19 March 2013

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon {Book Giveaway}

When I was young, I remember sitting and playing with my mothers or grandmothers button tins. I would spend ages rifling through them.
Sorting them into colours.

Sorting them into piles of the same size or shape.

I would try to find matching sets of buttons – vainly trying to remember which dress or shirt they had originally adorned.

Dipping my fingers and sifting through the lovely piles of rainbow prettiness – just for fun.

My kids both have inherited my button love. This pleases me to no end.

The other day, they were bored. So we flicked through the newest crafty book addition in my craft book library - Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon by Eliza Muldoon.

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon is a collection of 52 blissfully simple craft ideas to make with a child helper - or in my case, 2 child helpers.

This beautiful book will have you creating delightful things out of everyday household items using nothing more than your own time and ingenuity.

You and your child can while away hours of crafting fun with Eliza Muldoon as she helps you make these easy projects - from a child's head band or aprons, to peg dolls, to skirts and shoe adornments, to practical bags and tool belts, felt toys and unique artworks to adorn your home.


We had to find a project which we could do with items we already had at home. We flicked through all the projects and then went back to the start and flicked through again. One child wanted to make one thing and the other wanted to make something else.

There are 52 fabulous projects and the children found it difficult to decide. I love that we can schedule a time once a week and work on a different project, for a whole year.

After much discussion, we decided on the button wall art project. We needed buttons, fabric and a hoop. Perfect! I had all of those items and was raring to go.

As Easter is near, we decided to try and make it Easter-ish. Pastel colours. Easter colours. Really, it was a project in attempting to convince Amelia that we should use buttons that were NOT ONLY pink.

Button Art 2

I stitched on each button and then consulted with my fellow crafters as to the button and placement of the next button.

Personally I think it’s a little lop-sided, but they crafters like it and are pleased with their effort, so that is the most important thing.

Button Wall Art – the perfect craft for kids (with a little help from mum).

Button Art

With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have a copy of Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon to giveaway and entering is very simple.

Complete the Rafflecopter below or leave a comment telling me:

What craft activities do you and your children enjoy doing together?

1. Open to Australian residents only.
2. Giveaway will close on 1 April 2013.
3. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered upon.
4. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner/s.
5. Winner/s will be contacted by email.

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DISCLAIMER: No payment was received for this post. I did receive a copy of the book for review. All opinions are my own, or of my family.


  1. Sounds like you had a great afternoon and the kiddos should be rightfully proud.

  2. I also have memories of playing with buttons in a big tin at my Grandma Ryan's house. She passed away when I was 5, so I have very few memories of her.

  3. Have you seen the button needles you can get - they are pre-threaded needles with a range of colours for sewing on buttons. I have seen them with two needles and thread between that are a one use only. For a project like this you could use these and let the children do it all themselves if they know how to tie a knot.
    This is gorgeous, I think it would look wonderful with a series of these hung in the hallway of your new home!! Different shaped and sized hoops with different coloured buttons and the same colour fabric would look really funky.


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