It’s not all cooing and crochet…

Well, maybe a little bit…quite a lot… This week one of Sam’s awesome key workers at nursery goes on maternity leave (boo!). She’s brilliant and has him pegged to the extent that we’re scared of her too…And she is used as a threat throughout the area when kids misbehave at meal times “we’ll tell Kelly!” I’m thinking about seriously pretending to Sam that I have her phone number and I’ll dob him in even though she isn’t there. So a lovely lady deserves a nice gift -more baby blanket making this week. It’s a pretty simple on for crochet-nuts: soft … Continue reading It’s not all cooing and crochet…

Teach a toddler to sew…

There’s probably an Early Years list of all the things a four year old should be able to do…In fact there is and I haven’t read it. But if I was in charge of writing such things, I think this would be on it…It’s a pre-cursor to tying your shoelaces and really works on the fine motor skills. Plus it requires concentration which is never a bad thing! ThisĀ is a cheaper version of the precut threading cards you can buy…My next experiment is to cut out random photo’s from magazines, back them onto card and get Sam to thread away…A … Continue reading Teach a toddler to sew…

How to Make…Crochet Girl’s Purse

This purse accompanied the shopping lists and used up lots of odds and ends of wool that I had knocking about. Took about an hour and was a quick, satisfying make, working in circles. Other colourways would work really well too -pick whatever you have knocking around your yarn stash. You will need:A variety of scraps and one base colour (here I used the cream), in DK or cotton;A 3.00mm hook;Darning needle;Scissors Read on for instructions! How to Make:Front panel:1. Ch5 and join into ring with ss;2. Ch2 and 12dc into the ring. Join with ss;3. Ch2 dc twice into … Continue reading How to Make…Crochet Girl’s Purse

Supermarket sweep…

A techy-crafty make this week, in time for a toddler’s birthday! I decided to make shopping list cards for Sam’s little mate because she has the IKEA kitchen and a stack of plushie food to go with it. I figured these could also be used when in a real supermarket to keep the little dudes quiet for 10 seconds longer than the 10 seconds they usually last before making embarrassing comments about other shoppers…”Why is that man fat mummy?”…”That lady has wrinkles, she must be super old”…That sort of thing. First I photographed the food individually on a bright window … Continue reading Supermarket sweep…

Blind leading the blind!

So Hannah and I set about another project (as if wrestling FOUR kids under 5 on a freezing day wasn’t enough)…To whip up blinds for her playroom. Her mum (ace lady of fine ideas) thought this one through -how to make blinds without cords that can cause horrid accidents when kids get involved. We’ve all seen the stories. These are basically ‘pop-up’ blinds using buttons and tabs, with a self-extending pole at the top. This means that they are pretty safe from prying fingers, and can be whipped down and bunged in the washing machine when spills happen/random child explosions. … Continue reading Blind leading the blind!

Battling Britain (with pegs and pipe cleaners)…

Aimee (awesome farmers wifey) taught me how to make these this afternoon…She needed a peg related craft for WI and had found this on a trip to Duxford (aka plane mecca)…Read on for spiffing spitfire destructions (I’m going to try this with Sam on Wednesday) x You will need:One old fashioned pegA5 cardPencils/crayonsScissorsDab of gluePipe cleaner To Make:Fold your card in half and copy the template from the image opposite. Folding it means when you cut it out you have identical pieces. Colour in with a spiffing spitfire design (do a google search for images, or make the most of … Continue reading Battling Britain (with pegs and pipe cleaners)…