Wednesday, 4 February 2015


I'm having a post seizure day which leaves me lacking in energy and get up and go. I did a little search on Pinterest for ideas of things to keep the 3 year old entertained while I could conserve energy! I was drawn to some ideas based on Montessori philosophy...
Firstly he sorted objects into the correct category water, land and air (made all the more complicated by daddy handing us something that resembled the Loch Ness monster)

Next we had a chat about animals that ate meat and those who ate vegetables. We talked about the correct terminology, ideally we needed to add omnivores int the mix but thought we'd add that category next time.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Bubble painting

I was inspired by a friend from work to try bubble painting at home. I mixed some ready mix paint with water and fairy liquid and let the little one blow into it through straws. We then printed the paper onto the bubbles which left a lovely texture.

I need to experiment with consistency as the bubbles didn't stay long. Samuel enjoyed blowing the bubbles far more than the finished product

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Advent Calender

I'm not sure when my mum first made this advent calender, but it's been used every year since and I love that it's now a tradition for my boys! I'm doing it a bit differently this year, as well as the obligatory chocolate coin there will be some stickers from the Christmas story. I'm hoping they'll work together to complete the story and also learn the art of taking it in turns!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sensory Bottles

I mad some sensory bottles last night for our baby area at work. It took a bit of experimenting to find out what worked best. I used the following things:
- plastic bottles with screw on lids
- hair gel
- glitter
- string of beads
- ribbons
- sequins
- shells
- small shark toys
- beads

Some of them worked better than others, my favourite by far is the one with te beads in one part water and one part hair gel. Love the way the beads swirl around!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Pom Pom hats!

I was gifted with two fantastic pom pom makers for my birthday this year and promptly set about making hundreds of pompoms with no real idea of what on earth I was going to do with them. I made so many I got repetitive strain injury in my wrist. Oh crumbs!

Anyway I found a use for two lovely red ones. I have sewn them to the top of my boys woolly hats. Just in time for bonfire night this weekend. They will sure be easy to spot in the crowd, I wonder if the husband would be fussed if I sew one to his hat too?

Monday, 29 September 2014

No plastic Christmas

Yes I'm aware it's still September but this one is going to take some extra thought and time. So we have noticed that somehow our house is full of plastic tat. I'm not sure how we've acquired so much since I'm so against plastic toys!

So far I've thought of some ideas for the children but I'm getting a bit stuck:

Books- famous five for Barnaby?
Dressing up clothes
Musical instruments
Art and craft supplies

And that's where I get stuck!
I think I need to extend the gesture to everyone else we buy for and id love to hand make some presents too.

My other plan is to make some new Christmas decorations from natural materials, I think I should've already started!!!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Count down to 33...

If I live to be 99 then I'm nearly a third of the way through my time on planet earth, (that might be inaccurate my mathematical skills are diabolical). Anyhow I like to make lists so I thought I should make two list. One of the things I would like to do before I'm 33 and one of all the things I would like you all to buy me. Mwah ha ha.

1) finish reading my book
2) ride Kia out of the farm
3) tidy my bedroom
4) sort out my craft stash
5) do at least on of my Pinterest craft projects!

Now for the important stuff...
1) new jodhpurs
2) a basket for my bike
3) a facial or back massage
4) something from Rob Ryan
5) a nice Aztec print cardigan
6) a Pom Pom maker
7) a high viz hat silk
8) argon oil for my hair
9) plectrums!!!