My daughter and I used some paint, a serviette and Modge Podge to decorate some new wooden items for in my kitchen.
It was simple and quick ~ she completed the whole project in an afternoon.
My youngest daughter celebrated her 10th birthday recently.
I created some bunting for her party.
These simple triangle flags gave a festive air as well as these lettered
Pop over to my Projects page for my simple tutorials!
I strongly advocate handicrafts! Not just because we are an “arty-crafty” kind of family and love to make gifts, do projects that beautify the home, and create things to trade/ sell. Many gifts and ideas are frugal – making “something out of nothing”. But I have seen the value of a child learning valuable practical skills when they work with their hands.
This year my younger 2 daughters and I started quilting. Our first project was an appliquéd and quilted hearts for gifts/ decoration.
The second quilt project is still in progress. We are sewing a set of appliquéd quilted squares to hang in the dairy area of our kitchen. My youngest (9) still needs to finish stitching the binding and my 11-year-old needs to complete the tabs and press her quilt square – quite a lovely simple project! I can’t wait to hang these mini quilts on a dowel stick and enjoy seeing their handiwork everyday when we strain and store milk and make our dairy products.
This post has been submitted to the upcoming Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival.
This feastive season I hope to make many of our Christmas gifts.
It was store bought and fairly cheap, much cheaper than buying the material and clasp at the fabric store, but the fabric and sewing was very strong, neat and durable.
With some scraps of co-ordinating fabric, some re-cycled lace and a piece of ribbon, I added the decorative patchwork over the exsisting apron pocket and bib.
And this is the finished apron!
Viola! A pretty, original apron for a sweet friend who spends most her life in her kitchen cooking, baking and preserving for her large family.
Pop over to my Project Pages and read the full tutorial and see the photos there.
I’m off to whip up some more bags, aprons, felt toys and home preserves and natural bath products for gifts!
Just recently, I bought the girls some new quality paintbrushes and blank notebooks for nature journalling.
I only bought some new B and 2 B pencils, and 3 different quality paintbrushes each ~ a medium pointed brush no.7, a thinner no.3 and a fine pointed brush no.0. The spiral notebook is new too, but the rest of these art supplies are our existing stock.
If you need to know what to buy for your children’s art supplies, check out Barb’s excellent Art Supplies for kids Squidoo lens.
I always recommend moms to buy a few quality things now and then. Before long, your art supplies will be quite established and it should not cost too much.
What do we take on our nature journal outings?
As we carry our art stuff around the garden and farm, we needed dedicated bags for our outdoor studies.
I was inspired by Suzanne of Just Another Hang Up‘s beautiful lined Lil’ Girl Springtime Tote and the zipper pouch from Stephanie at The Crimson Owl and I adapted their tutorials to make each of us a nature study bag.
I lined each bag and made several customized pockets to hold water bottles, paint boxes and our nature journals.
I decided to add a fold-over-top so that we can store extra things we find on our nature study.
I even experimented and made pocket dividers, elasticized water bottle pockets.
For a pretty finishing touch I created several gorgeous fabric flowers to decorate the bags..
This post is part of the upcoming South African Carnival of Homeschooling.
We all know how young girls love to dress up!
For many years my girls have dressed up for “Olden Days” games with long skirts, calico pinafores and bonnets.
I received 3 perfect, old Blue Willow plates as an heirloom gift.
Sadly, by the time I unpacked them after a particularly bumpy journey home, they had all broken.
I sat and cried.
I had planned to hang them in my country kitchen as a feature above my window.
As I pondered over my shattered plates and broken dreams, I realized that I could use the pieces and create mosaic kitchen items.
So, with the help of my friend who came to visit for a week, we selected my galvanized metal watering can, vase and little metal basket, and had fun making mosaic.
My marvelous plates are on daily view and in use.
My children and I love planning a party! We brainstormed our menu, games and activities, decor and party craft.
We love painting the decor and creating a craft kit or gift for the party favour. (I don’t believe in sending home a bag of sweets.)
It is much more fun to let the children create and decorate the party cake! This has relieved me of the burden of creating the “perfect party cake” (and mine always look very wonky!)
(Don’t you agree that a large cake is wasted on little children – I’ve maintained that I might as well ice and decorate a shaped piece of polystyrene because the kids just pull off the sweets and strip the icing and leave the cake!)
We had to take our party to my Mom-In-Law’s house, so about 3 days before our party we began our party preparations and…
And many more ….
(I will share more about that when I’ve uploaded the game. Included with this are character cards and charades cards. I hope to share this on File Folder Fun, so I’ll share this with you later. 😉 )
15 White Marshmallows
100g sifted Icing Sugar
Corn flour/ Icing sugar
We baked a large, flat chocolate cake.
I made Rice Crispies Marshmallow biscuits to use to build Shrek’s house. We bought wafer biscuits for the ‘outhouse’, windows and doors. We decorated lollipops and pasted paper sunflowers on the wrappers. I bought a packet of chocolate discs for a stepping stone path. We used Flaky chocolates for logs. We baked and decorated Gingerbread men with jelly tot buttons.
At the start of the party the children decorated the cake:
(The delicious chocolate cake recipe, the biscuit recipe and other ideas are in the pdf. download at the end of this post.)
And the party itself was a Shrektacular!
We lit the candles and sang “Happy Birthday” and then the gorgeous cake was stripped! ~ just I had planned!
Play Pin the Donkey:
This is an old favourite, but it was a delightful success and everyone’s ‘mis-placed’ tails looked so funny!
With some fast dance music from Shrek, we played Lily Pad Hop. It is another easy version of musical chairs, but we used green paper plates as ‘lily pads’.
We played Fairy Godmother Freezes to music. The child that moved after the music stopped is out and they then suggest the next movement everyone had to copy and stop when the music stopped.
Outside we played a Shrek version of tag with Dragon Escape!
While outside, each person used their bubble stuff to blow and catch bubbles.
We played our board game, played charades with the masks and played catch and Piggy in the Middle with balloons.
We giggled and enjoyed Princess’ Thimble where each child holds a straw in their mouth and pass the thimble along.
I downloaded and printed a wide variety of Shrek colouring-in pages and everyone left with these, their bubble stuff and a mask.
I found awesome, inspiring party ideas at kids-birthday-party-guide.com.
You can download my ideas, recipes, game instructions, activities, images and ideas here ~ Shrek Party
You recently met some of my girls’ rag doll family when we shared our 3D model of Seurat’s “Bathers” .
We decided to get rid of all our Barbie dolls and their sexy outfits a few years ago, but we kept our beautiful wooden dolls house and all the furniture.
I decided to make each child a rag doll lady and man, and they chose whether to have a rag doll baby or toddler. Later I added the granny and grandpa. (They are about the same length as the traditional fashion doll, so much of the store-bought clothing could still fit.)
Some of you asked for the pattern, so I have created this tutorial for you and you can download the patterns at the bottom of this post:
How to make the body:
How to make the hair:
How to make faces:
Some technical facts:
This rag doll family has kept the girls entertained in the most creative and wholesome way for absolutely ages! They travel with them, make clothes for them and use Lego to build incredible yards and gardens. At times, they play that the dolls are married mommies with children, at other times they are all brothers and sisters in a large family. I love the innocence and freshness of child’s play with these rag dolls.
Click here for your pattern download ~ Making Rag Dolls and these are the patterns you’ll receive:
I’d love to see your dolls ~ so if you make them, please upload your photos to share with us!