Archive | September, 2012

Eye spy matching bottle

16 Sep


I had never heard of an eye spy bottle before seeing them on pinterest. At first I wasn’t too sure about how well they would work, the majority seemed to come with a list of items that needed to be found. This obviously wouldn’t work with pre-readers.

Then I discovered this brilliant rainbow eye spy bottle on Pink and Green Mamas site. It looked so pretty and inviting that I decided to give it a go.

After finding two tiny dolls shoes I had a sudden brainwave to put two of every item into the bottle. This way there’s no need to mess about with written or visual lists. It’s a bit like a mix between eye spy and pairs.


I found about 30 pairs of tiny items such as buttons, pasta animals, beads, tiny pegs etc. And used some multicoloured dyed rice which we had previously used for sensory play. I got The Limpet to help me fill the bottle. I thought that it would be good for her to see all the items that were going into it and it also gives her a feeling of ownership over of it.


The bottle is also proving very popular with The Gannet (aged 17 months). He seems to like turning it over and over seeing what he can find but he also just loves the noise it makes when he shakes it.



Australian parcel swap and artwork

12 Sep

Our first parcel has arrived as part of the worldwide culture swap that we’ve taken part in. It has come all the way across the world from the Australian family.

The monsters got very excited, although I have to admit they found the bubble wrap the most exciting part of the contents!


Inside the box was a jar of vegemite, a money tin with a picture of an Aussie dollar on it, an Australia boomerang magnet and lots of details about the items and the country.


The magnet was decorated with an aboriginal style dot pattern. I thought this would be an interesting craft activity for The Limpet so we started researching aboriginal artwork on Google. I thought it would be interesting to do our artwork on some rocks we had collected from the beach. I set some paints out with a cotton wool bub in each and The Limpet got to work.



Her dots soon developed into swirls and squiggles so I thought I’d try my hand at some dot painting too.


Liebster Award

10 Sep

I was delighted recently when Hannah from MakingBoysMen gave my blog The Liebster Award. Then a few days later Amy from inspire imagination through creation nominated me! Thank you so much to both of you.

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers, by bloggers. It is for blogs with 200 or less followers, so it is a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers!

I have to admit that I didn’t really know what this was so I googled it and found two different results. Half were saying that you just need to choose another 5 blogs to nominate and the other half said you need to nominate 11 blogs and set them 11 questions and answer 11 questions set to you. The later option seems like a lot of hard work but these were the rules set for me so I shouldn’t really break them. Having said that, I’ve decided to pick just 6 blogs to forward the award to. Partly because the majority of the blogs I follow are big ones with higher than 200 followers. Although most blogs don’t say how many followers they have so if I’ve nominated you and you have over 200 followers than sorry (and congratulations).

So here are the 6 blogs I’m nominating.

feathered nest studio

Tea for monkeys

knitty mummy

Ink spots and grass stains

create with your hands

Jennifer’s little world

Here are my answers to the questions set to me by Hannah.

1 – Are you an early bird or a night owl? neither now I have kids but I used to be a night owl

2 – All time favourite song? very difficult to pick one but I would probably go with ELO Mr Blue Skies

3 – All time favourite movie? The Towering Inferno – you can’t beat a 1970s disaster movie!

4 – What’s your earliest memory? I have a few memories of nursery school

5 – What was your best holiday ever? my honeymoon in Canada. Although I’ve had some pretty amazing times in Cornwall too

6 – What superhero would you be? anyone who can fly

7 – If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would it be? Brie – it was so difficult when I was pregnant and couldn’t eat any

8 – In the movie of your life what actor would play you? Carey Mulligan

9 – Do you have any party tricks? no! I must work on getting some

10 – Do you have a pet preference for dogs or cats? cats, I’ve never owned a dog

11 – What three things would you take to a desert island? a camera, paper and pens

And if I’ve nominated you and you want to play along, then here are your questions.

1.How long have you been blogging for?

2.Where is your favourite place in the whole wide world?

3.What is your favourite bar of chocolate?

4.Have you ever broken a bone?

5.When was the last time you went on a child free night out with your partner (if you have one)?

6.What was your first job?

7.How many toilets do you have in your house?! (I only have 1 and am very jealous when people have more!)

8.What is your favourite season?

9.What is your favourite children’s book?

10.Do you get a real or fake Christmas tree?

11.How many siblings do you have?


Rainbow gnomes

9 Sep

I’ve been wanting to make these little guys for a while and have now finally got around to it. Aren’t they pretty?!


I made some flower fairies a while back for The Limpet and she seemed to enjoy playing with them and still often does. So I decided to buy 6 more plain wooden figures (this time from Myriad). I painted the body of each one and used felt for their hats and cloaks. I thought about added a button to each one but then found some cute little rose beads in my craft stash.





It was my first attempt at this sort of sewing but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, even the back is fairly neat.

The Limpet has already been busy playing with them. I gave her some other rainbow items and she got to work creating a rainbow gnome land.

Due to the popularity of this post and a number of enquiries, I have now decided to make more sets to sell on. If you are interested in purchasing your own set please visit my Facebook page pocket treasures




Worldwide culture swap

1 Sep



Whilst reading through other patenting blogs I discovered a link to the worldwide culture swap. I immediately signed up for it.

After signing up you get linked up with 4 families from around the world. We got families from Australia, South Africa, Ohio USA and California USA.

It’s a fabulous way to learn about other countries and their traditions directly from the families themselves. And let’s face it – everyone loves receiving parcels in the post. But actually, its just as fun to give as to receive.

As the monsters are quite young they couldn’t really help me with ideas but I used the experience to teach them about our own culture and history.

I had great fun putting together our 4 packages. I included postcards and leaflets from our town and county; a colouring in book of native animals; a Paddington Bear visits Buckingham Palace book; London stickers; a toy London bus and a stick of rock. I also put in some maps and facts about our country and details about traditional food and famous people. And finally some family photos and details about ourselves and our house.