Christmas Cookies

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After seeing how easy it is to make gingerbread men I purchased a new cookie cutter and along with some little gingerbread cookies made this sweet tree.  May have got a bit fancy with the icing baubles, it felt nicer to leave it all white rather than have smarties stuck to it. Next attempt with be smartie cookies!

– Lauren

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Rag Lights

My scrap fabrics have got out of control and I need to clear some, but I can’t bring myself to bin things I know I can recycle and reuse.  A quick search on Pinterest found me this mini project which turned out to not be so mini!

All you need is some Christmas lights, strips of fabric long enough to tie a single knot, and patience.

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A little tip: Although it might be tempting to have nice and neatly cut strips of fabric, this really goes look nicer when it has a little bit of variety in size and texture. Don’t cut away the fraying edges either!

Hibernating Clothes

I own a fair amount of clothes but before I caught on to the selling frenzy on Facebook and eBay I had a lot more! Despite this, I still can never really love my wardrobe and think ‘yes I have a dress perfect for that occassion’ or ‘my shoes will really compliment my dress’. This could be because I am one of those people who finds something that fits and flatters and buys it in different colours. So if I take away all of the doubles in my clothes, I actually haven’t got much at all!

I’m always buying clothes for the future too. Nice sparkly skirts and dresses that will do for one day but not today. So I have a box full of hibernating clothes. For the remainder for this year I’m challenging myself to not purchase another dress for Christmas or New Years but to use the ones in my wardrobe.

And then of course, I think about those who aren’t fortunate enough to have clothes at this cold time of year all over the world and throw all of the new clothes in a big charity bag just in time for shoppers at Christmas, because the charity needs my unused clothes more than I ever will.

The Season of Red, Green and Tartan

I have seen a lot of ‘#DIYDecember’ which has been really inspiring and got me excited about different ways to keep myself busy in my free time.

This week I thought I would try the classic salt-dough decorations. It was such a quick and easy project which really got me into a happy mood. Just getting my hands into the sticky dough, rolling and kneading felt so therapeutic, I recommend it to everyone.

There are so many recipes to follow online and suggestions for cooking or microwaving. I thought I would just improvise and see how it goes.

1 cup of table salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of water

I kept adding water and flour until I got a nice tough consistency which I then rolled out and used cookie cutters to create shapes!
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They almost look good enough to eat!

I made a lot of trees because I like Christmas trees – of course. After spending an hour painting them, I thread a nice tartan ribbon through (the choice was hard to make thank you HobbyCraft). So now I have a cute DIY Christmas Tree alternative to Bunting.
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I hope some of my craft posts might inspire others to make some projects and get in touch with their crafty sides this  December.

 

Christmas is Coming

As we are approaching the Christmas season it feels appropriate that my first blog entry be Christmas themed!

I have always had an interest in card making, having a Nan who loves making personalized cards with fancy embossing and stamping this interest was bound to catch on.  I do tend to make home made cards for my boyfriend for this birthday, anniversaries and Christmas. They are normally made out of kids basic white card and a sharpie pen – very basic.

For Christmas this year I have attempted making cards using acrylic paint, something I have no skill in at all. I started off with a very basic snow themed card, dabbing the end of a pencil in the paint and stamping. I quite like the effect this has and I can already imagine how great this would look on different coloured card.

The stamping then moved onto…snowmen! I am rather proud of how nice these little ones came out on an envelope.  Decorated using the trustworthy Sharpie pens.

After this I got a bit more confident and make a penguin and owl, using paint for the eyes and Sharpie for the bodies.

I’m so excited for making more cards!!!