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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Keeping with the theme Simple and affordable – Body tracing.

IMG_0081    Hi, firstly sorry if you have just been slightly confused (so have I!) by the last project posted and this blog. I have been having a few technical faults – I will lay all blame with the Computer doing its own thing. Hopefully all is fixed now and is fully readable!

‘Don’t you just love them moments when you think wow that five-minute job was quick and easy – to only realise it hasn’t gone to plan instead five minutes turns into an hour’.IMG_0085

Essentially my blog today is just to let you know I have put another project idea in the project section. Sorry really wasn’t sure what to call this one. ‘Body tracing’  was the best I could do. This is very simple and affordable to make as it is easy and pretty much free to make as the basic materials can be found in your home. A good project for younger children. You could if you choose to, use it to talk / teach them about their bodies and body parts. For us it was just a fun project. We have done this project many times before and the ‘bodies’ end up on our boys bedroom door each time. The last ones needed updating as they had seen better days – there is only so many times you can repair them!  Christopher chose to turn himself into a space man and Louie became a superhero.

Please take a look at the project section. Don’t forget to like, comment, share and follow please. Thank you!

emmas xxx


How to up-cycle a paper bag !

   Yes, I know the title sounds a little crazy. However we did just this last week-end. A very impromptu project arising after the boys seeing father Christmas out and about. The boys were given some presents by Father Christmas in a paper bag with his picture on. After the boys had rehomed the gifts at home we were just about to throw the bag, when in our usual style we said…
” we can make something out of this! “
   So after scratching our heads we decided to cut out the picture of father Christmas and turn it into a ‘please stop here Santa ” door hanger for their bedrooms. It was a very easy, make it up as you go along mixed media / collage project led by the boys. Using whatever we could find in the house. They wanted white tissue paper now! Mummy couldn’t deliver on a Sunday night, so we found a clean toilet roll fixed the problem. Please take a look at the finish products in my Projects section and give it a go. The boys really enjoyed it – but beware the glitter goes everywhere. We now have a house with “Christmas sparkle”.
Love Emma’s xxx


My aims for the Projects I post.

 Sorry slight Delay in this blog going out due to the lovely winter season bugs entering our house and being shared around. My intention was that it came out along my first project being posted.

My aim of this website is not to tell you how to do it my way, Art is all about individuality. I hope to just give you ideas to interperate projects your own personal way. I.e for projects I will give you a list of what you will need… If you haven’t got a certain item or don’t like something I’ve used. Come up with your own ideas or adapt project to what you have personally got in your home or like using. I’m hopefully just providing some ideas to inspire you. interperate those ideas how you wish with the materials you have access to.

I aim to make the projects affordable to all (ideally with very little cost). However we all have different financial situations you may wish to spend less or more on the projects. Or you may have something in the cupboard you have been meaning to use and just didn’t know when to use it, and a particular project just lends itself to using it.  I also try to keep projects simple but effective to cover a wide age group and varied attention spans , again we all have different likes and levels of ability. Some will be easy some will be hard depending on you and your children personal ability. Some you will achieve in five minutes and others may take longer. Feel free just to adapt , make it up as you go along. It will still be fun and productive. If one project doesn’t go to plan, turn out right, don’t give up. Just accept you tried that one, it didn’t work for you – give another one a try (your be teaching your child a valid lesson):

  • If at first you don’t succeed try again
  • There’s always more than one way at looking at things
  • we can get better at this if we try!

Just have Fun and enjoy!

LOVE Emma s xxx

P.s Feel free to post comments or ask questions if your after any particular ideas and let me know how your projects go!

First blog post; Create, love, inspire all things creative and crafty.

   Hi so here we go I’m new to this and creating my first blog to go live has been self-taught. So please bear with me as I get started! Hopefully I’m succeeding at creating something along the right lines and the future will only get bigger and better. For the introductions I am Emma living in Oxfordshire with my husband, I am a stay at home forty something mum of two boys Christopher aged 7 and Louie 5 years old. Whilst doing everyday Mum stuff with a little chaos, messy hair, whatever clothes I can find in the clean washing pile thrown on probably complete with some evidence of old paint and glue, Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my two boys and creating all things crafty.

  Our house often resembles similarities to an art gallery or art studio created by children and I love it! I firmly believe that no matter the project we can create it with some confidence in ourselves. Mess is always cleanable! Fun, laughter and memories are irreplaceable. Children can have so much fun and learn so much from a few hours creating something from the rainy day box. There is another blog to shortly follow after this one (‘why I believe allowing children to make a creative mess is so important to their development!’) 

   Are creations our always personal and made using simple affordable materials!  The boys have been involved with getting this show on the road since I told them what I was thinking of doing as always they have wanted to be involved and have already thought of ideas for me – your never to young in our house to learn how to write a blog. Yesterday are living room looked like the paper shedder monster had been let loose with the felt tips and scissors as they helped me create our logo. Hence the name for our site has both the boys initials in. 

  My hopes for my blog is that it will reach out to families and inspire others to be creative with their children and most importantly ‘do it themselves’ what ever their background. It is a place to find creative projects for children and adults, parenting advice, tips and ideas for everyday families. However my ultimate goal is I inspire you to love having fun whilst creating something new with your children. I hope it will empower you to try something new And to give you the confidence to know you can do it! Here we go – and we are off !