Friday, 7 October 2011


Here are some pictures from some recent parties. At Rosies underwater adventure, dolphins and extremely colourful seahorses were swimming about. One crafts at Alicia's party was to make a horse broach and magnet. This prooved to be very popular. Lots and lots of these were made, not only for the children themselves, but also so they could give them to parents as presents. What a nice thought!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Young & Fun

In the next month Crafty Creatures is going to be working with young parents and their children in Children's Centres in Gateshead. This is part of their Young & Fun programme and I am really excited about working with parents to see how easy art can be done at home, using materials from our environment.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Parties Galore...

Over the next few months Crafty Creatures has lots of parties coming up. A variety of themes and combinations have been choosen, from seahorses and horses, to space and Cars.

Has this given you some ideas for you child's party? If so please contact me Nicola on 07966 297426 or email: to see how your child could have their own unique individual craft party.

Spennymoor Horticultural Show

At the weekend Crafty Creatures was asked to provide the crafts for families at the Horticultural Show, in Jubilee park, Spennymoor. Despite the rain, families came and made some fab garden inspired crafts, from a flying butterfly to a flowering garden. Take a look at some things that were made.

Young artists at Ushaw Moor Childrens Centre

We have also been working with children at the centre to explore crafts. Some of the children were fourteen months old, but it was great to see how even at a young age they can explore different textures and then create their own work. With encouragement a child can realise they have created something and feel a sense of achievement that comes with this. I think a favourite was in the desert's week when fake snow was used to create a snowy scene for animals that live in the cold, and in contrast when red powder paint and sand was used to create a picture for animals that live in hot deserts. Very messy but great fun!

A Summer of Art at Sacriston

Each week over the summer I've been working with children at Sacriston Community Centre to explore the world around us, and crafts were used to do this. A variety of themes have been looked at, some of my favourite themes or crafts have been;
the Rainforest, where a really colourful chamelion was made
famous artists, here the work of Newcastle born marine painter John Wilson Carmichael, Matisse, Picasso and of course the childrens own work on canvas were all explored
Clay fossils were created during the dinosaurs week, some of these were very sculptural in their design
When we were looking at architecture, we were off to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, magical Venice to explore the canals, the heady skyscrapers in New York and of course what a great street on our doorstep - Grey Street in Newcastle, with Grey's Monument towering over us at the top.
It has been lovely over the weeks to see the children's creativity really develop when exploring the different themes each week.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Roll up for the greatest crafts!

Yes, over the summer we were at the Circus with Libraries across North Tyneside. A big top, clown hats, clown faces and a lion puppet were all made by too many children to count! Lots of fun with sparkles, wool and for the authentic big top feel - sawdust was had by all. Thank you for a lovely summer of crafts.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


People Who Help us is this terms learning theme for nursery children at at Windy Nook Primary School. Crafty Creatures went along to work with the children and parents to create some great crafts. From very stylish looking police men and women to some fun looking x ray pictures. Great fun was had by all!

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Well the summer is almost here! Along with working with Libraries across North Tyneside over the summer, you can also find Crafty Creature workshops at Sacriston Community Centre, Durham every Wednesday morning and at Ushaw Moor Children's Sure Start Centre every Thursday afternoon. At each venue there will be different themed crafts each week, so please contact the venue to find out more information. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


I can't believe the Saltwell Park Spring Show has already been and gone. It was an extremely busy weekend, with lots of Japanese inspired crafts. It just keeps amazing me to see what great works of art are made. The children were absolutely brilliant, just could not believe the concentration and creativity. I certainly felt inspired seeing how different each picture was. Had a brilliant time, thank you all so much!


It's been a lovely time working with libraries across the region making some spring themed crafts. From popcorn spring blossom trees to animals in the field pictures.

Over the summer we're going to be working with libraries across North Tyneside creating CIRCUS themed crafts for their summer reading challenge. A Big Top collage and a clown's hat are just some of the crafts you will be busy making at the workshops. Look forward to seeing you then!


IT'S PARTY TIME...yes we've been busy doing lots of parties, some new ones which have been very popular are Hello Kitty and Scooby Doo. Just can't believe how popular Hello Kitty is. Have a look at some budding artists creations from the parties.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


A happy new year to one and all. Sounds scary saying a new year as I can't quite believe another year has gone by so quickly. I haven't made any resolutions, apart from one, which is to update the blog on a more regular basis! Last Autumn we worked with a local charity called Out of Sight. It's based in North Tyneside and is set up by parents whose children have a visual impairment. The spirit of the parents and children was remarkable and so inspiring. The crafts incorporated lots of different textures and materials, along with some messier painting activities, so the children could participate and use all of their senses.

Already for 2011 we have lots of exciting projects lined up, one is the Saltwell Park show in April. It was such a busy weekend there last year with lots of events available for the whole family. The theme of the crafts isn't confirmed yet, but I will keep you posted once they are.

Once again a big thank you to all the businesses and people I worked with last year and am looking forward to seeing you in 2011.