Monday, 29 April 2013

Monday Makery - Miniature Circus

Roll Up! roll Up! Watch the daring death defying mice jump through the ring of fire!

Celebrating all things circus the girls have asked me to create something for the Maileg mice whilst they await the arrival of their circus tent and circus troupe.
A little rummage around in our crafts cupboard found some wooden cotton reels, pipe cleaners and red felt to create a ring of fire for the most daring of mice.

Here's what you'll need:
  • a pipe cleaner
  • cotton reel
  • red felt
  • colouring pens or paints
  • fabric glue
  • scissors
Here's how:
  1. Cut a strip of felt 3cm smaller than the length of your pipe cleaner and about 5cm wide
  2. Using fabric glue, glue the pipe cleaner to the felt so that it sits in the centre and has 1.5cm free at either end, fold over the felt and press firmly
  3. Now cut into the fabric to create very rough triangles of various sizes to give a flaming appearance.
  4. Decorate your cotton reel.
  5. Bend the flaming pipe cleaner into a hoop shape and push the two ends together inside the hole of the cotton reel.

you're now ready to perform your daring ring of fire act.

Happy Making!


Find the mice here

You can discover the Circus Here!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Where Will You Go Today?

with 25% OFF the Dressing Up Box where will your imagination take you today? 

A tea party with garden fairies, a forest where all the wild things are, a ship set sail to a land where monkeys rule and music plays or join the circus and be back in time for supper! The dressing up box awaits with a magical 25% OFF everything inside. An invitation to furnish your imaginings; discovering animal masks and capes, tutu's, caplets, treasure chest capes, sparkling centre stage onesies and much more as dreams become play and you enter a world of make believe. 

Jump in to your world of wonder here
offer ends *02.05.13 - Thursday 2nd May 2013
enter code 'BECOME' at the checkout

pic source: top left image 'events by shelbi rene' all others sisters guild


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Face It


Face it Pillow

50 x 50 cm

handmade in 100% baby alpaca wool


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Shine & Dandy

Shine under a Dandy Star sky

never underestimate a great t-shirt 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Monday Makery - Invisible Ink

Great for games of espionage and its clandestine intelligence operations, playing private eye with its hush hush hidden covert messages, for secretly marking the X on a treasure map, magic shows, wizardry and even little love notes passed between one another.

Here's what you'll need:
  • lemon
  • q-tip
  • paper
  • a secret message
Here's how:
  1. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl or cup
  2. dip the q-tip into the juice and use it as 'ink' to write your message, a fine paintbrush would work too. 
  3. To see the message hold the paper agianst a heat source.
Here's why:
Lemon juice is acidic, the acid in the juice weakens paper and stays there when it dries. When the paper is held near a heat source the acid will burn faster than the paper and as it heats up it turns brown enabling you to see the message that has been written.

Milk, white wine, apple juice and orange juice work too, why not try other things; see what else you could use to make invisible ink.

Great for younger children; use a white crayon or even a candle on white paper to draw a picture or write a message and have your child discover the hidden picture using coloured crayons or paint.

Discover more fun things to make in our Monday Makeries here

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Cardboard Creative

With wonderful pop out cards, totem books of animals, people and figurines as well as play houses, trojan horses with a little secret bell hidden tinkling inside, lucky swallow mobiles, trees full of birds and the new collection of magnetic shapes for endless creations. There's countless ways to play, genius gifts to give, pieces to inspire within the home and lots of ideas to spark children's imagination.

A wonderful world of cardboard creativity awaits. 

kidsonroof = creativity + imagination + sustainable approach + great to play with - / - visual pollution for the grown ups!
Take a look at the collection here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Qubis Haus - Rocking to the Rooftops

The dual designed Qubis Haus is a multifunctional piece for the home. Part coffee table part dolls house its a piece that will be played with and around and used by all the family. The transformational design invites play; with sliding walls made from wood and perspex the 'designer' can arrange the rooms and alternate the layout. The house itself with its beautiful simple lines is made with solid birch ply wood lending itself to a sleek and contemporary aesthetic.  

It is a beautiful piece that invites both a pot of tea shared with friends as much as the curious child who's imagination can play amidst the conversations around them, bringing family together in a creatively shared space.

Collections of magnetic furniture that click together to create tables, beds chairs and lamps and much more have been made from locally grown sustainable oak and cleverly hand crafted into varying shapes and sizes, they snap together with the help of embedded magnets magically transforming them into piecs of furniture. There are suggestions for designing the furniture though there really is no limit to the ways in which you could create different pieces and design your own arrangements. 

Amy Whitworth's designs are a welcome addition into the boutique. Rocking to the rooftops with possibilities for play Amy has joined child's play with something a little more grown up, and we love it!

Take a further look here.