With more colours, soft sumptuous baby alpaca wool and unique creations
lucky boy sunday is a collection to admire, to covet, to embrace with its quirky edgy designs that thrill the imagination and leaves words hungering for poetry.
See the collection of friends, playthings, blankets, cushions, posters and cards in a lucky boy sunday world like a vision of a child's imaginings; a child who sees endless possibilities. It's a grown up version of a childs' reality; bridging the gap between the everyday and the unusual, the poetic and artistic sensibility.
What child doesn't like playing with sand. Moulding it, shaping it, tipping it, pouring it, filling it into pots and jugs, and digging and scooping and sculpting.
If you don't live near a sandy beach you can create your own sand area with this great mouldable cloud dough otherwise known as moon-sand.
This simple recipe requires only 2 ingredients and ones you'll most likely already have in the house.
Here's what you'll need:
Scoop 8 cups of flour into a large tub - a washing up bowl is great if not a big bucket an extra large salad bowl or mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup of baby oil and mix it all up.
Create hours of fun in just five minutes with these simple ingredients. It's great sensory play and you could even add food colouring to create different colours if you wanted or even aromatherapy oils for different scents.
Give children the space, the freedom to play and more importantly permission to get messy and let this simplest of easy to create environments stimulate and engage your child. Add glitter, colour, pots, empty clean containers like margarine pots, sieves and measuring cups, add magnets for a treasure hunt discovering things within the sand, give the child brushes and a spoon for an archaeological dig to discover fossils (stones) or run toy cars through and have fun making tracks and patterns.
The possibilities are endless and what's more; so much fun.
The Ultimate summer shoe is back. Hands up who had a pair of these in the eighties? We certainly did, beautiful sparkly ones that were on our feet every step of the summer adventures. Worn as much around the playground, garden and fields beyond as they were on the pebbly beaches of our holidays.
We're thrilled that these are back in fashion and back on little feet albeit now our children's rather than ours. I'd happily give up being a grown up and hand over my car keys and mascara to be six years old and wearing these skipping about this summer. With two delicious colours to choose from there's Watermelon Rocks, a bright cherry red with neon green sole, and,Raspberry Pink Mivi,a sparkly pink style shimmering with glitter. These shoes look as good with tights and ankle socks as they do bare foot which is just dandy as we know once the kids get hold of these they'll never want to wear anything else. An enterprise founded by Natalie Collier, the limited edition jellies are made by the original UK makers of the eighties jelly sandals, Juju Footwear. Waterproof, flexible and loved by kids there's no better reason to be donning a pair this summer. But, if you need a little encouragement then know that this is not only great British design but that it's also combined with a fundraising edge with 25% of the profits going to MENCAP, the charity for the voice of learning disability. Project Jelly, let's get our jelly groove on!
With another Birthday Party approaching and of course the girls wanting to stick to their love of all things circuswe've had a weekend crafting for the preparations. We've been busy decorating party hats, and making yet another photobooth (pictures will come soon) along with all its masks.
We created this 'Prizes' board for the party but to make sure it lasts beyond the special day we created it so that it can be used as the girls own noticeboard that they can put pictures and postcards on, hang their invites and all those oh so special things that kids love!
Here's what you'll need:
cork-board / piece of light plywood. we up-cycled out kitchen one cork-board.
paint - spray paint is best.
wooden clothes pegs
Here's the how:
Spray paint the front of the board, if you want to create a pattern use masking tape to hide where you don't want the layer of paint to go. Leave to dry.
Now for the pegs; brush one side of a peg with pva glue and sprinkle with glitter. Put to one side and continue with your other pegs. Leave to dry.
Once both the cork-board and the glittery pegs are dry you can finish it off by adhering the pegs to the board. Use a good all purpose super glue, this board will get a lot of use and those pegs need to be firmly fixed.
it's ready to hang
Our prize bags will be filled with little jokes as well as sweets, temporary tattoo's, whistles and bouncing balls.
I can't wait!
If you'd like to make a Photo Booth for yourself take a look here
For more circus party ideas take a look at our circus creative here
Look out for more party pics along with some great printables and ideas at the end of the week.
introducing; Afrah, Aapti, Zhen, Felicidad, Anna & Abeo
Create your own original screen-printed girl with these DIY set's from Askey Print. Learn about different cultures, different places around the world as well as an appreciation of how things are made.
No ordinary doll, this is a doll with a voice, a girl with a mission; spreading the word of The Girl Effect around the world each doll comes with an info card supporting sisters all over the world to find a powerful voice in their communities and effect real change where it counts.
Handmade and hand printed by London sisters, who, like us, have combined their skills and passion to create something original, something positive and something to celebrate. We know you will celebrate with us when you discover AskeyPrint too.
AskeyPrint Dolls are a keepsake to treasure through childhood and one to be handed down to the next these doll's are a delight to make and give an appreciation of craft as well as time spent together.
Each pack includes 100% cotton fabric with original water based ink design screen printed by hand and when finished your doll will measure 33 cm tall. You don't need to have any special skills to create them but if you need a little help the instruction sheet comes with a link to an online video you can watch for tips and hints.
The pack also includes polyester stuffing but you could be different and try stuffing her with lavender and she'll smell as beautiful as she looks.
Young and old children will delight in the creative aspect, sharing a sense of pride of their own original and unique doll. Whether creating them by themselves or alongside a parent or older sibling made together she'll become a part of the family, a part of childhood memories and the beginning of new adventures.
Visit the collection here and decide who you'll bring to life.
send us your photo's via email, twitter or facebook and we'll pin them with your name alongside the dolls name.
And we look forward to more creations from the AskeyPrint sisters too...
fill them, stack them, hang them, mount them, love them.
With great design comes great versatility combine that with a great aesthetic and you've got the perfect recipe for fabulously designed interiors. We couldn't wait to get our hands on this brilliant revival of the classic fruit crate, and now we're happy to announce that the Baines & Fricker fruit crate is now in the boutique showing off one of Britain's great creative talents.
Brighton based Baines & Fricker are a husband and wife team bringing creative, innovative products to the design market. Snapped up by the likes of Liberty and Paul Smith their unique designs and individual stamp are being appreciated and are already having a big influence on how we choose to style our interior space.
It is no wonder that Steve Baines and Eliza Fricker's collaboration is such a great success; Baines has has a background in furniture making and Fricker illustration and screen-printing. Together their utilitarian approach to design influenced by a wide range of elements; early modernist through to post war utility furniture, industrial architecture and the even the more mundane and everyday such as street signs, their inspiration is full of the often overlooked aspects of our heritage. They believe that things for the home should have longevity and they use this philosophy when creating their pieces, keeping British heritage at the heart of it all.
Taking on the fruit crate using strong lines and saturated colour these 'nutility' pieces are made with birch ply sourced in the UK and made in their workshop on the south coast of England.
The fruit crates are brilliantly versatile you can use them in as many ways as you'll find things to store inside. Used for storage in any room in the house you can sort them into existing shelves, stack them up or mount them on the wall.
Roll Up! roll Up! Watch the daring death defying mice jump through the ring of fire!
Celebrating all things circus the girls have asked me to create something for the Maileg mice whilst they await the arrival of their circus tent and circus troupe.
A little rummage around in our crafts cupboard found some wooden cotton reels, pipe cleaners and red felt to create a ring of fire for the most daring of mice.
Here's what you'll need:
a pipe cleaner
colouring pens or paints
Cut a strip of felt 3cm smaller than the length of your pipe cleaner and about 5cm wide
Using fabric glue, glue the pipe cleaner to the felt so that it sits in the centre and has 1.5cm free at either end, fold over the felt and press firmly
Now cut into the fabric to create very rough triangles of various sizes to give a flaming appearance.
Decorate your cotton reel.
Bend the flaming pipe cleaner into a hoop shape and push the two ends together inside the hole of the cotton reel.
you're now ready to perform your daring ring of fire act.
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Great for games of espionage and its clandestine intelligence operations, playing private eye with its hush hush hidden covert messages, for secretly marking the X on a treasure map, magic shows, wizardry and even little love notes passed between one another.
Here's what you'll need:
a secret message
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl or cup
dip the q-tip into the juice and use it as 'ink' to write your message, a fine paintbrush would work too.
To see the message hold the paper agianst a heat source.
Lemon juice is acidic, the acid in the juice weakens paper and stays there when it dries. When the paper is held near a heat source the acid will burn faster than the paper and as it heats up it turns brown enabling you to see the message that has been written.
Milk, white wine, apple juice and orange juice work too, why not try other things; see what else you could use to make invisible ink.
Great for younger children; use a white crayon or even a candle on white paper to draw a picture or write a message and have your child discover the hidden picture using coloured crayons or paint.
Discover more fun things to make in our Monday Makeries here
With wonderful pop out cards, totem books of animals, people and figurines as well as play houses, trojan horses with a little secret bell hidden tinkling inside, lucky swallow mobiles, trees full of birds and the new collection of magnetic shapes for endless creations. There's countless ways to play, genius gifts to give, pieces to inspire within the home and lots of ideas to spark children's imagination.
A wonderful world of cardboard creativity awaits.
kidsonroof = creativity + imagination + sustainable approach + great to play with - / - visual pollution for the grown ups!