I read this post from Emma Bradshaw about making indoor dens and it was so cold today we stayed at home this afternoon - perfect den-making time! Here are E and V enjoying the latest version of the den we made a while back here. We added bunting and fairy lights to make it a bit more magical. I just about managed to persuade E to sit still for a photo - the rest of the time she was jumping in and out and peeking behind all the blankets!
I took the girls to beautiful Bath today for a change of scenery and look what we discovered - The Makery Emporium. E loved the colourful window display and inside was a treasure trove of ribbons, buttons, fabrics and all sorts of whimsy displayed on vintage cake stands and tea-cups. My idea of heaven! I spoke to the owner Kate Smith and it's an off-shoot of The Makery which offers workshops including making lip balm, crochet, embroidery and upholstery. There are also children's workshops (age 6+) such as biscuit decorating and sewing machine lessons. Visiting shops like this, built on the passion and enthusiasm of their owners is such a joy. I have my eye on a knicker-making workshop next month and if my efforts end up wonky, well, at least no-one will ever know.
One 2 year old girl
One 8 month old baby
18 oranges and other stuff....sugar, water, lemons but NOT a torch, definitely not a torch.
Put 8 month-old on floor surrounded by cushions. Give 2 year old fruit to cut in half. Discharge 2 year old from duties when she starts to lick oranges and lemon halves. Juice all fruit and allow 2 year old to join when she renews interest in 'marmalade making game'. Remove torch from 2 year old. Give crying 2 year old chocolate biscuit upon demand. Pick crying 8 month old from floor and put in cot. Allow to sleep until recipe is complete. Move two-year old's pretend kitchen into real kitchen. Cut fruit skins into slivers whilst role-playing washing laundry with 2 year old. Go to soothe 8 month baby who is awake and crying despite previous recipe instruction. Abandon recipe and leave for Grandpa to complete.....
Strips of egg carton
Yellow and green tissue paper, torn into pieces
Green, red and yellow paint
Card for the eyes
Paint green and yellow eyes onto the card and leave to dry.
Use PVA glue to stick the tissue paper to the caterpillar body.
Cut the eyes from the card.
Stick the wire to the back of one of the eyes with sellotape.
Make two holes in the caterpillar head and thread the wire through.
Sellotape the eyes to the wire and trim as necessary.