Oooooh, Fancy! Well, fancy for some cardboard, pasta and a bit of paint! Pulling these girls out the Handy archives in honour of @get.creative.with's challenge of 'Wearable Art'. Shelly from @creatingcreatives is judging this week and she has lots of fun wearable inspiration over on her feed. Swipe to see process and action shots for these fancy pants beads and check out the link in my profile for the full tutorial. .
Want to get involved? Just tag your wearables with #get_creative_with winners announced tomorrow.
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WORD! I just can't get over how beautiful this enormous banner is made by the very talented @katybplummer, an artist (and all round fabulous human being) I am fortunate enough to work with. This lovely piece was commissioned for the foyer to our learning space and every time I see it it makes me smile. Katy, I'm sorry I let Hazel touch it but to be honest, I gave it a little stroke too.
Being a jack of all trades, master of none can be a bit frustrating sometimes. I often dream of alternate realities where I am a professional puppeteer or a master ceramicist or print maker.
Unfortunately I have an EXTREMELY short attention span so all of the above are highly unlikely.
This project really ticked some seriously boxes though as the end result is super pro and the process super easy. It's also just as fun for adults as it is for kids and a great collaboration project between the two. The link to the tutorial is in my bio.
We gave this beauty to my sister yesterday for her birthday. She has a thing for carrots so we kept things on brand for her but you could really print anything you like with this technique.
If you could be a master anything what would it be??
Cardboard + scratch foam + paint = (ok you also need paper and you don't really need this fancy pants roller) #seenextpost
Making progress with Finn's 'scary room' makeover. Thanks for the hoop web idea @effiedee! The whole project is a secret though so I actually genuinely feel bad revealing it here. If you ever come to my house and get invited into Finn's room, please pretend to be afraid. VERY afraid.
It's my Nan's birthday today. She is 86 and a total legend. She often tells me she feels like a 16 year old trapped in an old woman's body. If we met at 16 we would have been besties for sure.
The kids and I made her these super simple vases from some glass jars, paint, modge podge and flowers from the garden. They went down a treat when we gave them to her on the weekend. This is a great project for little kids as painting on glass offers a really interesting sensory experience. Even my paint adverse big kid really enjoyed it. Link in profile for all the action shots and detailed steps.
Sometimes it pays to read the product specifications when buying online. True, these were called giant hand stampers but come on! Who's hand??? #buyerbeware
Do you ever wish you could just push the pause button on a certain age for your kids? I'm going to hit the button at 5.
Lately Finn has really shown an interest in carving out his identity and while he still wants mum to read stories and cuddle loads he also wants his room to be really scary for when his friends come over . His requests for bedroom decorations have been pretty specific. This is a nine eyed spider we made this week and we are also working on a skeleton. Apparently the room also requires some webs which I am yet to figure out 🤔
Have you met Rocky? We rescued him from an egg carton last year but I never got the chance to do a tutorial. I finally got around to it! It is super easy and requires just a few basic materials. Link in profile.
Do you remember Gak? It was basically my favourite thing ever as a kid. It was a special occasion thing though and a regular on birthday wish lists.
I almost lost my mind when I tested @tinkerlab's slime recipe recently and discovered it made PERFECT slimy Gak. The best thing about it though is that with a few basic supplies, I can make it whenever I want!! (I mean make it for my kids ahm ahm).
I introduced some loose parts to this play session which was a massive hit. Swipe to see video.
This also happens to be perfect for @get_creative_with's challenge this week of #sensoryplay. Have you made slime before? What is your favourite way to use it?
Meet Shirley. A rare species of parrot much prized in both egg carton appreciation and bird watching circles. Technical name: Ovum Currus Manus Pupa (thanks google translate). Native habitat: Handy HQ. Temperate: Extremely friendly. I managed to catch her in flight in my insta stories! #handywithpuppets
Egg carton + paint + feathers + a hand = ? (HINT: see next post)
In honor of @ohcreativeday and @hidden_egg I'm sharing #4thingsilove#5thbirthdayedition ...
Make your own balloon face craft corner.
Incredibly specific Kid designed birthday cakes
Jumping castles (although maybe next time I'll suggest kids eat AFTER they jump )
That moment when the party finishes and everyone goes home!!
I'm also going to throw in a suggestion here about egg and spoon races. I highly recommend cooking the eggs properly before you give them to 17 under 5's and ask them to run. #youarewelcome
Occasionally at work I get to make something. These are the best days. These boxes are BIG and the shapes are laminated and attached with Velcro spots so they can be mixed and matched. The illustrations are by artist Kate Benyon who has created the most beautiful tactile commission which these boxes respond to. I don't think I'm supposed to reveal too much more until the work is officially launched but I'll make sure to post it in all its glory soon.
#ontheblog today I am talking COUNCIL CLEAN UP CONFESSIONS and getting hard core about hard waste. Glamorous you say??? Find out why we love and hate throw outs with equal measure and how we get the kids in on the act.
I'd love to know what the best thing you have ever found on the street is too so comment below or leave a message on the blog! #linkinbio
Introducing the Nitro 5 Shield 63! Special rescue vehicle capable of traveling on land and sea. Giant shield for protection against sea monsters. .
It was nice to get back to the making table yesterday after a bit of craft hiatus. Finn has been mostly into Lego lately and while I love Lego and think it is great for the imagination, I love junk more!!
"Happy Mother's Day Mum! This is a picture of you underwater using a big pump to pump all the water out of our house which has sunk" um...ok. Thanks Finn. Did anyone else receive an awesome/bizarre Mother's Day gift today?
Happy Mother's Day to all those celebrating today. These are some 3D Family portraits we will be giving to Nan and Great Nan today. We took some small boxes we had lying around and cut a hole in one side. Next, Finn drew some figures and we cut, folded and glued them into the box. To finish we decorated the frame and added a string. Easy peasy but I am really delighted with how they turned out. .
Finn made me a painting at school which I will post later. Its perhaps the strangest theme ever but it's the thought that counts right?!
Pasta flowers! A fun and easy little idea for Mother's Day and perfect for this week's @kidartlit theme of flowers. I haven't got around to a tutorial for this one but it basically goes:
1. Hot glue pasta together in a circle.
3. Make a half Pom Pom and glue in the center.
4. Glue some leaves to your sticks and attach to your flowers.
5. Give to an awesome Mum or Nan (because seriously, how great are Nans)
What can you make with paint + pasta + cardboard + wool + a few sticks? Hint: have you checked out @kidartlit's theme this week?
Try as I might today to get Finn excited about painting and embroidering a hoop I just couldn't do it. Hazel (2) gave the painting a good crack so I thought I may as well give the embroidering a go. This is as far as I got before I snapped the needle but I have to say I really enjoyed this and was secretly glad Finn was watching Ben 10 instead.
hi! I was tagged a little while ago by the ever lovely @julialinsteadt to cough up 20 things about me. I thought it might be a nice chance to introduce myself as it has been a while since I have said hello! It's long so I won't be offended if you skip it. @sallyfleggphotography
1. I was born and still live in Sydney Australia.
2. I never thought I would have any children, now I have two and can't imagine life without them.
3. My partner in life and crime is an actual real life magician( hello @adam_mada_magician)
4. I am really bad at all kinds of team sport so spent most of my childhood weekends at drama school.
5. I am however an excellent swimmer as a result of my mums persistence and a trophy (the only trophy) I ever won.
6. Unfortunately when I was in high school I found out my mother had in fact bought said trophy and had it engraved.
7. When I finished high school I acted on a soap opera for three years where I played a character three years younger than I was and consequently went to high school for another three years.
8. When my character left the show the storyline was about her going to Vietnam to help orphans. Years later I visited Vietnam and ran in to a group of British tourists who genuinely thought I had been there for years working in an orphanage.
9. After I finished in tv land I travelled to India and returned to do a university degree in jewellery design.
10. In my mid twenties I spend the best part of a year acting, talking and dressing like a pirate. I came third in a major international pirate competition.
11. I have lived in Argentina (part of my soul still does) and I speak pretty decent Spanish.
12. I once had a job that involved playing out pretend military scenarios at an army training camp.
13. I had another job at a fancy dress shop where, you guessed it.. I was the resident pirate expert.
14. I have worked in the museum and gallery sector for the last 10 years.
15. I currently work at at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, where I am the kids and families coordinator.
16. I am finding it hard to think of 20 things.
17. I love pickles
18. And tea
19. And wine
20. And the IG community
Ok, I tag @ohcreativeday
Embroidery hoops are one of my favourite things to pick up in charity shops. I currently have this stash (and a few more) waiting to be given some love. What to do though??? I'm thinking of suggesting to Finn that we stretch some fabric and paint it then maybe do some freestyle embroidery. What would you do with them??
Nothing says love like a big bouquet of rubbish. These are kind of a spin on our plastic bag blooms. We added extra class and pizazz to these though with some toilet paper rolls. Match made in heaven. Find out how we made them #ontheblog.
Toilet rolls + plastic bags + paint + wire + a random cone = ? #seenextpost
I'm guessing there are a lot of bottle tops and lids hanging around after last week's @get.creative.with's container challenge. On the site today is this fantastic scraptastic project brooch project which might just be the solution to your oversupply. And if massive junk brooches aren't your thing, these could just be the snazziest magnets in the history of magnets. #brooch#creativereuse#kidsjewelry
Rocking a preschool special
(2/2) A weatherproof house for the most royal of fairy queens. We have made a LOT of fairy houses at our place but this version is our favourite. It uses a plastic bottle cut in half and any bits and bobs you have lying around. Being plastic, it fairs pretty well in the elements. Finn said we need to put some flooring in so the fairy doesn't get her feet wet which isn't a bad idea. Link in profile to the tutorial on the site.
Tomorrow is the last day for @getcreativewith's #container challenge. I have been loving seeing what everyone has made so far!
Probably our favourite way to reuse containers is to make fantasy emergency vehicles. Any containers can be used as there are really no rules or instructions. Finn has made so many of these that we have to allocate a whole wall in the attic and at Christmas he made and sold 20 of them and gave the money to charity. .
Are you playing along with @get.creative.with's container challenge? So many possibilities! #getcreativewith
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