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2012 in review

3 Jan

2012 turned out to be quite an interesting and productive year for me. It was the year that I started this blog which has inspired me in so many ways.

My top 5 posts from 2012 reflect the great year that we had in this country.

Olympic torch craft

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Garden xylophone

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London bus cardboard box craft

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Stained glass nativity

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And finally my Rainbow gnomes which proved so popular that I set up Pocket Treasures Facebook page selling these and other similar items.

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I don’t really know what 2013 will hold for me and my family but I look forward to finding out.

Nativity play set

21 Dec

I love nativity scenes and I love making things so it made perfect sense to create my own set which the children could play with and act out the story of the first Christmas.

I actually made this a couple of months ago and have since made three more sets for other people. I figured I should really blog about it before Christmas is over for another year.

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Each figure is made with a wooden peg doll. The palm trees are filled with rice at the bottom so that they stand alone. The stable is also a box which all items can be stored in and the star at the top is attached with Velcro. I wanted everything to be moveable so that it could be probably played with.

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This is the set I made for my mum complete with a woolly sheep!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Peg soldiers

22 Nov

My latest creation involving little peg people are these smart looking soldiers.

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I have made them specially to sell at a Christmas fair this weekend although I secretly hope none sell so I can give them to my kids. I will also be taking along some rainbow gnomes and nativity sets.

Hopefully some more soldiers will soon be joining my rainbow gnomes and other items for sale via my Facebook page Pocket Treasures Please pop over and like my page.

Eye spy matching bottle

16 Sep

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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

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Farm play mat

25 Aug

Now that I’ve finally learnt to sew, I thought I should put my new skills to use.

We bought The Limpet for her birthday some farm animals but she doesn’t have a farm house or barn or anything like that. So after searching through Pinterest, I decided to make a farm play mat.

I’d like to say that I used lots of scraps of fabric that I had lying around but as I’m new to this sewing malarkey I don’t have many scraps. So off I went to my local haberdashery to buy lots of fabric in various textures, colours and patterns.

I planned out a rough design and then got to work cutting bits up and sewing the whole thing together.

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I wanted to make it as appealing as possible so I added lots of different textures. I used mainly cotton fabric but also included a heavy wool, corduroy, felt, ribbon and wool.

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I wanted to inspire the monsters imagination and creativity so I didn’t make anything too obvious apart from the pond.

It was only finished last night but so far it has gone down very well. Here is a picture of The Limpet enjoying playing with it.

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Birthday T-shirt

6 Aug

My first born baby recently turned three, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!

We were actually on holiday over her birthday so it was a bit different to normal birthday celebrations. But before we left I was determined to make her a birthday T-shirt with my new sewing skills. Unfortunately this was my first attempt at doing sewing in anything but a straight line. It turns out that a number 3 is incredibly curvy and was a bit of a challenge!

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I first made one for my son’s birthday and love this new little birthday tradition.

I was inspired by these wonderful creations that are made by loving siblings on itstwoam. I’m too controlling to let the kids take over this activity just yet! But when they are older I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

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.

Family tree

22 Jun

I made this family tree as a birthday present for my mum. I had found a few ideas on Pinterest but most just featured names and I really wanted to include photos.

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It was a great way to use up some of the large amounts of scrapbook paper that I own. The picture is displayed in a shadow box so that some of the elements can stand out. All the photos and text were attached with sticky foam pads so that they are slightly raised from the background.

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This branch shows me and my brood.

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I added the year as obviously using photos (particularly of children) will mean that it dates quickly but I like the fact that it represents this moment in time.

Fimo family portrait

6 May

This little project has meant quite a bit to me. As a child I loved fimo but I haven’t had any for probably about 20 years. My love of creating led me on to an evening course in ceramics. But since having children I haven’t had the time (or energy) to do that. I’ve recently seen some great creations on pinterest using polymer clay and I realised that it didn’t have to be just for children, so I thought I’d give it a try again.

Unfortunately I’m dreadful with numbers and following instructions and after spending ages on my fimo creations I then went and baked them at over double the required temperature! The smell was dreadful and I almost cried when I saw them.

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After a few days I stopped kicking myself and decided that I should use my mistake as an opportunity to improve. So I set about making my fimo family #2.

And here it is, my little family in fimo form.

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Ok, in reality my hair isn’t that blonde!

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And our cat Flossie rarely sits that close to the kids.

I hope you like it as much as we do.