Making a recycled bird feeder

JoCraft, Family Life

Recycled bird feeder in a tree

The birds are back in town, or strictly speaking, our gardens. Busily hunting for food their presence presents a great opportunity for making a recycled bird feeder to hang outside. It could adorn a bare branch or an empty hanging basket bracket. What’s more this is a lovely creative task that can be enjoyed as a family. Many birds don’t … Read More

Spring Inspired Family Activities

JoCraft, Family Life

Yumbles chocolates

Spring is always a great time to get creative and inject colour into our home and garden. It finally feels as though the long dark and often grey winter days are lifting when we spot signs of snowdrops, croci and daffodils poking through. Whether the school holidays or simply a free weekend, I thought I would share some of the … Read More

Getting Creative – Origami Bookmarks

JoCraft, Family Life

Origami bookmark in use

I love origami. There’s a calmness to it that really appeals to the crafty, creative side of me. The little sliver of me that wants ‘quiet time’ as Chief calls it. When I was growing up in Leamington Spa, one of the things that I remember was the grand opening of the Royal Priors Shopping Centre in 1988. It was … Read More

Mud and Bloom Review

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Mud & Bloom box review by Cup of Toast

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I enjoy being outdoors, and how much I encourage my boys to take notice of the natural world around us. Anything that ignites their enthusiasm and passes on knowledge of planting, growing and nurturing will always be a sure hit with me. I was delighted, therefore, when Mud & … Read More

Tissue Paper Vases

JoCraft, Family Life

Featured image tissue paper vase

Tissue paper vases – I love these. I seriously love these. I think that they are one of my favourite quick and easy but very effective craft activities, and they make super gifts. They can add a really sweet touch to a room in your own home too and they look fab when filled with daffodils or other spring time … Read More

Squidgydoodle Superhero Adventure

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POW! picture

Squidgydoodle. You may recall that I introduced you to Debbie at Squidgydoodle last autumn when we tested out her lovely Winter Wonderland box. We were so impressed, Munch even took his finished creation to bed with him! So when Debbie asked if we would like to try out her Squidgydoodle Superhero Adventure box we jumped at the chance. There are … Read More

Creating bookmarks

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Flower bookmarks

Making bookmarks with your children can be so much fun. In our house it perfectly connects the joy of reading with the excitement of producing something practical. I love seeing the creations that my boys come up with which are often both better and more imaginative than my own. The styles, shapes, colours and patterns that are either meaningful to … Read More


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Snow scene with snowmen and a penguin

Do you love the idea of a beautifully selected craft box dropping onto your doormat to enjoy with your children? I do! So I am excited to introduce you to Debbie and her company Squidgydoodle. Debbie sent us a Winter Wonderland craft box to review*.  The boys are delighted and absolutely love it. I confess I am very taken too. … Read More