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 142014
 

Today’s review is brought to you by the weird and wonderful world of Plush-O-Rama by Linda Kopp.

I’ve had this book in my stash for a while now and I love it. At the start you get the usual low-down of tools, materials and basic stitches. All you’ll need to make the 30 awesome creatures in the book.

At the end you get to meet all of the fab designers.

Remember Mr. Skelly? and Rufus the Doofus? They were quick and easy to make and A few mistakes here and there just add to their ruggedy charm!

So if you fancy have a a go at something strange and wonderful I highly recommend this book.

Plusho-O-Rama byLinda Kopp

ISBN: 978-1579908782

Published by Lark Books

*** This book is from my personal collection ***

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 ***

 

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.

 

Our latest box from Yellow Moon arrived just before we went on holiday. The girls were dying to get started on making things but being a mean mummy I made them wait until we got home!

In our box we had Daffodil foam vase kits, cowboy hat kits, cowboy foam stickers, fabric painting stencils, fabric crayons, windmill kits, foam glasses, Fimo, 3D fabric paint pens, glitter shakers and magic wand bookmarks! Phew! What a lot of goodies :)

We started with the cowboy hat kits.

Incredibly easy to make with clear instructions. There were lots of ‘YEEEEEEHAAAAs’ for a good half hour after the hats had been made.

  

While we were in a dressing up mood we thought we’d have a go with the foam glasses. We stuck various sparkly/foamy bits we had lying around on the glasses to make…..

We’ll be having more fun with the rest of the pack very soon!

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The Daffodil foam vases were next on our list to try. The kits had clear instructions and were’t too fiddly for our just-turned-four year old. She just needed a little help twisting the pipe cleaner stems together. H really enjoyed it and the result was good!

H has the vase up in her room ‘to make it look pretty’.

We love glitter. Its great! H starts big school in September and as part of her summer homework all the children starting reception class have to make a little chatterbox: a decorated shoe box where they can put special items to talk about with the rest of the class. Naturally it had to involve glitter!

To make slightly less mess with the glitter shakers, I found I had some double sided sticky paper that we could cut her name out of. Luckily her name has 6 letters and there are 6 colours in the set so we got to use them all. We found them the perfect size for little hands and good value for 6 different colours.

The glitter gave good coverage and stuck nicely.

Now, my favourite of the box so far has got to be the Berol fabric crayons. They were really easy to use. I found a little canvas bag in my stash to draw on and once H had decided what to draw, she just got on with it! You can get bigger fabric bags here.

To set the picture you iron it, covered over with a scrap of fabric. It really does need to be a scrap of fabric as you do get some of the image rubbing off on the fabric scrap but the colours stay bright and as you can see we now have an awesome, original artwork bag!

I’ve already asked H if this can be my new lunch bag for when I start back at school in September!

We still have a few things left to try out so I’ll be back with details on those later this week!

*** All items were sent to me by Yellow Moon for review. All opinions are my own. ***

May 202013
 

I know, I know! We got our latest box of goodies from Yellow Moon AGES ago. We opened the box straight away and even made our first things that same day! 

So here we go. We got flower buttons, glitter glue, pom poms, butterfly foam stickers, British bird foam stickers, water colour paints and brushes, pastel papers AND plastic sewing needles. PHEW! what a lot of lovely stuff! :)

First up the flower buttons. I had a load of elastic left over from Mini’s birthday masks so immediately thought BUTTON BRACELETS! I could have done with using thinner elastic to thread through the holes as the smalls couldn’t quite manage it on their own.

I made one for both of the girls and myself! The girls nursery thought it was a great idea too so will be making them soon! Continue reading »

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