Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Day 24

With a rainy day forecast for Wednesday we decided that buying school uniform and then taking ourselves off to the cinema would be the way to go. That was until T started to chat online with a friend from his junior school he hadn't seen for a year. T found out that this lad had recently moved a little closer to us and at 4.45pm he asked 'could J come over and possibly stay the night?'
So school uniform buying was put on hold for the time being, J came over and the boys did computer game playing and S and I played with beads.

Most of these beaded sticks are S's creation, she did far more than me. I just love them! So zingy and full of colour.


Some are keepers and others are going to be given away.



Luckily a few of the beads were perfect for the bottom as they had just the right size hole to be snugly threaded onto the bamboo stick and then wouldn't budge, others I held in place with a dab of superglue. We started threading them a little way up so there would be a bit of stick to push into the soil of a pot plant. 



The last four we made we topped off with a bead with an initial on, one for each of our names.



This is the photo which inspired our making today. It's from a book called How Does Your Garden Grow? which was also the inspiration for our scarecrow. As S has a huge stash of beads from various sets she has been given over the years I thought this was the ideal craft to use them on. It kept us entertained for over 2 hours which I think is pretty good going.



The photo next to this in the book is craft idea made with plastic drinking straws. I wanted to include this as 
1. someone may want to give it ago
and
2. I made this with T many years ago, way before I had heard of blogging and when he would actually do the occasional sit down and make something with mum thing! If I had a blog back then then it would no doubt have been photographed and blogged, so recording it now is the next best thing.



12 comments:

June said...

Dear Lisa,
Those beaded creations are just great! I love the vibrant colours. We too have a stash of beads and you've set me thinking as to what we can do with them! Thanks for the inspiration!
June

Jo said...

What a great way of brightening up a potted plant. I think Eleanor has some beads hanging around, I shall show her this post, I might get a creation for my flowerpots. Just been catching up on your posts, I love the scarecrow, just what I need for the allotment.

Joshy and belle said...

I love the beads!! We were thinking of gun wharf today too!! Have you heard of the milestones museum? It's in Basingstoke I think, on Sunday they are having a ww2 day where the children get a ration book and can buy a ration of sweets from the old sweet shop, it's all under cover too, we are going to go, I've not been before but I really fancy it, I think I'm more excited than joshy!!!! Xxxx

Diane said...

I miss the kids being little and the school hols when I read your blog. xxx

Louise said...

what a great rainy day activity and a nice bit of plant pot decoration!

Thanks for your comment on my 'round three' post :)

topchelseagirl said...

What a great idea. They're so colourful and cheery.

Garden Girl said...

Oooh! I LOVE those!! they're fab, and what a lovely way to get creative. May have a go at those, I have lots of beads left from my jewellery making days.x

bellaboo said...

Those are brilliant Lisa! I think YOU should write a book,'How to entertain your kids during the holidays',you are always finding great things to do with yours.
Oh no cream with my strawberries..just low fat yoghourt.It's working though,I've lost exactly 3 stone now! :0)

whatshappeningatmyhouse said...

Oooh, I love the bead sticks, and the straw thing as well! I want to make them all too!

A garden just outside Venice said...

No matter what's the weather like, your always share some cherfulness with us, thanks!
Have a good weekend!
x

Lx @ Twelve said...

Love this - I think we may be taking your idea for this weekend....

Lx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

so sweet and gorgeous colours! have you managed a uniform outing? It's so bonkers shot here we are wilting!

Sarah -x-