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I saw this awesome idea on the Twig and Toadstool about how to make leaf crowns!

Pick a bunch of leaves, break off a small piece of stem about 1 to 2 inches long.  Then overlap the leaves a bit, and using the stem, push it through both leaves to hold them together.

Do this for each leaf until your crown is big enough to fit.  Attach it together at the end the same way you did for the rest of the crown.  My girls felt like leaf princesses!
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Homemade Tortillas

I love making these and putting them in the freezer to eat whenever we want!  And I love that they don’t have preservatives or anything in them, they taste awesome!

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup plain flour

1 cup wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp butter

3/4 c very hot water ( I microwave it for 1 and a half minutes)

1.  Combine dry ingredients in bowl and mix well

2.  Cut in the butter till like course cornmeal

3.  Add the water and mix to form soft but not too sticky dough

4.  Knead about 15 times to form a smooth dough

5.  Form into 8 equal sized balls.  Cover and let stand 30 minutes

6.  Flatten each ball into a circle with a uniform thickness

7.  Cook in a pan on medium heat on each side

I keep a few out for the day and freeze the rest.  I like melting cheese on them and eating with salsa!  My girls like them plain because they’re boring and picky.

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My brother sent us a pack of 12 sponges from Trader Joe’s for the girls to play with.  They were all dried and pressed really thin.  First they had fun building towers with them, but I didn’t get a photo of that.

Then we dropped them into a tub of water and watched them grow!

Afterwards, I put them on the radiator to dry and gave E some tongs to take them off and put in a pot, and back on the radiator again.

Who knew sponges could be so fun?  Well, I didn’t, anyway!

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My 5 year old got a wooden princess magnet decorating kit for her birthday from her grandparents and E wanted one too!  So I quickly made this for her.  Some paper, a pencil and scissors, and then some glue and sequins for E.

You could also use coloured pencils, bits of tissue paper or fabric, or glitter.  E is not allowed glitter, though, after she somehow covered her scalp the other week in red and green tiny tiny glitter that I think will still be there at Christmas.

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Marble Painting

This is so fun!  You need paints, paper, a tray and marbles.

Put a piece of paper in a tray and squirt some paint on the paper.  Then put some marbles in and move the tray around so they roll through the paint.  See what work of art you end up with!

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Approaching the unicorn

Getting brave and coming closer

Purple Princess is very brave and sharing secrets with the unicorn.

A farewell kiss.

I couldn’t resist some photos of this set I just made for a customer.  Available in my Etsy shop, just click on my shop items on the right!

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I’ve met a woman with a beautiful talent for making babywearing prints, among other amazing illustrations.  I especially love this blog post of hers, it’s so inspiring and beautiful!  I love the colours!

To quote from her blog, Asha says ‘I’ve been…carving my own stamps and creating my own stencils. I’ve been getting in touch with colours from deep within, and starting to delve deep inside my heart.’   I love the things she creates and the colours she uses, and her heart stamps!

Here’s a photo of some of her hand carved stamps:

And a photo of one her her babywearing prints for sale in her Etsy shop:

You can see more of her babywearing prints and other work at her Etsy shop here.

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