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Some truly beautiful homemade gift ideas to get you though lockdown

Some truly beautiful homemade gift ideas to get you though lockdown

Sending a small gift is a lovely way to let someone know you are thinking of them. Even better if it's a beautiful homemade gift you've carefully created. It is so special knowing that someone has taken the time to create something just for you. In this extract from...

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Homemade Christmas crackers (we call them bon bons), have been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. I've enjoyed taking on the role of bon bon maker for quite a few years now - you can see another year’s bon bons here. These particular Christmas...

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

There's a Christmas tradition in our house, starting from my childhood, to make little chocolate Christmas puddings.   Before you go getting all impressed at my skills in the kitchen, these particular chocolate Christmas puddings are simply an Arnott’s Chocolate...

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Emma Rowe of Frog Goose and Bear party fame is our resident crafty minx. She makes all kinds of fabulous stuff for birthdays and Christmas. Including reinbeer. Reinbeer! We die! It's a pretty simple concept. You stick pipe cleaner antlers, a little red pom pom and...

Easy decoupage activity for tweens that will keep them happy for hours

Easy decoupage activity for tweens that will keep them happy for hours

When my eldest was aged 9, she asked if we could spend more time together crafting. This easy decoupage activity for tweens seemed like the perfect way to spend some time together, so that's what we started with. It seemed that just like her Mum, she needed a bit of...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

A good picnic can last the whole day and a DIY squares game board can help you make it perfect. Good food in the sunshine, a game of squares and a little siesta on the picnic blanket when it all gets too much. That’s the fantasy at least! Quiet pursuits for the kids...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

This natural Christmas wreath tutorial comes to you from my friend Louise Trevitt. Lou is a gifted artist and stylist who over many years of friendship has taught me to always make time for dabbling and tinkering. We came together to create this natural Christmas...

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