craft express – loo roll snakes

We know you love some loo roll craft as much as we do so here is another fab idea to use up all those rolls!

Follow this tutorial to whip up your own googly eyed darlings, just like these.

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fun express – water balloon pinata

Summer time is officially here so I thought this little gem was worth sharing.  My boys can have HOURS of fun with water balloons – filling them, throwing them and, now, using them as a pinata!

Simply fill the balloons with water, attach them to a high string or surface (the washing line is great!) and then bash away with a broomstick until they burst and shower the kids with water.  Much better than lollies in my opinion!

 

fun stuff – crochet playground

I can’t crochet.  I can’t knit, and I can’t really sew unless we count the turtle cushion I made in Year 8 Home Economics class (yes, I am that old).

If I could crochet, this would totally (like, totally) be my next project.  A crochet playground!  How amazing is it?

images courtesy of playscapes.com

Terribly talented Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is the artist behind this incredible Rainbow Net playground at the Hakone Sculpture Park, Japan. The idea for the crochet playscape happened by accident, after Toshiko observed two little kids interacting with a crochet art installation she had on exhibit.

For the moment, I might just try a crochet square coaster … or maybe a scarf …

 

plastic is fantastic (well, it can be)

We don’t go much for plastic toys around here but LOVE these ideas to incorporate them into storage and decor pieces.

To make these storage jars, just glue a selection of plastic animals onto the lids then spray paint the lot.  Love ’em.

courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

These book ends are a little bit kitsch and a whole lot fabulous!  Grab your favourite animals, glue them to a wooden block and paint.  Great shade of blue.

courtesy of blog.houseoffifty.com

These little gems have come straight from the op-shop into the paint shop and onto the hallway shelf.  LOVE!

courtesy of blog.craftzine.com

eye candy – for the love of pink

I was born into a family of three girls.  As fate would have it, I am now a mama to three boys.

So, every now and then I just NEED to indulge my inner girly-ness and covet pretty little girls’ rooms, spaces and stuff!

Check out my latest finds;

Clockwise from top left:

Pretty as a lolly pink picture – loving the painted wardrobe and iron bed (courtesy canadian family)

Girly with a touch of bohemian and retro – that’s what I call eclectic! (courtesy of the boo and the boy 

Hola! I love, love, love the mexican throw with embroidered pink bunnies and, gasp, all that storage (courtesy of heather wilson)

Dotty – you may have already noticed, but I love a spot, a circle, a polka dot … so had to include this fab chair! (courtesy of chic cheap nursery)

Now, I know not every girl’s room has to be pink.  But this is a start.  I’ll be back again with some not-so-pink options later!

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I see red.

How fab are these rooms with a splash of red?

Not sure which one I could claim as my favourite as there’s a little bit of something fabulous in all of them.  I am, however, particularly partial to the big red “R” for the Dude, the red dresser and the spotty noticeboard (I love a pink and red colour combo, although I’m not likely to have a chance to use it anytime soon!)

Clockwise from top left – images courtesy of;
thebooandtheboy.com
atypicaltypea.com
centsationalgirl.com
houzz.com

 

 

 

colour me happy (not bored)

This is (was) a piece of black and white wrapping paper I had bought for $4.95 and tucked away in “THE cupboard” because I just loved the design.

Little did I know it would come in so handy during our first school holidays.  It started with the first “I’m bored” from Dodo.  We sat down together with the paper and our favourite pencils and started colouring.  We left it out on the table and every time he said “I’m bored” he was to sit down and colour more.  We both love colouring in so it really just became a little game.

It’s still a work in progress but when it’s done I am going to scan it and print it on a canvas.  I reckon it will be a beautiful and terribly original reminder of our first school holidays together and our mutual love of colour and creating.

If you are bracing yourself for a long couple of weeks of “I’m bored” you might like  some of these favourite boredom buster colouring ideas all from our little store …

clockwise from top left:
seedling (new zealand) – my little book of BIG ideas $9.95
seedling (new zealand) – jumbo pastel pencils $19.95
djeco (france) – velvet colouring cards (you cant go outside the lines! great for learners) $9.95
french “colour your own” doll range – available in fox, robot or princess from $24.95