If your house is anything like mine after Christmas well it was a bit of a jumble…the culprits – a vast influx of more toys! Now with stuffies for two girls pretty much taking over our house I decided it was high time to remake one of my old designs, a toy hammock.
The one that I originally made for Little G was still fine (and that’s after 3 years and several washes!) so I moved that into the nursery ready for the emerging soft toy collection of Little Miss…
and then I made a supersized hammock for Little G – because SO many toys!
Are toys taking over your little one’s room? Then a sturdy toy hammock is just what you need to keep all those teddies off the floor or the bed. This pattern really is ideal for the bedroom or nursery to display and keep collections of soft toys tidy. You could also use the hammock for organising lots of other things around the house such as gloves & scarves or sports equipment.
And now the special offer! To help in your tidying endeavours from now until 31 January 2017 you can get my toy hammock pattern for just £1 / $1.21 over in my Ravelry store. No coupon code needed – just add the basket to your cart and you should see the discount appear. After the sale the pattern will go back up to full price so get your copy now and don’t forget to share this deal with your friends!
Until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
So as it’s nearly Easter I swear that string eggs are everywhere! As they look so cool I thought Little G and I would have a go at making some as the one thing I do have a lot of is spare yarn lying around.
If you want to have a go at making them here’s what you will need:
- PVA kids glue
- A saucer or a bowl to put the glue into
- Wool or String
- Small Balloons (or water balloons)
- Some treats (in wrappers)
- Apron (it does get messy!)
- A tray to put your string eggs on to dry
1. Make sure you have an area you don’t mind getting messy and I would suggest aprons for anyone involved!
2. Stuff your treats inside the deflated balloon and then blow up to the size you want your string eggs. The treats I had brought were like chocolate coins so it turned into a fiddle-fest to get them inside so I would definitely suggest roundish treats!
It’s only natural that not all the chocolate will make it inside the balloons if you are working with small children…
3. Next put your glue into the bowl, you will need quite a bit as you need to soak the string or wool thoroughly.
4. Then start to wind your gluey string or wool around one of your balloons; this bit gets extremely sticky and there is likely to be glue splash! You don’t have to wrap your eggs too neatly; cross the yarn in lots of different directions to make an interesting ‘cage’. You will need to wrap the balloons enough so that your treats won’t fall out.
5. Once you have finished wrapping your balloons you will need to set them aside on a tray to dry; we left ours for a couple of days…
6. Check to see if the yarn feels hard and if it does pop your balloon. You may need to snip the balloon a bit to release the treats this can be a bit tricky. Once the treats are free you can then pull out the balloon bits leaving the chocolate behind and that’s it, place on a shelf and admire!
I really love them! I have now added them to my Eastery looking shelves ready for Easter weekend! Hope you all enjoy a lovely holiday with your family x