Posted on April 2nd, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. With Easter fast approaching we have been looking at bunny and chick crafts here on the farm and flower crafts associated with spring. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.
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- Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
- Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
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Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
Congratulations to Scribbled with Love who has won the Duck Tape Colours for March with her lovely Easter Chick Treat Bag. Please drop me an email me with your address to get these posted out to you.
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Posted on April 2nd, 2017 - Fiona
The rabbits on the farm here are one of the most popular animals with the children. Feeding them, cuddling them and looking after them is something that can while away an hours on holiday. Children are endlessly drawn to their soft fur and cute looks, though catching them can be quite a challenge. Watch out in spring and you may spot the Easter Bunny.
With Easter looming I thought sharing one of my most popular bunny rabbit crafts was in order for April’s #Trash2Treasure. What I love about this bunny rabbit tutorial is that it requires no glue, no stick on extras and no artistic talent; you can have a whole herd of rabbits in minutes with a few empty toilet rolls; something we have plenty of with a large family and a holiday business!
What you’ll need
- Toilet roll
- Black pen
- First cut the ears out of the body of the toilet roll being careful not to cut right through the top
- Bend the ears up and fold the edges over
- Cut feet and the front and back
- Cut a V in the back of the toilet roll and pull forward for the tail.
- Paint your bunny rabbit
- Use a black pen or paint to mark out your rabbits face.
- Paint the Tail
- Enjoy your Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny Craft Suitability:
Preschool and primary school age children will love this craft. Younger children will need some help with the scissors but older children who have mastered basic scissor control should cope with every stage.
A Few Alternatives you could try
- Add a branch to sit on and a chick for company out of more toilet rolls.
- Thread string through the top to create bunting.
- Hide a crème egg inside and place around the garden as an Easter Egg Hunt.
- Make an Easter Basket for your bunny.
- Add your bunny rabbit to an Easter Bonnet.
- Thread them onto Fairy Lights to create an fun Easter Decoration.
Vlog tutorial on how to make an Easter Bunny
Posted on April 1st, 2017 - Fiona
I make no secret of the fact that spring is my favourite time of year on the farm. Finally it feels like we are having days that are warm, sunny and spring like. The farm animals and children staying are making the most of this and I have to say it puts everyone in good spirits. Even my own kids are coming home from school and running off with a football or into the woods inspired by the spring sunshine, warmth and longer days. It would be a lie to say we have had wall to wall sun, but I’m glossing over the showery days and sharing some positive uplifting photos this week from the farm.
Aboard the morning tractor and trailer the spring growth is now visible; I love the distinctive green of spring and watching the new buds unfold a little more each day.
We are into our lambing season and have had twins this week to one of our experienced Mums. The children were only too happy to help move them into the nursery with our older lamb. Here they have already become friends and can be seen literally skipping around the field in the afternoon sun.
Guessing who will be next to lamb is always fun. We have an expert shepherdess with us this week rounding them all for a morning count up.
The deer are the shyest animals on the farm, apart from the confident Londoners; they hide up in the trees watching us from a distance when we come round to feed them. Farmer Nick brought his binoculars along one morning so everyone could enjoy a close up look at the more flighty members of the herd.
I can’t resist rounding off my spring update from the farm with another look at the bunnies a week on. I may even do a whole feature on them next week!
I hope spring sunshine is rocking your world this week too.
Posted on March 31st, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
No April fool, we have lambs!
So far *touches wood* lambing is going well for us. We have twins born this week, healthy and happy. Above the young girl is helping move one of them to our nursery field which is fox safe and sheltered for their early weeks. Over on the blog I am looking back at our Mother’s Day crafts and activities on the farm. I hope you’ll pop by and have a look whilst sharing your own recent outdoor adventures on the link up below.
Guidelines for Joining in:
- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
- If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
- Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
My top commenters from 25th March:
- Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine who commented on 16 posts.
- Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 15 posts.
- Heidi from Him Me and Three who commented on 15 posts.
- Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 14 posts.
- Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 14 posts.
We have 2 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.
Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here, will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!
For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.
March Welly Winner
Congratulation to Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who has won the March wellies with a lovely post about visiting Mottisford Abbey.
Helen, please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the April Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine
Early spring can be beautiful at the beach. Two Tiny Hands discovered a gorgeous empty beach and snow topped lakeside setting in West Cumbria
Hawkwood Estate provided some lovely natural woodland play for Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine
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My favourite photos from the week came from @occupationmother, @selwoodt, @cagneyandlace & @mummyconstant. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following
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Posted on March 31st, 2017 - Fiona
With Mother’s Day approaching we decided to embellish our spring craft theme from half term into some Mother’s Day Flower Crafts for the children to make. I had warned parents ahead of time on the feed run of our theme and it was lovely to see so many Dad’s bring their children along to keep the crafts as a surprise for Mother’s Day.
It was cold and windy outside so we set up the craft table in the games room. Our first task was to make the vases for our tulip flowers. We stuck Duck Tape Colours round the top of a cut out juice bottle before heading outside to find sticks for the stems and stones to secure the stems in place.
The fairy garden is always a draw for the children and keeping them on task looking for sticks was quite a challenge at times, but lovely to allow them a little time to wander round in there too.
From the fairy garden we headed down to the river where I knew there would be an ample supply of stones to bed the stems into place
Back in the games room we cut, stuck and painted our toilet roll tulips onto the top of our stick stems.
From here the children moved onto making mother’s day cards with crepe paper flowers and painted stems.
The younger ones were drifting off to play while the older children took their time over their cards. When everyone had finished we set off on a nature hunt. I have a trusted sheet of spring flowers that are always easy to spot on the farm. We took a bucket along to collect a few fallen petals too for our last craft.
With our bucket overflowing and the rain starting we headed back indoors to arrange petals along a strip of coloured paper. The children headed over to the dressing up box to play while we laminated the strips of petal paper to make Mother’s Day flower bookmarks.
The children enjoyed their crafts and the Dad’s were great at helping me. I hope the mother’s enjoyed a rest indoors awaiting their surprise presents! I wonder if any of the cards were saved till Sunday?
Have you tried homemade flower gifts for Mother’s Day?