12th December 2015 Helen

On Thursday we did an afternoon of crafts. Today (Saturday) the table is still sticky, there’s glitter on the floor, but the fruits of our labour are proudly handing on the tree and on the playroom walls! Our Felt Christmas Trees featured in the beautiful Craft Advent hosted by Sadhbh over at Where Wishes Come From. While the glue and buttons of the felt trees stole the kid’s imaginations these twinkling lovelies are my absolute favourite.  Maybe I love them because fairy lights spark joy in my very soul or maybe it’s because these are the perfect mix of art and…

6th November 2014 Helen 8Comment

I got a mega treat last month when I was given a copy of the brand spanking new Book of Crafts from The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). As much as I love Pinterest and my collection of favourite crafty blogs, there’s something about a beautiful hardback craft book that I love. This book – the latest publication from the ICA, is no exception. This book has forty projects ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. It is divided into four sections – Stitch and Sew, Make and Wear, Store and Keep, and Celebrate. Each of the projects was submitted by…

25th August 2014 Helen 8Comment

Sweet Jesus my life is one messy play day after another.  Spidey is infatuated with his big-boy scissors so I sweep up about 1 metric tonne of paper scraps from the floor every day. Yoda passes countless hours scattering ‘napping’ dolls covered head to toe in tea-towels so downstairs looks like the scene of a gruesome mob murder.  There’s the lego, the action figures, the wooden train track, the hotwheels, the ponies, the Twistables and the bloody play dough. It’s messy. I’m messy. The kids are messy.  Play is messy. So, it really is a great reflection of how much I like April over at…

18th December 2013 Helen 2Comment

There are precious few things that guarantee the parent’s of toddlers a few minutes silence, a solo trip to the loo – and maybe even a cup of tea. One toddler playing hairdresser to the other does it.  The rummaging of those little hands in a handbag and the discovery of mascara does it. Thankfully, in our house, painting has similar magical powers and – thankfully, causes less lasting damage.  Last week, on the strength of these little salt dough wonders I got a dinner made – and all for the price of washing the crafty table cloth and bunging…

4th October 2012 Helen

Our little buddy Anna just turned one.  I made her a fabulous pink birthday tutu (see earlier post here for a really easy no-sewing tutu ‘pattern’) and detailed two little plain T-Shirts for her. I just used plain white and blue organic cotton long sleeved tops from H&M which I’ve found have lasted really well with my two monsters. I made a simple tree on the white one with layers of fabric and a felt ‘trunk’. I used bondaweb on the backing so the edges shouldn’t fray.  I used a variety of stitches just to add some texture to the…

9th September 2012 Helen 2Comment

Inevitably whenever one of my kids gets something, the other wants exactly the same! As part of my recent fabric mega order I got a few rolls of pink tulle. The plan was to to make a tutu for my daughter and also our little friend Anna who turns one next week. I had to revisit my plans when my 3year-old went bonkers wanting to know where his pink tutu was! I knew if I made one he’d be in love with it for a while and then the novelty would wear off whereas if I refused he’d go mad…