My book ^_^

Yey! My book has finally been released. The whole process has taken over a year and, at times, I really didn’t think I would get there! It’s wonderful to finally be able to show you some pictures, and also to feel a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.

The book is called “eco-friendly crafting with kids” and contains 35 step-by-step projects for preschool kids and adults to create together. (Even though the book is aimed at preschoolers the projects would also be suitable for 5, 6 & 7 year olds).

Eco-friendly crafting with kids

I picked a fairly random set of images to show you…I was finding it hard to choose. The book really does look stunning, largely due to the efforts of photographer Carloyn Barber, stylist Liz Belton and Designer Sonya Nathoo.

Eco-friendly crafting with kids. Copyright © Ryland Peters & Small Ltd

The book is split into eight sections; homemade materials, music, nature, recycling bin, paper and card, sewing and threading, science and boredom busters.

Eco-friendly crafting with kids

I would love for you to buy a copy if you like the look of it *^_^*. You can purchase one at amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, amazon.ca, barnes & noble (and many other places). You can also order it from the book depository (which does free worldwide delivery) and lots of other websites! (btw my Australian pals and I use the book depository to send presents to one another and we’ve always been really happy with the service!)

Eco-friendly crafting with kids

Eco-friendly crafting with kids

Eco-friendly crafting with kids

Images excerpted from “eco-friendly crafting with kids” by Kate Lilley. Photography Copyright © Ryland Peters & Small Ltd. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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Space crayons

Hello! We’ve been struck down by some nasty bugs in the last few weeks so sorry (once again!) for the lack of updates.

Last night, I finally managed to peel myself off the sofa(!) and made these galaxy crayons for son #1 (he is currently fascinated with stars and planets).

Galaxy crayons

If you, too, are interested in the night sky then did you know you can download high-res images from the hubble site? {Thanks Oh Happy Day for the heads up}. (I can feel a project coming on!)

Galaxy crayons

Anyway, the crayons are really easy to make and fun to draw with. If you wanna have a go then see the tutorial after the jump.

Galaxy crayons

If your little ones (or you) prefer bright colours then you can also make regular glitter crayons! Yay!

Galaxy crayons

More starry links:
Galaxy playdough here!
Amazing ‘Stardust’ fashion photography by Ignacio Torres.

(I do still regularly pin my favorite crafts at Pinterest by the way…so if you wanna pop over then that would be cool!)

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Felt pen inks

Our house is often like a felt-pen graveyard (in spite of persistant nagging)!

Felt pen watercolours

If you too are the owner of many a dried-up, squished-nib pen then worry not, simply chuck them in a pot of water overnight and make some really lovely liquid inks. (Use about 50ml of water for every felt pen).

Felt pen watercolours

I’m still trying to figure out what to make with all the plastic cases…ideas on a postcard please!

Felt pen watercolours

BTW….I’ve seen this idea before of the web, but can’t find the original source. If you know then please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the bottom of this post.

This idea origionally came from an article at childcentralstation – go check it out!

By the way I’m still addicted to pinterest. It’s just such a useful way of keeping track of visual material. Why not sign up…it’s free! You can check out my boards here and read my pinterview here!

Sorry things are still a bit quiet around here…another month and I will be posting more regularly again.

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