Tagged with Handmade

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

Coconut body scrub

Coconut body scrub

This coconut sugar body scrub is DIVINE!. It smells amazing and it’s sooooooo good for your skin. I’ve made some as Christmas gifts for my friends, wrapped with festive red ribbons and bells they make beautiful gifts. This is going to be the shortest blog post ever as this is just the easiest scrub ever … 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

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

Lego thank you’s

Lego thank you’s

It’s been nearly 4 weeks since Harvey’s Lego themed birthday and I’m just getting round to making his thank you cards.  They’re made from photographs I took of two Lego men holding a printed thank you sign. Here’s how I made them, I’ve included my image files for you to download and use. How I … Continue reading

Getting organised – chalkboard

Getting organised – chalkboard

I’ve been a bad Mum this week. For the second week running I have forgotten to return the school library books and had a very near miss with a PE kit. So it’s time to get organised! I gave this old Ikea chalkboard a new look and a new place it in the heart of … Continue reading

Lego party food

Lego party food

The Lego party food was great fun to make and went down well with all our guests, both young and old(er). Lego head pops These Lego pops were the star of the party and went within minutes. They’re made from a single small and large marshmallow skewered onto a cake pop stick, which I bought … 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 brick birthday cake

Lego brick birthday cake

The Lego birthday cake took two attempts, the first one I baked and started to decorate but I wasn’t happy with it so I threw it in the bin and started again. So after a panic search on the web I found this Lego brick cake, a much simpler approach which worked well and gave … 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

Homemade jigsaw

Homemade jigsaw

We made this jigsaw from one of Madeline’s pictures. I thought it was a nice idea, but I just couldn’t have predicted her excitement at me cutting up one of her pictures. What to do Choose a drawing or picture, preferably on card. On the reverse draw out your jigsaw pattern, it can be any … Continue reading

Homemade bird feeders

Homemade bird feeders

My Dad loves his garden birds, so, for his birthday last week the children made him some homemade  bird feeders. Normally these would be made to feed garden birds during a UK winter but there is nothing wrong with attracting birds closer to the house with them. I think in Dubai these might work by … Continue reading

Ladybird biscuits

Ladybird biscuits

These gorgeous ladybird biscuits will impress your youngsters and I reckon they’d also go down well at one of the hundred bake sales the Dubai schools seem to have in a year. You will need Digestives (or similar round biscuits) Icing sugar Red food colouring Chocolate buttons Black or dark brown and white icing writers … Continue reading

Little Lobster prints

Little Lobster prints

My little nephew is now 6 months old and his mummy was looking for some inspiration to brighten up the walls in his room now that he is taking more interest in his surroundings, so me and the kids decided to paint a canvas for him. Not only will it brighten up his walls but … 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