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!!!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bathroom make over

I was a bit fed up of the bathroom, we had not decorated since we moved in, the bath panel was looking a bit grubby and the shower curtain covered in mould.
Ideally I'd like to replace the tiles with brick shaped ones but seeing as 90% of the bathroom is tiled it would be an expensive and mammoth task.
Instead I've painted the bathroom a very girly shade of pink (not deterred by the 3 men in my life) and replaced the shower curtain with a biscuity floral design.

It's looking much nicer now! Just need to sort out the ridiculous amounts of bath toys and it'll look fancy!



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mark Making- Fine motor skills part 2

Its tricky thinking of new ways to encourage the boys to do drawing and mark making. Both of them get a little tired of being sat in front of a plain get of paper. One day I decided to let them be really naughty and draw under the table. The only rules were they were not to draw on the legs and no one was to tell Nanny! They loved the novelty of this and stayed under there for the best part of 20 minutes in utter silence, I used this time to clean the kitchen.

A few weeks later the boys were getting a bit disruptive again and needed something fresh to keep them amused, we found an empty cardboard box and set to work creating a little world inside. Afterwards they played with small cars and characters.

Other ideas we've tried include-
- drawing on the sand at the beach
- drawing on steamed up windows in the car
- drawing round hands and feet
- using pencils to trace around maps