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The Teacher Appreciation Society

22 Jul

Our teachers do an amazing job.

Just keeping control over a class of 25+ children, let alone being able to to teach them anything takes super human levels of skill and patience.

Over the past week my friends have been posting some of their beautiful homemade gifts. I thought it would be really nice to do a round up of these offerings.

First up is Lucy, who created a fantastic personalised shopper. Her son wrote on the bag and she embroidered over the top. I think you’ll agree it is a little cracker.

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She also made some little sweet bags from brown paper and filled them with Jelly Beans

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Aida upcylced some tiles using blackboard paint to create these lovely coasters.

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Emma Re-purposed some plastic pop bottles to create an apple for teacher. She popped homemade necklaces inside.

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Cholpon made some lovely crochet bookmarks which she popped into cards made by her son.

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And as for us? We upcycled some old clipboards that I had found in the bottom of the cupboard.

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There is something here for everyone to have a go at. Get the children involved, they’ll really enjoy helping to make gifts for their teachers 🙂

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb!

21 May

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I was recently given a bundle of home-grown rhubarb and couldn’t decide what to do with it.

A friend reminded me of a cream tea we had taken recently which involved rhubarb and ginger jam.

We had enjoyed it so much I thought I would give it a go myself.

Here is what I did –

480 g rhubarb washed and cut into 1cm ish pieces

480 g jam sugar

1/2 lemon zest and juice

25 g stem ginger

2cm fresh ginger peeled and grated

 

Sterilise around three small jars and put a saucer in the freezer.

Add all your ingredients together and give it a good stir.

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And then leave for covered for an hour or so to let the sugar dissolve into the juices.

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Transfer to a pan and on a medium heat stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Turn up the heat and boiled rapidly until you a have reached the setting point. Do this by putting a blob on your saucer and leaving  it for a couple of minutes. Run a finger through the blob and if it wrinkles and doesn’t run back into the clearing that your finger has left,  it is done.

transfer into sterilised jars and screw on the lid immediately.

I decided to use some friends as guinea pigs.

Mrs W made the most beautiful scones.

I was slightly concerned I might ruin them with my concoction.

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The result was tasty but could have done with a little more ginger to give it a bigger kick, but I guess that is down to personal taste and trial and error.

It was as easy as any jam to make and makes a bit of a change from strawberry jam on scones.

 

Junior Crafters

16 Apr

Trying to find things to entertain the children during school holidays can be challenging at times and often expensive.

By the time you add in the petrol,  cost per child and the obligatory coffee and cake, then you are looking at a £20 plus afternoon.

Our craft group decided that we could do it just as well, if not better ourselves.

Our venue was a church hall that doubles up as a pre-school, so the facilities were perfect, with a great kitchen and lots of tables and chairs. It cost us only £30 to have it for the whole morning and we split the cost (£3 per family).

We had several different craft tables set up, each one was hosted by a different parent, so there was something to entertain everyone.

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There was cake decorating,

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Paper plane making, with a target board for target practise!

bunny whiskers,

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beaded butterflies,

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homemade play dough and lots of sticking and cutting.

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The children decorated their own bags to take their crafts and cakes home in.

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And there was a good supply of tea, coffee, squash, beautiful home-made cakes and a fruit platter.

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It was a bit of an experiment, but it seemed to pay off.

Everyone got stuck in and many hands made very light work.

All of the children had a fantastic morning, and there was something to suit every age.

And all for the princely sum of £3 per family.

We are already thinking about the next one!

 

 

Silhouette Portraits

30 Mar

I stole this idea from my friend, who in turn had stolen it from another friend and so I shall pass it on for you to steal at your leisure.

Silhouette portraits have been around for thousands of years and they seem to be having a revival.

I found a really interesting history of the silhoutte here if you would like to know more.

The great thing about a silhouette is that it creates  touching memento of someones likeness with very little artistic skill involved (always a bonus).

I thought it would be a nice gift for Mum to create a portrait of her Grandchildren.

Here is what I did.

Firstly, and trickiest of all, I took a profile picture of each child.

I made sure my daughter’s hair was tied back to get a good clean outline, and that their chins were up so as to show some neck.

Next I printed of the pictures and the traced the outline onto some plain paper.

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Once that was done, I broke out the black poster paint and filled in the picture, being carefull not to go over the lines. It would probably be easier just to use black card, but I didn’t have any, so I improvised.

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Whilst that was drying I dug out a couple of old white picture frames that had seen better days.

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I gave them a new lease of life by decoupaging some pretty paper over the surface and leaving it to dry on the door handle.

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Once once my silhouette was dry I very carefully cut it out using a Stanley knife, attached it to some white card and popped it into my newly upcycled frame.

And there we have it.

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This was such an easy make, in fact the most tricky thing about it was getting the children to stand still for long enough to get a profile picture of them.

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Happy Mothers Day xx

Thrifty Homemade Easter Bonnets.

24 Mar

The Livster’s class are having and Easter Bonnet competition on Friday, so it was the perfect opportunity to get crafty again.

Paper plates and paper bowls cluttering up dark corners of my cupboards made a good starting point for  our bonnets.

I cut a hole in the centre of the plate like so-

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And then glued a the bowl in the hole to make the crown of the hat.

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Once the plate was dry it was time for the fun part. Decorating.

Because I only like “controlled” fun (I am a killjoy), I specified to the small people that they could use any colour paint except black and brown. Otherwise everything goes a sludgy colour. Sludgy makes me a bit twitchy.

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Once the paint was dry, Liv had a rummage through my button collection and chose the blingiest ones she could find to embellish her Bonnet. She also chose some pink ribbon for tying under the chin and we glued the bits into place.

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Obviously I had to get in on the act and make my own. I think I may have gone a step too far with the Victorian style ribbon ear flaps, but I got carried away.

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Anyway, we both thoroughly enjoyed making our thrifty, nifty easter bonnets. We’ll probably tinker with them all week.

Give it a go, it costs pennies and is easy and fun to do. x

 

 

 

 

Tie Dye Eggs

19 Mar

This post starts with a Pinterest fail.

I had seen that you can dye eggs using silk ties or scarves. Obviously the results on Pinterest looked fabulous.

Without much planning I decided to give it a go.

And the result was an egg that looks like a black eye.

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To be honest I had a further attempt with the same results,  at which point I threw my toys out of the pram and got adolescent over it.

A week or so later I decided to have another go.

Firstly I bought an extraordinarily un-attractive 100% silk tie from my local charity shop for the princely sum of £1.50.

It doesn’t need to be a tie. It could be a scarf or a hanky. Just as long as it is 100% silk and the pattern is bold and colourful. To be honest the more tasteless the better.

At home I picked the tie apart, taking out all the bits and pieces and was left with just the silk fabric.

Next I took my egg and place it on the silk, making sure the right side was in contact with the egg.

Gathering up all the fabric tightly around the egg I secured with a hairband. (I went wrong last time by not having the fabric tight enough).

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Using the fabric of an old pillow I then tightly wrapped the egg, securing with another elastic band.

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Next thing I did was to pop them in a pan with some cold water covering the top and threw in a glug of vinegar. I bought it to the boil and then boiled it for a good 2o minutes.

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When the twenty minutes was up allowed them to cool for as long as possible (which wasn’t long) and unwrapped them.

The results were not bad.

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They look like abstract stained glass eggs. The children might enjoy colouring in the shapes with felt tips, or embellishing with stick on jewels

Peg Wreaths

12 Dec

In theory as a craft (?) blogger I should be blocking up everyone’s news feed with loads of amazing/ropy stuff to  inspire/ annoy/ignore (delete as appropriate).

In practise there are not enough hours.

Work, Birthdays, Christmas plays, card writing,office parties and shopping have eaten into my time budget. Oh and washing, ironing, school runs and food shopping.

Clawing it back is not really an option.

There have been things happening quietly in the background. My sloe gin doesn’t need any help and the jams and chutneys I made during the harvest are quietly maturing and gathering dust.

So it was with pleasure and relief that I filled the car with ladies, cakes and jangling bags of pegs, wire and beads.

We were all headed to our second ever craft group, this time hosted by Mrs H.

Our mission that evening was to create a peg wreath to attach Christmas cards.

There had been much hand wringing and anxiety over what people did and didn’t have, how they should colour their pegs and the general quality of their preparations.

Most people spray painted their pegs the colour of their choice. One lady in what can only be described as a moment of pure insanity dismantled every peg, dyed them and the re-assembled them. Others simply glued pretty craft paper to one side. Mine were shoddily and hastily painted in the first thing I got my hands on.

Wine, bucks fizz and many peanuts later we had all created uniquely different but equally pretty little wreaths that will keep some organised chaos for all those Christmas cards.

It is incredibly simple to do. Bead, peg, bead, peg, bead, peg. You get the idea.

These are just a few examples of the creations. Mine is the last and worst.

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Oh Baubles!

6 Nov

Our new craft group had our first ever making evening last night.

We made Baubles.

Ollie Cromwell was not a fan, but he was a kill joy.

Winging it as ever,  we sat sipping mulled wine and staring at the polystyrene balls that Mrs M had kindly bought over.

The Balls were clearly making Lu anxious and she eventually had a mini breakdown exclaiming that she didn’t know what she was going to do with them.

Luckily Mrs M stepped in, and in true Blue Peter style with some examples of baubles she had made earlier.

She showed us a fab glueless way to cover the baubles which was quick and you also didn’t need to be overly accurate. Which suits all of us very well.

Essentially it involved carving ditches in your ball so that it was divided into segments. Some people went for 4 segments while others went wild and carved 8.

Once the ball was carved up,  we covered each segment with fabric cut slightly bigger than to size and firmly shoved the edges into the ditches, repeating all the way around until the whole thing was covered.

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Once this had been achieved people could really go to town on the embellishments.

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Everyone went home with a really lovely little creation. Even those who claim not to be crafty had something to really cherish.

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Decorated Pumpkin

30 Oct

I bought a pumpkin.

The children wanted me to carve a scary  face.

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I thought we could make it a little more interesting.

Lu had found some fab superhero wrapping paper which I had used to line The Bo’s upcycled desk drawers. I thought we could give our pumpkin a comic book style makeover.

The children tore up the paper into little pieces and I painted the pumpkin with a mix of PVA and water. And then we got sticking.

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Once it was dry,  I carved out a scary face and popped in  some tea lights.

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