At the weekend it was the Malvern Spring Quilt Show. I’ve never been to this one before and was supposed to be going with a friend to hang out with her sis-in-law. Sadly, Friends little boy was not well so she couldn’t make it, but I still had a mooch over to meet G. It was a lovely day, sunny but not too warm and there were many lovely quilts to oggle over. I’m not really a fan of the more traditional quilts but can appreciate the time and effort put in to making them look beautiful. Here’s a run down of my favourites! (I’ll try and find the credits for who made what but I was too cheap to spend my precious fabric money on a show guide!!!)

CF04 Quilter’s cul-de-sac

BQ34 Welsh Wholecloth

BQ29 Bee my Honey

GR10 Rays of Gold

  

I was rather pleased to see a couple of science themed quilts! GR02 Where did I put those scissors and GR05 Engineering.

  

CQ08 The Snail

  

Some of the mini quilts were gorgeous – I may have to start making mini quilts!

JQ51 and 52   –    JQ31 and 32

JQ29 and 30

 

M02 Out of Africa

M01 Little Mediterranean Village

This one was for mini, she’s a big fan of Darth Vader! LW21 Star Wars Quilt

LW19 Fairy Dust

KU09

KU07

T39 When Rainbows Dance

And here’s my rather modest stash from the show. I also bought an A1 sized cutting mat as I see more (small scale) quilting in my future!

 

While I’ve had my finger pulled out I thought I had better list some of the new stuff I’ve been making.

I’ve added triceratops to the dinosaur T-shirt herd.

Personalised bunting is FINALLY in the shop – only took 10 months to sort that one out!!!!

I’ve been making felt clocks to help H learn to tell the time. These will be available very soon!

ANNNNNND….you can now order your very own family tree cushion! This one is for my mum with the grandchildren’s names on!

 

Its all been about the reversible hat this week!

I think the mushroom side is my favourite!

I used the bucket hat pattern from Oliver +S. You can download it free if you fancy having a go yourself!

And then go and make hundreds of hats for everyone you know!!!!

(this one isn’t for me….although dinosaurs ARE COOL!)

May 062015
 

We all know that mini is a little bit dinosaur mad. For her birthday she got some awesome dinosaur tights which she wears all the time no matter what dress she is wearing!

This was her latest dress/dino tights combo for one of her little friends parties!

She’s been bugging me for AGES to make her a dinosaur T-shirt, so I bloomin well did! Here she’s sporting her pink polka dot Parasaurolophus.

She’s also got a Stegosaurus T-Shirt. There’s a T-rex too and when I pull my finger out (I should really add it to this months order book!) there will be a triceratops to add to the dinosaur family!

These have been quite popular through my facebook page and are now available in my Etsy and Folksy stores!

May 032015
 

Part 1 took us up to the easter hols and here’s the rest…

Den building…

Tree climbing…

Wreath making…

Zoo visiting…

bouquet making…

Coastal walking…

MORE lost teeth…!

…and a rainbow promise.

PHEW! I feel we’re all caught up now. I’ll try harder. Blogging is always on my to-do list but so is cleaning the bathroom….! ;)

May 012015
 

You may have noticed I’ve been a little absent the last few months. I have been busy, don’t worry.

I’ve been running a few craft nights with friends – new and old.

Someone turned 4 back in February!!!!

A department bake-off – can you believe I didn’t get through to the final? Again!!!!

There was the eclipse….

…and quite a few swimming badges between them!

Hama time!

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Apr 292015
 

We’ve been a little obsessed with with Hama beads at the minute…

…and possibly with my little pony too!

Pony patterns found here.

Mar 092015
 

Our latest box of review goodies from Yellow Moon arrived last week and it was full of fab Easter things!

Easter animal mirrors, cute chick sun-catcher wind chimes, Easter baskets,

Ceramic bunny banks, Colour-in mugs,

And a big bag of pom pom foam flowers – just in time as we’d almost ran out of pom poms!

As always the girls couldn’t wait to see what was in the box and practically wrestled me for the contents! We set to work colouring in our mugs, making bunny baskets and using the pom pom flowers on pretty much every picture we made for a few days! These were nice and easy and didn’t require too much adult  intervention. Mini (4yo) required some help sticking her bunny basket together. We saved the bunny money boxes and sun-catchers for another day as I had to find the porcelain pens we had! Once found we got decorating out bunnies and suncatchers! I’ll add the finished sun catchers once I’ve been in the christmas cupboard to get out the little window hooks!

A great collection of easter craft items and I’ll definitely be back to the Yellow Moon website to order more goodies to entertain the kids on our easter holiday!

***  DISCLAIMER  ***

These items were sent to my by Yellow Moon for review purposes. You can see their complete range of Easter craft items HERE!

Jan 252015
 

Now, one of the things I love about having kids is being able to sit and colour with the girls but there’s only so many princess pictures you can colour. When I was offered the chance to review some colouring books for grown ups I jumped at the chance!

At the start of Nature Mandalas there pages introducing the concept  of doodling and colouring to encourage relaxation, meditation and encourage creativity. There is discussion on colour theory and patterning techniques – adding more pattern and details to the simple shapes on the colouring pages.

With examples of using different media to produce different affects.

Creative Colouring Flowers has more detailed pictures to colour in if your not feeling up to doodling your own lines straight away.

I enjoyed colouring this flower picture over a couple of lunch times at work and I’m quite keen to borrow the children’s water colours to have a go with.

Both books have perforated pages for you to pull out and colour with inspirational quotes on the back of each one. The pages were a little easier to pull out of the flowers book. several colleagues joined in with a little lunch time colouring and we were all feeling quite relaxed!

Both books are available to buy now!

Creative Coloring Flowers by Valentina Harper. ISBN: 9781574219708 £5.99 Published by Design Originals

Nature Mandalas Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle. ISBN: 9781574219579 £5.99  Published by Design Originals

*** These books were sent to me with complements by GMC distribution for review purposes. ***

 

So, do you wanna build an Elsa? Well, here’s how!

You will need:

A peg, felt pens, a scrap of pale blue felt, a scrap of blue shimmery cape fabric (I used organza), yellow wool, a small (15cm) beige pipe cleaner , PVA glue and blue glitter.

1) Draw Queen Elsa a face and colour the top of her head and around the back and sides in yellow.

2) Glue the felt scrap around Elsa’s body to make her dress.

3) Cut a triangle out of your cape fabric, then cut the pointy top part off. I used pinking sheers to do this to try and minimise fraying.

4) Stick the cape onto the back of Elsa’s dress using a little blob of glue.

5) take you pipe cleaner and place it on top of Elsa’s dress (this will be her arms). Turn over and twist it at the back to secure it in place then pull the arms forward.

6) to make the hair: cut 6 strands of wool the same length and tie in the middle with another small piece of wool. Glue on top of Elsa’s head. You can make a plait once its all dried.

She’s looking good so far!

7) For sparkly shoes put a little glue on the bottom of your peg and sprinkle with blue glitter.

8) Allow it to dry completely then sing ‘Let it goooooo!’ at the top of your voice!

*** Watch out for Anna next week ***

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