emilia keriene

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Princess Packages

Friends recently welcomed their third child into the family. Grandma and grandpa are overseas and dad is travelling for work, so I wanted to make something to help keep the two older children happy in those early, tiring days while mum is on her own. I chose a princess theme and a few no-preparation, no-mess activities (for 3.5 year old and 18 month old girls).


– no mess finger painting in a zip-lock bag (there are plenty of instructions for these on the internet)

– mini crown kit to decorate cardboard tubes with crayons, washi tape, adhesive jewels and adhesive lace borders (inspired by these)

– stained glass window wand and castle (here is a list of links to lots of types of stained glass and sun-catcher crafts)

– felt princess crowns (the little man watched me sew these and has now requested I make him one, even choosing buttons for me to decorate it with. I hope the princesses like them as much as he seems to)

– we also packaged up some of her favourite peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, a gift for her and gifts for the baby boy, princess bubbles, princess frisbee, princess sticker book, princess board books, Fisher Price Prince Charming and Cinderella and princess wands (thank goodness for so much Disney princess paraphernalia for the theme!)

{Card from kikki-K. Racecar from Fisher Price Wheelies range.}


Felt Macarons


A friend recently gave her daughter a play kitchen for her 2nd birthday and I wanted to help her stock it. Her love for macarons made them the obvious choice.


They are made largely using this tutorial.


All packaged and ready to be posted (better late than never, sorry R!).





I have been meaning to sew this teepee for the little man for months and there’s nothing like the impending arrival of a baby to motivate these tasks (especially as it ended out taking only a couple of hours to make). He loves cubby houses so I’m hoping he loves this new corner of his bedroom.

My inspiration is from Jen Loves Kev, This Little Mama and A Beautiful Mess (although there are plenty of others around, and some non-sew options if you’d rather not sew).


Felt Pig

I left pigs until late in our farm theme to give myself time to sew this felt pig. I needn’t have bothered because all it meant was that I put off making it for a few more weeks.

The pattern is modified from this one by Lorraine Teigland published in The Guardian (UK) earlier this year.

She has a little pocket in which to keep her piglets (or in my case, piglet, until I make some more).


Hobby Horse

This was fun and quick to make and the little man took to galloping on it immediately (followed shortly after by using it to sweep the floor).

I used this tutorial but there are plenty of them if you’re wanting a little horse and rider at your home.



Old MacDonald has been the song of choice here lately so I thought I’d make some finger puppets to use as we sing.

And somewhere to keep them.

My barn and finger puppets were inspired by a page in this quiet book by Homemade By Jill.


Felt Mouse

When my husband came home with a tin of mints I immediately saw its potential as a home, so I set to making this mouse (loosely based on the Jofus and Lally pattern on Ric Rac).


Now I just need someone to eat the displaced mints.


Felt Pizza

The present of felt food I am making is slow in coming but now includes some pizza slices.

Mine are inspired by these pizza slices.


Felt Donuts

I have been wanting to make some more felt food for a little while. Finally I have managed to start a little present for a friend’s son’s birthday with a few donuts.

I have more ideas so hopefully I’ll have a few more pieces to add soon.


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