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So, now Autumn is here (it is, it is!) I’m starting to think of crafting things DS and I can do together. But here’s the thing…I really hate having loads of finished craft projects just hanging around the house, I want purposeful crafts!

I’m thinking window stars as we’ve never made them, and maybe some window picture things, not sure what they’re called!

Getting our sewing and knitting out again, but not sure to do what….what kind of sewing project could a nearly 5 year old make?

And then I get stuck.

What are all you crafty lovelies planning, please share!

K xx

Have a look on interest for some inspiration grin were going to make bat bunting this afternoon for Halloween, just sone black card, string and googly eyes grin

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Grace is 4.5, and I’m fairly sure she could sew this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/408983209881401966/ if I cut out the shapes first, and used a thinner thread. We are also in the process of making these: http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wind-chimes/ with fallen sticks.

These are cute, too : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/408983209881402022/

Angie

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Yay! Thank you all so much, you don’t know how much I’ve missed this space….Summer just seemed to keep me busy! We don’t tend to do much crafting during Summer and I’m not naturally crafty at all although I wish I was, so I find it hard to get back into the swing of things when Autumn calls.

The first picture Skye-Blu was what I was trying to describe, they are lovely aren’t they. I’ve just shown J the leaf garland and he is now all excited to make it. We try to stay away from ghost-y/batty versions of Samhain but in saying that the bats will be hibernating soon enough, and we’ve made friends with some of the local bats this summer so maybe that would be a nice way to remember them while they hibernate! Great idea!

I think I need to change the way I look at projects too which is part of my trouble thinking of things to do. I’ve not been using pinterest so much either, but maybe I’ll go and have a peruse!

xx

As the season moves on, you could do simple christmas tree decorations.  We are making some from felt which I’ll cut out before.  The kids want to give some as presents before christmas, which should help plan for relatives easy!

This is the time of year i really start to get crafty with DD and DS as well. I am not great at crafts but lot of great ideas online and in books that easy to do and look good. Last Autumn we made a lovely autumn fairy mobile which came of mamapixie’s crafty site (I think!!) I know mamapixie doesn’t do the blog anymore but could still find it I am sure (?). Also found some lovely little bees to make from pine cones, I can’t remember where I seen this but online somewhere!! We have also done a felt weather chart (round and divided into sections for rain, sun, snow, wind and representations for each of these made by the wee ones out of felt with a dial in the middle held on by one of those bendy clip things so it can be moved round). Could also do leaf prints and make food for the birds or do salt dough leaves hedgehogs and other autumn things! Sorry this probably reads as one big babble, just writing as I watch the dinner! Have fun crafting, that’s very much got me in the mood now!

x

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Skye-Blu, we got the Red Ted Art book after you recommended it so highly, and I can’t thank you enough for the recommendation!  I am not a crafty mum at all, but really the ones in there are so approachable.  We’ve been loving them.  Spent this whole week making loo-roll monsters.  We use the examples in the book as a launching pad and from there DD1 just runs with it—it really helps her (and me) to have something to start from, though.

DD1 is 4 and yes, she would love the leaf bunting Angie linked to (she has been doing simple sewing like that for more than a year), and also the stick mobile.  Definitely going to do an autumn mobile with her like the one on the Red Ted autumn crafts page Skye-Blu linked to (the one with pinecones, physalis, chestnuts, etc.).

In terms of how much I set up activities: I initiate or suggest something newish maybe 2 or 3 times a week; other than that DD1 does a lot of drawing, painting, or pottering about on her own, or we repeat basic staple activities (like going out for a walk and bringing a sketchbook).  She does things with bits of string, pebbles, sticky tape, etc.—collage-like things, or small constructions, hard to describe, but the point I’m trying to make is that her imagination seems to flourish when I *don’t* direct activities too much.  The ones I set up, I do because it gives her new ideas for how to use materials, or because, honestly, she likes the interaction with me and the feeling that we are doing something together.

You can also, once in a while when you feel motivated enough, set something up at night after your DS goes to bed, for him to discover in the morning.  Doesn’t have to be something complicated at all!  Even just a new kind of paper/tape/pen—I bought a decorative hole punch (one that punches holes in the shape of flowers) the other day and put out some old envelopes and DD1 had a grand time, first punching holes, then using the punched-out envelopes as stencils, then painting the flower-shaped bits and using them as collage materials.

I saw this earlier and thought it was really lovely. Mainly I just want one for my house…I’m not much bothered who makes it!

http://www.themagiconions.com/2011/04/lets-make-beeswax-suncatcher.html

preets - 13 September 2013 07:02 PM

Skye-Blu, we got the Red Ted Art book after you recommended it so highly, and I can’t thank you enough for the recommendation!  I am not a crafty mum at all, but really the ones in there are so approachable.  We’ve been loving them.  Spent this whole week making loo-roll monsters.  We use the examples in the book as a launching pad and from there DD1 just runs with it—it really helps her (and me) to have something to start from, though.
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So glad you like it too! I found it in the library and renewed it for weeks… Might have to go and get it again tomorrow while I’m there. grin. xxxx

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