Archive | July, 2012

London bus cardboard box craft

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When my husband ordered a new gigantic top box (despite already owning a perfectly good one) I was a bit annoyed. However when it arrived in a huge blank cardboard box I got very excited!

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The monsters were quite happy playing in it as it was but I was desperate to turn it into something more and the shape of it seemed perfect for a double decker bus.

I first cut out a door and left it so it could be opened and closed (rather than just a large gap) this proved quite popular. Then I started the task of cutting out the windows. Whilst I was busy doing this The Limpet occupied herself by making tickets for all her passengers.

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We then got to work on the very important red paint. We applied it with sponges and it covered it quite quickly but did use a lot of paint.

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We added some finishing touches including the bus number and its important destination, and put some small chairs inside and it was ready for its passengers.

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We’ve had great fun going on trips to London to see the Olympics, singing the wheels on the bus and organising soft toy passengers.

Aren’t cardboard boxes amazing?!

Summer nature table

14 Jul

I think it has officially been summer for a little while now but unfortunately our English climate seems unaware of this fact.

We had really enjoyed our spring nature table so were keen to update it for the new season. I painted a new watercolor picture to represent a summer time tree. The shells are from our local beach. Ok, I have to admit, they were bought and not collected at the beach. We don’t live anywhere exotic enough for these types of shells. Hopefully during the summer we will get to add some collected treasures from our days out.

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The little bunches of flowers are all collected from our garden. It’s good to know that even though the sun is rarely shining, the garden is still producing beautiful flowers and delicious soft fruit.

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Spaghetti painting

12 Jul

I have a habit of cooking too much spaghetti and a very bad habit at then eating it all. Last night after once again cooking too much I decided to not dish it all up but leave some aside. The spare spaghetti made an ideal sensory painting experience.

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The Limpet enjoyed the messy sensation and did put some of the paint covered spaghetti onto a sheet of paper. But I think for her, it was more about sensory play then creating a masterpiece.

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This is her work of art.

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And I wanted to join in the fun too, so here’s what I produced.

My new hobby – sewing

10 Jul

I don’t really do new year resolutions but this year I decided that in 2012 I wanted to finally learn to sew. As a stay at home mum I don’t really get much time to myself but I think its good to have ambitions and plans that are just about me.

My parents generously gave me a cute sewing machine for my birthday. Fortunately it had great instructions and after a while (quite a while) I was all set up and ready to go.

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For my first creation I decided to do something very simple. I had found this project on pinterest and thought it looked ideal. The instructions to make the throwing comet were very clear and easy to follow. Completing this boosted my confidence and made me feel like I could try something a bit more complicated.

For ages I’ve needed a new bag but I’ve been struggling to find anything nice. So I searched pinterest and found quite a few I liked but as soon as I saw this one I need it would be perfect.

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I got my fabric from Ikea. It didn’t take too long to complete thanks to some great instructions and I only made a couple of mistakes! I made my strap quite a bit longer than the original – I’m very tall.

I’m very proud of my first proper sewing project and hope its just the start.