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Craft Corner: All That Artwork

In my few weeks of maternity and annual leave waiting for Robin to arrive (currently on 40+6, one week into maternity after 2 solid weeks of holiday), I tried desperately to fill my mornings whilst Elvis was at nursery. Surprisingly, it was quite easy! As we moved house in the August of 2014, come January 2015, there was still some unpacking to do! But I used my “free” time to completely sort out the Junk Room (it’s now a spare reception room with our computers in) and the back door is no longer blocked so the garden can actually be accessed!

And then I ran out of tidying/unpacking/sorting to do. So, I cleared out my dropbox folders and my phone, maximising space for taking new pictures. Then I caught up on making some scheduled posts on to here (currently up to two months ahead!). Then I emptied out the VTech video camera Elvis found at my mum’s, backing them all up and creating space for more of his photos of blurry toys. Then I scanned in all of the artwork he had brought home from nursery up until Christmas. Then, finally, I made Thank You cards!

Elvis isn’t actually that arty a child. Neither I nor Daddy are in all fairness. Apparently at nursery, where he has free reign in to the craft room, he only ever goes in there when forced! Haha! So we don’t actually get that much art work coming home, but I still don’t know what to do with it! Then there’s the fact that it is a struggle to get him to do art at home. I gave him two thank you notes to decorate. He barely scribbled on one. I gave him two Christmas cards to “sign”, he barely scribbled on one. And then he remembers he’s done them and refuses to go back to them! My stubborn little boy!

Therefore I knew, the 6 cards I wanted him to make would take weeks and would never look good enough. However, the artwork that has been adorning our walls since June means something to me (probably from looking at it all day long!) and felt far more special to make thank you cards with. After scanning them, I resized a few on the computer and then printed them off before sticking them to some blank cards. I’ve seen some amazing things on pinterest about all that art work including printing them all on a small scale and framing them, cutting out shapes from each piece and making a new piece of themed artwork, or simply scanning them all and then making a huge photo book. I can’t bring myself to cut them up. Yet. He’s only done one term at nursery, we only had 15 pieces of art come home. I just can’t destroy them. Not yet. Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t. If I could have brought myself to cut them up, I would have used the originals to stick on the front of the Thank You cards, but I printed copies instead!

In the future, I do plan on adding scanned images to the photobooks I plan on creating. I can also see myself using the artwork not only on Thank You cards, but also in the Smash book that I will start on! But if you ever needed something to do with the art your toddler/child brings home and they are reluctant to create their own cards, Thank You cards are an option:

 

~ P

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Craft Corner: Wardrobe Dividers

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I got this idea from soooo many different pins on pinterest but decided on my own tools to make my own. I’d seen these clothes dividers way before I got pregnant with Robin and often thought that, although they look lovely, what would the point be?

I mean there are so many clothes in each range and so much washing to do, do people really hang up all of their baby clothes or use a drawer (I found drawers far more use and far less time consuming than hanging everything up). And then don’t the clothes for just one age range take up an entire wardrobe?

I guess if you’re given loads before you have Bubba, you might have need for it, but we simply didn’t have the space with Elvis. By the time he stared wearing proper outfits during the day, we ended up never putting him in half of them because we didn’t have them hung up! I’m quite pleased we have wardrobes for Robin!

Anyway, wardrobe dividers suddenly became useful because I suddenly have a need to hang up little clothes that I won’t continue to, but needed to sort. I’d sorted and separated all of Elvis’ clothes ages ago by age and gender (boys separated from gender neutral) for selling/passing on to family members, but then I got pregnant with Robin.

And I wanted to hang up all of the neutral clothes from newborn to at least 6 months so I knew what I had. I also hung up the newborn boys as we still don’t know the gender of Robin.

From pinterest I found lots of ways to make these dividers, but I thought they were all quite complicated. I simply found 2 circular objects of different sizes. Both have to be bigger than the clothes hanging pole, but not too big to not fit with the top of the wardrobe. Some pins recommended a CD type size and I found a large coffee cup that fit the bill. A small spice jar was ideal for the inner circle.

Using some thin cardboard (cereal packets) I drew around the coffee cup as many times as I needed, then the spice bottle inside the larger circle. Using scissors I drew around the larger circle and then into the lower circle and cut around the smaller. You need to cut through the large circle for it to hook on the wardrobe pole.

Using a plain, simple glue stick (I’m not looking at super longevity for these) I stuck the ring onto the patterned paper – I chose some Leeds United wrapping paper as Hubby would like it. And then cut around it all with a craft knife, including the inner circle. Then I repeated it for the other side. Cutting through into the inner circle each time, too.

Using some random cardboard sticky numbers I found, I labelled up the dividers. NB for newborn and then 3, 6, 9 etc. I didn’t have enough to label 0-3, 3-6 so just did the end of each size. Then I hung up all the baby clothes!
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A very nice simple craft to make (because I’m really not that crafty, I just like to try!)

~ P

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