March 2010

Easter project

added 31st March 2010

When it comes to creative projects with a little one you have to face the fact that sometimes you’ll win and sometimes you’ll lose. Case in point: I thought Jake and I could make an Easter hat together. I bought the kit from the local supermarket and was quite looking forward to making it with him. This was the picture of what the end product should’ve looked like, as displayed on the front of the kit; cute isn’t it?!

This is what my (I mean our) hat ended up looking like:

Not bad, right? So you must be thinking that this was one of those winning projects.... WRONG! Guess how much of it Jake did........ yip, the sparkly smudges on the front of the squirrel and bunny’s egg! It was a bit grown up and fiddly for him so he very quickly lost interest and toddled off to play with his building blocks while I sat there for ages and finished my work of art! Anyway, I had fun and Jake enjoyed wearing the hat when I was finished (see below) so I guess it wasn’t a total loss! Next project – egg decorating!

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The difference between my son's mummy and daddy!

added 29th March 2010

I really enjoy doing creative projects with my son because he absolutely loves it, so we try to use every special occasion to get creative. Being the mummy, I am generally in charge of supervising these projects, however, for Mothers’ Day, call me old fashioned, I thought it would be better for my husband to take charge of making my cards. I pretended to work while secretly watching proceedings and I was struck by how different a mummy and daddy can do things. When I’m in charge I wrap my child in his painting apron, line all surfaces with newspaper for a quick cleanup and try to enforce the 1 paintbrush for 1 colour rule but there was my husband with my son in his pyjamas (the apron never even thought of), no newspaper in sight and painting with fingers, hands and other little instruments! I had to bite my tongue when I saw the paint all over the pyjamas and stained table because I ended up with 2 beautiful cards and dare I say, although I will never admit this to my husband, a son who probably enjoyed the session slightly more because there was less fuss! You can see their beautiful creations below.

 

 

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Introducing Lesley Grainger

added 23rd March 2010

Please join us in extending a warm Happy Spaces' welcome to the talented Lesley Grainger.

Lesley Grainger is a wife; mom and designer who loved to create as a child and dreamed of being an artist. Lesley is originally from England where she studied Art and received a BA Honours Degree in Illustration and Design. She moved to California in 1999 with her husband and daughter. Her designs are inspired by her children, colour and nature, especially the beach!

Lesley’s heart warming designs are now available and are packed with detail that will leave your little one fascinated for hours!

To browse or buy from her gorgeous collection click here.

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Lions and Tigers

added 17th March 2010

My little boy, Jake, is going through a phase of being obsessed with lions and tigers. I’m not sure if it’s because he has African blood running through his veins or that he’s a 2 ½ year old boy’s boy who loves all things fierce!

He recently had chicken pox so I thought I would cheer him up and show him all the beautiful, colourful designs in my Happy Spaces catalogue books. I wasn’t surprised when he homed in on these 2 Carla Daly prints:

He loved them and kept asking me to take them out so he could run around and play with them. Since then I have found him a few times hiding under my desk with my catalogue books trying to find the lion and tigers! After that, I thought I would score some points with him and bring home our ‘You’re a Star’ sample for his room. Well, you should have seen his little face light up when I walked through the door with the picture....... major, major points on the ‘Best Mummy’ scale.

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