Sunday, 23 December 2012

Play Kitchen

Ikea hack is an excellent website with creative posts customising flat pack furniture, with so many wonderful ideas. By far the most popular item to make is a play kitchen- which is great as that is exactly what we have been building! Wooden play kitchens cost a lot and with a small amount of DIY experience an injection of flash christmas cash from Nanny (my mum) I set about our own kitchen project. (Actually my husband is a carpenter but I did half the work and it is simple & easy to do even without training!)

After some research, into what is apparently a very large DIY sub category, we decided to stick loosely to this design. Our design incorporated an oven with pyrex door, hob with turning knobs and dog bowl sink. My dad is a plumber so he is keeping an eye out for a small basin facet to use with turning handles to make it even more awesome.

We started off with 2 RAST bedside tables at £9 each. We went to Ikea to have a mouch about for more supplies and also bought a rail and hooks from FINTORP. As it is ikea we also bought lots of bits we don't need, some relevant toy utensils and pots as well as the obligatory soft toy.

Sink has a wooden tap
Doors, handles and even a towel rail!

I put up the first beside table to use 
as a basis and Dave used the 2nd table to make the doors on the front as well as a separator and top shelf. Dave cut out a hole for the sink and used plywood to make a back board for the shelf and pots to hang from - i will put a little kitchen timer on there too as Lucas seems obsessed with my real one. The finishing touches was to put all the knobs and handles on, including a larger "handle" horizontally to use as a towel rail next to the sink.  

Almost perfect :)
I am so excited about how well this turned out! It still needs "glass" in the oven door and all the accessories ie pots and pans are gifts so will have to wait a few days for Santa to bring. As a result of our spate of DIY Lucas is currently more interested in using the screw driver and drill on the hinges / screws of the kitchen! but once he has the right tools I doubt it will be long before he starts using the kitchen to whip up a 3 course meal for his wonderful parents.
role play seems to be emulating his Daddy atm . . .

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Sandy Hook

I just got wind of the most beautiful idea - a group putting together a mountain of handmade snowflakes from children everywhere, to help decorate the new halls of the brand new school where the Sandy Hook elementary students will be returning after the holidays.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

The information is on the National Parent-Teacher Association Facebook page, but the gist is simple: Send handmade snowflakes to: Connecticut PTA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT06514

Now obviously not every parent has talked to their children about the recent tragedy, nor should you. I think you could still get your younger kids involved by telling them that you're making snowflakes to help some kids in need to decorate their classrooms. No need for a lot of specifics.

"One thing I've learned, is that children love helping other children, whatever the reason. Another thing I've learned-paper snowflakes bring peace. To those of us making them, and to those of us who get to come home to them. Especially in Connecticut in a few weeks." -Liz
Please send snowflakes to the Connecticut PTA  for arrival before 1/12/13.
For other resources and ways to help, please visit

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scrap girl

Digital Scrapbooking is pretty self explanatory in its name, a hobby that uses vectors and images layered in Photo-shop to make frames and decorations for your pictures.

I say hobby because it costs money, is time consuming and very addictive! There are plenty of websites selling special sets of vectors and "papers" cashing in on the addictive nature but many of them are adaptable and easy to modify to create a wide range of looks. I created a 20 page book for less than £25 including printing by using only 3 bundle sets and scouring for freebies.

To say I love the idea is an understatement. I have always liked scrabooking but never had the funds to do it properly - damn those papers are pricey! - so I have always used self adhesive photo albums, mounting photos, decorating and add journalling with memorabilia ie tickets etc.

Like wise photobooks give us an opportunity to print the hundreds of digital photos we have gathering metaphorical dust on our hard drive but the limit in editing layouts and decorating pages always made them too modern and crisp for my liking.

The aforementioned book is made from family photos during my sons first year, I spent around 36 hours on it and really enjoyed digital scrapbooking as a past time (whilst DH dominated the TV with his Xbox). The hardest thing is keeping my designs to myself as its a Christmas gift. Boo no showing off!

Digital scrapbooking is a revelation for creative types who want to express themselves and give those photos a chance to be out in the sunshine :)