Friday, April 11, 2014

{Pinterest} Print making with shaving cream

Be warned....this is a lot of fun....and just a little bit messy!

I've done this before and have even bought some special inks/dyes a few (maybe 5 craft fairs ago) but seeing it again in Pinterest reminded me about how lovely the prints can be.... and messy holiday fun for the boy? Why not!

There are more detailed instructions here and here....but basically you just squirt a whole lot of shaving cream (a couple of bucks from the cheap shop) into a tray.

Add a few drops of food colouring and give it a mix. We used a wooden skewer.

I'd recommend an eye dropper or pipette or something similar if your little one wants to add the colour themselves.....We didn't have much yellow left in the bottle after Mr 4-and-a-half wanted a go at adding the colour. 

Lay the paper over the shaving cream and gentle push down for 10 seconds or so and then slowly peel it off. 

Let it sit for a minute or so while you make some more prints off the same pattern, or add some more colouring or mix it around a bit more. 

Using anything flat, even the side of your hand if you want to get messy too, scrap away the layer of foam. I used a flat bladed butter knife from the kitchen. I also wiped the foam back into the tray to be used again. Actually very little of the foam is used and you can keep using it over and over again. I did notice that towards the end that the foam didn't stick the the paper as well as it was drying out on the top layer, but giving it a mix around helped. 

It only took a few minutes for Aden to ask to mix it with his hands rather the the skewer.  Of course I said yes! He loved it! 
He ended up with shaving cream to his elbows and the food colouring has stained his hands a little, but look at the joy on his face! 

I suggest the wearing of old clothes as the food colouring can stain. And yes I also recommend that you check that your son has shirt on the right way before you start taking photos of him! 

The writing was fun. Just using the end of a skewer and dipping it back and forth in the colouring I was able to write Aden's name in the foam, mirror writing of course so that it is the right way round when you make a print of it. 

I'll show you in a few days what we plan to turn these into!

Number 10 in my list of Pins that I'm actually doing. Join in here if you want! 

Monday, April 07, 2014

{Pinterest} Cloud Dough

We made this last holidays and I'm only just getting around to blogging it! 

I followed a pin to this link and bought some cheap hair conditioner while at the shops. 

2 ingredients......yes.......but technically there is 3 with the colouring.
 Easy to make.......yes.

Best playdough
It was lovely to play with for a while and it is soft and smells nice (apple scented conditioner) but is dried out quickly and it didn't store well in a sealed container in the cupboard. It also wasn't the easiest clean up, but that might have something to do with someone getting it all over the floor! 

The corn flour gave it the slight texture of 'slime' and it started to stretch the way the slime does when you hold it up. It wasn't much good for making things out of it, just nice to roll and pat and squish. 

It was Ok as something fun to do but a traditional playdough recipe, although more involved to make, will last a few weeks in the fridge and is better for making pizza and animals. 

This is project number 9 in my totally pinspired challenge. I'm a few (like lots!) behind. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

{SYST} - Sew your Stash Thin - Wrap up 2013

Before 2014 is over I thought I'd better wrap up my 2013 challenge!

There were 10 of us who thought the idea of using fabric from your stash rather than buying more in was a good idea. You can see them linked up here.

I'd love you all to come back and tell us whether their stash grew or shrank!

I think I came out pretty even. There were a few big finishes and lots of new things made from new fabrics bought but I'm happy with what I achieved in 2013.

I found a wrap up for Little White Dove here.

Anyone else do a wrap up post they want me to link?? 

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Something old and something new {Kick the bucket 2014}

I've been pulling out old crafty things for the Kick the Bucket 2014 Challenge and well.....ummmmm.... I may have started a new one or two as well. Opps!

First with the old.....very old. So old in fact that my so called friends laughed when I said that this was going to be for Aden's nursery. He is 4.5 years old.
Looking back I *may* have been slightly over ambitious when I said it would be finished when he was born. I was 27 weeks pregnant when I picked the pattern. And 28 weeks when the pattern arrived in the mail.  At 29 weeks, just a week into the project I'd made some good progress.

5th May 2009
At 32 weeks it looked like this

29th May 2009
And at 39 weeks just a week out from his due date it looked like this...

14th July 2009
And then I had a newborn and we all know what happens to time after that. It gets really really fast and nothing much gets done while you feed and feed and change nappies and cuddle and feed some more. 

But progress was still happening! 

In October 2009 when Aden was not quite 3 months old it looked like this

And in January 2010 it looked like this...where I again rather ambitiously stated that it would be finished for his 1st birthday. 

In June 2012 it looked like this....with a little bald head hiding under the table....

In February 2013 it looked like this....

And now in March 2014 it looks like this... so I have been working in it! 

That last porthole of the right is what I have been working on this week....

My enthusiasm for it comes and goes...and right now I'm really keen....not keen enough it seems as I have also started a new project! I saw a sweet little cross stitched London scene and thought it would be a lovely addition to my craft room wall.  You can see it here at Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street. When I looked further there are a number of famous cities just begging to be stitched. 

I've started with London and bought the Paris pattern too.

Now I just need to plan holidays to Sydney, New York and Rome to justify buying the other patterns! 

How are you going with your 'Kick the bucket 2014' challenge?? Want to join us? Just link up here

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

{Part 2} We've been on holidays

So back in January, after we'd spent 4 days in London,  we caught the Eurostar under the channel to Paris! Yes Paris!! I could hardly believe it myself.
We'd talked about Paris for our honeymoon, almost 10 years ago now, and being the poor uni student and apprentice that we were back then we had to make other arrangements, and it remained a dream.

Until my sweet husband suggested an early wedding anniversary present....and so with very little consideration we made plans and left!

You could see the Eiffel Tower from our hotel window!!

There was a fair amount of this on the way home.....

and a super excited little boy when we eventually got there!