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This time last year, The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas was launched. You may have heard me talk about it. Or not. I had such fun creating this eBook with my kids. But the actual selling of it and telling people why they should buy it? Ick. Nobody likes talking...read more
What a year it has been for picture books! Back in June, we shared our 10 favourite picture books of the year (so far.) The second half of 2018 did not disappoint. Here are 9 more of the best picture books of 2018. * And let's just point out that writing a post like...read more
Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. But, hold up. I believe that all kids are creative. So really this article should carry the title of "Gift Ideas for Kids." A mere trifle. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm...read more
There is nothing quite like receiving a lovingly handmade kiddy Christmas card. These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is high on the fun-o-meter. Spin art is also a quick way for generating heaps of colourful art for the Christmas card list. What...read more
Our Christmas picture books get packed away every year. It's like toy rotation, but with books. So every November when I pull them out, it's exciting to "rediscover" our favourites. We countdown to Christmas with a book advent. (Check out our tutorial on handsewn book...read more
Every festive season we count down to December 25th with a Christmas Book Advent. Once upon a time, I used to wrap each book in colourful paper and embellish with pom poms and all kinds of decorative paraphenalia. These days, I ain't got time for that. Nor do I wish...read more
This paper poppy craft for kids involves a simple process of paint and paper for gorgeous results. What You Will Need: We experimented with different kinds of paints and paper. We used acrylic paint, liquid watercolours and and our trusty Micador Jumbo watercolour...read more
Picture books help children make sense of the world whilst exposing them to diverse characters and perspectives that they may not encounter in their everyday. As somebody who grew up in a multicultural household and community, I am passionate about ensuring that my...read more
Ask me to name my favourite Eric Carle book and I'll umm and ahh indefinitely. Kinda like asking me to name my favourite child. (Not that I have one.) We are massive Eric Carle fans around here, and this The Very Busy Spider craft makes use of materials from a...read more
This space craft for kids was inspired by a number of things. When Amanda from barley&birch asked if I wanted to join in on her 90s-inspired week of crafting, my response was "Dude? YES!" (You may remember ALLA the fun we had with 80s week, last year.) So I...read more
Hi! I’m Shannon
I’m a mama and a teacher celebrating our perfectly imperfect attempts at living a creative life.
AKA trying to remain sane whilst raising 3 kids under 5 and holding unrealistic life expectations thanks to Pinterest.
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