March 31, 2015

11 Ways to Encourage your Child’s Creativity

Eddie teaching Paddy and Libby how to sew

    It has been said, probably for the last 50 years or more, that television is hampering children’s creativity. I’m not sure how true this is but with people now spending less and less time away from screens, there are perhaps fewer moments in which imagination can flourish. But creativity is an important aspect […]

Top 10 Craft Supplies Every Family Should Have

Isobel, Anna and Libby try to crochet

    The opportunity to be creative is a vital part of childhood. Many of today’s successful artists, designers and makers credit childhoods spent making, creating and inventing with parental encouragement behind it all. As a family we all love to learn new skills. We love making things be it with wood, fabric, paints or […]

Getting them involved – Christmas crafting with the kids


    One of the best things about Christmas is preparing for the big day. Carols, decorations, mince pies and dazzling lights all make the festive period a great time of year but if you’re looking to go the extra mile this December why not get crafty with the kids? Little ones love getting their […]

Tie Dye T-Shirt Craft – Plus Win a Trip to Germany with Zalando

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    A few days ago we found out about a crafty competition that Zalando are running for the creative ones amongst you. Participants must develop a DIY fashion project idea and tag it with #ZalandoDIY. Then send your email with your full name, the DIY creation and the subject line ‘DIY with Zalando’ to […]

Because there is nothing quite like handmade…

cutting fabric

    Recently, a very old and dear friend of mine had a beautiful baby girl. While she was pregnant I had promised that I would bring something back from Italy for the new baby, whose gender was unknown. Despite the length of time we were out there for, we didn’t have much of a […]

Craft Tutorial: Reversible Shabby Chic Raggy Bag

Big and small raggy bags  - raggy side showing

    These shabby chic Raggy Bags are not only functional while looking great but they are also reversible, allowing you to create two completely different looks with just one bag! Oh, and if you have trouble sewing in a straight line you don’t need to worry as they are super-easy to make too. You […]

Home-Made Gifts Your Mother Will Love

craft materials

    The New Year is already off to a flying start and before you know it, Mother’s Day will be here on March 30th. Like many people across the country, some of us will suffer that last-minute panic of what to get for your loved one’s special day, which is why we’ve put together […]

Oatmeal, Honey and Goats Milk Soap Balls

oatmeal soap balls

Looking for an inexpensive homemade gift idea that you can make in minutes? How about these Oatmeal Soap Balls? They’re natural, contain skin-friendly ingredients which don’t cost the earth to buy. The ones in the photograph were actually made by our creative entrepreneur, 8-year-old Eddie – who then promptly asked how much he’d be able to […]

Christmas gift ideas for children to make and give


      As Christmas draws ever-nearer and the children’s excitement builds, why not get them involved in the Christmas planning? There is nothing quite like giving a homemade gift and all kids love to be creative so give them something to keep them busy and let them make their own gifts for giving on […]

Car Organiser Craft Tutorial

car organiser tutorial

    One problem with travelling on long journeys with children is that it isn’t always possible to stop in a convenient place to grab their snack, drink or activity. Attaching a car organiser to the seat in front provides your child with plenty of storage for their all-important belongings and keeps them within easy […]

How to make slippers for kids


    Knock up a pair of slippers for your toddler or child within a couple of hours with this quick and easy tutorial. All you need is some felt (normal craft felt will do) and some wool. Step 1:  Draw around your child’s foot, adding approximately half an inch to the outline.     […]

How to make a patchwork quilt (A tutorial with free pattern download)

'Me and My Girl' Patchwork Quilt Photo

    If you have ever wanted to make your own patchwork quilt but were not quite sure where to begin, here is a great-looking yet simple pattern I put together.  You can also download and print off the free PDF patchwork quilt pattern by clicking here.  Here is pinwheel design set within a bordered […]

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