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October 23, 2011

Kids Craft

On Friday evenings I help with a club for kids aged 9-11 at my church.  We do all sorts of fun and crazy activities but generally once or twice a term we have a more chilled out evening with optional activities and I do something crafty.

The aim is to have an activity that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, is suitable for boys and girls, doesn’t require too much help, is cheep and is cool/something that they’re interested in.  A couple of weeks ago we made these little guys…

...magnetic caterpillar pegs!!

They went down very well with the boys and girls.  They were fairly simple to make, a little fiddly but most managed them no problem.


  • wooden pegs
  • mini pompoms in varying degrees of mini-ness
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • magnet strip

Simply apply the glue to the peg, add the pompoms and eyes and then stick the magnet on the back (the magnet we had was self adhesive).

We used UHU glue which did work but took some time to stick and is a little delicate.  Something thicker like a glue gun would probably make them more robust.

I also put out a mix of stickers, ribbons, foam shapes and other bits and pieces and they made their own creations.  Unfortunately in the craziness I didn’t manage to get a picture of the kid’s handiwork.  But I have got my little sample bug stuck up on my fridge 🙂

October 16, 2011

A sketchy weekend

Each year with work we go away somewhere for the weekend to do some sketching along with a bit of team bonding.  As urban designers/planners, thinking and being creative is part of what we do, but sketching in the field isn’t and, therefore, its is not something the we (I) necessarily excel at.  But it is a good skill to have and it helps you to really look at a place and I have found that I have improved at it over the years (although I don’t tend to do any from one year to the next).

This year we went to the Cotswolds.  Despite it being less than 2 hours from Cardiff, it’s a part of the world that I have never been to before and it is beautiful!  We had amazing weather to explore Winchcombe (where we stayed), Bourton-on-the-water (a lovely little town with a river running through the centre) and Broardway (another gorgeous small town).

The sketching quality was mixed.  Sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind and I know they’re going to turn out rubbish.  I had a couple that ended up ok with a little finishing off still to do.  Here they (the better ones) are…

A view down the river in Bourton-on-the-water

A house in Broadway (a bit of finishing off still to be done)

A couple of views in Winchcombe (a bit quicker and slightly less focused this morning. And I can't draw cars to save my life!)

Also had to take a photo of this…

A shop in Winchcombe that sold shoes and pet things. An odd combination!

And a couple other pics…

Sudeley Castle

Cute row of houses

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October 5, 2011

New project low-down

Way too long since my last post.  This is due to general business, and not much of the making kind unfortunately.

But anyway, this is my latest project which is currently work in progress.  Here are the essential facts…

What: A quilt

Why: A present for a special person on a special birthday

Size: A lap quilt approx 60″ by 60″

Target finish date: Early November (making it by far my quickest quilt.  Not that hard given that the first one took two years!)

Design: I wanted to do a simple, square design as it suited the person I am giving it to and I figured it will be quickest.  I came across this quilt on a blog that I’ve recently started following and it looked perfect so I am doing something very similar

Fabrics: A mix of blue/greens selected from the vast range at the Quilt Festival.  I really love the patterned fabrics and I went with grey for the background colour because I like grey and thought it would be fresh but not too bright.  Turns out the person I am making it for has just got a new grey sofa, happy coincidence

Grey, blue, green colour palette


Progress: I’m just over two weeks in.  I’ve cut all of the squares and have pieced all of the strips.  Not a bad start but I’ve run out of grey fabric (I’m not great at planning these things!), so waiting for a trip to the fabric shop at the weekend

Strips pieced together


In the mean time: I’ve done a fair bit of baking, started my next baby blanket and had an amazing, unseasonably warm weekend away with friends.  See below…

Cherry and coconut cakes


Strawberry cheesecake muffins


Chocolate tiffin in the fridge


The state of my kitchen at the end!


Beautiful beach in West Wales

Next up date will be sooner (hopefully x)

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