About four years ago I bought a pack of veneer wood, about 15 sheets of terribly, terribly thin wood in different colours and grains. I bought it to make some monogram gift tags for my Christmas presents. The wood was so thin it kept snapping as I was cutting it so I got cross, shoved it in a cupboard and forgot about it … Till now… The other day I was looking around for crafty inspiration when I came across this at the lovely blog that is youaremyfave

Well, that totally inspired me to have a go and make something similar. I went for a more eclectic woodland and I wanted to incorporate my Most Favourite Bird Ever the Owl. Then as I can never stop myself doodling on a blank piece of anything I used a white pen to illustrate my trees and owls.

If you want to know how to make your own follow these instructions…

This mobile is super delicate but it does make the most beautiful noise when moving in a slight breeze. Oh, and if you want some veneer wood I found mine here on ebay

I can’t believe it’s practically been a whole year since I held my first proper published book Everything Alice The Wonderland Book of Makes. That was such an amazing moment when Hannah and I opened up our brown jiffy bags simultaneously so neither of us would see the book before the other and we saw the result of all our hard work. Well, now our sequel Everything Oz The Wizard book of Makes and Bakes is available to pre-order from Amazon. It has over 50 craft projects and recipes all inspired by the children’s classic The Wizard of Oz. Here is a little sneak peak of what went into making the book…

We had fun times making this book; shooting in a studio on one of the hottest days of the year thinking the air conditioning was broken as It Just Kept Getting Hotter and being told on the last day that we had it set to heat not cool, then though it had not rained for two months when we went to shoot on a farm it rained solidly for two days making our trip down the Yellow Brick Road decidedly soggy and see the picture of me bottom right? Well I’d just been rung up and told I’d been made redundant from my ‘proper’ job, so this shot for me was a complete blur as I lost all ability to concentrate properly from that point on. Ugh.

The book has some beautiful craft projects in it. From Giant Paper Poppies to the obligatory Ruby Slippers. There’s possibly the dandiest Cowardly Lion Glove Puppet you ever did see and the Emerald City Sweet Cart has a feast of treats and goodies everyone will love.

Our inspiration for the look and feel of the book came from L. Frank Baum’s love of traveling theaters, sideshows and the spectacle of early movie making. Hannah has done some amazing print and papercut illustrations (I love her cover illustration, it’s so bright and engaging) and for the design I looked at many of the sideshow and circus posters of the period and of course the original book illustrations by W.W.Denslow were lovely to work with.

So if you love the Wizard of Oz, love crafting and love bargains head over to Amazon and order your copy now!

So it’s Easter soon. This means chocolate, bunnies, chocolate, eggs, hot cross buns, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. But if you want to give a treat that is a little longer lasting then this bunny egg cosy is a perfect Easter gift. He is super speedy to make; cut out. Sew up. Done.

You can download the template here and below are the steps.

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If you aren’t a great fan of eggs you can always turn this little cutie into a soft toy by simply filling the bunny with toy stuffing and sewing up his bottom. Make sure you close the hole between his ears as well.

Favourite Easter joke
q. What do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole?
a. Hot cross bunnies.

My wonderful friend Lady E has a blog over here at Modernmummusthave.com. She’s having a baby soon and is always on the look out for stylish, beautiful things for the new baba’s room. Her post about cushions in the shape of clouds caught my eye recently and got my creative juices flowing. ‘I can totally do that’ is what I thought and then I thought ‘I can totally do that using an old jumper’. So I did and using these instructions so can you.

The jumper cost me £4 from a charity shop but I made some others using a cashmere jumper I (oops) shrunk in the wash. If you’ve got an old sheet or pillow case lying around you could use that for the lining fabric instead of buying some and if you use the stuffing from a cushion that’s seen better days you could do the whole project for actual free.