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Peg soldiers

22 Nov

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



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.


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?


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.


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.


This is her work of art.


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

Jubilee hand print bunting

30 May

To get us into the celebratory mood for the jubilee weekend we have been making our own bunting.

Union Jack bunting is for sale everywhere at the moment (although the Sainsburys I went into this morning had sold out – possibly a national disaster) but I thought it would be more fun to make our own.

Now I admit that this isn’t an exact replica of our flag but it contains all the right colours and kind of has crosses in it so I think it just about counts!

I painted my daughters hand with red and then blue paint as shown and then pressed them down onto A4 white paper making two prints on each sheet.



In hindsight A3 paper might have been better (depends on the size of the hands) and cutting the triangles out beforehand would have been easier for positioning.

We created about 20 prints and then hung them to dry on the curtain rail. Don’t they look pretty?



I then cut each sheet in half and folded over the top and then trimed into a triangular shape. I then glued on to some red wool. I’d originally planned to use plain string but didn’t have any. I haven’t decided yet whether the red wool looks good!



So there’s our ‘Union Jack’ bunting all hung up and ready for our jubilee party at the weekend. Fingers crossed the sun will still be shining and we’ll be able to hang it in the garden.