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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Challenge: beat our gods eye snowflakes!

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November 30, 2012
Challenge: beat our gods eye snowflakes!

While admiring something done by Red Ted Art the other week, I had the idea for some yarned snowflakes. So I took the kids out on a walk, collected sticks and when they got back they had a go. To be honest, I think really we made spiderwebs, though if we spray them with...
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Easy Beaded Christmas Elves

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November 26, 2012
Easy Beaded Christmas Elves

Last year we had fun making these little beaded elves from pipe cleaners and wooden beads. With some creativity, bits of fabric and ribbon we ended up making lots of fairies too and strayed into Fimo heads and faces too; the possibilities are pretty endless. First of all we bought some assorted wooden beads...
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Hama Bead Christmas Bauble Designs

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November 25, 2012
Hama Bead Christmas Bauble Designs

While looking for some inspiration to do some cross stitch last week, I found various Christmas bauble designs... And got inspired. I'm always on the look out for hama bead ideas I can adapt to my own purposes and some of these were really tempting. With a nip and a tuck and a wander...
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Christmas Lanterns in Fimo

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November 22, 2012
Christmas Lanterns in Fimo

Last week I took a version of the firework jar craft to our regular home education group. The kids have got fairly good at fimo crafts now and can produce some creative and individual pieces of work with them. I took a bag full of baby food jars, some large bars of soft black...
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Easy Handsewn Christmas Ornaments

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November 21, 2012
Easy Handsewn Christmas Ornaments

We wanted to make some pretty traditional ornaments to go on our light up twigs this Christmas. Since we are currently sewing-machine-less due to an accident with an over-zealous daughter and a large wedge of material, it is handsewing all the way. This time we thought we would add some festive fabrics to our...
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Sock Snowman Craft

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November 18, 2012
Sock Snowman Craft

For a super simple instant snowman, you can’t beat this idea given to me by a teacher friend. It amused all my children in the run up to a rather trying Christmas and the resulting snowmen were rather cute. (Note, do not store them in the garage afterwards, instant mouse fest). These are really...
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Melted Hama Bead Candle Holders

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November 15, 2012
Melted Hama Bead Candle Holders

Last week Maddy had a go making candle holders in Hama Beads, using jars and colours to reflect the changing seasons. You can see her efforts here; they’ve already been getting a good showing on Pinterest and I think they were very innovative. Naturally I wanted in on the act as she inspired me...
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Bead & Button & Bell Xmas Decorations

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November 11, 2012
Bead & Button & Bell Xmas Decorations

A really quick and easy make last year was these  bead and button decorations made with memory wire, beads, buttons, bells, ribbons and yarn. eBay proved a good source of all of these bits and bobs, though they have inspired me to maybe add some of those things to our own shop next year....
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Folky Needle Felted Christmas Tree

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November 10, 2012
Folky Needle Felted Christmas Tree

For a very easy needle felted Christmas project, you can try making ornaments that can hang from a tree or in the window or from a bunch of artfully arranged twigs. I have to buy my artful twigs, though this does mean they are fake, with lights in them and last for years, so...
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Christmas Pom Pom Swag

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November 10, 2012
Christmas Pom Pom Swag

This craft is one we did last year and put up at home; I think it was the thing that made me truly fall in love with the decorative power of pompoms. It looked beautiful, far greater than the sum of its £1.50 ball of yarn parts and was one of the things we...
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