Washi tape Easter Card
April 4, 2014 – 2:01 am | No Comment

After the success of my Washi tape Christmas cards I thought to give it a go with Easter Cards too. This is a very simple Easter card kids can make. All you need is …

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Homemade citronella candles in decorated mason jars
April 14, 2014 – 1:27 am | No Comment

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We are preparing for the warm weather here in Spain, but to truly enjoy outdoor living we have to make sure we keep mosquitos away. Trying to keep it natural I have planted lots of geraniums, rosemary and lavender that as well as looking lovely they work as natural mosquito repellent. Another renowned natural repellent is citronella, you can buy citronella candles, burring oils and all sorts from local garden centres and even supermarkets. There are a lot of types on the market, but it is always best to read the small print because they often contain chemicals.

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I have made my own citronella candles using old burned out candles, regular wax and citronella essence. The essence does not have any colour so the candles will be white unless you add colouring, I have made some white candles and attempted to make a coloured one using blue food colouring. However the food colouring is not very strong so the colouring effect is quite pale. For a more intense colour is best to use a natural ink or even old crayons.

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I poured the melted wax with 4 or 5 drops of citronella essence into old mason jars, which I then decorated using string, paper and wire. Before pouring the wax into the jars make sure you attach the wick at the bottom, then hold the wick straight with a peg until the wax solidifies.

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How to decorate a bottle with yarn and salt
March 24, 2014 – 7:04 am | 2 Comments
How to decorate a bottle with yarn and salt

Since we have moved to Spain I have been collecting bottles. Whenever we go out for a meal or even just a drink I come home with a new bottle. Soft drinks and water …

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How to decorate Easter eggs with tissue paper
March 18, 2014 – 3:51 am | No Comment
How to decorate Easter eggs with tissue paper

This year instead of decorating more eggs for Easter I will put out last year’s but I made a pretty new box to keep them on display. I decorated the box with tissue paper, …

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Easy to make shamrock needle cushion
March 14, 2014 – 7:54 am | 2 Comments
Easy to make shamrock needle cushion

Every year I mean to sew more, but unfortunately my needle skills are still very basic. I do own needles (who doesn’t?) and I can do basic stitching, but that’s about it. Yesterday I …

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Upcycle project: coffee capsule container
February 20, 2014 – 3:47 am | No Comment
Upcycle project: coffee capsule container

We received a wonderful Nespresso machine for Christmas and since then we only drink Nespresso coffee. It is so much better than regular espresso. The only downside is that you can must buy it …

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Valentine paper patterns
January 26, 2014 – 7:24 am | No Comment
Valentine paper patterns

  Lately I have been learning about making shapes in Photoshop, these basic patterns are the result of mixing shapes with the custom shape tool and the application of a few filters over the finished …

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History lessons through play
January 10, 2014 – 2:59 am | No Comment
History lessons through play

Today on one of my inspiration wanders on Pinterest for Chinese new year’s crafts I landed on a fantastic homeschooling blog. Nadine’s paper dolls and paper men, which are free to download, are a great …

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E is for elephant: how to make an elephant out of magazine pages
January 8, 2014 – 4:32 am | No Comment
E is for elephant: how to make an elephant out of magazine pages

  I am very proud of this little elephant made entirely out of magazine pages. All you need is lots of glossy paper (though newspaper works just fine, but it is less colourful), vinyl …

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DIY Christmas cards
December 13, 2013 – 8:01 am | No Comment
DIY Christmas cards

This year I made some very simple Christmas cards with decorative tape and thick paper. I bought quite a few rolls of decorative tape at the Barcelona Crafts fair earlier this month and I …

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Christmas garland
December 11, 2013 – 9:46 am | No Comment
Christmas garland

To use up the last of the pinecones we picked during a Sunday afternoon stroll in the local pinewoods, we made a simple garland with varnished pinecones attached to a string with intermittent cardboard …

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ABC Christmas Poem
December 9, 2013 – 3:19 am | No Comment
ABC Christmas Poem

A few years back, we wrote this poem and we made a 3D representation of it. The installation is made with the drawing of a Christmas tree with the alphabet letters all over it. …

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Colourful pinecone decorations
December 6, 2013 – 7:02 am | No Comment
Colourful pinecone decorations

I have so many pinecones this year that I can just make lots of different decorations. Today I have a very simple yet effective decoration, which is fun to make with kids as it …

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Crafts Fair in Barcelona
December 4, 2013 – 4:02 am | No Comment
Crafts Fair in Barcelona

Last weekend I went to a crafts fair in Barcelona, Creativa Spain an event that brings together crafters from all trades. There are various events all over Europe, in Spain alone, as well as …

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