It’s that time of year when my sense of wanderlust kicks into an even higher gear than normal. Everyone I know is busy booking holidays, and I’m no different, sketching out ideas for trips and adventures and trying to work out what we can make work in terms of budget and leave. This year, we’ve started our calendar of adventures by plugging in a couple of festivals so we’ve got something to look forward to and to work our holidays around. As long-time fans of multi award-winning family arts festival, Just So, we were gutted to miss the festival last… View Post

Victoria’s fantastically easy lion headdress is the perfect partner for my lion face paint design for the Just So Tribal Tournament 2017. Over to Victoria now to share the instructions… Hear me roar! The kings of the jungle are ready to prowl and pounce in their golden fur and wild manes. Lion costumes are all about texture so make use of any scraps of fabrics – velvets, wools etc – it doesn’t matter if they don’t match as it’s the hair/ mane effect that will instantly roar lion! For this version you will need a stretchy hair band or circle of elastic… View Post

Combine my stag face paint design with this beautiful and easy stag costume idea from Victoria to join the Stags at this year’s Just So Festival. Over to her to share the instructions… Prancing through the forest the upper crust stags gallop by in their finery. Tweed waistcoats, bustles, wild branches from the forest floor and a flourish of flowers. If fancy isn’t your thing channel Game of Thrones with big fake fur collars and wild branches in your hair! This is a baby and toddler friendly costume as there are no pointy bits but could easily be adapted to suit the older… View Post

Next up in our week of costume and face paint ideas for the Tribal Tournament at Just So 2017, it’s those proud and mighty stags. We will definitely be stags one year as you always see some awesome costumes around the festival. Here’s my interpretation of the design of this year’s Tribal head as a face paint idea… I really enjoyed this one – it’s simple and decorative. Here’s how I did it, using a party set of Snazaroo face paints, and a set of Snazaroo brushes: Use a sponge or brush to apply white face paint over the nose and up to the forehead.… View Post

I’ve shared my owl face paint idea for Just So 2017, now I’m handing over to creative genius Victoria for a super-easy, no-sew DIY owl mask… Tweet Twoo! If you want to swoop in on your tree top friends, it would be wise (get it!) to gather as many feathers as you can shake a duster at and you are pretty much ready to fly. This mask looks effective but is so easy to make. The mask I found was already dramatically shaped (its from Tiger stores), but if you can’t find one like this don’t flap as the tall feathers… View Post