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A Christmas holiday coloring sheet. Star Mandala.

As we are hurtling towards the Christmas period at great speed with a glass in one hand and wrapping paper in the other, I thought you might enjoy a coloring sheet.  Feel free to print it off and grab your pens or paints or crayons or all of the above and relax for a few minutes and colour some lovely stars.  Click here to get the printable or on the above image. Here are a few ideas for your coloring- Make all the stars a different colour. Only colour or paint around the stars and leave them white. Start with dark colours and work your way out from the middle using lighter and lighter colours and create an ombre star mandala. Make a different pattern in each star. Join all the stars together with a line then colour them in. Print the sheet onto card stock, cut it up and make a puzzle from it. Print onto card stock, fold in half and give as a card (I did that, they are cute ‘coloring in’ …

Sketching with the Tinkersketch challenge.

For the month of February I have been joining in with Tinkerlab and doing the Tinkersketch daily challenge. I tried it last year and only made it part way through the month. This year I am loving it! We are half way through February (yikes) and I am still going strong. I see some of the sketches on the #tinkersketch feed and these folks can draw, I mean really draw, their quick sketch is an accurate portrayal. I am more a shapes and colour kinda artist! That said I am very happy with what Tinkersketch has pulled out of my idea cache and I am looking forward to the rest of the month. If you want to see what everyone has been creating, check out the #tinkersketch hashtag over on Instagram. My favourite sketchers to follow are @squiggleandswirl, @soulsk8r, @annofdoodlesandjots, @daintydora, @markonthemark and of course @tinkerlab. Do you like to draw and sketch and make marks generally? I have only really just started to fill sketchbooks again and I am getting so many ideas, not …

How to draw a freeform Mandala

Today I am going to show you how I made this mandala.  Hurrah! I have been enjoying drawing a few mandalas this month and I have been really surprised at how effective they are once they are all done.  Working a step at a time really makes the layers work together and flow outwards beautifully.  Like most things, one step at a time works best! Previously I have been making the base lines by measuring with ruler, compass and a protractor which works great and I have loved the mandalas I have made like that.  I also wanted a nice quick and easy way to get started on one without all the equipment, so I just drew out the basic lines – horizontal, vertical and the two diagonals, the only rule being that they must cross in the middle.  This way I can make a mandala anywhere, all I need is pencil and paper.   I drew in the circles, not worrying one jot about them being perfectly round or spaced apart.  In fact I …

How to make Reindeer Dust.

  It is very important to make Reindeer Dust on Christmas Eve.  An essential part of ensuring that Santa and his sleigh make it to your place. The glitter glitters (of course) and guides them to your drive/garden/roof (careful with this application please) and the oats give the magical reindeer a snack on arrival.   Here is the recipe – oats, glitter, shiny shapes.  Mix well and apply to all surfaces which will help guide the reindeer in – driveway, garden path, outside your door, on the roof, in fact anywhere you decide to sprinkle.   Merry Christmas!

I made a softie teacup and saucer!

  I read about  Softies for Mirabel a few months ago and decided that I wanted to make a toy to mail over to Australia to help out.   The problem was that I couldn’t decide what to make.  A doll?  An animal?  No, let’s make a mug of tea was my first thought.  This soon evolved in my crafty brain into a cup and saucer set. How do I make a teacup and saucer I thought.  I planted the idea in my head and let it grow a little bit, made a couple of sketches on random pieces of paper and got started. I am a very ‘trial and error’ soft toy maker, no pattern, just an idea, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine! The cup had to be fastened to the saucer so they didn’t lose each other, so I made a fabric ribbon and attached it to the cup and the saucer leaving it long enough for tea time play. The handle on the cup took me an age to …

Pom Pom Acorns

Acorns and leaves and mushrooms and pumpkins. All lovely Autumn things along with apples and chilly night-times and sunny days. What better way to celebrate than with a slice of pumpkin bread, a rosemary syrup latte and a cute pom pom acorn or two! I had some big acorn cups hanging around (as you do) and I decided to make some mini pom poms to create little fluffy acorns.   To start I made little pom poms using the smallest maker I have which makes poms about 4cm across.  I trimmed them into an acorn shape keeping them the right size for the acorn cups.  You can trim them down as small as you need, just be careful not to cut it in half!   I used liquid glue around the inside of the acorn and popped the pom pom acorn in.  Ta Dah!  Pom pom acorns.  Why not make lots for a lovely Autumnal display?

Pom poms in the Springtime!

Yesterday I made a few pom poms with my new pom pom makers and I can’t believe how quick it is to make these little fluffy cuties with a proper ‘maker’!  I feel like a cheat, but I am sure I will get over that.  So. Darn. Quick.  Hurrah.  I am actually thinking that a pom pom rug might not take the rest of my life now! Anyway, less rugs, more Spring. I made some little Springtime critters and of course some carrots for them to eat. I started with a pile of pom poms all ready to sew together. Here’s how. To make the carrots, I made three poms in graduating sizes and them sewed them together.  I made a very loose pom pom with green wool and cut it unevenly and sewed it on the bigger end to make the carrot leaves.  I trimmed them a little to get a better carrot shape, but not much.  Now we need a bunny to eat the carrots. The bunny is two pom poms, one big, …