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• E N C H A N T E D • Stepping into the woods can be like stepping into another world. You feel a hush, sense the peace of the trees, and hear the vibrant sounds of the birds as they sing. It's not a far stretch to wonder what other creatures hide amongst the leaves, and it opens up a world of imaginative play for young explorers! Perhaps your little ones might even spot Moon-Face, Dame Washalot or Silky the Fairy on their adventures! . Have your children been bewitched by The Enchanted Wood? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #HappiestWithABook #EnchantedWood #MagicalChildhood #EnchantedChildhood #MagicFarawayTree #EnidBlyton #ClassicBooks #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #ChildrensBook #ConnectingThroughBooks #WildAndFreeChildren #NatureForKids #ExploringNature #LittleReaders #EarlyYearsLiterature #LittleBookworms #BedtimeStories #ShareAStory #SecondhandBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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#Repost @thecuriositycupboard • • • • • • Here's Panda & his moon (so far) I still need to attach him to his base & name him, and he needs something else too but until I figure out what he'll just have to sit here and watch over me as I work..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #panda #bluemoon #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #onceinabluemoon #vintagefabric #papermache #papermacheart #papermacheartist #wireworker #wireartist #mixedmediasculpture

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• N A T U R E • Sometimes all you need is a lovely, sunny spot under a tree and a great book! It helps of course if the book is perfectly suited to your nature studies and reading spot! . What nature books have you been exploring? . . 📷 : @nats_nature_trail's little bookworms enjoying #TheNaturalHistoryOfTheOakTree. Bought from @curiouscubby! . . . . . . #RaisingCuriousReaders #CubbyBooks #NatureBooks #NatureForKids #NatureStudies #EveryChildWild #WildAndFreeChildren #MakeTimeForBooks #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #LittleBookworms #FreedomToLearn #365DaysWild #OutdoorLearning #ConnectingWithNature #LearningThroughBooks #SecondhandBooks #ExploringNatureWithChildren #ThriftyLibrary #ReadersOfInstagram #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #TheCuriosityCupboard

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I've replenished my magic dust. There should be enough to sprinkle on at least 6 months of creatures..... . Jar by @mendyourhead . . . #thecuriositycupboard #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #vinegarandbrownpaper #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Thank you for all the wonderfully positive comments, advice & ideas on yesterday's post. Your support is very much appreciated (& sometimes it just helps to say things out loud to sort some of the muddle of threads in my head) Anyhoo, I've got lots to mull over before finalising anything so spent a little quality messy mâché time this afternoon. It's quite a rhythmic technique so I had plenty of time to plan & plot my next move! Here's one of the birdies I've been papering..... . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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• B O O K C U D D L E S • There is something very special about cuddling up with a new book and just enjoying being together 💚 Quiet time to reconnect after a busy day, a story shared before bedtime or just a moment to discover new friends and step into fantastic worlds. . What stories have you been sharing with your little ones? . . 📷 : @londonwildlings little one enjoying #ATaleOfFergusFrog with his grandad. Bought from @curiouscubby! . . . . . . #RaisingCuriousReaders #CubbyBooks #Storytime #Storytelling #ConnectingThroughBooks #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #ReadersOfInstagram #ChildrensBook #NatureForKids #KidLit #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #HomeSchooling #CuddleUpWithABook #MakeTimeForBooks #MindfulParenting #MagicofChildhood #GentleChildhood #FreedomToDiscover #LittleBookworms #LearningThroughBooks #LetThemBeLittle #ThriftyLibrary #SecondhandBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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Part of the major overhaul of the Cupboard has included the addition of a windowsill to house some of my favourite things. I've surrounded my immediate workspace with books, baubles, flora & fauna and all manner of other inspirational pieces. Everything else, materials etc, are now behind me (mostly in archive boxes) I'll be posting more pics, now & again, over the next couple of weeks as a sort of slow meandering tour of my little sanctuary..... . EDIT: I've been asked if the object bottom centre of pic is my take on the covid virus. It's not. It's a sample (a dried, pierced avocado stone) that I made for my Masters in December 2018! & no, it's not witchcraft..... 😳 @ma_contemporary_crafts_ #macontemporarycrafts . . #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown

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I've been playing around with a larger piece today (when having a tea break) that I started on Tuesday. This time I'm weaving a web on a handle which I found on the Thames foreshore last July. I'd like to think that it was once attached to a bubbling witch's cauldron but it's probably from a small cooking pot or pail. The thread is fairly thick & linen-like (which I'm guessing is maybe for carpet weaving?!) & came from a bag of reclaimed scraps. Should keep me busy for a few weeks..... What's occupying your lockdown? Happy weekend everyone 🕸xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #usingwhatisathand

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I've been playing around with a larger piece today (when having a tea break) that I started on Tuesday. This time I'm weaving a web on a handle which I found on the Thames foreshore last July. I'd like to think that it was once attached to a bubbling witch's cauldron but it's probably from a small cooking pot or pail. The thread is fairly thick & linen-like (which I'm guessing is maybe for carpet weaving?!) & came from a bag of reclaimed scraps. Should keep me busy for a few weeks..... What's occupying your lockdown? Happy weekend everyone 🕸xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #usingwhatisathand

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You may be wondering what this pic is all about. Well today is the Badger's & my 23rd anniversary!! (Crikey, that's half my life so far 😳) He did suggest that we dress up in St George's Day themed attire (no prizes for who apparently should be the dragon) but instead here is my present from him.... plain flour! Normally we would have a day out at the beach or visit Hay-on-Wye (we'd both much rather do something than give presents) but it's strange times. Anyhoo, it's a very much welcome present as I use it to make my paper mâché paste. For the last 5/6 weeks I've not managed to get hold of any & so haven't been able to finish off a group of creatures that are hanging up in the Cupboard rafters..... Happy St George's Day! . . . #anyascompendiumofcuriosities #thecuriositycupboard #thepapermachecreaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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• S P R I N G • Hands up if you have gathered all your favourite stories together? Books that celebrate new blossom on the trees, daffodils waving in the sun and birds building their nests! Whether it's for bedtime stories or read-alouds in the garden, time should always be made for some seasonal reads! 🌱 If you are in need of some inspiration, check out 12 of my favourite stories, perfect for your spring bookshelves! Link in my bio! . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #BookList #NatureBooks #SpringStories #LittleBookworms #ReadersOfInstagram #HappiestWithABook #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #HomeSchooling #WildAndFreeChildren #MakeTimeForBooks #EarlyYearsLiterature #PictureBooks #GentleChildhood #BedtimeStories #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• B I R D S • Spring is the perfect time for bird investigations! Whether it's attracting birds to your garden, going on a nature walk, watching nest cams online, or reading, writing and drawing them from a beautiful guide book - there are many ways you can encourage your children to be curious about birds! I'm a big fan of books like this one featured - it gives an insight into many different aspects of bird life, and becomes a fantastic diving board into more in-depth research, discussion and projects! . . Do you have a favourite bird? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #BooksforKids #ChildLedLearning #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #HomeEducationIdeas #NatureBooks #NatureForKids #EveryChildWild #RaisingReaders #ReadMoreBooks #BirdBooks #BookRecommends #MakeTimeForBooks #SecondhandBooks #ChildrensEducation #LittleBookworms #LearningThroughBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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The Badger's workshop is on a farm nearby so I've joined him today for a change of scenery. I've left him tinkering with tools & gone for a wander (collecting expedition) . . . #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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The Badger's workshop is on a farm nearby so I've joined him today for a change of scenery. I've left him tinkering with tools & gone for a wander (collecting expedition) . . . #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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It's a lovely cold, grey day today so I went for a wander. There's a shipping container nearby that has a wonderful patchwork of paint on it. I've been meaning to take pics of it for months, so I took the long route round to it.... . . . #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #wonderingandwandering

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I've gone & lost momentum with #marchmeetthemaker (it was bound to happen, I'm too easily distracted) I've been busy sorting out the mess that has engulfed the Cupboard & rewriting/re-prioritising my to do list. Top of the list (after Cupboard organising) is sorting out my clothes. There's a lot of mending, making and dyeing fun ahead of me but probably not much in the way of creatures for now. Anyway , as a catch up here's some photography (day 23, using my phone #nofilter ) of a Dorset wheel I'm working on whilst trying to top up my vitamin D levels. The only tools & equipment (day 22) needed is a needle. This is something that any of you can do with the most limited of supplies and it doesn't have to be complicated. Mine have evolved to this style but you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest of 'Dorset buttons' & if you need help getting started, you can always DM me too! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #knittingneedle #usingwhatisathand

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I've gone & lost momentum with #marchmeetthemaker (it was bound to happen, I'm too easily distracted) I've been busy sorting out the mess that has engulfed the Cupboard & rewriting/re-prioritising my to do list. Top of the list (after Cupboard organising) is sorting out my clothes. There's a lot of mending, making and dyeing fun ahead of me but probably not much in the way of creatures for now. Anyway , as a catch up here's some photography (day 23, using my phone #nofilter ) of a Dorset wheel I'm working on whilst trying to top up my vitamin D levels. The only tools & equipment (day 22) needed is a needle. This is something that any of you can do with the most limited of supplies and it doesn't have to be complicated. Mine have evolved to this style but you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest of 'Dorset buttons' & if you need help getting started, you can always DM me too! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #thecuriositycupboardlockdown #dorsetwheel #dorsetbutton #knittingneedle #usingwhatisathand

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Change... #marchmeetthemaker . Lots of things have been changing for me recently (not including any virus related interruptions) one of the main changes has been to my previous habitual hoarding. I haven't given up collecting things (that'll never happen & I will most definitely never be a minimalist) however I have altered my thinking on collecting and subsequently am finding it cathartic, and strangely easy, to get rid of stuff. I'm planning to sort through the mass accumulations over the next few weeks as I currently seem to have plenty of time on my hands! Anything to keep me busy otherwise I'll just end up having to entertain a very bored, not working for a while, Badger! And the forget-me-nots? Well they're my most favourite flower (I would say after edelweiss but edelweiss isn't actually a flower...) signalling a change in the seasons. Happy Springtime (Northern Hemisphere) folks! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Change... #marchmeetthemaker . Lots of things have been changing for me recently (not including any virus related interruptions) one of the main changes has been to my previous habitual hoarding. I haven't given up collecting things (that'll never happen & I will most definitely never be a minimalist) however I have altered my thinking on collecting and subsequently am finding it cathartic, and strangely easy, to get rid of stuff. I'm planning to sort through the mass accumulations over the next few weeks as I currently seem to have plenty of time on my hands! Anything to keep me busy otherwise I'll just end up having to entertain a very bored, not working for a while, Badger! And the forget-me-nots? Well they're my most favourite flower (I would say after edelweiss but edelweiss isn't actually a flower...) signalling a change in the seasons. Happy Springtime (Northern Hemisphere) folks! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Marketing.... #marchmeetthemaker . It should have been the first day of @craftfestival Cheltenham today (& this would have been a picture of my stand) instead here's the Cupboard! This is where I isolate myself (self enforced) for the majority of the year. I'm quite happy to be in my own company especially as the solitude is normally broken by intermittent shows. I'm really going to miss the chance, this weekend, of catching up with my craft family, meeting new people and, of course, selling some work so that I can carry on with the boring stuff like paying bills and buying food. I'm absolutely hopeless at marketing. I don't like it when others constantly bombard me with what they're selling and in turn I really don't like pushing my work on others! Doing craft fairs, & selling through online and actual galleries, gives me the opportunity to sell my wares, to people who want to buy handmade items, without having to shout about it. Anyway I'm going to have to pluck up some courage so you may hear a peep or two from me soon..... . . . Sarah & the Craft Festival team have done a marvellous job of rearranging the fair (it's now booked in for August 14th-16th) hopefully I'll get to catch up with loads of you then! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #justacard #makesallthedifference

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Marketing.... #marchmeetthemaker . It should have been the first day of @craftfestival Cheltenham today (& this would have been a picture of my stand) instead here's the Cupboard! This is where I isolate myself (self enforced) for the majority of the year. I'm quite happy to be in my own company especially as the solitude is normally broken by intermittent shows. I'm really going to miss the chance, this weekend, of catching up with my craft family, meeting new people and, of course, selling some work so that I can carry on with the boring stuff like paying bills and buying food. I'm absolutely hopeless at marketing. I don't like it when others constantly bombard me with what they're selling and in turn I really don't like pushing my work on others! Doing craft fairs, & selling through online and actual galleries, gives me the opportunity to sell my wares, to people who want to buy handmade items, without having to shout about it. Anyway I'm going to have to pluck up some courage so you may hear a peep or two from me soon..... . . . Sarah & the Craft Festival team have done a marvellous job of rearranging the fair (it's now booked in for August 14th-16th) hopefully I'll get to catch up with loads of you then! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #justacard #makesallthedifference

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Packaging..... #marchmeetthemaker . A couple of years ago I changed all my greetings card packaging from those clear corn starch bags & a sticker to using just a single paper clip. I'm trying to come up with lots of different uses & things I can make with a paper clip which I can then put on my website. I would love to hear any of your ideas! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #handmadegreetingscards #justacard #reclaimedpaper #vintagepaper #vintagesheetmusic #justapaperclip

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Packaging..... #marchmeetthemaker . A couple of years ago I changed all my greetings card packaging from those clear corn starch bags & a sticker to using just a single paper clip. I'm trying to come up with lots of different uses & things I can make with a paper clip which I can then put on my website. I would love to hear any of your ideas! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #handmadegreetingscards #justacard #reclaimedpaper #vintagepaper #vintagesheetmusic #justapaperclip

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Technique/skills..... #marchmeetthemaker . Jack of all trades..... ...Jedi Master of junk. . . . . . . . (I chose this pic as it's got a little of everything in it: wire, words, thread, rust, found objects...) . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #jackofalltrades #jedimasterofjunk #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Technique/skills..... #marchmeetthemaker . Jack of all trades..... ...Jedi Master of junk. . . . . . . . (I chose this pic as it's got a little of everything in it: wire, words, thread, rust, found objects...) . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #jackofalltrades #jedimasterofjunk #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Proud of..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm proud of a lot of things, sometimes it's the smallest stuff that makes me grin like a Cheshire Cat! It's usually something that nobody else notices but I know that it worked perfectly or that I was absolutely petrified but still did it. Most of the time I keep it to myself, I'm not really any good at the self promotion side of things. My OH (the Badger) constantly goes on at me to be more vocal about the bigger 'wins' and I do try but I always feel odd & a little boastful when I mention something. Anyhoo, what am I proud of right now? Well I'm pretty chuffed at how much I've evolved in the last few years, I'm ecstatically over the moon about what I achieved on my Masters and I'm definitely proud that I haven't just fallen back into my old routine but am continuing with all the reading and researching on the side. Who knows where that adventure may lead! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Proud of..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm proud of a lot of things, sometimes it's the smallest stuff that makes me grin like a Cheshire Cat! It's usually something that nobody else notices but I know that it worked perfectly or that I was absolutely petrified but still did it. Most of the time I keep it to myself, I'm not really any good at the self promotion side of things. My OH (the Badger) constantly goes on at me to be more vocal about the bigger 'wins' and I do try but I always feel odd & a little boastful when I mention something. Anyhoo, what am I proud of right now? Well I'm pretty chuffed at how much I've evolved in the last few years, I'm ecstatically over the moon about what I achieved on my Masters and I'm definitely proud that I haven't just fallen back into my old routine but am continuing with all the reading and researching on the side. Who knows where that adventure may lead! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #collectprotectcurate #thecuriositycupboard #mudlarking #riverthamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #beachcombingfinds #urbanarchaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #intertidalarchaeology #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Self care..... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm generally an easy going person, or at least that's what most people think of me, and at times I can even appear to be distant or distracted. It's a coping method that's come from life long anxiety & panic attacks. I'm slowly learning to deal with it in a healthier way by understanding why & what overwhelms me. One thing that has significantly helped has been reconnecting with my passion for finding objects. The fog is now slowly dispersing letting the sunlight break through..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #selfcare #cptsd #fibromyalgia #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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Help..... #marchmeetthemaker . Well hello Monday! Let me introduce Agnes (the madness) to you. My little shed elf. Her duties include reorganising paperwork, emptying boxes, testing the durability of packaging materials & creating general distractions! . . . #thecuriositycupboard #agnesthemadness #agnesthecat #blackcat #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Help..... #marchmeetthemaker . Well hello Monday! Let me introduce Agnes (the madness) to you. My little shed elf. Her duties include reorganising paperwork, emptying boxes, testing the durability of packaging materials & creating general distractions! . . . #thecuriositycupboard #agnesthemadness #agnesthecat #blackcat #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Current project..... #marchmeetthemaker . I feel a bit discombobulated this weekend. I had planned to spend it finishing some creatures for the craft festival in Cheltenham next weekend. The fair has been postponed until August so I've decided to grab the opportunity & spend a few days doing some stuff for me. Today I'm going through my paper scraps & making myself a 'new' book. Happy healthy weekend to you all! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatsontheworkbench #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker

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USP..... #marchmeetthemaker . 28 years of wire working! (you may not see it all the time but it's there) . . . #uniquesellingpoint #marchmeetthemaker2020 #whatliesbeneath #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #creaturemaker

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Learning curve..... #marchmeetthemaker . There are so many things that I have learned, things that I'm still learning & things that I will learn in the future which makes today's prompt a bit of a toughie. After a bit of umming I've decided to share this little toadstool house, it's one of my early paper mâché pieces made about a decade ago. Since then the process has evolved. The wire I use has changed, I now use a thicker gauge for the initial shape, to create a sturdier frame. I also now layer the wire frame with newspaper first before adding vintage paper. The flour & water paste I use has stayed the same though! . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #wireworker #papermachesculpture #toadstoolhouse

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Range..... #marchmeetthemaker . I could have opted to talk about the range of products that I make, or the range of prices, but instead here's a range of materials that I regularly use: Vintage tins (pictured), draughts pieces, monopoly money, old postage stamps, iron wire, brass wire, silver wire, vintage sheet music, damaged books, dominoes, cotton reels, wooden building blocks, reclaimed ribbon, chess pieces, plastic knitting needles, cake tins, door handles, driftwood, buttons & beads, wooden boxes, shoe brushes, oil cans and aluminium jelly moulds. . I quite often get sent things to use & I rarely remember to say thank you! Thanks to everyone who's donated bits & bobs, over the last year I've been lucky to get parcels from @moetlala @di_tinker_foster @helenbricedesigns @hawksbysgalleryofdelights @cheryllhewitt @goatstreetgallery @catherine_woodall @little_burrow_designs @bonnerleather there's bound to be someone I've forgotten (pipe up if I have) huge thanks to you all 👏 . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Authentic space..... #marchmeetthemaker . Some views of the Cupboard. It's not the biggest of workshops but I do seem to be able to cram a vast amount into it! I'm trying to spend an hour every day sorting through the piles of junk at my feet. I've piled up the workbench (last pic) with today's stuff to sort..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Authentic space..... #marchmeetthemaker . Some views of the Cupboard. It's not the biggest of workshops but I do seem to be able to cram a vast amount into it! I'm trying to spend an hour every day sorting through the piles of junk at my feet. I've piled up the workbench (last pic) with today's stuff to sort..... . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Rough/mock up.... #marchmeetthemaker . I'm an intuitive maker and generally work things out as I go along. I do sketch occasionally if I want to keep a shape or idea for later use. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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Love to make..... #marchmeetthemaker . This all depends on the day, I try to only make what I know I will enjoy that day. Sometimes I just can't settle so I hammer and paint stuff or tidy the workshop and other times I really enjoy the methodical process of paper mâché or working on a large piece. I do go through phases of liking making specific things, like this wire bluebell, or types of creature but it doesn't normally last for long before I move onto the next thing. I do seem to have made quite a lot of wire birds this week though so maybe that's my current love! 🐦xx . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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You (me) #marchmeetthemaker . I am.... A wire & word twister, forgotten thing finder, magic dust collector, bricoleur, creature maker, urban archaeologist, beachcomber, magpie & mudlark. . I make..... Curious creatures, whimsical wonders, assemblages & artefacts. . I collect..... Rusty metal, potsherds, driftwood, ghost net, berries & leaves, bones, vintage baubles, ephemera, old gnarly nails, knitting needles & games pieces. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker

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You (me) #marchmeetthemaker . I am.... A wire & word twister, forgotten thing finder, magic dust collector, bricoleur, creature maker, urban archaeologist, beachcomber, magpie & mudlark. . I make..... Curious creatures, whimsical wonders, assemblages & artefacts. . I collect..... Rusty metal, potsherds, driftwood, ghost net, berries & leaves, bones, vintage baubles, ephemera, old gnarly nails, knitting needles & games pieces. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #collectprotectcurate #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker

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Reducing waste... #marchmeetthemaker . The majority of the materials that I use are vintage, reclaimed or found; the detritus of human habitation & urbanisation. Some of these materials could be recycled but most would just end up in landfill. I enjoy trying to find ways to 'upcycle' these useless objects by giving them a new purpose. . The first pic is of some of my knitting needle collection, I'm a sucker for the colours. Most of them are single/unpaired plastic ones & are not recyclable. The second pic is some of the ephemera I have squirrelled away in the Cupboard..... . Happy weekend everyone! ✨xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #marchmeetthemaker2020 #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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Close-up..... #marchmeetthemaker . Following on from yesterday's prompt I thought I'd show you the little hand painted 'button' that I add to the creatures. This, I suppose, is my signature & represents my love of toadstools! 🍄xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #creaturecreator #curiositycurator #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Branding..... #marchmeetthemaker . These are a few components that I use to create my brand style. I've designed my own rubber stamps since the start of my business in 2002. Every few years I update and redesign them, I try to design several stamps which can be used in a multitude of combinations for business cards, bags and boxes & I stick to a simple red and black scheme to keep it cohesive. . I'm currently designing my next set of stamps which I'll hopefully be able to use on packaging for both the creatures and the artefacts ( see @collectprotectcurate ) that I make. They won't be ready for @craftfestival Cheltenham in a couple of weeks time though (unfortunately) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #marchmeetthemaker2020

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Time..... #marchmeetthemaker . Here's a few ways that time affects me..... • I always manage to underestimate how long things take for me to make them! There are quicker, and more profitable, ways to make creatures but I enjoy the intricacies & slowness of making the wire frames! It's all about enjoying the process not how much profit I make. • I'm forever last minute in applying for shows, doing paperwork etc (sorry @craftfestival & @great_northern_events ) it's an annoying trait, I know, but it stems from anxieties that I am beginning to understand & am trying to overcome. • paradoxically I dislike being late (for appointments, trains etc) • I'm a night owl. I don't normally work a 9-to-5 day, I usually get into the workshop around midday and am quite often still making well after midnight. • Time is helping me to become stronger, emotionally, psychologically and physically. I still struggle with a perpetual cycle of anxiety, pain, bad habits and weight issues. It's taking time but I no longer feel like I'm being overwhelmed by it all (this time last year I wouldn't have dreamed of sharing any of that here) • finally I think everyone should take time to play. It doesn't have to cost anything except time. Whatever is your thing, whether making, baking, inventing, fixing, sporting or adventuring, be it alone or with others just do something for you ♥️xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #marchmeetthemaker2020 #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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• G E O G R A P H Y • I am a big fan of books like the Horrible series and how they give fascinating snippets of information! They don't overwhelm, but open up the subject, giving lots of springboards to explore and take in all kinds of directions! The perfect way to spark curiosity! How do you approach geography studies? Is there lots of practical, hands-on exploration, or does it involve more written projects and research? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #BookBlogger #GeographyStudies #ExploringWeather #NatureBooks #ReadMoreBooks #MakeTimeForBooks #HomeEducationIdeas #HomeEducationUK #LearningThroughBooks #StormyWeather #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #SecondhandBooks #ThriftyLibrary #BookBlogger #TheCuriosityCupboard

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Hands at work..... #marchmeetthemaker . The start of a small wire heart. . . . #marchmeetthemaker2020 #thecuriositycupboard #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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• B E D T I M E S T O R I E S • Nothing better than curling up in your pyjamas with a favourite story! Always a bonus if you're picture book matches the current windy weather! . 📷 : @nats_nature_trail's little one reading #RosiesHat by #JuliaDonaldson and bought from @curiouscubby! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #BedtimeStories #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #Storytime #IndependentReading #PictureBook #GentleChildhood #LetThemBeLittle #WeatherStories #LittleBookworms #MagicChildhood #RaisingReaders #PyjamasAndBooks #MakeTimeForBooks #BooksforKids #BookLove #HappiestWithABook #EarlyYearsLiterature #SecondhandBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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Story..... #marchmeetthemaker . There once was a little girl who wore home made dresses in Laura Ashley fabrics. As soon as she could walk she began finding things and picking them up. Her parents decided to buy her a little basket to put her treasure in (her dresses didn't have pockets yet) and to collect the dyed boiled eggs and foil covered chocolate that the Easter bunny would hide amongst the bushes and bare branches..... . (& forty something years later enjoying a blustery bit of winter sunshine) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #childofthe70s #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #collectprotectcurate

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Story..... #marchmeetthemaker . There once was a little girl who wore home made dresses in Laura Ashley fabrics. As soon as she could walk she began finding things and picking them up. Her parents decided to buy her a little basket to put her treasure in (her dresses didn't have pockets yet) and to collect the dyed boiled eggs and foil covered chocolate that the Easter bunny would hide amongst the bushes and bare branches..... . (& forty something years later enjoying a blustery bit of winter sunshine) . . . #thecuriositycupboard #childofthe70s #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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• W E A T H E R • With all the storms and rain we've been having, this could be the perfect time to jump into a study project about the weather! I've put together a handy list of 12 of my favourite picture books that celebrate the weather, from sunshine to frost, rain or windy days! Help your young learners explore the natural world with these stories, poems, and books of facts! Link in my bio! 📚 What are you favourite weather stories? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #WeatherStories #NatureBooks #WildAndFreeChildren #ExploringNatureWithChildren #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #HomeEducationUK #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #KidsBooks #BooksforKids #MakeTimeForBooks #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #PictureBooks #HomeEducationIdeas #EducationResources #EveryChildWild #NatureStudies #EarlyYearsEducation #TheCuriosityCupboard

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Happy weekend everyone! . Apologies for the fairly rubbish pics, it's suddenly evening and dark and the light isn't the best! This is Rose, she's a new piece that I've been playing with. Rose is a hybrid bunny with a paper mâché head and spun cotton body and lives in a vintage sewing machine drawer. I'm still fiddling about with this but really wanted to try and make a more doll like piece. She'll be coming with me to @craftfestival in Cheltenham next month. . . . #thecuriositycupboard #craftfestivalcheltenham #workinprogress #wip #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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• V A L E N T I N E S • Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? It can be the perfect time to snuggle with your loved ones under cosy blankets, with treats and hot drinks, sharing stories and showing how much you love them. There are so many wonderful stories, just perfect for giving a big hug and making you feel the love this February! 📚 To celebrate, I've picked 12 of my favourite picture books over on the blog! Link in bio! Which stories are you reading? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #LittleBookworms #ValentinesBooks #BedtimeStories #GuessHowMuchILoveYou #ReadMoreBooks #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #EarlyYearsLiterature #PictureBooks #HappiestWithABook #LivingBooks #CharlotteMason #Storytime #KidLit #LoveYourLibrary #LetThemBeLittle #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• L O V E B O O K S • On this day of showing love and feeling loved, I couldn't resist sharing one of my favourite stories. This beautiful book reassures a little one that they will be loved no matter what - even if they turn into a crocodile! This big hug in a book is perfect for parents to share at bedtime! 📚 Which books about love are your favourites? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #ReadMoreBooks #ChildrensBook #Valentines #ValentinesBooks #NoMatterWhat #DebiGliori #BooksforKids #LittleBookworms #UnconditionalLove #BedtimeStories #ShareAStory #ChildOfBooks #LivingBooks #HappiestWithABook #MakeTimeForBooks #PictureBook #IllustratedStories #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• R E A D I N G D E N • Why do books always feel more special when you read them in a cozy den? I remember one summer as a kid, I made a den under the dining room table complete with old bed sheets for privacy and a clothes horse to create an extension 😆 I read The Indian in the Cupboard in my little den and cried when I finished the book. I was so sad that it was over! I had loved that book so much! 💚 Did you create dens or secret hideaway to read in when you were small? Do your little ones build them now? . 📷 : @raisingtwohappysouls's daughter snuggled in her fairy-lit den reading #TheSnowQueen by #HansChristianAnderson, bought from @curiouscubby! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #BedtimeStories #SecretDen #FairylitStorytime #Storytime #BooksforKids #Booklove #LittleBookworms #LittleReaders #MakeTimeForBooks #WinterReading #ChildrensBook #Bookstagram #KidLit #HomeEdUK #HappiestWithABook #ClassicsForChildren #MagicChildhood #TheCuriosityCupboard

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There's lots of wire frames popping up on the workbench at the mo, in readiness for @craftfestival in Cheltenham next month. This bunny is nearly ready for the first of several layers of paper..... : : : #thecuriositycupboard #workinprogress #wip #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #creaturemaker #wireworker

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• R E A D I N G T I M E • I've always had a routine with my reading. I can't fall sleep without reading first! It helps me wind down and (usually) clears my head. I'm also a big fan of reading in the bath! Make it super hot, add some bubbles and I'm lost to the world for an hour! 📚 Do you make set times for reading or grab a book when the mood strikes? Have you noticed your children establishing favourite times and reading patterns? . 📷 : @homeeducating_you's daughter reading the gorgeous picture book Seal by Judy Allen bought from #CubbyBooks! . . . . . . #RaisingCuriousReaders #HomeEdUK #LittleBookworms #LearningThroughBooks #BooksforKids #BooksofIG #ChildLedLearning #ChildrensBook #HomeEducationUK #SecondhandBooks #ChildOfBooks #ChildhoodUnplugged #ReadersOfInstagram #ReadMoreBooks #PictureBook #NatureBooks #Bookspiration #Storytime #SealBook #ReadingRhythm #MakeTimeForBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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The mouse house that I started last year is still being worked on. This room in particular could do with a zhuzh! :: Plans are afoot for some pictures, furnishings and maybe a mirror too. The mice themselves haven't got names yet (there's 3 of them at the mo) but I'll probably leave that till last. Fingers crossed I'll finally finish it in time for next month's @craftfestival in Cheltenham! :: Happy diy-free weekend everyone! :: :: :: #thecuriositycupboard #wip #workinprogress #creaturemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector #mousemaker #wireworker #craftfestivalcheltenham

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• P O N D S • Grab a bucket and net, pull on your wellies and explore the mysterious world of ponds! What animals make their homes there, what plants love to grow, what lurks beneath the surface? 🐸 Over on the blog are some of my favourite picture books all about ponds and frogs! Perfect for nature studies and new projects! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #RaisingCuriousReaders #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #HomeEducationIdeas #ExploringNatureWithChildren #ENWCWinterPondWeek #Pondlife #ENWCPondWeek #LifeCycleOfAFrog #TadpoleToFrog #CharlotteMasonEducation #LivingBooks #ChildLedLearning #CharlotteMason #PictureBooks #UKBookList #WildAndFreeChildren #EveryChildWild #NatureForKids #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• N A T U R E S T O R I E S • You can explore nature in so many different ways! From getting out for a walk and seeing what you can spot, watching documentaries, reading guides and learning new facts, or just reading a great story - there really is a path for everyone. 📚 How gorgeous is this vintage nature book! Telling the life of the otter in a wonderful, illustrated story. Just perfect for a new wildlife project! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #PictureBooks #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #ExploringNatureWithChildren #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #ThriftyLibrary #VintageBooks #TheOtter #AnimalLives #ChildrensBook #ChildLedLearning #ChildOfBooks #VintageBook #CharlotteMasonEducation #NatureStudies #LearningThroughBooks #SecondhandBooks #VintageNatureBook #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• CO O K B O O K • One of my fondest memories of my childhood was baking days with my mum. There would be lots of measuring, and tasting, and mess! The feeling of accomplishment when something delicious came out of the oven was one of the best feelings there could be! Our cookbooks were always filled with scraps of paper, marking the pages of our favourite recipes, and I loved finding new ones to persuade my mum to try! Do you get your little ones involved in cooking? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #LearningThroughBooks #ChildLedLearning #CookingWithKids #CookBooksForKids #HomeEdUK #HomeEducationResources #Homeschooling #BakingWithKids #BookBlogger #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #LittleBookworms #ReadMoreBooks #ChildhoodUnplugged #SecondhandBooks #PrelovedBooks #ThriftyLibrary #GoodBooksLastForever #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• L I F E S K I L L S • Books are a fantastic way to encourage little learners to explore new skills. Poring over the pages, choosing the recipe, buying and finding the ingredients, counting and weighing and measuring, practising knife skills, tasting, testing and timing....a lot of learning goes into such an important life skill. And it all begins with a book full of tasty recipes! . 📷 : @katie_andherlittleladies's little one following a recipe from #MummyAndMeCookbook by #AnnabelKarmel, bought from #CubbyBooks! . . . . . . #RaisingCuriousReaders #LearningThroughBooks #LifeSkillsForKids #HomeEdUK #HomeEducationResources #InvitationToLearn #CookBooksForKids #EarlyYearsEducation #EarlyLearning #FineMotorSkills #CookingWithKids # #LittleBookworms #BooksforKids #GentleChildhood #ChildLedLearning #ChildrensBooks #ChildhoodUnplugged #SecondhandBooks #PrelovedBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• C H I N E S E N E W Y E A R • The Lunar New Year and the beginning of the year of the Rat is on Saturday 25th January! 🧧 To help you celebrate and explore this festival, I've put together a list of some of my favourite picture books! Just perfect for projects and story time. . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #PictureBooks #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #LivingBooks #LittleReaders #ChildhoodUnplugged #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #ChineseNewYear #CNY2020 #CharlotteMasonEducation #BooksforKids # #EYFSInspiration #HomeEducationIdeas #ChineseNewYearBooks #Storytime #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #UnderstandingTheWorld #TheCuriosityCupboard

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• T R E E S • Nature studies wouldn't be complete without exploring the world of trees! From identifying and learning about their life cycle, to investigating the creatures and creepy crawlies that call them home, they are a fascinating topic for your little explorers! 🌳 Over on the blog I've created a list of 12 favourite UK picture books that would be ideal for jumping into nature projects! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #PictureBooks #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #ExploringNatureWithChildren #ENWCWinterTreeWeek #TreeBooks #EveryChildWild #LittleBookworms #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #ChildrensBook #ChildLedLearning #CharlotteMasonEducation #LivingBooks #LearningThroughBooks #NatureForKids #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #EYFSInspirstion #GentleChildhood #Bookspiration #BooksForKids #TheCuriosityCupboard

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•E X P L O R I N G• Crisp, frosty mornings and bright skies are calling many of us outside. But it's still nice to cosy up in the afternoons and pore over gorgeous books like this one! Learn all about the creepy crawlies of the forest floor, and then take great delight in trying to spot them hidden on the beautifully illustrated pages! 📚 What books have you been exploring? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #SecretForest #ChildrensBook #LittleBookworms #ReadMoreBooks #ChildhoodUnplugged #EveryChildWild #HomeEducationResources #HomeEdUK #ThriftyLibrary #NatureBooks #ExploringNatureWithChildren #GentleChildhood #WildAndFreeChildren #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #NatureStudies #LearningThroughBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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•F I R S T E X P E R I E N C E S• I truly believe there is a book for every possibility, and a book to deal with any new experience - whether it's going to the dentist, moving house or awaiting the arrival of a new baby! Books are an excellent way to teach young children about what to expect, give them space to explore ideas and ask all the questions they can think of! . 📷 : @wolfcubplay's little one reading #IAmABigBrother by #CarolineJayneChurch and bought from @curiouscubby . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #RaisingCuriousReaders #FirstExperiences #NewBabyBook #BooksForToddlers #ChildrensBook #ReadAlouds #LittleBookworms #LivingBooks #LittleReaders #ChildhoodUnplugged #SecondhandBooks #Preloved #MagicofChildhood #GentleChildhood #PictureBook #LetThemBeLittle #HomeEdUK #CharlotteMasonEducation #LearningThroughBooks #TheCuriosityCupboard

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•T I M E L E S S• Some books never grow old - they are loved by each generation and eagerly shared. The Chronicles of Narnia is one such favourite series. Perfect for read alouds and bedtime stories! . 📷 : @two_buttons_and_us gorgeous copy of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe from #CubbyBooks . . . . . . #ReadAlouds #TheLionTheWitchandTheWardrobe #ChroniclesofNarnia #CSLewis #RaisingCuriousReaders #ChristianBirmingham #ChildrensBook #Bookspiration #GentleChildhood #LittleReaders #BedtimeStories #ChildhoodUnplugged #SecondhandBooks #Preloved #ClassicsForChildren #LetThemBeLittle #MagicofChildhood #KidLitIllustration #LittleBookworms #CharlotteMasonEducation #LivingBooks #HomeEdUK #TheCuriosityCupboard

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•M O O N• There is something magical about watching the moon - especially like tonight when it's the first full moon of the year! To inspire your little moongazers, I've put together a list of 12 gorgeous picture books over on the blog! Perfect for bedtime reading and moon projects! . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #PictureBooks #UKBookList #ReadAlouds #BookRecommends #BookBlogger #EarlyYearsLiterature #LittleBookworms #ExploringNatureWithChildren #ENWCMoonWeek #MoonStories #FullMoon #WolfMoon #EveryChildWild #LittleReaders #LivingBooks #ChildrensBooks #CharlotteMasonEducation #BedtimeStories #HomeEdUK #TheCuriosityCupboard

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I know that this is not the most exciting of pics but here's the first mouse of 2020! Happy weekend everyone ♥️xx . . . #thecuriositycupboard #mousemaker #wireandwordtwister #forgottenthingfinder #magicdustcollector

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•N E W Y E A R• Did you make any New Year's resolutions? One of mine is to read to more classic books this year! I'm making a list of children's classics that I've missed and this includes Black Beauty! There are so many great stories, and they really don't have an age limit to when you can read and fall in love with them! 📚 Which classics do you want to add to your to-read list? . . . . . . #CubbyBooks #BlackBeauty #AnnaSewell #ClassicBooks #ClassicsForChildren #BooksforKids #BookRecommends #HomeEdUK #Storytime #SecondhandBooks #RaisingReaders #ReadersOfInstagram #LittleBookworms #ChapterBooks #CharlotteMasonEducation #LivingBooks #ReadMoreBooks #ReadAlouds #TheCuriosityCupboard

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•W I N T E R• Christmas is behind us, but we still have the winter season to enjoy. Frosty mornings, cold winds and perhaps some snowfall. That is what William is wishing for in this delightful book by Gillian Shields - the story of a little mouse who longs to see snow! . What are your favourite winter stories? . . . . . #CubbyBooks #WinterStories #BedtimeStories #WinterReading #WilliamsWinterWish #RaisingReaders #Storytime #LittleBookworms #LearningThroughBooks #LetThemBeLittle #GentleChildhood #CharlotteMasonEducation #ReadAlouds #ReadMoreBooks #EarlyYearsLiterature #EarlyYearsIdeas #MindfulParenting #TheCuriosityCupboard

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Happy New Year from all the Cupboard creatures and me! . Wishing you all a year of..... kindness, happiness, curiosity, creativity & adventure! . . . #thecuriositycupboard #happynewyear

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•S T O R Y T I M E• Matching pyjamas and beautiful books! Sometimes the best part of the Christmas holidays are those simple moments where the world slows down and a new story captures your heart. A very happy #CubbyBook in its new home! . 📷 : @katie_andherlittleladies enjoying the picture book #BrownPaperBear by #NeilReed . . . . . #ReadAlouds #RaisingReaders #Storytime #ChristmasPyjamas #MagicofChildhood #ChildrensBooks #ChildhoodUnplugged #GentleChildhood #SecondhandBooks #PictureBook #Storytelling #LittleBookworms #LetThemBeLittle #Bookspiration #HomeEdUK #TheCuriosityCupboard

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