Reflecting on the past and looking to the future

Anthony here,

Carolyn is taking a break.

Have you ever taken a look back on your life? I think I do it almost everyday. What I really wanted to do for this blog post was to get out all of the crafts that Carolyn has done so far (that haven’t been given away as prizes) and have a look at them all for some inspiration.

I then had a fun time organising them so I took some photos!



How fun! My wife is so special and so wonderful. She will be back in a few days.



Under the sea pop up card

Hey there, it is Anthony here.

Tonight I have gone off book and created an under the sea pop up card.

Here is the card, and nice deep sea blue.

And Surprise! Here is what is inside:



Close up:


From the top:


The fish are on blue string and everything is hand cut out of card stock.

I’d really like to give this one away, so please comment below for the chance to win! Some topic suggestions for comments – what was your favourite part of The Little Mermaid? Have you ever been snorkelling? Or if you’d like please rate the mess I made with this post against my previous posts. Evidence of tonight’s mess here:


Winner will be announced in a few days!



Sailing the sorrows away

The rain reminds me that it is ok to be sad.

A constant trickle from the sky,
reminds me that the clothes won’t dry.
The walls will sigh with spots of mould.
Days will be grey and old.

The rain reminds me that I can feel sad.

A fun skateboard I will not ride
no tricks will be performed outside.
Inside no progress will be made,
and all good plans become delayed.

The rain reminds me that there is hope.

I’ll make my rain into puddles
I’ll enjoy all the warm cuddles
Though my board is not a boat
Even if my board will not float

I’ll sail away anyway…..

Boat on a board


Tiny tiny origami star

Hey there readers! It is Anthony here and I am taking this Sunday night craft to attempt (as the title says) an ambitious tiny tiny origami star design!

“What is that?” you may ask. Well, the other day Carolyn asked if she could throw out all these chewing gum wrappers I had laying around:


I said “No, I need those for my tiny tiny origami”. Instantly she lost it and was laughing really hard at me – what a meanie!

Tiny tiny origami – if you have guessed already – is origami made as small as you can. Let’s see how I go tonight!

Making a square is easy, just fold the corner up and then cut off the excess!




Save that excess for later though!

I am folding to these instructions here. Check them out if you want to do your own.

And here we are:


But remember that excess from before? Well that can be used for for a smaller one now!


And result:



Suddenly it can become a competition on how small you can get – here is my record for this design:




There you have it folks, tiny tiny origami!

Catch you next time.



Rainbow? More like “Lamebow”

Anthony here!

It is rainbow week. So they started us off easy with a tribow.


As I am sure you are aware – rainbows have more than three colours. Perhaps.

My studies have taught me a thing or two about colour so why don’t we consult the experts at this point?

Although color (sic) itself is not a physical property of things in the world, it is related to a physical property.

The apparent color (sic) of a bit of the world is correlated with wavelengths of the wavelengths of the light rays reaching the eye from that bit of the world.

…. color (sic) is the result of the interaction of a physical stimulus with a particular nervous system. (Wolfe et al., 2012, p. 117)

So there you go, a rainbow isn’t really the colours we attribute to it. Rather the construction of an interaction between wavelengths of light and our visual system.

But they are pretty.

Here is the mess I made this time, as it seems to be a focus point of when I craft.


And my reward was a tea and lemon tart. The pastry was delicious. The lemon filling made me make funny faces.





Wolfe, J. M., Kluender, K. R., Levi, D. M., Bartoshuk, L. M., Herz, R. S., Klatzy, R. L., Lederman, S. J., & Merfeld, D. M. (2012) Sensation and perception (3rd ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates