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A little thank you goes along way.

So the time has come where tired little people get to spend six weeks relaxing. After spending a whole year building relationships and learning new skills and just growing up. And it’s at this time of year we all just like to say thank you to the other main adult in our children’s life besides us. Yes thats it. It’s the teachers. The ones that will effect our children’s lives now, no matter how small the action.

I even now remember them special teachers that I had growing up. So we all agreed on mug of love. I had made these before for previous teachers but I had just used acrylic yarns and not put much towards it. Budget was a factor too. Also my little ones were a bit smaller and them times before it was more a thank you from me for the child care and not so much from the children.

But this year was different, they were awear and wanted to say thank you from them. So this year we really went for it and said a big thank you.

So we dyed our own wool. ” Just like mummy”. Just for our mug hugs. We then went to choose our mugs for our teachers.

buttons were hand made from the magpies eye. She has a Facebook page. She makes fantastic resin buttons she can even make clocks and all sorts of items. Check out her Facebook page. The magpie eye

These are all the little added extras I had placed in. I made some cloth make up remover pads. A bag charm or magnet and tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

The bag charms and magnets were from

tilly and muffin too.

Then for the finishing touch cello wrap to wrap up the mug which had these wonderful butterflies on them. These really were a joy to make and the huge smiles from the kids and teachers. What a amazing way to say thank you.

Now to get ready for the six weeks of fun and adventure. Wishing you all a fantastic summer. See you all on the other side

Take care

All the best

Hooks and dye.

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Make your own niddy noddy. 

Ages ago my old wodden niddy noddy broke, which was a very sad day. So I was left with the option to use the back of the dinning room chairs, untill one day I started to wind my wonderful newly spun wool on to skein up. I had noticed half way through that one of my lovely darlings had smeared jam all over the back of the seat and by this time it had already smeared its jammyness self all over my newly spun merino. So that was me in a rage and stomping around for the rest of the day, like a lion with a sore head. I was not impressed at all.. Now you can say I should of checked before hand to see if there was any villians lurking around in the area ready to pounce on my wool and make it all sticky. But I was in a inpatient daze wanting it done yesterday and thinking this is going to look so wonderful when its all set.
So the day came when I had a spare day to go shopping to the hardware shop looking for ideas for wall paper for my living room. Instead I came out with 22m tubing and some fixture fittings for plumbing. Totally random but thats how I work. So I will now proceed to show you what I did with these peices and give you the method of how I made my own niddy noddy.
So what do u need.
22m white tube. 22m equal tee fittings *2 and 22m stop ends *4, and a tape measure and a mini saw.

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I measured the tube a placed a mark on the 2.5 m and this will be the centre peice,  I did this so then one whole wrap around the niddy noddy would equal to 1 meter. You can make this section bigger if you want to.  DSC_0686 1
I then measured out 4 equal lengths along the tube of 1m and cut them. (edit, I found this was a little bit small once all the fittings was on so maybe measure up to 2m)

Once all these peices are cut, you can file down the edges so they are a bit smoother and then no risk so pulling on your wool when you remove it from the niddy noddy later.

So now we are ready to put it all together.  Place the equal tee at each end of the 2.5m white tube you have cut. And then start to place the 4 other tubes in the with the stop ends on the ends. And hopefully you should have something that looks like this.DSC_0688

As you can see from this picture that the arm peices that the wool is wind on to is a little bit on the small side. So I would suggest makeing these alittle longer.
When you have wound your spun wool on and have tied it up you can remove one on the stop ends on one of the arms and slide the wool off. (This is why its really important to file down the edges before hand).
This is so versatile and easy to cary around. It can be dismantled and set back up in no time at all.
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