Saturday, 26 July 2014

Stringing Beads - a relaxing afternoon!

A big bowl of beads and charms and thread - 
what pleasure there is in stringing beads!

Easy and fun for all ages and abilities - 
we are going to try Loom Bands next...!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Printable Quiz - William and Thomas - What are their Surnames?


 So many famous people are called William or Thomas...

Here are twenty for you to work on, with your groups - ten of each name


 Quiz - William and Thomas - What are their Surnames?

If you want more of my Quizzes - all Printable with Answers, have a look at my eBook  41 Easy Printable Quizzes with Answers

Nothing better than a good quiz, over a cup of tea, to stimulate and share memories. Enjoy!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Make Fun Summer Hats Collage - Tutorial!

Fun Summer Hats Collage!
This week we decided to celebrate Summer (at last!) by making some Fun Summer Hats Collages. Easy for any age or ability and some striking results - quite the thing for Ascot we believe!!

What you will need...

A4 sheets white printer paper
Decorative paper / thin card for hat
Embellishments - cutouts of flowers, butterflies,  buttons, ribbons, bows - these can also be the kind you stick on gift parcels - glitter and anything else you have on hand...
Glue sticks (any glue really, but the sticks are less messy and dry quickly)
Double sided adhesive pads to attach bows etc
A4 sheet of card to glue the finished hat onto

How to make it...

Print out the Hat Template

Turn your print over and draw the same shape on the other side of your paper. Easy way is to hold it against a window so you can see see through the paper...

Now work on this side (your drawn hat outline) 



Cut strips/shapes (whatever you want) of decorative paper/thin card and glue them across the hat shape - overlap each piece and go over the edges of the hat shape line.


When this has dried, turn your paper over and cut out your hat from the shape on the back of your sheet.

Now the fun part ...Add your embellishments...Buttons, bows, flowers, ribbons, glitter etc

Here are some Flower Templates you can use 

When you are happy with your hat, stick it onto an A4 sheet of card, at a jaunty angle and stick something in the corner to finish it off!


And here are some of our hats we made at Mencap...





 Have fun with your group as we celebrate Summer!


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Our South African Wall Mural is finished...

Our South African Wall Mural at Mencap, Braintree is now complete...

The super-impossed flag on the map of SA was created by glueing on small screwed-up pieces of tissue paper and the ocean using flat sheets of tissue. 

Our class loved choosing and colouring-in the animals and of course Nelson Mandela had to be included - plus Rugby!

To complete the frame we strung coloured pasta "beads" in loops down the sides and across the bottom edge. 

Having just returned from a trip over there, I can say that South Africa is a beautiful, vibrant country with friendly people and so much to see and enjoy...
Thank you South Africa!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Good Luck England!




2014 World Cup



      


26th June - Home already?? Ah Well - Better luck next time...!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Felt Owls and Hearts for Fund Raising - Tutorials

 
 














As we are always looking at ways to raise funds for Mencap, I have been working on some craft and sewing that we can sell. 

If you would like to make some of the same, I have put together a tutorial.

Felt Owl

You will need...

Felt - main colour (2 pieces) is 14 x 13cms
Felt - Scraps of other colours for wings etc
Googly eyes (or buttons)
Ribbon - 40cms
Glue
Embroidery thread
Batting/Wadding - approx 13 x 12cms

How to make...

Cut out your felt pieces as per the pattern
 
Felt Owl Pattern

Plus a triangle of felt for the beak (not on the pattern)

Take one of the main pieces and attach the wings, leaving about 1/2 cm of body showing on the edges as per below. Use 3 strands of embroidery thread and a  simple running stitch.
 
 Stitch on the black eye "mask" and the the two circular eye patches. For the patches I used blanket stitch. Stitch the "feathers" between the wings. (see on final photo)
Cut your batting in the same shape as you body but about 1cm smaller all round.
Attach the back to the front body using blanket stitch and at the same time stitch in the folded piece of ribbon, between the ears.
Glue on the Googly eyes (or buttons) and glue on the felt beak.

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Felt Hearts


You will need...

Felt - main colour (2 pieces) is 15 x 15cms
Felt pieces - buttons - bows - embellishments  to decorate.
Ribbon - 28cms
Batting / Wadding approx 14 x 14cms


How to make...

Cut out two felt hearts from pattern
 
Heart Template

Decorate one heart with felt flower, buttons, bows or any other bling.

Cut batting in heart shape, but about 1cm  smaller all round and lay on back heart and put front heart on top.


Stitch around edge (I machine stitched, but can be done by hand if preferred) catching a loop of ribbon into centre top.  

Trim with pinking shears for a zigzag edge if so desired!

Hope these felt crafts help you make some funds for your group...

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Some Easy Card Fridge Magnets

Card Fridge Magnets

We made Card Fridge Magnets at Mencap this week - the square boards are pieces of a floor jigsaw puzzle - we just turned them over and worked on the white backs!

The coloured card we shaped into "Labels" and punched a hole centre top.

After decorating with stickers and bling we finished some with a name, initials and a ribbon.

On the other side of the card, we stuck strips of self-adhesive magnetic tape (we got ours from eBay) and they were ready to be popped onto the fridge for everyone to enjoy!

Try making yours!

We are also making a new Wall Mural - this time on the theme - South Africa!  Having just been there for a short holiday, visiting family, it seemed a good idea to bring some sunshine back to UK! 


So watch this Blog - will be finished in a few weeks time...

Friday, 16 May 2014

Try Volunteering to Help the Elderly and Others in Your Community


When one sets out to volunteer, the main objective appears to be, to give your time and expertise to others who need it. The remarkable thing about volunteering is the gradual realisation, that actually, this is not a one-sided affair after all.

You gear yourself up to be the "Giver" and are constantly surprised at how much of the time, you are actually the "Receiver"...

The receiver, of not just of knowledge or practical know-how, although it is inevitable that you will learn the truth of the saying "The more you teach, the more you learn".

It is also the experiencing of the completeness you feel in your existence, through sharing and in giving of yourself to others.

Volunteering seems like doing some sort of work for no pay, or any other kind of remuneration. Actually volunteering should not be related to employment at all.

Volunteering is a social, community function, which should be carried out at some time by us all...as a moral duty.

There is no getting away from the fact that we need employment in order to live our lives, house, clothe and feed ourselves and our families.

But apart from that, we need to care for each other in our community, by giving of ourselves and our time, in any way we can.

No community can thrive and grow without volunteers. There is not enough money to go around to pay someone to do every job that needs doing.

A community with no volunteers, would not have many of the facilities that we take for granted, such as Day Centres, Guides, Scouts, Sports Clubs, First Aiders, Charity Shops and many more. Have a look around your local area - talk to people, search online, visit day centres, schools, hospitals, charity shops, churches - you will be amazed at how many volunteers are needed to keep your community going.

Decide on what you would like to help with. It is far better to volunteer to help with something that interests and appeals to you.

A volunteer, with passion for what they are doing, is a treasure indeed!

The world is burdened with many problems at this time - we can't help everyone, but if everyone helped someone, wouldn't the world be a better place?


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Celebrating St George's Day - England's National Day

Bluebells - Stisted, Essex
Mersea Island, Essex

St George's Day is England's National Day - 
let us celebrate our beautiful country...
Norfolk Broads


A Field of Poppies in Suffolk
Yorkshire Dales

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Classic Books - An Easy Printable Quiz - Fill in the Adjective and Author!





















This quiz should appeal to all book lovers, but especially those who love the old classics. 

Each of the ten questions has two answers - "Fill in the Adjective in the Title" and then "Who is the Author?" 

Here is the link - with Answers in case you get stuck...!

Classic Books Quiz

Enjoy the challenge and if you want more quizzes for your group do have a look at my eBook 41 x 10 Easy Quizzes with Answers


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Easter Bunting to Celebrate Spring! Tutorials!

We made our Easter Bunting using different shapes as well as the traditional triangular flags. The Easter Eggs you see were made following this great tutorial Paper Strip Easter Egg  by Merrilee.

We also printed bunny pictures (loads to be found on Google) which were coloured-in and stuck on.

Below, the black flags have been decorated with Easter die cuts (found on eBay) and pom poms.

The chicks we bought ready-made and made them a "nest" with two small paper plates. See here how to do this.


For more Easter ideas just put Easter into the Search Box at top right of my Blog - have fun with your groups...

Friday, 28 February 2014

Printable Quiz - Fill in the Gaps - Capital Cities of the World...




This quiz is about Capital Cities of the World - but to help you along I have given you some of the letters in each of the city names. 




 Here is the link - Quiz and Answers!

Capital Cities of the World


If you want more quizzes for your groups have a look at my eBook - 


Loads of fun, with a variety of Quiz subjects...

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Six Printable Birthday Placemats to Colour In!



 Make someone's birthday really special - when you lay the table for breakfast or for any other meal or at teatime - print, colour-in and place on the table, one of our Birthday Placemats - right where that special person will be sitting...


Here are 6 Birthday Placemats


Enjoy the day with them...!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

More Face Cloth Easter Bunny Ideas!


It's three years since I posted a tutorial on making up these Face Cloth Easter Bunnies! See it Here

We have made some again this year, to raise some funds for our Mencap Arts and Crafts group and instead of using ribbon around the middle bit, we have used elasticated hair bands. 

These cost less than ribbon (we bought a card of 20 for £1) and are very easy to use....And we think they make a pretty belt! 

For the Boy ones we used plain hair bands as you can see in the photo above.


So have fun making your Easter Bunnies - they make lovely gifts and with a face cloth to keep after the Easter Eggs have all been devoured...or like us you can use them to make some funds for your group!

Do send in your photos of your Easter Bunnies (or any other craft or paintings) to Our Gallery for us all to share...Thanks!