Friday, 31 July 2009

Holiday projects and a Lolly Pad freebie

Hi all hope you are having a good summer so far (despite the weather in the UK). The kids are off school and so I am busy trying to keep them amused when it's raining. We made viking boats from milk bottles (6 pint plastic ones) and I am kicking myself that I didn't take photos as they were really cool!
We also made Jar Terrariums. I did take some photos of these.
First the supplies: polymer clay in red, beige, and white (fimo, sculpey are good); a decent size jar ( jam or preserving in our case); small pebbles/stones; compost; moss (scraped from my patio) and small plants (we used house leeks).

We made some toadstools from the polymer clay: just create a small squat sausage of beige clay and top it with a rounded cone of red clay. Roll small balls of white and press on to the red cap. Bake in the oven using the instructions for the type of clay you used. Let them cool thoroughly before placing them in the gardens.

The Terrarium

First make sure your jar is clean and dry. Layer the stones so that they just cover the bottom of the jar. Now layer the soil to about a third of the jars depth. Place the house leeks ( or other small plants ) on the soil and fill in the areas of bare soil with the moss. You can tear the pieces to fit. Lastly place your cooked toadstools in your garden.

If I had two girls I would probably have printed out some fairies on acetate and hung them from the lid by some wire. The boys flipped when I made this suggestion and immediately ran for their star wars lego soldiers, I managed to take the photos before the gardens were invaded by clone troopers.

I think they are lovely and I can't wait to try one on a much larger scale for myself.

A freebie

I designed some little lolly notepads. Shaped like Ice Lollies and in Orange, Lime, Strawberry and grape 'flavours' these are perfect to carry in a pocket or handbag. They could also be used in scrapbooking as a journalling booklet. Size approx 4 1/4 x 2 1/8 ins (10.8 x 5.4 cms)

Choose from Orange/Lime or Strawberry/Grape or make them all.


: ) Estazia

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