We made some fab light boxes to display our artwork on the wall!!

We used

  • Our artwork
  • A cereal box
  • Black paint
  • Sticky tape
  • Battery operated fairy lights

First we drew our pictures  

   Then we cut a hole in our cereal boxes.. 
   We used sticky tape to attach our artwork to the inside of the box..before carefully painting the box black.. 
 We left to dry.. 

   We attached our fairy lights to the inside using sticky tape.. 
 before hanging on the wall with a small tack.. 

   How fab do they look!! 


 Isn’t blossom beautiful?! 

We picked up some blossom on the way home from school to play with and decided it would be gorgeous if we had a dress made from it….so that’s exactly what we did!

We printed off some photos and became our our blossom fashion designers..




 How stunning did they look?  








 Our blossom dresses were really effective and beautifully smelling 😊🌺

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We decided to head to the winter woods to turn it into bloom…

We took an old sheet..

We laid the sheet on the floor and covered the edges with fallen leaves & twigs beneath a ring of huge towering redwoods…

The floor was aplenty with pine cones…

So we decided our blooms wood be Pinecone flowers..

A forest of them standing tall…

We stood back and admired our work…

And then I got a little higher as Noah played in the Pinecone garden in the presence of a beautiful blue sky whilst the rain fell above 😉 



IMG_5124.JPGFor todays festive adventuring we decided we were going to become outdoor artists specialising in sculpture and portrait painting.
What better way to try our hand at sculpture than involving an essential of christmas…Toblerone….but on a giant scale 🙂
Our aim was to take our prebuilt 8ft chocolate bar to the top of a hill as a team building exercise for the kids…they built it, they carried it and they tussled with it in the wind until we were 4 triangles down and a roll of tin foil lighter! (Which we did retrieve)
We then headed to the beach for the afternoon laden with paintbrushes and paint, we had a quick stop off at The Works for an easel & an artist pad…(£9.99 for the easel but money well spent as it folds down flat for the car and will be used again & again in future adventures….perfect for the mountains!)

Here’s how we got on…

We used sheets of cardboard to make our triangles which we then wrapped in paper ready to paint brown..IMG_5138.JPGwe attached our triangles to a piece of board (an old cupboard backing) using a glue gun and duct tape. Once secured we painted brown and wrapped a few triangles in tin foil…

IMG_5139.JPGso we were ready! We woke up to a cloud of misty rain and wind but decided to brave it and headed out with our Toblerone in tow..

IMG_5121.JPGThe big kids bonded with no option whilst carrying the bar whilst the smaller kids carried their own triangles..

IMG_5122.JPGIt took us 20 minutes to reach the top of the hill, we had a few cross words which were amusing to watch happening underneath a giant chocolate bar but ample giggles as the wind nearly took them off a few times 🙂
But we made it and worked up a big appetite…

We kicked about up the top pleased at ourselves for our chocolately achievement whilst the wind battered us and the rain came in..


IMG_5127.JPG…before deciding to head back down whilst we still had a few triangles left..

IMG_5128.JPGwith a good bit of excercise partaken in our sculputre mission we took our Toblerone back home and grabbed some paint supplies and a flask of hot chocolate and headed to the beach for some seaside chippies, some sea air and a spot of portrait painting…
With a quick stop off in town we picked up some squirty cream for our hot chocolate and a nice sturdy easel to stop our art blowing away from The Works.

IMG_5136.JPGand after a car journey of bickering we set about painting each other in a good light….in fact it was a beautiful light as the sun went down 😉


IMG_5130.JPGMila painted Eden..


IMG_5131.JPGwith the rosiest cheeks…


IMG_5133.JPGshe was a very proud artist 🙂

IMG_5135.JPGthey all did a fab job and produced some beautiful original works that will hang well on the wall and last a lifetime in the memory bank…



IMG_9234-0.JPGWith the end of autumn nearing there are so many beautiful coloured leaves falling..with this in mind I decided to head out with Noah to collect some for some leaf art..

IMG_9247.JPGit didn’t take us long to find some stunningly coloured leaves..


IMG_9243.JPGwe got loads !

IMG_9244.JPGwe found one that reminded us of the hungry caterpillar..

IMG_9245.JPGwe had so many leaves we had to find something else to carry them..

IMG_9242.JPGwe took our leaves home and laid out an old sheet on the kitchen floor..

We set about bringing our leaves to life again..


IMG_9238.JPGWe finished our picture and decided it looked like Mary Mary quite contrary…

IMG_9237.JPGSo we found ourselves a Mary!!

IMG_9236.JPGand a Noah 🙂

IMG_9235.JPGbut just like Autumn out small slice of Summer soon dispersed…


HILLSIDE ARTISTS (Fan Fawr Mountain, Brecon Beacons)


Some people opt to paint the town red, we painted the hills green & became mobile artists masterpiece painters…. we found a beautiful spot & created our canvases’ of the world the way we see it…

We stopped for breakfast at the foot of Fan Fawr opposite the Storey Arms on the A470. Parking was free. We headed up onto the hill over the stile in the car park and followed the path on a horseshoe route bearing left as we climbed higher. It was a real treat and easily managed by the kids aged 15, 9, 7, & 4… We also had a baby in a back carrier. We wore walking boots, warm clothes and took a bottle of water & snacks. The route was very simple and the views were stunning, it was a beautiful example of some of The National Trust’s off the beaten track options.
We also took with us some simple canvases, paintbrushes, a paint pad and jar of water, we stopped halfway down and painted our view…

Here’s how we got on…


Once parked we headed up the mountain stopping to look back to admire the views across to Pen y Fan/Corn Ddu.


We could see our destination, Fan Fawr in front if us with a dusting if snow, we were accompanied by a beautiful blue sky…


We walked along small streams laden with little waterfalls on the way up giving us opportunity to explore..

20140302-101252.jpg As we climbed higher the snow became thicker..

And the views became more stunning…

We even stopped to build a snowman.


Nearing the top..


The only footprints were ours..


We could see where the horseshoe bore to the left and the path that we would follow back down..




We spent some time on the top before heading back down..



It was beautiful…


We stopped half way down to paint our pictures of the views..








It was a great day to become outdoor artists…

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The kids decided they wanted to have a rap battle, so we set about making our own boom box and decks, we used empty boxes to do this. We took our guitar, play station microphones & our decks (play station dj hero & our original 1970’s FISHERPRICE record player)….

We found a perfect spot for our battle…

Here’s how we did..










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