G is for good things: numbers, placemats, tea
A stylish solution to help you remember important dates while staying sane in the kitchen and feeding hungry teddy bears.
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## Paint by numbers

### Problem:

As party invitations, reminder letters from school and to-do lists pile up around you, you'll need a simple way to stay on top of things.

How can you keep track of what's going on, every day of the month?

### Solution:

Glue painted numbers to clothes pegs and add a magnet to the back. Make one for each day of the month so you can put them on your fridge and add your reminders to the dates, ready for you each time you need to remember an important date. Paint the numbers to match your kitchen décor.

## Playful placemats

### Problem:

You have to prepare dinner. The trouble is that your darling tot is insisting you should be his playmate. You need to keep him busy on the nights you don't have time for him to help with your culinary delights.

### Solution:

Offer a distraction in the kitchen while you cook. Print cute line drawings onto A3 sheets of paper. Keep them handy, along with a stash of colouring pencils and crayons for him to create interesting placemats.

## Tea for two, three or more

### Problem:

Your little girl has the set to put on a superb tea, but every mom knows what large appetites teddy bears have...

### Solution:

With squares of felt, pretty buttons, bead, ribbons and some fabric glue, you can create these playful treats.

Cut out two circles for the cookies. Use little buttons or cut out felt circles to glue to the top of one circle to form "chocolate chips". Once dry glue a small amount of batting in the centre of the bottom of the circle. Glue around the edges to make sure the two sides of the cookies stick together. Allow at least 8 hours drying time.

To make cupcakes take a square felt (we started with white) and roll it to form a cylinder Once you've made a roll of the white square, roll it inside a pink square of felt the same size. Repeat with another square of white felt. Hold the roll firmly in one hand and with the other tug at teh middle of the roll to create the pyramid shape of the icing.

Now wrap a rectangular piece of felt tightly around the base to form the cupcake case and glue it closed. Fill the inside of the cupcake holder with batting and then close the base of with circle felt. Finish the cupcake off with buttons or beads for cherries and ribbons.

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