For this years Easter bonnet we combined two of our all time favourites from our craft cupboard, watercolour paints and feathers.
I came up with this design a few weeks back after an afternoon spent teaching the kids some basic watercolour techniques. The results were so pretty I knew we had to use them on our Easter bonnet. It’s easy to make, no weird and wonderful materials here and what’s more the kids can help out with the really fun painting part.
A good friend of ours recently left the country and very kindly gave us her stash of beautiful, fabric remnants. Ever since then the kids have been begging me to teach them to sew. After watching them the other day, pulling apart a bunch of Lavender to make “pixie dust” I decided that Lavender bags would be a fun and easy first project for them.
Over the bank holiday weekend we took a spontaneous trip out of town with friends, to explore the Chiltern Valley in the hope of finding some bluebell woods.
I knew of a sweet little village about an hour outside London called Turville. I’d refurbished a client’s holiday cottage there a few years back and spent many a site visit wishing I was outside wandering the rolling hills instead of being stuck inside a damp, dusty cottage, wrangling with builders.
So with Turville as our starting point we set off on what turned out to be a magical adventure through buttercup and dandelion meadows, over turnstiles and rolling hills, through beech woods with stick teepees and of course the highlight of the day, the most beautiful of bluebell woods.
At the beginning of our walk we stopped to picnic on a hillside meadow, beneath the pretty Cobstone Mill – home to Mr Potts in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This prompted many choruses of “Truly scrumptious” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We Love You!” along our journey. Throw in a few muddy knees, lots of dandelion blowing, some tree climbing and hill rolling, all rounded off at the end of the day with refreshing cold beers and a pub dinner. All in all it was a pretty wonderful day, shared with wonderful friends.
You can find the map of the walk we did here.
Below are a few pictures I captured on our walk. Thanks to the lovely Courtney Adamo for the last shot of Little Brother blowing dandelions which was way too cute to leave out.
I’ve seen so many beautiful flower crowns in magazines and on social media recently and I’ve always wanted to have a go at making one but never found the time to sit down and learn how. This past weekend I was stood in my garden staring up at our Cherry Blossom tree fawning over the lovely, delicate, pink, fluffy clusters and I decided that some of the smaller branches would be perfect for building a quick and easy crown.
The great thing about this project is that you need hardly any materials and it really is super quick so why not have a go.
I had no idea that creating an easter bonnet for a boy or girl would be so tricky…
And as usual I had left it until the very last minute.
Having a girl and a boy usually means double the amount of costumes and double the amount of ‘Mum hours’ spent making stuff for school events like easter bonnet parades. As they attend different schools with different timetables for these events I’ve decided that from now on I will try and kill two birds with one stone by making things that both kids can wear. I had a quick flick through pinterest for some unisex bonnet ideas but everything I came across was either too fluffy and girly or too garish. In a last minute panic I decided to try and create an Indian style feather crown using some of our polystyrene marbled eggs that we made last weekend details here.
Although not strictly a bonnet I think it still ticks the boxes and both Little brother and Big Sister enjoyed wearing it to their easter bonnet parades. Whats more it was pretty simple to make, find out how below.
On a recent trip to the woods near our house Little Brother and I stumbled across some lovely wishbone sticks. I had seen some weavings using these sticks on Apartment therapy a while back and always thought it looked like a fun activity. A week later, and not one but three of these beauties have miraculously appeared. The kids think they make the coolest magic wands and have been prancing around the house casting spells on each other. I must confess, they are really satisfying to make and very hard to put down. A word of warning though, they are quite fiddly and require a fair amount of patience, suitable for ages 5 and up I would say. Handy Tip: For ‘little fingers’ use bigger sticks and thicker wool as this speeds up the weaving process.
Kids DIY measuring chart
Last weekend Big Sister asked me to make a DIY measuring chart.
At our previous house we would simply make pencil marks on the wall by our backdoor. It was my favourite corner of the house. But then we moved house and leaving those precious little marks behind nearly killed me! This time I wanted something portable just in case. I had some colourful string and some label ties lying around which gave me an idea for something simple.