…Christmas Craftapalozza  :: advent blogalong day 17…

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If you’ve been around my Instagram lately, you’ll have seen it’s kind of Christmas Craft Central at our place at the minute. We are busy making and reading and playing our way to a merry merry Christmas, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. I’ve been working a heap, so I’m trying to offset that with plenty of quality time when I am around the smalls.

…goodie gumdrops journal cover :: advent blogalong day8…

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Way back at quilt camp, my partners in crafty crime tried to talk me into playing along for a course they were doing, called Goodie Goodie Gumdrops. I actually managed to imitate a reasonable human being’s level of logic, and politely declined, knowing that taking on a project of this magnitude would be all but impossible at this time of year, being the busiest part

…home-made pom-poms :: advent blogalong day5…

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When I was creating our advent list, I tried to create a mix of stuff I knew they liked, stuff that was new and required a new skill, and stuff that was new and was easy to pick up for a quick afternoon chill out. One of the activities that fell into the third category, was pompom making. I had green yarn in my stash,

…knitted Christmas trees :: advent blogalong day6…

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A few days ago, the kids were playing around with some yarn crafts as part of our advent calender, I was passing yarn back and forth, and a set of needles fell out of the yarn basket along with a particularly tangled ball of red yarn (my kids’ yarn basket is, shall we say, less than ideally organised?), which was enough to trigger an idea

…2 ingredient peppermint bark :: advent blogalong day12…

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It’s that time of year, where there are parties everywhere and 90% of them are “bring a plate”. This morning was our playgroup Christmas party, and chatting to the main co-ordinator last week, we wanted to do something super fun. We had a water table booked from the toy library, and T had an awesome craft lined up, so I offered to make peppermint bark

…DIY Lego advent calendar :: advent blogalong day3…

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A few weeks back, a friend tagged me on facebook to share a video for an epic Lego advent calender. I was already well into planning our activity advent calendar, but this idea was too cool to pass up. Simple solution? Add it in as an activity! Being a daily calendar as well, it seemed a bit strange to leave it up to chance as

…handmade watercolour paint :: advent blogalong day11…

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A week or two ago, I started following a lovely account on instagram by the name of @redwoodwillow, featuring their handmade watercolour paints, made using honey and glycerin. I admired, and it crossed my mind briefly that I should file that under “things I want to learn one day”. Then, within a few days of this, a message from the usual suspect came through. “Would

…DIY advent activity calendar – advent blogalong day two…

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For the last two years, we have used an advent calendar that I made for Christmas 2015. Last year I was working a heap and Christmas snuck up on me and I’d forgotten to update the dates/activities so we ended up winging it a lot, which isn’t really ideal. This year I decided to mix things up a bit and I covered an old box

…make all the things challenge – metal…

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  A few weeks back, our community college advertised a workshop with a local silversmith, to make our own silver ring. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, the only think I like better than starting a new project, is learning a new craft! So I jumped on the chance, and had a lovely couple of evenings working away. We used jewellers

…on my bookshelf {november} …

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With the end of the year coming up quickly, I’m in a race against time to complete my 2017 Goodreads challenge. My goal was 52 books in the year, and my tally currently sits at 31. 6 weeks until the end of the year. 21 books to read. That’s 3.5 books a week, which is totally doable…if I didn’t have four children, homeschool lessons, oh,