Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kids Craft (icecreams!)

Well the weather here in Ireland is so unpredictable at the moment(as usual!) so we had another afternoon of craft but just to remind the kids it is actually summer we made some icecream decorations. I saw the idea in a magazine at the libary last week. It was very simple. We used styrofoam balls as the icecream, made the cones from card and 'toppings' from whatever was in our art supplies...pompom cherries,buttons, pins and bead sprinkles. We put a ribbon on the back to hang it up.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kids Craft (glass paint)

The kids wanted to craft after lunch but I was feeling a bit lazy. So I decided to use some of the supplies I bought while on a shopping trip to Belfast last weekend. I bought the glass painting kit for £2 and the pictures for 60p each. So the whole craft cost £4.40 or approx €5.

No explaination needed really I just let the kids work away! Easy Peasy:) The kids want to stick them in their bedroom windows.

There's lots of paint left and we never even used the outliner so I have an idea to use acetate paper and make some stain glass window pictures... more to follow.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Welcome Baby!

Well, I've been a bit quiet on the blog front because I was busy ripple-ing!

And since being here last I became an aunty again. I love being an aunty already to two nieces and a nephew, they each bring such a different dynamic to our ever growing family!

When I discovered my brother and his girlfriend where having a boy I decided to make something for him. And here's what I made..........

I got the pattern and wonderful instructions from Attic24. I Love it I hope Baby R spends lots of hours cuddled up with it :)

Welcome to our family Baby R. With another niece or nephew due in 8 weeks I'll be busy creating again.....I'll keep you updated ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our owl family

After a trip to the beach one evening last week the kids ended up bring home more than a few rocks! The same weekend the weather turned very rainy so we were a bit housebound. So we made our pepples from the beach into this owl family. It was so easy but kept the kids busy for a good while.

firstly I painted each one with a base of white. Once they were dry the kids got busy with their markers (felt tips). It's just love hearts for faces, flowers for eyes and semi circles with half flower shapes for wings

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My first embroidery.......

Apologies, not the best photo! This is the very first emroidery I've ever done, just completed tonight. I got the patterns from a little sweetness ages ago but I'm only getting around to using them now.

My wonderful little niece J just moved into her 'big girls bedroom' so I made this as a little gift :) Can't wait to give it to her (I hope she likes it!) I'm going to finish emroidering her name on it and make it into a little cushion for her bed.

I'm planning on making them again to start a project that's been in my head or a while now. That is going to be a 'Dolls and Dresses' wall.... I'll keep you posted (whenever I get aroud to starting it!)

Saturday, June 4, 2011


As I've said I learned to crochet last October with some friends of mine including my youngest sis. We went to 4 classes in our local yarn shop, Loza wool in Clondalkin. Maureen, who runs/owns the shop was a great teacher and we had a great laugh but to be honest I really didn't think I'd be that 'into' crochet... I was wrong :)

So far I've made a few bits and I've also discovered Ravelry, which is full of inspiration... my to-do list just keeps getting longer!

Here are a few of the things I've made so far....

Out of the 5 of us that learned to crochet together 4 of us meet up every week for what we've dubbed "craft night"(aka getting out of the house for tea and cake!)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lets go fly a kite!

Well today was an unusually hot but still breezy day. I saw these on a blog ( the other day so decided to make them with the girls to keep them entertained while I was helping C master the art of the potty.

They were so easy to make and produced hours of great fun.

All you need is A4 paper, ruler, pencil, stapler, hole punch and some string.

fold the paper in half,
mark 2 1/2 inch and 3 1/2 inch,
staple the pieces up at the 1st mark,
punch a hole at the next mark,
tie the string into the hole,
and voila! simple right.

This is how ours turned out

Not very crafty but great results all the same....we ended up having to make about 10 for all their friends too.

We're going to make them again tomorrow but decorate them first

Monday, May 30, 2011

follow your dreams

This is the project that started it all.

I'd bought the 'follow your dreams' sign months before the finished project but it lay on a shelf above our bed until I came up with this.

I knew I wanted it to be hung on the wall facing you as you come down the stairs, as a kind of motivation for us. The idea for the letters was floating around my head for a while until I came across something similar on another blog (not sure which one..i was new to blogs at the time and a bit of a blog hopper)

I got my Dad to cut the letters from mdf. I covered each one in fabric that 'meant' something. P's was his first business shirt, mine from the first duvet on 'our' bed, the girls from the bedding of each of their nurseries and C's from his first newborn sized shirt (after 3 girls that was a bit of a novelty).

Even though I've cross stitched or quite a while this was my first crafty project, and it's given me the craft bug.

The begining.....

Welcome to my blog, I'm really new at this so I'm planning on learning as I go along. The plan is that this blog will be about things I've made, things I'm making and things I'd like to make. But before i start all that an introduction........

I'm Aine.
Mammy to 4, Three little ladies and their little brother. DD1(T) is 8, a bit of a geek and a total bookworm! She's a very sensitive soul. DD2(N) is 6, a whirlwind, a total free spirit...the type of girl who is dressed like a princess but is always climbing trees and scraping her knees. DD3(A) is 4, a real life princess (or so she says) she likes all things girly and pink, a bit shy but well able. DS(C) is 2, a new dynamic in our pink world! He is changing all the time and finding his feet ....he loves nothing more than rough and tumble followed by cuddles :)

Wife to P... we've been couple for 15 years and married for nearly 8 of those. He's a great husband ...what more can i say!

I love lots of crafts. I suppose that began with cross stitch which I taught myself to do to keep me awake while I was on night duty. I can knit too, not very well....the most I've knit is a baby cardigan. I got a sewing machiene for my birthday last year and I'm teaching myself to sew (with the help of my favorite blogs) but I plan to get some lessons. I learned to crochet with some friends a while ago and I'm hooked :)