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6 Recipes Using Strawberries In Celebration Of Wimbledon Fortnight

6 Recipes Using Strawberries In Celebration Of Wimbledon Fortnight

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Wimbledon fortnight is upon us and we’re all enjoying our strawberries.

There’s nothing wrong with a bowl of strawberries and cream but I thought I’d have a look and see what else you could do with a strawberry … other than Eton Mess of course.

How do you feel about savoury strawberry recipes? Well our collection of six includes two chicken dishes so you can challenge the boundaries and see what you think …

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Strawberry And Coconut Swirls
STRAWBERRY AND COCONUT SWIRLS
from Delicious Magazine
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

This recipe uses fresh strawberries
but if you want to use jam then feel free to use it.

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Strawberry Icepops
STRAWBERRY ICEPOPS
from Allrecipes
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

Quick and easy
Plus a sneaky way to get some fruit in to a picky eater.

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Balsamic Strawberry And Chicken Pizza
BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY AND CHICKEN PIZZA
from Closet Cooking
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

Chicken and strawberries … not the obvious choice!
But I have to admit this looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m going to give this recipe a go.
My little one will definitely love it.

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Strawberry And Almond Tray Bake
STRAWBERRY AND ALMOND TRAYBAKE
from Red Online
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

Easy to whiz up with a mixer.
Just remember that cakes with fresh fruit in only keep for a couple of days …
not that it will be hanging around for that long!

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Almond Crusted Chicken With Strawberry Balsamic Sauce
ALMOND CHICKEN WITH STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC SAUCE
from Cheese Please By Jess
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

There must be something to the idea of chicken and strawberries
because here is another recipe that looks yummy.

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Non Alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri
NON ALCOHOLIC STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI
from Food.com
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

This is perfect for your friends that don’t want alcohol
or for the kids so they’ve got a special drink to have at the party too.

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8 Clever Ways To Re Use Plastic Bottles

12 Fun Things To Do With Cardboard Boxes

12 Fun Things To Do With Cardboard Boxes

This week’s feature is inspired by my brother in law’s recent cardboard box castle,
made with my niece for her school project.
Of course being in the business that we are we have access to plenty of waste boxes but if you are stuck you can call at local shops and ask if they have any used ones going spare …
DIY stores are a good place to try.

8 Clever Ways To Re Use Plastic Bottles

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We go through so many plastic bottles of water, juice, cooking oil and the like
these days and hopefully we are thoughtful enough to put them in to a recycling bin
when we’re finished with them but what else can you do with an empty plastic bottle?

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Jewellery Stand from Epbot
JEWELLERY STAND
from Epbot
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

This example has been left plain but you could use acrylic paint
and add embellishments to match your bedroom

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Transform A Plastic Bottle In To A Butterlfy from DIY Cozy Home
TRANSFORM A PLASTIC BOTTLE INTO A BUTTERFLY
from DIY Cozy Home
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

Alternatively use a permanent ink pad (for example Stazon) and a rubber
stamp to create your butterfly outline then use the nail varnish to fill it in.

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Bottle Bottom Snowflakes from Artesan
BOTTLE BOTTOM SNOWFLAKES
from Artesan
CLICK HERE to visit the original site – PLEASE NOTE it is not in English

Although it is not Christmas and the website that features this project is not in English
it is such an effective idea that we have included it any way.

You can buy the small metal jump rings from craft shops and also hardware stores like B&Q.
Use metallic acrylic paint to do your snowflake detail on the plastic bottle.

Take care if you have children as the edge where you have cut the bottom away
from the bottle may have sharp bits.

Garden centres sell metal trees at Christmas time that would look fabulous with these
snowflakes hanging from them but I particularly love the wooden version in the picture.

I really must make the effort to make this for Christmas.

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Plastic Bottle Broom from Wonder How To
SODA BOTTLE BROOM
from Wonder How To
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

Here’s a clever idea.
I wonder if the brush would be quite static and attract more dust?
I will have to try it and find out.

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Wedding Dress by Michelle Brand from Ecouterre
WEDDING DRESS by MICHELLE BRAND
from Ecouterre
CLICK HERE to see more photos

Just when you think you’ve seen everything …
Although this picture doesn’t really do this wonderful creation justice.

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Fairy House from Filth Wizardry
FAIRY HOUSE
from Filth Wizardry
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

This is a really sweet idea.

Make sure you get rid of any sharp edges before you give them to the kids.

*BONUS* Find out how to make fairy wings for mini dolls too.

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Phone Charger Station from Make It Love It
PHONE CHARGER STATION
from Make It Love It
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

This is a brilliant idea but use common sense here
DO NOT leave your phone in this over night or when you leave the house
as a charging phone can get hot.

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Hanging Storage Area from Make It Love It
HANGING STORAGE AREA
from Make It Love It
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

The same lady has expanded on the phone charger station idea
and come up with this useful hanging storage area.

I quite fancy one of these for my craft room.

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VASES made by ERIKA GADD
from Planting Happiness
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

This is quite simply on another level!

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12 Fun Things To Do With Cardboard Boxes

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Giant Castle
GIANT CASTLE – For Princesses Or Knights
from The Busy Budgeting Mama
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Super Hero Car
SUPER HERO CAR
from So You Think You’re Crafty
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Princess Bed
PRINCESS BED
from The Pursuit Of Craft
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Pirate Ship
PIRATE SHIP
from ikatbag
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Collapsible Play House
COLLAPSIBLE PLAY HOUSE
from Bambino Goodies
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Cardboard Train
CARDBOARD TRAIN
from Apartment Therapy
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Icecream Shop
ICECREAM SHOP
from Childhood 101
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Aeroplane
AEROPLANE – With Video Tutorial
from Salsa Pie
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Car
CAR
from Craftulate
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Play Kitchen
PLAY KITCHEN
from Willary Blogspot
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Rocket Kitchen
ROCKET
from Cardboard Rocket
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Dinosaur
DINOSAUR
from Rainy Day Mum
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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12 Hand Made Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost up on us here in the Uk and so today we’re taking a look at some ideas
for hand made gifts that the kids can create to make dad’s day.

12 Hand Made Gift Ideas For Father's Day

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Foot Print Key Ring
FOOTPRINT KEY RING
from No Time For Flash Cards
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Decorate A Mug
DECORATE A MUG
from Not Quite Susie
CLICK HERE to find out how to do this
Visit Yellow Moon to buy mugs
and for the porcelain pens to decorate them

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Simple Margherita Pizza
SIMPLE MARGHERITA PIZZA
from BBC Good Food
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
Add your own toppings to make dad’s favourite

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Memory Jar
MEMORY JAR
from Sugar Bean Bakers
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
Include a mini jotter pad and pen with the jar to get dad started
He can write down the things he does with his kids
or all the memories he wants to look back and remember

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Tie Shaped Biscuits
TIE SHAPED BISCUITS
from Some What Simple
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Father's Day Questionnaire
FATHER’S DAY QUESTIONNAIRE
from Daffodil Designs
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
Use the prompts suggested by Daffodil Designs
or use questions relevant to your own dad

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Fast Food Cupcakes
FAST FOOD CUPCAKES
from Bakerella
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
Eagle eyed readers will spot that we featured this in our
12 Eye Catching Cup Cake Designs To Try At Home article
but we think they would make a fun treat for Father’s Day too

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Origami Shirt And Tie
ORIGAMI SHIRT AND TIE
from She Knows
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this

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BBQ Cupcakes
BBQ CUPCAKES
from Two Busy Blondes
CLICK HERE to find out how to make these

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I Love You This Much
I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH
from All Parenting
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
Customise the message to suit your dad
“Here’s a Father’s Day Hug”
“Daddy I love you this much”

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Make A Money Box
MAKE A MONEY BOX
from My Kid Craft
CLICK HERE to find out how to make this
You can use gravy granule tubs
or the tubs Pringle style crisps come in
and use paint, glitter and stickers to jazz it up

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Child's Footprint Inside Dad's Footprint
CHILD’S FOOTPRINT INSIDE DAD’S
This is such a lovely idea but I can’t find the original source
If you originally posted this idea please contact us and we will credit you

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12 Eye Catching Cup Cake Designs To Try At Home

We love making cupcakes in our house but to be honest we don’t get round to icing them very often … the temptation to munch them straight from the oven is usually too much! So I thought it would be fun to have a look for some ideas to do with your children or for them.

The days of running yourself in to the ground trying to be super mum are long gone so if you don’t have time to bake your own cakes (or you don’t really like baking) don’t stress about it just pop to your local supermarket and buy a pack of inexpensive fairy cakes then enjoy the fun part … icing them.

12 Eye Catching Cup Cake Designs To Try At Home

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CUPCAKES
from Easy Baked
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Colourful Caterpillar
COLOURFUL CATERILLAR
from The Two Savvy Sisters
Sadly this blog has been taken down but the idea is
a good one so we haven’t removed it from our post.

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Honey Cupcakes
HONEY CUPCAKES
from UK TV Good Food Channel
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Fast Food Cupcake
FAST FOOD CUPCAKES
from Bakerella
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Gruffalo Cupcakes
GRUFFALO CUPCAKES
from Sun Hats And Wellie Boots
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Apple And Worm Cupcakes
APPLE AND WORM CUPCAKES
from All The Small Things
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Rubber Ducks Cupcakes
RUBBER DUCK CUPCAKES
from Saucy Sprinkles
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Cupcakes On Cupcakes
CUPCAKES ON CUPCAKES
from Baked perfection
Research suggests that Asda, Morrisons and Tesco stock Reese mini cups
CLICK HERE for instructions

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Sunflower Cupcakes
SUNFLOWER CUPCAKES
from Baked Bree
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Hootie Cupcakes
HOOTIE CUPCAKES
from A Thrifty Mom
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Ladybird Cupcakes
LADYBIRD CUPCAKES
from Cupcake Blog
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

You don’t have to pipe grass
simply smooth your green icing over the top of the cup cake

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Cookie Monster Cupcakes
COOKIE MONSTER CUPCAKES
from My Chocolate
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Making Sugar Roses
MAKING SUGAR ROSES
from Party Animal Online
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Bows Silicone Icing Mould
BOWS SILICONE ICING MOULD
from Katy Sue Designs
CLICK HERE to find out more about them
To watch a tutorial on how to use them CLICK HERE

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Roses Silicone Icing Mould By Blossom Sugar Art
ROSES SILICONE ICING MOULD BY BLOSSOM SUGAR ART
from Windsor Cake Craft
CLICK HERE to find out more about them
To watch a tutorial on how to use them CLICK HERE

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Leaf Cutters
LEAF CUTTERS
from Lakeland
CLICK HERE to find out more about them

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Woodland Cupcakes
WOODLAND CUPCAKES
from Cake Central
There are no instructions on how to make these
but they are lovely to look at for inspiration
CLICK HERE to visit the site to see more of their designs

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18 Pirate Treasures

Ahoy there matey … cast your eye over our pirate treasure which includes things to make, do, buy and eat.

18 Pirate Treasures

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Salt Dough Pirate Coins
SALT DOUGH PIRATE COINS
from Hodge Podge Crafts
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Paper Plate Pirate
PAPER PLATE PIRATE
from Easy Preschool Crafts For Kids
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Themed Party
PIRATE THEMED PARTY
from Notable Nest
CLICK HERE to find out more

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Parrot
PARROT
from Tippy Toe Crafts
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Bedding And Themed Bedroom Accessories
PIRATE BEDDING AND THEMED BEDROOM ACCESSORIES
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE to take a look at the complete range

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Pirate Ship Birthday Cake With Step By Step Instructions
PIRATE SHIP BIRTHDAY CAKE with step by step instructions
from Hodge Podge Craft
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Cake
PIRATE CAKE
from Veena Art Of Cakes
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Hat
PIRATE HAT
from Pritt World
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Jake And The Neverland Pirate Free Colouring Pages
FREE COLOURING PAGES – JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES
from Coloring Book
CLICK HERE to see the collection

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Free Colouring Pages
FREE COLOURING PAGES – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
from Coloring Book
CLICK HERE to see the collection

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Pirate Tooth Pick Flags - for cupcakes or sandwiches
PIRATE TOOTH PICK FLAGS – for cupcakes or sandwiches
from My Paper Planet
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Rocking Pirate Ship
ROCKING PIRATE SHIP
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE for more information

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Skull And Cross Bones Ice Cube Tray
SKULL AND CROSS BONES ICE CUBE TRAY
from Amazon
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Pirate Treasure Hunt
PIRATE TREASURE HUNT
from Jenny’s Scrapbooking Haven
This is inspiration rather than a how to but still well worth a look
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Pirate Treasure Chest
PIRATE TREASURE CHEST
from Instructables
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Cardboard Tube Pirate
CARDBOARD TUBE PIRATE
from Red Ted Art
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Hand Print
PIRATE HAND PRINT
from Fun Hand Print Art
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Galleon Acrylic Safety Mirror
GALLEON ACRYLIC SAFETY MIRROR
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Make Your Own Play Food

Kids love role play games and play food gives you a wealth of different scenarios to explore from a shop to a café to a picnic in the park.

You can buy play food of course but making your own is fun and if you get the kids involved they will enjoy creating something that they can use in their games later.

If you have a picky eater it just might help encourage them to try something new.

We have chosen projects that you can make along side your children, some that you can make for them to play with and some that they will be able to tackle on their own.

Don’t rush out and buy new materials to make your play food with … have a look and see what you’ve got in the cupboard first as you might be able to use something you already have instead.

If you are making salt dough remember you can use the cheapest flour that you can find.

Scroll down the page to check out all the foods …
there were too many to feature in our compilation photo.

Make Your Own Play Food

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Salt Dough Bread
SALT DOUGH BREAD
from Coffee And Vanilla
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Cardboard Pizza
CARDBOARD PIZZA
from The Crafty Crow
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Sponge Cake
SPONGE CAKE
from Inner Child Fun
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Victoria Sandwich Cake
VICTORIA SANDWICH CAKE
from Here come the Girls
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Cardboard Cookies / Biscuits
CARDBOARD COOKIES / BISCUITS
from Green Owl Art
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Cardboard Cookies / Biscuits
CARDBOARD GINGERBREAD MEN
from Inner Child Food
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Felt Icecream
FELT ICECREAM
from One Creative Mommy
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Fast Food Burger With Salad
FAST FOOD BURGER WITH SALAD
from Crafty Moods
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Pretend Fast Food
PRETEND FAST FOOD
from Home Eco Nanay
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Crochet Cupcakes
CROCHET CUPCAKES
from Bitter Sweet
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Knitted Strawberries
KNITTED STRAWBERRIES
from ODDknit
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Felt Ravioli Pasta (sew)
FELT RAVIOLI PASTA – SEW
from One Crafty Mumma
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

You don’t need to use a sewing machine
You can hand sew using running stitch in stead
If you need help with running stitch click here http://bit.ly/1nrqcic

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Felt Ravioli Pasta (no sew)
FELT RAVIOLI PASTA – NO SEW
from One Inch World
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Felt Farfalle Pasta (Bow Ties)
FELT FARFALLE PASTA
from One Inch World
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Felt Tagliatelle Pasta
FELT TAGLIATELLE PASTA
from Inner Child Food
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Paper Plate Pies
PAPER PLATE PIES
from Early Learning
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Paper Plate Fruit
PAPER PLATE FRUIT
from All Free Kids Crafts
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Paper Plate Apple
PAPER PLATE APPLE
from Huppie Mama
CLICK HERE to see how to make it

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Marzipan Fruits
MARZIPAN FRUITS
from Dessertolicious
CLICK HERE to see how to make them

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Salt Dough Play Food
SALT DOUGH PLAY FOOD
from Adventures At Play
No instructions but some good ideas
CLICK HERE for inspiration

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The Dragonfly Dozen

This week’s combo features the dragonfly … often forgotten in favour of the butterfly. There are things to do and make along with things to eat and we’ve tried to cover a wide age range. See what you think …

The Dragonfly Dozen - 12 things to do, make and eat

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Clothes Peg Dragonflies
CLOTHES PEG DRAGONFLIES
from First Palette
CLICK HERE for more information

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Plastic Bottle Dragonfly
PLASTIC BOTTLE DRAGONFLY
from Crafts For All Seasons
If you don’t want to use a glow stick you can use a slim torch
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bella Girl's Single Bedding
BELLA GIRL’S SINGLE BEDDING
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Cupcake
DRAGONFLY CUPCAKE
from Cravin Cake
CLICK HERE for more information

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Learn To Draw A Dragonfly
LEARN TO DRAW A DRAGONFLY
with How To Draw Animals
CLICK HERE for more information

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Fondant Dragonfly
FONDANT DRAGONFLY
from Black Betty’s Lab
The text is not in English but the picture tutorial is good
Worth a look if you like to model with clay or fondant
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bead Dragonfly
BEAD DRAGONFLY
from Spoonful
CLICK HERE for more information

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Healthy Dragonfly
HEALTHY DRAGONFLY
from The Art Of Nutrition
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bottle Top Dragonfly
BOTTLE TOP DRAGONFLY
from Handmade Charlotte
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Crochet Pattern
DRAGONFLY CROCHET PATTERN
from Damn It Janet
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Wind Charm Kit
DRAGONFLY WIND CHARM KIT
from Amazon
CLICK HERE for more information

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Pattern For A Pony Bead Dragonfly
PATTERN FOR A PONY BEAD DRAGONFLY
from DLTK
CLICK HERE for more information

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6 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids In A Garden With Limited Space

Now spring has sprung it’s great to get out in to the garden with the kids and enjoy some fresh air. But what if you don’t have a garden or if yours is small? Here are some ideas …

6 Fun Things To Do In A Garden With Limited Space

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 Plastic Milk Carton Planters
 PLASTIC MILK CARTON PLANTERS
from Total Class Creative Blog
More information …

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 DIY Washable Pavement Chalk Paint
 DIY WASHABLE PAVEMENT CHALK PAINT
from Marvelous Mommy
More information …

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 Mini Garden
 MAKE A MINIATURE GARDEN
from Nurture Store
More information …

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 Daisy Chain Crown
 DAISY CHAIN CROWN
from Naturally Educational
More information …

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 Paint Your own Flower Pots
 PAINT YOUR OWN FLOWER POTS
from Paint Cut Paste
More information …

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 Grow Fruit And Veg In A Container
 GROW FRUIT AND VEG IN A CONTAINER
from Spoons N Spades
More information …

Left Over Chocolate - what can you do with it?

6 Recipes To Use Up Left Over Easter Egg Chocolate

There are those who say that you can’t have too much chocolate however after Easter when the house is groaning under the weight of the chocolate haul you do some times find yourself wondering if you can face another piece. Here are some recipes to re kindle your passion with some healthy fruity options and some which are just pure indulgence because in the end that is what chocolate is all about …

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Fruit Kebabs With Chocolate Sauce
FRUIT KEBABS WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE
from Lets Get Cooking At Home
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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Peanut Butter Brownies
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES
from BBC Good Food
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
from All Recipes
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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Banana And Chocolate Chimichangas
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHILICHANGAS
from Old El Paso
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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Egg Free Chocolate Mousse
EGG FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
from Wonky Wonderful
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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Fridge Cake
FRIDGE CAKE
from Daily Mail
CLICK HERE for the recipe

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