Sunday, 16 February 2014

DIY Mothers Day Gifts Painted Tin Cans and Clothes Pegs.

A while ago I helped my son create these upcycled gifts for he's teacher on his last day of term.  As usual we are always a little strapped for cash, so we couldn't afford to buy anything, thus resulting in these gorgeous gifts.  They are so easy to make, very cheap and very versatile.

As you can see, he opted to paint the tin can plain with normal emulsion paint, it took a few coats to make the colour solid so there were no signs of the metal beneath.

As you can see for the painted pegs, these are just normal wooden clothes pegs, which you can buy from any pound shop or supermarket.  He painted them with normal emulsion paint, I like to buy the tester pots, try to go for the cheapest one as basically they are all pretty much the same type of medium, there is no real need to buy Farrow and Ball on such a small project, but of course if you want to, please feel free. xx

I added a little gift tag to the pegs, explaining to the recipient what they can be used for, (just a little helper, lol) but I think this is a great little idea.

Needless to say his teacher was very pleasantly surprised, its a great little project that the kids can do and a very useful one indeed.  Being a crafter I am always needing things like the tins to put my paint brushes, scissors and pens in so I can find them easily.

I hope you like them, if you have any other ideas or comments for the cans and pegs, I would love to hear them.

Thank you very much for reading xxx

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Teach your kids and help end world hunger at the same time.

I have found the most amazing site!  Its a trivia learning site and each question you get right you earn 10 grains of rice, this is turn is donated through the World Food Programme to help end world hunger.
Its totally fantastic.  To get the best out of the site you should really create an account, you then can change the subject of your questions and also the levels which is very important if you are doing the questions with your 8 year old, lol especially when they ask for your help and you haven't got a clue, so keep it under control lol.
I sit my boy on this some days when he gets home from school, its easy to use, he is learning about world hunger, earning rice for the starving, he is learning, it is a real good feel factor plus it gets him off my case for 30 minutes, so I can continue to be "The working mum"  lol, so everybody's happy!
I advise EVERYONE to create an account, its great to keep your brain active too, you know for us old folk, I totally adore this site and I hope that you do too.
I have added a link on my sidebar, please please check this out xx
Please come back and tell me what you think of the site, I would really love to hear your views.

Thank you for reading xx

Sunday, 26 January 2014

DIY Paper Mache Box into Keepsake Mothers Day Gift.

I have always been a huge fan of "the box" you know the things you put all your crap... er I mean the thing that you put your treasures that you dont want on display.
My favourites are huge wooden ones, but unfortunately you can only fill your house up with so many of those until it becomes quite difficult to move around the house, so I have moved on to smaller boxes and I love them, but the paper mache kind, they are so easy to craft and everyone loves a pretty box, especially women, BUT the great thing about these boxes is that they can also be decorated for boys and men too, something to put their pens and rubbers into or screws and loose change.

Here I have decorated a paper mache box for my mum and I will be giving it to her for Mothers Day.

What you will need.
  1. Scissors.
  2. PVA Glue.
  3. Sandpaper.
  4. Paint.
  5. Embellishments to decorate.

I used my left over gift wrapping paper that I got from Asda, only 80p for two sheets.

 Measure your lid and the sides of your lid, by eye or with a ruler.  It doesnt have to be spot on as we will be sanding the edges down, I just used my eye.

Put some PVA glue on the lid of the box, not too thick as this will make the paper have lots of bubbles and become thin and tear, I smooshed the glue on with my fingers and made sure I got all the edges of the lid, then stick on your paper.

Cut off any edges with your scissors and your lid should look something like this.

I just painted the box with a tester pot I had at home, these cost around £1.00 or so at most DIY stores.

Once the box had all dried, especially the lid with the glue, I know its very easy to get excited at this point and rush things, but you musnt.  Wait until the lid and glue are completely dry, then sand down the edges to give it a worn look.  
I then cut off the stems of some mulberry paper roses and stuck them to the bottom of the box, make sure you put the lid on when you are arranging where to put your embelishments.

And voila.
I hope you like this, the whole project is really pretty cheap and if you buy a multi pack you can have lots, maybe use them as favours at a party or wedding.

Thank you for checking out my DIY Mothers Day Keepsake Box Gift.

My daughter has a boyfriend...... ARGHHHH shes only 4

As I walked my 4 year old daughter into class one day I heard "Which one is Lily?"
I looked over to see a mother with her son, he is in a year above my daughter, shes a little acorn and he is a little oak.
I took Lily into the cloakroom and she took off her coat, we done the usual routine and just as I bent down to give her a kiss, she was gone, left me hanging, as I looked up she was in the arms of another, yes it was..... Her boyfriend, how cute they must have looked as she was in his arms and her leg sprang up behind her as if she was in the movies.

But not to me!  Shes only 4, I have never ever encouraged anything like this in fact I have been quite the opposite, possibly even bordering on the discouraging of this kind of behaviour, until she's 18 at least.

"OI OI" I shouted over to the teacher in a jokey way, "whats going on here then", Lily still wrapped in her boyfriends arms, "that's enough you two" I continued, all the while joking on the outside and DYING on the inside.
Since then its been making cards and receiving gifts, singing about her boyfriend and even talk of marriage, yes marriage, where in gods name did she get that idea, it must be his!
Since then I have had nightmares that my daughter is crying that she is on the shelf at the age of 5.
I don't have anything against my daughters boyfriend, in fact by all accounts he is a lovely chap, but I must admit I am obviously beginning to worry that she now has the "having a boyfriend" in her life, I never had a proper boyfriend until I was 14 and even then I couldn't kiss him without dying of embarrassment and then when I see that he wore brown socks, it was the end for me and him.
My mum would sing to me "what do you get when you kiss a boy, you get enough germs to catch pneumonia and then when you do, he'll disown you, aaaahhhhhhhhhh I'll never fall in love again" by Johnny Mathis and that put me off the idea of dating boys, I loved them from afar, yes in fact I loved a hell of a lot from afar and that's another reason why I am fearful for her future, if I had made love to every man I fancied I was be in the Guinness book of records, but I had the boyfriend fear factor and I am thankful for that, it never made me prude but I respected myself, but now has that gone with my baby, I know I am probably worrying for all the wrong reasons and its all about how I bring her up and her beliefs so deep down I do believe she will be respectable and I will teach her that her career is more important than men.

Friday, 10 January 2014

DIY Hand Made Mothers Day Card / Booklet / Notebook

This year I want to spoil my mum with love and time on Mothers Day.

My mum loves our home made cards and so this Mothers Day I wanted to make her something which was a card but also doubled up as a gift if you like.  I wanted to make something where the kids could have fun drawing in and writing messages, so I created a little card with pages in so its kind of like a little notebook.
Heres a little tutorial to possibly give you some ideas for your mum this Mothers Day. I hope you like it xx.

First I bought a pack of blank cards with envelopes from the pound shop, god I love that shop.
Then I got about 4 sheets of plain A4 paper.
Measured them up so they would fit inside the card and cut them to size.
Then I folded the A4 sheets in half so they would fit nicely into the card as a little book.

Then when they were inside the card I attached a bulldog clip to hold all the pages still on the open side of the car.
I then got my 49p hole punch and punched 2 holes into the folded side.
I then decorated the card. I used some wrapping paper I had 89p for 2 sheets and a lace doily to decorate it.  I used  glue stick such as pritt stick to stick on the paper, PVA glue would be too wet I think.
Then I threaded some string through the holes.

Then I got some ribbon and tied it up with the string to make it secure.
I created some tabs for the pages by using some decorative paper and sellotape.
Cut your paper into small squares.
Pull off a length of sellotape ensuring to leave about 1cm over hang so you can stick this to one page of the page and the over overhang to the back of the page.

Thank you for looking and hopefully this may have given you some inspiration for you to make your mum a personal handmade card.

Friday, 3 January 2014

My 4 year old daughters drawings...... Should I be worried?

As we sat together doing our crafts, my daughter produced a drawing for me of herself, it was a self portrait, how proud she was to show me her "new style" of drawing, now I can draw teeth mummy she said.....

MOTHER OF GOD......I said and stared at the drawing in a kind of disbelief really, to be honest I have no idea what to think of it, should I be scared or is this normal, she does have an 8 soon to be 108 year old brother, who watches all the latest cartoons, which unfortunately they all mostly contain monsters and zombies..... Not like the good old days, Andy Pandy and Looby Loo.

This drawing is of her brother Callum, she normally likes to draw him with no mouth so he can't speak, no word of a lie, lol.

This is a self portrait of Lily, I love the way she has captured the curliness of her hair and of course, her beautiful teeth.

Well I must admit I haven't slept very well since seeing these drawings and I may take her to a doctor or psychiatrist.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

D.I.Y Handmade Thank you Cards

Is it over? is Christmas really over? I dont know how to feel, I feel so guilty when I feel relief, but thats how I feel relief, with a capital R.

Thank you cards are a must, I think they really are and if you install and involve your children making them, it can be such a personal and lovely thing for a granny or an aunt, but they they can be very expensive and it seems a bit crazy to splash out on factory cards if your a bit strapped for cash.

These are the thank you cards that I will be sending out this year, I purchased a small pack of 20 cards from one of the pound stores, got some red paint and got my kids to create thumbprints on the cards in the shape of a heart.

As you can see they are so so easy, you can create your own little characters too, you can have fun with these and yet again being handmade these are very personal and a bargain too.