Wednesday, 23 November 2011


We've all been laid low with horrible snotty noses for the past week, not too much fun.  J, a typical 2 year old, who despite being full of the cold wouldn't sit still for more than 15 mins and B who howled everytime I put him down. 
I was looking for fun, non energetic, indoor games to keep me sane J entertained! 
J is a huge sticker book fan, give him a pile of stickers and he'll keep quite 'till they're all stuck.  Not always the right way up, on the right page or even in the book!  In the spirit of reusing and recycling a new favourite is tractor stickers (he's a machine obsessed boy!). 

All you need is:
some paper for sticking the pictures on,
scissors or craft knife, glue,
some old magazines
and imagination. 

Cut out the pictures, stick some glue on the back and hand them over to your budding Picasso!  In our case, thanks to a stack of old Farmers Weekly magazines from my dad, we have tractor stickers! I even took some of the collages and drew on ploughs, balers etc to the back of the tractors.

I'm also a fan of this great website The Imagination Tree  that has loads of ideas for indoor and outdoor play and recipes for making paints, play dough etc.  I can't wait to try out her recipe for mouldable sand, just need to get to the shops to buy baby oil!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Childhood favourites

In case you missed it, today was the first Robert Louis Stevenson Day!  It was an article on the STV website, via Twitter (#rlsday), that brought it to my attention, and it started me thinking about my favourite childhood books. 

A huge favourite of mine was From Morn To Midnight and it included two RLS poems. 

I can't find an image of the front cover on t' here it is. You can buy it on Amazon though!

I loved the poems and the illustrations, and thanks to my boys I can now reread it!  Unlike some other favourites of mine, I still love it all.  
It was this book that instilled my huge love of poetry  and in honour of RLS, here are the two poems from the book. 

Did I mention I LOVE the illustrations?!

Sorry about the wierd yellow tinge on the photos, it's the lighting in our kitchen!

Did you know that's me on the swing, and the wee girl marching, circa 1983.  Well I was sure it was when I was wee! 

Did I say I LOVE the illustrations?!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Christmas decs

Well I've committed to a stall at a local craft fair on the 1st December so I've got a goal to aim for now! I thought I'd get the jumper out of the way first so it's all done and it's been worn already!

The jumper, sewed together again!

Next on the list was some Christmas decorations, I made a batch of salt dough and some clay and got the cutters out!

Some of the salt dough decorations drying.
Think I'll need to do a bit of experimenting with the paints to get a finish I'm happy with, but that's the part I really enjoy!
I'm off to bed now, with my notebook in tow, too many ideas in my head!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Busy, busy

It's been a busy few days.  Monday was spent visiting some previous work clients, trying to drum up some business. On Tuesday we braved Glasgow, Ikea and the beer shop.  Extra storage units bought and a some new beer kits for our Christmas brew! Today was Toddlers Thursday club and the lunch club, it's been all go!

I spent my spare moments today finishing unpicking the arms off a jumper I knitted for J, I started doing it weeks ago and thought I'd try and get it off my list.  In my rush to finish the jumper for J I sewed the arms on too tightly, so now that it'll fit B I'm altering them!

Arms unpicked!
 The pattern is Sublime, Matelot Sweater pattern 6013, knitted in Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK.
Now all I need to do is sew it all together again!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Frosty night, sunny day

It was the first really frosty night here last night and it's been a beautiful sunny day, are we going to have a sunny, cold and crisp November..? Fingers crossed! I did my weekly bird feeder cleaning this morning and managed to break yet another seed feeder, they seem to last no time, maybe I'm a bit rough with them..! Thought I might try making one, Blue Peter stylie from an old drinks bottle, will add it to my list!

I thought I'd post some photos of my works in progress!

Some Twinkle Satrs drying out

A couple of nearly finished Wee Thingy bowls

Hearts for Hanging, almost done

Some of the moosies loose about the hoose
 I made some tablet today, it's turned out quite well, not as good as my Dads! I just need to make sure I don't eat it all myself, it all and then take the dog for a 10 mile hike!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Here we go!

My first foray into the world of blogging, exciting stuff.....well I hope so! 

At the moment I'm making some paper mache and paper clay objects, and thinking of selling them at some local Christmas craft fairs and maybe Folksy and Etsy.  Finding enough time to work on them is the problem.....but with an 8 week old baby and a 2 1/2 year old that's not a surprise. Finding enough time to brush my teeth is a challenge some days! So am I nuts adding another task to my list?!

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