Monday, October 20, 2014

Loom Band Lucky Charms

You all know I'm nuts about loom bands! I was given a free packet of pink, green & white loom bands from Paddy Power Bingo to have some fun with. So I thought that making some "lucky charms" would be fitting!

Snake Charm!

I adore making these snakes. I've made them for my kids before and they like playing with them. Snakes are the first toy animal I tried making with loom bands and still the one I like best!

I got the tutorial for this from MarloomZ Creations

Owl Charm!

How cute is this owl? It's perfect for a phone charm or to fasten onto a little bag. Owls were a request by my kids and took a lot of practice to get right! Georgie loves the owls almost as much as he snakes - in fact he's claimed this one for himself before I've even finished the blog post!!!

I got the tutorial here: TutorialsByA

Charm Bracelet!

My own :-)  Because you can't do a loom band post without at least one bracelet! 

This is an "inverted fishtail" which you can find all over YouTube with 3 little charms threaded on.

What lucky charms would you make?


Disclaimer: I was sent a packet of loom bands in Paddy Power Bingo for free with the only request being that I mention their brand and add a link to their site.



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Freddie at 12 weeks!

Awww! Our Freddie is 12 weeks old already! How did that happen? How has it been 12 whole weeks?

He really is Fantastic Freddie too.

His brothers still adore him to the point of smothering him. He still screams when ever Daddy picks him up (on account of being "not da mama!") and he still loves Mummy best. He is still exclusively breastfed. He is still predominantly worn in a sling over being pushed in a pram (coz he hates lying in the pram). He still spends a LOT of the night in our bed! And he is a very happy little man.

In the last few weeks he has found his smile - and it's a cracking one! He's becoming very chatty and he giggles. The boys love that he says the same thing they did as babies "Ahh-goooo!" He hates having a mucky bum and is the only one of my babies who has ever liked having his nappy changed. He seems to love it! If he's crying because he's mucky and then realises that he's been laid on his change mat, he is suddenly all smiles. He doesn't even cry at being cleaned with cold wipes or having his bum cream applied! All his brothers SCREAMED when they were his age!

He likes to face outwards in the sling now, so he can see more. He likes to watch his brothers and Daddy while they potter about doing their normal every day things. He loves to sit on my knee when the bigger boys read their school books, cooing and ahgooing at them while they read - I swear he thinks he's having a conversation with them!

He wants to sit up all the time. He wants to chew things all the time. He is getting closer and closer to being able to put things in his mouth himself.... and I'm not really looking forward to that bit! He likes to push with his feet and try to stand up when I hold him on my knee. I'd love to try him in the bouncer - but his brothers would only swing him all over the place. The baby gym is currently useless as every time I lay him on it he either goes to sleep or get mobbed by his brothers who just want to play with him.

These weeks and months are flying by. It would be just perfect if I could freeze time right now... and spend forever with my boys just as they are right now.  I love being their mum!



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eddy the Sock Teddy

Meet Eddy Teddy!

It's amazing some of the things you can find in the pound shops in town. I'd trawled them all this week looking for bits n bobs for Jack's homework project, and stumbled across this Sock Teddy Kit. I figured "for a pound... what can I lose if it's just tat?"

It's not just tat.

It's a Crafty Kidz Make Your Own Rainbow Teddy Bear. I'd share a link with you for them, but I cannot find them on Google at all. The kits are for sale all over eBay though.

In the kit you get a sock, some stuffing, thread, needle, and the buttons for the belly, eyes, and nose. And very simple instructions.

I spent a very chilled evening sat with my feet up and the telly on, snipping, sewing, and stuffing. And voilĂ ! One cute little bear. Although - as someone on Facebook said - it looks less like a bear and more like Henry's Cat on Acid. That suits me fine though!

The kids adore it! I have been ordered to return to the pound shop and buy another 3 kits so that they can all have one. Sadly there were none left. But I do now have the instructions... and kids who lose socks ALL THE TIME making an almost infinitely sustainable supply of odd socks. I even have a big bag of stuffing left over from a previous craft project. So all I need to ebay now are some cute buttons!

Prepare yourself for more sock critters popping up on the blog between now and Christmas!



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