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St Patrick’s Day Fimo Crafts

When Bene was just new born, I accidentally got my children to do St Patrick’s Day crafts a whole month early, thanks to baby brain and befuddlement. They’ve never let me forget it. I think they thought history was repeating itself today when I suggested a similar activity, but on this occasion it was just me being organised and coming up with a craft that was almost topical but slightly ahead for once. I’m a habitual blogger for next year, when it comes to crafts and I really should do better. I had such a pleasant time with my daffodils the other day (first garden one bloomed today… sob).

I’ve blogged a nice easy sweetie jar/candle holder over on SimpleCrafts (don’t faint) but I’m saving this pretty for here – because I just love it.

polymer clay shamrock

I spent ages on all those twiddly bits and just for once it came out exactly as it was in my head. I shall have to mount it on something I think and put it somewhere pretty. We deserve some luck I think.

Josie and Maddy sat with me for ages. Josie followed instructions to make a Fimo Leprechaun and I think it is the best thing she has ever made.

Josie's #fimo #stpatricksday leprechauns.

and Maddy made a lovely shamrock charm which has a touch of the Celtic to it I think.

Maddy's #fimo #stpatricksday lucky #shamrock charm.Isn’t it gorgeous?

Candle holder with #fimo #shamrocks for #stpatricksday using #jarcrafts

Happy days…

There is a whole list of Springish crafts in the sidebar if you are interested :)

Shimmering Fimo Coasters

Last year I had to make a secret santa present for one of my very loveliest friends – and she doesn’t approve of cute, clutter or anything that isn’t practical. (I’m not totally sure that is actually true, but it was her stipulation at the time!) This was tricky – and meant I couldn’t make her one of my family Fimo models :lol:

So I struck out into the world of practical but arty and in  the end, after much trauma in the design process, I was quite pleased with the result.

iPhone March 2013 195I started off by rolling long pieces of black Fimo (use Classic, Soft is just too hard to deal with) and winding them up into liquorice rolls. I made lots so I could experiment with fitting them together. I had a set of circular cookie cutters and I aimed for each coaster to be about the size of the biggest of these.

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For this set I just placed a central whirl and then six around the outside on top of a flat piece of black Fimo I had rolled out. I placed the largest cutter over the top and pressed out the shape, then dusted the tops with these mica powders. These were then baked. Once cooled, I filled the gaps with Liquid Fimo and tipped nail art beads into the spaces. (WHY would anyone do that to their nails? WHY?) I then baked it again and varnished when cool.

I think they went down okay :)

Since then I’ve had a go with some different designs. I quite like cutting half moons out of them with smaller cutters and slotting the pieces back together.

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These ones have powder done the same and nail art beads pressed into the swirls and then varnish on top.

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I’d love to do more of these; I’ve not managed to make time yet and having got bored of rolling clay, I tried extruding but it HURTS but I will try again some time. Was lots of fun to do though.

Cat Crafts.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have been forced to endure my humiliating re-entry into Fimo modelling the other week as I attempted to get to grips with making model cats. I can’t believe quite how much ability I have lost in 20 months or so of not picking up any polymer clay. It’s not like I’m brilliant at the best of times but somehow seeing how clever some people are on the internet has made me worse – well that and total lack of practice!

Still, I really wanted to get back into doing some crafts for here and on my various other websites, so it seemed a good time to force myself to get back to it. I looked to Pinterest for inspiration, tried my hand at some fast cat shapes… and totally failed. After two days, I had come up with no more than the poorer elements of this batch of reprobates.

Before anyone compliments the black one… that was Maddy’s. Yep. She did better than me in one go!

I decided that I’d have to try harder. I hate it when the girls give up without achieving what they set out to do, so thought I should aim to take my own advice. I sat down with some books, worked on some more cattish techniques (I wonder if not being a cat person didn’t help?) and eventually had faces I liked. These two seemed quite interesting little chaps, even if not quite what I had intended. Thank you for the inspiration Christi Friesen.

And with that… some cats appeared… I ended up really quite pleased with these two.
Fimo Wizard Cats

There is now a tutorial on how to make them over at Simple Crafts. As a humbling reminder of how much a skill requires exercising to keep it, it worked well :/

Since then, a few other things have got made too…

Hama Bead CatsThe girls were coerced into making Hama Bead Cats for me which are featuring on BeadMerrily.

We’ve experimented with pom poms to make cats… I’ve got a tabby and a tortoiseshell to finish too.

pompom cats

And Maddy finished off her cat bag too.


You’ll be able to find how too of all of these on Simple Crafts over the next few days (scheduled posts.. go me!)

If you want some more inspiration, you could visit my Cat Crafts Board on Pinterest.


Making Poppies for Remembrance Day & other Autumn crafts.

We dipped into Remembrance Day crafts again today, ready for spending some time on World War work on Thursday and Friday. We’ve covered this a fair bit over the last two years and so it was easy to pick up the threads of previous work, especially as Fran has been doing WW1 recently too.


We had a lovely time making our own versions of poppies this year. Maddy’s was by far the classiest, a real twist on the idea and highly stylish. That girl is going to be dangerous once she really gets into the swing of Pinterest. I loved how she shaped it and stitched beads into it. There is a how to on SimpleCrafts. I would really love you to sign up to the email subscription over there as I’ll be putting all my crafty things on there in the future and just keeping a log of what we do here. This blog is too huge and old and disorganised.

The blog is getting lots of hits for Remembrance Day crafts at the moment; if you’ve not seen them before, there is a simple felted poppy post here and several other poppy crafts here too, along with some of the work we did along side making them.

I’m going to do an updated version of this Fimo craft over the next few days too.

Maddy’s stitched poppy came about because we did these (top left) yesterday. There have been a good few firework crafts done this week.

Firework crafts

While making whizzy bang things we recalled making gunpowder last year and read all about Guy Fawkes on this rather good history website. We thought it was about time Josie understood a bit more about why we have fireworks on her birthday :lol:

If you are wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet here recently, it’s because as well as operations and new staff and gazillions of things going on, I’ve been building Simple Craft, designing two new business ideas and rebuilding 2 other sites. So You could take a look at Fimo Ideas in its new Fimo news style with this gorgeous thing an artist made and also see some of the new resources I’ve been adding to BeadMerrily to make it a better Hama Bead resource.

From poppies to penguins in one post. You’ve got to admire my spirit ;)

Domestic Goddesque

WedEd loveliness Halloween/Fairytale style.

WedEd played a blinder this week; this group home ed meeting has settled into something that seems to work really well now and I mostly feel like I pull my weight, which makes me feel better. Bene is (temporarily I suspect) not too high maintenance there, so I can do a couple of activities. Once he gets mobile, he might get left at home with daddy on those days!

We started off with pumpkin carving.


Maddy was thrilled to have her own pumpkin to do and did a wolf howling at the moon scene. She’s been itching to have a go at a scene because Auntie Kate always does such great pumpkins and we are always too boring and just do a face :lol: Perfect Halloween craft I think.

Once they’d done that and enough gossiping had occurred, HH did science as she usually does. This week they used a really good microscope to look at slides they made of onion skins. Last weeks bacteria had also been put on to slides and they had some fabulous nasty bugs to look at, including some that moved! All of them loved it and had fun drawing them and making up their slides.


I alternated with HH by doing poetry. This week I asked them what sort of poetry they liked best and Poppy chipped straight in with “fairytale stuff” so I picked out The Lady of Shallot and read it to them several times while they listened to the language and drew what came to mind. It’s too good a poem to pick to pieces too much but it appealed to them all because of Merlin and they mostly had a good old Anne Shirley romantic moment about it. (Amelie drew an onion in the corner of hers… sigh). We talked about the storyline (hard to grasp initially, it needed the second reading) and the magical sense of it. We discussed the use of sounds and seasons and how the mood of the poem changed as it went along. We talked about the use of movement and how the picture was created by describing the surrounding and then how it altered as the poem progressed.

It’s a great poem, I can see why Anne loved it so :)

I’ll have to find Amelie’s picture and put it here.

Finished up with making Fimo fairy houses. I found a rather fab one on Pinterest the other day and we thought we should have a go. These are built around baby food jars again… aren’t they lovely?

This is Josie’s one, which I was really impressed with.

All of them were great. I need to have a go at them now.

Home time.

It’s been a proper home ed week.

There has been lots going on here this week, even though I had a day out (more to come on that!) and we spent a day interviewing for new staff. As well as the geography day we did there has been lots of crafting of various sorts.

Maddy, Josie and I have put together these crafts for the new site a SimpleCrafts .It’s really inspiring us to have this new site to build together, so even though it means taking some of the content off here, I think it is worthwhile. (You can sign up to receive email updates from it… go on, you know you want to ;) )

There are tutorials or printable patterns for all of those crafts – we’ve moved a step up, I promise :) I’ve also added more Autumn Hama Bead ideas to BeadMerrily.

Friday was a recuperate day; all the girls spent ages looking up facts on their first chosen European country; Amelie is now in love with Russia and Maddy has the bug for the history of Turkey. I can only hope this will be even more inspiring next week as I’m sorely in need of home ed feeling good again. I’ve got a shelf full of books on things we don’t open and we really need to knuckle down and live home ed again a bit.

Last week at WedEd the kids did some fabulous art work and Amelie fancied having another go too.

She is still really enjoying ice skating as you can see!

That WedEd also involved poetry writing with me and looking at bacteria with Helen, among other things.

The previous day (I’ve skipped back a week now, have I already done this?) Fran, Bene, Max and I had various medical appointments to keep in Cambridge so the girls did more art with Zoe.

The upshot of the appointments is that Max is having his eyes laser-ed and Fran needs another palate op. I must have already said that. Sigh.

There has been some modelling by Maddy.



And all in all, when you add project work, music, reading, being out and about and doing all their ordinary work too, it’s been pretty productive :)

Normal service will resume…

Shortly. Possibly. Life has got rather complicated. Not only do we have children doing what is fast becoming an almost impossible combination of activities but business is heading into its busy time and 2 of our staff are moving. Gulp. Luckily we will manage, but the well oiled machine will be, erm, using different oil. Still, all good fun. I'm confident it will all be fine :) fran and Amelie are now doing panto rehearsals and a gym club winter show, Maddy has the main part in that (Belle in beauty and the Beast) and they are variously involved in other stuff too. We barely see fran, who does gym on Monday and Wednesday, rehearses and does dance on Friday pm, dances all day Saturday and does panto rehearsals all day Sunday. Lucky for her she has lots of study periods for homework and history but her cello playing has gone by the by and I'm cross that I'm having to nag her to make 10 minutes for it. So I'm not doing, but I will probably be selling her cello because frankly, it's money I can spend elsewhere. I do get that she's busy but I also wanted her to get to grade 5 before she stopped and I'm a little annoyed the balance has swung too far to dance just now.

Every weekend in September was busy, culminating in a trip to London for a rather weird PR day but those of us who went got to peek inside RADA.

The train there was fun, the number of closed tube stations less so, the event not quite what was expected but the taxi ride to the last train of the day great fun.


Bene was a hit and even got a call back but we decided against it in the end.


Bene was perfectly delighted by a car ride on my knee (freaks me out :/ ) until he spotted this.

A car with a remote. Oh. Em. Geeeeeeee. Baby heaven. Except it was stuck down, so could not be possessed and subjugated. Not so heaven. :roll:

We made it to a weekend with friends at The Portico and had a lovely time. Unfortunately something upset Amelie's asthma and she wheezed wildly, having forgotten her inhalers. Ended up having a trip to a walk in centre, rather reluctantly, I thought she would be okay, where she had a nebuliser and strong steroids to put her right.

Oops. I did not even have my phone for a blog snap of the neb. Told her she looked like an ood; she wasn't impressed ;)

By next morning Bene was down with the cold that went to his chest that turned into a penicillin allergy, and Alison kindly drove us to meet with Max rather than risking a train trip home and all losing our minds.

We did have a really nice time too though!

Then of course there were the mads and since then we've been flying round like loons. Fran has had a cleft clinic appt and she has decided to have more palate surgery to improve her speech. Very proud of her, though it is odd to have her making her own decisions these days. While she was there Max went off for an appointment to see about having his eyes layered, of which more later.

And Bene got sick, but is largely on the mend now, I hope, leaving aside infected ear lobe and odd red rash on cheek. But looking, recently, like some of these pictures.

I know. Impossibly cute. But making much blogging very difficult. I'm hopelessly behind on his special blog too :(

We've been really lucky and won some days out thank to the holiday video we did and are going to be Centerparcs family Bloggers for a year too. More on both those later :)

So that's the family round up and actually there is a home ed one to come too, hopefully tomorrow or Saturday if I get a minute. But what we have also been doing is lots of craft. Maddy has worked so hard on things for Simple Crafts and it is coming along very well. We'd love you to join its email subscription feed or Facebook page.

I'm not sure, but I think I'm gradually pulling this blog back to being a family record and home ed place. But I love my crafts and it feels right for them to be on their own blog, especially making it something I work on with Moo. So do visit it; things we make will still be here in some form, but less detail. I suspect ill be moving some of my more private thoughts over to my MerrilyMe blog too; much as grief and sad are part of family, th girls read this sometimes now and I'd like to have a place that is me, not family. So do join me, I will try not to only do sad :)


Another cute picture? Oh go on then.

A bowl I made and did a tutorial for on Fimo Ideas. Yes, this blog is a real mishmash!

And this, my friends, is crafter storage p*rn. Hello organisation :)


Crafty stuff that was done Simply ;)

We’ve had a pleasant summer, trying new crafts out, making pretty things and working together on projects, most of which have found their own special post on my brand new website, SimpleCrafts. I’m trying to make a place to put together all the nice things we make and do and showcase them, mostly so we do more of it. They get a bit lost on here sometimes.

 Maddy and I made these… they looked very surreal tucked in the garden.

These flower vases got made at WedEd one day – they are fabulous.

Felted flower picture with our wet felting efforts. Did I blog that already?

This week Fran has scrapbooked, and Maddy has gardened and written songs and Fimo’d with me. The other girls played and Bene learned to clap. It’s being lovely.

SimpleCrafts would love some links (or stumbles, pins, facebooks, tweets – I know it’s an ask!) so if you fancy wearing its badge or giving it a link somewhere, I’ll happily return the favour with a blogroll link and wind you in to the writing over there too. :) Just leave me a comment so I know.

Simple Crafts


Coming up for air. Breastfeeding amendments.

A few days ago I admitted defeat over exclusive breast feeding. It hasn’t really worked for Bene and I all that well; he has gained weight brilliantly (he’s over 16lbs at just short of five months, which given he was 5 1/2 lbs at one point is quite impressive) and he sleeps all night which is also amazing, but he feeds for maybe 10 hours of the day, never really seems full or satisfied and I was starting to go crazy. Without Max working form home for large parts of the week it would have been unsustainable; as it was I got to the end. It was evident he wasn’t latching brilliantly, he dribbles and whines and chews all day and sleeps in fits and starts. A small amount of solids helped but not enough and I was just getting to the point of not really coping that well with doing nothing but lying on my bed feeding him for 10 hours a day. My room is opposite the living room, so thats okay, but it wasn’t great. I’m more or less housebound as if we go out he fusses and snacks and can’t latch on to me well enough o get a satisfying feed.

For whatever reason, we aren’t a great match so I decided it was time to move on. This last few days he’s had morning, night and mid day feeds and bottles of formula or ebm, which he was suddenly happy to take again, the rest of the time. We are both happier, he’s dribbling less and so far I have expressed nearly enough to give him all he needs. I could manage all of it but I don’t really want to become a slave to that in my head either. Given I’m able to express about 12oz four or five times a day, it is really no wonder he’s so big now. At last weigh in he was on his way to jumping the 4th centile line since birth, going from 0.4 to 50th. :lol:

I love mothering my babies but we are a busy household and I was beginning to get bored of 10 hours a day on my bed. I think it was time to be realistic.

It’s been nice to do more with the girls (major Hama bead project under way) and I’ve had time to do some things I wanted to do.

I finally hung the dragon picture I made for Freddie’s first birthday on the wall. It’s stuffed full of family of 7 numbers. I’m not sure whether to alter it or not. Maybe it will just have to be 7 plus the dragon, since that is clearly him. It even has his look in its eye.

I finished this, which I’ve been stitching in odd moments for Bene’s room, when it finally gets finished (or even started!)

There was even time for a big boy fall asleep cuddle on my lap while he watched the football. (So like a man ;) )

And I went for a run. Life feels a little better. The house is tidier, some things have been done, made, played with, finished, used and attempted and the boy and I are doing okay.

Klimt inspired art.

I needed a shove today to get creative (actually, I needed several shoves just to get upright :( ) and thankfully Maggie from Red Ted Art came through with her new Kids Get Arty linky. As an aside, Maggie did a lovely guest post for me on MuddlePuddle the other week, which is a really nice easy craft for small people and worth a look.

As I’m not currently bendy enough to move, I did rely on the kids getting on with this while taking time out for music lessons as they went along – they did really well. Honestly, the back thing is rubbish, like being pregnant the wrong way round :(

First we read a little on Klimt from an Usborne book and then looked at lots of his work on Google images. They liked The Kiss and Maddy was taken with the people in general but the younger girls went with the tree of life images – possibly I have brain washed them!

I got out scrapping stuff, tissue, scraps of Fimo, beads and card and left them too it, once we’d discussed the basics of the art work, focusing on colour, simplicity, the patterns inside the mosaic elements of the pieces etc but they mostly just found their own way with it.

Maddy’s woman.

Amelie’s @Bush of Life’ (ahem) with millifiori canes.

Josie’s beaded Tree of Life, possibly the best independent bit of art she has done yet.

I loved them all and really enjoyed watching them doing unprescribed creating. We all enjoyed his style and may do more tomorrow.