Sunday, 24 May 2015

Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts

The other day my youngest wanted to do some crafts. I didn't want the house in a mess as we had visitors coming over so tried to think of something that didn't involve much mess and was quite quick too. What better than pipe cleaners. Not much mess, easy and kids can let their imagine go wild.

The photographs show the designs my 8 year old daughter came up with. This kept her busy for an hour and most importantly, kept her happy!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Painted Rock Bumble Bee Tutorial

painted rocks bumble bee

My girls have recently been planting some lovely flowers outside and we decided to make the plot prettier by adding some painted rock bumble bees into the flower beds.  You can use any kind of rocks, preferably ones in an oval shape more like the shape of a bumble bee.


Acrylic paint / Paintbrushes
Varnish (optional)

Step 1: Clean the rocks and allow to dry before painting them.
Step 2: Paint the whole rock yellow (may need a few coats)

Step 3: Paint Black stripes on the rock (I painted 3)
Step 4: Using white paint paint on some wings and the whites of the eyes.
Step 5: Add extra colours for eyes or just add a black pupil to eyes.
Step 6: Add varnish if you wish them to be more weatherproof for outside.

painted rocks bumble bee

I hope you like these bumble bees, my 8 year old daughter helped me painting them, not very difficult at all and a nice little project for young ones to do.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Maggie's Tea Room Review

If you follow my Facebook page you will have noticed that I have often mentioned our family visits to the lovely Maggie's Tea Room in Washington, Tyne and Wear.  We happened across this lovely place not long after it had opened and we love going there for lunch.  I thought I would write a post about this great place as the staff are so friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious and the prices are great too!

They have seating outdoors if the weather is nice and seating indoors too with a lovely shabby chic design that me and the girls all love!

They have a great choice of food, but I normally stick to a scrumptious jacket potato and my youngest loves having a kid's sized High Tea which comes with a miniature porcelain tea set too!

Below is a photo I took a while ago of one of the lovely coffee's they serve.

My girls absolutely love the milkshakes that they make, many choices to choose from. This is another photo I took a while ago showing their delicious milkshakes.

As I have mentioned before all the staff are so lovely and polite and will try and cater to all your needs. They also do parties for both adults and children. Here are some photos from their Facebook page showing the tables set out for parties.

I would highly recommend this place if you are in the area. I found this place as it is right next to a large craft shop well known in the area 'Dainty Supplies' so if you are a crafter like me and you visit the craft shop then this treasure is just nearby!  Here is a link to Maggie's Tea Room Facebook page:

Maggies Tea Room
29 Phoenix Road
Washington Tyne and Wear
NE38 0AD

Monday, 4 May 2015

DIY Rubber Stamp Tutorial

I have always wanted to have a go at making my own rubber stamp and decided to buy the equipment and have a go at making a stamp for my daughter's website name SLH Crafts. It was actually much easier than I expected and I will probably be having a go at making some more with the spare lino.


  • Crafters lino for carving (various options available to buy)
  • Lino cutters or scalpels
  • Pencil/Pen and paper if using patterns.
  • Glue
  • Afterwards - Ink for stamping


Step 1: Print off the text or picture you wish to copy.
Step 2: Outline the pattern with a pen/pencil.
Step 3: Turn the paper over so pattern is backwards esp if using letters, place onto lino and rub over the opposite side of the paper leaving a tracing mark onto the lino.
Step 4: If needed, go over the traced mark to make it more noticeable for cutting.
Step 5: Start carving out the design making sure not to carve the design itself.
Step 6: Once you have carved the design then cut the design from the lino and attach/glue to a wooden block or something similar to help with stamping.
Step 7: Practice using the stamp with some ink and if you need to make any adjustments then carve out any extra. (I noticed I had forgot to cut out the hole in the letter 'A' so had to carve extra until I got my desired design.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Felt Tissue Pack Holder

My 8 year old daughter made this lovely Felt Tissue Pack Holder recently at a new crafty Tea Shop that has opened in our city. She had a little help as we couldn't take long but this is something she could have definitely completed herself if she had time at home.


  • Tissue Pack
  • Rectangle Piece of Felt
  • Scrap pieces of felt or other decorations
  • Needle and coloured threads
  • Scissors/Pins


Step 1: Make sure you have enough felt to wrap around the tissue pack. Then place the pack onto the rectangle and fold the felt over the tissue pack and pin into place leaving a slot for the tissues to come out and to replace the pack when required.
Step 2: Sew down the long sides of the Tissue pack with straight stitches.
Step 3: Add any other decorative stitches that you want or add embellishments to the holder.
Step 4: Cut out a zig zag design down the side or use pinking scissors for a neater edge.

You now have a lovely holder for your packet of tissues and unique to only you.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Folded Book Art - My First Attempt

My 2 daughters have both had an attempt at doing Folded Book Art whilst attending their Homneschooling Art Classes. I said I wanted to give it a go so I tried doing it this week. I didn't do any preparation work and rushed this as I didn't have much time but I am still pleased with how it turned out for a first attempt. It is meant to be like a 3D Heart.  I think If I put in more preparation and more time then it would come out good enough to give as a unique gift insha'Allah.

I used an old hard back book bought at a charity/thrift shop.

In case you missed my daughter's attempts at book art here are some pics for you.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Individual Banoffee Pie Recipe

I have wanted to make these for years but just never got around to it but eventually I did try and they were scrumptious!!!  I made some individual ones and also a larger one.


75g butter (melted)
200g digestive biscuits
Caramel Filling:
150g brown sugar
150g butter
1 can of carnation condensed milk (400g approx)
Pinch salt
2 ripe bananas
150ml double cream or whipping cream
100g chocolate (grated)


Step 1: To make the biscuit base add the crushed digestive biscuits into a bowl. To crush them I place the biscuits into a bag and then roll with a rolling pin, but you could use other methods). Then add the 75g melted butter and mix.
Step 2: Place the biscuit base into individual glasses or one cake bowl if preferred. Pat down on the biscuit base and then place into the Fridge for about 30 mins to set.
Step 3: Start making the caramel while the base in the Fridge. In a pan add the sugar and 150g butter and melt on a medium heat. Keep stirring until the sugar melts and mixes.
Step 4: Then add the carnation milk to the pan and bring to the boil and then remove from the heat.
Step 5: Remove the biscuit bases from the fridge and pour over the caramel and then return to the fridge until cooled completely.
Step 6:  Once cooled, remove and then place the chopped bananas onto the caramel.
Step 7: Place the cream into a bowl and whip with electric beaters until the cream is thick but not stiff. Then place over the top of the bananas.
Step 8: Grate the chocolate over the cream and the dessert is now ready to be served. Enjoy.