Crafts and DIY

SEWING AND KNITTING
A simple knitted beanie!
One of my many New Years resolutions (which I started over the Christmas period) is to continue making things - just because it makes me happy. ; ) I love watching movies in the evenings, but I also like keeping busy so I have started to try to find simple projects that I can do while ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
December hasn’t been on my side too much this year. I came down with a really bad cold and my immune system has crashed completely. But I’m finally feeling better after a few long weeks and even though Christmas is behind us already (can you believe it?!) we just started with our December crafts. Holidays ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Bringing Autumn into the home
Having lived overseas in places where the sun shines warmly every day (sigh) and there are only two seasons to live in, there were times when I really missed seeing the four seasons. Here in Scotland the seasonal changes seem so beautifully apparent. Perhaps it's because the countryside is so breathtakingly stunning here or maybe it's because we're living ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The Little Things: Making Fall Leaf Lanterns
It's autumn and the streets are lined with the most beautiful leaves. They're just too pretty not to be picked up! So for this The Little Things post, we decided to make use of what is so readily available in nature: we're making beautiful leaf lanterns with Casper and his friend Mees. Look how excited ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An 'Invitation to Play'
Natalie, the wonderfully creative founder of Starting With Art, has come up with all sorts of fun ways to keep your little ones busy during our London ShopUp this December! Trained both as an artist and educator, Natalie is uniquely qualified to nurture your budding artists. We can't wait to for you to see what ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
New video: How to make a superhero costume (a quick and easy DIY!)
On our road trip up the coast of California last month, we stopped for a few days in sunny San Luis Obispo to visit my friend Mo from Pipsticks who recently moved from London with her husband and their four kids. It was so fun to get all our kids together and to explore this charming little ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Weaving Loom Made from a Shoe Box!
I wanted to get Tila a weaving kit for a while now but anytime I asked her she never seemed too interested. And then a Sunday came when she wanted to do nothing else but weave! And this is how this idea to make a loom from a shoe box lighted up in my head! ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Multiplication flowers
While it has certainly not been as easy as we had imagined, we are gradually finding our way with homeschooling the kids. Every day the kids test our patience, get distracted and, in turn, can make a simple morning of learning be an extremely frustrating experience... but, there are both good days and bad days and the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Road Desk Decal
I always thought that boys love cars because the society thinks that boys should play with cars and girls can play with dolls... and so the parents buy them cars and then they play with them (I’m simplifying but you understand what I’m trying to say here, right?). But I changed my opinion and here'a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Counting and adding Sticks, Montessori Style
Tila just loves to count and learn new numbers and since she’s not the sit-and-learn type of kid I decided to try something that would help her learn simple math like adding through a play. So I made this simple counting/adding tool and I was so amazed at how quickly she learned to add numbers ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stick loom weaving
This has been a project I've been meaning to do for the past few summers on the beach, but have just never got around to doing. But then this year my year my friend, Kate, from Little Big House Tales made these with her kids (and put up a really great tutorial on her blog), and ever since we've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Perfect Summer Craft: Paper Windmill!
Did you ever make paper windmills when you were a kid? We made them in kindergarten and it was one of my favorite crafts. I can still vividly remember how much fun I had running around with them and blowing at them later. I passed a store that sells them the other day and instead ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Seashell Mobiles
Happy Monday everyone! We're back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break. The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
See you next week!
We've decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won't mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, ...
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BOOKS
Pretty stamps from Felicette
My love for stamps has seriously rubbed off on my children. We have quite a collection of them and can't stop discovering more desirable ones. (BTW, I have this same problem with pens -- I never seem to have quite enough of them. It drives my husband crazy, but I'm hooked!) We recently discovered the stamp collection ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Needle (or dry) felting
My kids (and I) have a new hobby: needle (dry) felting. We really love it! It's incredibly easy to do, and so fun. Relaxing too -- the rhythmic movement of poking the needle in the wool is actually really nice. For needle felting you need just a few supplies: a sponge (a simple kitchen sponge works fine), some ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Design your own butterfly wings
Ivy received this Design Your Own Butterfly Wings Kit for her birthday a couple months ago, and in my haste to tidy up after her party I stuck it in our craft cupboard, hidden away until we found it last week! She spent an afternoon carefully colouring and glittering her wings, and then spent the entire weekend fluttering ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Printed Cardboard Box
I had a few items like socks, a hat, sunscreen, a lost toy, a diaper, probably also the pacifier etc. stacked in an ugly cardboard box in Talan’s part of the entrance way. I couldn’t look at it anymore but I also didn’t get a chance to find and buy a decent wooden box so ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Edible Gluten-Free Play Dough
My 1.5-year-old absolutely adores playdough but he also loves to put it in his mouth so as I tried to find edible playdough I came across this recipe and it’s amazing. It’s not only edible but also gluten free! How great is that? The only thing about it is that it only keeps for about ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Hairclips
Esther and her lovely Hair Style posts inspired me for this craft. Apparently someone's eating Tila’s hair clips at our home because a week doesn’t go by that we don’t lose at least (!) one. Usually even more. So instead of buying them again I decided to make a few instead. And they turned out ...
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BOOKS
Wee Gallery, 32 ways to dress a...
My children were each given a mini activity book from Wee Gallery recently and they've been a big success. With a very simple concept (dress the cat / bunny / fox etc), these sweet little books appeal to different ages, and make the cutest little presents. I also think they are great for traveling, or to take to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Woody knitting toy
This past Christmas I discovered the ethical French toy brand Les Jouets Libres when looking for gifts to give my nieces and nephews. They make the most beautiful, old-fashioned wooden toys, the kind of toys you keep forever. I ended up buying this pretty stacking toy for one and this colourful blocks set for another, both which ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: the braid star
I saw this braid star at my friend Elke's house and went to buy one for my children as I'm always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it's the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons
I’ve been eyeing the dipped wooden spoons for a while now and the penny pincher in me decided to make something similar on her own instead of buying them. And they turned out great, plus the feeling of making something with my own two hands is priceless (when it succeeds anyway). This project is also ...
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