At the end of August I ordered the very first My Little Workshop from Woodland Children. They do a My Little Atelier box for older children, but decided to see if there was any interest in one for younger children. I always want to do crafty seasonal activities with Miss E, but I just never get the time to sit and plan, purchase all the materials etc. So the My Little Workshop sounded like a great idea. You get all the materials needed(when i say all i mean all, if something requires a paintbrush or glue and a spreader you get it in the box) along with a little booklet of activities to make and other suggestions to do as well. There were also some added extras including play dough and water beads which I have always wanted to try, and now we get the chance to use them. It was a little bit slow of coming due to waiting for stock to arrive etc, but it finally arrived a few weeks ago.
nice little extra touches
supplies for lots of lovely crafts
Here are some of the crafts we have done so far:
sponge leaf printing
leaf sun catchers
felt leaf sticker
These are just a few things that came in the box, and we still have so much left to do. The whole thing cost £30 which seeing as we’ve had it a few weeks and there are still so many activities we haven’t even got to yet is well worth the money. If you live in the UK and, like me, want to do crafts with your toddlers, but find it hard to put ideas together, I’d encourage you to give the My Little Workshop box a try.
*This is my own opinion and I am receiving no form of reward for writing this. I paid for this box myself, and Woodland Children are unaware that I have written this piece.*
It has taken a good few months to get to this point. Any time I have set out paper and drawing implements before and demonstrated their use, I have been met with a daughter who takes the crayons and markers and either throws them on the floor or tries to eat them. Today, I brought all the stuff out again expecting the same reaction, but it was as if today it all clicked. I just left them out and Miss E picked them up and started mark making on the paper. She really loved watching the colour appear on the paper. I think her first picasso is also pretty good and it now takes pride of place on the fridge door 🙂
A while back, I mentioned how becoming a mummy had made me more creative and want to make all this stuff including sewing a Christmas stocking. Well, we got the sewing machine from my husband’s grandma, finally figured out how to thread it up etc. I take no credit for that, my husband sorted all that out. The material came….just enough for the stocking and no more, so no room for error by someone who hasn’t touched a sewing machine in about 13 years!! Here’s a little look at how it’s going so far.
cutting out the material
All this bits pinned together ready to be sewn
It just needs its cuff, loop and for me to add her name and it’s ready to be filled 🙂 It’s by no means perfect, but I hope as she grows up she will be excited getting it out every Christmas and that to her it will be perfect as it speaks to her of love.
Before becoming a mummy, I had zero interest in sewing. And, apart from a few cross stitches about 7 years ago, I have not picked up a needle and thread or used a sewing machine in about 14 years since I was in high school and was forced to take home economics classes and sew a pin cushion, an apron, a wrap over skirt and and actual cushion cover. Since having my daughter and using cloth nappies/diapers and washable wipes, I have found a whole host of WAHMs making lots of lovely items on their sewing machines for sale. Lovely reuseable wipes, dribble bibs, nappies/diapers etc. You name it, they probably make it! Some of things I ws looking at made me think, even I could make them with some material and a sewing machine. I’m no seamstress, but I might could manage a simple line of stiches! So, I became inspired, and, in my mind, I redecorated pretty much our whole house! I made cushions, drying cloths, napkins, those cool, non paper, ‘paper towel’ rolls, washable wipes for baby, blankets for her. All sorts of lovely stuff……in my mind! One major obstacle is the fact that I have no sewing machine to try and get these ideas from my head to being a tangible reality. Well, seeing as Christmas is looming, I am starting to think ahead to that lovely time of year and stockings hanging up. We have a whole host of stockings in various shapes and sizes…mainly mine from childhood as my aunts bought me a new one quite often! Stockings were the best bit of opening presents for me. I started to think that I’d quite like my daughter to have a unique stocking, not just something I picked up from a store. So, once again it comes into my head the idea that I could sew her one :O I started on a hunt for festive material and have found the most gorgeous ones for her. My husband has asked his Grandma if we can borrow her sewing machine, so that’s no longer an obstacle if she can get it working, and I have watched you tube videos on sewing a stocking, and it looks pretty simple(til I actually embark on trying to cut out the pattern and sew various bits together). So far so good!! I am excited to give this new thing a try, and I just hope I don’t ruin some very pretty material in the process, but I find it amusing to see how much I have changed as a person since having my daughter. For one, it has made me want to be more creative, and I would never have classed myself as a creative! Even a year ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of sewing anything, and I would have laughed so hard if someone had told me that this year I’d be on the hunt for material and haberdashery to make a stocking. I still find it very amusing that I am embarking on this little sewing adventure. Who knows where it will lead?! Maybe I’ll get hooked and actually make new cushion covers and my long list of other ideas afterall! How has becoming a parent changed you as a person?