A New Home Map Card DIY

My brother has recently moved into his new home and I wanted to give him a quirky home-made card; something that showed that I had put some thought into it, something that was little different to what you could buy in the shops, with a personal touch to it.

This is what I came up with

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You will need:

Paper

Printer

Colour Ink

Coloured card

Small Wooden Peg (I have attached a little wooden heart on to mine)

Button

Patch Liner Relief Paint ( gel ink)

Glue

Scissors

  • First I searched for the address using online Maps and I screenshot the page. I looked at a normal view and a satellite view.
  • From the screenshot, using photo editor, I cropped the area that I wanted to use and copied in onto a word document
  • I printed out the map images onto strong paper
  • Fold the coloured card into half to create a card
  • Making sure the road that the new house is on I drew out a puzzle piece onto one of the maps images and cut it out
  • I stuck the satellite image down onto the front of the card in the middle
  • I stuck the wooden peg into the top left corner of the card and pinching it open I placed the image puzzle piece in
  • I decorated the rest of the front with a single red button and wrote New Home

I loved how the card turned out, It has the personal touch and didn’t take much time to put together.

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Hope you find this post helpful :-)

 

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Lego Mini Figure Storage- A sewing project

Are you constantly walking around the house stepping on little pieces of Lego?

It’s like my house is booby-trapped with Lego! I find myself tip toeing cautiously around my boys bedroom, taking care of where i tread. I fear that maybe my boys have planned between them on where to leave the Lego pieces so that their Mum doesn’t enter their bedroom to tidy it up!

These tiny pieces of plastic brick shaped toys can not only be found on the boys bedroom floor but they seemed to have escaped out into landing and down the stairs, in fact there isn’t a place in the house that these tiny little feet scaring critters will go. The worst is in the middle of night, when all of the lights are out and I awake to a crying toddler. As i jump out of bed and race to his bedroom to comfort him, I find myself cursing under breath (in order not to wake the rest of the house up) as my foot comes into contact with a tiny little brick. It maybe tiny but hell does it hurt! I fall into the bedroom and hop over to a NOW sleeping toddler.

I had to think of somewhere for my boys to store their mini figures/Lego creation, either that or I constantly wear shoes in my home, even to bed!

I put my thinking cap on and came up with this

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A folding Lego storage holder.

It is made from red cotton and yellow felt. The red cotton was used for the whole of the storage holder and the yellow felt was used for the LEGO letters. It was my son’s idea to have LEGO written downwards and he asked for all of the pockets. He wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it.

Material needed:

Red Cotton roughly 1m , 150cm wide (cost £3.99 ebay)

Yellow Felt roughly 1m, 150cm wide (not all needed cost £4.49 ebay)

Red cotton thread

Yellow cotton thread

Tape measure

Sewing machine

wooden pole 5mm thick roughly 50 cm in length

Scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut out the LEGO letters. I roughly drew them on with a pencil and then cut them out, size roughly 21cmx33cm
  • Open out the red cotton and lay it flat on the floor/table. Place the letters down one side of the red fabric. Leave about 6cm along the top, bottom and edge side so that there is enough room to stitch and hem. Stitch in place.
  • Cut away any remaining red material from the bottom as this will be used for the pockets. Cut into long strips, 10cm in width I used about 8.

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  • Edge each strip both sides by folding over the edges twice, 5mm each time. Pin in place and stitch

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  • Once you have edged all of the strips You will need to place them on to the red cotton alongside the LEGO letters, so that they are running across the material.

pockets

  • Try to measure out all of the pockets so that they are the same, 10 cm. Each box pleat is about 2cm.

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  • Once the pockets are all pinned down on the red cotton, you will need to stitch in between each pocket

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  • Once they are stitched in place then you will need to stitch the strip of pockets down. Start top left and follow it around the edge, use the foot edge for guidance and try to sink stitch along the bottom.

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  • If you want a handle you will need to stitch it in place now. Stitch a long strip like you did with the pocket strips. attach it in place at the top above the letters.
  • Fold the material in half so that the pockets are touching the LEGO letters.
  • The sides need to be stitched together, the whole item should be inside out.  Remember to leave the top edge unstitched! Once finished turn inside out again so that it is the right way. You should have the LEGO letters on side and the pockets behind.
  • The top edge will need to be strengthened, I used a wooden pole. I stitched across lengthways along the edge of the letter L, making a pocket for the pole.

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  • Now stitch the top together, making sure that the handle is facing out and upwards. Make sure that the edges are poking inwards giving a neat finish.

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My son wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it around so we attached some velcro to it, not sure if it will work as some of the Lego could possibly fall out. He hasn’t tried it yet as it is still hanging up in his bedroom for all to see.

I have thouroughly enjoyed this sewing project and I f you would like to make one yourself please share with me your finished product.

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Thank you for reading :-)

Bubble wrap 42/365

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There’s nothing quite like popping bubble wrap, but it’s even better when the bubbles are bigger than the normal ones.

We received some post today and it was wrapped in the big bubble wrap. My son and I enjoyed popping the bubbles,  we had a little race on who could pop the most. My son cheated in the end by jumping up and down on them.

I found it quite therapuetic listening to the bubbles busy with a satisfying pop! 

I found it quite calming

A helping hand

There’s a knock at the door….

The youngest runs towards it pushing me out-of-the-way as we both make our way to answer the front door…..

He waits eagerly next to me, as i begin to turn the door handle….

He smiles up at me, jumping up and down with excitement…

He already knows who it is as we have been expecting the knock for the past hour….

He can’t wait!

I open the door….

“Hello, I have your food shopping”….

Yes, my son gets excited when the food delivery man knocks on the door as he loves to help take in the bags and put the food away.

He quickly pushes past me, stepping over the door frame to get to the crates that are stacked high with the food that I had ordered online a few days earlier. He clumsily grabs at the bags that he can reach and pulls them out of the crate to the floor and off he goes running with what he has picked up, into the kitchen. Dropping the bag in the middle of floor, he rapidly races back through the living room to the front door to take the next bag that the delivery drivers hands over to him.

The whole ‘taking in the bags’ takes a couple of minutes at the most, he is like a duracell battery operated bunny rabbit. Backwards and forwards he runs through the house, grabbing bags from the front door and taking them into the kitchen. There is no order in this process, he has one goal in mind and that is to pick up all of the bags from one placer and to take them to another. The kitchen is a mess!

As Mummy is signing for the shopping and we wave goodby to our delivery driver, he hurriedly makes his way into the kitchen for the next part of ‘Putting the shopping away’.

He certainly is very helpful!

Unlike his older siblings who have now made their excuses from helping us and disappeared away to their bedrooms upstairs, Oliver is more than eager to help out.

 

He unpacks all of the food out of the bags and into a heap on the floor in the middle of the kitchen.

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Once all of the food is out of the bags and looking like a complete mess all over the floor, he then starts to attempt to put the items away.

For days after our delivery has been taken in, I find food in places that you wouldn’t even expect to find them. I found some noodles in the pots and pans cupboard, tins of beans in the carrier bag storage bag and a bag of potatoes in the cupboard under the sink where cleaning items are kept. I forget half of the items that i have ordered as most items are not in the correct places.

My little one is definitely a very helpful, adorable little chap.

Do your children like to help out with chores around the home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish Taiyaki 40/365

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The boys and I had a little walk through China Town today whilst we was on our way to Joseph’s audition at Spotlight.
As we was walking down Newport Place, just near Leicester Square station we noticed a lady in a shop window making some type of donut. Batter was poured into a fish shaped mold on each side and a filling of custard was added to one side of the mould. The mold was then closed up ready to be cooked.
This Japanese fish shaped cake is called a Taiyaki.
It tastes like a sweet pancake, but slightly more fluffy.
They cost us £2 for 4.

A budding young athlete

The sun was shining, the air was crisp and cold and the sky was clear of any rain clouds. It was the boroughs London mini marathon trials for children aged 11-17.

The London Mini Marathon runs on the same day as the London Marathon, on the last 3 miles of the route finishing in the same place, at the end of The Mall.

Each London borough, region and home nation has a team manager who is responsible for selecting a team to take part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon. Teams are made up of 48 runners per London borough and 36 runners per region / home nation. Boys and girls race in three age categories – Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17. There are six races in total.

My eldest Jak was lucky enough to land a place in last years mini marathon, he had just turned 11 and was beginning to become interested in running. He hadn’t entered any running races before except for the local organised Parkrun. Read about his experience of the day here.

He hasn’t been running as much recently and has pretty much given up on the sport, he attends a training session on a Thursday evening down at our local athletics track but even that is as and when, but his heart doesn’t seem to be in it. I sometimes feel like I am pushing him too much into it, but I have asked him if he enjoys it ans if he wants to give it up. He just tells me that he still enjoys running but just needs something to look forward to, something to work towards, a goal.

Yesterday morning he woke up, got dressed into his running clothes and waited for his Dad to take him down to the park where the borough trials were being held. Registration was at 9:30 and the race was due to start at 11:00. He had been suffering with a sore throat for a few days and woke up feeling a bit husky and with a heavy chest, I gave him some medicine and hoped that it would ease as the morning went on. As the two youngest weren’t very well, I couldn’t go down to support him, but I gave him a big hug as he left the house. He knew if the boys were well enough that I would be there cheering him on.

The first eight children from each age and gender category get through to represent the borough, the race is just under 3 miles. It starts with a 300 metre run around the running track and then off into the park for two laps and then in to the track for a final 100 metre to the finish line. Jak came fourth in his age category with a time of 16:10

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He was happy with his time although he did say he could definitely do better.

All of the children that got through were presented with a letter by the Mayor

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The training now begins! He is to attend a weekly training session where not only will he be able to improve on his race training but also to get to know his team mates from the boroughs team.

He will be raising money for the Mayor’s Appeal which is Teenager Cancer Trust.

I am hoping now that my son has something to look forward to with his running, that he will fall back in love with the sport.

I will keep you updated with his progress :-)

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Thomas & Friends: Dinos and Discoveries DVD Review

 Roar into Adventure

If your children are anything like mine and they adore Thomas the Tank Engine, then they may like the new Thomas and Friends DVD.

Thomas and Friends is an adventurous, fun and imaginative world that children love to explore. My son just needs a small little train in his hands and he can make up wonderful stories all about exciting adventures, his little mind is full of imagination and creativity. He loves to watch Thomas and Friends and reenact the scenes that he has just seen on his own train track sets, I love to watch his enthusiasm about play.

In Dinos and Discoveries something exciting is happening. The engines are filled with wonder at the fantastical new sights and sounds on the Island of Sodor. Volcanoes sizzle and dinosaurs roar as the engines help the Earl of Sodor with a special surprise.

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Samson

Samson in introduced to the Island and the other engines when he brings in The Earls Deliveries for the surprise, Samson is invited to stay by the Fat Controller.

The DVD introduces 6 new monster size episodes, new friends and full of surprises.

Episodes:

  • Marion and the Dinosaurs
  • Millie and the Volcano
  • Timothy and the Rainbow Truck
  • Samson at your Service
  • Emily Saves the World
  • Samson Sent for Scrap

Bonus Features:

  • Really useful engines
  • Mr Perkins’ postcard
  • The Earl’s quiz
  • Mr Perkins’ story time
  • Who’s that engine?

My boys favourite episode is Samson sent for scrap. Samson has been sent by the Fat Controller to collect track side scrap whilst scruff is being repaired. Nothing is safe on the Island as Samson soon starts to collect everything he can see, including a postman’s bike, a bus stop sign and the fat Controllers car!  Lucky for Samson, Scruff notices what he is doing and he saves the car from being scrapped. Soon everyone is laughing about Samsons antics (Including my boys)

Watching the DVD has inspired my boys and they have recreated the scenes from Dinos and Dinosaurs with their very own toys

The DVD is available to but now from all good retailers

RRP:                                       £9

Running time:                    70 minutes

Certificate:                          U

Stockists:                            Available online at www.amazon.co.uk and in all good retailers nationwide

Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com. You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friends news on Twitter and Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasandFriendsUK          @ThomasFriendsUK

We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.