Writers: Alayna Flighty

Alayna Flighty

Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes the arts are a fundamental building block for children. When children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.

Garden butterfly ornament art project

Garden butterfly ornament art project

It’s Spring, the flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are singing and the butterflies have begun fluttering! With the welcoming of Spring, I decided to create these plywood butterfly ornaments for our garden. Continue reading »

How to make a terracotta pot birdbath

How to make a terracotta pot birdbath

Well it’s Spring the perfect time to bring the birds into the garden. And what better way than with a bird bath. Here‚Äôs how to make one from terracotta pots. Continue reading »

Boho driftwood wall hanging

boho driftwood wall hanging

Last month I made this amazing¬†painted driftwood mirror, that’s the perfect teen craft activity. I ended up with quite a bit of driftwood leftover from this craft, so I decided to keep going with this idea, and made this boho driftwood wall hanging too! Continue reading »

Father’s Day card and badge

Fathers Day card and badge roarsome day

Holy-quacamole Father’s Day has crept up on me fast this year! I truely feel like it was just yesterday that it was the 1st of August.¬†Time just seems to speed up when you’re a busy Mama! Continue reading »

Bloke’s beans for Father’s day

block's beans for fathers day

Rock on! It’s Father’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by serving-up Bloke’s Beans for Dads brekkie! Not only will Dad LOL with the crazy crustache nestling on his beans, but we guarantee you will get plenty of hi fives for making baked beans from scratch! Continue reading »

Painted Driftwood Mirror

Painted Driftwood Mirror

The kids and I love heading to the beach to go scavenging, and always bring home a bag full of beach treasure. Find out how we turned our¬†floatsome finds into this painted driftwood mirror. Continue reading »

Bright and colourful bird feeders project

Bright and colourful bird feeders project

I got the inspiration for this great little family craft project from my school, where the kids were making something similar for wood-working. These bright and colourful bird feeders are cheap and easy to make, and lots of fun for the whole family.¬† Continue reading »

Kid’s Play Kitchen Using Upcycled Bedside Table

Resene kitchen

This has to be one of our most successful DIY projects we’ve made for our little one.¬†We made this kid’s play kitchen using an old bedside table drawer and gave it to her as a present. She just loves playing with her pretend kitchen, and now her little brother does too! Continue reading »

Matariki and the Southern Lights art project

Matariki and the southern lights art project

This little art project is super simple and easy to re-create.¬†Your kids will love making this Matariki and Southern Lights-inspired art piece. You could start this project but telling your kids a little bit about Matariki and what the Southern lights are. Continue reading »

Upcycled beer crate toy box

upcycled beer crate toy box

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly looking for ways to store all my children’s toys. Luckily for me my husband is a hobby beer brewer, and beer crates are great storage solutions. Find out about how to make an upcycled beer crate toy box. Continue reading »

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