Handwriting is hard work!

Hey all, hope you are all well. We are on the second week of summer holidays for the kids (vacation for those of you not in the UK) and as you might have seen in one of my previous posts, I made some cards for the kids teachers.

An example of the card.

Now while I was happy with these, I didn’t like my writing, and I’m hoping I can sell some to raise money towards the new chair I want, which means it needs a lot of improvement.

I have decided I am going to try learning modern calligraphy, I have watched some YouTube videos, and I have a practice book and pen set (but the fountain pen hurts my fingers, I forgot what it was like to write with one) and had a try today. I am definitely going to follow the advice on Natalie’s Outlet

YouTube – https://youtu.be/Jzlx9TMCsVA

Instagram – https://instagram.com/nataliesoutlet?utm_medium=copy_link

I may also get some of the pens she recommended to make my writing better. These are my attempts so far

Not perfect, but happy!

Let me know what you think, and if you have any tips. Writing makes my hands hurt so so bad, but I want it to be beautiful for the cards as it’s the personal touch instead of a printed generic message.

Have a good day/week,


End of year gifts, do parents pay too much?

When I worked in education (for 20 years) I NEVER got an end of the year gift. I worked primarily with special needs and deaf children, and often didn’t get to see the parents or families more than once a year. I didn’t work in education for presents, don’t get me wrong there, but watching teacher receiving 35+ presents made me wonder just how much parents actually spend.

Amelia had her teacher and 2 teaching assistants in her class this year, Colby had his teacher and a higher level teaching assistant.

I wasn’t going to do presents to start with, simply because I couldn’t afford it, but then had a thought, why not make my own.

I have been dabbling with nabbi bead art for a while, and I decided to put this skill (and Dan’s ironing skills – I cannot manage an iron with my wrist/arm pain) to use, these are the presents I made. I did cards for all 5 members of staff, and they also go a box of chocolates.

Colby was in Turtles class
Amelia was in Elephant class

Then I had a think about extra presents for the teachers who did so much over this year for all the kids, and these are what I made. They are far from perfect, but I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Door plaques

I have been told that I should make things and sell them. I could do cards, hair clips (I already made one for Moo which I’ll include a photo of at the end), key rings, badges, magnets etc. What do you think?

Not perfect but she loves it!

Magna-Tiles and Lego = hours of creativity! (not sponsored)

A house with a garage and a fenced garden.

Do your kids love to build? All three of my children love to build things (and knock them down, obviously, that’s the best bit) and their creativity and imagination blows me away.

The house above was made by Freya, my oldest step-daughter. She described it all to me in detail, what bit was the garage, garden etc and why she chose the tiles that she did. The pyramids represent the roof, the “fence” tiles are obviously the fence, and then she told me she had added the garage, and put a Lego car inside.

Queen Elizabeth Tower.

My youngest step-daughter Amelia (Moo) made the Queen Elizabeth Tower, we talked about the face that the bell inside is called Big Ben, not the actual clock tower. We also talked about how the clock is kept at the right time – do you know how? Leave your answers in the comments.

A house with a garage and a chair

This building was made by my son Colby (CJ). he made a house using the Lego, and then he re-thought and put a garage in for to store the cars. He also gave the person a seat to sit on in the room to watch the television.

What things did/do your kids make out of their building toys? I have included links for the products we used that were bought from Amazon (apart from the green base plate which was from an old Lego set.

Deal: Desire Deluxe Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Construction Toys for Boys & Girls 47pc – STEM Learning Educational Toy for Kids Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old Gift https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07T1XJ6FR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HGR9WDBHPT0XYVSQ5VG3

Mega Bloks Mini Bulk Tub – Large https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07P8WQXJW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_7RPZ13E5GJ4QEG8R8NAN