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Little Boy Blue

20 Feb

bobblesI recently finished the blanket I have been making for my cousin’s baby.

I was surprised at how wonderfully it turned out, as while I was making it I was having second thoughts about the square and colours I had chosen and to be honest I really didn’t  like it that much.

However, joining the squares and adding the border really transformed it and I now love it.

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The square I used comes from Edie Eckman it combines bobbles with spike dc to create a peak a boo feel.

I joined them together with dc in the back loop only. This was something I had never done, I had always used both loops. By using back loops only the squares are really enhanced as they seem to get a little border around them.

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I was attempting to do a bit of stash busting when I started the blanket, so this led me in my colour choices. I already had the light and dark blues and the white. I added the gunmetal  for some sophistication and keep it masculine as the baby is a boy. It is all acrylic, the gunmetal is 8 ply, thick , squishy and will be so warm for the coming winter.

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For the border I mimicked the same style from the square, I toyed with a more embellished edge but in the end kept it simple and that was the perfect choice.

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I didn’t block the squares individually nor have I blocked the final product, since the yarn and pattern are quite sturdy I am happy with the way it sits, I may change my  mind on this though before April.

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I am really happy with this blanket, I love the tactile bobbles and I can imagine babies loving them too. I am in love with the colours too, the combination of neutrals and brights has to be my favourite.

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Balloon Print Monsters

7 Feb

I’ve recently noticed that my darling Duckman is quite artistically inclined, which is something I wasn’t prepared for. Rooster, although he does enjoy art when he does it, he rarely seeks it out. Duckie on the other hand draws on everything, I am trying to teach him, with out much luck, that we only draw on paper, however he is rather free spirited and draws wherever and on what ever takes his fancy. Yesterday I discovered a master piece on our newly laid timber floor, thankfully it was done in pencil and will be easily removed.

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So with this new realisation, my February goal of more kid art and some one on one time with Duckie now Rooster is at school we embarked on balloon printing.

This is so simply and such fun.

All you need is

balloons

paint

a small cup or bowl to hold the paint

goggle eyes (optional)

markers

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First of all you need to blow up the balloon, not too big as it needs to be easily handled by little hands and it also needs to fit into the bowl of paint.

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Add some paint to your bowl.

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Dip the balloon into the paint and press it onto some paper.

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It does slip around so you need to be firm.

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We placed the eyes on while the paint was wet so that they stuck once the paint was dry.

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 You don’t need to use eyes, you could just draw them on.

Once the paint is dry use the markers to add personality.

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Easy peasy isn’t it?

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I am totally in love with the tie-dyed effect of this printing, and the texture of it. I think it would make some pretty rad wrapping paper.

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Little Duckie had a great time. Watching his creativity is super awesome. He turned his prints into a mixed media collage with the addition of some washi tape.


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Pop, Pop, Pop….bubble painting

27 Mar

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Today, after asking Mr 4 which activity he would like to do, it was decided that we would try bubble painting. I hadn’t done this since I was his age so we had a little Google to get the method and here is our efforts.

                                               1. What you will need
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  • acrylic paint
  • detergent or bubble mix
  • straws
  • paper
  • water
  • plastic containers

2. Make a mix of water, paint and detergent.

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I found the best pictures came when there was a lot of paint and detergent and just enough water to make the mix liquid. If you make the paint too dilute with water the pictures will be very faint.

3. Blow through the straws to turn the mix into some lovely bubbles.

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  We got the best bubbles from the mix in the small container as it was deeper and we could really go to town with our blowing. The mix was shallower in the larger container and splattered a lot when we were blowing in them.Image

4. Gently press the paper onto the bubbles, I found we had to work quickly doing this as the  bubbles decreased quite rapidly.

5. Do it again with another colour!

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 You could use this technique to decorate a variety of paper crafts, from wrapping paper to cut out shapes. It was fairly easy, a little messy and can be done quite quickly, which is good for kids as they sometimes don’t have the patients for longer craft activities.

A word of warning, this may not be suitable for younger children. I tried to involve Mr 1 in this activity also, with disastrous results…first he shoved his hands in the paint and spilt it everywhere and then to top it off he sucked through the straw rather than blowing and got a mouthful of paint and detergent. I think he ended up with more colour on him than the paper did!

A string of Bunnies….making a cute Easter garland.

21 Mar

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Today I had planned this fun activity for the Minimen and myself, however, Mr 1 fell asleep and Mr 4 was in a mood, and although Mr 1 did wake up in time to stomp on some bunnies and Mr 4’s curiosity got the better of him, and he did glue some bunny tails on, I did most of the work myself.

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1. Gather your materials

  • coloured paper or cardboard
  • paint
  • scissors
  • pom poms
  • string
  • hole punch

2. Cut out a simple bunny shape

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3. Paint a pattern on your bunnies. I used a skewer to make small spots and stripes and the end of a fat pencil to make large spots.

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4. Glue the pom poms on.

5. Using the hole punch, punch out a hole from each ear.

6. Thread your string through the holes.

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7. String them up somewhere in your home

8. Enjoy them!

Salty rainbow snakes

16 Mar

Image  The Minimen and I had seen these salty snake paintings on TV the other day and thought we would give them a go.

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All you need is

  • paper, black works best
  • salt
  • glue sticks
  • water colour paints

To make them smear the glue on the page in any design you like, we did snakes since they are easy for younger children.

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Sprinkle the salt over the paper and press it down with your hand to make sure it sticks well. Tip off the excess.

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Using the water colour paint add colour to the salt. We started using a brushing action and found the salt was coming off the paper, so we switched to dabbing, which was better, but what worked best was to make the paints really watery and getting quite a bit on the brush and just holding the brush onto the salt. The salt soaked up the paint and stayed fixed to the paper.

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This activity was really great, both Mr 1 and Mr 4  were able to do it, so it would suit most age levels. It helps with fine motor skills, colour appreciation and sensory experiences, but most of all it was just fun!

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Paint chip update

16 Mar

 As promised, I finally got around to hanging my paint chip art works in the Minimens play room, and here is the finished picture.

I am really happy with how they look on the wall. Mr 4 agrees they look great but realistically I don’t think either he or Mr 1 are going to be spending much time pondering over and apreciating any of the art works that I put into their room.

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Eggs in cages

8 Mar

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This is a really cute and pretty easy Easter craft activity.

 Although this project would be a great activity to do with kids, I wanted to keep it a secret from my mini men as it will be one of their Easter Bunny gifts.

The things you will need to make your own little egg cages are some wool, craft glue, balloons, eggs or any other little treats you want to put in ( I tried some little fluffy chicks but their wire legs popped the balloon when I blew it up)

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The first, and probably hardest thing to do in this project is getting your treats in to the balloons. After you have managed to do this you can blow up your balloon to what ever size you like, I chose a small eggplant size.

For the wool, I cut a couple of long lengths and let them sit in the craft glue and wrapped them around the balloon and let them dry. Once they were dry I also sprayed a bit of hairspray on them just for some added firmness.

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Once dry I popped the balloon, in hindsight a layer of vaseline or something similar on the balloon before putting the wool on might have been a good idea, as the wool was stuck to the balloon and as the air came out of the balloon the little cages went out of shape. I was able to push them back into shape though.

If there are any little spots where the eggs can escape it is really easy just to add a little piece of wool to make the gap smaller and the cage more secure, and pick out any little pieces of dried glue with tweezers to tidy them up.

I am excited for he Mini Men to receive these, I know they are going to love them they are just too cute not to love!

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Chevron Love

5 Mar

I have often been put off sewing because of the high cost of fabric in Australia, but I recently took the plunge and bought fabric from America, one of which was this wonderful yellow and white chevron fabric that I had been eyeing off over here at $22/m and I got it for the bargain price of  $8.79/yd.

I don’t know when the humble zig zag grew up and became the much fancier chevron, but whatever the name I love them for home decor, that is why I decided to use this fabric to create some curtains for the mini mens playroom. I also decided to use an eyelet design as it is simple yet stylish.

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After cutting my fabric to size I ran a small hem around all Four sides.

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I used eyelet tape, which is readily available from the fabric shop and it comes with the grommits to finish your curtains with. When using eyelet tape you need to make sure that you have an even amount of rings for a perfect finish when hanging.

I measured and cut my tape and pinned it to my fabric.

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Using a zipper foot, to make it easier to sew beside the rings, I stitched along all edges of the tape with a straight stitch.

Once the tape was secured to the fabric I was able to cut out the fabric from inside the rings. This was the most time consuming part of the whole project, but once I had a cutting system, I got through I quite quickly.

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It was then time to fit the grommits over the  rings for a clean finish. These easily just click on and voila!..brand new gorgeous curtains. Image

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I am so in love with these curtains, I can’t wait to hang them! (photos will follow once they are hung) I will definitely be using this technique again when I do the curtains for the mini mens bedroom, it was so easy and quick (I ran up two curtains on a Sunday morning)

Under whelmed by eggs

2 Mar

The Easter bunny has ambitious plans this year. After seeing so many beautiful ideas for dying, painting and decorating eggs, I decided that I would try a few, but then I thought “What kid wants a bunch of hard boiled eggs for Easter?”the answer of course is none. So then, thanks to Martha Stewart, I have found a recipe for filling egg shells with chocolate. So this is my ambitious plan, and Mr 4, who helped me decorate some eggs thinks the Easter Bunny is coming to pick them up and will return them to us filled with goodness, so lets hope that I can pull it off. I chose two different styles of decorating the eggs, a marbled style and a stripey dyed style. You could choose to to this to boiled eggs, but due to my future plans for these eggs I blew out the insides of them. To do this you just pierce the top and bottom and blow. I also then boiled them in vinegar and water to sterilise them which also took of the brown layer of egg shell to reveal a lighter colour.

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We started with 6 eggs, 3 for each style. for the marbled ones we used food colour and shaving cream.

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We spread the shaving cream over a plastic plate and dropped some food colouring onto it, then Mr 4 swirled the colours around with a skewer to create the marbled pattern.

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Then we rolled the eggs around in the shaving cream to transfer the pattern onto the shell, we then placed them on a clean plastic plate to dry, you need to leave the foam on the egg to give the shell a chance to soak in the dye.

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For the stripey ones we used food colouring and plastic cups.

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We put some dye in the bottom of the cups and at several intervals we added water to the cups until the eggs were covered. This, apparently is meant to give a stripey, graduated colour effect.

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I added these eggs to the plastic plate with the others to dry out. During the drying two eggs were blown off the bench by a gust of wind and met their demise.

Here is the final product

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To be honest I Cant tell the difference between the two styles, the stripey eggs did not turn out the way I had envisioned. Although I am a little less than pleased with the way they turned out, Mr 4 was more than happy with them and I guess that is what is important, maybe it will just take some more practice to perfect them.

Now the Easter bunny just has to come to collect them, lets hope she has success carrying out her ambitious plans.

Pop art with paint chips

25 Feb

When I first saw paint chip art my initial thought was “how tacky” but then I found the3rsblog.wordpress.com. She has some really great graphic pictures made with paint chips, so that inspired my latest project, that and the fact that it cost me nothing. I really like thrifty craft, the cost involved in making things often has put me off in the past.

My mini men have a playroom, which I am slowly decorating for them, my goal today was to make some cute and inexpensive art for the wall.

We took a trip to our local Bunnings to get some paint chips in the colour pallette I am using for the room (blue, yellow and white), while there I also picked up a can of white enamel spray paint, then from home I found some old unused frames.

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The first thing I did was to spray paint my frames so that they would be dry by the time I had finished my art.

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I then cut out the shapes I would be using, I chose to use circles, triangles and squares to create some graphic, pop art style pictures. I used scissors to cut the shapes, but if you had paper punches in a variety of shapes and sizes that would be much easier.

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Using craft glue I glued my shapes onto some paper, trying to arrange them in some interesting and eye catching patterns.

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When I placed my pictures in the frames I was  bit disappointed that the edge of the frame obscured the edge of the pictures but over all I am happy with the final result. They are bright and cheery, the perfect addition to the mini men’s playroom.

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I haven’t hung them up yet, as soon as I do I will post a picture.

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