cool crafts for kids

A Swallows and Amazons summer

A Swallows and Amazons summer

Decorating and gardening seem to have well and truly eaten in to my blogging time recently. I was a little bit naive to think that once the chaos of moving had subsided, I'd be able to write more. In fact, the packing and unpacking was only the beginning. Making our house a home has turned in to a permanent distraction at the cost of all other (somewhat limited, admittedly ... I have a five and a seven year old, after all) hobbies.

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks ... oh my!

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks ... oh my!

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks, not two things which naturally go together, right? One performs a humble household task and the other adds a touch of frivolity or glamour to your curtains. But let me tell you, combined in the right way, they are crafting dynamite. Well, dynamite might be a slight exaggeration but a few minutes spent on a sewing machine can leave you with a seriously cute bag. Yep, a little drawstring bag made from an inexpensive cloth and a length of cord. Crazy! And actually, even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can probably use a sewing needle. They are that easy to make.

Great British Camping … an easy DIY play camping stove

Great British Camping … an easy DIY play camping stove

As a child, some of the very best camping trips that I went on were ones which didn't even take me beyond my front door. Two clothes rails, a draped sheet and some contraband snacks, and I was in heaven. No checking the weather and no chance of being stuck in traffic. In fact, I'm not sure why I don't do that now I'm grown up. It sounds wonderful!

My two boys share my love of indoor hideouts and are forever asking to eat and sleep in their den. It's been one of my best buys and has saved countless sheets and blankets from their sticky fingerprints. But one thing which I've not been able to find is a little toy camping stove for them to take with them on their 'holidays' to cook all of their meals on. So, we decided to make our very own.