DIY lavender soap

Hi all, this year I got a DIY kit for Christmas to make lavender soap. Perfect present for me! Couldn’t wait to make it!

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It was a set from Marks and Spencers. It contains all that you need to make the soap, fragrance, dye, bamboo stirrers, soap melt, soap mould and instructions. It is super easy to do and so a perfect gift for anyone.

I used a pan to melt the soap and put the pan in a larger one and it worked fine. After making this you get so many creative ideas to make all sorts of fragrances and types. Definitely gives you the soap making bug!

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Thanks M&S, a fun little pretty Christmas project. Hope if you got this gift for Christmas you enjoyed making it too.

Happy crafting x

Festive Wrapping

I love wrapping presents its so fun! This year I loved making these brown paper gifts.

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This stamp on the manilla tags was from Not on the high street, great investment.

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I loved these stickers that we got made, perfect vintage vibe.

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I love how creative you can get when making gifts and make them look perfect under the tree. One of my great joys. You can get so creative and use up things in your Christmas craft and decorating boxes. Hope you had fun wrapping this year. Happy new year everyone.

Happy crafting!

 

Christmas stove top Potpourri

Hi all hope you are having a super duper christmas! One of my fave things things to do at christmas is festive stove top pot pourri. It smells amazing as it simmers away in the kitchen. The smells and fragrances filling your home is gorgeous! Its super easy to do. Heres what I put in mine.

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Ingredients

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cuttings from your christmas tree
  • Star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • Fresh oranges
  • A tiny bit of orange and cinnamon oil
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Water

Just put it on a low heat, let it simmer away and enjoy the gorgeous fragrances!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

Christmas – Embracing the Imperfection!

I am so christmassy, literally I wait and wait for this time of year. My husband calls me Mrs Christmas and its true. I love my title πŸ™‚

Do you ever feel though that the pressure of having the perfect Christmas hangs over you all December?

If so you are so not alone….

We see it on the adverts, the perfect meal, perfect table setting, gorgeous outfit, perfect children, nails manicured, perfectly tidy house and we love all that. What they fail to include though is the bugs the children and adults get, the financial stress that can be there, the house full of wrapping paper from all the wrapping and the hunt for the sellotape (again!), the late nights, washing baskets that are full, house a bit of a tip, the tiredness that might be there and the tears we cry over the sadness at those family members lost. I’ve learnt though these are all beautiful parts of it, its a jumbled mix.

In the same way, we can see the perfect nativity scene on the front of the Christmas cards. They are all sat in a circle looking fabulous! However as us ladies know childbirth is rarely straightforward and you don’t really want a photo of yourself afterwards! It is painful, feeding can be painful, they had no baby wipes, nappies, a washer or a dryer, no Tommie Tippee milk machines, bottles or dummies. Yikes! Although the nativity picture looks perfect it probably wasn’t. The perfection is that he came to an imperfect world to save us.

Don’t let the little things you see as an interruption this month rob you of the joy of this beautiful season.Β  We can sometimes feel like we have failed if we haven’t delivered the perfect year, perfect presents, perfect schedule but its just not true! The perfection of Christmas is the story itself and the hope and joy it brings.

I hope you enjoy every minute of your festive season this year with all that it holds.

Its the moments you have right now, the love that is around you and the people to cherish. When we let go of the perfect Christmas which doesn’t really exist and enjoy just where we are and what we have, and do what we love to do for Christmas, that is beautiful! Don’t let pesky perfectionism rob any more precious moments.

Heres some of my lovely moments so far this year….

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I love when the baubles are all scattered on the table waiting to be put on the tree πŸ™‚

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This was our little treat this year, its from Daisy nook garden centre, we added the lights.

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This decoration always reminds me of our family in heaven, who are always in our thoughts at this time of year.

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So cute!

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My lovely angel I got this year.

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My handmade orange decorations, yum!

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The tree!

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The rustic look, so need more of this look next year.

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Glorious berries!

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Santa!

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Our front door.

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JOY! YES!

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Our cathedral tree.

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Oh yes! Hot choc and marshmallows.

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Pretty trees with huge decorations!

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Merry Christmas everyone, have a wonderful time! x x x

 

Whats in our Christmas Eve Box..

Hi everyone, hope your having a lovely day and hope the Christmas prep is going really well.

I had so much fun making our Christmas Eve box!! I had been wanting to do it for ages and it was super fun to do!!

I love Christmas Eve. I absolutely love it being a family day of doing fun things together and getting creative. Each family is different and thats the beauty of the boxes, what goes in your box is what suits your family.

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I wrapped each present in a mix of brown paper and brown decorated paper to match the box, and put a clue on each tag so the children can take a guess at whats inside πŸ™‚

As promised heres what I put inside…

  1. Santa hats for everyone!
  2. Santa headbands for the children (and possibly adults πŸ™‚ – I think these will be good fun on Christmas day and great for photos)
  3. Christmas eve crafty kit, with lots of things to colour and make for the big night πŸ™‚

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4. Christmas DVD – Not sure if its for the children or me.. πŸ™‚

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5. Treat plates for Santa, Rudolph and the Elves (this is essential unless you want to end up on the naughty list πŸ˜‰

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6. Home made reindeer food.

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7. Christmas pyjamas, these go up to age 14 so it meant my girls could be matching which is lovely.

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8. Snowman mallows.

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9. Bedtime stories for the girls.

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10. A gingerbread decorating kit, my girls love us all doing this together, this one is from ASDA, a lovely thing to do as a family.

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11. Finally some hot chocolate and marshmallows to snuggle up with and watch the movie! Bliss.

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I hope you have fun making yours, would love to hear what you put in yours and how it turns out.

You can check out how I made my christmas eve box here:Β Christmas Eve Box making!!

Happy crafting x

DIY – Upcycling your dresser

Hi Lovelies, If you are interested in upcycling something then this one is for you.

I really wanted a shabby chic dresser so I searched shops, ebay, gumtree etc.. and to be honest I didn’t like them or they were really expensive so I decided to give it a go myself with my husband, heres how it turned out.Β  I got one off ebay. It was pine before, a bit worn out with a broken door.

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  1. We cleaned our dresser, sugar soap is great for this.
  2. We then sanded down the top to expose the fresh wood.
  3. Then we gave it a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint. I have since refreshed it with one more coat.
  4. Then apply a layer of Annie Sloan clear wax. All done!

We could then get on with the best part decorating it πŸ™‚ I got some drawer liners from Home bargains.

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The door handles are decoupage and are from Bettys Shabby Chic Boutique, you can order these here.

https://bettysshabbychicboutique.bigcartel.com/product/decoupage-pine-knobs

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It is one of my most beloved possessions. I love the fact that it was just pine before and now is something I absolutely love. Hope you give it a go and its something you love forever.

Happy crafting x

The Joys of Autumn – Five things to do and make.

Hi hope you are all enjoying autumn!! I’m loving it this year and have really got into decorating for it.

Its been super fun and one of the best things about it is you can do some of these with children, so if you have children, or nieces and nephews its a great thing to get them involved with, heres what we got up to this year πŸ™‚

1 – Here is my autumn frame I made, this looked perfect in the hallway, all the info on how to do it and where to get your hands on the free autumn print is here,Β Autumn frame diy!

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2 –Β  Autumn leaf Garland.

This is lovely to make with the children, we collected the leaves in the morning and then popped them on some twine, with super cute wooden pegs, it looked lovely and complemented the autumn frame nicely.

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3 – Autumn Bowl

This was lovely to make, it is a mixture of pine cones, cinnamon sticks and red berries on a bed of hessian. I soaked the pine cones in pine cone essential oil so it smells AMAZING! You can keep topping up the fragrance over the season.

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4 – Autumn candles – These are so sweet, and made the house feel all cosy and nice πŸ™‚ super easy to make, I just collected lots of different shaped leaves and chose the ones I liked. Then I attached them using invisible thread but you could use whatever you like to attach them like hessian or ribbon.

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5 – Last but not least, my hydrangeas are drying out and look incredible. The colours are delicious, if you have hydrangeas growing in the garden or nearby its a lovely thing to do.

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Happy Autumn everyone πŸ™‚ Hope you get some time to decorate your home for the season, have a great time doing it!

Happy crafting x