Great Kids Crafts For Fathers Day

Homemade cards are more personal than that of the shop brought kind! That’s why my little ones have been busy making Father’s Day cards ready for daddy’s special day.

For the younger ones a template is a great idea and Baker Ross have provided us with these fantastic template cards that just require kids to draw in the missing parts and then fill them with colour.

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Kids love drawing faces (well my toddler does) its one of the first things most learn to draw. On these cards your child can draw in any type of facial expression they desire! They can even match the features (hair, eye colour etc) to that of their own daddy. Whether it be grumpy or smiley, the end results are just brilliant. You can even turn the card over to design the back of dads head… How cool is that!

Harley age 3 had so much fun working on these that we went through the entire pack in just one day. Ok, Alice also had a go and if truth be told… So did I!

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Here’s the results….

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Whats more you can even add other art materials to give your cards a certain edge. Kids can use goggly eyes or how about adding glitter to dads tie, or string for his hair? The possibilities are endless!

Card templates are available from Baker Ross Ltd (8 pack £1.99)

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Kids Spring Crafts – Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets

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Here’s a very easy craft project to do with the kids this weekend.

Given its been kinda wet outside these past few days spring doesn’t really feel like its in the air. So, why not bring spring indoors with this cute spring bouquet made with tissue paper flowers.

These are easy to do yet an enjoyable activity for children both big and small.

Bouquets can be decorated anyway your child desires whether it be simply dotty flower wrapping or crystals and bows.

To make these with your children, here’s what you are going to need to make it happen.

3x Sheets Of Tissue Paper (3 different colours)
Mod Podge (or PVA/water mix)
Ribbon
3x Strong Glue Dots
3x Tiny Faux Pearls (for smaller flowers)
3x Big Faux Pearls (for larger flowers)
Decorations (examples… Embellishments, beads, glitter..)
1x Elastic Band
1x Sheet Of Green Tissue Paper (optional – if leaf shoots are desired)

Here’s what to do…

First take two sheets of tissue paper in 2 of your 3 colours and rip them into strips (you want around 6 strips, 3 in each of the 2 colours).

Now one at a time roll your paper strips ( ensure that 3 of the strips are rolled more tightly than the other 3). Now pinch 1/4 of the way down and twist to form a bud and stem.

Fiddle with the paper buds to form the flowers shape. At this point you can slightly open the buds and fluff them out a little on the not so tightly rolled flowers. For the 3 tighter flowers be sure to twist and pinch a little firmer to keep them closed like rose buds. Remember, for this tutorial we are making 3 rose buds and 3 open roses.

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Now, cut of some of the stems away to make the flower smaller. At this point no glue is required as the twisted paper will hold itself.

Once you have done this step for all your tissue paper strips bunch them together and secure with an elastic band.

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Now bring forward your remaining sheet of tissue paper, fold in half and half again and lay down at an angle like that of the image below.

Place the bunched flowers at a tilted angle so that the buds are directly beneath the top right corner like so.

Wrap your flowers in the paper forming a cone like shape, squeezing the bottom tightly and securing around the middle with pretty ribbon.

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Push the 3 small faux pearls into the 3 rose buds.

For the larger open roses, add an extra strong glue dot to the bottoms of the 3 large pearls and again push into the centre of the flower.

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Now add a very thin layer of Mod Podge or PVA/Water mix (though this will require many more hours to dry).

If using mod podge leave to dry for around 40 minutes (more or less dependent on the conditions your working in.) If using PVA/Water mix this could take anything from 6-24 hours to dry.

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Use your decorations to glam up your bouquet. We just added a sequinned pink heart to our flowers wrapping for a pretty finishing touch. If using gems and glitter apply another coat of glue mix or mod podge to ensure all decorations are set. We just added our heart so nothing more was required.

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You can let the kids go crazy making these. They could really mix up the colour combinations or even roll one colour tissue paper inside of another to give that pretty two tone effect.

Experiment with the wrapping of your flowers, maybe wrapping them in pretty cellophane or felt. Another pretty idea which can be done for winter as opposed to spring, is to add white ultra fine glitter dust around the edging of each flower for an iced, snow effect.

If like us you want some green in with your roses, then why not add some shoots of grass to your bouquet which are easy enough to achieve and requires nothing more than a sheet of green tissue paper.

Here’s how its done.

1… Simply roll the green tissue paper tightly
2… Pinch and twist a 1/4 of the way down
3… Twist tightly the remaining paper making a stem and cut in half (discard of bottom half)
4… Tie off at the end and then snip the flat end (top) to resemble grass.
5… Fit into your bouquet where desired.

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Don’t they look lovely?

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Hope you’re now feeling inspired and the kids are too.

Kids Crafts – Bug Boxes and Masquerade Masks

I love crafting with the kids! As mentioned Little man who is 12 and has Aspergers Syndrome and he isn’t overly keen on the whole crafting thing.But younger sister Alice-Sara and the Toddler can’t seem to get enough of it!

We are very lucky to be Baker Ross Ltd Reviewers and love the fun stuff they send us. Last week we shared some really fun activities, including… Scratch art bug magnets, British butterfly decorations and decorated foam pencil cases (click here for post)! This week its all about glitzy Carnival Masquerade mask kits (perfect for the upcoming festival season) & cute foam bug boxes.

The children really enjoyed decorating the masks. We were sent a set comprising of 2 kits. Each contained, pre-cut foam mask, feathers, sequins, glitzy self adhesive decorations and a wooden stick for supporting your mask in place as you hold it to your eyes.

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The only thing we needed was some glue to stick the feathers and sequins, plus some tape for holding the stick in place.

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Given Alice-Sara is 10, she required no help whatsoever. I helped the toddler correctly place the glitzy foam around the eyes but basically let him go wild and freestyle the rest.

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Foam is a difficult material when it comes to sticking things to it with glue and many ordinary glues just don’t cut it. We’ve been using Baker Ross Ltd Tacky Glue for a while now and this seems to work perfectly. Also it should be noted that the same applies when it comes to taping down your stick in place, so good strong tape works best!

These were so much fun to make. Follow the examples on each instruction sheet inserted in each kit or let the creativity within come flooding out by letting the little ones freestyle their own design. I love the way these turned out.

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The Bug Box Kits are very cute and simple to make. We were given a set comprising of 4 kits, each containing, a small box, large foam shape, smaller self adhesive foam pieces and instruction sheet. You will again require some glue or double sided tape to stick your finished bug to the lid of your box. Once again we used the tacky glue and found this worked just fine.

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Alice constructed a bumble bee box and with my help the toddler worked on the lady bird box (the two bug designs in this kit).

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Harley just needed some assistance to remove the backing paper from the self adhesive shapes and guidance on where to place them. He decided he wanted to play with his finished ladybird for a while before finally securing him to the lid of the box, which was fine with me. 🙂

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Alice found these very simple and made hers really quickly. She said that they were a little two easy, meaning the whole crafting experience was over relatively quickly. Nonetheless, she did love the end result all the same.

I think all the craft, activity sets from Baker Ross ltd would make great additions to a party bag or even used as party activities instead of games. Kits are also perfect for rainy day play, creative activities for nurseries or even pre-schools. They are fun and creative and help kids master fine motor tasks while realising inner creative flare.

Reference section

Bug Box Kit (4 pack) £3.96
Carnival Masquerade mask kits (2 pack) £2.50
Baker Ross Ltd Website

Ten Things I Love To Make & Do

So, here’s 10 things I love to make and Do… excluding anything to do with my children, friends and family as that’s just obvious now isn’t it!

Number 1: Antiquing (furniture refurbishing)

Yes, one of my latest hobbies is to buy old vintage furniture and refurbish it into shabby chic loveliness. My latest projects are a 1950s dressing table, chest of draws and a set of bedside draws all of which I plan to refurb with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the colour Paris Grey.

Below, Paris Grey Table I’m working on

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Number 2: Jumble Sales & Bootfairs

I love digging through the treasure at the local jumble sale, I’ve had some amazing finds at both bootfairs and jumble sales… Not forgetting the odd charity shop.

Below, A wicker Basket Full Of Pretty Vintage China From Jumble Sales, Bootfairs And Auctions

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Number 3: Blogging:

Of course… Blogging is a big love hence the reason I blog both here and at my long running blog A boy with Aspergers.

Below, Collecting A Mad Blog Award For My Blog ‘A Boy With Aspergers’ In 2011

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Number 4: Candle & Soap Making

Soap making is a relatively new hobby but I’ve been into candle making since I was about 8 years old and make every thing from scented tea lights to candles in vintage tea cups

Below, Pretty Decopatch Jar Candle

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Number 5: Jar Craft

I love jars and the many uses they provide. I store everything from craft bits and bobs to cup cake sprinkles in them. I’ve decopatched mason jars and upcycled spice jars.

Below, Homemade Sweetie Jar Gift

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Number 6: Drawing and Painting

Since I was at nursery I’ve loved to draw and paint. I love creating art whether using spray paints and stencils, acrylics or pastels.

Below, Spray Painting

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Below, Pencil Drawing

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Number 7: Decopatch

The modern take on decoupage, I use Decopatch papers to decorate everything from paper mâché hearts to twinket boxes.

Below, Decopatch Frame With Corsage Detail

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Number 8: beading

You don’t need to be good at something to enjoy it. Beading isn’t something I do particularly well (well, when it comes to jewellery making that is)! But I’m still learning and having fun in the process.

Below, Handmade Clay Beads

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Number 9: Photography (Ok, this ones a tiny bit family focused though not entirely)

I’m no great photographer and despite Having a relatively good camera you will catch me using my iPhone half the time. However, I don’t do it as an art as such, or to make any pennies! I take pictures because I love to capture a moment. Moments with my children, family and friends. Images that make me smile when every single time I look at them, no matter how long down the line that may be.

Below, Penguin Taken On A Family Day Out At London Zoo

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Below, Image Of My Daughter

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Below, Another Image Of My Daughter That I Edited On Photo App

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Number 10: Entering Skill Based Competitions

I just love a creative comp, there are so enjoyable to take part in plus you can win so amazing prizes. Past prizes for me include cash, shopping vouchers and toys. Check back here on the blog from time to time as I often feature some great online competitions all requiring some kind of skill.

Below, A Fun Cath Kidston Competition Entry

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Below, My Daughter In A Homemade Halloween Costume For Creative Comp

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A craft project – Glass Painting

I love working with glass, it’s such a delicate material to craft with, but one that almost always produces brilliant results.

This last month, I’ve been feeling very crafty! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with my Deco and Porcelain paint pens as well as that of Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter.

Both myself and the kids have been busy creating a whole host of stuff. A few weeks ago we designed our own porcelain plates, then we went on to create some porcelain mugs to match. More recently I’ve been using Deco paint pens and Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add my own unique stamp to items such as t-shirts and I’m currently in the process of making some boring leggings into some groovy ones!

Apart from the leggings, I’ve been busy jazzing up some glass lanterns for the garden.These, I brought in a really funky shop called ‘Tiger’ it’s kinda like the ikea market place but better.They sell all kinds of stuff from vintage inspired puppets to masquerade masks. I often buy funky bits of stationary and pretty plane glass jars which I use to create pretty gifts for family ( I’m planing on demonstrating how I do this next week).

The glass lanterns have thin metal handles so they can be hung as well as placed on a table. I have brought loads over the summer and at both £1 and £2 (depending on size and colour) they are a great find and I love them.

However despite their already prettiness, I really wanted to put my own stamp on them.This was perfect as I could do almost any funky design without worrying about them matching the decor as these are intended for the garden. I’m a big lover of vintage pastels and French inspired furniture. I’m currently in the processes of restoring furniture to give it that slightly worn shabby chic look.The pastels and French cottage theme is being carried out right throughout the house, so, I’ve decided to bring bright funky colours to the garden… I love glitter but used within the home, unless it’s Christmas, is in my opinion a tad tacky… That’s why I’m glitzing up the back yard instead.

So far I’ve been customising green and pink tinted glass lanterns as well as some clear ones.

I hadn’t created any design or plan! In fact, I’m sure I didn’t even have one in my head… Nope, I had no ideas whatsoever. So, I just went with the flow, putting pen to glass and just doing whatever came into my head right then and now.

What I used:
Deco Paint Pens: These write like a thick felt tip pen, the colour is released from the pen onto almost any service, and it’s only then you can tell its actually acrylic paint your using.

Porcelain Paint pens: These work like those above, except when it comes to porcelain these are much more striking. So, when working with porcelain I’ll be honest when stating… if given the choice out the two I’d go for the porcelain paint pens when using on plates and cups but equally the deco pens when, like now, I’m decorating glass.

Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter: This is absolutely amazing stuff, I love it! It works well on almost any surface, wood, glass, porcelain, china, plastic and even fabric (wash garments at 30’c but be sure to set the glitter on your design with an iron before hand). I’ve found these work amazingly on glass, though there is one colour in my packet of 6 that is much runner than the rest, meaning it isn’t very 3D either.

Glass Lanterns: My pretty garden candle lanterns in pink & green stained glass, as well as my clear glass lanterns were brought from a shop locally to me called ‘Tiger’ unsure if these are online. Each is priced between £1-£2 and they are the perfect size for decorating.

If you can’t find this kind of glassware, clean jam jars and existing votive holders are all possibilities worth considering.

Paint pens and glitter I use can be picked up for a good price at Baker Ross.

I don’t need to give you a step-by-step guide, as it’s as simple as drawing your own design directly onto the glass. However, here is a few tips if your using Deco paint pens or 3D Pic-Tixx.

1) Decorate one side and leave to dry for a good few hours before finally completing the remaining side.

2) If using Deco-Pens as well as Pic-Tixx then opt for darker more striking colours. This works better with the glitter.

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3) Don’t attempt to use Pic-Tixx while Deco paint is still drying! It just gets messy.

4) if any mistakes are made, quickly wipe away with a slightly wet cotton pad and a wet cotton bud for the smaller harder to reach mistakes.

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This is a dead simple but very effective way to create a glass masterpiece or simply jazz up items already found around the home.

Whatever you decided to do… Be sure to have fun while releasing the creativeness from within!

20120909-135844.jpgThe Results

I hope you feel inspired to give it ago!

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So far so good, I may have started a little later than most but I’m still going and manage to take a beautiful picture this evening of my 8 (soon to be 9) year old daughter.

This is picture number 3/366 ‘My daughter’

A welcome note from Mummy of many talents

So, here it is… My brand spanking new blog, ‘A mummy of many talents’ and what a fantastic time to launch it… the very first day of a New Year! It’s 2012 and I’m up for some serious blogging!

My names Claire-Louise and you may already know me from the blog ‘A boy with Aspergers’ 

I’m not about to give that up… Hell no, I love that blog! This is just me branching out and trying something a little different.

I love to write, it gives me great joy to do so. My blog ‘A boy with Aspergers’ is going swimmingly, it’s all good over there, however I wanted to start ‘Mummy of many talents’ to show myself & others what else I could do and hopefully inspire other mothers along the way. 

However, I don’t want this to be just another “Mummy blog” nonetheless, I am a mummy and dead proud of that, hence my blog title! 

Mummy of many talents will be themeless (for now anyway) I want a place to unleash the creativity as and when it comes. Sometimes I’m sat reading, watching tv or cooking dinner when suddenly I get this urge to write, all kinds of content comes into my head and sometimes it has no relevance to my blog ‘A boy with Aspergers’ so it goes down on paper. I was reading a book full of this content today when I suddenly thought, “Sod it woman, you need to start another blog!”

There are many things I like to engage in and many ideas I hold and this is the place that creativity will be shared. 

Maybe at times it will be an escape, a place to showcase something wonderful; share an idea or just offer some piece of advice that I feel beneficial to another. It will be my expressions as a woman, not just a mother! Hopefully my readers who have been so wonderfully supportive throughout my time blogging will join me here and like this blog as much as my other! 

Only time will tell and if a year down the line ‘A mummy of many talents’ is read and shared on a scale anywhere near my signature blog, then that would be awesome! Lets just wait and see!

About me!

Name: Claire Louise

Current age on the 1st January 2012: 29 years

Twitter name: clairelouise82

Job status: Full time mother to three children, two sons and a daughter, also a part-time Volunteer.

Other places I can be found: My long running & quite successful blog, “A boy with Aspergers” where I’ve been blogging 3 years ( started in November 2008) and Yes, I did just blow my own blog horn.

Interests: Law, education, psychology, autism, SEN, dance, art,writing, blogging, social networking, chocolate, shoes, makeup & bags (I have no excuse for the last four, I’m only human after all)!

Ambitions: Complete a law degree, write a book on autism & hopefully one-day have my own brand!

Qualities: I’m not afraid to write it (ever); non judgemental; willing to try;  I have ambition; if I want something I work to get it; I love a bloody challenge.

Downfalls: Sometimes over trusting; have a tendency to put my heals in it; talk a little too much; I’m quite bad at saying no (I hate the word NO)

Passions: My Children, My writing, My art, My voluntary work designed to help others.  

My motto: “If you don’t like it, don’t engage in it… but please don’t bang on about it!”

I really do hope this is a place you can gain something from, feeling compelled to visit time and time again.

So please raise your glasses to a fabulous New Year and what I hope, in time will become a Fabulous new blog!