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Felted snails

felted snails on chalk drawing

(wet felted snails)

There are some tasks that seem destined to constant interruption. Forever work in progresses. As soon as all the tools are assembled, and work on the verge to commence, a voice pipes up and my priorities are changed in a moment. A different task beckons. Sigh. I know I’m not alone.

All week, I’ve been trying to clear a weed flower bed to plant a few new plants. All week. Finally Sunday, I woke early, before the rest of the household, and dug.

felted snails on plants kids craft activityAmong the plants are a pair of delphiniums that the slugs and snails had munched through while they waited in their pots to be planted. I brought them inside and they have recovered. Bunches of new leaves, although I’m not sure they will produce flowers.

kids craft felted snail on poached egg plant

(poached egg plant)

Poor plants. They are going to need extra defences in their new location. I’ve liberally sprinkled egg shells around, to deter the slugs and snails. Without wishing to tempt fate, this method usually works well in our garden.

felted snails on armenia mixed ballerina plantSo far, so good. I’ve not spotted any snails or the tell-tale signs of their sneaky visits. Admittedly, I did relocate a fair few snails to one of our wild areas in the garden, as I cleared the area of weeds.

rainy day kids craft needle and wel felted snails

Fortunately these particular snails are 100% harmless. The children recently made them by wet felting and needle-felting merino fleece. They used the technique of making long thin rods of felt (details here) and also had a go at needle-felting. They decided wet felting has the best technique when it comes to snail making.

The felted snails are back up above our inglenook, among the felted leaves and crocheted daisies. While I’m left to keep a beady eye on my delphiniums. I have a plan B, a plan C and a plan D. I hope I’m not pushed into resorting to Plan D.

Fingers crossed.

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Yogurt pot racing cars

petits filou squares yogurt pot racing cars

Sometimes I only need to provide a few objects and the children have hours of fun playing. Dreaming up multiple ways to play. Today they had yogurt pots, wheels and guttering. Ok. I did give them the wobbly eyes too! They decided to engineer/craft yogurt pot racing cars. Mixing the bits and pieces, and their imagination.

And so the first official Petits Filous Yogurt Pot race was dreamt up. Every race needs a good course, and its no different for yogurt pot cars. They need a course too.

yogurt pot car racing in gutter

One end of the guttering was rested on top of the step ladders.

petits filou squares yogurt pot racing cars course

Then the yogurt pot cars ski jumped off the guttering onto the wibbly wobbly wavy slide and down to the finishing line.

petits filou squares yogurt pot racing car landed

Hopefully landing intact and with a little decorum. Between you and me, I don’t think the rules were important. It was more about the team fun.

eating petits filous squares yogurt

Once all the yogurt pot racing cars had run the course many times, it was time to stop for a yogurt snack. Strawberry and Vanilla Magic Squares.

doll eating petits filous squares yogurt

Some racing drivers were very keen to join in.

petits filous magic squares yogurt pot racing cars finish

Sometimes words and photos can’t quite capture the fun that three children can have with racing yogurt pots. So I’ve added a video. Only 43 seconds long. Hope you enjoy it.

Not sure where and when the next official race will take place. Hope you can join in too.

Disclaimer: This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.

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Homemade bird feeders

peanut and seed pine cone feeder on fig tree 2

In January, we like to reassess the bird feeders in our garden. Some are looking tired, some neglected. With the drop in temperature, the birds need the extra calories, just to get through the nights. We want to help them and attract them to the garden at the same time. Birdwatching is a favourite pastime around here.

making peanut and seed bird feeders using pine cone

Not forgetting that it’s the Big Garden Bird Watch on 24th-25th January. Time to get the birds used to new feeders and encourage the birds to visit. All but the bravest birds, take time to get used to new additions to the garden.

making peanut and seed bird feeders using pine cone 1

Along with all the different styles of feeders in the shops, we love manufacturing our own. Especially out of recycled materials. This weekend, Eldest gathered up pine cones, peanut butter and seeds to make a feeder or two.

peanut and seed bird feeders using pine cone

These are ready to go outside. I can see the sparrows queuing up already.

peanut and seed pine cone feeder on fig tree

Can’t help thinking that this one almost looks like the head of an interesting beastie. Hope it doesn’t scare them away.

homemade recycled bird feeder

This is a feeder, she made in the Autumn. The robins love it. As I write this, I can see one sifting through the seeds, finding a choice morsel.

Although it hangs in a tree that the house sparrows favour (mobs of them), I am yet to see one of them use it. Maybe its the pink or the flavour. Discerning lot, the sparrows! The feeder has weathered amazingly well.

I hope they like the new pine cone feeders. I suspect more will be made.

Anyone else gearing up for the RSPB’s Big Garden Watch?

(Note: if you make a peanut seed feeder, be sure to hang it somewhere that dogs won’t reach. They like them too……apparently)


Linking up with Outdoor Play Party. Go look at the great tips for looking after wildlife this winter.

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