Finding work for idle hands: making, baking and more.

Finding craft ideas for Brownies September 6, 2007

Filed under: Paper crafts,Sewing — lauravw @ 8:22 pm

The new school year has started, and that means I’m spending my Tuesday evenings helping out at a local Brownie pack. We have a lot of hours to fill over the course of a term, and so I’m on the lookout for craft ideas – mostly simple tasks, and ones that don’t involve a lot of expensive tools. We do have a bit of money to spend on supplies, so things like felt and glitter are well within our reach.

On the list so far:

  • Mitten magnets, from Martha Stewart Living.
  • Brooches and hairclips covered in felt flowers and other designs made from felt (inspired by these ones Alicia sells, but ours will need to be very simple to make).
  • Jewellery making – I bought some cheap but attractive sets of beads for them to use, but I think I’ll have to return some because a lot of the beads are teeny tiny, and I’m not sure they are going to be feasible for the girls to work with.

At the end of the summer term, we gave the girls notebooks with both lined and plain pages. They decorated the outside of the books, and we asked them to keep a summer holiday diary – which means that this term we can have a session talking about where they went and what they saw. As I walked to Brownies this week, a car passed me, which contained a mother and some of the Brownies. One of them was smiling and waving her summer diary at me through the car window, which made me happy to see that she’d enjoyed using it.


Little things June 26, 2007

Filed under: Paper crafts,Sewing,Shopping — lauravw @ 11:55 am

This picture of lots of little things made from felt makes me happy – it’s so full of colour and seems very cheerful.

Also cheering: Amy Butler’s new line of crafty things. Anyone seen these for sale in the UK?


Doctor Who, bird lover February 14, 2007

Filed under: Paper crafts — lauravw @ 8:32 pm

I was thrilled to see on Blue Peter this evening that they made a Tardis bird feeder. What a great project – it mostly involves recycled materials too, so you can support Doctor Who AND the planet AND birds, all at the same time.


Have you made your Valentine yet? January 30, 2007

Filed under: Paper crafts — lauravw @ 9:15 pm

Black and white and red all overOn Sunday afternoon I made a little card for the Craft: Valentine contest, and it was a lot of fun. It’s such a good idea for a competition because you can do something quickly and without spending money on materials. I wonder what else I can make from the bits and bobs in my recycling bin?


Valentine January 23, 2007

Filed under: Paper crafts — lauravw @ 10:00 pm

Just enough time to say that I love the sound of this make a Valentine from recycled materials contest, spotted at Not Martha (who is a judge in the contest, so let’s all be nice to her).


Print and Pattern December 27, 2006

Filed under: Paper crafts,Sewing — lauravw @ 8:43 pm

Here’s a wonderful website if you want to see inspiring pictures of pretty things – stationery, fabric and gifts: Print and Pattern. Brought to my attention by my friend Eloise – one of her designs is featured on there, and described as “gorgeous.”