Christmas Countdown: Felt Animal Ornaments

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Remember a good while back when I made these finger puppets?  Well, turns out I don’t really have much use for them. I suggested at the time that they might make nice Christmas tree decorations and I finally got round to it.  I can’t believe how adorable they turned out.

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To make the ornament I made holes in the side of the finger puppet and created arms out of the string from a La Senza bag.  I then stuffed the body, added legs made out of the same string as the arms and sewed the whole thing up to secure it.

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So they can hang on the tree I sewed on a loop of string to the back of each ornament.

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A little unconventional for the Christmas tree, but cute nonetheless.  I can’t wait to get the tree up to take some proper pictures.

Christmas Countdown ’13: Kraft Paper Bows

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I don’t care if it’s still November, I’m feeling all Christmasy already.  To tidy up the presents lying about my room I decided to get wrapping.  I found the template for these cute paper bows, which cut out of kraft paper look great alongside my brown paper wrapping.

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I used paint pens and Sharpies to decorate the cut out pieces before gluing it all together.  I then decorated the plain brown wrapping paper in the same way (a little squint, but lets ignore that) and I think it looks pretty good.

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That’s one down, only heaps more to go!

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Thanksgiving Mini-Pumpkin Centrepiece

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I’m supposed to be writing an essay, so typically I’m looking for other ways to spend my time.  We had this mini-pumpkin lying around from Halloween (no time to carve it), so I grabbed a paint pen and started doodling.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and think it might make a pretty little centrepiece for Thanksgiving, especially when paired with these cute golden leaves cut out from a tomato puree tube.

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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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