On being Pinterest perfect


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As I sit here at 7am painting salt dough Christmas ornaments with my daughter, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m some sort of earth mother who spends every spare moment of the day thinking up and doing educational craft projects with my children, so let’s just clear up a few things.

  1. I’d been up since 4am, Baby D woke up for a feed followed by Phoebe (4) at 5am – Baby D had not gone back to sleep.
  2. Decided to get up at 5.30 as sleep is looking like a distant memory
  3. Everyone breakfasted by 6.30 (William now up too)
  4. Baby D goes back to sleep.  Wish I could join him.
  5. Phoebe asked to paint the salt dough we’d attempted the day before.  I refuse stating it’s too early.
  6. 6.55 – agree to painting because what the hell else are we doing at this time of the morning!
  7. We have no paintbrushes left so I resort to cutting up a sponge I’d been (sporadically) using for removing wallpaper

So that’s how I found myself doing said painting.  I hate her doing painting – too much paint gets used, she insists on all the colours being out and used, inevitably paint gets in places it’s not supposed to, and then there’s the results.  They must be kept for as long as possible.  Not too bad when it’s a painting, there are several options for displaying and keeping them, but there now seems to be quite a few ‘art’ projects, namely boxes, grape cartons, weird constructions made from Mcdonalds drink holders that clutter up the place before I surreptitiously bin them.  This has to be done in stealth mode and often needs to be taken straight out to the main wheelie bin, otherwise when she puts something in the bin or recycling, she sees it and gets it back out again.  “No, mummy, I still need this.”


Today we tried to make a gingerbread house.  I had bought a pre-made kit, just needed to assemble it.  First lot of icing I made – too runny.  Second lot holding up ok, and the house nearly made.  Then it became a victim of subsidence!  I think I’ll stick to what I’m good at.

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Pinterest fail!  I won’t lose sleep over it – not on purpose anyway.  We’re having a munch on it and it still tastes pretty good and we had fun attempting it all the same.  There’s always next year!  I hope you’re having more success than me…

Phoebe’s just come up to me with an empty Roses box saying, “I want to paint this Mummy.”  *Head goes in hands.*

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December 19, 2015
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  • Reply Elanor

    Haha, this is great, just shared it! I have encountered exactly the same too many times 🙂

    December 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I used to really enjoy crafts, particularly embroidery, one day I’ll get back to it all! Thanks x

      December 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Emma T

    I’ve had a few pinterest fails, but thankfully on the whole, N just gets on with it himself, usually when noone else is around. Mostly, I just never get round to actually doing what I intend to make

    December 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Me too – pin loads and actually do about 1%!

      December 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Erin @LivingEZ

    haha CZ is just entering the craft phase, so I’m scared of what the future might hold! I am absolutely not a crafty person!!

    January 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Lol I am but I like to do it on my terms!

      January 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Min

    I’m not crafty AT ALL. Luckily Piglet doesn’t seem to be terribly interested so far, which suits me fine. I was never really into making things as a child either, so hopefully I won’t lose too many Motherhood Points over it. I do love Pinterest for the recipes though.

    January 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Oh I do love Pinterest! but I need to choose carefully what I attempt…

      January 29, 2016 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I have had many Pinterest fails of my one and honestly I am not patient enough to try too many projects with my son. I dread the clean up and would rather not make the mess haha!

    January 29, 2016 at 4:02 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I’m glad I’m not the only one!

      January 29, 2016 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Tracey Abrahams

    I love tidy crafts, but I always avoided painting when the kids were small, the chance of a disasterous mess was just too big. #showandtell

    January 29, 2016 at 6:23 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      I know I have to do controlled painting and only when I have to!

      January 29, 2016 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Mummy and the Mexicans

    I’ve only done painting twice so far with my nearly-two-year-old, and very controlled – even so, paint got splattered on the floor. I actually do really enjoy painting and crafts but I’m just not organised enough to get round to doing much! Doesn’t stop me from pinning loads of activities on Pinterest that I will never do! #showandtell

    January 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Me too

      January 31, 2016 at 2:13 pm

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