Summer catch up

Hi Hope you are all enjoying your summer! I can not believe we are now over the half way mark. I do not want it to end and am trying hard not to allow myself to start to feel the returning to school blues. Trying to ensure we continue to enjoy the freedom the holidays bring with the relaxed timetable: relaxed mornings and late nights. Apart from living with the chaos that comes with a bathroom renovation and having children home for the holidays. We have mainly kept ourselves busy with playing, lots of play dates, birthday parties and garden time. We have not done many Art and craft activities as the boys have found plenty of creative play ideas themselves.

    However I am able to add two projects to the project section that we have done; take a look at Super soft play dough recipe. and Shaving foam painting.

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Enjoy emmas xxx

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Hobby craft free mini maker sessions and the British motor museum.

 

So sorry I have been of the radar for a few weeks now with the usual tasks presented at the end of a school term and the starts of the holidays taking over. I don’t know if it’s just me this seems to be more of a challenge now the boys are older. I am finally relaxing into the summer holidays and finally feeling the enjoyment of no school runs and the heavily dictated school schedules.

We have started a relaxed and flexible plan of attack for the summer holidays in place! So far:

 We have done a fun week-end with Cousins.

A Hobby craft ‘slime making’ session which the boys loved. From a mums point of view it was great – 1 hrs entertainment where everything was provided free of charge, led by a staff member and tidied up for us. For anyone local to a hobby craft shop I recommend these sessions for anyone who kids like Arts and crafts. As this summer they are running Mini maker sessions several times a week these are free – you just need to book via their website. We have booked into one session/ activity every week thought out the summer. A great excuse to get out, it doesn’t cost anything (especially if we resist the urge to spend in the shop – is that possible?) and someone else gets to clean up the mess for a change. Next week we are booked into  the Decoparge animals.

Also for anyone who might be interested ‘pets at home’ does something similar, which we have done in the past – The boys have always enjoyed them. However we haven’t booked into any this summer as we did the Easter one. If your a local reader I found the one in Abingdon worked well at bribing a shopping trip to Tesco / B and M before hand.

We have also been to the British motor museum on Tesco vouchers (so another free activity normally £39 for a family of four). It was not really my personal cup of tea or a full day out – however the boys enjoyed it, daddy included! There were plenty of Minis and land rovers. A picnic area outside for a picnic lunch. Are eldest enjoyed reading and discussing all the science behind ‘how a car works’ with me  (I think I waffled sufficiently my way though this one despite sounding like I knew what I was talking about!), whilst daddy enjoyed admiring all the cars. Whereas the youngest did his own thing enjoying driving like a racing driver (A mad one at that) in one of their mini ‘minis’ around the museum. We took part in the family trail and made 3D land rovers in the craft zone. It was a nice cool relaxed day out away from the heat.

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We have also dipped into and out of our first planned theme day, designed by the boys – more spread out to normal as I have two tired boys exhausted and effected by the heat. At present they are crashed watching a DVD. Then we have a dip in the sea planned (our pool in the garden) after when the temperature has dropped slightly. We have planned activities (chosen by the boys) based ‘around the sea’ and on one of our favourite books ‘Toy boat’. I will keep you in suspense I will post a separate blog and project area in relation to this as we finish it. So keep an eye out for it in a few days time. We then have a space theme day planned later in the week.

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emmas xxx

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Exciting, scary and Busy times.

Exciting, scary and Busy times.

For the last few months apart from creating this website and being a mum, I have slowly been setting up my own business (emmas creative love) selling simple and affordable Arts and Craft. As we head into the summer I am heading out into the local community and I maybe at an event near you. Please come over and say Hi and take a look! As I start this exciting but slightly scary venture I will be selling at local Fetes, festivals and crafts events. In time aiming to create a shop online hopefully within the next year if all goes to plan.

My main focus/ selling point is on ‘ Rainy day plans’ A rainy day plan box which includes 10 activities and extra activity idea materials and instructions in a reusable box (perfect to keep aside for the summer/ school holidays rainy days). At £15.00 the activities work out at less than £2.00 each and if put aside for the summer school holiday provides 1-2 activity each week throughout. Alongside this I have created sibling bags (£10.00) with 8 activities as two in the box can be shared as a family to buy individually or can be joined up with a box to keep cost down if you have more than one child or do not want several boxes to sit on a shelf.

I have also been busy creating other additional activity packs for children to create their own arts and crafts (£1.50- £10). The packs are designed to cover a wide age group, ability, Girl or boy and budget. They can be bought for yourself or I have also created some to be given as gifts (for a unique friends birthday/ Christmas gift/ end of term presents) alongside other handmade items to keep or give as a gift (£1 -£10 each).

emmas xxx

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Summer savers being added all the time.

After a very busy few weeks, the promised summer saver ideas and projects have either been added or have been scheduled and are being added fast – dare I say it I think I am on a role! From simple cooking and rainy day crafts to garden creations hopefully there is something to interest you.

So keep following!

Don’t forget to like, share and follow- the more the merrier!

thanks emmas xxx

 

Sorry its been a while.

Sorry its been a while. Life has been busy and I am afraid I have been concentrating on other things happening in my life. I am afraid the website has been temporarily at the bottom of the list.

I do really enjoy writing my blogs and putting the projects on my project page. However I aim to only write when I am fully focussed and not to just tick a box to say I have done it. If you know what I mean. Hopefully, it means I wont just bore you with waffle.  

The boys have been busy back at school, leading to early nights as they have been shattered. There has been lots of playing with cars and vehicles. Take a look at the project section to see Balloon powered Lego vehicles added tonight. This was a surprising and very enjoyable project, the boys and me had lots of fun doing. I highly recommended it you have a child who is Lego mad!

emmas xxx

Pom- Pom Animals

IMG_0251.JPGIMG_0297.JPG    Hi hope you all had a lovely week-end and have enjoyed the snow! I’m wishing it is now on its way out and spring just gets a move on so we can move into summer!

We have recently been working on Pom poms in our house.

   Pom poms are a traditional tried and tested activity that I remember making from my childhood they make a fairly simple and affordable project to do. It is a good way to use up scrap wool, whist being great for children’s co- ordination skills.. You only need a few basic materials: Card and some wool. We used the traditional method of cutting and making our own rings out of cardboard (An old cereal box). If you prefer you can buy official pom pom makers from a hobby shop, I have not tried these out but would love to hear if they are worth their money. We made the Penguin and turtle Pom Poms on a long car journey. I was pretty impressed as it was a spontaneous/ impressive ‘genius’ idea to do whilst in the car as it passed most of the journey, with the boys concentrating on the task in hand it turned out to be a fairly quiet ride ‘there was no – are we there yet!’. We did the finishing details the next day back at home. Then the boys asked to do some more (One is the planet mars, One is the ocean and the other one was just a pink one for mummy), though I think we are truly pom pom out now!

 Check out the project section if you fancy making one – I’m sure there are lots of animals you could make with these. I actually thought after making the 3 extra ones a pom pom caterpillar would be good – but as I said we have had enough of pom pom’s for a while.

As usual don’t forget to like, share or comment.

Enjoy!

emmas xxx

 

So half- term has been and gone in a flash!

pexels-photo-104344.jpeg   So half term has been and gone in a flash and the boys are back at school (Boo hoo!- We are counting the weeks till the next one). We had a fun week at home despite the rain, keeping ourselves very busy playing, creating, getting soggy out and about! So I now have the time to add the projects we did in to the project section, sorry I didn’t make it for half-term, was just enjoying time with the boys. Please take a look, have a go, share, comment and like. Many thanks.

emmas xxx