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Pots of Colour

P1030651It was Daddy Ickle’s birthday last week and the girls, especially Ickle, were very keen to make him something (as well as a cake, that is). So I trotted off to Bunnings, our fave store of the moment, to purchase some raw materials. Nothing too complicated; the idea was to have fun.

And, have fun, we did. Painting is not a regular activity in our household as Ickle and Mivvy manage to make a huge amount of mess every time we attempt it. Leaving yours truly the exciting task of clearing up, while the girls run riot elsewhere in the house.P1020321But this was a special occasion, and Nanna L. had come over to play too, so I had additional support. Ickle and Mivvy surpassed themselves – I’m sure you’ll agree that their pots for Daddy are works of art. I  particularly like the personalised hand prints on each saucer. I later added names and dates, although Ickle’s trademark pink did make this slightly unnecessary.

They didn’t stop at the pots either. Ickle painted both her arms bright pink up to her elbows; Mivvy managed to spatter most of her body, face and hair with a rainbow of colours. And both girls were having so much fun that the session spilled over onto sheets of coloured paper…not to mention the table, chairs and floor.P1020327So Nanna L. whisked the budding artists off for a warm bubbly bath, while I attempted to remove all traces of the morning’s activity before Daddy Ickle got home. I didn’t fare so well with hiding the pots. “Come and see what we made for your birthday, Daddy,” urged Ickle that evening. Ah. So, not a birthday surprise this year, then.

[Photo credits: hand prints and coloured paper on the line – Nanna L.]

Homemade Thank-You Cards


Icklegen and I decided to make our own thank-you cards for the wonderful gifts she received at Christmas. Given my lack of inspiration on where to start with this, I turned to my trusty Google search engine (how did we cope before the Internet?) and found this page full of original ideas for children.

A lot of the suggestions are a bit beyond a young toddler, such as “let her make up a story about the gift,” and will have to be saved for future years. We opted instead to create a set of unique art cards – basically cutting rectangles out of one of Icklegen’s paintings and then glueing them to folded blank card.

Firstly, and most importantly, Icklegen had to create her one-off masterpiece. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun with this. Painting is always a very messy business in our household, and nearly always followed by a bath or shower. This time though, Icklegen was kitted out in her super-trendy Da Vinci art smock (courtesy of one of her lovely aunties). We still managed to create a fair amount of mess, but it was more *contained*.P1010482P1010484

Once the painting was complete, I pegged it out to dry and scampered around tidying up.P1010503

While my mini Da Vinci was comfortably tucked up in bed, I did some valuable behind-the-scenes work on her chef d’œuvre: cutting, glueing, and writing…And voilà: a rainbow of homemade cards, ready to mail out. P1010521