Archive for Craft for non-crafty parents

And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who entered the Christmas tree competition. I’ve been thrilled to receive so many entries! And what a clever bunch you all are. Let’s send email kisses and well dones to my runners up…

Thanks to Elizabeth for this fantastic effort...

Kirrily's advent calendar is SO much better than the store bought ones...

And Shannon's little boy shows the same amount of artistic talent as Mr Meat & Potatoes....

But my winner of the day is Rebekeh, whose daughter was clever enough to recognise the tree’s true potential as a princess hat…

And our winner... never missing an opportunity to be gorgeous.

So Rebekah wins the books and planners – my 3 runners up will also be receiving a term 4 planner – just in time to make the coconut ice for week 10.

Make sure you check back later in the week for more fabulous Christmas craft – I’m currently working up a craft sheet that transforms a loo roll into baby Jesus… I’m sure you all can’t wait for that one.

And remember, Christmas orders close off this week. To ensure pre-Christmas delivery, WA, NT & SA need to order by Wednesday 14th and the Eastern states need to order by Friday 16th.

Enjoy your Sunday,
Wendy
xx

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Christmas tree craft – and prizes!

o tannenbaum... o tannenbaum...

Is your tree up yet? We’re doing a fresh tree again this year, so I’m not buying it for another week. The kids are pestering me though (not being brats, just super-excited), so I’ve done up this little bit of Christmas tree craft to tide them over. It’s really simple. Just download the PDF, print, colour and tape or glue up. Wrap the star over a toothpick and pop it in the top of the cone.

It might make a cute addition to your Christmas table, or you could make little ones and stick name labels on for fun little place-tags. Whatever you do, make sure you snap a pic of it and upload it on Facebook or email me at vegiesmugglers@gmail.com and you could win a Vegie Smugglers prize pack, with both books, postage & all the e-books. Entries close December 10. ***I”M RUNNING THIS COMP AGAIN FOR 2013 – YOU’VE GOT UNTIL 8PM AEDT, DEC 20 TO UPLOAD YOUR ENTRIES!*** CONGRATULATIONS TO LEANNE QUINN! GORGEOUS FAMILY PIC, LEANNE!

Or if you can’t be bothered, just use the project to keep the kids busy for half an hour while you start your list for the (Christmas) Final Countdown. Bless.

Vegie Smugglers christmas tree craft idea

Click the pic to download the PDF printable

Mr Meat & Potatoes works on his competition entry.

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Ho Ho Ho

a christmas fairy made from a toilet roll

She's back! Ready to top the tree and guide you through the festivities...

Yes, believe it or not, it’s THAT time of year again. Truly frightening. Where DID that year go? I was just commenting to my best friend, “isn’t it great that my book reprint arrived nice and early”, then looked up to see his bewildered face as he reminded me that they were DUE late November and have ARRIVED in late November. He was looking at me with that astonished and troubled face that vaguely reads, “HOLY SHIT, I actually MARRIED her”.

So I’ve upped my game and now realize that Christmas is just 5 weeks away, and therefore I’ve only got about 3 weeks left to sell books so that they arrive neatly in time for Christmas. To encourage nice early sales and not a last minute rush, I’m offering giftwrapped bundles of Vegie Smugglers 1 & 2 with free postage until December 16. So really, don’t put it off.

And by the way, should you be DYING to meet me and discuss the intricacies of your family’s food battles, I’ll be at the Sydney Northern Beaches Mumpreneur market THIS Sunday November 27 at the Parkway Hotel from 9-1. The market space isn’t especially flash, but I’ll be there with free biscuits and colouring in sheets and there’s a stack of other businesses that you can come and support too.

Then on Sunday December 4, I’ll be at the Dulwich Hill Fair, outside Gleebooks between 10.30-11. Now there’s nothing that makes me feel like more of a twit than being asked to sign a book, but apparently that’s what I’ll be doing should you want a pithy comment such as ‘happy smuggling’ in your lovely new bookstore copy of VS. More importantly I’m always keen to have a chat and hear about which recipes are working in YOUR household and what I can do to help you out more in the future (and you don’t have to buy anything – promise).

PHEW. And with public announcements over for the day, let’s revisit Christmas. Last year I thrilled you all with this paper snowflake pattern and AWESOME loo-roll Christmas fairy. I don’t know about you, but I’M reloading my printer paper cartridge in anticipation.

Now, how are you all going on gift buying? I need some advice please, I have a 12-year-old sports-mad niece, a 10-year-old creative nephew and a 10-year-old niece who likes dancing to buy gifts for and I have NO CLUE. Currently they seem to enjoy iPods, iPods and iPods. But surely some of you out there have kids of that demographic and can pass on some insider knowledge. Many thanks.

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School holidays in the rain…

Finding a good hairdresser is SO hard these days.

I’ve had a houseful of girls over the last two weeks as Miss Fruitarian shows off her new home to a variety visitors.

With all the bad weather (did you know statistically, it does rain more during school holidays), we’ve been indoors alot, back to the old faithfuls of craft and drawing. To keep things interesting (and offer some variety for our guests who are possibly a little bored by Miss F’s endless drawings of herself on the pony that Santa is apparently bringing this Christmas) I’ve got this hair doodle page. Inspired by reader Laura, who emailed me about a similar one she’d seen, you can draw, paste wool or paper into a variety of hairstyles for a bit of fun.

Don’t forget a few other craft sheets which can fill in a half hour here and there. Why not try the spaceship dashboard (I just had to print 3 of them) and the astronaut foil collage dude or the fairy mobile. For a bunch of quick project printables, check out my ‘Craft for non-crafty parents’ e-book. You can find it in my shop.

Enjoy.

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Letters MNOPQR

More letters for your pre-schoolers to enjoy.

I’ve been a bit slack on this old alphabet thing, haven’it I? So at the risk of your kids only being able to write words that contain letters between A-L, here’s the worksheets for the next set of letters.

Promise I’ll try to get around to finishing the rest soon.

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We have lift off! (1-10 or 10-1 if you prefer)

A Midnight Oils album cover? Maybe not, but numbers 1-10 nonetheless

Just a quick pre-school worksheet this week – a break from the alphabet – a bit of early learning counting. The kids can practice their scissor work by cutting out the squares, then try to recognise the numbers and pop them into order (there are counting dots to help them) before getting to some good glue action with fabulously gooey pasting required on the second page.

Download the counting PDF worksheet here
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Like this project? You can find it, along with 39 other boredom busters in the ‘Craft for non-crafty Parents’ e-book. There’s a stack of silly fun stuff, projects that encourage healthy eating and a bunch of worksheets covering preschool education and school readiness. You can buy it at the shop now!

128 pages, 40 projects, 85 pages of printables…

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Why I love letters GHIJKL

educational worksheets for pre schoolers - letters g-l

I have been playing WAY too many games of 'words with friends'

Gee, how I just love kind labradors.

Gosh, haven’t I just kicked Lucas?

Generally, half ignored jackasses keep lampooning.

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Last week I disappointed many by only posting the alphabet worksheets for letters A-F. My only excuse is that I got bored drawing the pictures after that. But, egged on by guilt I finally pulled my finger out today and drew… well, just another 6 letters.

So here are the alphabet pages G-L. Which I hope you and your kids enjoy.

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