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Living Arrows 2015: 36/52

07/09/2015

Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure

On Saturday morning we sat down with half a bag of granulated sugar, a tray and a lot of imagination.

Kitty, Elma and I would like to introduce you to our magical mystery desert treasure island beach, our entry in the Tots 100’s competition with Staedtler to find another couple of Try it Tribe members for the year.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

At first, it might seem like quite a peaceful beach scene;

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Our little Pirate Pip sites relaxing on his playdoh beach towel, under the shade of a delicate pink sun umbrella.  His cutlass rests behind his head, abandoned for the moment as he’s been much too busy playing with his bucket and spade – he’s even caught a crab! (yes that is a crab!!)

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

 

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

And over on the barnacled rocks, a mermaid suns herself, and smiles at her reflection in her shell mirror.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

But what’s this, who could this be! An attack, an attack! Pirate Kitty has rowed across the bay, avoided the multicoloured fish, landed her craft and she’s making her way towards the pirate cave.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

The treasure Pip! The treasure! She’s going to find it!

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

But will she? Has she noticed that next to the cave, cunningly concealed behind a rolling door, is a tunnel? Where it leads, no one knows, but the trail of gold doubloons suggests it might just be worth investigating.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

And while Pip and Kitty battle it out, who do we have here, sat stealthily next to the rock pools watching the starfish and the crab?

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Why it’s Pirate Elma, biding her time and waiting for her chance for treasure, glory and a really great multicoloured boat.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

As well as the sugar and the tray, it’s made from all the playdoh we could find, washi tape, some shells from our summer holiday, a yoghurt pot, baking cases, tin foil, glitter, straws, a tea light holder shaped like a lighthouse and of course, Duplo.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

The girls and I ran around the house looking for things that seemed beachy and then sat down to think up how we could make everything else.  Most of the ideas and the execution came from the girls, though I do claim credit for the execution of the bucket and space and the boat.  It was just so much fun to make, especially as once we’d made it it wasn’t just ‘finished’ and done.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

I may have sat everyone out of sight and off the quilt while I took the pictures but after that, we let battle commence.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

I couldn’t tell you who won, but I do know that the playdoh seemed to have formed into glittery cannonballs (we really should have done a cannon shouldn’t we) and the bay was looking very sandy.

It also appeared as though some of the sand had mysteriously disappeared. Almost as if it had been eaten.  But that couldn’t be the case could it Kitty?

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows - Our Desert Island Pirate Beach

 

 

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  • Mandycharlie 07/09/2015 at 10:03 am

    Looks amazing, I remember your pirate cake which was also just wonderful.

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:23 pm

      I did borrow a few ideas from the pirate cake but back then I didn’t have Duplo people and the cake was the poorer for it!

  • Super Mom - No Cape! 07/09/2015 at 11:46 am

    How fun is that!! Not to mention creative and imaginative. Well done!

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:22 pm

      thank you – it’s definitely a fun beach to be on!

  • Lee Cockrum 07/09/2015 at 4:23 pm

    So cute and creative!!! I love it!!

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:21 pm

      It’s rather fun isn’t it!

  • You Baby Me Mummy 07/09/2015 at 6:39 pm

    Wow that is amazing! Beautiful colours x

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 07/09/2015 at 7:50 pm

    This is amazing Carie- you are so creative x

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:21 pm

      Well fingers crossed it’s creative enough – we love the Staedtler art materials so I think we’d have fun with it!

  • Jenna 07/09/2015 at 9:46 pm

    Blummin’ eck – that is awesome.

    You are so creative and the girls look like they are having such a great time. 🙂

    #LivingArrows

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you – it was so much fun to put together, and nice to do something that’s completely from our imaginations!

  • Mountain Girl 07/09/2015 at 10:38 pm

    Haha! How fun! Great job with the play-doh and all your little found items.

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:54 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • claire 08/09/2015 at 6:58 am

    Fantastic job. Looks like a great small world tray. I bet the kids still love playing with it.

    • Carie 08/09/2015 at 8:51 pm

      Oh they’ve been having so much fun with it – though I think it might have reached the end of its life now as the sugar has melted the playdoh – not something I was expecting!

  • Emma T 08/09/2015 at 10:12 pm

    Ha ha, love this. It looks great, brilliant imaginative set up. #livingarrows

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you – it was a lot of fun!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 08/09/2015 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, this is awesome! Very creative, I’d definitely choose you. Looks like the girls had fun as well x #LivingArrows

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 10:09 pm

      Guess what … they did!!

  • sally 27/09/2015 at 12:19 am

    Very creative! Your amazing duplo people look so at home in there!

    • Carie 27/09/2015 at 3:08 pm

      it’s definitely somewhere I’d go to play!