Archive for ‘DIY’

June 8, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Weighted Pinchusions

I spent my afternoon yesterday making these little beauties! Wonderful little project and easy to follow from Sew Mama Sew. If you would like to make it, find the PDF file here

They are so much fun and a great present for a fellow crafter. I made one for my mother in law and one for me. Luke made birds nests with left over fibre fill and fabric. Enjoy!

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July 31, 2012

Tutorial: Seashell Chime Activity!

This weekend my little one and I went shell hunting on the beach. I told him to look for shells who had holes in them so we could make a shell wind chime. He was very excited looking for shells in between running around with other kids and making castles. We brought home a good collection and washed them and left them to dry outside. So today we decided to make it together, we really had fun with this one. It is a good quick activity that helps their motor skills and also looks very cute. You can hang it any were you like, my little one wanted his to hang in his room. So here is how to make these very cute shell wind chimes.

July 7, 2012

I Heart Booties!

I have been doing some crochet for a couple of days now. Been trying to get my skills level from beginner to indeterminate. I wanted a quick project to keep me ocupied but not take over all the other UFO’s I have around. So I looked and  searched at Raverly for a perfect little pattern. If you havent come across Raverly yet be sure to go and check it out. Go on, click the link and go check it out but be sure to come back and finish reading my post. Better yet read my post first because once you go into Raverly you are sure not to come out anymore, its just like Pinintrest in that addictive way!  Any who… I found this most wonderful pattern with videos of a baby booties.You can find the link to the pattern here. If you are not the kind to do any kind of needle work you can purchase them in my fan page or just contact me through email. Just check these cuties out!!!

October 28, 2010

How to make a play kitchen for your kids!

Every time we go visit friends or our playgroup and there is a little play kitchen, Luke spends most of the time role playing. So I have been for the past month looking into buying a little play kitchen for him, one who won’t break the bank. They can range from $130 to $400! I really loved the wooden kitchens but of course they were the most expensive of the range. Ikea has a really cute wooden kitchen on display at the moment but still our budget just doesn’t allow us to buy it. After a lot of looking around I have decided to make one for Luke from an old empty packing box we had left from our move. After just one hour putting the kitchen together I was surprised by how great it looks. It was also a great activity to make together even if he is just 20months old, he was very excited by the process. So here is how you make a play kitchen for your kids for less than $10.

Supplies:
1 large empty packing box
4 roles of contact paper (any colour u like)
1 stainless steel bowl
2 felt sheets (black and red)
1 empty paper towel role tube
1 kitchen tap- optional
play food
play pots and pans
Stanley knife
ruler
pen


Instructions:

  1. Find a packing box that will be a good hight for your child. A tall box could be used for a refrigerator or laid on its side for a sink and counter. I decided to use mine on its side because I wanted to use it as a sink and stove top. Tape the box shut in all its sides. 
  2. Cover all the box with contact paper of your choice. 
  3. For the oven, on the front side of the box, cut across the top and ½ way down on both sides, to form the oven door. Place tin foil on this pull down door to represent the window to look through.
  4. Mark area beside the oven door to make a cupboard and cut so you have two doors so your child can put all their pans/pots and play food away when done playing.
  5. Cut three sections of the paper towel tube to make three handles. I made one wider for the oven handle. Glue these on the top oven door and cupboard doors with craft glue.
  6. Glue the black felt on the top counter area above the oven and make two red circles with your red felt. Glue the two red circles on top of the black felt to make the stove top. You can also glue some milk bottle covers on the side to make the stove top controls. 
  7. For the sink get your stainless steel bowl and cut a smaller circle to insert the sink. 
  8. I had an old kitchen tap which I used as a sink tap, this of course is optional.


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