Throw your own decorate t shirt party

craftcartwright Crafts, Parenting 14 Comments

As my kids have got older I have looked at ways to entertain them and their friends at their birthday parties. This year my eldest turns nine and although he still loves pass the parcel etc. He would like to do something a bit different with his friends at his birthday. So we thought we might try out a throwing …

Creative corner – Twysted Roots wire sculpture

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This week in Creative corner I’m featuring a craftswoman whose wire sculpture work caught my eye. Exceptionally intricate and beautifully detailed. Clair from Twysted Roots is the next person to take part in my interview series. 1. Introduce yourself. This part always feels like I’m standing up at some group confession! Hello, my name is Clair and I make bead …

Win a handmade wedding gift

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Summer time equals weddings. Especially when you get to your thirties and everyone seems to be getting married off. The months of June and July seem to be filled with them! Getting a great gift can be so difficult. Many couples ask for money or have extensive wedding gift lists but if you fancy giving them something a little more …

Butoonies review

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Are you in need of some ideas to keep the kids occupied though the summer holidays? My youngest who is four is still quite easily amused, give him the paddling pool and he’ll stay in it all summer given the chance. My eldest who is eight is quite different and once the allotted half and hour of screen time is …

100 hashtags for creative bloggers

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I’ve being hearing a lot recently on twitter about how engagement is really low on Instagram and lots of people are struggling to keep or gain new followers. At the moment I can’t agree. I have been working really hard to grow my following and I think it’s down to me upping my game with my hashtag use. You can …

5 great ways to paint without a brush

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In my time as a teacher and as a mum encouraging my children’s creativity I have often found children to get stuck in a mindset of the ‘right’ way to draw and the ‘right’ way to paint. I find it deeply tragic when children and adults tell me that they can’t do it. Just because you don’t like the result …