Today I’m doing a very simple project but with a lot of memories in mind.
I didn’t keep any of my first child’s clothing (he is 12 now) and I wish I did.
At that time I thought the good thing was to give them away. After all, there are plenty of less fortunate people around, and because I move so much, I didn’t see the point in keeping any of his clothes.
I still give almost everything away, but this time I keep some of my favorite shirts (not in case I’ll have another kid), but because I like the memories each piece holds.
So with that in mind, I thought I could make something that I would actually wear, get to see and enjoy.
This is what you’ll need: • Any piece of clothing you love, or maybe don’t love it so much since it will be cut • Favorite buttons • Needle and thread • Oh, and an iron would be nice – to flatten the pieces
Then simply cut some pieces of the shirts or whatever you are using, mine are 12 x 2 cms.
Iron, and fold to make a sort of bias.
Then just make a rosette using whatever pieces of fabric you prefer, and attach the button.
You can also embroider little initials or embellish anyway you want.
I hope you feel inspired to rescue those pieces that have been lying in a box for a long time.
The best presents we can receive are handmade things, especially if they were made by your own kids. I have a necklace that my now 12 year old son made for me when he was 5. I remember his sweet little face, so proud of what he had done, and even prouder face when he saw me actually wearing it. I wore it (A LOT).
I have always treasured and loved this necklace.
So I was thinking that with all the rage of painted wooden beads out there, wouldn’t it be nice to paint some with your kids to give to aunts, cousins, friends??
What you will need:
• Wooden balls – sold at most craft stores
• Any paint in your preferred color – I used acrylic
• String or thread
• Blue tack or play-doh for placing the beads to dry
If you have little kids check out this very cute idea to help them with the painting of the wooden balls.
My little helper was my older son, so there was no need for sticks to help him with the painting. We just covered what he didn’t wanted to paint with washitape, and it was perfect to hold the ball from the tape.
Paint two coats for a stronger color and leave to dry.
Then just string the thread, and… Wear it, or give them as gifts. I think I’m keeping one for me!
Making a small pouch to put the necklace in adds another dose of cuteness to the gift, especially if it is personalized.
For my first post as a contributor I wanted to make something simple, easy and for everyone to be able to enjoy. But guess who ended up running with a kite behind them? Yes, that is us. Maybe times have changed? Maybe I have two kids with the wrong ages for this activity? But the kites looked so pretty it seemed such a shame to not enjoy them. In case you happen to like kites as much as I do, and have kids in the appropriate age, then read along.
They are quite easy to make and I’ll bet you have everything that you’ll need for this in your home. What you’ll need:
Tissue paper Crepe paper Thing string and twine Barbeque sticks Glue stick
Instructions: Cut the sticks in the desired size. Tie them in the middle.
With a long piece of string make a square. Tie it on each end.
Cut the piece of tissue paper in the size of the square, and fold over the string. Do it on each side, make sure the paper is a bit tight.
Tie the twine on three ends like shown, this is where the long piece or handle will tie to.
And don’t forget the tail. Make bows with the crepe paper, or just tie long pieces of tissue paper.
Then just go to the park and watch how nice they look. They also look quite nice on the wall.
Or you can make really small ones and give them as favors at your next party.
I met Giova via an after The Hive small Amsterdam coffee meet up. These coffees became a bit more regular and one day we met for breakfast. Breakfast dates became regular and we just talked about everything and occupied “our corner” at Le Pain Quotidien for some time these mornings…
Giova writes a blog where she shares her love for crafts and small nice shops, some traveling and more. And us moving away I thought it would be lovely to have Giova here on Paul & Paula as a contributor – bringing you some nice crafty ideas.
Of course it is a bit selfish too, because like this we will keep in touch because I will miss these breakfasts with her… a lot!
Her first post for Paul & Paula will be published shortly…