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Crafting Christmas

I love Christmas. And when it comes to about October I’m already making my grant plans for all the homemade and lovely crafty things I’m going to make to celebrate. But every year I bit off more than I can chew and generally end up having a slight meltdown when I can’t knit/cook all the gifts I wanted to and make all the new decorations I was hoping for. And coming up to Christmas, stress levels are generally running high even without all the crafty hassle. So I’m making a resolution. Not to give up having a crafted Christmas but just to concentrate on one or two nice things to add to the collection. That way over the years everything builds up to a nice collection. So if you haven’t chosen your crafty projects for this Christmas, have a look below at some of my favourites.

1: Take your pick from the numerous garland tutorials from A Beautiful Mess. 2: Have a go at making your own Christmas cards like Linzie Hunter. 3: Get ready for Santa with this rustic Stocking Pattern from Kirsten Makes ($5.00). 4: Cheer up your teapot with this Christmas Tree Tea Cosy Kit (£25.35 for pattern, needles and yarn). 5: Make your own bauble wreath using this easy DIY from Everything Fabulous. 6: Decorate boring brown paper by making pencil eraser stamps with Crature Comforts for unique wrapping paper.  7: Craft your own felt mistletoe with Stay at Home Artist. 8: Knit yourself a nativity scene with this pattern from Alan Dart (£2.50).

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Decking the Halls

I know it is still just a tad early to be putting up the Christmas decorations but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it! Below are some of my favourite decorations for around the house at the moment. Only 32 shoping days ’til Christmas. Eeek, I can’t wait. Although I haven’t been shopping. I’ve been busy making my 10 handmade ornaments for the 6th Freshly Blended Ornament Swap. I can’t wait to package these babies up and send them to their new owners! I’ll tell you all about it and how to make your own as soon as I have them posted. I don’t wait to ruin the surprise for the recipients now do I? Anyway, check out my finds:

1. Pop Up Christmas Tree (£29.95) 2. Mushroom Tree Decorations (£5.29) 3. Happy Christmas Card (£3) 4. House Tealight Holder (£20) 5. Pop Up Nativity (£11.50) 6. Scalloped Edge Snowballs (£5 for 2) 7. Advent Crackers (£20) 8. Christmas Doormat (£19.95) 9. Selection of Tree Baubles (around £2.50 each) 10.  Laser Cut Wooden Bauble Wreath (£15)

Preparing to Package

I’ve been naughty. I went shopping online with the plan to get all sorted for Christmas wrapping and look what I came away with. How awesome is Pinterest? I fell accross this shop a few months ago and while I absolutely loved what they were selling I didn’t feel I could justify any of the purchases. But, having pinned all my favourite things there they were waiting for me when I needed packaging inspiration for Christmas. And check what I splurged on. I love it all!

In my package were: Pink and Lilac Washi Tape (£5.75); ‘To/From’ Rubber Stamp (£2.35); ‘With Love’ Rubber Stamp (£2.35); 40m of Red & White Bakers Twine (£3.90); 20 Pink Striped Paper Bags (£2.49) and finally as a little treat for me 3 Glass Cupcake Decorations (£5.50).

Now it’s just a matter of making/buying the presents to go inside!

Celebration Decorations

I came across the box below (on Pinterest of course!) and absolutely fell in love with the pom pom garlands. I have to make myself a decoration box like this! I’m partially there with my off cut bunting but the whole thing definitely needs work before Christmas and Birthdays come round again. It’s yet another great crafty idea from Aesthetic Outburst.

And so I set off pom pom making one evening after work. I couldn’t decide on one colour so I chose four! There were off cuts and trimmings everywhere, but finally I was left with this little collection above (on my new Ikea tray, love it). All that was left to do was string them all together.

To find out how to make these mini pom poms see this easy tutorial. Go ahead and make poms poms to your heart’s desire then simply string together. It couldn’t be easier. I can’t wait for Christmas to see it strung around the tree!

Memory Charms

Mother’s Day is creeping ever closer and it’s time to get thinking of Gifts for you Mum. Given my (and I think many others) finances, an extravagant gift is out. The answer is these photo charms. They are inexpensive but retain a personal touch and will last years. Charm bracelets have become huge again, and these little charms are perfect for attaching to yours or your Mothers. Or alternatively you could string one on a chain and have a lovely locket type necklace. You can put any picture in the charm – a nice landscape from your last holiday, a sketch you did, a pattern sample, the possibilities are endless with this craft. But if you’re making it for you Mother, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday!

You will need:

To Make your Pendant:

  1. Print your image to about the same size as your pendant finding. I changed my image to Greyscale and boosted the contrast and printed at a size suitable for my round finding.
  2. Using your finding as a guide, cut out you photo trying to keep the edges neat. To test the size place it in your pendant so as to see the fit. If necessary trim a little more
  3. When ready, use PVA Glue to stick your image into your finding on the deepest side. Make sure the edges are glued but don’t flood the finding with glue as it will leave marks. Leave to dry for an hour or so
  4. Using the Fimo Liquid cover your image. Careful to add just enough to bring the liquid in line with the top edge of the finding. Us a pin to burst any bubbles in your liquid as these may expand further when baking if not burst.
  5. Following the Fimo Liquid guides, place your pendant on a baking tray into your preheated oven and baked for the specified time (mine said twenty minutes at 130 degrees, but it’s best to double check your instructions)
  6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool. Once cool it is now ready to be attached to your piece of jewelry -charm bracelet/necklace whatever or simply give as a charm on it’s own.

A Weekend Surprise

This post is all about trying to fulfill goal no. 9 from my Project 2011 – Give more Gifts. I decided to put together  a surprise package for a friend who has just moved away. She’s living in a new city, trying to make friends and fit in to a new job. Not an easy thing. She learned to knit last year and is now really enjoying so I thought I might try to expand her crafting knowledge and send her an introduction to embroidery out of the blue. It’s lovely to give gifts especially when you know that someone could do with a lift. So I really hope this worked.

In the parcel I put – A transfer of ‘True Love: Peanut Butter and Jelly‘ (on calico I already had); Three transfers of ‘Crazy for Cupcakes‘; Some Embroidery Floss (from my own stash); A Stitch How-To Sheet (put together myself from information on the net); Hemline Tapestry Needles (£1); 6 Inch Embroidery Hoop (£3); and a screen printed postcard from me

All in all, with padded envelope and postage the package cost just under £6. What do you think – good value? I’m chuffed with it. Happy Weekend everyone! I’ll see you on Monday!

Wedding Season

This seems to be the time of the year when you get all your wedding invites. We are getting to the age where this is now becoming a frequent occurance. This year we have two, and next year we already have two (expecting that to increase). And it’s a tricky business. Dressing formal but no too fancy, trying to get a meaningful gift that isn’t too hard on the wallet. Hmm they are my big dilemmas. But the dressing one I am desperately trying to solve. The dress hunt is on and meantime I’m trying to perfect the ‘do. I don’t want my normal just leave it down of put it in a ponytail. Time to bring out something fancy. This is where Pinterest becomes awesome! If you don’t know Pinterest, it’s a sort of digital pin board and book marker full of the most beautiful pictures of everything – food, fashion, crafts, landscapes, architecture anything! But that is where I’m compiling my list of possible hairdos for this years weddings.

Today I’m trying the Three Twisted Buns by Joanna of a Cup of Jo. Her blog is absolutely lovely. I don’t usually use other people’s images but mine would not capture any of the niceness of hers. Thank you Jo for the tutorial, and thanks Pinterest for making all these lovely blogs known to me.

I’ll let you know how it fairs. It was super simple to do but staying up may be another matter… Fingers crossed


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