Sunday, 17 September 2017

Monster Wall Hanging ~ Bostik Challenge

Its September already and Autumn is here, the nights are drawing in and soon it will be winter. I hate the dark evenings and just want to hibernate when its cold and dark. I am definitely a summer person. This Sunday the weather was awful, there was intermittent rain throughout the day and the wind was rather breezy.

My Sunday was cheered up by my monthly visit from my Little M my crafting buddy. However there was not much we could do outdoors so we were both cooped inside watching the rain. We enjoyed our smoothie making session which is our regular ritual before we start crafting. Berries were the flavour of the week so we created a delicious blackberry coconut smoothie.


It's so lucky that to occupy our time we had the September Bostik Challenge Box awaiting to be opened. The theme for September is Monsters, I let little M look through the box and choose some papers, and crafting bits and we set about to make a monster wall hanging.


To make your own Monster Wall Hanging you will need:


1 piece A 4 Black Card for body
Coloured Card for mouth
Purple foam for fangs and eyes
2 Stick on eyes
6 Pipe cleaners
2 Foam feet cut outs
2 Foam hand cut outs
Pencil
Scissors
Bostik Glue
Sellotape

Instructions:

1. On the black card draw any shape that you want for the monsters body.
2. On The coloured card cut a oval wiggly shape and cut a half moon mouth out like in the picture



3. Cut out two oval eyes from the purple foam and cut two triangular fangs.
4. Stick the mouth shape on the monsters body with the Bostik glue
5. Stick the purple oval eye shapes onto the face and stick on the stick on eyes.



6. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil to make a coil and repeat for all six pipe cleaners.
7. To make the feet pierce a hole in the foam and push the end of the pipe cleaner in and wrap it on it self to secure. Repeat for the second foot. Do the same this time using the hand cut outs.



8.  On the right and left sides of the body about 1cm in,  pierce a hole with the pencil very carefully and secure the pipe cleaner by threading the end through the hole and twisting it on it self.
9. At the bottom of the monsters body pierce two holes on either side and secure the leg pipe cleaners by pushing the pipe cleaner through the hole and wrapping it on it self to secure.
10 For the antenna pierce two holes on either side of the top of the monsters body and thread the pipe cleaners in and secure by wrapping it on it self.


11. The monster wall hanging is ready to hang up.



This craft is suitable  for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors  and using sharp pencil.
If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children this summer.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects

Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Basic kitchen essentials when furnishing a flat.

In my last two posts I have written about 10 things to do when renting a flat and look out for when choosing a flat to rent, I then followed a post about furnishing the flat with basic essentials and finally this post is all about what basic kitchen essentials we bought for the flat.

Although it is not essential and compulsory to have all these items, it certainly makes life easier if you do have them, especially if you are a foodie and enjoy cooking and spending time in the kitchen.

Below is a list of items we added to the kitchen.:

1. Kettle, this is just a basic design that does the job.
2. Toaster, Sandwich toaster, both these items are handy and extremely useful. It saves having to use the grill in the oven and much safer.
3. Microwave, not essential but really handy to warm up food and make quick speedy meals.


4. Plates, bowl, mugs, glasses, these are essential and a necessity in any kitchen.


5. Microwave safe glass dish and server, I love having these as you can cook nad serve in the same container.
6. Food storage containers, always useful to have to store cookies, cereals, spices, grains to keep them fresh.


7. Cutlery spoons, forks, knives, teaspoons, these are an essential item and a must in any kitchen.


8. Cooking utensils such as chopping knife, paring knife, kitchen scissors, wooden spoons, silicon spatula, whisk, grater. I like these items as some of them are two in one saving space .



9.Disposable chopping boards, these make clean up easy and less chances of cross contamination.




10. Saucepans, frying pan, wok, these basic cookware is again another essential to cook in.
11. Baking trays, roasting tin, pie dish.


12. Place mats and coasters.
13.Oven gloves and tea towels
14. Sink Tidy, This handy sink tidy will hold the washing up liquid, scourers,sponges and dishcloth in this rotatable sink tidy.


15. Single Tea Server- This is must for a tea drinker!!!



The kitchen is now fully equipped and has everything for meal preparation, storage and serving. Many of the items featured in this post were gifts from brands which we are very grateful. All the items have been extremely useful and we will make full use of them.

We would like to thank Sainsburys Home for the crockery, OXO for the bakeware, Aldi for the saucepans, Gourmet gadgetry for the sandwich toaster, Pavara for sink tidy and also Tomorrows Kitchen who provided the turner and  tongs, vegetable knive and brushutensil tidy, vacuum storage containersHerb and spice pots, disposable chopping boardssingle serve steamer and the single tea server. 

Its personal choice of each individual how they equip their kitchen and this depends on how much they are going to spend time in the kitchen and if they plan to cook or not. My daughter like me is a foodie, she loves cooking so some items that we have added may not be necessary for those who don't have an interest in baking etc.

What items do you think is necessary to equip in a kitchen??? Can you recommend anything else we could have added???

Monday, 11 September 2017

Furnishing a flat with basic essentials.


In my previous post I wrote about the 10 essential things that you need to check before you move into your new flat. Assuming that everything is in order and you have signed the contract and are now holding the keys in your hand, the next thing to do is to clean, dust and furnish the flat.
My advise is that clean the flat whilst its empty, this way you can clean in every nook and cranny and be assured that its spotless. Also use a carpet freshner when vacuuming to refresh the carpet and remove any odours.

The next step is to furnish the flat, this we kept to a basic minimum. You can source furniture from charity, shops, check local papers for things to sell, check on facebook groups for local areas where people want to giveaway stuff. However the drawback of this is that everything will be mismatched and you cannot get all the furniture you require at the same time. Also even if the furniture you get is free you will have to find a mode of transport to get it to your flat and get it up the stairs. So in the long run it may not be practical.


Having weighed up all the pros and cons we decided to buy new. Ikea was our out next stop, we ordered a bed, a wardrobe and chest of drawers for the bedroom, for the lounge/ diner a sofa bed and a small dining table and chairs. Finally we ordered a desk for studying as my daughter is going to be doing a practical training year so together with work she will need to study too.


                                Before                                                         After

Ikea do offer a service where they will deliver the items to your door for a fixed delivery charge, they also provide a service where they will build all the items for you for a set fee. We declined that and chose to make up the furniture our selves to save on the additional cost.

On delivery day all the items came flat packed, inside the boxes were assembly instructions which were fairly easy to follow. The trick with assembling flat pack stuff is to check you have all the parts before you commence and read over the instructions fully before starting. It took us two full days to assemble all the furniture.


Next we needed some curtains so we headed over to Dunelm and picked up some in the sale, armed with a sewing machine and lots of cutting and snipping  and sewing the flat has some curtains. My husband lent a hand fitting the new curtains to the tracks. With all hands on deck, the flat was cleaned hoovered, dusted, furnished  and and ready to move in.


It certainly has been hard work setting the flat up and making sure its in order before she moves in. However it is coming together nicely. The flat is furnished and below you can see the results.



Have you managed to get any great bargains or have suggestions on furnishing on a budget??? Do share your ideas in the comments section below.

In my next post I will share details of the kitchen, what basic utensils you will need and what  store cupboard essentials to stock.

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