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Play Dough

School holidays are upon us so I’m desperately looking for ideas to keep the little ones amused :)  Well, I’m not going to get much crocheting done otherwise, am I ;)

First on the list is play dough.  There are a ton of recipes out there – some you cook, some you don’t, some with cream of tartar, some without…you get the idea.

Here’s the one I made.  Yes, my boys have hot pink, glittery play dough :P

Homemade Play Dough


2 cups of flour
2 cups of warm water
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of corn flour
3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (or 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of glitter
A few drops of food colouring
A few drops of almond essence (the vinegar can be a bit stinky when the dough is fresh but it puts my kids off eating it!!!)

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and give them a good stir to make sure there are no lumps.

Place over a medium hob and keep stirring.  After a short time, the mixture will thicken and the dough will start to form.  Keep stirring until the mixture forms a solid ball that you can roll around the pan.

TAKE CARE removing it from the pan – it will be hot.

Have fun kneading the warm dough before giving it to the children.  It truly is the best bit!

Etsy Treasuries

I’ve had a quiet week in terms of crocheting – I think I’ve only picked my hook up once this week :O

That doesn’t mean I’ve been doing nothing, of course :)  I have several patterns being tested, the children have finished school for the summer holidays and I’ve been busy, behind the scenes, setting up an online shop for the website…which it turns out is a lot more involved than I imagined – eeek!

But, it does mean I’ve had more time to spend catching up on my fellow designers and seeing what they’ve all been working on recently.  One of my favourite ways to do this is usually over at Pinterest  but ‘Oh My Word’ how easy is it to lose your day over there – so many crafts, hacks and recipes to tempt – my house would no doubt look like the product of a ‘Nailed It!’ meme if I didn’t control myself just a little ;)

So, in an attempt to stop myself Pin-crastinating this week, I’ve limited myself to browsing Etsy – in particular, the Mad Mad Makers on Etsy.  I’ve created three Etsy treasuries (Coffee and Cream, Pretty in Pink and It’s a Grey Day) so you can see all my favourites in one place :)  I hope you like the contents as much as I do:



As some of you may know, I took a break from work on Monday and Tuesday.  I got to spend a few girly days in Birmingham, with my two fabulous daughters.  The trip was centred around a visit to the O2 Academy to see Extreme – a band I first saw in 1992 with a friend from school :)

By the time we got to the concert, we’d spent several hours on a train, walked for what felt like miles and ditched our belongings in a hostel at the other end of town.  We may have been tired (as the bags under my eyes can testify) but nothing could stop us smiling :)

Birmingham Trip

The observant among you might recognise the scarf my eldest daughter is wearing – hehe, yes, I finally finished it ;)

The concert was amazing and I was like a crazy fool by the end…especially when I got the chance to touch Nuno Bettencourt’s arm during an end-of-concert frenzy ;)

PS I make no apologies for not acting my age – the band members are older than I am :O  If they can rock it out like they are 21, I can get away with acting like a teenager for the night :P

Anyway, enough of my shenanigans, back to business :)  You may recall, before I left, I uploaded a sneaky pre-opening link to the Milestone Madness Giveaway – 26 amazing crafter and creators coming together to bring you amazing prizes and more.

The hand made items and patterns up for grabs are amazing so, while there’s still time to enter, get clicking – what are you waiting for lol!

Now Closed!