Summer Magic

Cool down with a large glass of homemade 
You will need one glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and once glass of unbleached white sugar. Add 5 glasses of water and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Add a ice cubes and a few lemon slices.





The long hot days of summer are well on the way and that means strawberries and lemonade, trips to the seaside and picnics.  We have some lovely paper dolls for you to print out and cut out with the children and recipes for Caterpillar Cupcakes and strawberry ice-cream along with free print-outs and plenty of inspirational fun for celebrating fair days and rainy days! 

Cut out dolls

 Cherry Blossom Time 
April is Cherry blossom time and in Japan cherry blossom time marks the arrival of spring and much celebration.  People visit the parks and gardens where the cherry trees are in bloom and many families enjoy spending time together picnicing under the cherry blossom trees. The illustration we have chosen is a decorated woodcut by Helen Hyde an American artist who lived and studied in Japan. Blossom Time in Tokyo, 1914.

Cut out dolls
Cut out dolls in keeping with our Cherry Blossom theme. The little girl and boy have two outfits each: regular spring clothes and tradition dress to wear during their Cherry Blossom picnic.
   To print out the cut out dolls simply click on the image and print onto thin card or heavy paper. 


Crafty Spring Inspiration

Elsa Beskow was a Swedish writer and illustrator, she was born in the 19 century and her illustrations are wonderfully inspirational - the Scandanavian Beatrix Potter.  This illustration is from the book Emily and Daisy!