Monday, 30 December 2019

2019 fashion?

I was remembering the children through the ages pictures I drew way back in 1993.
The final one was a prediction of future clothes in the far distant date of 2019.

Thought I would do a quick redraw as a break from work:

I hate drawing legs!
Don't think I got it quite right :-D


A slice of ham, two different sorts of salami, a couple of spicy cocktail sausages, and a mini scotch egg.

You can put anything in scrambled eggs!

Monday, 23 December 2019

Ecotank ink

My new printer has ink tanks, not ink cartridges.

  • Better for me: last for ages, works out cheaper
  • Better for Epson: because it's cheaper, I'll buy their own ink, not compatible
  • Better for the environment: not wasting countless throwaway cartridges
Prints nicely, too.

Friday, 20 December 2019


Why does Christmas take me by surprise every year?

I've had 42 of them; you'd think I would be expecting it by now...

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Quick, easy Christmas decoration craft

Went well with the theme of our nativity being about God's gift.

You will need:
  • Coloured foam. I used sparkly A5 foam, from a pound shop.
  • Sticky-backed foam (or use glue, but sticky is easier). Or self adhesive ribbon, but I couldn't find any.
  • Suitable stickers. The crowns and hearts were actually taken from a fairytale set!
  • String
  • Single hole punch. Small hole if possible - a leather punch is good, because it can cut through a lot of layers.
Teachers preparation:
  1. Cut the foam into 'squares'. A5 gives 6 more or less square pieces. A guillotine is quickest.
  2. Cut the sticky foam into strips. 1cm (ish). 
With the kids:
  1. Stick two strips to a square. This makes it look like a parcel and also a cross!
  2. Decorate with stickers.
  3. Punch hole.
  4. Thread string.
  5. Repeat till parents come!
  6. Brush up all the backing paper from the stickers...

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

God Doesn't Have a Birthday

This is a fun song! And it says a lot, too.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Finger clicking

Me: We'll click our fingers on the chorus.
Child: I can't click my fingers.
Me: That's OK, just pretend. No-one will know you're not really doing it.
Child: But my mum and dad know I can't do it.
Me: That's OK, no-one else will know.
Child: But my gran and grandpa and aunt and uncle and cousins all know I can't do it...

Friday, 6 December 2019


A character in a fictional world is reading an article in a magazine, detailing some proposed changes:
"They have been published, it seems, for general criticism; and one gathers that in the modern Utopia the administration presents the most elaborately detailed schemes of any proposed alteration in law or custom, some time before any measure is taken to carry it into effect, and the possibilities of every detail are acutely criticized, flaws anticipated, side issues raised, and the whole minutely tested and fined down by a planetful of critics, before the actual process of legislation begins."
~ H G Wells (A Modern Utopia )
A utopia indeed!