Category Archives: Crafting

A Minted Wish List


Oh I do love Minted’s ethos. Its a community of global and independent artists and designers in one place with illustrators, textiles and painters. They launched in 2008 and claim to be an early pioneer of crowdsourcing, since their artwork is reviewed and voted for …. in effect the ‘crowd’ curates their selection.

I was asked to have a look at their products to see what I thought of the offering and I have to say I really struggled to narrow it down to a few pieces that I liked. You may remember that we moved into our house last year and it is coming up for 1 year since we moved in.  We have only just put some photos on the walls and we really need some more artwork to grace the space.

So I really did have a good look at the art pieces:


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Disaster Craft


When I saw one of my blogging friends over at Mum First Doctor Second had made some rather adorable salt dough decorations, I couldn’t resist having a go with Chiplet. The only problems is….. that we didn’t quite have the right ingredients…. and our toddler was not massively interested in doing the activity. Therefore the result was Chiplet screaming because his hands were “sticky” and my husband making the decorations.


I must admit that most crafting activities end up going a little bit awry in this house. This however was a new low….hilarious, when I compared it to Mum First Doctor Second’s lovely, calm pictures of her and Doofy making decorations! Lucinda does brilliant craft activities with her son by the way – if you are ever feeling crafty!

The funniest thing was that people thought they were adorable when they thought Chiplet had made them – not so much when they realised we had made them!



Chiplet’s offering is the one with the “sparkles” – lovely hey! not sure about the “gnome” my husband made, but the worst offering is possibly my “bird”.



A New Mum Hamper


A friend at work is due to finish next week to have her first baby and is in the whirlwind of trying to work out what she actually needs. I know that she is going to end up with loads of things that will be as useful as a chocolate teapot and find quite a few things missing. We didn’t have enough breast milk pots and bags or painkillers in the house and we definitely did not need all those adorable little outfits for the baby!

So instead of trying to work out what she didn’t yet have for the baby, I decided to do her a ‘New Mum Hamper’. I know you can get these online in some great places like Don’t Buy Her Flowers – which was where I got a little of my inspiration from. The idea of a hamper with lovely little tags came from them, but the contents are all from my head… based on what helped me through that hazy first couple of weeks of parenthood.


  1. Medicinal booze – Malibu would not be my tipple of choice (that was champagne since we had a Christmas Dady baby) but this lady loves her pineapple tipple so I got her a small drink… never a good idea to drink alot when a. sleep deprived and b. possibly breastfeeding
  2. Bakewell tart slices – I was breastfeeding so of course I *needed* a snack bag full of goodies next to my bed… pretty sure if I hadn’t been breastfeeding then I still would have indulged 🙂
  3. Witch hazel – Pop it in the fridge and put it on a maternity pad – works wonder for the healing process (can also use the witch hazel gel)
  4. Hair bobble – I used this to scrape my unwashed hair back and also to put on my wrist so I knew which ‘side’ I had last fed my baby from (it all blurred into one with 12+ feeds a day!)
  5. Lip balm – dry lips, dry hands… balm essential for those 500 hand washing sessions a day!
  6. Lavender oil – I put this on my pillow and mixed it with a bit of milk in the bath to help with relaxation and post-birth healing too.

Hopefully she will find this little pack useful and calming.

What would you put in a New-Mum Pack for a friend?


Gift Wrap Printing


I have blogged before about the great monthly ‘making’ sessions that I attend, it’s something for me each month where I get some time to myself, some cake and a chance to make. I was sad to miss last month’s Norwegian heart-making, but I sent a friend in my stead who I think is going to make me a heart. This month it was time to print our own gift wrap, using homemade stamps.


The session was less technical than previous ones, although tricky for me because my drawing skills are so pants. I was feeling quite Christmassy, but decided instead to print some paper for Chiplet’s birthday. I chose top hats, moustaches and the words Top and Boy to print on my paper, tags and bags.

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