Friday, 31 May 2013

Mencap - Our Australian Wall Mural

Over the past few months we have been working, at Mencap Braintree (Essex UK), on a new wall mural - Australia! This follows my recent trip over there with my other half, to celebrate his 70th and visit family. Thus the map of UK in the top left hand corner with an arrow showing us flying Qantas to Australia...!

The map was cut out of card and covered in screwed-up pieces of tissue paper which we glued on. 

Then the fun started - what did Australia mean to us in the UK? 

Kangaroos, Koalas, Kylie and Cricket were the foremost suggestions by our members...

Then we added lots of other animals and birds, plus of course sportsmen - cricket legend Don Bradman, and Ian Thorpe the Olympic swimmer. Vegemite followed, plus Bega Cheese and Burger Rings - all very yummy and Australian!

You will see at Merimbula (South of Sydney) Mariner Park Retirement Village is labelled - our Australian friends and supporters!

So - why don't you get together with your group and make a wall mural - the themes are endless - find something that relates to your part of the world or any place or subject of interest to you all. Have fun!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Three Bookmarks to Print and Colour In

So many of you have asked for more Bookmarks so here they are...

If possible print the Bookmarks straight onto thin card, but if your printer won't take card, then print onto paper and glue the bookmarks onto your card. Better to glue after colouring-in is completed!

Finishing... If you can laminate the bookmark, this will give the Bookmark greater durability. Also a hole punched in the top and a piece of cord or ribbon threaded through, will give your Bookmark added appeal....

If you want more Bookmarks (previously posted on this Blog) just type in BOOKMARKS into the Search box on top, right hand side.

A lovely little gift for family or a friend who enjoys reading!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Twenty Questions - General Knowledge Quiz!

Time for another quiz - Twenty Questions - General Knowledge Quiz

Quizzes are always popular and lead to much reminiscing, as the questions and answers stimulate memories and knowledge.

So get your groups together and start quizzing - have fun!

If you want more quizzes have a look at my Quiz eBook...

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Easy Button Felt Flowers - a New Bunch!


A few years back, I posted a tutorial on "An Easy Felt Flower to Make" and last week I decided to get our group at Mencap to make some fresh bunches!

I now have the pleasure of a Bigshot die cutting machine, so have been able to make a variety of different flowers with different shapes. If however you don't have access to a die cutter, the tutorial does give a few templates of flower shapes - they are simple shapes, but as they have to be cut by hand...!

So if you want to have a go at making these Easy Button Felt Flowers here is the link...  Felt Flower Tutorial

No Sewing or glueing - and so creative - the felt comes in such vibrant colours and there is an endless variety of buttons (metal or plastic, as long as they have a shank with a reasonably large hole) Mine came from eBay and Boot Sales...

We used empty spice bottles in which to display the flowers - but any jar will do!
Enjoy celebrating Spring!