Find the Perfect Gift for Dad with this handy infographic!

Posted under Gift giving

31Aug
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Find the Perfect Gift for Dad This post is in collaboration with Pitchi   Father’s Day is this week. Oh my. These special days just creep up on me so quickly and every year, I’m stumped as to what to buy my Dad or Chris (dad of my boys.) They simply don’t NEED anything and while both men are happy…

Free Treasure Hunt Games For Children

Posted under Outdoors, Party

10Apr
free treasure hunt games for children

Free treasure hunt games for children   A little while ago, I took Ned to his friend Q’s birthday party. Q and his family live on a lovely property with lots of trees, perfect for this party game. It’s a treasure hunt with a difference. To make it, you’ll need as many paddle pop (ice lolly) sticks as you have…

Myer Christmas Giftorium- fun for all the family this Christmas at Myer!

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20Oct
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Myer Christmas Giftorium   On Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the Myer Christmas Giftorium. (Thank you, Kids Business. Mwah Mwah!) Oh my.  I’m telling you, you have to visit. It’s super cute and a whole lot of fun. Myer, my favourite Department Store, is always on my to-do list at Christmas. In fact, visiting…

5. Angel Paper Doll

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5Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: Angel Paper Doll No. 5: Sweet Seating Placeholder or Invitation Card   Every Christmas, I make at least one Angel Paper Doll using gold or yellow painted paper with Ned. They are the perfect crafty activity for kids too. They can paint the paper, trace the templates, cut them out (with your help or tidy up)…

3. Painted Peg Doll Fun

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3Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: Painted Peg Doll Fun No. 3: Peg Doll Girl in a Winter Coat   I love peg dolls. They remind me of stories of Old England, as children sat by the fire crafting, knitting or making peg dolls with mama and grandma on cold frosty evenings, music playing on the gramophone. In the days before television,…

Making a family memento photo book using a Blurb template

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7May
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My daughter Henrietta turned 18 last New Year’s Eve.  I wanted to do something pretty special for her birthday and give her a gift that she would treasure for the rest of her life.  For years, I had been making her a very simple scrapbook album.  On a double page spread, I filled the left side with photos (ones I’d…

Adorable and Elegant Gifts to Give

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29Dec

In my quest for everyday elegance, I’m often thinking about and searching for stylish gifts to give. Things that are both beautiful and practical, but that most importantly take note of the personality quirks and traits of the receiver.  I love the idea of ‘it’s the thought that counts’ when it comes to gift giving but there is a big…

Parent Tip: A Christmas game for giving and receiving

Posted under Christmas, Games

19Dec

I love Christmas.  I love the decorations, the lights, the Christmas cheer and the Christmas spirit. I could watch my favourite film of all time, While you were sleeping, over and over and over again.  I love dressing up in red even more often than I already do. I love Christmas trees and pantomimes and parades. I love relaxed social…

Easy Homemade Bath bombs and Bath Salts: A how-to tutorial with Friday’s Guest, Cath Penwar

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

16Dec

Making Bath Bombs and Bath Salts with Friday’s Guest, Cath Penwarn Making bath bombs and bath salts is messy fun so it pays to collect all your bits and pieces before you start. You’ll need: small baby food jars with lids, scissors, paper for decorating the lid, glue, clear plastic cookie bags for your bath salt gifts, a pencil to…

Reindeer Food Recipe for Christmas Eve Preparation

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14Dec

Santa’s reindeers sometimes need a little guidance on the landing strip approach to our house. A little bit of shiny glitter sugar or sparkles should do the trick, don’t you think? And I’m sure they must be hungry too, so let’s make them some sparkly reindeer food. This is a job for helpful children, as you can see. To make…

Make a Felt Bowl: a how-to tutorial. Part Two

Posted under Felt and Felting

27Nov

Thread a needle with white cotton, tie a knot and leave about a one inch tail. When your felt circle is dry, run a gathering stitch using this cotton around the perimeter of the shape. Sew the thread about 1/2 cm from the edge. When you are back to the start, pull on both cotton tails to gather the tacking…

Make a Christmas key-ring from felt

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15Nov

Here is a quick and easy craft that makes a nice gift for a teacher or a distant friend. I like handmade keyrings.  I love that I can carry a little bit of daily artistry with me in my handbag each and every day.  You can too. Firstly, make a fold on the centre of your template.  The area between…

Humorous Handmade Cards for a humorous wedding gift

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6Oct

When Chris and I married 4 years ago, his family game him a gift. Inside a large box were a selection of things he’d need for married life. Many of these were things to help keep ‘the wife’ happy (!) It was creativity like I’ve never seen before…. There were  ’just-in-case’ gifts (a fancy nightie or a booklet of coupons…

Waldorf doll making theory by Jennifer McCormack

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26Aug
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The Secret of the Doll: BEAUTY, TRUTH and GOODNESS by guest writer, Jennifer McCormack.   BEAUTY Waldorf dolls were inspired by the teachings of Dr Rudolf Steiner and by the doll-sculpting techniques of Kathe Krusse. They were originally very simple dolls possessing the barest essence of humanness in their features, for this allowed the child the freedom to connect to…