought we’d do a little round up of our favourite back to school makes from the web (like we did last year!):

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Squirty Chalk Paint

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We’re sharing extracts from our books every month (so you buy them) and this month we’re doing a project from our Big Book of 100 Little Activities – which may just be our favourite one. But don’t tell the others. So we’re sharing a great quick craft for summer holiday boredom-punching-in-the-face fun: our squirty pavement chalk. This is super messy outdoor fun paint that creates wonderfully bright pictures. You can paint onto corrugated card or directly onto paving slabs. It won’t stain the slabs but it does need a little scrub to remove! You can use old sauce bottles or find empty ones online.

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Mini Tassel Jewellery

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As you may know, Laura and I have the teeeeeniest of obsessions with tassels. And pom poms. We put them onto most things we make, knowing that our kids will in all likelihood look back at us and laugh at our dodgy lampshade attire. But still, we aint finished with them yet. And so – all hail MINI tassels! On a necklace! In ten minutes!

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Animal Mirrors

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I saw these absolutely adorable little cork board bear mirrors on Hellobee.com a few weeks ago and I thought they were so cute, and I wanted them. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, with hardboard instead of cork for a little colour. Which meant me + a jigsaw + total disregard for safety = probable disaster, and I had a few visions of it going horribly wrong and either sawing off a finger or part of my kitchen worktops (yep, I did it on my kitchen worktop. M-O-R-O-N). But thankfully they turned out pretty okay! I don’t think they’re quite as nice as the cork ones, but Amelie seems to think they’re the best thing ever.

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Mini Makers: Shaving Foam Marbling

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Oh. My. Days. We recently discovered the easiest and most addictive way to marble. Shaving foam and food colouring and BAM you’ve got yourself a full marbling kit. For free! We love it and kids love it because it involves mess!  And we even made a little vid to show you how:

You SEE?! Once you start marbling you won’t be able to stop!

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Mini Makers: Easy Fairy Wings

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These fairy wings are so easy! We LOVE a bit of sticky back plastic (AKA contact paper. Whatever TF that means). We use it a lot with our kids, along with double sided tape, because it allows kids to create a messy make without any glue or sticky yukky bits going all over everywhere. Mess-free-mess is our favourite kind of mess. You can make all sorts – suncatchers (and here) are a favourite of ours but as an alternative we made some fairy wings that you can actually wear. Mine wore hers all day, then had a massive meltdown in the evening because I wouldn’t let her wear them to bed. SO angelic.

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Mini Makers: Superhero Badge Father’s Day Card

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All dads are superheroes. To our kids, their Daddys can do anything, fix anything, make anything and we love watching their little eyes twinkle with a love and wonder you only get when you’re 5. So with Father’s Day on Sunday we thought we’d get our littles together to make a quick superhero card complete with a BADGE.  As everyone loves a badge, right? We used shrink plastic, which is so much fun to do with kids as it doesn’t take long for the magic to work and they love watching it wriggle and curl.

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Personalised Father’s Day Tablet case

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Hooray for Father’s Day on Sunday! (note slight level of forced enthusiasm) My other half consistently tells me he doesn’t want any effort at all for Father’s day, but then MILKS it on the actual day. It’s like living with Caesar. But he works hard, so I don’t mind. Not much. I only mind a little bit.

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Mini Makers: Rainbow Dough

Rainbow Dough. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?? Rainbow. Dough. Well, it is actually pretty awesome. Fluffy, colourful, squishy and soft. This stuff is awesome. It takes about 10 minutes to make and only requires 3 ingredients. We made a little video tutorial to show you how to make it – take a little looksie and let us know if you like it.

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Lined Drawstring Ballet Bag

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My two have recently started ballet classes. Super cute they are too, running around flat footed thinking they look like the sugar plum fairy. I’d been hauling all their stuff to ballet lessons in a plastic bag, so I decided I should make a bit more effort and make them each a little bag. I tried quite hard with these ones. They better like ballet! This lined drawstring bag is super easy and quick to make. And the applique comes with a free template! All seams are sewn with a 1cm seam allowance unless stated. You will need:
  • 20in x 15in outer fabric
  • 20in x 15in lining fabric
  • 20cm square matching fabric for applique
  • 20cm square bondaweb
  • 2.6m yellow cotton tape or ribbon
  • yellow embroidery thread
  • Applique ballet shoes template
  • safety pin
1. Attach bondaweb to the back of the appliqué fabric. Trace the template onto the paper backing of the bondaweb and cut out. Line the appliqué onto the front of one of the outer pieces, in the centre and iron to adhere.   2. Blanket stitch the appliqué onto the fabric using coordinating embroidery thread. I cheat and use my machine for speed but I do think a hand stitched finish looks nicer. Laziness won for me (mainly because I was making 2)! I realised at this point, with my spotty fabric, that this looks a little bit like a ninja! I quite like it, ballet bags in disguise…   3. If you want to personalise the bag by stitching a name onto the front, now is the time to do that. As I was making one for each of my girls I wrote their names under the ballet shoes in pencil then backstitched using yellow embroidery thread. 4. Pin the two outer pieces right sides together. Sew along the bottom of the bag. For the 2 sides, leave 2 (3cm wide) gaps – one 3cm from the top and one 3cm up from the bottom of the bag (as shown in the illustration below) and sew. These are for the drawstring. Pin and sew the lining fabric right sides together as well, leaving an 8cm gap in the centre of the bottom of the bag to allow you to turn the fabric (as shown). Trim the corners and any excess fabric and press the seams open.  5. With the seams flat – you can pin if you want to be sure – sew a neat box 5mm around the top drawstring openings of the bag. 6. Turn the lining fabric the right way out and insert it into the outer fabric so that the right sides are facing. Make sure the seams are lined up, then pin and sew around the top of the bag. 7. Turn the bag out through the hole in the lining fabric. Stitch the hole closed and insert the lining into the outer fabric. Press, then neatly top stitch around the opening. 8. To make the channel for the drawstring, sew another line all the way around the bag, just underneath the drawstring opening. 9. Cut the length of strap in half to create 2 x 1.3m lengths. Attach a satefty pin the the end of one and feed it into one of the openings. Bring it all the way round and back through the original hole. Repeat with the other piece in the other hole. 10. Take one of the pairs of straps, make sure it isn’t twisted, and pin the end inside the corresponding bottom hole on the bag, with about 2.5cm of the strap in the hole. Hand stitch in place.   Hooray! Un petit sac de ballet! Tia x P.S. If you also have a little ballerina, you might like this ballet duffel bag from Laura – super cute.

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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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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The Pirate Craft Book

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ARGGGHHHHH! Today’s the day, land lovers, that our new craft book is out and available to buy. The Pirate Craft Book is filled with 15 craft treasures to kits out little pirates from head to toe. We even show you how to throw your own pirate party me hearties. With projects including treasure maps, polly parrots, waistcoats and telescopes – if you know a little pirate obsessed little one then this book might just be perfect for them.

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Bunny Rabbit Soaps

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These cute little bunny soaps make the perfect little gift for Easter. I can’t believe I’ve never made soaps before, they’re so bloomin easy! I always thought it would be complicated and involve tons of ingredients. But it isn’t and it doesn’t. It’s totally craft cheating to be honest, because all you’re doing is melting down an existing block of soap and cutting it into new shapes. I love it! And as I have a thousand cookie cutters the prospects are endless. Mo ha haaa.

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