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It’s been a busy few weeks.  Mum and I have been cranking up the sewing for Crumb in the lead up to Christmas.  Cups of tea flow freely as do our chats, making the time we spend together all the more precious.

I just finished a class at the very lovely Thread Den.  My old friend Peta Pledger took the class and after 2 sessions, my fellow students and I graduated with our finished product, a gorgeous skirt.  Yay!

My adventures continued on the weekend when my lovely friend lent me her little girl to model the latest crumb wares.

Playing dress ups and taking photos of this little eskimo was sheer bliss.  The new pieces have now been listed on the crumb website so please drop by and check out the goodies here .

Here’s some of my favourite pictures from the day.


Alien Friend

Winter is here and after braving a chilly Melbourne morning where we tackled an out of control flower bed, Henry and I headed indoors to take shelter from the wind. It was a perfect time to try out this new crafty idea…

What you need: Foil, glue, small cardboard box, white cardboard, black marker, scissors and an old sock – preferably red.

Getting started: The cardboard box will become our Alien friend’s head so we need to cut out a rectangular mouth.  I don’t know about other 4 year old’s but mine is OBSESSED with scissors.  Despite getting him his very own little person’s (safe) ones, he has no interest in them and only has eyes for the dangerous kind.  I managed to convince him that I was to be in charge of all cutting and he was in charge of the glue stick.  I hope the UN get wind of my fine negotiation skills.

Back to the box….Cut the bottom flaps off the so that there is a neat opening at the base.  Once this step and the rectangle hole for the mouth is made, we are ready to cover the box in foil.


I cut two sheets of foil, enough to cover each front face of the box and fold over the sides.  Henry covered the entire front of the box with glue.  He seems to really enjoy using the glue stick…so much so that I started to worry that the fumes may be contributing to his joy.

Henry then placed the foil on the front face and smoothed out the foil surface.  He glued the sides and folded the foil over the edges and in around the opening at the base.  We then did the same on the back face and sides with the second sheet of foil.

Your box should now be covered in foil – except for the opening at the base.  With glee, Henry broke a hole in the foil where the mouth was to be and folded the the excess inside to reveal the big rectangle mouth.  Our alien is now taking shape.

Next…. cut out the eyes (any shape and number) out of the white cardboard – Henry asked for 2 square eyes and he then coloured in black pupils and glued them onto the alien’s face.   With the black marker, I drew a line of sharp teeth on the white cardboard and cut these out.  Henry placed a thin line of glue on the top/flat side of the teeth and I fixed them to the inside of the box at the opening of the mouth.

Your alien friend is now very close to being finished.

Then final step….

Once the glue has dried and the teeth are firmly in place, your little helper can put their best puppet paw into their red sock and insert their sock covered hand into the alien.  The red sock makes a great tongue.  Coupled with the evil laughter of my munchkin, our new alien friend had us in stitches!

Happy Happy Autumn Days

sticks, leaves + twine

Bliss!  It’s autumn in Melbourne and before my little one stomps on ALL the crunchy leaves, I devised a little autumn mission for my darling.

What you need: Autumn Leaves, Twiggy Branch/Stick, Twine & Scissors

Getting started: In Ugg boots, winter woollies and with bag in hand, we found an avenue lined with big old trees and starting collecting.  We filled our bag with autumn leaf booty – small ones, big ones, red ones and gold ones.  When we were content with the season’s offerings, we reached up and removed a big twiggy branch.  Our chosen branch had lots of twiggy fingers and was approximately 65cm in length.

Back at home we took off our woolly layers and took charge of the kitchen table, spreading out our findings.  Henry picked out 15 of his favourite leaves and we put the others in a dish to keep (a bowl of autumn leaves also makes for a lovely table centre piece).

With the point of the scissors, I then made a small hole towards the centre of each of the leaves.

Henry unravelled some twine and I cut four lengths, ranging from 40cm – 60cm in length.  I then tied a knot on the end of each length.

Henry threaded the first leaf on and gently pushed it down to the knot.  I then tied another knot, approx 10 – 15cm up and we threaded on another leaf.  We repeated this until there were 4 leaves on the twine – each held in place by a knot beneath.  Then we tied the top of the length of twine to a point on the branch.    We repeated this step so that the branch had four varying lengths of twine hanging from it’s twig fingers – each threaded with 4 – 6 leaves of varying colours and spaced in an uneven and haphazard formation.

The end result was truly divine and we have had ours on display since last autumn and it adorns our lounge room wall.  It really has got better with time and and so many people comment on its beauty.  Best of all, it serves as a reminder of the day we spent together traipsing through the leaves.

This would also make a lovely mobile for a little bubba’s room.

To Hang: We used an old picture rail hook (as pictured) but you could easily create a loop with the twine and fix to a wall hook.

Please try this with your little person and let me know how you fare.  I hope you have as wonderful a time as Henry and I did.