No mother of the year awards for me this week. . I missed Finn’s best friend’s birthday party on the weekend. That one he’d been looking forward to for WEEKS. I realised a day late and luckily the birthday boy was available to come over for a play date. I bought an emergency Woolworths chocolate mud cake, covered it in sprinkles and hoped it would pass as a reasonable substitute to giant trampolining. . Never one to let a good recyclable go to waste, we took advantage of the textured base and made a bunch of rainbow mandala prints. . Moral of the story? Not sure. Use a calendar? Eat more cakes? Hoard everything? I’ll get back to you on that one...
We have been Dino mad this week inspired by @get.creative.with’s #dinosaur theme. I have just packed up Jurassic park which took over the playroom for most of the week. Our playroom is literally in the middle of the house so you have to walk through it to get anywhere. While I appreciated the creativity and hours spent meticulously arranging tiny things, I did not appreciate stepping on dinos, lego and blocks 50 times a day. Finn hasn’t come home yet so I’m prepared for a battering. . Anyway, throwing back to last book week when we made this roarsome cardboard Dino costume. It’s on the site, just search cardboard Dino and it should come up.
Most nights after the kids finally go to sleep I eat ice cream and watch Netflix, but yesterday... I made Dennis. . He’s made from a one of those mini plastic wine bottles that you get on aeroplanes (well I get) along with some string, wooden beads, a bit of cardboard and half a straw. . I was channeling brontosaurus but Finn reckons it’s more like a spinosaurus. Either way he looks like the kind of Dino I’d be happy to run into in a leafy cardboard jungle. . It’s #dinosaur week over at @get.creative.with in celebration of @littlebuttondiaries new Dino-tastic craft book. So many great ideas in the book and on the #getcreativewith hashtag this week. I haven’t done a tutorial for Dennis because I made him at night but if you are interested, let me know and I’ll give it a go! #handywithpuppets . Cardboard trees courtesy of Hazel
I spend so much time trying to convince my son that art is all about the process, that wobbly is beautiful and that it’s all about giving it a go. . I tried to take that advice myself today and spend some time making art for art’s sake. I wish I could say it was lovely and relaxing but I just got SO MAD! I overthought every single shape, arranged and rearranged, swore and nearly gave up about a million times. It was really good to put myself through that process though (I think) and it made me appreciate even more why artists call their work their practice and also how Finn must feel when I make it all sound so easy. It really does take practice, both to make something beautiful and to push through when nothing seems like it’s working. . Now to clean up the ENORMOUS mess I made.
Happy halloween! . We just make it back in time after flying in from Melbourne. What was I thinking doing anything like that on what my kids have officially decided is the officially the best day of the year. Better even that Christmas and their birthdays, even though hazel doesn’t even like lollies, or the dark, or anything remotely scary. . Such a tense cab ride to my mums house from the airport though. I just held my breath and begged the universe that there still be sugar left lest I linger in mother guilt forever more. . We arrived at 6, were fully dressed by 6.03 and were filling our baby buckets by by 6.04. Im not really sure when Halloween became a thing here but seeing a street full of fully grown, otherwise sensible adults in ridiculous costumes alongside their kids, is really making it grow on me. And let’s face it, any excuse to make a silly hat.
Boing boing boing... . For someone who professes not to be very into Halloween, I seem to have made quite a few Halloween inspired things lately. These bouncing stocking spiders have been a fave at our place this week. Perfect for scaring/entertaining the neighbors while trick or treating. . Search ‘bouncing spider’ on the site.
If you had an actual magic wand right now and could fix just one thing what would it be? A glass of wine magically appears while you are cooking dinner? The kids stop being assholes for ONE WHOLE DAY? End food waste? Rid the world of plastic? . While I would no doubt battle with myself about the need to end food and plastic waste I would quite honestly probably ask for a holiday. Second in line would be a dog. God I would love a dog. . These beauties are up on the site now if you are feeling lucky. Link in profile.
My partner @adam_mada_magician has officially left me to go to Hogwarts. . For the next 6 months he will be in Melbourne working as the magic and illusion consultant for @harrypotternthecursedchild. While I am ridiculously proud of him, I’m a bit (or a lot) nervous about 6 months of solo parenting. . To celebrate/commiserate hazel and I made a bunch of magic wands today. Hazel wanted to keep her simple. I wanted a lot of fuss. Here is hers looking sleek and restrained, I’ll post mine tomorrow when they have dried! . So, wish me luck. And to all the single parents out there, I salute you. Xx
Any guesses what we used to make these make these loopy assemblages?...they are cheap, readily available from thrift stores and a whole lot of fun to play with. . Head over to the site to find out and get the full tutorial. Link in bio.
Meet Shirley. She’s a showgirl. A cross between a naked neck and a silkie chicken, or so google tells me. . Of course I didn’t realise that when I picked up a bit off egg carton last week that looked a bit chick ish and then stuck a bunch of feathers to my hand and started bobbing my finger and clucking like a mad woman. . How did I stick the feathers to my hand you say? Paint and hot glue. Ouch, Did it hurt? Yes. Was it worth it? (Um, that’s an actual question)... #handywithpuppets