No mess, no stress kids’ craft party kits

Sometimes you need an activity for the kids that’ll fill half an hour while you can just get on with something else, which is when the selection of party craft kits that the lovely Alexis from Cotton & Twist (Alexis is also a friend and blogger over at Something I Made), had given me to try out came in handy the other morning. Cotton Twist is Alexis’s new business that she’s set up with her friend Anne-Clare. Alexis is uber-crafty and creative, and she’s put her impressive imaginative skills into making these fab little craft kits for kids that you…

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Hallway storage idea: DIY kids kit bags

A very old post of mine about our hallway storage solutions is still one of my most popular (go figure!). Of course our hallway doesn’t actually looks like that anymore (it was four years ago after all), but the coat hooks and old pew are still key elements in the space. One thing that was causing constant mess and irritation was all the hats, gloves, scarves that ended up strewn across the bench. Apparently a family of four can have rather a large collection of accessories, and when they’re all mixed up together it’s all but impossible to find what…

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How to make air-drying clay trinket dishes

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally share some of the crafts I worked on in the weeks leading up to the big day. This year I made a pledge to make as many presents as I could myself – work was quiet and the upside of this was that I had some free time  it also meant that we needed to be as thrifty as possible with our gift choices). I browsed family members’ Christmas wish-lists and when I spotted some trinket dishes my mother-in-law wanted, I immediately thought I’d have a go at making using white air-drying…

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#TheEverydaySpruce | DIY tea towel wall art

#TheEverydaySpruce – a collaborative project by lapinblu & growing spaces – | SIMPLIFY | CLARIFY | BEAUTIFY | Apologies that The Everyday Spruce has taken a longer break than Sarah-Lou and I originally intended. Real life has taken over (as it has a habit of doing!), and while that happens, our blogs understandably take a back seat. But suddenly we’re well into June and we’re both keen to get it up and running again – it has already given me some fantastic ideas and focus this year, and I love the prompt to think in a different way and to…

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Styling the seasons: October

: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots : “Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you“ October. Unmistakably autumnal, October for our family usually means more time spent hibernating at home. More baking and crafts, the start of candlelit dinners as the evenings get darker, and finally accepting that the heating needs to go on. For me, October this year also means knuckling down to try to up my work productivity. Making the…

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