Learning Pottery – A great family activity

A few months ago I showed the results of my first-ever pottery class.  The finished pieces weren’t stellar, but they were SO MUCH FUN to make!

I’ve been looking for an activity that the girls and I can do together.  Not me on the sidelines or in the crowd cheering – but an actual activity that we could all take part in and have in common and talk about afterwards.

I hoped learning pottery would be it.

I signed us up (as well […]

2018-06-18T13:39:27+00:00June 14th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Easy Zentangle Plates – using Sharpie oil markers

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) […]

2018-06-18T13:39:30+00:00May 15th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|1 Comment

Marbled Rock Paperweights – crafts for kids

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:39:31+00:00May 4th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

Cork Coasters – Crafting with kids

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:39:32+00:00April 24th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

Ugly Christmas Sweaters – or rather t-shirts

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 Christmas 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 […]

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

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:

2018-06-18T13:40:29+00:00July 17th, 2016|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Mother’s Day String Art

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:40:51+00:00April 29th, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Easter Bunny Candy Jars

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

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 – […]

2018-06-18T13:41:23+00:00December 10th, 2015|HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|1 Comment

Bird Feeder Ornaments

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:41:25+00:00December 2nd, 2015|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|2 Comments

Magazine Trees

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:41:28+00:00November 19th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

Jack-O-Lantern – Crafts for Kids

The girls and I had fun last night – I came across these glass vases at a thrift store yesterday and I had planned to add a black vinyl face and then fill them with orange candies (which I still think would be totally cute), but who needs more candy at Hallowe’en right?

Not me, particularly when my girls asked if they could paint them.

ANYTIME my girls want to join in and craft with me, I’m game!

These little beauties were a […]

2018-06-18T13:41:35+00:00October 21st, 2015|KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

Fall Leaf Craft for Kids – Leaf Creatures

(This is a repost from last year)

Fall is far and away my favourite season.
The weather is a bit cooler, the air crisper – the smells of leaves and mowed grass just delectable.  You can sleep with your window open – no air conditioner, no furnace.

Plus, there’s so many fun things […]

2018-06-18T13:41:38+00:00October 4th, 2015|KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Creating String Art

Between Naps on the PorchI have another cottage craft for you today – actually, it could be an anywhere, any season, any reason craft – and the best part is it’s a tad time-consuming, so it will keep little hands busy for a fair amount of time…

String art!

One component of my cottage-care-packs was the tools to make string art.  I packaged up little nails (with heads so the string doesn’t/didn’t fall off), a wood board, embroidery thread, a […]

2018-06-18T13:41:58+00:00August 12th, 2015|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|5 Comments

Painted Rocks – Crafts With Kids

Day 2 of our crafting extravaganza at the cottage!

Remember I told you yesterday that we still had a ton of paint and paintbrushes “just in case”.

I had planned to show the girls how to make a stone succulent garden – so I’d also picked up some terra cotta pots for us to use.

The kids are 6, 7 and two 9 year olds, so I needed something that could span that age group – cactus (cacti?) seemed like an easy enough […]

2018-06-18T13:41:59+00:00August 6th, 2015|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|2 Comments

Masked Canvas for Kids

Last week we were away at a cottage in Inverhuron.  We were fortunate enough to have an incredible week of sunshine and surf – but Moms never pack for the “best-case-scenario”….

Nope, we pack for the “what ifs”, like “What if it rains?”, “What if the kids get sunburnt?”, “What if we’re trapped indoors for any period of time?”

You know me – my “What if” pack wasn’t going to be board games and cards.

Too boring.

Nope, I hit the Dollar store and […]

2018-06-18T13:41:59+00:00August 5th, 2015|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Scrap Wood Decor – Mini Houses

Do you have a garage (or workshop) with a stash of bits of wood?

Not big pieces, just bits and bobs that have been tucked into a corner after you or your Hubby built something?

Have I got a cute DIY/craft for you!

I’d seen these little houses on Pinterest and loved them immediately:

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That $36 price tag was for one […]

2018-06-18T13:42:05+00:00July 11th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR, KID'S CRAFTS|4 Comments

Garden Decor – Polymer Clay Garden Snails

Chloë and I had fun on the weekend playing with her polymer clay.

For those that don’t know, it’s a lot like play-doh, except it hardens after cooking.  People make jewelry, figurines, dishes – all sorts of things – but Chloë and I decided my garden pots needed some ‘life’.

Enter polymer clay garden decor – in this case plant picks!

We rolled out a sausage of clay and then rolled it flat with a rolling pin.  Then all we had to do […]

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