Creating a New Home Wreath from cleaning supplies

housewarming wreath from cleaning supplies

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. A friend moved house recently and I wanted to bring her a gift that didn't require eating, or a vase. She's just had a baby, and I was reminded of a beautiful bouquet I received when LBG was born that was made from socks and booties and useful things. Then last week … [Read more...]

Hama bead brooch and pendant tutorial

how to make a hama bead pendant or brooch

I haven't broken out the Hama beads for a while but I've seen the fabulous necklaces on the Chelsea Doll website and, as I don't have time to order and receive one between now and BritMums Live, I thought I'd have a go at making one myself. There seems to be a trend at the moment for using the word Geek, Epic and Dork on things and, as I am going as an award finalist, I figured that the middle term was the most appropriate and at only four … [Read more...]

Papier-mâché Hen Challenge

paper mache hen

A while ago Molly Moo published a picture of the most fabulous Papier-mâché Hen that she had made at her Papier-mâché course. This precipitated a Hen Craft Challenge which I agreed to take part in, although frankly I was never going to match up to Her Craftyness's high standards. I used a cereal packet to do most of the work for me. Firstly, I took off the top third, and put to one side for the 'bits' < that's a tchnical term, by the … [Read more...]

Handmade Christmas: Ring Bowls

handmade clay ring bowl

    This winter I wanted to make something pretty but very simple, that I could give to my mother and mother-in-law for Christmas. To make these little ring bowls, you will need: air drying clay rolling pin doily of piece of lace acrylic paint Mod Podge (or clear varnish)   Firstly, soften your clay: air-drying clay has an odd texture and it needs working a lot to really soften it. Once softened, roll out … [Read more...]

Coloured melting bead Diwas: Diwali craft

hama fusible bead diwas

We were very lucky to be introduced to Hama Beads recently. We've made dogs and princesses and pumpkins but wanted to branch out a little. Diwali fills the post-Halloween Pumpkinfest void perfectly, so it seemed a good idea to use the melting beads to make Diwas. LBG really enjoyed making our saltdough Diwas last year. Following instructions from Creative Jewish Mom, LBG and I filled an oiled bowl with Hama beads and baked them until they were … [Read more...]

How to give a Cut Glass bowl a new look with Mod Podge and Spray Paint

spray painted cut glass bowl

You know how it is: you see an idea for milk glass using spray paint on one site, Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest   then a post on how to colour glass using Mod Podge on another site   Source: via Ashley on Pinterest   and before you know it you are trawling your stash of Charity Shop purchases to see if you can combine the two processes … [Read more...]

Fairtrade Big Fair Bake Challenge

coffee almond streusel cake recipe

   I'm joining in the Big Fair Bake, which is working this year with Tots100. This idea is that you bake something using Fairtrade ingredients and use it to spread the Fairtrade message. It's about getting a fair price for goods at source, rather than exploiting farmers and growers so that we can get things cheaply here in the UK. I was inspired a while ago by the incredible coffee-based recipes that Utterly Mummy came up with, and … [Read more...]