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. ***

Jan 272014

There has been A LOT of rain here in the UK this month and we’ve probably watched more than our fair share of Disney movies. This weekend it was time for a change. We always have paper plates for crafting so we decided to make an indoor hoopla game!

Cut the middles from your ‘hoops’. Stick a kitchen roll tube onto the bottom of a paper plate. Colour in your hoops!

Once coloured: PLAY!


New Crayon Rolls!

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Oct 262012

Well, they’re full of colouring pencils really, if you’re going to get technical!

Its been half term for those in Birmingham this week and I’ve had a little child-free time to FINALLY get a few ideas out of my head.

These cute crayon rolls are all made from fun and exciting fabrics, filled with 10 triangular(?!) chunky colouring pencils AND a sharpener, and they’ll fit perfectly in your handbag for when such colouring emergencies present themselves (we always have colouring emergencies!). These are ones that I’ve made for a fair in a couple of week in Kenilworth, but if you would like one, just drop me an email and I can make more. They are £8 each plus postage. They’d make GREAT stocking fillers! ;)


A couple of weeks ago we were sent an exciting box of rainforest themed crafty stuff to review by Yellow Moon. No sooner had I opened the box and shown H what we’d got, then we were cracking open the foam animals stickers and adding them to everything! Birthday cards, pictures, you name it!

C joined in the fun too when we had a few little friends round for the morning. The animals were lovely and bright and a good variety. You even get bananas and pineapples! Some of the shapes were a little fiddly for the 3 year olds to peel, but with mummies at the ready they made some great pictures to take home.

The rainforest foam door hangers were great. I loved these too! H had a great time making the monkey and hardly needed any help sticking the pieces in the right pieces. Continue reading »

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