Family / children

Easiest toddler activity ever…seriously!

Buttons!! Button sorting, button counting and just generally playing with buttons.

I’m always on the lookout for an easy toddler activity that requires minimal prep and clean-up…..

This one really ticks all the boxes. However, it is not suitable for little ones that still put things in their mouths.

I had a huge bag of buttons given to me and I had no idea what I was going to do with them…..until I realized that they could be used for a toddler activity.

All I did was put the buttons into a large box and then found some other containers or boxes and let the little one pick them up and place them in other containers….he knew what to do. No directions needed.

Good for fine motor skills, crossing the midline, counting, talking about the colours, the sizes and shapes, and even imagination as some were ‘treasure’.

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Jewellery · Sewing

…More pretty earrings! (and how to make them)

I don’t why, but I can’t stop making these darn things at the moment.

Here’s the latest:

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These ones were made from an old headband / head piece I got from Sportsgirl many moons ago. I never wore it as a head band so I turned it into these beauties…

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I used clear plastic as the base and hand sewed beads around the bottom edge then hand sewed the flower and bead at the top, then attached to an earring stud.

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Pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

Lace Earrings:

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These ones I made from an old piece of lace I found while cleaning out my sewing gear.

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I stuck the lace onto some clear plastic, then sewed a pearl button at the top and attached to an earring stud. Also, quite chuffed with how these turned out.

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Jewellery · Sewing

Unique statement earrings DIY

Bold, statement earrings are EVERYWHERE lately….and I always think: “I could make those”, so I did.

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The inspiration for these comes from the beautiful paper (from which they are made), which is from a ‘Frankie’ magazine.

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I wanted to make pretty, bold and geometric kind of earrings.

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I decided on the shape and size, then cut this out of the paper, and cut the same shape from clear plastic material.

then sew carefully and neatly around the edge of the whole shape.

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pierce a very small hole at the top of the shape and thread the earring hook. I also used some glue to secure the hook at this stage.

And that’s it folks….so many possibilities for shapes and colour combinations….. now to buy more earring hooks so I can make more.

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Clear clutch DIY/ advertise your child’s artwork…

I’ve had this idea for a while but didn’t quite know how to implement it…

I wanted to make a clear clutch purse that also had a section where I could place ‘artwork’ done by my toddler. And therefore the artwork could be interchanged as often as you like.

After searching the internet for inspiration I still couldn’t find exactly what I was after, or a tutorial for how to make one, so I did what all resourceful mums do and made one myself…

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The first one turned out OK, and I have kept it for myself, but I consider that one a prototype and I have adjusted the pattern for the next one, and I think I will give this to a friend so that she too can proudly show her child’s artwork to the world.

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You will need:

clear plastic material (I got mine from Lincraft in the ‘table cloth’ section)

thread

sewing machine

your choice of clasp / button / fastener

measuring tape

scissors

 

Instructions:

Decide what size you would like your clutch. I wanted a largish one, so I  measured a rectangle of 21cm x 38cm and cut this out. (This is the part that will contain the artwork)

Then cut a larger piece which will make up the bag. Keep 38cm as the width, then you will need to double the other measurement, and add extra material for the folding flap (I added about 10cm).

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Fold the plastic to roughly form a clutch, and place the extra rectangle on the outside, hold in place with a large bulldog clip and sew the edges.

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I wanted my seams on the inside so I then turned the clutch inside-out.

Cut the flap into a triangle shape, and attach the fastener of your choice.

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Then the final thing to do is cut out artwork to fit into the bag, aaaaannnddd your done.

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Of course you could always leave it as a clear clutch if you prefer.

 

 

Party

The best train party

For a little boy / toddler who loves trains, what could be a better theme for a birthday party than…you guessed it…TRAINS!!

So we headed to the local train park (which runs actual, miniature trains). And invited friends and family for an afternoon of fun.

If you’re thinking of a train themed party, and need some inspiration then keep reading.

We had a train cake:

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Unfortunately the train cake did not look like this after it travelled in the car to get to the park 😝!!

And lots of train themed food:

Fruit Train

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Complete with a Little Red Caboose:

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Savoury Snack Train

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Traffic Lights (brownies with smarties for the lights):

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Railway Crossings (waifer biscuits with Lilly raspberry in the middle):

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Teddies on Trains:

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Party bags for the guests:

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And of course, train rides….

Safe to say, fun was had by all, and after the tears over the cake (my tears) it was all good, and the cake was able to be salvaged.

 

Sewing

New niece excitement

A new little one has just arrived in the form of a niece, so as a little ‘congrats’ gift I made a personalized onesie and matching headband.

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Made using up-cycled material from once loved clothing, and sewn onto a new white onesie.

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Wasn’t sure how I’d go fitting all the letters on there, but turned out OK I think. The trick was definitely to write in pencil first to keep it neat.

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For the headband, I followed a tutorial which I have posted about previously. And the material is soft and stretchy, so it will feel nice on baby’s head.

I’ll wrap it all up pretty, and pop in a bag with some other goodies for bubs, and some edible goodies for the new parents too.

Hope they like it 🤞

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Toot Toot. Fruit Train

For a friend’s kid’s birthday, we needed to bring a plate of food to share. After seeing this idea on the internet a few days ago, I couldn’t help but give it a go.

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And it worked great! Even looked better than the one I found on the internet.

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How to:

Gather your fruit of choice (I used watermelon and rockmelon for the  train engine and carriages, and various other fruit for the details: strawberries, banana, blueberries, grapes, apples and pears)

 

Cut quite large rectangles for the engine and carriages and place them as the picture above. Use toothpicks to secure the fruit.

Scoop out some of the fruit on the carriages to make room for other fruit.

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Cut a banana in half lengthways and use on the engine. And a half a strawberry on the very front of the engine. Also, grapes cut in half make good wheels for the engine and the carriages.

Finally fill the carriages with the rest of the fruit.

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