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Patterned Teacup cards

Before the Easter holidays we did some craft at Guides.

I decided to make a card that could be used for Mother’s Day (this year it was the 30th March in the UK), but that could equally be used for anyone who needed a boost.

I had originally seen this as an activity some years ago, but didn’t have any instructions – it was also, as I recall, a card made in the shape of a teapot. I researched the idea and found some nice instructions here :http://spoonful.com/crafts/teacup-tidings .  It was a paper teacup and saucer, made to stand away from the card in order to hold a teabag

I showed the girls how to make the card and let them loose on a pile of plain and patterned papers and here are the results:

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As you can see one girl re-figured the template to make a coffee mug (bottom left) and one disregarded the template entirely and made a PG Tips box for her card (which inexplicably didn’t get photographed) – but that’s ok; I’m all about artistic freedom 🙂

There were mother’s day poem options, but most of them wrote something personal and endearing. A success overall, though I didn’t get one as my Guide was appearing in ‘Alice’ at school that night. Oh well.

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t find a card I liked so…

I have been so busy with family, work, Guides, a teaching qualification and recently Brownies while Brown Owl is on maternity rest, I have been making but not blogging – apologies. In an attempt to remedy this, here is the first of a few I am preparing!

Brown Owl gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the beginning of this month – only the week before she was running a Hallowe’en Pack Holiday. That’s commitment!

I searched the shops and – despite the fact that owls are EVERYWHERE as a motif – I couldn’t find one on a New Baby card anywhere. So I made one!

Once again I thank goodness for my stashing habit – all the bits and pieces for this card came out of the paper and crafts boxes.

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Oldest daughter came up with the inspired caption and, at A5 size it was big enough for 25 Brownies and 21 Guides to sign and send their best wishes.

I think Brown Owl appreciated it 🙂

matchbooked resolutions

Who says resolutions can only be made in January?

At the beginning of term I ask my Guides to write down the things they would like to achieve or try during the year. They hum and haw a bit and sometimes huff, but they all manage to think of something- often along the lines of not arguing with siblings or keeping up to date with homework, but sometimes they surprise you with ‘go paragliding’ or ‘learn to ride a horse’.

Usually we do this in letter form, but this time I decided to make more of the opportunity to do something creative, so we made matchbooks.

I’d seen this as a scrapbooking technique some time ago and I used this tutorial to help me remember how http://scrapbooking.about.com/library/weekly/aa110905a.htm

As you can see, it was a success.

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And writing their resolutions warmed the little grey cells enough that the girls made some great suggestions for activities for the coming terms. Result!

Guide tie-dye plate bag update

Well, it wasn’t so bad after all. Phew.
One or two of the Guides looked at me as if I was mad, but mostly they managed a decent (if large) running or back stitch and then chose a fancy shoelace as the drawstring.
The test of course, will be whether the bag holds their eating equipment…. 🙂

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broadbeans, badges and bootlegs

broadbean heart

a perfectly formed heart on a broadbean from my homemade minestrone

Another week has gone by and while I haven’t completed a whole creative project I feel I have made time to do tasks that could come under the creative banner – it was nice to cross them off my ever expanding List and creativity comes in many different guises after all.

Some months ago I bought a pair of Long Tall Sally trousers in a second hand shop in Bishops Waltham when visiting my Uncle. They were a perfect fit around the waist and hips and a gorgeous navy blue, which made a change from black and grey.

Not being long or tall – or indeed called Sally – they were about six inches too long. This weekend I measured them up against some trousers that are the right length, cut off the excess and hemmed them. Perfect! Why it took me so long to get round to it I don’t know, but it took 45 minutes at the most to do.

Another sewing job was Guide badges onto my daughter’s uniform – I know, I know, she’s supposed to do it herself, but I think we both wanted them on her uniform before she moved onto Senior Section in 2016 or so – and she’ll get plenty of practise doing her camp blanket. I recently splashed out on a magnifier/daylight light and I have to say that it was perfect for working by tonight. No squinty eyeballs after sewing and I got to decide how the badges were positioned. Hurrah!

Finally, I remembered I had a camera on my phone (not a new thing, but I rarely use it) when I came across this broadbean in my minestrone. Had to be captured for posterity obviously.

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