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A little photo of the girl behind this blog!

Some DIY completed in my home this morning - the bookshelf looks great. My books will be added tomorrow...

Another review for behind the crafty door

To share, to connect, to create, to inspire...

As with any blog, they take a good amount of time to develop and then establish, including gaining readers and followers to it. 

This blog so happens to be my second one - the first commenced back in 2007 and ended less than a couple of years ago. However, the odd update is still written for the purpose to update any regular readers it gained and of course continuing to be a type of written album for my family to look back on.

The blog topic was not of a craft type, with a business element like this one. Its purpose regards education - to elaborate, it is based on home education. So, like I said a completely different blog to this one. It charted all things daily in the lives of my daughter and I, as a home educating family - from days out to days in, from weekends away to weekends working an allotment. From books, clubs, cinema trips, museums to Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and birthdays. From milestones, achievements, successes to what wasn't working and of course some tears an…

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My Etsy shop has now OPENED! 

I am so pleased the first set of book props are displayed on there now for The Very Hungry Caterpillar story by Eric Carle.

Please pop on by to follow, like a product or products, comment and indeed purchase quality made by hand and with love items that will educate young minds in a fun and tactile way.

Dealing with bereavement

This post is both a sad one with the loss of my Grandfather yet brings a time of reflection and memories over the past 46 years! This family death was followed by an idea to create book props to accompany a children's book on grief and loss of a loved one.

After some light research, I think I have found the one I wish to explore further, with book props already in mind. I do have to order the book for a fuller look as I am unable to access it online. 

Any feedback on the actual story would be greatly received - the reviews I have read thus far have been positive and heartwarming.


After mulling over whether to apply Adsense to this crafty blog, my decision was to go with it. The adverts look great and change so not static at all - they range from craft sites such as, 'Love Knitting' to household goods sites and for those personal needs sites such as, 'Direct Line' for insurance, footwear from 'Birkenstock' and all things pamper time such as, The Body Shop.

So, familiar sites we know, love, want and need - the adverts will be placed amongst the posts and on the sidebar - feel free to pop by to check out any special offers, freebies, discounts, quotes, new collections and so forth. I will gain revenue too for page views and any clicks made on the adverts. So, y'all will be helping me to earn a wee extra pocket money from time to time.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar book props

Over this weekend, good news regarding the very first book props was shared with me. I posted not too long ago that I donated the first book props to accompany The Very Hungry Caterpillar to an early years childcare setting.

I was informed that photos of the book props have been included in the childcare setting's news letter, including web page and will also be placed on their website. 

How amazing is that?

I am over the moon! I shall also receive a copy of the news letter and will most definitely be framing it. I shall also share it here! And on all the social network sites I use to promote behind the crafty door book props.

Thank you


It's ***GIVEAWAY*** time again over on our sister page Please read 'pinned' post for details on how you could be in with a chance of owning this lovely sunflower style drinks coaster - Good Luck to all those who enter!

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Frogger on Blogger!

Looking forward to seeing the finished result once I've purchased more bags of filling...

Made in Chelsea...

If any of you lovely readers out there watch 'Made in Chelsea'will know who Binky and JP are and that a new program aired on E4, here in the UK last night - 'Born in Chelsea'. A one off show featuring the end of Binky's pregnancy and the wonderful relationship between Binky and JP after a rockyish start inclusive of on/off together times.
I have to state without feeling embarrassed that the show last night brought tears to my eyes at several points, especially when their beautiful daughter was born. The family of three looked adorable and very much in love. 

As a viewer of MIC and Binky being my favourite, I took to Twitter  - I do not have a personal day to day page, but one in relation to behind the crafty door book props (btcdbookprops) . I used it to reply to my daughter's tweet...

Here is part of that tweet's reply - see if you can spot two of the likers of that reply....

I guess it's safe to say I was chuffed to bits…

'Hollow Legs!'

I'm loving the way the giraffe is turning out - I have used up all my filling now with various projects on the go. Therefore, a trip to the local craft store is a must - an excuse to buy more yarn too!!

Needle and yarn!

Just the making up required! Needle and yarn.... oh and a cup of tea to sip on while the sewing takes place...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book props review!

Thank you so much to More2childcare for such a fabulous review. I shall look forward to any future creations of book props for the children. I'm so pleased for them with their reaction to the VHC book props and for this review. Absolutely chuffed to bits!

A new story started!

Dear Zoo book propping has also commenced...

Crafty organising!

Today's craftiness for book props took all morning with turning organised chaos to organiser! 

The pics will explain all .... 

Dear Zoo

Now that I have remade another set of book props for The Very Hungry Caterpillar for my own kit, I have commenced with the props for Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. The elephant is the first of the animals for this story, so the one I have started with too - a knitted version. 

To date, the elephant is still in the knitting parts stage. Although, it will not be long before the pieces are stitched together and stuffed. I can't wait to see how it turns out. But, for now, a couple of 'in the parts stage' pics to browse through...

W is for Weekend

E is for Enjoyment

This morning I had a telephone conversation regarding The Very Hungry Caterpillar book props behind the crafty door donated to an early years foundation stage (EYFS) setting, last week. I was informed the props were used yesterday during story time - of course, it was the internationally known story by Eric Carle. 
Moreover, and most importantly, the children handled the book props and were very engaged and interested and happy and this makes me feel fantastic to know that I have somehow contributed to their education and again, more importantly, their enjoyment.

First set in its new home...

The first set of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book props with key ring has now been re-homed! A local early years foundation stage setting are the new owners. The props were donated yesterday and will be placed on display ready for the children to start using sometime next week. I am chuffed beyond words.
It's a lovely feeling to know that behind the crafty door has contributed to the wonderful world of books and reading in some way. 
As soon as the review for the book props has been provided I shall most certainly be posting it. Again, I am chuffed beyond words. I have had verbal feedback already and delighted with what's been expressed to me.
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