Making A Puppet Show : With Flora Butter..


We have been busy, busy over the last few days of the half term holidays. A unexpected visit from my son who is at uni, some fun days out and even a spot of gardening when the sun was out on Wednesday.

When we have been indoors we have not been short of things to do thanks to the boredom busting basket and family fun guide from Flora Buttery.


We had lots of fun making a puppet show. My daughter had lots of fun making a boy and a girl puppet. She named them after her 2 favourite teddy's, Alex (the lion) and Nelly (the elephant).

Credits : A Puppet Show : by Flora Butter.

We all have a pile of odd socks. Give them a new lease of life by making sock puppets.

Time : 10 minutes.

Age: 3+.


What you need :
  • Odd socks 
  • Buttons Glue 
  • Wool Cardboard or felt
What to do:
  1.  Find an old clean sock that’s long enough to go up your arm.
  2. Put your hand inside to make the basic mouth shape with your thumb and fingers.
  3. Sew on two buttons or glue on two circles for eyes.
  4. Now decide what other features to add; some wool hair, whiskers, eyelashes, a tongue? 
  5. Finally name your puppet and suggest the kids stage a puppet show.

We had lots of run playing with our sock puppets, fancy making some too?

About this post :

We kindly got sent this Flora’s Family Fun Guide hamper to have some recipe and crafty fun over the half term holidays. All thoughts are our own and I was not paid for this post...


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Chirstmas Crafting...

Love these little Christmas decorations my children have made. Empty toilet roll, paper glue pens and lots of imagination..


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D.I.Y Bottle Light...


This Bacardi bottle was just too nice to throw away. I tried to throw it. But thought. What can I do to keep it? I thought of making it into a cake stand bottom!?! it was just a bit to tall. A vase!?! Yes nice idea. Just not wide enough for many flowers. A candle holder. Yes i can see this. Not got the rights size candles in to fit.

Oh yes got it. A lamp. It looks beautiful on my shelve along side some glasses. Photos do not do it justice!! Waiting to go aside some Christmas drinks now...


You will need~
  • An empty beautiful bottle { washed out and completely dry}
  • Some battery operated fairy lights {I picked mine up from Pound shop}
What to do~
  1. Simple place the fairy lights into the glass bottle.
  2. leave the battery pack outside at the back to turn the lights on and off easy.


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Christmas Crafting : Tots 100 And Bostik Family Craft Bloggers...


Me and my daughter have had lots of Christmas crafty fun this week, thanks to our crafty bloggers pack from Tots 100 And Bostik. We were inspired by the Christmas theme and had tons of different ideas to make. Some of the fun things we crated included bangles, gift tags and a mini Christmas tree.


My daughter getting to work on her "Let it go" Christmas present bag.



First she drew and cut out her Christmas tree, the she got to work on the sticking. With the tree in place she then stuck some shiny squares in place to spell out the words " Let It Go" I said why not "Let It Snow?" But that is not in the Frozen song mum!?!{A few days later she thought that would have been good to say,when her brother suggested it!!} Then the fun bit decorating the tree with glitter pom poms, beads and stickers.


A hand decorated ball with shiny square bits on for the tree up next. We simply tied some ribbon around the ball to hang it on the tree. Then stuck some shiny squares all over.


Next up the Christmas tree and gift tags. The tree taking up the most time, and tags the least. I love both of these the best.


Sticking some fuzzy felt material cut down to size on first then twisting 6 pipe cleaners together in a long line to wrap around the tree. Finally sticking stars, snowflakes and pom poms everywhere with a big polystyrene star on top.


Santa and his elf peg men up next, wait where are their faces!! my daughter created these with some felt and string wrapped around.


And last up some bangles with lots of little beads threaded on. The beads all kept sliding to the bottom on the photos though, typical!!

About this post-

We got send a lovely parcel of fun things to share our crafty work. All thoughts on the post are my honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...
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How We Carved Our Pumpkins...


Happy Halloween..

Hope your having a fun and spooky day so far!?!

I am just about to go out 'Trick or Treating' with the little two...

Thought I would share how we carved our Pumpkins with you :)


What you need~
  • A Pumpkin or 2
  • A knife, (I knew my Pumpkin knife I've had years would eventually come in handy)
  • Some kind of face designs ~eyes, nose and mouth... either bough, you have drawn or printed off the internet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tea lights


What we did~
  1. First we picked out who wanted which face designs and cut them out.
  2. We then lightly stuck them in place onto the Pumpkins.
  3. After they had dried we set onto cutting the tops off the Pumpkins, or should I say I did!! the kids then disappeared and left mum to it!!
  4. Then I scooped all the Pumpkin seeds out.
  5. Onto cutting around the eyes, nose and mouth. I think my son picked the hardest shape on purpose, haha.
  6. All ready to light up when its dark...


About this post~

We kindly got sent a Flora Halloween fun pack and we used some of the products in this post. All thoughts are my own...

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Up-Cycled Jewellery/Trinket Box..


This has to be my favourite upcycled/recycled/crafty project to date. 

A box I had some scarf's delivered in...

 Cover in some Cath Kidson red polka dot material, ribbon, sticky pretend diamond jewels some paper flowers, red buttons and glue.


It did start off as a jewellery box for my daughter..

But now is proudly in my hallway as a trinket box...

On my New Shoe Cabinet...


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Autumn With Tots 100 And Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Pack ...


Thanks to 'Tots 100 And Bostik' for our Family Craft Bloggers Pack this month. We have been getting very Autumn style, crafty this week.

We were lost for ideas with this months parcel and then the ideas just kept flowing in from nowhere!!

Well I actually dreamt of one idea, then that lead to another one..

I am in the middle of a kitchen make over for Christmas, so we decided to get our some things ready for our Autumn table. 


I can not wait to finish my kitchen now to see all our crafty things on display..


No Halloween is complete with a spider or two. 

We are not to fond of the scary type so we went for a cute one with big eyes!!

What we did~

Place lots of glue the polystyrene ball with the Bostik glue pen.

Cover with orange tissue paper. then more glue and a piece of black tissue paper for hair.

Get 4 pipe cleaners and tie in middle with some ribbon.

Bend the pipe cleaners for the knees in the legs.

Use 2 Bostik glue dot to stick the legs on top of the head.

Stick 2 big eyes in the middle...


Don't you just love the Christmas snow globes? 

This was the idea for Halloween one.

I found some prunes a year out of date in the cupboard, so now to be a complete waste the Halloween globe was created.

Wash a old jar a lid out.

Half fill with water.

Place beads and glitter inside.

Find a Halloween toy.

(I used this sweet little Halloween bucked my daughter brought about 6 from the pound shops later week)

Place toy inside.

Fill to top with water.

Place lid on and dry off any water.

Stick around lid with strong tape.

I used duck tape.

Cut out a round piece of felt to hid lid and tape.

Wrap some different colour wool around felt on lid to keep in place.

I never stuck it as I would not have got more water in. The bucket moves around which makes it more fun trryng to make it stand up again...


I love this time of year for having lots of candles around the house for display.

My new table centre piece..

I picked this vase up from Ikea last week..£1.00 what a bargain!?!

Placed some old Christmas candles in the middle for display.

Fill the jar with some dried pasta around the candles.

Stick the leaves on with a few Bostick glue spots on each leave. 

Then tie some garden twine around.


Love a bit of up-cycling!!

An old beetroot jar, cleaned out.

Stick the leaves on with a few Bostik glue spots on each leave. 

Then tie some garden twine around.

Glue some ribbon with the glue spots around the top.


A boring candle with a bit of a makeover...

All I did was stick the leaves on with a few Bostik glue spots on each leave. 

Then tie some garden twine around.


Love this idea...

Laminated place mats...

My dad borrowed me his laminate to cover over Parkrun tickets to stop them from ripping. 

So I tried to laminate a few of the leaves.

I was pleasantly surprise with the result. 

The picture does not do these justice. 

I want a laminar now!!


About this post-

We got send a lovely parcel of fun things to share our crafty work. All thoughts on the post are my honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...


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Shoe Cabinet For Under £30.00...

Having a large family, hiding all the shoes away can be a big task. I have been looking for ages for a big shoe rack that looks nice and tidy, holds lots of shoes and is trendy in the hallway too.

Having broken our last shoe rack how could I add all our shoes onto the little shelves that you see in the shops?

On a trip to Ikea, I came up with this idea.

A book case, some material and a curtain rod...

And this is what I made~








I have now finished all the papering, painting and the carpet is fitted in the hallway.

 It looks amazing...

Will update more pictures soon..

Next job ...

The kitchen ...

Eek...

Vine....



P.s I have got a comfortable just over 50 pairs of shoes on here!!

Mostly mine and my daughters with a few size 10's boots and a pair of wellies...


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