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nail art, but not as we know it

I was tidying my bedroom today and I came across an old handbag mirror. It still opened and shut but the silver outside was horribly tarnished, so I got my nail varnish out and prettied it up.

mirror mirror2

I will use some proper varnish to try and protect it, but however long it lasts, it looks so much more attractive now!

a silk purse out of two sows ears

I have continued to have a lovely time going through my make do and mend box and now own several more wearable pairs of trousers and shorts after some mending and cutting – it’s amazing how easily you forget what you own when the items are languishing out of sight.

In amongst the waiting items were two of Lovely Husband’s old grey t-shirts. He had a habit of buying lots of the same item in the past which turned out to be great for me when he put them out for the second hand bag.

With Oldest Daughter on her summer holiday earlier than Youngest Daughter I decided to find her something creative to do, so I gave her a heart shaped stamp, some fabric paint and the t-shirts (with cardboard inside) and told her to stamp away.

When the pattern was dry and ironed to fix, I used the t-shirts as fabric to make her a new summer dress. I literally laid her favourite dress onto the t-shirt; first the top half (adding a few inches as she is ever-growing)


and then the skirt part onto the second t-shirt. I had to wiggle it about here to make it fit, so the swish is slightly less, but it still works.

I then simply sewed the pieces together and hemmed the skirt, neck and armholes.

dress dress2

As you can see it looks pretty and fits well. I think oldest daughter is pleased.


Shrinkle campfires!

I love Shrinkles. Strange plasticky paper you can draw on which, when you cook it shrinks to a much smaller size and becomes hard plastic.

Genius – and Brownies and Guides love it.

After we made jam tarts, we had time at Guides to make some camp blanket badges featuring campfires, out of Shrinkles. The uncooked drawing went home with the girls and I’m not sure whether I will get to see them finished.

However, my own Brownie and Guide brought one home and I did one too:


We hole punched holes round the edge so that we had a way of sewing them on our blankets later, then followed the instructions and made them small


We are very chuffed with them. I have sprayed them with a varnish in case cooking isn’t enough to stop them fading in use. They are now in my pile of badges to sew on…. but that’s a whole other post!

Being prepared

In the past I was an organised person, but I think that’s because it was just me.

Now, with a family, I am really quite disorganised, but the ‘preparing to teach’ course I did recently reminded me why preparation is definitely the key when it comes to running a well planned session.

With that in mind I have spent the evening painting juice cartons white in preparation for my Guide meeting tomorrow when we will be making birdhouse style bird feeders.


Eight down, 22 to go… 🙂




Mum, what can I give my teacher this year?

I am shocked and appalled that I have been away so long – I had no idea how fast the days were going by.

I have spent a significant amount of time in the last 25 days attending school swimming galas, sports days, leavers assemblies, leavers parties, helping to decide what and supervising the making of teacher and friends’ gifts with my children. I am SO glad its the holidays!

The summer teacher’s gift is always a practical item handmade by the children. I like to think that handmade gifts are appreciated and looked back fondly on…
This year both gifts had the same theme. Youngest daughter decorated a wooden pencil box

wooden pencil box decorated with pens

wooden pencil box decorated with pens


Oldest daughter made a pencil roll. I’d forgotten how easy the pencil rolls are to make – all straight lines on the sewing machine. Now I want one of my own.

made using preloved materials

made using preloved materials

rolled up and fastened with a button

rolled up and fastened with a button

Maybe when I make one for me I’ll do a tutorial too. Watch this space!


A bespoke TV cabinet for under £50

10 days into my time off and I have refreshed my front room with paint, rearranged the furniture so it’s much more attractive and useable and spent as little as possible on a new carpet  – the aim was to have carpet without holes, but not so costly I was too precious to let my girls in ever again!

The final touch was to FINALLY organise a TV cabinet for the alcove / corner / window. It’s such an awkward space we’ve never been able to go down the ready to wear route and, as you can see, it was a mess of wires and a waste of a perfectly good husband made coffee table. Also, ancient cat kept pooping behind it – not good.

So bespoke was the only way, but my budget was tight. I popped into a few second hand stores and found this mahogany coloured beauty for £20 (reduced from £25!)

With a few coats of the same paint as I used for the walls, new handles and half a sheet of MDF cut to shape and painted in the same way, I have a bespoke TV cabinet that holds the TV, the video/DVD machine, the cable TV doobrie, all the Wii remotes and games and all the DVDs for less than £50. My husband thinks it was a great idea of his.

I’m pretty chuffed with it too!

tip top nails

Last night, husband an I went out for a lovely meal with some people we haven’t seen for many years – they live in Australia and are back for their hols. I decided to jazz my nails for occasion and I’ve coveted the coloured nail tip look for a while.
You need a steady hand but I think I managed ok 🙂

Easter ‘make’ a day – Day One: Nail Art

It’s the Easter holidays-Hurrah!

I am lucky having a job that runs term time because I get to spend time with my girls and spend time with myself, away from the rat race every few weeks.

In the spirit of making time to create I have issued myself a challenge for this first week of the break – a ‘make’ a day.

Here ‘make’ covers all art forms I am interested in: painting, drawing, sewing, cooking and so on and includes all media: beauty products, recycled materials, paint, food, fabric etc. As I have an overflowing mending basket I may allow myself to include these pieces if I make a change to a garment as well as fix it.


Day One was yesterday. I went the fancy nails route.

I love fancy nails. It’s the miniature art thing.

I really never thought I would be any good at painting with a four hair brush, but apparently I can. Thank goodness really, because my youngest daughter requested leopard print nails! Her faith in my abilities is gratifying and I was glad I could oblige. I used a yellow gold base and, lacking black, used navy blue polish to paint each little spot.

handpainted leopard print

handpainted leopard print nails

My older daughter had a nail art kit for her birthday which consisted of fake nails and some glitter bits and pieces. We had fun with glueing on the nails first of all – she was terrified she’d never get them off again and I suppose they would feel weird the first time you wear them ever. We got over that bump and I went for teal with one nail in pink, each tipped with teeny tiny beads from the kit.

cupcake nails

I think they look like hundreds and thousands. I may have to make cake.

No plans yet for today. Perhaps an opportunity will present itself. Perhaps I will have to make time.

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