what do you do with your old mags..

Since buying our house a few years ago, the one thing I missed about renting for a couple of the first years, was decluttering at each move. I then decided that the week between Christmas and new years would be called 'clean fest'. I go through each nook and cupboard in the house and shed unnecessary clutter and stuff.

When it comes to magazines, I'm a flicker. I rarely read, I just flick. I now only have a couple of subscriptions, but still manage to build a lovely mountain of them by the end of each year. It never seems right to throw them out as I just never feel like I've got my money's worth..

What I did decide a couple of years back, after spending a good few nights in hospital with the little guy, is to donate them to the women's and children's hospital. A couple of piles go to our kindy and the kids cut up a few too.. So all round, it makes parting with them a whole lot easier.

do you doodle?

I seriously cannot sit still. When I'm not doing anything I am still either on the iPhone playing with photos or if the kids are doing any sort of craft or art and I am sitting at the table with them, I have my black texta and I doodle. I come up with some cool stuff but seeing there is no purpose behind it, the doodles just get tossed out. I'm no good at freehand drawing as such, as most of my designs are done on the computer, but there is just something so cool about hand drawn art and illustrations.

I've decided to doodle with purpose this coming year and have punched out a heap of shapes out of scrap paper, using some of my mega punches, and I have a stash near our table.. Meaning I'll grab one of these and just doodle on them.

Still no idea what I'll do with them.. But it will be cool to look back on at the end of the year if nothing else. So above are a couple of doodles I did today in-between coloring in with Lell.

{christmas craft..} toilet paper angels..

Our toilet roll angel.. Another super simple and essentially free craft idea for Christmas.. You can make these more elaborate by using scrapbooking paper, glitter or by adding little balls for the head.. But we're working with 2 & 4 year olds at our place.. So simple is much more fun..


christmas gifts from the kiddos..

We've spent the day with the kiddos making lil Chrissy gifts for all their friends at kinder.. We did the reindeer food last year and this year we wanted to use our lil rudolf stamp.. Seeing the munchkins are really into stamping..

Very simple idea, but it was great as all of us could be involved. The lil man who is nearly 3 popped the noses in the cello bags, miss almost 5 put a handful of choc biscuit balls in the bag and I sealed them..

Then I cut the strips for the top and the lil man stamped the rush on each strip lil miss stamped the text and I staple them onto the bags..

Simple, fun and cheap..

{tee design competition} for kids aged 0-16..

We're calling all kids aged 0-16 to create a design that captures the energy and fun of being a kid.

the design brief
What does being a kid mean? design a tee that screams fun!! think childhood memories and simple pleasures of being a kid like hunting for bugs or blowing a dandelion and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

the prize
the top design will receive a $50 kasiabear voucher to spend at www.kasiabear.com.au.
the top 3 designs will all receive their design printed on a tee of their choice.

the rules
Enter either by: a) emailing a scanned copy of your artwork to kasiabearkids@optusnet.com.au, b) dropping your entry off at the kasiabear stall at the mummy tree markets or the little apple markets, c) posting your entry to: PO Box 171, Holden Hill SA 5088, Australia.

Entries are open to all kids aged 0-16 both in Australia and internationally. 

Entries close: 31st December 2011 and will be drawn and announced on Friday, 6th of January 2012 and winners will be announced both on the kasiabear blog and facebook page. 

Winners will be drawn on the basis of the most creative and fun representation of what being a kid means. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.