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Kids Crafts – Kaleidoscope 

The summer holidays are in full swing and so far have been quite expensive, so today we had some arty fun with bits and pieces that we already have. We decided to make our very own kaleidoscopes and this is how we did it … 

We grabbed some toilet roll insides, packing tape, washi tape, sprinkles, colouring pens and foam stickers (all of which we had so cost us nothing) and set to work making our kaleidoscopes. 

We used the clear packaging tape to make little pouches for the glitter by overlapping it over itself, two layers for each kaleidoscope. 

We attached the first layer of clear packaging tape to the end of each paper tube and then added a pinch full of sequins and glitter on top right in the middle.

We enclosed the sparkles using the second layer of clear packaging tape. Be careful not to get tape on the glitter, you want it to move around when you turn your kaleidoscope. (That is the part we enjoyed most).

We covered the sides of the tape with a strip of washi tape to make sure all of the edges of the clear tape were secure and just to make it a little bit prettier too. Then the decoration began of the outside of the kaleidoscopes. 


We used foam stickers with self adhesive backing and colouring pens to make the outside all sparkly and exciting. From start to finish the whole activity took around ten minutes and was relatively mess free. Then it was time to play. 

Simple to make, super cheap and all of the children had a lot of fun playing with their new toys, shaking the glitter and twisting it around in the sunshine. My beautiful goddaughters were delighted to take theirs home and my Webblings have proudly put their’s on display this evening ready to play with again tomorrow. 

If you decide to try making one, I hope that you have loads of fun and that your little ones enjoy the activity as much as we did. 

Samantha Webb x

31 lucky for some! 

Today is my 31st birthday and although I wouldn’t usually work on my birthday, today there are two reasons why I am. Firstly, I am sat in a freezing cold ice rink while my Webblings practice figure skating, drinking copious amounts of tea for warmth and sitting next to my wonderful husband who I have to thank for the second reason that I am working … my sparkly new iPad and keyboard which I just could not wait to try out! So here I am sat in the cold, telling you all about why 31st birthday and why I feel so very lucky. 


I was woken up this morning (possibly a little earlier than I had hoped) by two very excited Webblings who could not wait to see me open my gifts; despite the fact that they knew what was in the pretty wrapped pink parcels,and one very excited husband who realised that thanks to my love of pancakes and maple syrup, complete with hash browns from a certain fast food restaurant, he would in fact legitimately have access to a burger for his breakfast! 

As I unwrapped my cards and gifts it was hard not to get emotional, the thought that went into them shows just how much my family really know me, heart and soul. They are fun and functional and just perfect, I really am eternally grateful! 


Birthdays in July don’t guarantee you will have sunshine especially in the beautiful south west of England, but they do guarantee the chance for an adventure. My woodland spryte Elizabeth (Liesl to her friends) got into her party dress and we bundled into our not so convertible, convertible car, headed for Dartmoor. There was no way we were going to let the rain dampen our spirits!  
We drove through the rain, into the sunshine and then into more rain. Driving over the cattle grids is like passing through the gateway to a magical land, where phone signal is nothing but a myth and where ponies wander freely. It was a chance to get away for a while and into the really real world, for the Webblings to feel the grass beneath their toes and the cold of the fresh streams as we got a little more wet than we had originally planned. Visiting Dartmoor feels like seeing the world as it really is, living, breathing and alive, even with the constant showers of rain or perhaps because of them. 

We had a gorgeous picnic, sat by the babbling water and the Webblings jumped from stone to stone in the river whilst Liesl and Bailey Bear, Lilly Webbling’s sidekick, helped themselves to a slice of my birthday cake! How cheeky! 

Of course  we headed home in time for ice skating, skating stops for nothing as small as a birthday. So as I sit in the ice rink, writing this blog post on my new toy I can’t help but feel so lucky, for my family and for how special my day has been. For my husband Jamie, who has captured every part of my day in his own artistic way and for my children who help me to see the adventures in the world. Today has been so wonderful and it will inspire me to continue on my journey as an artist and a writer. 

Samantha Webb x 

 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

In June my amazing husband bought me a ticket to go to a Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshop. I have always admired beautiful handwriting and I genuinely LOVE stationary so this gift was perfect. As you can see from my social media posts, online tutorials can only get you so far, sometimes you need a professional teacher!

Hosted by Anon Design and held at The Wedding Hub this workshop was a wonderful experience and one that I want to share with you all.

We were greeted w19885864_10155293593506047_1426895978_oarmly in this beautiful creative space, tables were set with our names and stunning flowers were the centerpieces. Offered a cup of tea and given a lovely introduction into all of the equipment we would be using and amazingly getting to take home too!

Everything was organised so smoothly and flowed so well that everything was perfectly calm, there was no pressure and it genuinely was for absolute beginners, I was in luck!

I panicked a little when we went round the table to introduce ourselves, wow, things like that really make me nervous! But everyone was there to learn and I soon felt at ease after mumbling something about being a children’s author and bear maker. 19850619_10155293593521047_349414311_o

We started with ‘simple’ drills … OK, it is easy to say they are simple now that I have been practicing them for a while BUT when I first put nib to ink I was nothing short of terrified! That being said, I soon found that mistakes will happen and the world wont end, or more importantly, no one is going to tell you off! It was so laid back despite the obvious concentration from all attendees.

There were moments of absolute silence, you could just hear the scratching of the nibs on paper because the workshop was so engaging and it seemed that everyone wanted to give it 100% attention, hopefully I wasn’t sticking my tongue out like I do sometimes when I concerntrate!

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Of course there was a little chatter and a break where we were given more tea and cupcakes. I think I had found a little piece of heaven on earth in Plymouth that day, surrounded by stationary and flowers, drinking tea and eating cake, it doesn’t get much better!

We continued to practice, upper and lower case letters in the black ink. It is really not easy, you have to stop thinking about how you have been taught to write letters all of your life and really focus on the shapes that you want to make. The worksheets that mapped out the letters were an absolute god send for this! 19885950_10155293593596047_10026959_o

Then we were introduced to the coloured inks and the metallic inks, I think I can pin point this moment as the point where my addiction for modern calligraphy actually kicked in! I had gone from trying a bit of brush lettering at home with the Webblings Crayola markers to being allowed to try pastel and metallic inks with an actual calligraphy pen! The biggest shock to me was that I wasn’t completely awful! Two hours later I had completed a little piece that I could not wait to show my family, that I was really proud of and that is now hanging on the wall above my desk at home.

I was absolutely delighted by the entire experience and I have been recommending the workshop, which is currently run once a month(ish), constantly to people who see my practice attempts. In the month that has followed I have not been able to stop playing with my ink and nib. I have joined a collective group of calligraphy enthusiasts and still receive guidance and encouragement from Anon Design. I cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful experience and I look forward to attending another workshop in the future. xxx

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Stoke Climsland Primary School Meet The Cornlings

On Thursday 11th May I was invited to read my first story The Tales Of The Enchanted Cornlings to the children of Stoke Climsland Primary School and the wonderful volunteers that take their time to go and listen to the children read.

I was thrilled to tell them all about the Cornlings and a little about me, it was a wonderful experience and I hope the children had as much fun as I did, I know that we giggled A LOT!

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I was a bundle of nerves before I went in, but organiser Ruth and all of the staff made me feel right at home, the children were an absolute delight and the school should be very proud of such amazing behaviour and beautiful manners. The children asked lots of brilliant questions that really started my cogs turning, questions like ‘Is it harder to write in rhyme?’ or ‘Where do Cornlings Sleep?’.

I took along one of my big softie Cornlings who belongs to my son and is named Reddy. He was a big hit and he loved getting lots of cuddles and being thrown about too! He got a nice reward for helping me out when Harrison Webbling decided to take him ice skating …  Thank you for your help Reddy.sam2

With such a warm welcome and a captive audience, it wasn’t long before I felt more comfortable and I can genuinely say that it was one of the most uplifting experiences of my career as an author and illustrator to date. I really do love my job.

Thank you to everyone involved and a special thank you to Amy Vickery-Sabine for organising the event and to Ruth who saved the day with a few pennies for the Tamar Bridge on my way back in to Devon (although being stranded in Cornwall is no bad thing!). It could not of been any better.

Now I must prepare the Cornlings for their next adventure at Spellbound Goblin and Fairy Festival on Sunday 21st!

Sweet Dream xxx

 

Stiltskin at The Soapbox

Last night we had our first experience of Stiltskin Children’s Theatre at The Soapbox Theatre in Devonport Park, Plymouth. We took the Webblings along to the final night of The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse.

From the outside the theatre doesn’t look like much (YET! they have big plans for the future!) but once you go inside it is like being in another place completely. They have made the space so warm, friendly and welcoming, it is hard not to fall in love with the atmosphere of the show.

As we went in we were welcomed with colouring and reading for the Webblings so they never felt like they were waiting around for the show to begin, there was no fuss about being bored, they particularly loved the igloo full of books. We purchased cups of tea which were good prices and allowed us adults to sit and relax before being called into the theatre area.

When we were called in to take our seats it was magical, a real roaring fire was crackling and the room was lit with beautiful lights. The Webblings loved that they were allowed to sit on cushions on the floor at the front and didn’t have to stick with mum and dad. There was no waiting around, the show began and so did the laughter.

I had expected the Webblings to enjoy the show, I thought that us ‘adults’ would enjoy seeing the Webblings happy but I have to admit, I didn’t watch them watching the show because my husband and I were just as enthralled by the performance as the Webblings were. We laughed so much, participated in dancing, laying the table and clapping along with all the adults who had bought children along. The show was amazing, the props were fantastic (I LOVED THE JELLY!) and having seen a lot of much bigger shows I can genuinely say that this is one of the very best shows that we have ever seen. Just the right amount of audience participation to be fun without being intimidating, amazing use of the space and a brilliant atmosphere throughout the entire show.

During the short interval we even got another cup of tea, how decadent, roaring fire and a cup of tea whilst watching a show, my kind of heaven!

After the performance the Webblings were delighted that they got to go up on the stage and have a closer look, they got to meet the amazingly talented Jacquelin (Town Mouse) and Iain (Country Mouse) who continued to make them giggle and taught them how to be mice too.

I literally cannot find any negative to the whole experience and if you get the chance to visit The Soapbox Theatre I really hope you do because from start to finish it was an experience I believe our Webblings and everyone who has seen the show will cherish.

Thank you Stiltskin for an amazing evening in the town and the country.

Samantha Webb.

 

“I don’t have a favorite bit, it was all so good. I liked Pigeon, she was funny!” Lilly Webbling, Age 9.

“I liked the cat when he chased the mouse, he was trying to eat the mouse’s tail but he couldn’t catch him.” Harry Webbling, Age 5 1/2.

“The show had parents and children laughing all the way through, I enjoyed hearing my children laughing so much.” Mr Webb, Age 28.

 

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Mousicorn Field Guide

I have been creating my little mousicorns for a while now and I have been asked so many questions about them that I decided the only way to give a thorough answer was to study them in their natural habitat The Enchanted Forest. After many months of observations I have compiled a field guide that is now available from Etsy. I hope that it answers your questions but if not, ask away! Knowledge is magical, it can open minds and expand worlds. 

Samantha Webb xxx

Bears Have Been Updated

I love making bears, seeing the flat piece of fabric coming to life and all of a sudden you just have a little character in your hands, stuffed full of love and full of life.

HOWEVER my husband is the photographer, not me and I am ashamed to say that I often get quite lazy and end up just popping a quick phone picture online. I am not suprised that this has slowed down the amount of bear adoptions happening in my online shops.

Today I bit the bullet and photographed my entire range of adoptable bears. It was lovely to have a look at them all as they are stored in beautiful gift boxes most of the time to keep them nice for their adoptive parents.

I am delighted to say that I have sat for the past 6 hours and uploaded them all to Etsy where you can find them all. The feeling of ticking that job off of my to do list is immense! I hope that you like the photographs and that maybe a few more of my little orphansfind forever homes!

I must try to be better in the future. xxx

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Cornlings Visit Devonport Live

On February 22nd I braved the rain to take my Cornlings on a visit to Devonport Live in George Street, Plymouth. I was invited to read my first story book Tales Of The Enchanted Cornlings, I was delighted to accept the invitation.

I read to a small audience who I must thank for sitting brilliantly and for making me feel very welcome! My personal Big Softie Cornling named Clementine was a huge hit and got lots of cuddles, she was thrilled to have so much attention. It was definitely worth going out in the rain for. The community space has been made into a beautiful gallery with comfy sofas and a great cafe; I highly recommend the hot chocolate and I have tasted quite a few hot chocolates in my lifetime! If you are local and have not visited I think you should go and have a look around I bet you will be surprised.

I am happy to say that I have been invited back to Devonport Live to read my second book The Enchanted Tale Of The Pirate Cornling which I am thoroughly looking forward to so please look out for more information soon.

The Enchanted Boutique Book Club Goes Live 


You can find all of the details here!

The Enchanted Boutique Book Club goes live today and you have between now and the 28th Feb to subscribe to get the first ever months subscription package! 

This is going to perfect for your little ones and I hope it will be an enjoyable experience for the whole family! 

Thank you for being part of the adventure! Love Samantha Webb xxx

Bears Galore

I have an admission to make … 
I have an addiction, it costs a lot of money and takes up a lot of my time but I just can’t stop. It makes me so happy and makes me feel alive! 
I am addicted to … Bear Making! 
Seriously, this is not a joke, I cannot stop making bears, I love them! But they do need to find forever homes because I am running out of room for them all to live in! 

My latest bear is named Melody … 


She is a sleepy, magical mousicorn! 

If you would like to see more or fancy adopting one of my bears take a look right here! I bet you can find one that would love to live with you! 

Until they find a cure for my addiction you can find new bears regularly on my Folksy, Etsy and Facebook xxx