I start back at Guides this week and in keeping with tradition, we often look at resolution making in January. It’s not always personal – sometimes we look at them in terms of the things they would like to try at Guides during the year.
In the past we have written ourselves letters, sealed until the end of the year, and made little matchbooks, but this year I decided to go with the firework scheme. I recently came across Popplet, which I think is a very cool mind mapping tool and I had been toying with a lesson plan to do with resolutions. In doing so came up with 5 strands to make it less intimidating to children:
something I will do less of
something I will do more of
something I will do with my friends
something I will do at home
something I will do at school (or work if you are grown up).
As you can see by the image, I have used black card – this is A5 – and glitter glue in the center for the 2015.
Strips of colour are applied (perfect for using up those scraps of coloured paper we (I) have hanging around) – these are the pretty bit of the firework and hold your resolutions – small to keep things short and to the point – and white pen was used to add drama.
I put a paper ribbon on the top for hanging. Will let you know how these went down at Guides!
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.
I will use some proper varnish to try and protect it, but however long it lasts, it looks so much more attractive now!
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!
Continuing on the theme of the month, the repair and upcycling basket, next on the agenda was a handbag I bought in a second hand shop in the summer.
I needed a little handbag while I was on holiday, just to hold the old purse, phone, keys and specs and I found one for less than £5. Ok it was khaki and it had HOOCH embroidered on it, but it did the job for the week away.
When I came home my bigger and much loved usual handbag broke. Aaaargh! Since September I have been using my summer purchase (and starting to really dislike the embroidery and the useless flappy inside pocket) so I decided to do something about it.
Here it is pre scissors and unpicker…
It took me quite a while to get rid of the embroidery, but I persevered because I wanted to use some iron on transfers I had. I also took great pleasure in cutting out the useless flappy pocket.
I chose tree and plaid motifs that went with the khaki and followed the instructions very carefully, because I am apt to rush… As you can see I was successful.
I was going to buy some co-ordinating ribbon to rebind the edges, but during January Challenge 2 I rifled through a forgotten bias binding stash and serendipitously found the perfect colour for my bag too. Result!
I am pleased with it overall; the colours work well and the binding really pulled it together – I’d still rather have my old, bigger bag though… 😦
I have been mulling this over for a while and, as I am pretty sure my talented neice doesn’t read my blog, I am going to put this up now.
Talented neice is a tattooist – she does the most amazing drawings and is branching out into t-shirts. I am a very proud auntie.
I took one of her more classic tattoo designs and appliqued it onto a bought throw. I just wanted to tip my hat at the lovely work she does while giving her a present she can actually use. I am quite pleased with it (it is the thing that kept me up til 3am) though it could probably have been neater and given less thinking and more doing time I may have chosen different materials.
However, it is the thought that counts 🙂
apologies for the terrible photo…
If you are into tattoos, here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bradderstattoo
I was out on the razz last Saturday for the first time in a while.
It was only a chinese meal and few drinks, but I thought, as they were all the same length for a change, I would prettify my nails for the occasion.
I wore jeans and a black top with a light jacket that had a peacock feather motif. This gave me the inspiration for the nails – I went with a clear base coat all over, a dark green and a shiny teal over 2/3 of the nail and gold done with a long haired brush to simulate the feathery edge.
It’s not a perfect feather, but I think it is reminiscent – a peacock feather in abstract if you like.
Someone asked me if they were nail wraps, which in our house is like being told your cakes are ‘just like shop bought’ as a compliment 😀