Making our own family traditions
I embroidered her name on a piece of calico and surrounded it with flowers. I had memories of my beloved Nan embroidering flowers for table runners. Somehow it made me feel connected to her. Once the embroidery was complete, I turned it into a simple dress which baby wore quite a few times. Now I have it hanging on my living room wall, since her 5 foot 10 frame wouldn’t fit it anymore! Second baby arrived, I had a three year old and a new born, my fiddly fingers were very much being used to full capacity. I never had the chance to make one for my youngest. Fast forward 18 years and Allegra Jane had a baby of her own. Erykah-Rose made me into the world’s proudest grandma and I knew what I had to do. The tradition needed to extend down the generations, here was my perfect opportunity. I embroidered her name and flowers representing her name ( Erica/a form of heather and Rose) and then crocheted long lengths of white cotton lace to decorate her completely hand sewn garment; a garment made with dollops of love from her doting grandma.
Wild West Crafts for all ages
momstown arts and crafts has a whole round-up of Wild West crafts to share! Do a fine motor lacing activity with your preschooler, make a cowboy hat with your toddler, use your baby’s arm and handprint to make a horse, or practice lower case letter recognition by turning a plasticine ‘h’ into a horse!
Sock Monkey Modelling Shoot
In addition to battling with my winter coat project I’ve made a couple of Christmas presents… sock monkeys, loved by all ages!
I love making them, after all they’re what lured me back into sewing (sock monkeys inspire me). They’re also perfect for this time of year, very much a winter project to me. The hand-sewing involved is best done curled up on the sofa watching TV. Plus sewing monkey limbs stops me from reaching for the biscuit tin….
So poor little baby angel doesn’t have a mobile (I stood on it when putting it in storage after number 2 was done with it!!), nor does her little corner of the room have much decoration.
Something needed to be done!
And I didn’t know what to do! That was until I stumbled upon this little site called Pinterest. Man oh man does that site have some beautiful stuff!!
Which is where I found my inspiration!
And here it is…
After killing my fingers cutting circles I was told you get a machine that does it (I need one). Apparently there will be a next time too as Jenna-May has placed an order! But I may try this light decor one though!
OK so I know it’s hung skew I will fix it – My husband the DIY expert – tsk tsk!
Crafty Fun with Kids
Hi, It’s Ed,
I want to thank you for taking the time to visit our site. As a parent I completely understand that your time is precious, when you’re not cleaning/cooking/shopping/whatever, you’re sleeping, so thank you again for taking 5 mins out of your busy life to visit our little site – you’re awesome!
My wife and co-collaborator, Beth, is massively into crafts, the sprawling craft paraphernalia is slowly taking over our home and driving me crazy in the process. I love seeing her being all creative and most of the time I get why people like it so much (not knitting though – that just looks painful to learn).
When Milo was born (he’s now 3) we really encouraged him to paint, collage, and create. It didn’t go all that well most of the time. Occasionally he was into it but mostly he just wanted to run around like a demon or eat sand…..
Safety Marking Dilema
I never thought that when it came to safety my views as a business owner would be any different from my views as a mother. I’ve always taken the view that I wouldn’t put my own child at risk, so if I stuck to the same judgement I wouldn’t be puting any other child at risk either.
We’ve just had some sponges for our sponge painting kits arrive that has made me question that judgment. When we first launched the sponge painting kits, the sponges didn’t come with any age guidance, however the latest ones now have the usual CE marking but also say ‘not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts warning’.
I’ve been doing sponge painting with Little Man since he was 12 months old. Now I’ll admit I’m a pretty overprotective mother, I put it down to the fact it took me 10 years to have him so have I really been putting him at risk all this time?
DIY Doorway Puppet Theatre
Our DIY Doorway Puppet Theatre was inspired by a beautiful puppet theatre I saw on Pinterest via Craft, made by the Crafty Cupboard. I had never thought of having a doorway puppet theatre and loved the idea but the Crafty Cupboard is a much better sewer then I, so I had to come up with another way of making a doorway puppet theatre. Instead of fabric I used a white shower curtain liner, you can get them lots of places and they are usually very cheap, I paid a little more for a heavy duty liner and it cost me $2.99. To add the curtains and designs I used duct tape and electrical tape, both of which I already had.
If you go down to the beach today…
So Oz started rooting about in the cupboards this morning and found a little box containing something that I made them both months back – something so simple which never fails to keep them amused…And being inspired of late to get back into all things crafty by the likes of Red Ted Art ,The Crafty Crow and MiniEco I thought I’d share.
All you need is a pen – and a beach ! Well some little pebbles…
With a pocket full of pebbles (and two soggy pre-schoolers who decided that paddling was far more fun than collecting stones) we headed home. Once we all dried off we set to work deciding which pebbles looked like what animal shapes and I began to draw those animals on the pebbles. I can imagine that if they were a bit older that they would have loved to have drawn the animals on and painted them too !