How to make a mason jar shaker card

The perfect ‘Thank You’ card

This home-made mason jar shaker card has an extra little secret – you can lift the lid and take out the messages inside! Perfect as a ‘thank you’ card for teachers, you can personalise it any way you like, and the kids can add their own drawings and notes too. Want to make one? Read on to find out how I did it, and get my FREE mason jar shaker card download to make your own.

DIY mason jar shaker cards

You can fill these fun DiY mason jar cards with anything you like!

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How to make a magical twig ball lantern

How to Make a twig Ball Lantern

Whether you love fairytale multicolour twinkles or a soft, golden firefly glow, a twig ball lantern can add a really enchanting touch to a party, wedding, or festival. No party to decorate for? Hang them in a corner of your garden to add a touch of magic to long, summer evenings. You don’t need specialist equipment, a willow tree wood or vineyard full of grapevine to make them either – the kids and I made ours with trimmings from the common garden climbers that regularly take over our back yard.

Want to make some too? Of course you do – everyone needs a twig ball lantern in their life! So read on for the full tutorial…

A colourful twig ball lantern hanging in the garden

This beautiful twig ball lantern was made just with cuttings from the garden and a string of cheap LED lights.

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Linocut Project – Harry Potter’s Firebolt

I’ve made a simple Harry Potter linocut of a Firebolt broomstick as part of a project I’m working on for G-Man’s birthday. It’s intended to be the first of a few themed Harry Potter linocut prints, and though I have something very specific in mind for it, I  couldn’t help but play around with a few other ideas too.

lino print of Harry Potter's firebolt broom

Making a linocut print of Harry Potter’s Firebolt broomstick – kitchen table art!

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Feeding the Family… Orange and Blackcurrant Victoria Sandwich

We are big fans of a classic Victoria sponge cake in our house, but this orange and blackcurrant Victoria sandwich cake variation is also a favourite with it’s hint of zingy citrus flavours, tangy mascarpone cream filling and sharp blackcurrant. It looks so pretty, it makes a great cake for special occasions too, but is really easy – and cheap! – to make.

orange and blackcurrant Victoria sandwich cake recipe

Try this recipe for our delicious take on the traditional Victoria Sandwich sponge cake.

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Steampunk-Victorian Chic Bathroom Makeover!

After seven years of living with the grottiest bathroom on the planet, we’ve finally managed to update it – huzzah! ​Now I realise this blog isn’t really about interior design, but I was so excited I had to share it.

Little girl in bright bathroom with colourful floor and cupboard.

A colourful and fun take on a steampunk bathroom.

Yes, it was bad. Oh so very bad. Nasty dark green tiles on every wall, wrinkled linoleum, a mouldy bath and cracked sink.  Not to mention manky old exposed pipework sticking out of the wall over the bath taps. Yuk…

It’s amazing what you can live with (seven years!!), but now we finally have a beautiful, fun, funky and actually rather peaceful bathroom of our very own.

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How to Make Willy Wonka’s Hat…

Instructions for a DIY Wonka hat like Gene Wilder's

You only need cardboard and glue for this quick but impressive make – soon we’ll all be rockin’ Wonka Hats!

I’ve been making a few odds and ends with the kids over the holidays in preparation for this September’s Scarecrow Festival (yes, I know it’s still only August!). Last year I managed to rope in friends on my street to do Alice in Wonderland scarecrows. This time our scarecrows will be characters from Roald Dahl’s books, in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. I’ve got grand plans for our tableau (which will be a character and scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and one of the things I wanted to include was Willy Wonka’s iconic hat, laid casually on his desk as if he’d just popped away for a moment. Making the Wonka hat turned out to be surprisingly easy – read on to see how I did it!

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Alice in Wonderland Scarecrow Festival

One of the many wonderful community events run in our local neighbourhood is the annual scarecrow parade that takes place every September.  This year, I really wanted to get involved and so corralled some of my friends and neighbours on our street into doing our scarecrows on the same theme.  In honour of this year’s 150th anniversary of the publication of the book, we themed our scarecrows around Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland scarecrow - playing card gardener painting paper roses red

Our scarecrow Playing Card Gardener from Alice in Wonderland – painting the white roses red!

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