Monday, March 4, 2013

Fairies in a Jam Jar

I saw this on Facebook and can't wait to make it for my niece.

How To Make Fairies In A Jar
This is something everyone will love! Just imagine the look on your childs face when they see this.

1. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar.
2. Add diamond glitter
3. Seal the top
4. Shake hard

This is something they will never forget so its worth a little work on this one.

Source: 04.03.13.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scruffy the Adventurous Bear - ebook Release


Scruffy the Bear and his best friend, Chloe, are back for further fun times together. Join them as they explore the backyard, climb trees and have exciting super slimy snail races.

Scruffy the Bear is a quick bedtime read about interactions between friends that is perfect for children aged three to seven. This story engages the imagination and gently encourages children to think about the feelings of others. Promoting outdoor activity, healthy eating, and getting along, this book sends a positive message whilst you spend quality time with your children.

Scruffy the Adventurous Bear is the sequel to Scruffy the Christmas Bear, and can be enjoyed alongside the first book, or as a stand alone story.

Purchase you copy of the ebook, Scruffy the Adventurous Bear from Smashwords here: Scruffy the Adventurous Bear

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas

It's that time of year again - the tree is up in the lounge room, lights flashing and sparkling. The fake snow is scattered on the window sills (at least in Australia, I'm sure in colder climates it's real snow). That's right, it's Christmas. For those of us on a budget this can be a daunting prospect. I am going to share with you some of the ideas I have for thrifty gifts. Gifts that are awesome but don't cost an arm and a leg.

Idea 1: A Herb Garden

You will need:

- potting mix
- 3 small pots
- 3 different herb seedlings (thyme, coriander, mint, parsley)

In my experience, you can buy cheap seedlings of herbs from most garden centres. Because they are in plain, company branded pots and are not 'gifts', they are unexpensive. I recently bought some for $3 a pot. Simply replant the herbs into more decorative separate pots, or a larger pot, and you have yourself a mini herb garden that can sit on the kitchen window. This is perfect for those members of the family who love to cook. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but both of my kitchen-savvy sister-in-laws will be receiving this for a gift this year.

Idea 2: Family Cookbook

You will need:

- an A4 notebook
- a handful of recipes
- scrap material or paper

Decorate the notebook, and add a caption that reads 'Family Recipes', or something similar. Ever cook something that other people just adore? Add in the recipe. For me, it's my pancakes that people love. For you it may be a cake or some biscuits.

Write in a handful of recipes that you think would be useful to the recipient.

Pack the cookbook into a basket with small samples of some of the food in the book. For myself I added a Moroccan spice mix I had made, some chocolate fudge, some biscuits, and some apple jam

Not culinary? Maybe this next idea will be for you.

Idea 3: Photo Board

You will need:

- a cork board
- some decorative material
- ribbon
- a hammer and some nails 
- some miniature pegs 

When I made these I picked up the corkboard from a hardware store for $8. The material I bought from an op shop (thrift store) for $2.40. The material I found was a table cloth that has never been used. The ribbon I bought from a discount store for $2 a roll. I was lucky enough to have the hammer and nails around at home.


- Iron the material so it is crisp and fresh and wrinkle free.
- Place the material over the cork board and hammer it to the board.
- Place the ribbon over the board in a criss-cross pattern.
- Nail the material to the board on from the back. The ribbon should be tight

For a nice finishing touch I like to have a photo printed of the gift recipient, usually of them with a loved one, and attach it to the board using one of the little pegs.

Some photos will be coming soon of the finished products!

These are just a few of the hand-made gifts that I have tried out myself. Does anyone else have any other clever ideas? I would love to hear them!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I've Been Reading - 'The Magic Finger'

As a children's author I find it is extremely important to keep up with what the children of today are reading. As a teacher this is easy for me - I ask my students what they are reading, I borrow the book from the library, and I have a great time reading the books they tell me about.

And yet, I just cannot get past Roald Dahl's amazingly, awesome books. They just do not seem to date, and no matter how many times I read them I still giggle and squiggle every time. I just read 'The Magic Finger', by Roald Dahl whilst sipping coffee on my front veranda. I don't know what my neighbours think of me, but I can assure you they don't think I'm normal after the giggle sesh I just had. In public. And Dahl does it to me every time.

'The Magic Finger,' is told by an eight year old girl who, when she gets mad, accidentally magics the person who annoyed her. I just cannot help but laugh at the twists and turns that this story takes. Although horrible things often happen to the horrible characters in Dahl's books you always have the sense that the punishment is always very fitting. Besides, Dahl always managed to stop just clear of that line of inappropriateness.

I just think that Dahl's books are fantastic, and I believe that every child should read at least one Roald Dahl book in their lifetime.

Any thoughts?