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Pokemon hanging storage space

 It was my friends sons birthday party today. He's very into his pokemon. The present hadn't arrived in time for his party so I thought I'd knock up a quick pokemon piñata. Feeling quite pleased with myself I showed it to the lad in question who cheerfully let me know that they already had a piñata for the party.

After a nice cup of tea I had the bright idea of turning it into hanging storage instead. It was very popular with the kids there and I ended up explaining to several of them how to make their own. Which lead me to writing this post.

I made this using a punch ball instead of a balloon as a base. Nowadays you can even buy punch balls at the local supermarket. you can use these instructions on how to make a piñata, although you need at least six layers of papier mache to make the base, depending on how strong you want it. Then its simply a case of adding a final layer of colour. You can even make yours open like a pokeball is meant to and find inventive ways of making them close. If I'd known this was going to be hanging storage rather than a piñata I would have used old pictures of pokemon to 'wallpaper' the inside of the sphere, or at least plain white paper! Although, I'm sure the lucky boy who's got this will enjoy decorating his own.

Lotus flower in the moonlight.

This is my most recent painting. When I showed it to my children the eldest insisted it looked more like an autumn leaf. We decided to ask the youngest what her opinion was - does it look more like a leaf or a flower? Her answer was that it looked like 'a piece of poo on fire'. She's two and so very literal. I just hope the owner likes it! My spec was the grey background to match the contrasting walls in the room with bright colours, mainly orange. Hopefully they'll think its a lovely image of a lotus flower in the moonlight and not that the painting looks like poo.

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