17-11-11 Seasonal

Mother’s Always Right

The DIY Advent Calender and the Mother Guilt Complex

Mother's Always Right

As if I haven’t got enough on my plate – what with juggling work and a 16 month old diva – I’ve decided to make my own Advent Calender.

It’s all part of my ongoing quest to be the perfect mother and assuage the constant Mother Guilt Complex that nags at the back of my mind.

The thing is, I’m a bit crap at making things.

So it was a bit of a relief to be given a Button Bag, do it yourself, Advent Calender to be my guide in this latest project. (Before we go any further, this isn’t a sponsored post. And I’ve not been given this to review. It really was a present – thanks Granny from the North.)

I’ve still got a way to go, but unlike the doomed peg bag, I don’t have an indefinite amount of time to finish this creation. Clearly December 1st is my cut off point.

So if you don’t hear from me for a while, you know where I’ll be.

I suppose if it all goes tits up, I can just stuff it with chocolate and still win those elusive Mum Points?

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Red Ted Art

Leaf Crowns

Red Ted Art

Make gorgeous Autumnal Leaf Crowns… all you need is… leaves!!

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Artful Adventures

Graffiti Gift-wrap

Artful Adventures

It’s heading towards mid-November already, and I need to start thinking about getting things organised for Christmas. Over the last 12 months or so, I have discovered that I love decorating paper – creating gorgeous effects with paper, paint, crayons, and whatever else I have to hand, so this year I thought it would be fun to create our own gift-wrap.

I thought creating our own graffiti giftwrap would be particularly fun for the boys to do, so I bought a cheap flip chart pad to use for the purpose. For under £10.00 I got 40 sheets of bright white A1 size paper which is just the right thickness to use for wrapping paper. The size and shape is perfect too for wrapping most presents. This approach is probably not going to save you money, but will result in some seriously gorgeous, luxury, personalised hand-made wrapping paper for the same price as the mass-produced stuff which you would otherwise buy (unless you would otherwise buy the cheapest or most expensive paper!). The paper we have left over can be used by the boys to create some larger artwork!

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Christmas Pictures

A Spoonful of Sugar

It is no secret that I love Christmas, and adding Christmas pictures to our home brings some festive cheer. We usually change our Christmas colour scheme every year or so, but you can quickly add some inexpensive framed fabric art to complement your holiday colours.

I love making pictures using embroidery hoops and the best thing is that they can be easily altered from year to year.


background fabric
quilting batting
embroidery hoop

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momstown arts and crafts

Gobble Gobble Turkey Trivets

momstown arts and crafts

Make a turkey from your child’s handprint – on a tile to use as a trivet!

Prep the tile by cutting & gluing a piece of felt to fit the back of the tile. You don’t want the trivet to scratch anything when you use it on your Thanksgiving table!

Your child’s hand is the turkey. The palm is the body, thumb is the neck/head and four fingers are the feathers. Help your child paint each finger (different colours are pretty but you are the artiste!!). Then carefully place the painted hand down on the tile to make a clear handprint. This can be tricky especially with a squirmy child but it’s doable!

Use the permanent markers to draw feet, eyes, beak and the waggly red thingie from its neck (skill testing question — it’s called a wattle!).

Once the paint is dry, spray the tile with the finishing gloss. Done!!

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