Decorating T-Shirts Silhouette​ Style​

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These Silhouette Style T-Shirts are super easy to decorate and are super effective. Z absolutely loved making hers and really enjoys wearing it.

To make a Silhouette Style T-Shirt you will need (click on the items for recommended materials):

A plain t-shirt

Fabric Paints

Different shaped stickers

Paint Brushes

An iron

A piece of cardboard

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First, place a piece of card between the front and the back of your t-shirt.  This will stop any paint getting onto the back of the t-shirt. Next, stick your stickers on the front of your t-shirt.

 

Using the fabric paint, paint around the edges of the stickers, don’t worry if you paint over the stickers. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.

img_6520Now for the fun part. Peel off all the stickers and enjoy seeing your new creation take shape. Turn your t-shirt inside out and iron for 5 minutes (this is to seal in the fabric paint so it doesn’t come off in the wash. Do check the instructions on your fabric paints as they may differ to mine.)

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Now enjoy wearing your t-shirt 🙂

How to make a Snow Globe

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Have you ever wondered how to make your own snow globe? Me neither!! Until… M had been desperate to make one so. We found out how to make one in this book Mummy & Me Craft in our local library, its full of fabulous craft activities, more of which we have and will be attempting in the future! To make a snow globe you will need a glass jar, a small plastic toy,  small stones, glycerine, felt. sellotape, superglue, aluminium foil, card and paper.

The LO’s made a background for their snow globes using the card and paper. They then wrapped sellotape around their background to ensure no water would reach the card and make it soggy. This worked well enough, some water did get through but the background stayed intact.

I glued the stones with superglue one on top of the other and onto the lid of the jar (the stones had to be the perfect fit!). I then superglued the plastic toy (pig) on to the stone. To ensure they were safely fixed I turned it over. The stones were put in place to give the toy some extra height in the jar.

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I mixed a teaspoon of glycerine into some water, this would make the water a thicker consistency and make the snow flakes fall slower. Z put small cut up pieces of aluminium foil into her jar and filled it up with the water and glycerine solution, leaving some space at the top of the jar for the stones and pig to fit.

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I put some superglue around the rim of the jar and then screwed the lid in place. We finished the snow globe off by sticking some felt around the lid of the jar. I used a hot glue gun for this though other types of glue would probably work. The children were happy with the end result. Here is Z’s.

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Thanks for reading! Have fun if you attempt this, I’d love to see your creations 🙂 Share with me on social media!

Win a 2018 Wall Planner – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Exciting times 2018 is here. What has the new year got in store for you? Have you made any resolutions? I love the new year. I find it’s a time for a fresh start and new ideas and also for hope. It’s a time for decluttering and organising. My favourite season, Spring, is just around the corner and the nights are slowly, very slowly getting lighter. Bring it on!

This is the second Wall Planner we’ve released for 2018. My lovely husband (aka leothexplorer) has created this kitchen wall planner to keep your 2018 on track. I really have benefited from being able to see our whole year at a glance. I know know exactly what we are doing each day. It has kept me from double booking and getting confused (this can easily happen!!). I love having something cheery to look at.

We are running a giveaway, you could win this inspiring planner to help make your super busy life more organised. For your chance to win please click on the link below.

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Closing date will be midnight on Saturday 13th January 2018.

We are selling these A2 Wall Planners in our Etsy shop, if you use the code BLOG2018 you can get a massive 25% off. These would make a family planner, a great blogging organiser even a meal planner.

Sarah x

Win a 2018 Nature Wall Planner

I can’t believe it’s only a month before 2018! Have you started planning for your 2018?

My lovely husband (aka leothexplorer) has created this nature wall planner to keep your 2018 on track. I really have benefited from being able to see our whole year at a glance. I know know exactly what we are doing each day. It has kept me from double booking and getting confused (this can easily happen!!) Our planner works well in our dining room, though I can see it brightening up the kitchen or a work room. I love having something cheery to look at.

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We are running a giveaway, you could win this inspiring planner to help make your super busy life more organised. For your chance to win please click on the link below.

Click here to Win a 2018 Wall Planner

Closing date will be midnight on Friday 15th December 2017.

We are selling these A2 Wall Planners in our Etsy shop, if you use the code BLOG2018 you can get a massive 25% off. These would make a fun and practical Christmas gift, a great blogging organiser or a family planner.

Happy Christmas 🙂

Sarah x

Congratulations to Charlotte Cooke for winning 😀

Collaborative Landscape Art

I love the work by landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy. It really draws together two things that I love… nature and art. This piece of art was parcially inspired by Goldsworthy.

I absolutely loved working on this art piece with a lovely group of children (aged 4-8).  It was wonderful to get their input in how the art should look and it was amazing to see their respect for the work they were creating.

I wanted the children to be able to get on and create and not to spend the majority of our time collecting resources to make our art. I collected a load of leaves, sticks the day before and raided our home of all collections of cones, conkers, acorns etc… and also asked others to bring along some resources.

We began by raking out the area so we could begin work. We then created the shape of the star and the heart.

The children soon became interested and got creative with the leaves, cones etc… One of the children suggested we added an I, so the picture became ‘I love stars’

The small star was especially susceptible to being knocked and had to be re-made many times. It was lovely to see that whenever it got knocked one of the children would rush to fix it.

We gave the ground a final rake before our piece was finished, this really helped create a good contrast between the ground and the art.

How to make a Golden Goblet

After choosing this book by Judy Balchin at our local library M looked through it and choose to make a golden goblet.

We started by constructing the shape of the goblet. We cut a plastic bottle in half, discarding the bottom half. We used masking tape to attach a cardboard circle to the top of the bottle. We then turned it upside down, this gave us the shape.

We ripped up a lot of newspaper into tiny pieces and added mixture of PVA glue and water. We let it soak for about 30 minutes and then squeezed out the excess water. We then used this paper mâché to cover the goblet.

When the paper mâché had dried M used an acrylic gold paint to cover the inside and outside of the goblet.

When this had dried it was time to stick on the glass beads. We initially tried sticking these on with glue dots, but they kept falling off. We then used a combination of Evo Stik and super glue which seemed to work well.

Having written down the process it seems very straight forward and I’m not really sure why it took months to complete this project. Waiting between each stage meant that the process couldn’t be completed all in one day and many weeks lapsed between each stage!

M was very pleased with the final outcome. Now it’s time to get finishing some of those other projects we have lying around the house!

What projects have you undertaken with or without children that lasted way too long? I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

Beach Art – Painting Shells 🐚 

We recently spent a few days in North Wales where we stayed right next to the beach 🙂 which always puts a smile on my face.

We loved going to the beach and collecting a multitude of shells! Shells galore. This picture is just a small selection of our collection!


M and Z were thrilled when later that day I pulled out the Posca Paint Pens and actually let them use them! Posca Paint Pens are great as they keep mess to a minimum which still being able to create, they work especially well when travelling.

We had fun creating different creatures.

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and M made this cute little fruit bowl!


The next day M bought back a huge white rock from the beach which he plans to make into a monster! Watch this space!

What are your favourite beach craft activities? We may try them next time 🙂 Please comment below.

Sarah 🙂

 

 

Artist Series: Claude Monet

We love to be creative and to be inspired. We thought we’d take some time out to be inspired by some of the greats.

First stop – Claude Monet

One of Monet’s waterlily paintings was at the Barber Institute. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity of seeing it first hand. To get the children inspired we read this book by James Mayhew. They absolutely loved the book and wanted to read the rest of the Katie series. In the book Katie jumps into 5 different Monet paintings and comes up with her own Monet inspired art.

As we were on the way to the art gallery Z talked about wanting to jump into the paintings (Which Katie does in the book). I explained a bit of art gallery etiquette to ensure she didn’t attempt this!

I’d talked with M about drawing Monet’s painting and we packed his art book and pencils. M does love to draw everyday so I thought he maybe keen.

M and his friend spent nearly an hour sketching and colouring their own versions of The Waterlily Pond. It was truly lovely to see the outcome of their efforts. M was very proud of his work.

Do you have a favourite artist? Have you any ideas for encouring children to be inspired by other artists?

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

5 Wild Activities for the Summer

1. Shake a tree and see what comes out!!

We took part in this activity as part of the RSPB WILD CHALLENGE.

It’s quite simple and a lot of fun. Find a sheet, put it under a small tree, or a tree with low hanging branches and shake. Look on the sheet and see what comes out. Use this resource to identify what you have found!

2. Paint some stones

Find some lovely smooth stones out in the wild. Use acrylic paint or/posca paint pens to decorate your stones. Finish them off with an acrylic varnish, especially if they will be living in the garden.

3. Pond or River dipping

You need a net and a tray for this activity. First of all put some pond/river water in your tray then use your net and see what you can find. Tip any finds into your water and have a good look. Also check out this great resource for identifying what you have found.

4. Decorate a stick

There’s so many activities you can do with sticks. We got some wool, ribbon and beads to decorate ours. Later in the day it had turned into a bow, the arrows were imaginary!

5. Get out the play dough and make a herby garden

You can either make your own, check out the link, or use shop bought. Find a herb garden and do some chopping. We enjoyed rosemary, mint, sage, blackcurrant sage, oregano and chives. Use all those herbs to make a lovely smelling garden.

What are your favourite Wild Activities?