DIY Christmas Wreath: Paint Chips and Plastic Animals

December 5, 2016

Craft

DIY Christmas Wreath I like to think of this wreath as a crafty way to clean up the pesky plastic toy animals that are scattered ALL OVER THE LOUNGE ROOM FLOOR. Or is that just at my place?!

Last Christmas, I wrote about how our wreath was dying a slow death. I managed to reinvent it one last time. This year when I unpacked the Christmas decorations, I had to face the reality that I needed to come up with a new wreath. STAT.

So I raided the paint chip aisle at my local hardware store, picked the plastic toys off the floor and created this simple Christmas wreath. Read More

Picture Books for the Christmas Wishlist

December 1, 2016

Books / Picture Books

Picture Books du Monde

Picture Books for the Christmas Wishlist Welcome to Picture Books du Monde, a monthly link-up where bloggers from around the world share their love of all things related to picture books.

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‘Tis the season to gift a beautiful picture book.
At our place, we try to embrace the saying
“Something you wear, something you read, something you want, something you need,”
in our Christmas present-buying for our kids.

Here are the books that will be appearing in the stockings of my kids, and some of the books that I wish were appearing in my stocking. (Because one is never too old for picture books.)

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12 Days of Giving and Decluttering Advent

November 28, 2016

Life

oh-creative-christmas I’m blaming it on the wacky pregnancy hormones, but I am possessed by this extreme desire to amp up the kindness this Christmas.
At the same time, I’m also on this crazy mission to declutter my house (Hello, Nesting!)
Organise the wardrobes! Cull the kids’ toy collection! Clean the pantry!

So I’m just going to roll with it.
This Christmas, I’m going to focus on acts of kindness (when I actually manage to get out of the house) and organising my house (when I’m stuck at home. Which, let’s face it- with 2 kids under 3 and an ever-expanding belly, it’s sometimes easier just to stay at home.)

I’ve created an Advent of Giving and Decluttering to help get me there.
Yep, I know that an Advent usually consists of 24 items.
But who needs that kind of pressure at this time of the year?
Crossing something off every two days or so feels much more manageable. We all need some breathing space at this time of the year, amirite?

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Tia and Laura from Little Button Diaries

November 23, 2016

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day

This dynamic duo is living the Crafty Lady Dream. Besties who craft together and then blog about it. Oh and did I mention their book empire?! They have a series of rad craft books that contain simple to execute but gorgeous crafts for kiddies. We’re giving away their latest book over on Instagram if you want to come and play along! I totally want to be a part of their Girl Gang. Sitting around drinking tea, eating biscuits and crafting with these ladies is a total life goal. Introducing Laura and Tia.

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5 Simple Mocktails for Christmas

November 21, 2016

Life

5 Simple Mocktails for Christmas This post was written in collaboration with SodaStream

Around this time each year, my family and I start discussing Christmas Lunch.
Who is bringing the sides?
What are we doing for dessert?
Who is braving the Fish Markets on Christmas Eve?
(Just joking- we never discuss that last question because it is always my Seafood Ninja Mum.
Mad respect to her.)

One of the big questions we discuss is what our signature cocktail will be for the festivities.
This Christmas, being with child, I have not entered the debate around the signature cocktail.
Instead I’ve been secretly planning the super rad mocktails that I’ll be creating, swilling and making the cocktail-drinking folk jealous with.

Here are 5 super simple mocktails perfect for the Festive Season. Read More

4 Weaving Projects for Kids

November 16, 2016

Craft

4 Weaving Projects for Kids One of the highlights of my teaching year has been a little lunchtime weaving group that I’ve held in my classroom once a week.
Sometimes we have weaving group twice a week because the kids are A-Grade negotiators. Some impressive negotiations given that I only work 2 days a week.

It is with much pride and pleasure that I share with you the 4 projects that my weavers have undertaken this year.

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REVIEW: Art Workshop for Children by Bar Rucci

November 9, 2016

Uncategorized

Art Workshop for Children by Bar Rucci Do you know Bar from Art Bar Blog?
I’ll just wait here whilst you pop over and revel in the creativity being fostered over there…..
Actually, no. Don’t do that.
It is too easy to fall down her rabbit hole of creativity.
So maybe read this first then head over.

Bar has recently published the extremely awesome book pictured above, with Betsy McKenna, a Reggio-Inspired Educator.
“Art Workshop for Children” is filled with more than 25 Process Art experiences.
We were lucky enough to be sent a copy to check out.
It’s insanely good, people. Insanely good.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Amy from Playful Learning Co

November 4, 2016

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day

Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

I knew that Amy was my-kinda-chick when her intense love for emojis shone through in a hilarious Instagram message chain at the start of our e-friendship. Things progressed quickly and we moved our relationship onto emails. We essentially solved all the world’s problems from our phones and desktops. Amy is authentic. Passionate. Creative. And funny. I wish she lived around the corner instead of across the country. Her life in the Outback fascinates me and how she does it all with 4 little people…. mind-boggling. Meet Amy. Read More