Thursday, January 22, 2015

Transferring activity

I love Pom poms and as you may see there are loads of things you can do with them.
 This is a great activity as it's easy and it covers many areas of development for little people. I have an 18 month old and it's great for her, it was also a hit for my eldest when she was the same age.
All you need is two bowls and a small pair of tongs, and of course pom poms. I used to also do this when I worked in Pre schools, and I generally had the 18 month to 2 year old's, we also used dried pasta.

Some of the areas of development this is good for are,
Fine motor development
Hand and eye co ordination
Speech and Language 
Cognitive development
Dexterity

 We talk about the colours in which we are picking up, my 18 month old is slowly learning new words and enjoying to practice them. It's also great for introducing colours into her learning and play, which is great for language and cognitive skills.
The transferring of the pom poms from one bowl to another is great for her hand and eye co ordination as she has to focus on the pom pom and use her fine motor skills by using her hands to control the tongs in order to pick them up, and release them.
When my eldest became more confident with it, she would sit for ages just transferring  the pom poms between the two bowls. It kept her quiet and was a great calming activity for quiet time.

So why not give it a go, maybe try the dried pasta ( just make sure they don't eat it). The small plastic tongs to squeeze tea bags are also great for this, and also a bit easier to handle for little hands.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Pom pom glitter bunting

Another cute activity for older kids or Mum's looking to make something cheap and cute for their little ones room. 
These pom poms came in a big bag which cost $2 at a craft shop. The glitter card also cost about $2 which I bought at a dollar/pound shop. So this is quite an inexpensive way to make something a bit cute and add a bit of sparkle to any room. 
1, Find a sized circle you like and trace around it onto the back of the card, cut it in half and this will make your template. I used a plastic cup for the size of mine.

2, Now just trace it onto the rest of the card and cut out your bunting, I got 12 from 2 sheets of card.

3, Now with your hole punch, punch 2 holes in your bunting pieces, one in each corner

4, Now cut out a long length of your string (I used a gold yarn which I already had). Then thread the yarn onto the bodkin (or just a regular needle, depending on the thickness of your yarn/string). Now start with threading through a pom pom then the bunting shape, and so one, finishing with a pom pom. this is so when you tie it off it wont fall off the string.

 Now for the two ends, for each end I tied a loop and knot, then I threaded the left over yarn through the pom pom and cut it off, just to make it neat.
Now hang it up and admire it's cuteness. I used blue tack to adhere mine to the wall, but with the loops you can hang it from some hooks too.
I hung mine in my daughters room, she was pretty happy with it.

So this is a pretty easy way to make bunting that doesn't require a sewing machine.
You could use any coloured card or even foam, you could even use those lovely wool felt balls. There are lots of variations you could try. I would love to try some with my vintage wallpaper, for a vintage look. I even made some without the pom poms and just ran my cardboard through the sewing machine. This was also quite easy if you have a sewing machine.

Happy Crafting

Em xx ♥♥♥




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pom Pom Poppers


 I'm certainly not going to claim this as my idea, just showing you all the fun things you can do with pom poms. This is a fun little activity which will keep the kids entertained for a while, and not to mention finding pom poms all over the house, it's a small price for entertained kids.


 Cut a hole in the bottom of the paper cup
 Then cut the top off the balloon
 Tie a knot in the end of  the balloon. Next stretch the balloon over the bottom of the paper cup. Then tape the balloon to the cup.
Now, let the fun begin. Pop a pom pom in, and pull back on the the balloon then release. they do get a bit of distance, luckily the pom poms don't hurt or break anything.
Then get of the firing range and grab a cuppa whilst you can.

Em xx ♥♥♥ 

Pom Pom Bracelet


 This is an easy little activity I can do with my 4 and a half year old, I did need to help her with a couple of things. It turns out pretty cute for a girl who does love her accessories and dressing up.
Make the Tassel
1, Wrap some of the yarn about 10 times around the piece of cardboard
2, Slide it off the cardboard, then tie some yarn at the end of the tassel then tie some yarn about 1cm down from the top
3, Snip the ends off to make the tassel neat
(this part may need an adult to help)
 Thread the elastic onto the bodkin, this might need to be done by and adult. alternatively you could used a plastic  bodkin for kids. Then thread the beads, then through the pom poms, then through the tassel and keep going. 
Then tie off the elastic into a few knots, (an adult might need to help here too)
And there you have it, a cute little bracelet. I love pom poms and love adding them to lots of little projects for my kids.

Happy Crafting

Em xx ♥♥♥


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hello 2015

Wow, January has nearly gone already. I cant believe 2014 has gone and we are in 2015, resolutions are always on peoples lips, I don't tend to make them as I almost never keep them. My little Blog is one of them, I drop by time to time and have a look, and post a few things. Truth is I have a Samsung tablet now, its great for the quick stuff I need to do, like banking, email etc. I don't always have the time to get the lap top out and set it up as our new place is small and I don't have much room to keep it out all the time.

Anyway, this year is bringing some big things, I did set a little challenge for myself for the new year. Have a market stall, I'm glad to say I have been accepted to sell my things at a market, but I think I will start with the Feb market as I don't have time to get everything ready to start this weekend.

I'm also helping out a friend and contributing some little tutorials for something he is working on. I thought I would mention this as you might see a whole heap of little tutorials pop up in your feeds.


We are also off tho the UK with these two cheeky monkeys. Ruby is 4 and a half now and Olive is 18 months. How we will all go on a plane is anyone's guess, I hope for sleeping kids the whole way, although I somehow think that is a ridiculous fantasy from a delusional mother. We have a couple of months to mentally prepare ourselves, which is good.

So I think I will be keeping myself busy with making things for the market and doing some little tutorials over the next few months. Cant wait to show you how the market goes.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A bit of upcycling

 I love finding treasures at the op shops, I don't get to go much anymore as taking 2 kids in and out of the car then taking them in etc, it isn't fun. I love little shelves that can house little things. These are 3 that I have painted and put some lovely paper at the back.
 I have shown this one before maybe, it was a spice rack and I do keep it in the kitchen. It looks lovely now and I love this little colourful corner.
 This one is my absolute favourite. It was a horrible mission brown and needed many coats of paint to get it pretty. I found the green and pink vintage wallpaper in my travels and are my favourites. I did a swap with someone on instagram and got the blue and yellow ones. I am just so happy with how it turned out as I love vintage wallpaper, this one lives in Ruby's room.
This one I initially sprayed blue and didn't like it. So I just went back to the off white and it looks way better. I have a bit of a wrapping paper addiction which I will never use for wrapping. I used lots of the paper as they are all just pretty. This is how is started out....
And now it is full of Lego Mini Figures. Anyone else have an addiction to these? These are the smallest amount of ours, these ones are Ruby's faves. We do love a bit of Lego in our house, one of the houses I made before is full of them.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crochet Floor Rug

My sister fell pregnant a while ago and I decided to try and make her a crochet mandala floor rug. I found a thinker cotton yarn which I thought would be perfect to give it a go. I chose three colours thinking that they would be OK for either sex. I looked at some different patterns, but in the end I just went with it trying different stitches from different patterns. I have to say that I unpicked many rows as it was hard to get the mat to stay flat.
 I used 6 balls of  yarn and went as far as they would take me, I think it turned out to be the perfect size.
 Here is the rug on the floor in Olive's room, I kind of wanted to keep it for myself.
I gave it to her the other week when she had her baby. She had a little boy so the colours worked extra well. She loved it and I love my new little nephew, new babies are the best.

Em xx ♥♥♥
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