Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cardboard Car Park...

I found this idea on Pinterest and immediately knew Tom and I had to make it. The original source is from B-inspired Mamma Tom enjoys cars and he loves numbers so the combination of the two kept him busy for ages.

First we found a large cardboard lid and drew on car parks with a black text. We numbered each car park. We found 10x cars and labelled each car with a white sticky label.

The photos say it  all!

Thanks for playing craft with me...
                                            Jan x

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Star Bunting...

Three year old Tom and I had fun making this star bunting to use as a Christmas decoration.  First, we stamped Christmas images onto muted patterned paper by Studio Calico.

Then we cut the paper into star shapes and punched a hole in each one. Then using a tapestry needle we strung them onto yarn.

We love the effect and it was all achieved in 20 minutes! There is nothing like a quick craft with a little one as they don't lose interest. Tom loved threading the yarn through the stars and was very good at it.

Jan x

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knitted Christmas Stocking...

My Grandma, who was a crafty genius with the Country Women's Association, knitted hundreds of these stockings. I have many she has given me over the years to adorn my Christmas tree. As I put them on the branches I am reminded of her love and grateful for passing on her crafty genes to me.

My Mum and I have followed suit and knit them too.  They are cute, small gifts especially if a chocolate is poked in the top. I have knitted them for craft stalls.  In fact, I am knitting some in black and will embroider my daughter's dance school initials on them for a dancing school stall next week.

The stockings knit up in about 20 minutes and take about 15 minutes to sew up.

Here is the pattern:

Knitted Christmas Stocking
What you need:
Use 8 ply yarn (in chosen colour/s) and knit with Size 4mm needles. Crochet hook needle to make up.

Cast on 23 stitches.

Garter stitch (plain knit stitch) 8 rows.
Knit (K) 13, K2 together (tog) and turn.

Switch now to stocking stitch.
-Purl (P) 4, P2 tog, turn
-K4, K2 tog turn

Repeat the above two rows until you have 17 stitches.

Stocking stitch 12 rows.

Change yarn colour now if you desire a two-coloured stocking.
Garter stitch 6 rows.
Cast off leaving a long piece of yarn.
Using a crochet hook chain chain 20 to form the hanging loop.

Fold stocking in half right sides together. Mattress stitch the foot and back of stocking.  Sew the other length of chain to the top of the stocking to form a loop. Filling with chocolates is optional! Make in other colours. Green looks good too. 

Have you inherited a crafty gene? I would love to hear about who you might have inherited it from.

Thanks for playing in my garden...
                                              Jan x

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Car run...

Tom and I saw a cardboard ball run featured on a happy wanderer  and delighted in the simpleness of it.  We made one for his small  toy cars using a pizza box cut open and cardboard rolls cut in half then taped on. We had to have a trial run as we stuck the rolls down to ensure the cars went from one level to the next.

There is nothing like cardboard and sticky tape to while away the time with a child.
                                                                                                                  Jan x

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Didn't Get Time to Carve a Pumpkin this Year?

Here is the 5 minute solution!  I discovered this fabulous crafty idea on this blog.  What an effective little "pumpkin" was born from a mandarin using black cardstock, double sided tape and and stick for the top.

Happy Halloween!!!

               Jan x

Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Wooden Peg Aeroplanes...

It is my role to run weekly craft at playgroup.  We hadn't made planes before so I trawled the net and found this fabulous idea from a website Fun Family Crafts.

 The planes are super simple to make.

What you need:
wooden peg, 3x icypole/popsicle sticks, paint, hot glue gun or wood glue

1. Paint wooden peg and sticks.  Let dry
2. Hot glue gun the icypole/popsicle sticks (as the bi-wings) to the front of the peg
3. Using old pair of scissors cut a 1/3 off the 3rd stick and glue as a tail wing to the other end of the peg
4. With the left over 1/3 of the stick from step 3, cut a 1cm off and glue this fin to the top of the tail    

Tom, 3, loved my prototype so much he had to make one himself. It zoomed around the house many times over and had to be reglued a few times. No Tom, the hot glue gun is a grown-up toy. I think this craft will be a hit at playgroup tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by...
                           Jan x

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Handmade Hairclips are not just for Little Girls...

My latest fashion go-to are hair clips. They are for ladies as well as girls!!!  I have had a stash of hair clips and earring bases waiting for me to attach buttons to.  Tonight was hot glue gun night!

What a speedy result. Perfect for craft wannabe with no patience.  I definately love my new clips especially the vintage bird. I also needed new vintage mauve earrings I really did.

The badge is from my Studio Calico scrapbook collection. Too good for my pages. Better out of my albums and into my hair (that is if my daughter doesn't get to it first).

Thanks for playing in my craft room...
                                                      Jan x

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cardboard Box Car Wash...

For those people lucky who live in Australia, the children's TV show,  Play School, has fabulous ideas and has been a source of wonderment for my children.

My 3yo, Tom, loved an episode from a show we watched together yesterday which featured a car wash.  So of course there was no time before we pulled out mop heads, cardboard boxes and sticky tape and made our very own car wash.

Tom played with it all day so that says it all!

Thanks for playing in my craft cupboard...
                                                      Jan x

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Welcome to my First Post...

Hi all,

Hooray for craft! Welcome to my blog.  I hope to make new friends.

This is my spot for sharing crafty projects mostly made in the afternoon typically of a weekend.

I am a mum of three (14, 12 and 3) who loves being extra busy especially all things crafty.  My favourite people are fellow crafters. I am a doctor on the side. Australia is my homeland and I am lucky to live on an island.

My favourite crafts are sewing, glueing, sticking and painting. I also love stitching which I blog about at thread garden. Recording memories with paper is another hobby of mine as one always needs another hobby. I blog about this at paper garden.

Looking forward to posting lots and making some new friends.

Jan x