Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Review: Findus, Food & Fun

In my latest blog, I am reviewing a new book from Hawthorn Press called "Findus, Food and Fun". Read on to see what I think of it along with a crafty idea taken from the book...


Here I am reading my review copy of "Findus, Food and Fun"

Do you remember that I reviewed "Findus Plants Meatballs" back in May of this year? It got a lovely 4 star review from me. Well, the clever people at Hawthorn Press (hi Meredith!) have sent me their latest book in the Findus series, which is called "Findus, Food & Fun", to review - can it go even better?

Each month features several projects, many of them seasonal and loads of them are outdoor projects and things to do in the garden so immediately I am interested! Even some of the indoor projects can be given a gardening twist as you will see below (although many are already garden and nature related). From nature activities to foraging, baking to crafting this book is perfect for kids like me. Here are some of my favourite things about this book:


The book is filled with lovely illustrations and things to do.

  • There are wonderful illustrations throughout the book making it bright and colourful.
  • It features Findus the cat who I already love and who features in LOADS of books
  • There are loads of projects to try each month
  • It is packed full of fascinating facts on all sorts of subjects
  • A lot of the projects just use up things you have lying around the house from old socks to beans, lollipop sticks to old bottles. 
I have already tried out one of the projects which I have featured below but there are loads more I will be trying out including:

  • Chocolate leaf garnish (pretty and yummy!)
  • Rowanberry necklace
  • Suet bell for birdies
  • Magic tulips
I was so excited to get this book that I decided to make a project straight away. I chose to make the "yarn pompoms" from page 56. I just gave them a Lulu-style twist to make them even more relevant to me and my blog...


Flower Pom Poms

You will need:

  • A pom pom maker or some cardboard
  • Wool (4 colours)
  • Scissors
To make:

1. I used a special pom pom maker to make my poms poms. They are inexpensive and make life easier but if you don't have one, you can make your own. Just cut two identical circles from cardboard with a hole on the inside.


Is it funky eyebrows? Or just my pom pom maker?

2. Choose your first colour which will be the inside of your flower. I like a nice bright colour for this bit. My pom pom making kit works in two halves. If you are using a cardboard circle imagine a line down the middle and you will be doing the same on each half. Take your first colour and wrap it around the centre of each half several times.


Choosing what colours you want is really tough!

3. Take your second colour (another nice bright colour) and do the same over the top and a little to the sides of the first colour.


Wrap your colours around each half
4. Next is your leaf so choose a nice green and do some green to each side of your coloured flowers i.e. 4 bits of green.

5. Finally, take your base colour (I used cream) and cover the whole thing until it is all covered and there is no space for any more yarn.


Keep wrapping your yarn until it is all covered


6. Now ask an adult to help. If you are using a pom pom maker join the two halves together. Cut around the edge of your pom pom between each piece of cardboard or the two pieces of pom pom maker.


VERY carefully cut along the side of your pom pom

7. BEFORE you remove your cardboard or pom pom maker, make sure you take a piece of yarn and tie between the two halves really tightly and create a loop to hang your pom pom from.

8. Give your pom pom a little tidy with the scissors.


My flower pom poms are so pretty!

And there you have it, a beautiful flower pom pom. They are nice to hang up around the house, add as an accessory to a bag or a present or as a Christmas decoration. You could also make lots of them to make a fun Christmas wreath for indoors or sew them onto some fabric to make a wonderfully soft rug.


The finished pom poms can be used for all sorts of things

I highly recommend Findus, Food & Fun. Maybe you could ask Santa for it for Christmas?

Here is my Lulu's Book Review rating...



5 stars, yippee!

Happy reading and making everyone.

Hugs & kisses,

Lulu xx