Something magical happened over the weekend….

My kids were disagreeing over something (to put it politely), while I was trying to work at my computer, and basically all hell was breaking loose around me. After several attempts to quieten things down to no avail, I gave up on the computer and silently got out my drawing pad. Then continued to work on my illustration for this weeks challenge theme: Black & White.

All of a sudden. Silence.

Then: “Whatcha doing Mummy?”.


“Whatcha drawing?”


"Black & White" in progress
“Black & White” in progress

Suddenly there was a little gathering at the table. A shuffling to get paper and pens, then more silence. Ok, this is not unusual for Miss 7, who would draw all day every day if she could. But for energetic little Mr 5 this is quite magical…

Mr 5: “I’m going to create a whole army of rats. There are going to be lots of them.” He then proceeded to draw and carefully cut out each rat (inspired by the movie Ratatouille I might add, not because we have a rat infestation). He spent a good few hours creating and cutting, happily commentating on each and every rat.

Army of rats

“This one is called Mister Wobbly Head, because he has a wobbly head.”

Mister Wobbly Head

Yes, he actually has a wobbly head, so why not call him Mister Wobbly Head? We can learn so much from 5 year olds. I inspired him to draw but he inspires me in so many other ways. And they didn’t fight for the rest of the day. Now that really is magic.

“Ratatouille” by Miss 7

Kid’s Christmas Craft

ImageWow, can you believe that it’s only 10 more sleeps to Christmas? We’re on the countdown in our house now that school has finished, but trying to keep the kids occupied with one of our favourite past times, Arts and Crafts. This year, with lots of gifts to send overseas to family, we decided to make a few of our own, and set to work making little tree decorations to send to Grandparents. This was the best activity for my kids as it involved clay – so exciting!! Clay is magical in our house – it guarantees peace and harmony for at least an hour…

Here are the “ingredients” for our clay decorations: We used small cookie cutters for the shapes, Fimo Modelling Clay (we used white but it comes in all different colours), interesting shapes to make patterns in the clay and Silver glitter paint to put the sparkle in. Oh and to finish them off we used red and white string to tie them onto our tree.

ImageFirst we flattened our clay, and punched out different shapes. Then, carefully put holes in for the ties, and decorated with different patterns.

ImageOnce dry, our next step was to add some sparkles, and pretty ties….

Image….and here are the finished decorations! Since these were for Grandparents, we “engraved” them on the reverse with a personal message, or you could use fingerprints too.

ImageImageWe were having so much fun, that we made extras, then went for a walk to collect some interesting looking branches. Placing the whole lot in a large silver vase we stood back to admire our hard work….

ImageOur finished decorations are not perfect, but I think that’s part of their beauty, and so much love and thought went into each one that was going to be sent overseas.