I have a rambunctious four year old, sometimes she is delightful, most of the time she is challenging. She’s four, it’s her job I suppose. After a year of resisting (even though it was recommended) I’ve implemented a reward chart. Turns out the stick method doesn’t really work with Emma, it also makes this household a stressful yelly full of drama place, so we are trying the carrot instead. Most of the charts I found online were quite specific with days or chores, I wanted something very simple because I don’t ask for much – just listen and be good.
I’ve created my own printable reward chart, go ahead and print yourself out a copy if you think it may work for you.
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Instagram is my favourite place ever (well at least virtually!) Where else can creatives from all over the world inspire each other without even having to know another language. It’s true that a picture speaks a thousand multilingual words.
Instagram is how I met Gaia Segattini, Italian fashion designer, craft blogger and author of “Handmade per imbranati-rinnova il tuo guardaroba“, which means “Handmade for dummies-Renew your wardrobe”. Continue reading →
With all the hub bub of this busy Christmas season, it’s so easy to get caught up in trivialities and forget how lucky we are that our children have the chance of getting a good education. At casa My Poppet we donate to children’s charities throughout the year, and it’s good to know that big companies like IKEA are doing their part too. For the last 10 years, the IKEA foundation has donated funds from their IKEA Soft Toy Campaign to help provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. This year it’s on again. Till January 5th 2014, for every IKEA soft toy or children’s book sold at IKEA, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (approx. $1.50 AUD) to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Continue reading →
Christmas hasn’t even arrived and I’m all ready day dreaming about summer holidays. Whilst our northern hemisphere friends are rugging up and preparing for a snowy Christmas, down here in OZ we will be cooling off in the pool and enjoying fresh tropical fruit.
In the spirit of embracing all things summer I’ve designed these Fun Fruit Keyrings from Hama/Perler beads, they are easy to make, and make great stocking fillers and Kris Kringle (Secret Santa) gifts.
Use them as key rings, or cute handbag charms. If you are embracing a summertime Christmas theme, why not add a hanging loop instead and use them as tree decorations.
I’ve included the patterns below, if your kids are old enough to play with beads, this would be a fun activity to do together, just make sure you do the ironing.
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I had a little brainwave a couple of weeks ago whilst going through my archives, an idea that unearthed all that great content buried under layers of blog posts that you are yet to discover, and wrapped it up with a pretty bow for you to enjoy.
I’m proud to present My Poppet’s Handmade Christmas Inspiration Guide, a colourful Christmas themed online magazine full of craft projects to decorate your home and give as gifts.
With over 35 ideas, projects, and recipe links from the My Poppet blog and around the web, you’ll be sure to find something that inspires your creativity this festive season.
Includes Christmas printables, gift wrapping ideas, gifts and Christmas decorations to make, as well as a crafty book gift guide.
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The other day Emma asked me if she could do some sewing. Hooray! After watching me stitch she is finally taking an interest in trying it herself. She described to me in detail how she would push the ‘very sharp’ needle in the fabric and not get hurt because she is ‘a big girl now and knows how to do it’.
Lack of confidence has never been Emma’s problem, but the reality is her fine motor skills still need some work, so going straight to a needle and thread would be super frustrating for her. So I improvised a weaving activity that would develop her motor skills and the very basic concept of sewing with a plastic canvas and pipecleaners. Continue reading →
I’ve had a few e-mails recently from readers looking for my Bat Wing Tutorial, it’s very popular at this time of year. So I thought I’d post a little Halloween Costume roundup from the archives of My Poppet.
All of these costumes can be put together with clothing and accessories that you may already have at home, and only require you to make one inexpensive accessory which takes less than a hour, making them ideal for last minute late night costume emergencies.
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Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals collector cards, available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for your children to collect.
We love playing dress ups at home, and with Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to make a cute Koala Mask inspired by the Aussie Animal cards we’ve been collecting. Get the kids involved with tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting, it will keep them entertained for a little while and will hardly cost you a cent.
This mask is easy to make and it’s likely you’ll have most of the materials required at home already. It’s a great way to upcycle cereal boxes, and I used the faux fur from the collar of an old coat I picked up at the op-shop (thrift store) for only $1. If you can’t find faux fur inexpensively try fluffing up some cotton balls.
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