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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How to make air-drying clay trinket dishes

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally share some of the crafts I worked on in the weeks leading up to the big day. This year I made a pledge to make as many presents as I could myself – work was quiet and the upside of this was that I had some free time  it also meant that we needed to be as thrifty as possible with our gift choices). I browsed family members’ Christmas wish-lists and when I spotted some trinket dishes my mother-in-law wanted, I immediately thought I’d have a go at making using white air-drying…

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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 painted glass jar planters

Materials: Glass jars Enamel paint (I used Plasti-kote’s Fast Dry Enamel Brush On in Jade, Sky Blue and Lavender) Sponge (I used a kitchen sponge) Small pebbles Potting soil Mini succulents Directions: 1. Clean and dry the jars. Pour a little enamel paint out into a dish, and dab with the sponge (you don’t want to overload the sponge). 2. Pat the sponge gently onto the bottom of the jar, going over the area at the bottom until the jar is totally covered, but leaving a lighter covering at the top for a graduated look. Leave the dry and repeat…

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