Handmade Christmas Gift

This is a bit of recycled blog post as I originally posted this in February but I thought it might be an idea for a last minute Christmas gift or failing that a Christmas craft project to keep the children busy whilst they’re off school. Perfect for a family member or friend with young-ish children – why not create a personalised board game. You’ll find … Continue reading Handmade Christmas Gift

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ authored by Bill Waterson was launched on November 18, 1985. Calvin and Hobbes follows the adventures of the mischievous  Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, alive to him, but not to anyone else. Bill Waterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, is renowned for his views on licensing and commodification of art- he refused all offers of t-shirts, posters, buy ins etc … Continue reading Calvin and Hobbes

Halloween Table Centre Piece

Last year I created a haunted house for our Halloween centre piece so this year I decided to go for something a bit different so we have a witches shoes decoration. To make you’ll need cardboard, masking tape, newspapers, PVA glue, paints and coloured paper Start but making some shoes from cardboard – there’s no set pattern as it is easier to shape this as … Continue reading Halloween Table Centre Piece

Pirate Party Props

So you now have invitations, happy birthday bunting, party signs, food labels, eye patches, flags, gift bags and a treasure hunt game time to create some props to decorate your room. This is great way to get your children involved in the party planning so why not get out the paints and get them to create anchors and ships steering wheels.  Once painted cut them … Continue reading Pirate Party Props

Pirate Ship Table Centre Piece

So Wednesday 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Last year I did a few pirate sketches to honour the theme, this year I thought I’d create a pirate themed birthday party pack which will come in useful as my cousin is planning a pirate themed party for one of her little ones in January. I thought I’d start with the decoration that takes … Continue reading Pirate Ship Table Centre Piece

Home made monster money boxes

Great Children’s Craft Idea – Make Your Own Money Box

I’m sure everyone made one of these when they were at school but with the children off school for summer holidays I thought it was a good reminder of a simple and extremely messy craft for rainy days. You start with a balloon – I made two so used different shape balloons to give a distinctive look to each when finished.  As you want the … Continue reading Great Children’s Craft Idea – Make Your Own Money Box

Coraline

  My Inspiration for today’s doodle is the movie Coraline which premiered on 8 May 2009. Coraline was released in 2009, a stop motion film based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel, directed by Henry Selick, who had previously directed The Nightmare Before Christmas– often wrongly attributed to Tim Burton, Selick has his own unique style, as shown in the aforementioned and also Roald Dahl’s ‘James … Continue reading Coraline