a very happy new year! So 2019…. apparently this is the year of Earth Pig, starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020 with the lucky colours of red, yellow and white. In January it will be 150 years since the birth of Rasputin May will mark 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci In July we’ll be celebrating the 50th … Continue reading Wishing Everyone….
As we’re heading towards December I thought I’d share some Christmas card designs in case you’re thinking about making your own cards. This modern Christmas tree design must be one of the simplest to create so if you have a lot of cards to send its perfect for making large volumes and you don’t need many supplies. There are two different ways to make the … Continue reading Simple Christmas card design
Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead
After part 1 which looked at the history of Universal and their Monsters movies, for a bit of fun we thought we’d count down our top five favorite Universal Monsters… So with no further ado…let the ‘count down’ begin (and excuse the bad Dracula pun…) The Mummy Released in 1932 and starring Boris Karloff in the titular role, The Mummy sees an archaeological expedition uncover the … Continue reading Universal Monsters Part 2- The Monsters
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
Well, when we were children, Halloween meant carving out a turnip…(that’s a Northern thing and a lot harder than these new fangled Pumpkins…) Nowadays the American Trick or Treat has become a tradition here in the UK. Here at Ragtag Towers we tend to get more excited about our props than the visiting kids do…keep watching for some of our ideas for Halloween decorating but … Continue reading Halloween is coming!
For Zombie Awareness Month we look at some of the prime exponents of zombie art Continue reading Zombie Awareness Month Part 1: Films and Comics
My favourite Easter present from last year wasn’t a chocolate creation – it was a gift made by my youngest nephew a bunny fridge magnet. You can buy the magnetic paper sheets from most craft type stores or Amazon have a good range, including those that you can run through your inkjet printer at home. Its a great idea to make very personalised gifts and … Continue reading Easter Present
Easter crafting means lots of Easter Egg and bunny rabbit projects so I thought I’d kick off the theme with a rabbit soft toy – perfect for a little one at this time of year. You’ll only need a few materials to create your own little bunny so let’s get started! Tools and Materials Scissors Material – base colour for the rabbit, pink for the … Continue reading Create Your Own Easter Bunny