Thursday, 29 December 2011

Making after Christmas

Christmas is done and gone. We have even packed up the tree. It was all good fun but we are all feeling tired and ratty here. We are getting back to regular days with gluing, sticking and cardboarding. It is good.

Right now though we are having a movie night. Liquorice all sorts, chicken nuggets and wedges, and Horton Hear A Who. What could be more fun than that?

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Bath fizzers and gingerbread


I have makers living at my house and each week we try to make something we have never made before. This week we made bath fizzers. They turned out a little crumbly - the mixture possibly wasn't quite damp enough before we pressed into the ice cube tray - but they are pretty good and we are trying them out in the bath tonight! I didn't put smelly stuff in because smelly stuff drives me insane.

And we also have done some baking. We made gingerbread people (eaten already) and a gingerbread house. The house fell down a few times while we were building it, but has held together and is getting eaten today! We are also going to make shortbread and Christmas pudding over the next few days. Yum!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Stitched paper cards

We have all been sick at our house over the past week and are only really just recovering. I haven't done much sewing but have done quite a bit of making with paper. I was inspired to make this red paper dekkie while reading my favourite magazine real living. I really like how it turned out and the process was really fun and relaxing. I have also made some stitched paper Christmas cards. I just used random bits of paper I had, did some printing and typing (on my newest typewriter), chopped up all the bits and stitched them together on my machine.

 As you can see I was having so much fun I took photos as I did it. I did forget to take a photo of the inside, which I lined with lined paper. I really like them and will make similar ones again. It was quite fun to stitch them together rather than glue.

While shopping today I stocked up on my necessities of Christmas baking, because we are planning lots of gingerbread, shortbread and puddings this week! Fun and yum, can't wait!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Favourite Things Friday

It is Christmas at my house! Well, in my lounge room at least. Can you tell small children live here? This is my quiet room away from the toys and such, and I am just loving sitting in the evening with the tree lights on reading mags/blogs. I have a rule of no catching up on housework once the children are in bed. Not too much anyway.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Coloured Rice

I am always on the lookout for something new and fun to do with my kids and pinterest is my favourite place to look. Coloured rice has been coming up again and again so we decided to make some for us! Most of the recipes pinned used rubbing alcohol but I found one that uses vinegar (couldn't be bothered going to the shops - needed to use something in the cupboard!). We found two saved jars put some vinegar in the bottom, put in some food colouring, then jasmine rice, screwed the lids on tight, shook them a bunch, let them sit for a few minutes, drained the liquid out and dried on newspaper. The kids think it's super fun and although it is quite messy it's also easy to vacuum up. SO far it has lasted a few 'plays' and I think we will make more in the future.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas sewing

More present making here. Some 'quiet bag' stuff for small people. Pictured is colouring books, pencil roll, marble mazes and treasure bags. My kids think all these are pretty fun, so hopefully they will be well received.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Favourite Things Friday

Last Christmas I saved a precious piece of junk mail. It was this great Aussie version of Jingle Bells created for a Bonds ad. It has taken me a year but I have finally framed it and put it on my wall. It makes me feel happy looking at it and is one of my favourite things at the moment. Now I am super keen to fill the rest of my blank walls with more beautiful finds.

Thursday, 8 December 2011


Not exactly a streak free clean but an excellent summer activity for little ones!

Monday, 5 December 2011

For Christmas

I made some enormous gift tags from old folders, buttons and ribbon. Why I made them so large I don't know. I do like them though.

I stitched a doily thing. My stitching is very wobbly (hey, I was helping people sew table runners at the time) but I like it and it makes me feel happy.

I made two prints to give as gifts. I really need to go to IKEA now, as the list of frames I need to buy keeps getting longer and longer. I decided earlier in the year to have a handmade Christmas (this is always my plan) but to keep it simple I would only give prints, plants and pillows. Well, I didn't grow anything so now it's down to prints and pillows. Hmm, IKEA have cushion inserts too, don't they . . .

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Keep Calm

There are always lots of things to worry and stress about. It can be hard sometimes to keep perspective and keep calm. The one certain way I know to acheive a state of calm and peace in the midst of chaos is to pray. It is an easy thing to forget when you have chaos coming at you full pelt, so I have made up a little reminder. As soon as I buy more ink for the printer (we are low on yellow) I am printing this off. Oh, and I probably need to got to IKEA to get a nice frame for it!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Digital Scapbooking!

I have been having lots of fun creating pages with my memories digital scrapbooking software. I am going to print out a photobook with all the latest pics of my kids. It has been so much fun that I am now making up pages to print some photo books to give as Christmas presents. I am very excited!