Its Yellow Moon time again! This time we were sent…

Stained glass effect hedgehogs, tree photo frame kits,

Halloween Stampers, Halloween glittery foam stickers,

Spider finger puppet kits, Spider jump ups, Moustache lip whistles and Rugby player colour-in finger puppets!

Phew, what a lot of craft booty! We made a start with the stained glass hedgehogs.

 

The girls and I enjoy cutting out the strips of coloured cellophane and sticking it on with far too much glue!

They always look good when they are finished and hung up in the window.

The photo trees were super easy to make and stick the leaves on. We’ve still got to trawl through all the photos to find ones the girls like to stick in the framing leaves (excuse the newly plastered wall!). Once finished, they’ve found the perfect spot in their room.

 

The girls loved making the spider finger puppets. Smallest (age 4) needed a little help but not much and it was decided that the spiders needed 3 eyes to make them even more scary!

We had more spider fun with the spider jump ups. I remember having loads of monster ones of these when I was a kid.

I left the room for 5 minutes to start making the girls and their friend tea and told them to start making a halloween picture with the sparkly foam stickers and this is what happened. They used the lot! They had lots of fun doing it. Sparkly stickers are ALWAYS a winner!

All crafty lovelyness was provided by Yellow Moon for us to review.

May 282015
 

Well, our box of summer craft fun arrived a few weeks ago from Yellow Moon and as usual I had to fight the girls to get photos of the contents before they started immediately crafting!

A set of animal sand art bottles and fluorescent sand.

Monster foam finger puppets, space wooden shapes, Animal glasses card blanks, Gnome suncatcher stakes and Beach hut stained glass decorations.

There’s a huge choice of the sand art bottles available and the girls LOVED filling them up with the different colours….and then shaking them up so the sand all got mixed together! Don’t they look pretty (before the shaking!).

All gnomes were carefully coloured in with our glass pens and are ready to fancy up the veg patch once we sew our salad seeds at the weekend!

I love the stained glass window crafts – they’re always a winner with the girls. This one is mine! :)

These are the wooden space shapes all out of the packet. The girls coloured them in the felt pens then covered them in glitter glue!

I think I might drill little holes in the tops and hang them from the girls ceiling once I’ve had a go at a few!

RAAAAAAAA! We have a very colourful lion. C loved these animal glasses and carefully coloured 3 in in a variety of rainbow colours!

All in all another fab box of craft stuff provided by Yellow Moon for us to review. The range of items they have is great and you can always get something to match any theme!

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. ***

Dec 272014
 

A week or so before Christmas we were sent a fabulous box of craft goodies to review.

we were sent Finger lights, colour in cards, snow pal mugs, gingerbread house kits, christmas stamps, festive foam stickers, wooden house boxes and a red jumbo paint pad.

we used the foam stickers and christmas stamps to make christmas cards for the school teachers. We love foam stickers and the stamps were a bit hit with the smallest. Bed time milk gets drank from the cute little animal cups, although sadly they can’t be put in the dishwasher!

 

Smallest required some assistance making her gingerbread house, but biggest managed hers with minimal help.

 

…and once finished you can wear them as a hat or put them under your Christmas tree!!!

We still have a few things to try out over the Christmas hols but so far we’re rather pleased with everything we were sent.

***Please note all products were sent to me by Yellow Moon at no cost for review purposes. All opinions and comments are my own***

 

Today’s review treat is Yellow Owl’s Little Prints by Christine Schmidt.

 

This book is full of amazing print projects to make for kids. The book is well written and full of detailed instructions, materials and how to teach art to kids with projects suggested to try appropriate for your child’s age group. All templates are in a section at the back, some of which will need to be enlarged.

 

The projects range from stamps and stencils to image transfer and painting. The puzzle blocks are one of my favourite and I can see us making a family of little kitten softies over the summer holidays. They are rather cute!

 

The book is full of colour and inspiration and I can’t wait to try stamp carving. I’m lucky that working in a secondary school I’ve been able to borrow a set of carving tools from the art department to have a go before I invest!

Yellow Owl’s Little Print by Christine Schmidt

RRP: £14.99

ISBN: 978-0770433635

Published by Potter Craft

*** Disclaimer: A copy of this book was sent to me by GMC Distribution for review. All words are my own ***

May 132014
 

Well look here! It’s another SUPER book to review!

Here we have Craft-a-Doodle. This lovely book has been put together by Jenny Doh and 18 very talented contributors. There are 75 exercises that are designed to fuel your imagination and get your creative juices flowing. I have to admit that within 10 minutes of sitting down with the book I’d gone off and found myself pen and paper to get started!

I made a start doodling faces….and owls!

I think the princess is my favourite!

Within the pages you are encouraged to use pens rather than a pencil – and be confident in your doodles!

Each exercise gives a list of items you will need, instructions to follow and tips.

Our 4 year old loves to draw (and is very good, if I do say so myself) and she loved this book. She wanted to immediately try a few of the exercises so we had a go at ‘Be square’ We got out the mini ink pads and made lots of squares on a piece of paper then let our imaginations go…

aren’t her pictures cute? (her’s are on the left just in case you were wondering)

Overall I love this book. reading it and working through a few of the exercise I felt inspired to get drawing and designing.

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh

ISBN:9781454704225

RRP: £14.99

Published by Lark

*** Disclaimer: A copy was sent to me by GMC Distribution for review ***

 

I’ve been meaning to do a book week for a while. I’ve got a little pile of lovely craft books that I’ve been meaning to share with you all.

First up is Hand in hand by Jenny Doh.

This is a book of 20 favourite projects by top parenting bloggers designed to encourage creativity and fun in the home. The projects range from papier-mache masks, stilts, and a family banner to tissue paper lanterns printed ornaments and keepsake pillows.

Each project has a clear materials and tools list then continues on with detailed photographs and instructions of what to do to make each beautiful item.

The projects are all aimed at younger children, with a bit of help from their grown-ups, so perfect for our two smalls (4 and 3 years old). I love the simplicity of the potato stamped ornaments and think they will be featuring on our tree this year! H loves to do anything creative.

It’s nice to read about other crafty mammas and their parenting experiences and feel inspired. We’ll definitely be using this book more.

The book has a nice feel to it, a good size and good quality paper. There are only 3 projects using templates and I’m afraid one of them needs enlarging. We all know I’m not a fan of having to enlarge patterns. Other than that a very nice book, fully of inspiration for you and your little ones.

Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids – Jenny Doh

ISBN – 9781454702405

Price – £12.99

Publisher – Lark

Publication Date – June 2012

Disclaimer: a copy of this book was sent to me for review by GMC distribution. Opinions are my own.

 

Sorry its been a while, there has been various family stuff going on the last month or so (mainly involving various NHS establishments) but fingers crossed everyone is fit and healthy and we can all enjoy 2 weeks of the Easter holidays! So, what have we been up to craft wise recently? We had our latest review box from the lovely people at Yellow Moon, and what a great box of stuff. As soon as the girls spot the Yellow Moon tape on a box they want to crack it open and get stuck straight in! Here’s what the box contained….

Glitter glue pens, feathers, Easter keyring kits, Easter Bunny kits, Easter stickers, chick and bunny pop out cards, foam buckets and wrinkly crinkly paper! There were some chocolate eggs in there too, but I can’t seem to find where they went to! ;)

The first thing the girls wanted to make was easter cards. Who am I to argue. We used te pop out cards and easter stickers, LOTS of glitter glue and some googly eyes. The girls did a great job and really enjoyed making cards fro friends and family (watch your letter boxes people!)

We stuck our easter stickers  and some foam butterfly stickers onto the foam buckets to fancy them up ready for our easter egg hunt next week. We used the shredded paper grass to make a nice soft place for our collected eggs. After we’d finished those we made the bunny easter keyrings. The girls LOVE bunnies and these have been put straight on their school bags! These make such good party bag gifts :)

We had great  fun with our easter craft box. There is still time to pop on over to Yellow Moon and browse all their fab Easter range.

*** Disclaimer: All items were sent to us by Yellow Moon for review purposes. All opinions are my own ***

 

We got our latest box of review items from Yellow Moon last week and I couldn’t wait to get started. We were sent a pack of ceramic baubles, ceramic tree decorations, glitter porcelain pens (pack B) and brilliant porcelain pens (pack B) to try out.

We saved them for the weekend when we had friends visiting. It always helps to have a few more small people thrown in to help with these reviews!  Our testers were aged 1, 2, 3, 4, 35 and 36(!). First we made a start on the tree ornaments.

Everyone chose the shape they wanted to colour. Choices were: father Christmas, angel, snowman, tree, penguin and Rudolf. The pens were prepared as their instructions and the small people were lest loose.

H LOVES this sort of thing and being nearly 4 and a half is getting quite good. She didn’t make much mess and got to grips with needing the pump the pens a little when they looked like they were running out. She did a FANTASTIC job on her tree. The 3, 2 and 1 year olds were a bit messier, but they had fun and used ALL the colours! ;)

The baubles were a little trickier for the little ones to hold and avoid getting paint on the table. You definitely need some sort of messy mat!

The glittery pens were definitely a big hit and I’ll be adding the other coloured pack to our craft wish list.

I’d also recommend aprons for the under 3′s!

The grown-ups had fun too!

Here they are all waiting to go in the oven to be fixed.

We had great fun using these and the finished ornaments will make great christmas keepsakes or grandparent gifts! I was thinking of giving mine to my mum! You WILL need to protect tables and smaller peoples clothes. The paint does wash off of hands with warm soapy water and a bit of a scrub.

These items were sent to me at no cost for review purposes by Yellow Moon. All opinions are my own.

 

This gorgeous book landed on our doormat this week.

I have to say this book is pretty, in fact, I may have possibly fallen in love with paper flowers because of this book. It’s beautifully styled, easy to read and did I mention the beautiful photography? It has been put together by husband and wife photography and design duo, Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell.

The book contains the instructions to make 75 whimsical paper flowers and I really want to make them all. Even the husband wants to have a go at making them and that’s really saying something!

The book has 5 sections: The flowers, materials, skills, how-tos and templates. Each flower photograph has details of the inspiration behind it, what its made from, what it would be great for and the page number of the how-to.

The materials are mainly crepe paper and floral tape. There is a comprehensive tools list to aid you in your quest for perfect paper prettiness. I really need to own a pair of fringing scissors!

The skills section starts with the anatomy of a flower and building a basic flower in layers and goes through everything you need to build your own flowers from petal styles, cutting techniques, petals, stems, attaching petals and leaves and even adding glitter (we do like glitter in our house). The How-tos all have lists of the materials needed for that particular flower, which templates have been used and any specialty tools needed. The step-by-step photographs and texts are very reader friendly. Each project is graded 1,2 or 3 (1 being easier) and project notes give ideas for upscaling, colour variations, how to make them into hair accessories and make the flowers your own. Of the 200+ templates only 10 need enlarging!

Overall a gorgeous book suitable for all levels of crafter. A definite must have!

Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thruss and Patrick Farrell

ISBN: 9780385345057

RRP: £16.99

Published by Potter Craft October 2013

*** A copy was sent to me by GMC Distribution for review ***

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