Winter Craft Challenge: Glitter Candle Holder

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So Karel and I decided that our Fall Craft Challenge was so much fun that we would make the challenges a seasonal thing.  I’ve already done a load of crafty things for Christmas, so decided to go for something a little simpler that could be used throughout the winter and not just for the one holiday.  I loved the look of these DIY Glitter Votives and decided to give it a go.  I don’t think my turned out as nicely as the original post, but it is sparkly and smells great nonetheless.

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What you need:

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  • A plain candle
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • A pain brush to brush away the extra glitter

How to:

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1.  Using a brush spread the Mod Podge over the area of the candle you want to glitter.

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2.  Shake the glitter over the glue (it helps to put a sheet of paper underneath).  To cover the rim of the holder, dip it in the extra glitter on the sheet of paper.

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3.  Leave to dry for a little while.  Then using a clean brush, brush off the excess glitter.

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Happy Holidays everyone and don’t forget out to check out Karel’s post when she has the time to post it!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry ChristmasBeckett and myself would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Thanks for all your support and lovely comments.  We hope you have a fantastic day!

Christmas Countdown 7: Candy Cane Truffles

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In case you were wondering what I did with the rest of the giant packet of candy canes, here’s what I used them for: white chocolate and candy cane truffles.

The original recipe is from Your Cup of Cake, but as it is my nature to meddle with things and ignore instructions, I made some changes, which I think turned out pretty well.

making trufflesI followed the original recipe for the most part, but instead of immediately rolling the truffles in the candy cane pieces, I chilled the centres and dipped them in an additional layer of white chocolate before sprinkling with the crushed pieces of candy cane.

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Once I ran out of the melted white chocolate I began to make the truffles as the original instructions suggested.  Although these look much more professional (they actually stayed round), I have to say I do prefer the ones dipped in chocolate.  I also think it might be a fun idea of experiment by dipping these centres in dark or milk chocolate as well.

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Christmas Countdown 6: Candy Cane Gift Wrapping

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I’ve always been a fan of the little personal touches, and seeing as I’ve already shared my decorated brown paper wrapping, I figured I would share how I’ve added a personal touch to my cards as well.  For the cards that I’ve handed out in person I attached a candy cane to each brown paper envelope using a bit of gold string.  Very simple, but festive and pretty.

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Christmas Countdown 5: DIY Reindeer Six-Pack

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I’m a bit wary of posting gifts that I’m going to be giving to people this year in case they see it on here before they get the chance to open them, so I’m sharing something else I made last year.  I got the inspiration for this cute little gift from Life of a Modern Mom where Kim dressed up six-packs of rootbeer and beer for her family.  I thought this was the cutest idea and just had to make them myself.

I made mine a little differently.  Instead of wrapping the pipe cleaner around the top of the bottle, I cut up the pipe cleaners and made antlers by glueing the pieces together with a hot glue gun.  I then glued the antlers to the bottle caps, so they wouldn’t get in the way while trying to drink from them.  I used smaller stick on eyes and sparkly pom poms for the noses.  I also used some extra wrapping paper to wrap the box in order to make it seem more festive.  I think these turned out really well, and I would be making them again this year if I didn’t think my dad would get bored of receiving the same gift two years in a row!

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The Little Things (Instagram Edition)…

This year I was very grateful to receive a new phone for my birthday, and while I’m loving the fact that I don’t have to turn it off and on again every time I want to read a text, it does mean that I tend to bring my camera with me a lot less often.  The quality is not as good, but it is much more convenient.  So, for this edition of The Little Things, I thought I’d share some of the pictures taken with my phone of the little things making me smile at the moment:the little things (instigram edition)

The beautiful Fall and Winter weather:  Stepping out in the pretty Autumn colours, and even the snow, has made me appreciate what a pretty place I live in (even if I did fall on my bum because of the ice…).

The food and drink:  Cheeky afternoon drinks, my first gingerbread latte of the season, and the desert (apple pie – YUM) of an amazing Thanksgiving meal celebrated with friends.

Spending time with friends and family (and Beckett, of course):  Cuddles with my dog never fail to put me in a better mood and celebrating with friends in great shoes and the discovery of Christmas ornaments I made when I was 2 have made me smile during the last few stressful weeks.

Christmas Countdown 4: Homemade Mince Pies

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It doesn’t feel like December until my mum has made her mince pies.  Apparently some people aren’t familiar with mince pies in the States, some of my friends actually thought they had meat in them.  Basically, mincemeat is a mixture of dried fruit, alcohol and spices.  It smells amazing and you get to make a wish when you stir it.  This is always a family thing, but I figured I would share my mum’s recipe with you.  It is loosely based on a mincemeat recipe from Delia Smith’s Christmas recipe book and the pastry is store-bought, but you could make your own if you can be bothered.

Here’s what you need:

supplies for mince pies

225 g Bramley apples (chopped into small pieces)

112 g vegetarian suet

400 g dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants)

120 g dried apricots (cut into smaller pieces)

175 g soft dark brown sugar

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon

25g pecans (chopped)

2 teaspoons mixed ground spice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutmeg (grated)

3 tablespoons brandy

Ready rolled sweet pastry

Mincemeat:

1.  Combine all ingredients (apart from the brandy) in a large bowl and mix them together.

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2.  Cover bowl with a cloth and leave in a cool place overnight.

3.  Pre-heat oven to 120 c, cover the bowl with foil and put in the oven for 3 hours.

4.  Stir occasionally as the mixture cools down.

5. When cool, add the brandy and stir.

6.  Store mincemeat somewhere cool if not using it immediately – it should keep for a long time.

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Mince Pies:

1.  Roll out pastry and using a cookie cutter cut out circles for the bases and stars for the tops.

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2.  Grease muffin tin and press the pastry bases to fit.

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3.  Add a couple of spoonfuls of mincemeat (make sure not to overfill them).

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4.  Cover with pastry stars.

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5.  Separate an egg and brush the yolk over the tops.

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6.  Bake in a 200 c oven for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden.

7.  Sprinkle with icing sugar.

These taste especially yummy if you eat them warm with a dollop of cream.

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