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25+ Easter Makes

March 28, 2015

It’s the weekend!
And not only that, but here in (please be sunny) Wiltshire, the kids have broken up for Easter.
I have that holiday feeling-if you have small-ish kids you might recognise it-part relieved that that daily “for the eleventh time, will you put your shoes on” race for the door is postponed for a couple of weeks; part mild dread at the thought of trying to referee two small people 24/7 for 16 days, and 8.5hrs….

As ever, I have good intentions of trying to fill our days with many happy hours of crafting and skipping gaily through fields with laughing children, but we shall see….
Anyway, I’ve been hitting Pinterest, and have found some awesome Easter/Spring themed crafts, for you and the smalls in your life.

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Ten Ways to Upcycle Pillowcases

March 20, 2015

I sometimes think that pillowcases must breed in airing cupboards, as I always seem to find loads skulking at the back of the airing cupboard, on the rare occasion that I have a clear out!
If you too have a plethora of pillowcases (anyone know the official collective noun for pillowcases..?!), or if you find an especially lovely one in a charity shop, here are some great ideas for re-purposing them.

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...Kids, General ramblings

Ideas for Easy Homemade World Book Day Costumes!

March 2, 2015

It’s World Book Day this Thursday (5th March), and to celebrate, many schools and pre-schools are asking the children to dress up as a character from their favourite book.
Eeeeeeeeekkk!
I’ve known for a couple of weeks that SmallSmall needs to dress up on Friday, but inevitably, I have done nothing about it.
And now I have 4 days, and very little time to come up with something…!

So, the obvious answer is to waste spend time scouring the internet, and writing a blog post..!

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Make Do and Mend-able Half Term Kids!

February 16, 2015

It’s half-term here in Wiltshire, and right on cue we have rain….!
The Smalls and I had a sneaky lie in this morning, leafing through a Make and Do book I picked up in a charity shop for 60p (biggest bargain EVER!), picking out things we might like to make, and making a list of ‘supplies’ to pick up from the Scrapstore when we visit later on today.
It made me think that a list of Make Do and Mend activities for the kids this half-term might not go amiss, so here we go:

Toilet Paper crafts from Red Ted Art-the possibilities are endless..!

I made one of the these with BigSmall a while back and they are great fun!

This might be a project that needs a bit more prep to find all the right bits, but if you have older kids, this looks AWESOME!

I saw this on the Nurture Store Play Planner, and it looks like just the kind of thing my Smalls would LOVE!

We all know that a cardboard box is one of the most exciting things a small person can have to play with…!

I’ve started a new ‘thing’ on Facebook and Twitter where I post a #MakeIt, a #MendIt, and a #MakeItDo every day. This is today’s #MakeIt, and I love it so much I’m sharing it again here!

If you have some felt scraps at home, this would use them up in a most pleasing way!

That should keep everyone busy, out of mischief and playing angelically for the week…
We’ve also got the obligatory spot of baking planned, and a trip to library. And amidst MUCh excitement, a visit to the newest member of our family-the boys have a new baby cousin!

What are your plans for half-term?
Do share your wonderful creations over on Facebook 🙂

 

 



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Gingerbread Baubles

December 21, 2014

I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to attempt a Gingerbread House, but was looking for an after school activity for the Smalls and a couple of friends last week, and thought that these would do the job very nicely.

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The recipe I used for the gingerbread was from The Hummingbird Bakery book and is as follows:

This is what you need for about 30-40 biscuits (which sounds a lot, but they keep quite well, and also freeze once cooked):

  • 400g plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 180g butter softened (I use salted butter, but if you use un-salted, then add 1/4-1/2 tsp salt in with the spices)
  • 125g dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 medium free range egg
  • 125g black treacle

This is what you do:

  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy
  • Add the egg and the treacle, turn up the speed on your mixer and mix well until it’s all combined-you may need to scrape down the sides periodically
  • Mix the flour, bicarb and spices, and add to the mix gradually
  • Mix well until it comes together
  • Knead briefly and shape into a flattish disc. Cut the disc in half (makes it easier to roll out later) and place each half in a sandwich bag (or wrap in clingfilm. Needless to say, I prefer the re-usability of a sandwich bag!)
  • Chill for at least an hour, or ideally overnight
  • When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 170C
  • Flour your work surface and roll out (if you have chilled overnight, you may need to take the dough out 10mins before you want to roll it, to allow it to soften slightly) to about 3-5mm thick
  • Use a round cutter (ours was about 7cm diameter, but go with whatever you ‘ve got-an upturned glass will do the job!) to cut out your ‘baubles’
  • We had no intention of them ever making it onto the tree, but still cut small holes for ribbon, to make them look more like baubles! I used the end of an icing nozzle-just be careful no to go too close to the edge
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely
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For the icing:

  • Icing sugar
  • Lemon juice

I did the kids a small bowl each and just mixed ‘some’ icing sugar, with enough lemon juice to make a spreadable consistency. The lemon flavour goes really well with the ginger.
Once the cookies have cooled, give each small a plate, a bowl of icing and a spoon. Place the sprinkles in the middle and stand well back…!

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Beautiful….! 

If they leave you any, you can have a go at some slightly more ‘restrained’ versions:
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