Monday, 3 September 2012

Damien Hurst, Red Ted Art, Tracey Emin and ME!

Well blow me down, and knock me out with a feather.  I have *only* gone and made something "crafty".    Not only have I made something "crafty", I actually think it is bloody good (blows own trumpet - LOUDLY as still in shock that I did it).

I've always had a bit of banter with the gorgeous Maggie who is the quite simply, the uber queen of craft in my eyes, and even she has given up on encouraging me to 'have a go".  Now, don't get me wrong, I quite like sitting down with the pens and paints (colour by number, natch) and doodling.

In fact, I am a great doodler as any teacher from my old school would attest.  

What I am beyond "hopeless" at though, is anything that involves glue, and cutting and sticking.  It is all so fiddly and precise and I just don't have the patience or inclination to do any of this.    Then, when we do partake in making something, I have to sit on my hands as the kids stick willy nilly as the perfectionist in me want it to look perfect.  Conversation would go like this:

"Oh mum, doesn't this look amazing with the head upside down, and the door on the roof"

"Yes darling, it is fab, I love the way you have used your imagination, it looks brilliant" when really all I want to be saying is "WTF, the head is upside down dude and the door goes in the middle of the house, surrounded by 4 perfect sash windows NOT IN THE FREAKING ROOF!!!!"

Well you get my gist.

Anyway, I wanted to rectify this situation and do something memorable with the kids, I needed a project and so, I went to the drawing board and had a long hard think.   I came up with the following:

1) London 2012
2) Family
3) Memories

Now all I had to do was put that little lot into the cauldron and come up with something "arty".

Then I had a flash of inspiration, (after visiting an American client) and decided that I was going to turn all of that into a junk collage.  

The kids then spent the next 6 weeks filling up a huge ikea bag with anything red, white or blue that meant something to us.  We ended up with the following:

Coke Can
Spit Fire plane
Tickets from coldplay concert/rugby event/derby/polo/olympics
Ferry crossing ticket
Ile De Re bridge pass
Shells collected from the beach
Old balloon
Broken necklace
Home grown red chilli (please say it dries and not rots)
Toy Gun

And tons more "stuff".

We got a box frame, a hot glue gun (thank you Maggie for that tip!) and got to work......

1) Draw your picture - we choose a flag as being so patriotic and a great year, It seemed very fitting to do

2) Get the kids to colour it in (note the tape measure, Miss OCD was measuring it all out precisely)

3) Look away whilst your youngest child "freestyles"

 4) Hot Glue Gun - be careful, a little goes a long way and I still have blisters on my fingers!  Stick on your bits........

5) Get happy clappy, slappy - no room for OCD here Mama!

6) hmmmmm - where shall I put this piece of junk?

7) Beaver togles, scissors, a broken sailor, a porsche, and my old necklace.......

8) Sit back and admire your handiwork.................or, sell to the nearest up and coming Hoxton gallery as a work of art!

Don't think my art teacher would be giving me an E for *THAT* masterpiece do you ;-)

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo


  1. OMG That is seriously amazing, I totally have to do that. I absolutely love it! What a great idea!

  2. That is AMAZING, pinning this as an idea for us to do next year :)

  3. Emma Phoenix Kelly3 September 2012 at 21:05

    Love it!! So creative and very pretty! :)

  4. That is amazing! And so clever. Well done x

  5. I think I finally live up to my "super amazing" name LOL!!! I want to do a rainbow next - but more colour!

  6. thank you!!!!!!! Although nothing to stop you doing it now ;-)

  7. thank you! I am mightily chuffed I have to say!

  8. thank you lovely lady! Was a great way to spend the hols although thought we would never get it finished at one stage!

  9. Absolutely fantastic! Lots of fun spotting the most random object!

  10. That is properly great, absolutely love it!

  11. maggy, red ted art3 September 2012 at 21:18

    Oh my goodness that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! And I have never ever given up on you. Honest. Never. You are AMAZING. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Do I need to shout some more! You are BRILLIANT! Love how you all working this together. Wow. Can I have one?!?!?!?!?!?


  12. I knew you'd be proud of me - like a phoenix from the flames of creative destruction I rise!!!!! Do I go straight to the top of the class now :-)

  13. that's the best bit! Although the Pixie had a full on strop when she saw her fairy was encased for good!

  14. It's is absolutely BRILLIANT!! I LOVE IT!!
    going to have to share this on

  15. that is totally amaze-balls :) i really really love it. a true masterpiece x x

  16. if only I knew what bolt was! (am guessing not a relation to Usain ;-)

  17. WOW that is amazing. I LOVE it. I want to make one.

  18. thank you for commenting - the kids are going to go BANANAS when I show them all these comments!

  19. DO IT. I promise you it is fun, decide on your background (we went for union jack as it was such an iconic year) then collect junk in that colour and hot glue one!) I am going for a rainbow next......

  20. This is -
    It's a bit like Pinterest but it's a bit more geeky as it's a link shortener too (like or and you can share direct to a number of social media platforms as you "save" the page.

  21. Bex @ The Mummy Adventure3 September 2012 at 21:45

    This is actually pretty amazing! very creative and no children glued together? Sounds like an A* to me x

  22. Love!!! Totally inspired but I reckon mine would have to be made from red Babybel wrappers, blue Yorkie wrappers and white toilet paper!

  23. Totally awesome! Immenseness itself!

  24. Oh my god, that's freaking awesome!!!!

  25. That is Super A-MAZE-ING! Bloody love it. I am soo the same about craft stuff!

  26. This is fantastic! And very well done to have overcomed your OCD lol, I'm the same, colour in the lines!! Too messy!!... I doubt I could have done that!

  27. Awesome - I love it! What a great idea x

  28. That is fantastic! I'm so jealous, I want one!

  29. Aw brilliant, totally reminds me of Tony Cragg's work:

  30. That's so ruddy good that is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 craft stars for you with cherries on top!! :-)

  31. thank you so much!

  32. no kids glued together but a few fingers along the way....

  33. That would look great. I only ever thought of different-sized buttons for texture, but this is a really clever idea. Can't wait to see the rainbow now x

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