Crafty Ideas Family Handmade Handmade for Kitty Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Work in Progress


It’s what you might call an ordinary moment in progress.

It started with two leftover newspapers and a very cunning plan. H has been spending a little longer than usual in his commute to work this week, and he’s clearly been putting the time to good use.  His vision involved glue, paint, probably glitter, and lots and lots of mess if at all possible, all to make a paper mache hat or some sort or other for a little girl who loves both sticky mess and dressing up. Perfect!

They decided to go one better than your traditional party hat cone and with a bit of stiff card purloined from the art stash, and a very fetching pink balloon carefully selected from the only tiny packet available on an emergency run to the village shop, they set up a rough hat form and set to with the watered down PVA glue.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s only had a couple of layers of paper so far, and it’s got a wonderful wobbly ripple about the brim that I really hope is still there is several layers of glue and paint later.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Kitty’s already decided on the colour, “pink! maybe purple!” and I think she went to bed dreaming of visions of ribbons and glitter glue and all the decorations she’s going to heap on its precarious brim.  But that won’t be for a couple of weeks at least; with all of the layers and drying time we need to make it sturdy enough to withstand being an accessory to Princess Tinkerbell Pirate Kitty, this isn’t a quick scribble of a project.

This is the start of her first big art project, and a special Daddy and Kitty project too, although I think I might be allowed a consulting role in the matter of trimmings, mostly so that they can have full access to my stash of feathers and twinkles.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s going to be a very cute hat, but that’s not really why I love it quite to much. It’s mostly that I love watching H with our daughters; listening to their chatter and progress from my perch at the other end of the table or as I potter around doing odds and ends.   For Kitty, whose world rather revolves around her Daddy right now, it’s been a perfect Saturday morning; a bacon buttie for breakfast, ballet class and then home to play with Daddy; and that’s an ordinary moment worth remembering.

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  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 02/03/2014 at 7:09 am

    Aww sounds like a lovely project and so sweet to see her having so much fun with her daddy 🙂 xx

    • Carie 02/03/2014 at 9:09 am

      I think it’s going to be quite the creation when it’s finished!

  • Mummy Says 02/03/2014 at 7:40 am

    Definitely a moment worth remembering! What a lovely post and what a beautiful scene you have created for us to share. x

    • Carie 02/03/2014 at 9:14 am

      Thank you, there’s something very special about watching your husband be a father

  • Anna-Marie 02/03/2014 at 7:50 am

    I adore this! Its going to be a wonderful hat and very special indeed xx

    • Carie 02/03/2014 at 9:40 am

      It’s definitely going to be quite extraordinary – and very pink!

  • Lucinda Turner 02/03/2014 at 9:01 am

    This is lovely, what a fantastic project! Look forward to seeing the finished piece 🙂

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:27 am

      Thank you – it’s definitely a magnum opus but I think it should be amazing when it’s done!

  • mylittledreamworld1 02/03/2014 at 9:52 am

    This looks like a great project – I’ve got a balloon and have been meaning to make paper mâché for a while now (making a planet). Maybe I should get around to starting it! Xxx

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:28 am

      Ooo a planet would be awesome – next project after the hat maybe!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/03/2014 at 3:06 pm

    Ah lovely to see her having so much fun with her Daddy! And it looks like it’s going to be rather fabulous when it’s finished. X

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:36 am

      I’m thinking there’s unlikely to be any such thing as too much pink too much ribbon or too many twinkles when it comes to the finished hat – more is definitely more!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 02/03/2014 at 6:41 pm

    Ah this is so lovely! And I cannot wait to see it when it’s finished! x

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:37 am

      Thank you 🙂 We’ve still got a good few layers of paper mâché to go so if nothing else it’s rather a lesson in delayed gratification!

  • Jenny 02/03/2014 at 7:37 pm

    Love the crafts! That looks like a great project, look forward to seeing the end result! This is such a sweet post. I am the same I love watching Mr P with our kids. What a lovely ordinary moment to share and remember for sure. #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:39 am

      I’m not sure I describe it very well but there’s just something about watching the relationship between two people that you love most in the whole world as something completely separate to you – it’s very special.

  • chantelle 03/03/2014 at 4:18 am

    oooo this is just so lovely!!! I hope we get to see the final outcome 🙂
    It looks fantastic already! x

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:42 am

      I can’t imagine madam will shy away from having her picture taken once it’s finished so I think I can promise that!

  • Lauren 03/03/2014 at 7:20 am

    What a great project, these photos are so sweet. Your husband looks so determined to do a good job, and it looks like it’s going very well at the moment. Can’t wait to see the finished result x

    • Carie 03/03/2014 at 8:44 am

      So far so good! We’ve got a fewer more layers of paper mâché to go though!

  • Carin 03/03/2014 at 5:41 pm

    What a lovely project for them to do together! That’s definitely a moment to remember. x

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Double Troube 08/03/2014 at 8:30 am

    Ahh this is so lovely, it definitely is a special moment. Can’t wait to see the end result

    • Carie 08/03/2014 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you – we bought some ribbon for a bow this week so I think it’s going to be quite the bonnet!