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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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I’m a little ambivalent about succulents, but when you plant one in a vintage tin kettle…it’s ooh la la très chic!

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I recently stumbled across a great little blog called Happy Little Kiwi, which features lots of the things I love such as recipes, crafts and useful ideas & products for kids. This week featured a link to a website called Mr Printables, containing oodles of free printables and resources for preschool and beyond.

I used imagery from Mr Printables’ Alphabet Activity Book (see photo below) to create a handmade birthday card for a sweet little boy turning one on the weekend (see photo above). I downloaded the image and cropped it, then used Schoolhouse Cursive B font to type his name in the space provided. I printed the card onto 4×6 card stock on my colour inkjet printer and made a custom envelope out of brown kraft paper.

Mr Printables’ Doodle on the Moon is too groovy not to include here. You can download fabulous high-resolution images of the moon…for doodling on of course. My son drew an Alien Moon Monster…in what appears to be a purple top-hat. Where does he get these ideas from?!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I decided to make this sweet little mini-book for my mum (tutorial found here). I made a few changes. Mine is a little larger and on the pages I printed text, and used photographs and my children’s artwork. I also used my sewing machine to sew down the spine of the book. It’s the sort of project that would work just as nicely for a birthday or other special occasion.

During the project it was nice to take the time to think about the things that I love most about my mum.  She has six children and ten grandchildren. She’s a people person, creative and passionate with her work. Most weekends she can be found grandchild wrangling, hustling at a garage sale or having a cuppa. Unfortunately I can’t spend Sunday with her as we live interstate, but my brood and I will be hopping on a plane to visit her next week. 

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Dioramas have a school project loveliness about them and are wonderfully tactile in this digital age.  I’ve been meaning to make a construction site for my son for some time now and was motivated again after organising his toys and seeing all his little yellow diggers together. This project is easy to make and came in at a grand total of $0.00 as I sourced all my materials from around the house and yard. Here’s a step by step guide:

Materials

  1. Large cardboard box
  2. Garbage bag
  3. Stanley knife / scissors
  4. Tape and glue
  5. Blue paint + brush
  6. Several printed sheets of rocks and other construction materials
  7. A sheet of white paper
  8. A couple kilos of slightly damp sand
  9. Small assortment of rocks, paddle-pop sticks, bark etc
  10. Building site accessories and signs
  11. Yellow diggers

Instructions

  1. Cut the box on each side diagonally from the top back corner to approximately 10 cm (4″) above the bottom front corner. Cut along the front and remove this portion of the box so that it resembles a stage.
  2. Paint the inside walls of the box a sky blue colour.
  3. Cut a plastic garbage bag to size and secure firmly to the base of the diorama with tape, making the bottom of the box water resistant.
  4. Cut out white clouds from a sheet of paper and glue to the blue sky.
  5. Glue the construction site imagery around the bottom inside wall of the diorama.
  6. Fill the box with a layer of slightly damp sand and pat smooth.
  7. Arrange accessories and diggers on sand.

This diorama was loads of fun to make and a big hit with my son. The possibilities are endless; zoo, farm, space station, jurassic…

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