It’s been a long time coming! Some ideas born in the head have a few months gestation period! Finally, this came out!
It all started with our volunteering youth. They were fund raising for a mission trip abroad and were looking for opportunities to serve within the local community – for donations. I was starting to think of freshening up the playhouse. The opportunities presented each other, shook hands, and got on with it. They were happy painting, I was happy they were painting.
Unfortunately, summer came, and we left for the summer. Once we got back, I was six months (going on fifteen) pregnant by then. I needed the master helper. My mum!
In its entirety, I think mum and I have different tastes (she’s way more eccentric), but on most things, I trust her eye. So one morning, she agreed to help while I was busy at work. I left her the choice of paints, and gave her complete creative freedom. I couldn’t trust anyone else like that. The colour choice is perfect! Not too hospital, not too girlie, not too boyish – just perfect for a Pet Clinic.
First layer done. Now for the furnishings and accessories.
We didn’t do much painting on the outside, but the white paws really freshened it up!
Veterinary clinic downstairs and adoption centre upstairs.
Record keeping (aka Big book of boo-boos) is a must.
Pets looking for their humans.
Ikea dog bum hangers fit perfectly with our theme.
Now, hours of bureaucracy keep out Vet intern occupied.
Make it and love it!
This is perhaps the best value for money craft for me yet! Would you believe me if I told you I bought only one plank of wood for this whole project? That’s not to say that all it took was one plank of wood. I used pretty much all of the left-over junk that I kept “just in case”! This post is for all hoarders out there! Eventually, that old shelf, some coffee table legs and odd pieces of wood that are just too good to be binned, become something else, entirely fabulous in its own right.
This is my take on the Play Shop (aka Pretend store). Check out the pieces that found second life in this little number.
The top panel going across is a bit of an Ikea changing table. Two black brackets are from a shelf that has been re-purposed. There is a white shelf that is really old and just not good enough for indoor use. Two bits of wood used for the slanted shelves are actually chest of drawers front panels. Legs are made from some part of old garden furniture. I kept it all and used it all!
Design and construction are not the most “out-there” creations, however, I think the pieces I had have been utilised to the mostest!
The end result made a couple little ones super happy!
This little shop boasts wide range of products – from cake to veggiest to dairy to canned foods.
These really cool hooks with round picture frames display some of our favourite chocolate wrappers.
Cute little basket replaces shopping basket…
Little hands aligning little carrots, free pattern and tutorial for which are found here:
The top panel was painted with a black chalk board paint. I love chalk board paint!
Some crates and weighing scales for decoration, and – let the kids out!
Make it and love it!
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Fabric Veggies – such a clever toy! My kids love playing picnic and house and grocery shop with these fabric veggies. I won’t say it’s a quick and easy craft, but I think it is well worth it. Plus, they are sturdy and machine washable, should last for a while. Here is my take on DIY fabric vegetables.
Step 1: Using this template printed on A4, cut out the necessary pieces. For a tomato use 5 cut outs. Pin two pieces together, right sides facing.
Step 2: Sew the two together. Make sure to use back stitching to make sure seams don’t come apart at the edges. Turn them inside out.
Step 3: Pin another piece to one of the original pieces, right side together. Continue until all five pieces are sewn together. Sew together the first and the last pieces, leaving a 4-5cm gap for filling. Turn right side out.
Step 4: Fill the shape with polyfill. You will need about a kilo for all toys. Using a thread and needle, sew up the gap used for filling.
Step 5: At the point, for purposes of specialisation, I’ve completed all work that needed to be done on the sewing machine.
Here are all the parts needed for the veggies:
Step 6: Decorate the veggies. Using embroidery floss, go over all the seams on round shapes and around the leaves.
Step 7: Give them to your kid.
Make it and love it!
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I have been researching different designs for a toddler kitchen. People are so creative – I have seen some amazing designs out of old dressers, TV cabinets and even chairs!
I shared my ideas with my handy dad, and he brought the following: an old shelf with vertical (!) partitions, a very old bedside table and an old Ikea cutting board.
I played around with the arrangement, twicked here and there, removed the shelves partitions and suddenly – I could see my vision…
Then I painted, added a few horizontal shelves, and got my dad to cut out a hole for the sink.
As I never like to pay for anything, especially when its DIY, I like to challenge myself to keep the costs to the minimum, so I ventured out on “one-of-those” scavenger hunts. Every Home Centre has a discounted section where they sell paints that were mixed but not purchased. You can get a good colour at half price. Out of some purples, creams and oranges, I liked a pine green hue best. In another department store, I also bought half a can of green chalk board paint, some white paint and some drawer handles which I planned to use for the hobs.
A short weekend plus valuable experience with power tools minus a few euros, and “ta-da!” – my toddler kitchen was completed! At least the “architectural” part, as I have to admit that I still needed the following: a metal bowl for the sink, a tap and drawer handles for cooker hobs.
Finally, I found the missing pieces. The tap is not exactly what I had in mind, I am still looking for something smaller and with personality (can you say that about a tap?), but for now, my daughter is happy, and that makes me happy. 🙂