Tagged with Crafts

Merinda the home made mermaid

Merinda the home made mermaid

My daughter’s latest school project was to design and make her own toy. She could make anything, although the school suggested a board game, however, with a little help from Mum (me) Madeline designed and made this beautiful Mermaid called Merinda. It was such fun and we’re so pleased with the result we decided to … Continue reading

Orange and clove pomanders

Orange and clove pomanders

This time each year I make these wonderful orange and clove pomanders that fill the house with Christmas scent. They look great sat in a decorative bowl or hung with ribbons but this year I added tea lights to make a beautiful Christmas candle centre piece. What you need to do There are lots of … Continue reading

Christmas Santa Sacks

Christmas Santa Sacks

After trawling the internet for children’s personalised Christmas sacks and not finding anything suitable I decided to have a go at making my own. These fancy Christmas postal bags will look beautiful filled with gifts, or simply sat as a decoration next to the fireplace. Unfortunately in Dubai we have no need for a fireplace … Continue reading

Handmade children’s Christmas cards

Handmade children’s Christmas cards

I love making Christmas cards with the kids but it’s hard to find quick and easy ideas which the kids won’t get fed up with making after producing just two. These fingerprints cards are beautiful, I have seen lots of examples of how fingerprints can be used for cards including fairy lights, choir singers and … Continue reading

A Dubai Christmas wreath

A Dubai Christmas wreath

Normally in the UK during the first week of December my friend and I would do a Christmas wreath making course at our local florist. Lots of festive foliage and ribbons accompanied by mulled wine, mince pies and carols, at the end of the evening we had the most beautiful wreaths to decorate our front … Continue reading

The kids rule

The kids rule

I’ve seen these rulers in magazines and thought how lovely they were but I couldn’t afford the price tag or the shipping to Dubai. So, I decided to have a go at making my own. Since, I’ve seen many examples on blogs and on Pinterest but the quality of the typography and lines aren’t that … Continue reading

Counting days until Christmas

Counting days until Christmas

November is coming to an end, that means Christmas is behind the corner. It´s about time to get the advent calendar ready! I´ve been looking into how to make my calendar this year and found many great ideas that I want to share with you. 1. The tree I love this idea of a proper … Continue reading

Pretend chocolate treats

Pretend chocolate treats

We made these pretend chocolates from salt dough coloured with food colouring. We’ve played with salt dough lots and made pretend sweets with play dough and plasticine in the past but my two enjoyed this more than anything and here’s why…….. The secret was the real chocolate box, that’s it. It was that simple. Poor … Continue reading

Lego head pinata

Lego head pinata

The Lego head pinata was a great addition to Harvey’s Lego party. The kids loved hitting it with a broom handle and loved collecting all the candy. And to be honest, I loved making it! This is how to make the pinata Blow up a balloon. Wrap the balloon in card to create a cylinder, … Continue reading

Lego Party – Favours

Lego Party – Favours

I’ve spent hours searching the web looking for original ideas for Lego party favours, I found loads of great ideas including baby jars turned into Lego heads, wonderful gift bags turned into blocks. In the end I chose to make these fantastic Lego brick gift boxes made by Delia creates. Delia made these fab boxes … Continue reading

Tea towel draw-string pump bag

Tea towel draw-string pump bag

Can you believe this cute draw-sting pump bag started life as a tea towel (or viskestykke)?  After making my carrier bag tidy from a tea towel I though why not a pump bag? After all, the tea towels are so pretty, great quality, the right size and all the seams have been sewn for me. … Continue reading

Lego men wax crayons

Lego men wax crayons

My little boy will be 3 soon and I am going to make him a Lego themed cake, whilst looking for cake designs I found many other Lego ideas, it got me thinking about lots of other things I could make. So here’s my first, Lego men wax crayons to use as party favours. This … Continue reading

I’m getting into signage

I’m getting into signage

When I was experimenting transferring images to canvas I wondered what else I could transfer, so I tried transferring text to wood, the results are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! That’s it I’m addicted now, I’m going to be making them for everyone and everything. Just look at it, it’s gorgeous. To make it you will need Plywood Acrylic … Continue reading

Cardboard box car fun

Cardboard box car fun

It’s typical isn’t it, you spend ages choosing your child a gift, lots of money buying it and then all they’re interested in is the box. Well instead of waiting to be disappointed on you child’s birthday why not use some supermarket boxes and have fun on a boring hot (or rainy) weekday afternoon. Days … Continue reading

Your photos on canvas

Your photos on canvas

I’ve been researching a lot recently about how to transfer my photos onto canvas and today I gave it a go. The results were mixed but I was not disappointed. I’d recommend giving this ago especially if you like a vintage feel, in fact I would go as far as to say, you gotta try … Continue reading

Home made cards

Home made cards

Normally with handmade cards from the children you get two choices, get them to make them themselves, although they may give up after the first two, or send a picture of your child off to a printing company and have it made into a card. Both are great, but this is just that little bit … Continue reading

A morning at Café Céramique

A morning at Café Céramique

A couple of weeks ago, for Madeline’s birthday, we went to Café Céramique at Festival City, a place where you can paint your own pottery. It’s somewhere we have been meaning to go for a while but never quite managed to get there until now. We’ve done a lot of ceramic painting in the UK so … Continue reading

Tablecloth artwork

Tablecloth artwork

I snapped a picture of this product in a store in Hong Kong when traveling last month. This could be a great idea of a table cloth for a creative family. You certainly don´t need to buy the ready made package. Buy any fabric you like and permanent markers in any colors you like. Then sit … Continue reading