Notebook workshop

I run short 1 h workshops on Fridays, approximately once a month at The Catterpillar Cafe, Stratford Upon Avon. These are tailor made to fit into the busy schedule of the cafe. It is aimed at mothers, grandmothers, fathers, carers or anyone else who wants to learn something new, spend quality time together,  discover a new hobby, be in the moment and enjoy the process. My first workshop was great fun. we made a 32 Read more…


INGREDIENTS: 225g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 25 g sugar 50 g butter 150g milk METHOD: mix rest 10 minutes roll 2cm thick and cut cook 12 mn @ 220 degrees serv warm


I love notebooks! I have always kept a collection of favourites. I love looking at notebooks, buying note books, but I rarely use my favourites. I love them so much that I have learned how to make them… So now I teach Book Binding (and other craft and art skills). Nothing too tricky or advanced, but really effective! and so useful! Here are a few pictures of some I made. Look at my calendar to find Read more…


INGREDIENTS: 1 cup of flour 1/4 cup of salt 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar 1/2 cup of warm water Optional but nice: Food colouring Essential oil Glitter This play dough is best kept in the fridge in an airtight container. It keeps for over two weeks. HAVE FUN!


This simple game will reinforce the recognition of number symbols from 1 to 6. MATERIAL NEEDED: An empty egg carton or fruit carton with 6 spaces A crayon of a contrasting colour Plastic or wooden eggs ( I used empty Kinder eggs) PREPARATION: Write numbers 1 to 6 with a coloured crayon in the compartments of the container.Stick number stickers from 1 to 6 on each egg. To put the game together: A tray to Read more…

Painted Pebbles


These are fun to make with children. They can be used as paperweights, to decorate flower pots or window sills or just as they are in amongst decorations in shelves. YOU WILL NEED: Pebbles Paint (acrylic paints are good as they are waterproof) Paint brushes Water in a glass to wash the brushes Protective cloth or news paper for your table An apron First paint the entire rock with any colour you like. Add patterns Read more…