Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Boys aged three "must work more"
Boys aged three and four must be made to write more to stop them falling behind girls before they even reach school, the Government will order nurseries and childminders.
New boy-friendly guidance is to be sent to all nurseries and childminders advising them to get the youngest boys to take more interest in writing, scribbling and drawing – basically just putting pencil to paper.
After a year of school, more than one in six boys cannot write his own name or simple words such as "mum", "dad" or "cat" – double the number of girls – official figures show.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Here's some pictures of the last week and a bit
One of my gifts from James an old DuaflexII for TtV photography
One for Euan & me to share a little childs sewing machine. it only does daisychains so its great for me to ecorate fabrics with and great for squish as there is no worry about the spool that normal machines have underneath. It does take a little while to get used to and you have to be careful to have the tension just right otherwise it doesn't pick up the daisyleaf that it made in the last stitch. It looked like it had never been used!
We fed the swans at the canal
Heres daddy and the 3 swanlings (what do you call baby swans?) and our boys
It was nice to see that swanling 3 with the misshapen beak was still doing really well and has become the cheekiest of the lot
Our tree on xmas eve with little sweethearts filled with chocolates
The xmas bags with stockingstuffers
Euan on xmas eve with the butter he made for our croissants on xmas morning
A truck with airplane parts coming trough the hightstreet
Obviously there where tons of gifts for the boys (more pics in my flickr stream)
It looks like mums Chemo is going really well, And on the 28th of Januari we will find out when they start with the bonemarrow transplant.
Its time for me to go and make gingerbread ladies with the cutter I got in my wee sock swap.
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
I have to warn you that the pictures where taken at night, the only time my felting needle is allowed to come out otherwise the twins will try to have a go.
And secondly My eldest helped so some of the pictures are not as clear as they could be but I hope you get the idea :)
So this is what you need 1 dolls head, carded wool of your choice and s felting needle. I have no idea what size it is its a fairly basic one not too fine.
I start by giving him a fringe this line doesn't have to be done too neatly as it will be covered up in a minute. You put the hair over the head where you want it and start stabbing until you have a line all the way over the wool, ensuring that every bit has been felted in
a side shot of the fringe
Now the sides of the hair. Pull of a piece long enough to for both sides of the head (if you want the hair to be shoulder lenght your piece needs to be long enough to go from one shoulder to the next over the head and then a little bit more for felting)
Once you have laid it down over the head start stabbing. obviously since this line will be very visible do it as straight as you can
This is what th eback looks like at this point I pull the two sides slightly together so the divide between the back piece of wool and the side piece isn't so obvious and I secure it with a couple of stabs
front view at this point
Now Start adding another layer of hair underneath the first one. to cover up any visible skin and make the hairdo more full.
SOmetimes I add 3 total layers of hair but usually 2 dows the job
the beard done just like the hair but I pull smaller (less dense?) bits of wool of to make the beard. attach under the mouth in a slight arch, basically following the shape of the face
another beard view
beard done moustache next
underside of the beard
Place a small bit under the nose and stab a line right under the nose make sure all the bit are stabbed in so you dont see any stabholes but rather one line
Thats it done. now all thats left it to neaten him up and stick a body on him :)
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
embroidery thread in as many colours as you like (1 per angel/fairy)
a needle or small crochet hook
pull of a small bit of wool for the body
fold it in half and tie of the head with a peice of thread
pull of some wool for the wings and slightly twist the ends
put the body on top of the wings
tie the wings to the body cross the thread over the front of the body and tie it around the tummy to the back to bind of
Hang it up in your tree and smile :)