Master Four taps me on the leg as I stand doing the washing up. “Can we do some craft, please mummy?” he asks. I know exactly the box for the job, and send him off to dig through the recycling box (our favourite source of craft supplies – reduce, reuse, recycle!), and I am just drying my hands as he […]


The bubbles swirl around my wrists as /i wash up, the children lost in chatter at the table behind me. A little voice pipes up. “Mummy, I know what we can do for craft today – a toaster! And some toast!”   Uh. Ok. Hmm. I head to the craft stash, to find our random-box-that-look-interesting stash is sorely depleted. The […]

Uses for the egg carton #964

I found myself in a predicament. Bear had made a tractor from some boxes (photos soon!), and was merrily painting away. Chubba Bubba thought he should be involved too. I glanced around, and my gaze alighted on an egg carton, dragged enthusiastically into the toy room by the children, and just as enthusiastically cast aside in favour of other games. […]

Bargain hunting

I went shopping… What did you find?… I found a roll of paper, for us to unwind… The “I Went Walking” game is a particular favourite, inspired by the book of the same name. I can’t recall the author off-hand, but it’s a beautifully illustrated children’satory we’ve borrowed from the library more than once. Almost every time we go walking, […]


With the sun shining, and two small boy full of energy, there really was no option today, other than to be outdoors. So when Bear asked for “painting, mummy, outside?”, we grabbed the paints, a couple of canvases and found outrselves a nice shady spot to sit and paint. Another two canvases down for our garland, a lesson on mixing […]

Oh Christmas Tree

Take a toilet roll. Some crepe paper. A couple of bells and pompoms. Add some craft glue and a hyperactive toddler. Mix well, and bake at 37C/85% humidity. Ok, so maybe the craft glue wasn’t my smartest idea ever. And I may have spent more time ensuring Chubba Bubba’s hands stayed *out* of the craft glue than I did using […]

Painting, baking and all that mummy stuff.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my quiltinaday project! It was a lot of fun to make, and the recipient absolutely loves it! The tight deadline as I stitched down the binding was a bit much though!  So after my valiant effort, and my two little boys being very patient, today is all about being creative at a […]

Jingle bells…

Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe just an artifact of my parenting. The age-old question – nature, or nurture? Either way, my boys have inherited my love of all that is crafty. Cutting, gluing, painting. Drawing. Sewing. Baking. Mess making. And I couldn’t be happier! We attend a couple of playgroups on our rounds of the morning tea cicuit, and it just […]

Ker-plonk went the little green frog…

Or in this case, a beigey-browny somewhat frog-like creature!   We’ve been reading lots of books about frogs lately, which has evolved in many frog-like activities. After covering the loungeroom floor with a variety of cushion, erm, lilypads, and jumping around madly, mummy needed a breather to catch my breath. So out came the craft box, and with the aid […]