Sunday, April 24, 2011

School Holiday Stuff to do Part 3

More ideas BANGLES...
...to fills the school holiday days and entertain the little and not so little ones.The girls aged 3 to 15 enjoyed this activity. It's super cheap and relatively easy to do.
This idea has been used in many different ways in our house. A couple of years back we made some bangles for school fair they were cheap easy. While wandering through the "cheapo shop" I found some  plastic tubing (about 15m in fact for only $6.50) this one is bigger than the one we used last so we could put more interesting things in it.
You need plastic tubing- available from fabric or hardware stores
 Cut to desired length add about 1cm extra(- you stuff one end into the other).
 Fill with anything your heart desires- this time around we have used Easter egg foil rolled up into balls, glitter, tiny stars, scrap ribbon. Other things you could use are beads, seeds, coloured pencil shavings, your imagination is your only limit here.
 We used the blunt end of a skewer to stuff our foil beads in. Even miss 3 managed to create her own bangle.
It gets a bit tricky here so adult help may be required. Leaving about 1.5cm spare at each end pinch in end like so and stuff it firmly into the other end of the tube. dipping the plastic into hot water helped soften it enough to get a tight fit. 
 And finally here is a selection of our pretty bangles. Just a tip- the fine glitter may escape so a piece of clear sticky tape around the join will help keep it inside the bangle.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Boredom Busting Ideas from Tiny and Little

Check out this super Easy and super cute craft idea from the Tiny and Little Magazine. All of my kids had fun making them.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Not Long Now Until Magnolia Square

Magnolia Square

Is fast approaching and we have been absolutely flat out here at Myrtle & Grace Head Office (aka the kitchen table) getting ready with a whole new winter range for BOYS and Girls. A whole new image and "shop front" to launch there, Love to see you there! Check out Myrtle & Grace on the Retailer list, we're no 1!!! http://www.magnoliasquare.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=703&Itemid=158

Boredom Busting

School Holidays...

The kids are starting to drive Mummy batty and with so much yet to do before the approaching Magnolia Square @ Malvern town hall its hard to find the balance between play and work but, Miss 3 thought it would be a good idea to make some play dough. We are fans of the cooked type of play dough here, it's consistency seems to be more elastic and it last lots longer than the other type. Takes only 15 mins to prepare. I though I'd share out favourite recipe for play dough with you too...

Cooked Salt Dough

1/2 (half) Cup salt
1 Cup Flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 Table spoon cooking oil
1 Cup water
Powder Paint, Food Colouring or Natural Food based colours

Mix ingredients in a saucepan. Add food colouring (try beetroot for magenta or water from boiled gorse flower for yellow as natural colour alternatives)Cook on medium heat for 3-5 mins, stirring constantly until it becomes stiff. Store in and airtight container in fridge. It will last for quite a while and has the consistency of commercially produced play dough. Additionally for something extra special you can sprinkle in some glitter for that extra sparkle. Miss 3 is VERY happy with her barbie pink, sparkly play dough! All this and it's not even 9 am yet.

Have Fun!