How gorgeous is this Shapes Garland for a kids bedroon or toyroom. I luuurve the colours and it looks super easy to do!!
This is another beautiful idea for a perfect summers day posted by Kate on April 13, 2010 from her blog minieco.co.uk
The results look brilliant and will make the most amazing gift wrap.
It’s dead easy to do, and perfect if your regular paint supply has run out. All you need to do is freeze some ice cubes with a couple of drops of food coloring in each cube – easy! I would advise laying out lots of paper on the floor or on a table as it can be a little bit messy. It may also not be a good activity for younger ones. The first thing my youngest did was try to eat them so we gave him some plain ice cubes instead.
If the weather is a bit on the cold side then ditch the paper and sit your little one up to the sink, with a bowlful of warm water and lots of containers and let the colour melting/mixing commence.
By the way, food colouring can stain little hands, if you rub some moisturising cream into them beforehand it acts as a pretty good barrier.
While surfing the net I found this tutorial at
They have some great ideas over there and are worth a look!! I hope you enjoy making this necklace xx
By Kate on May 18, 2011
Yesterday evening I ‘borrowed’ eight of my sons crayons and surreptitiously removed 7mm from the end of each one using a hacksaw. Today the crayons are back in their rightful place, my son is none the wiser, and I’m the proud owner of a new necklace!
I have seen these pencil crayon necklaces on the web before and have been itching to have a go. They are really easy to make. I used a junior hacksaw, tiny drill bit, sandpaper and a length of cotton. Each crayon-bead is 0.6mm in length. If anyone wants a more in-depth how-to please let me know.
I reckon they would make a lovely handmade present. All you need to do is add a nice clasp…sorted!
I also stole a whole orange pencil and made a pointy necklace too
Play materials for young children can be as simple as painting tin cans! With a little creative thinking you can reuse, re purpose and recycle to transform these everyday, household items into irresistible play things. Collect them , paint them, hang them and let the banging commence! Loving this outdoor tin can music station from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Let the Children Play xx
These last few winter days have been so gorgeous and sunny that staying inside is simply NOT an option!!
So, I have found an awesome activity for yourself and the kids to do which should keep them outdoors and happy for as long as it takes you to polish off your cuppa. Introducing…..plastic bottle sand scoops! I found this on a wonderful site ‘Picklebums’ made by Kate. Worth a look!!!
How to Make Plastic Bottle Sand Scoops.
You’ll need: Plastic bottles in any shape or size, with the lid. Scissors and/or a craft knife A permanent marker
Mark a line across the side of the bottle – from the handle down to the side. Make sure you leave enough plastic around the handle to keep it intact and strong, and cut down far enough on the side to make sure there is no lip left from the bottom of the bottle.
Make a starting hole with the craft knife and then cut along your marked line with scissors or continue with the craft knife. I find scissors easier to control, but some thicker bits of plastic may need a craft knife to get through.
You can tidy up your cut after you’ve made it… cutting off any sharp edges and making corrections till you get the perfect looking sand scoop.
You can screw the lids on tight or take the lids off all together and you have a scoopey kind of funnel. You could have lots of fun if you melted holes in the lids and used the scoops with water or fine sand too.
Our sand pit has definitely seen better days. It isn’t used as often these days with the big kids preferring dirt and plants and potion making to the sand pit. So the boys and I had to pull out a good few weeds before we could try out our scoops. I also dug over the sand pit with my big proper garden shovel. Fluffing up the sand makes it a lot easier for the kids to dig and scoop, it’s worth doing every now and then regardless of how neglected your sand pit is.
Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine while you can!!
There are now so many ways that you can be greener in your everyday life, from organised annual events such as Plant a Tree Day, Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day to your own weekly municipal recycling program for paper and green waste. Make sure you never miss an opportunity and incorporate green days into the calendar or diary you use everyday; mark all the local, national and international environmental initiatives and events that interest you, to keep you motivated and involved. Also, when you update your calendar or diary at the start of a new year, make sure its made from recycled products or is recycable.
(True Green Life; K. McKay & J. Bonnin)
Australia is the second biggest producer of waste per capita after the USA, sending 18 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year!! As our desire for new products increases, we contine to make unsustainable demands on the Earth’s finite resources.
So, what’s your plan for the planet?
We all accept that our modern lifestyle is jeopardising the future of our planet, but what can we do? The answer is a lot -We just need a plan! We plan for our retirement, our holidays, our weekends, so why not plan to actively lead a more sustainable life? Change your behavious to think climate-friendly and low-carbon instead of convenient and disposable.
Make a decision to be part of the solution and be a true green for a carbon-neutral future.
(Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin)
“If you want to try to live a true green life, it can be as simple as just changing a few habits.” (taken from the book, True Green Life by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin)
This was the first piece of writing I read when opening the book ‘True Green Life’ which was given to me by my beautiful sister, Lisa. We both wanted to change our ways so we could live a life where we reduced our ecological footprint but we just weren’t sure where, or, how to start. This book has provided me with wonderful ideas and tips on how to get started so I thought I would share some of these with my readers to help them get on the bandwagon and lead a life full of simplicity and sustainability. I hope you enjoy these simple and easy tips….