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Andy Goldsworthy, leaves, leaf art, land art, environmental art, eco art

Andy Goldsworthy’s Land Art

In the land art movement, no name is bigger than Andy Goldsworthy. The British artist is recognized around the world for the ingenious sculptures and art installations that he creates using elements found in nature. Fallen leaves are among Goldsworthy’s favorite tools, and he often uses the contrast between brightly colored leaves to create dramatic geometric shapes.

Chinese leaf art, mona lisa, leaf art, mona lisa leaf, leaves, eco art,

Traditional Chinese Leaf Carving

Traditional Chinese artists carve incredibly intricate images into leaves from the Chinar tree, which is native to India, Pakistan, and China. The painstaking process involves removing the outer layers of the dried leaf with a knife (which can take months) while carefully keeping the veins intact.

Walter Mason, leaf art, land art, leaves, eco art, organic art

Walter Mason’s Striking Land Art

German artist Walter Mason uses the gifts of nature – berries, water, grass and trees — to produce his temporary art installations, but it’s Mason’s use of leaves that we’re concerned with. Mason uses leaves to create gorgeous geometric patterns and collages that he captures in photographs .

 

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Want to get your kids started on some new crafts at home? Buy them a book – we’ve rounded up 10 of the best.

Crafting With Kids

Crafting With Kids

This bright, fun book has 35 colourful projects for both girls and boys, including fancy dress costumes and seasonal decorations. Get kids started on potatoe prints, papier mache, sewing, stencilling and puppet making.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Crochet for children book

Crochet For Children

If your kids are keen to crochet, this book will get them started. Basic techniques are covered (perfect for beginner adults, too!) and there are 35 achievable projects – from simple juggling balls to more ambitious ideas, such as a scarf, rag doll and teddy bear.

By Claire Montgomerie, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

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Christmas Crafting With Kids

Ideal as a pre-Christmas gift or just as a year-round sourcebook (who says Christmas crafts have to be limited to the festive period), this book has 35 seasonal projects, beautifully photographed.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

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Christmas Crafting In No Time

Packed with 50 step by step Christmas projects, this book is ideal for older kids or young adults who want to have a go at sewing, stamping, decorating and even cooking. Projects include papier mache tree baubles, reindeer and mice and stockings to make.

By Clare Youngs, it costs £14.99, Cico Books(opens in a new window).

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Cute Clothes For Kids

Not so much for kids as for adults who want to make clothes for kids. This book has 25 projects for 0 to five year olds, and includes full-size, pull-out patterns and templates to make over 40 items.

By Rob Merrett, it costs £12.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

Felt Button Bead book

Felt Button Bead

Get ready to devote your old socks, fabric remnants and clothes they’ve grown out of to their new obsession for fabric-based crafts. This book has 40 fun projects, including sock glove puppets, hand-print tea towels, decorated jeans, and belts and badges.

By Catherine Woram, it costs £14.99, Ryland Peters & Small(opens in a new window).

How To Knit book

How To Knit

This simple introduction to knitting has step by step instructions to get them started, followed by 25 easy to achieve projects, starting with simple ideas, such as scarves, working up to knitted toys and accessories for their rooms and clothes.

It costs £12.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Making Cards Book

Making Cards

If they love making cards for their friends and relatives, why not give them ideas to copy. This book has 26 ideas – from simple swirly flowers to cute fabric collage animals, fold-out and pop-up cards – and there’s also instructions for making envelopes and ideas for wrapping paper.
By Fiona Watt, it costs £9.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Starting Needlecraft Book

Starting Needlecraft

Ideal for beginners to needlecraft, this fun book has simple instructions and easy to achieve projects to get them started. There are also internet links to help them develop their skills once they become more adept.

It costs £4.99, Usborne Publishing(opens in a new window).

Super Cute Felt

Super Cute Felt

This book has 35 simple step by step projects – from hair accessories to toy animals to snuggle with. Fun for kids to do – and adult beginners seem to love lots of the projects, such as coasters, tea cosies and brooches, too!

By Laura Howard, it costs £12.99,

Why not send in your Crafty kids Ideas to poetreecreations@yahoo.com

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Everybody loves to eat ice cream in the hot weather, but have you ever wondered how you could make plain old ice cream more interesting? I am going to share with you 10 quick and easy ways to do just that. Providing you have the ingredients at hand, none of these ideas should take more than a few minutes to prepare.

01. Nuts About Ice Cream – One of the easiest ways to spice up your ice cream is to buy a bag of your favourite nuts or a bag of mixed nuts if you prefer. Put a little hole in the bag (but not big enough for the nuts to come out) and compress until all the air is removed, then take something hard and smash the nuts up in the bag. Simply sprinkle the broken nuts onto your ice cream and mix them in.

02. Strawberry, Coconut Ice Cream – Something I like to make which is really easy and the kids love, chop up some fresh strawberries and place in a mixer with some vanilla ice cream and then add a bag of coconut flakes. Mix for a few seconds but don’t overdo it. This ice cream is really good inside chocolate eclairs. 

03. Oooh, Saucy Ice Cream – Most people would use some sauces to liven up their ice cream, but the usual chocolate or strawberry sauce can become a bit tedious. I like to use some sauces which are a bit different: apple sauce, lemon sauce, honey or syrup, mocha chocolate sauce, caramel sauce or rhubarb sauce. 

04. Marshmallow, Chocolate and Honey Ice Cream – Take a bag of mini marshmallows and slowly mix them into some vanilla ice cream along with a crushed up bar of chocolate and a few drizzles of honey. Garnish with a sprig of mint. This idea is perfect if you are trying to impress party guests or even your partner.

05. Banana Splits – This is probably one of the easiest things to make but some people never do. Slice a peeled banana in half (lengthways) and place in a dish. Add a few scoops of your favourite ice cream (vanilla is probably my favourite). Squirt a little squirty cream around the banana and ice cream then sprinkle a few broken nuts and drizzle a little strawberry sauce or honey over the top to finish it off.

06. Peanut Butter Jelly Ice Cream – One of Kathy’s favourite things is peanut butter so I made this ice cream for her and she absolutely loved it. Take some vanilla ice cream and add a few spoonfulls of peanut butter and also a few spoonfulls of your favourite jelly, mix gently to combine, but not too much. Serve in a bowl with wafers and sprinkle a few chopped nuts over the top.

07. Apricot Ice Cream – If you are partial to apricots then this one is for you. Take a few dried apricots and chop into tiny pieces and mix into your favourite vanilla ice cream along with some apricot sauce. This is really good when your sat outside on hot, sunny days.

08. Cookies and Ice Cream – Cookies are a really good snack, but cookie dough ice cream is much better. Either make your own chocolate chip cookie dough or use Nestle’s Toll House ready made cookie dough and break it up into pieces and mix with some vanilla ice cream, delicious. You may also want to drizzle a little caramel sauce over the top too.

09. Fresh Mint Ice Cream – This is one of my personal favourites because I love the taste of fresh mint. Take about 6 or 7 sprigs of mint and chop very finely or use a blender (saves time) then mix into your vanilla ice cream. I like to place this back into the freezer for 30 minutes or so to allow the mint flavour to penetrate the ice cream.

10. Rum and Raisin Ice Cream – This is for adults only. Soak a couple of handfulls of raisins in some rum overnight then add the raisins and the remaining rum into your vanilla ice cream and mix until the ice cream turns a light brown colour (add a little more rum if needed). We recommend not driving after this one.

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The best remedy for scorching hot weather is a tall glass of something ice cold. You might not immediately think of coffee or tea in the summer, but you’ll find plenty of ways to serve them up nicely chilled.
1. Iced Cafe au Lait
A simple iced coffee recipe, heavy on the milk. A quick iced coffee recipe is very handy in the summer. No reason to go without your coffee just because the heat is up.
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2. Thai Iced Tea
A creamy iced tea, with some spicy hints. An iced tea recipe for all chai fans. Only a couple of spices, but enough to make a delicious impact.
3. Classic Lemonade
Lemons, sugar and water. The most simple lemonade recipe, and yet so refreshing. Your drinks don’t have to be complicated to be refreshing. Make up a jug today, and relax on the patio.
4. Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee
Add the cinnamon before brewing to give this recipe spicy touch. You’ll need to stir well to blend in the caramel syrup.
5. Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea
A sparkling iced tea, flavoured with jasmine and brown sugar syrup. A change from the ordinary, with a sweet and floral flavour.
6. Thai Iced Coffee
A very smooth recipe for an iced chai coffee. The spiciness of chai isn’t only for tea, you know. It’s a simple blend that won’t take you forever to put together. Spice up your coffee today.
7. Ginger Lemonade
Fresh ginger gives traditional lemonade a new flavour. Be careful though, the ginger is a very potent ingredient. Ginger lemonade goes well with a summer lunch of Asian cuisine.
8. Italian Chocolate Soda
A sparkling drink with a hint of chocolate and cream. Even with the heavy cream, this is a very refreshing recipe for the heat of summer.
9. Suada Over Ice
You can’t go wrong sticking with the basics. Its just espresso over ice, with enough sweetened milk to mellow it out.
10. Boston Iced Tea
A wonderfully tart recipe for cranberry iced tea. The name comes from the cranberry bogs in the Boston area (so I’ve been told by a few readers). Regardless, it’s a very refreshing drink for a summer’s day.

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A lot of work goes into making a good sand sculpture. Sculptors need patience and endurance to create their masterpieces from thousands of tonnes of sand.  They can take up to two months to build and span up to 10 metres in height.

Sculptors use a special kind of sand that is also used on building sites and was most likely used in the foundations of your home. It is called heavy sand and is different to the sand you see on the beach because each grain is square, which means it sticks together better, like building blocks.  The sand on the beach is smoother and rounder so it doesn’t stay together quite as well.  Some beaches are located near the mouths of rivers have better sand for sculpting as it isn’t worn down by the surf.

The most important part of making a sand sculpture is the preparation, or what sculptors call “pound up”.  Pound up involves building wooden walls in a square or rectangle shape.  These walls are called “forms” and are about two feet tall.  After the forms are built they are filled with sand, like a giant sandpit, right to the top.  When the forms are full, sculptors set to work making sure that the sand is pounded down as hard as possible by whacking it, jumping on it and watering it.

Water is REALLY important; the water helps the sand stick together and helps it to set hard as it dries out.  Successive forms are built on top of the first and compacted down so that eventually you have what looks a bit like a wooden pyramid of forms, as high as is required, all filled to the brim with sand that has been pushed down into them.  When pounding up a couple of thousand tonnes of sand, this process can take weeks but care is very important because if the sand isn’t compacted hard enough the sculpture might collapse later.  After the sand has had time to set the sculptors climb up, take off the top form, and begin to carve into the sand block left behind.

When you are on the beach this summer you might not have the time (or equipment!) to make forms but a bucket is the next best thing.  Fill your bucket with sand that is damp, not too wet and not too dry but somewhere in between is best, then push the sand down as hard as you can into the bucket.  Be careful of the strength of your bucket because too much pressure can crack it just as forms sometimes do when too much pressure is exerted on them.  Once you are happy with your pound up, find a good spot on the beach, flip your bucket over and very carefully remove it, leaving the sand behind on the ground.  Now you have the beginnings of your sculpture.  If you want to go the extra step ask your parents if they have an old bucket that they can cut the bottom out of, that way you can start with your bucket upside down and fill the sand in from the top.  This allows you to build up on top of each layer that you pound up with cups and containers like the professionals do with their smaller forms.

Now the fun part – carving.  Carving gives the sculpture all of its detail and character.  You can use almost anything to carve and most of the professional sculptors actually use cooking and dental utensils.  You better ask your parents before you start using their icing scraper at the beach though.  There are loads of tools you can use to help you carve out a work of art from icy-pole sticks to house keys (again you better ask before you try that one) and even water pistols can be used to cut a hole through the middle of your pile.  Try to visualise what you want to carve out before you get started and then go wild!

If you can get one, a water spray bottle is a great idea to have handy while you are carving to keep the sand damp.  Every once in a while, give your sculpture a couple of sprays so it doesn’t dry out. The rest is up to you.  Try using stuff you find on the beach like sea shells and sea weed.

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It’s not uncommon to give a teddy bear to a child or a loved one, but it is quite rare to give someone a teddy bear that you made yourself. If you’re willing to put your sewing skills to work, you can give this traditional toy a personal touch and offer it affectionately to a special person.

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    Pattern pieces before sewing the "paws" to the inner arm.

     
     
     
     
    Arms with "paws" sewn on

     
     
     
     

     Arms with “paws” sewn on

    Arms sewn together

     
     
     
     

     Arms sewn together

    Sew the arm pieces together, leaving a slit for stuffing (usually at the elbows).

     
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    Legs ready for foot.

     
     
     
     

     Legs ready for foot.

    Foot pinned for sewing.

     
     
     
     

     Foot pinned for sewing.

    Sew the leg pieces together (usually along the bottom).

     
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    First head seam.

     
     
     
     

     First head seam.

    Stitch the two head profiles together from the nose to the neck.

     
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    Gusset pinned for sewing

     
     
     
     

     Gusset pinned for sewing

    Sew the wedge shaped piece (this is known as a “gusset”) between the two head pieces – from the nose or forehead to the back of the neck (this depends on the length of the gussett). You will need to line it up at the neck and pin it in place before sewing.

     
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    All pieces sewn

     
     
     
     

     All pieces sewn

    All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

     
     
     
     

     All seam allowances clipped to the seam.

    Clip all of the seams.

     
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    All pieces turned right side out

     
     
     
     

    All pieces turned right side out

    Turn all of the pieces.

     
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    Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body, around the neck line.

     
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    Assemble the bear by attaching the arms to the sides of the body and attaching the legs to the lower sides of the body.

     
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    Cut, sew, turn and attach ears (if you want them, as not all bear patterns have them).

     
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    Add facial details (like nose and mouth, etc.) with embroidery floss or permanent markers.

     
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    Sew on button eyes.

     
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    Enjoy your new stuffed animal!

     
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    Take good care of your teddy bear, or it may easily fall apart!

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Want to make a cake that’s a real show-off piece? Here’s how to create a rose from icing to top it. By Kirstie Allsopp

‘If you ask me, no party’s complete without a cake to eat. Like a lot of people, I love to bake when I’m at home, but the most cake decoration I’ve ever done is a slap of sugar frosting. But, in the last episode of Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Mich Turner taught me to decorate cakes – one craft that everyone should be able to try. In this step by step guide, I’ll show you how you can make mini cakes look like masterpieces with hand made roses.’

  • A plastic sleeve (the sort you get in stationery shops)
  • Sugarpaste
  • Edible glitter
  • Royal icing
  • Nozzle-less piping bag (you could use a sandwich bag)
  • Small knife to cut the sugarpaste
  • Sieve to dust the glitter
  • … and nimble fingers

Skill

Easy. And you can always eat the bits that go wrong!

Budget

Under a fiver. Sugarpaste costs approx £2 per 250g and edible glitter approx £2.50 per 1.5g tub. If you make your own royal icing it will cost just a few pence.

Time

A couple of hours… depending on how much you eat as you’re going along!

Step One: Roll Up The Sugarpaste

First you’ll need some sugarpaste. You can buy this ready coloured, or you can colour it yourself. Rip a little piece off – it’s quite sticky – and roll it into a sausage. Slice the sausage into six little circles.

Step Two: Squish The Sugarpaste Into Petals

Lay your circles out on the bottom sheet of a plastic sleeve, covering them with the top sheet. Squish them down once with the palm of your hand and give them a quick smooth over with your thumb to make one side of the circle slightly thinner than the other. These will be your petals.

Step Three: Curl A Petal To Create The Rose Centre

Lift the plastic back and look for the smallest one that you’ve created, to be the centre of your rose. Using one finger, carefully rub it from the blunt end. If you’re gentle, it should stay in one piece as it comes off and it should automatically put a nice curl in the petal. Hold it between your thumb and finger and then gently, starting on one side, curl it right up over itself to form the centre of the rose.

Step Four: Add The Other Petals

Now take your second petal from the sheeting and lay it over your finger. Lay the first petal in the centre of the second one, join side down. As you squeeze the second one around, it will form the next petal. Curl the tip down and then pinch around the sides to keep it together. Continue in this way with more petals until you have a convincing looking rose.

Step Five: Dust It With Glitter

Now comes the fun part – because we get to dust it down with glitter. Just dust it over your rose using a sieve (a sugar sieve, if you have one) and it will stay nice and encrusted.

Step Six: Prepare The Piping Bag

Next, we’re going to make the leaves on which to pop your rose. Fill a piping bag with royal icing and, instead of using a nozzle, just cut a V shape off at the end of the bag. This will allow you to pipe a leaf shape because, as you’ll see in the next step, the pointed centre of the V will draw a line, forming the central ‘vein’ of your leaf – and the icing will splay out either side, forming the leaf’s ‘blades’.

Step Seven: Create The Leaves

Squeezing gently, drag the piping bag towards yourself, pushing back every couple of millimetres to make the leaf wavy. At the end of the leaf, stop squeezing, stop pushing and just pull the bag away from the cake gently. This will make a point at the end of your leaf.

Step Eight: Enjoy

Finished! All that’s left now is for you to tuck in.

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