Blogs: Make It At Home

DIY travel chalkboard clipboard and free printables

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Traveling in the car can sometimes be a nightmare with children. The all too famous line of ‘are we there yet?’ playing over and over like a broken record… So for the next school holidays road trip, I’m getting prepared early by making this DIY travel chalkboard clipboard. Continue reading »

Learn how to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps!

How to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps

Drawing is a learnt skill. Sure, some kids have natural ability when it comes to drawing. But all children can learn to draw if they’re shown the correct techniques. Here you’ll learn how to draw a cartoon puppy in 6 easy steps! Continue reading »

Star craft project

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I love wall hangings so decided since Matariki is just around the corner I would create a star wall hanging with little miss 3.  I love creating with little miss 3. Sometimes it’s art she can do completely independently and others times like today it’s a team effort. I do all the fiddly work and she gets to do all the fun and messy craft. Continue reading »

Matariki water paint and glitter art

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Matariki is a great time of year to celebrate and learn more about Maori culture. One way we’re doing this in our family is through story books. My Daughter and I read The Seven Kites of Matariki by Calico McClintock and this inspired us to create a night sky art project with the 7 kites of Matariki in it. Continue reading »

Autumn trees [Craft for kids]

Autumn trees

Autumn is here and so winter isn’t far away, which can be a challenge for some of us. But it’s good to mark the change of the seasons and see what we can celebrate. I love the glowing light on a pleasant autumn evening. And of course the leaves changing colour are a beautiful sight too. Continue reading »

Trying not to stress and some pretty Christmas baubles

Pretty Christmas baubles

“Don’t stress”- haha- who even says this 4 weeks out from Christmas? Well, I’m giving the “don’t stress” idea a go – surely it seems worth a try? So , with this in mind, here’s a few promises I made to myself a couple of weeks ago- Continue reading »

Paper Christmas decorations [Craft for kids]

Paper Christmas decorations

My kids and I visited a local craft fair recently and all three of us were captured by some delightful paper decorations that were for sale. My son was particularly keen to find out how they were made, and their maker was kind enough to talk us through it. We bought one of her creations and had a go at making our own, and are pleased to be able to pass them on to you.  Continue reading »

Make a fast rag tag Christmas garland

Make a fast rag tag Christmas garland

Make a fast rag tag Christmas garland…… and a cheat to make it even faster!
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Want a beautiful Christmas tree with minimal effort?

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Yes- it’s possible to have a beautiful Christmas tree with minimal effort!

Late November wouldn’t be late November if someone wasn’t trying to get you into the festive mood… and we’re no different.  Over the next three weeks we’re publishing a series of tips to help you on your merry “Christmas Decorating” way. Continue reading »

Decorating your home this Christmas

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I have been thinking about traditions, and family, and how to make the effort lately.  It’s easier not to make the effort.  You feel the desire not to make the effort right through to your bones when you’re a sleep-deprived zombie, for whom stringing together a sentence that is more than a few syllables is a challenge.  You run from effort when your kids have been at home sick for a week, like mine have lately, and you think putting a festive TV show is about as much effort as you can muster in the celebration department.  Continue reading »

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