DIY branch wall hanging

This DIY branch wall-hanging is another of the gifts I made this Christmas (I had to borrow it back from my parents this weekend, as I didn’t get a chance to photograph it in the crazy run up to Christmas itself). I’ve loved receiving the first two of Fran’s We Make Collective subscription kits (check them out – they’re all kinds of awesome) – the latest contained everything I needed to have a go at calligraphy and hand lettering. I’ve tried to teach myself calligraphy in the past without a great deal of success (I’m desperate to go to a…

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Easy homemade stocking fillers – snowman soup and reindeer poo

I am now known as ‘poo girl’. An enviable moniker, I’m sure you’ll agree. And the reason for my impressive title? The huge quantity of bags of reindeer poo and  snowman soup that I’ve made to sell at the twins’ school’s winter fair for the last two years. I’m not taking the credit for the original idea – Pinterest came up trumps yet again – but I thought I’d share my take on these festive treats. Not only are they great for selling at a school fair, they also make fantastic stocking fillers, or little gifts for visiting kids over…

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{make it} DIY lavender bags for teachers’ gifts

Sorry for the radio silence. I started December all cocky about all the fantastic crafts and posts I had planned for the blog, and then a combination of a lastminute work project (extra work is always good news for a freelancer) and the general chaos of Christmas meant the usual holiday mayhem took over and I’ve been battling to stay afloat ever since. Tomorrow is the last day of term. I can’t believe the twins have done a whole term of school already, but at the same time I’m finding it hard to think back to what life was like…

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{Make it} DIY Sharpie Valentines mug

  I first tried out the Pinterest favourite of decorating plain ceramics with a sharpie pen (permanent marker) at Christmas when I made mugs to fill with truffles made by the twins to give to family. In the festive craziness I completely ran out of time to blog the results so I’ve been patiently waiting for Valentines day to come around so I can try again. The process is really simple – take a plain ceramic piece of crockery such as a mug, plate or bowl, draw your design onto the surface with a Sharpie (I’ve got a rainbow of…

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