Friday, 28 June 2013

Mencap celebrates 60th Coronation Anniversary!

Queen Elizabeth 11 - 60th Coronation Anniversary
We spent the last few Thursdays, at Mencap Braintree, putting together a wall-hanging, to celebrate 60 years since our Queen was crowned!

We started with a piece of wooden garden trellis and Shaun, our Art and Craft teacher, cut out a large paper crown. The crown was layered with pieces of kitchen foil, glued onto the paper with PVA glue. We attached the crown to the trellis with large "drawing pins" and left it to dry out.

We then sprayed the crown with a can of gold paint and while still wet, we sprinkled a bit of gold glitter over the surface. Gems were then stuck on and the "ermine cuff" made using toy stuffing - again glued on with PVA glue.

A photograph of the Queen and a gold "60" (also sprayed and glittered) was attached.

Lastly we wound the tissue flowers we made a few weeks ago onto the trellis around the crown...

Using wooden trellis as your "frame" why not make your own wall-hanging to celebrate something happening in your country, or even to celebrate a family or group occasion... Have fun!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Printable Quiz - Anagrams of Countries and Cities of the World - Printable

  As always, I see quizzes are the most popular, sought-after post on my Blog - so have put together a mixture of Anagrams of Countries and Cities of the World for you all to puzzle over! Not over simple, but all the countries and cities are well known.

Quiz - Anagrams of Countries and Cities

Let me know by posting a comment if there is any particular craft and activity you would like to see more of...helps me to decide what to post for you next!

Meanwhile enjoy the Anagrams Quiz...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Simple Garden Flowers


Just wanted to share some shots of flowers that my other half, Billy, has grown in our small Essex (UK) garden. All simple, common flowers, but the colours are bold and beautiful... 

So enjoy them with us!

Oriental Poppies and Oxeye Daisies

Oxeye Daisies

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial - the Easy Way!

Why are Tissue Paper Flowers so satisfying to make...? 

Especially now when tissue papers come in so many lovely, fresh colours. Do buy good quality tissue paper for your flowers - a bit of body in the paper will keep your blooms crisp and holding their shape. 

The picture above are my own Tissue Paper Flowers. These I made, following the tutorial by "Sew Sweet Stitches" - here is the link... Tissue Flower tutorial

Adjust the size of your sheets of tissue paper, if you want to make your flowers a different size or fullness - I ended up with four 8 x 4 inch sheets for each of my flowers.

Using our tissue flowers we (at Mencap Braintree) are going to make a wall display for the Queen's 60th Coronation anniversary - when it is finished I will put it on my blog - should be in the next few weeks...

Until then, have fun making your flowers!