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Being a stay at home mum with a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old means lots of hours in the day you need to fill with stimulating activities for their young brains. You all know me to well and know I love a good DIY, and the kids (especially Ari) love to help me. Now letting them handle power tools may not always be an option but there are lots of things you can do with them that they can join in with and have fun creating. If we’re being honest half of these projects look like a dog’s dinner if I “leg go” of my need to control but of course we all know that the most fun is in the activity itself and not the end result. Further down you will see my pom-pom fail.

Last week Ari and I went along to the Spotlight Craft Month opening and had a heap of fun. Here are some of the things we got up to:

As soon as we got there Ari and new bae’s ran around the huge balloon sculpture. I mean why wouldn’t you, I was tempted myself.

Then we decorated cupcakes over at the Roberts cake stand. Oh and then casually ATE THEM ALL!

Roberts have developed a cake mix that bakes with a flat top! No more waste or mess cutting off the tops of your cakes. They come out of the oven pretty and neat, ready to decorate. I am definitely heading down to buy a pack and have a go for Ari’s birthday cake next week.

Then we headed over to check out Patons, where I saw this gorgeous handmade poncho that inspired me to grab a few balls of yarn (is that the right way to say it?). After the pom-pom flop I will not be attempting to make this poncho.

Then we got to meet an Alpaca because that was necessary for us to feel where the yarn came from…..

insert picture of son touching cute dog because it’s my blog and I want to.

fuelled my obsession with pretty papers.

So there were lots more cool activities to do but I don’t want to spoil it for you all. Through the entire month of March 2017, Spotlight is celebrating National Craft Month with the aim to inspire you all to join in the “Make It Yourself” movement. All Spotlights stores are involved and here are the four key in-store activities that will be taking place:

MAKE IT FOR KIDS – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March 11am-3pm

Get creative with projects both for kids and by kids! Bright & easy, these DIY do not require any prior knowledge and make for a fun activity for all.

MAKE IT FOR GIVING – Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March 11am-3pm

We celebrate making beautiful – and sought after – gifts for loved ones and charity. From crochet beanies to baby blankets, join us in supporting our local communities.

MAKE IT A PARTY – Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March 11am-3pm

Everybody deserves a special day and Spotlight is at the heart of the ‘personalised party’ revolution! Join us for a day of DIY decoration and celebration!

MAKE IT FOR HOME – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 11am -3pm

Its makeover time as we re-use, re-purpose and upcycle our family favourites!

Make sure to share that if you do go you share your crafty creations on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @spotlightstores and #CraftMonth #MakeItYourself

Now here was my crafty ATTEMPT to make a pom-pom garland. Maybe I did it wrong but I went by memory from primary school (maybe I should have watched some YouTube clips). It’s not the prettiest thing in the world but we made it together and my son got to play with a sharp item so he was stoked.

and this was the final result:

Lastly but definitely the best part. Throughout the month, Spotlight stores will be giving one lucky customer the chance to WIN the ultimate craft trip of India!

THE SCHOOL LOVES INDIA – 5 DAYS IN HEAVEN 

The School Loves India is happening for one week in March 2018 – the wrap up week of Holi festivities. Includes all meals, all lessons, all massages and accommodation at the beautiful Jobner Bagh in Jaipur, plus flights and airport transfers. Guided by super blogger Megan Morton, this once-in-a-lifetime trip is proudly supported by The School and Spotlight. Five days and nights in absolute-technicolour, life-changing, Jaipur heaven. Immerse yourself in exquisite in-house lessons that include jewellery setting, photography and perfume making, integrated with a daily yoga class, private Ayurvedic massage treatments at the ridiculously beautiful Jobner Bagh. Palaces, ponies, elephants, emeralds, watercolour, chai and dreams! Jaipur provides the colour, pomp and pageantry and we have curated the five best days you could possibly experience in this incredible city of Rajasthan.

Includes

-Daily private yoga and three Ayurvedic massages included in your stay to take at your leisure. Jewellery appreciation -Print and pattern lesson at Bar Palladio -Market and Palace visit -Large format photography -Block printing workshop -Flights to and from Jaipur -Transfers to Jobner Bagh from the airport -Two $1000 Visa gift cards

How to Enter 

Simply spend $50 in store or online and tell them in 25 words or less where you find your creative inspiration. Enter at www.spotlightstores.com/craft-month

Entries open 1st – 31st March 2017

For full terms and conditions visit www.spotlightstores.com/competitions

Thanks for reading. -Zoe xoxo