Our Pebble Family

I love creating stuff out of things found in nature; sticks, stones, pinecones, acorns, conkers…the list goes on.
And I also love pinterest, it can be incredibly addictive, I love to pin. I use pinterest mainly as a form of inspiration. I have loads of ideas i’d love to create but time is always an obsitacle. That and my incredibly dire organisational skills….

Most of what you see on the creation side of my blog is stuff that’s been buzzing around my head for a long while and finally sees its way to existence.

I’ve had these pictures pinned to one of my boards for ages. These inspired me to create ‘Our Pebble Family’

I collected a load of stones from the beach about a year ago and sorted them out while Penguin was busy creating his own stone art.

I’m not much of an illustrator, thankfully my husband is. He’d created these illustrations of our family during our #30DaysWild challenge. Now I can’t illustrate but I can copy!!! so I copied Leo’s illustrations onto these pebbles, splitting up the different sections of the bodies. I used a white acrylic paint for the background colour. I first did the outline in pencil and then used a really fine brush to paint on the black lines.


I used acrylic paint to colour the illustrations.


I wanted Penguin and Little Missy to be able to play with our pebble family without the paint coming off. I gave each pebble a couple of coats of a clear acrylic varnish. I was really pleased with the varnish, it gave the pebbles a shiny finish. Given the amount of knocks the pebbles have already had, it is very effective. I love toys and activities that aid imaginative play. ‘Our Pebble Family’ has been used a lot for role play and has certainly engaged the little munchkins when I’m needing some time to prepare dinner!

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Homemade Wrapping Paper

We (or rather our little munchkins) seem to be invited to so many birthday parties and we love a good excuse to get creative and make some wrapping paper. So painting, printing, drawing, sticking, stomping, the possibilities are endless. We love rolls of lining paper from Wilko’s. It’s really hard-wearing and makes for a fantastic quality wrapping paper. I love the fact you can paint on it a lot and there’s no soggy holes or tears.

Here’s a few of our recent endeavors…

SIMPLE PAINTING with a couple of old toothbrushes thrown in


Using regular poster paints (including some rather special gold) Nash and Zori made different marks and patterns.

TOILET ROLL PRINTING and some shooting stars effects


We’ve done toilet roll printing many times before so this time we thought we’d go with a space theme… Munashe decided the triangles were asteroids and the circles were planets. The toilet roll star was a little tricky to create, but with the right number of folds it looked star like. Munashe added his own trails on some of the stars to create shooting stars.


With Munashe having some daddy time, me and Zori had some stomping fun. This certainly worked a lot easier with just the one child! When I say easier, I think I actually mean cleaner! I wrapped bubble wrap around Zori’s feet and stuck it together with sellotape. I put poster paint on paper plates, choosing colours that wouldn’t end up being a brown sludgey colour. I added a squirt of white to each plate to lift the colours.

Zori had a lot of fun, lots of giggles and smile and requests for more paint. It can get a bit slippy with bubble wrap shoes so if you do try this please bear it in mind. Here Zori had a spectacular slip! It didn’t seem to bother her as she just got up and carried on stomping.

imageHave you been up to any crafty fun with your little ones this week? I love to hear your comments 🙂  Sarah x

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