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Easter BuntingThis Easter Sunday we spent some time in the morning making Easter bunting to decorate the house for lunch.

To make your own Easter bunting you will need:

1) Easter eggs printed on thick card stock – draw or download your own

2) Coloured pencils, crayons and textas

3) Small paper hole punch (or a needle or similar)

4) Scissors

5) Brown twine

Step 1) Colour in the eggs. We coloured in a total of 32 eggs.

Easter BuntingStep 2) Use scissors to cut out the eggs.

Easter BuntingStep 3) Decide the order you would like to have your eggs placed on the twine, using contrasting colours and patterns.Easter BuntingStep 4) Punch two small holes in the top of each egg.Easter BuntingStep 5) Thread each egg with twine.Easter BuntingStep 6) Attach your Easter bunting to the wall with masking tape.Easter BuntingHappy Easter x

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Easter Art

Easter Art This Easter it’s been pouring with rain, so we have kept busy with some indoor activities. This morning we did some Easter art with cut up vegetables. Halved carrots dipped in yellow paint make some rather adorable Easter chicks. When the paint is dry, use some texta markers to add beaks, eyes and legs.Easter ArtHalved potatoes are the perfect shape for Easter eggs. Draw on some decorative effects when the paint has dried.

Easter ArtIt’s much more fun than paint brushes!Easter Art

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We all know kids do weird stuff. I try not to sweat it, just photograph it.

We had one of those blissful rare mornings last week when the kids played happily and unsupervised on a completely made up activity for over an hour. Let’s call it the game where you Use Masking Tape to Stick all your Stuffed Animals by their Tails/Heads to Different Surfaces in a House. There’s got to be a catchy name for that.

We’re big fans of sticky things in our house, but our favourite is masking tape. You can write on it, it’s easy to tear off, easy to apply, easy to remove and doesn’t leave a residue on polyester fur! Surely if there was a tape made for children, this is it.

This falls in the weird archives….but it’s gold.

Buy some masking tape today.

Kids and Masking Tape

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I love to scanThere are many tools I use in my creative endeavors, but perhaps the most overlooked, yet indispensable, is my scanner. This simple, inexpensive machine allows me to scan old photographs at high resolution, create digital copies of my children’s artwork and bring new digital life to those amazing thrift shop fabric finds. These past few months I’ve become seriously addicted to scanning, and now officially declare it my number one creative tool of choice. There’s a world of possibility out there. My new motto is: If it’s flat, it can be scanned.

If you’re after scanning inspiration, please check out my latest Slideshare offering under my alter ego Make Great below.

Go forth and scan.

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Family KnitsIn this age of consumerism, surely nothing says love more than matching hand-knitted woollen vests.Matching Yellow KnitsMake a public statement of your love this year by crafting his n’ her outfits from Women’s Weekly Family Knits (1971).

Matching Red VestsCan’t knit? Not a problem.

How about preparing a romantic meal for two from Women’s Weekly’s Cooking for Couples (1982).Cooking for CouplesPerhaps you could start the meal with an avocado entree garnished with capsicum and black olives.Avocado with Herb DressingTry a trout main, featured alluringly alongside a fern in a wicker basket in an early 80s example of food styling.Trout with CapersFinish your romantic tête-à-tête with a refreshing icy mint dessert. Don’t forget to add that essential ingredient, green food colouring.Minted IceWishing you a happy Valentine’s Day this weekend, however you choose to celebrate it.

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2014 Christmas Card We are huge fans of awkward family Christmas photos. You can go here and here for inspiration. Over the past few years we’ve strived to achieve our own little measure of awkwardness at Chrissy time. I’ve always felt a bit shy to share these on the blog, but have a devil-may-care attitude this year. Cheesy Christmas cards are fun to do even though they’re a lot more effort than you’d imagine. My tips are to wear matching outfits, use a camera with a tripod / timer or take individual shots and crop and position the images into a collage. This year’s creative effort involved reindeers – which are a huge deal in the world of three year olds – and my newly acquired photoshop skills.2014 Chirstmas CardLast year we dressed up as life-sized presents. We were way too big and boxy to fit in the same shot so instead we achieved a nice effect by taking individual photos against a plain white wall and creating a simple collage. Christmas Card 2013Our inaugural effort in 2013 involved matching outfits with iron-on transfer mistletoe. Husband grew a mo and we put our scratchy cat into a Santa suit. It was impossible to get everyone looking and smiling at the same time, so we let them just do their thing and I loved the way it ended up. Who said ‘never work with animals or children’?!2012 Christmas Card

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A Particular Shade of Blue There’s a lot of fun you can have with a tester pot of paint from a hardware store. This particular blue is called Dulux Tropical Haven and it has a great retro look about it. I used it to revamp a few plain wooden items including a foot stool, rolling pin and old cigar box turned jewellery box. I put a light spray of clear gloss over the finished paint to seal and harden it. It really is a cheap and cheerful way to give everyday items a new lease on life.

Dulux Tropical Haven

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Vintage Sacrilege [ˈvin-tij ˈsa-krə-lij]

n.

1. The violation or injurious treatment of a mint-condition vintage item.

I love all things vintage, however it’s recently occurred to me that some of the behaviour I exhibit towards my vintage collection may be a little less than admirable. Today, in the spirit of honesty, I reveal my top six acts of vintage sacrilege.

1. Cutting up vintage sheets to make fabric tape for gift wrapping.Fabric Tape

2. Ordering vintage Thunderbird 3 online for my son to tear open the packaging and use as a…toy. Vintage Thunderbird

3. Drilling holes into the bottom of tin kettles to convert into plant holders.

Vintage Kettles

4. Bedecking my toddlers’ beds in beautiful vintage quilt sets (not injurious but high risk).Vintage Childrens Bedding5. Dismembering vintage atlases in the name of craft.

Vintage Atlas Hearts

6. Dismembering vintage dictionaries, and other vintage books, in the name of craft. Vintage Book CraftThere…I’ve fessed up.

My deepest apologies to any lovers of vintage offended by this post.

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The Sweetest Gift WrapGiftwrap1This is a lovely way to incorporate your children’s artwork into a gift. Wrap gift in brown paper and twine. Use a heart-shaped paper punch to create shapes from artwork. Use glue (or much-loved sticker making machine) to adhere heart-shaped artwork to package.

Tools pictured below.

Tools of the trade

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