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
London bus cardboard box craft
Stained glass nativity
And finally my Rainbow gnomes which proved so popular that I set up Pocket Treasures Facebook page selling these and other similar items.
I don’t really know what 2013 will hold for me and my family but I look forward to finding out.
This week we’ve been discovering all about ourselves, our country and its history. As part of this we created a castle from a cardboard box, some kitchen paper rolls and toilet paper rolls.
Here in Britain we have many great castles and when we went on holiday last month we were lucky enough to visit a couple of Welsh castles which the monsters loved exploring. This was their first experience of castles so I thought it would be an ideal time to do a castle craft.
We began by googling castle images to look at their main features. We then found the cardboard items that we needed and I decided to use my glue gun to attach it all together as I knew this would make it more durable.
The Limpet and I then got to work painting it all over. You can see on the next picture, a secret door we created at the back which I thought would make it more fun for playing with.
This was a fun activity to do and has the added bonus of now being able to be played with.
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.
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.
This branch shows me and my brood.
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.
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.