Easy Zentangle Plates – using Sharpie oil markers

May 15th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

You’ve heard of Zentangle right?  It’s essentially doodling, but in structured patterns.  No talent, no skill, no end goal in mind – just lines, swirls, shapes, swoops and fun.

Granted, there are zentangle artists out there that take it to a whole other level with incredible pieces of art that are nothing short of masterpieces – but you won’t find that here, today, on the blog.

Today I just wanted to show how easy, fun and gratifying it is to zentangle (aka doodle) […]

Marbled Rock Paperweights – crafts for kids

May 4th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

The other day I posted the cork coasters that my daughter and her friend made (so cute), but I didn’t post what my other daughter – Miss Chloë – was up to at the same time…

The project I did with her and her friends (aged 8, 9 and 11) was creating these beautiful marbled rock paperweights.

This is a simple project, but one I’d suggest for 7+ because a very gentle hand is needed to get the marbled effect.

First up, select some […]

Cork Coasters – Crafting with kids

April 24th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

I had some fun over the weekend and invited my “Muses” over to play.

By Muses I mean the imagination-station team – consisting of my daughter and a few of her friends.

I LOVE seeing what kids come up with when creating.  My mind is so pigeon-holed by Pinterest perfection that I don’t often branch out and come up with something entirely original, but ask an 11 year old to paint cork coasters and watch what they come up with!

I picked up […]

Ugly Christmas Sweaters – or rather t-shirts

December 18th, 2016|GAMES / FUN, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

We had fun last weekend.  We were laughing and giggling away because of the task our advent calendar had us scheduled to complete:  ugly Christmas sweaters.

When I first put the idea into the girls’ calendar, I had thought we would buy some ugly sweaters from the thrift store, but when last weekend rolled around, I decided we didn’t need to spend any more money to still have the same fun… so I brought out some old t-shirts and let the […]

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

July 17th, 2016|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

My friend Georgia stopped by the other day to show me a really cool duct tape wallet she’d purchased.  Okay, Georgia’s Mom is a closer friend (Georgia is 10), but I don’t want to discount any awesome friendships that lead to a knock on the door to show me an awesome craft.

You know I had to try for myself.

You will need:

  • 2 – 3 rolls of coordinating duck tape (one for the exterior, one for the interior and a third […]

Mother’s Day String Art

April 29th, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

Just a quickie post today to give you something you (or Hubby) can work on with the kids this weekend;

Mother’s Day String Art!

I have a million-and-one scrap pieces of wood in the garage.  Too small to do much with, but too big to just throw away, so I thought I’d get the girls to create some string art for their Grandma/Nana for Mother’s Day.

This is a small 3″x4″ piece of mdf that I gave a light sanding to and added […]

Easter Bunny Candy Jars

March 1st, 2016|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|

Today I have an easy and sweet Easter treat for you to make;  Easter Bunny Candy Jars!

You can use mason jars if you want, but an even better option (because they are smoother) are recycled glass containers from jams or spaghetti sauces.

Easter bunny candy jars. Easter gift. Easter treat jar.

I made a few mistakes in making these, so this post is going to be a “Do as I say, not as […]

Chocolate Houses – Making Memories with Kids

December 10th, 2015|HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

Every year my Aunt comes over and the girls and I attempt to make a gingerbread house – nothing fancy, store bought gingerbread kit with about 10 extra pounds of candy to go on it.

But, the girls don’t like gingerbread, and I don’t like stale cookies, so after picking the candy off of the roof, we usually throw the house out…  which seems like such a waste (of food and money).

This year I decided we were going to go smaller – […]

Bird Feeder Ornaments

December 2nd, 2015|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

Good Morning!

Good evening Europe and get some rest Australia.

I’m so excited to share this;  I was interviewed by an Ezine called Thread M.B.  They feature “Top Bloggers and Celebrities” and how we are working together to do good in the world.

My interview was posted yesterday, and I have to tell you – I like interviewed me even better than the real me.  Laura was so kind and flattering – and now I’m really going to have […]

Magazine Trees

November 19th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|

I’ve been itching to try these magazine trees since I first saw them on Pinterest a couple of years ago.  I have oodles of Christmas decorations stockpiled away, so I’ve never needed to add anything to my pile… I do, but I don’t NEED to.

This year I decided that instead of trying to make my house one theme, I’d go with a theme or colour palette per room.  Sure it will be a mishmash, but it will be a mishmash […]