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

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 🙂

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.  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 🙂

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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

 

Christmas Eve Box making!!

Hi Everyone, hope you are enjoying the season and looking forward to autumn and the snuggly nights in by the fire.

I have been busy this week working on a Christmas eve box. I have wanted to make one of these for ages and just got around to it. It was so much fun!!!!!

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Heres what I used to make it:

  • Glue gun
  • Gingerbread men toppers from Hobbycraft
  • Gold glitter toppers from Hobbycraft.
  • Chalk paint.
  • Chalk paint clear wax. (I used Annie sloan but you could use any chalk/furniture paint)
  • Scrabble letters.
  • Wax brush.
  • Paintbrushes.
  • Box from hobbycraft.

How I made it:

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  1. I painted my box with two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint and let those fully dry.
  2. I waxed the box to seal and protect the wood.

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3. I then had fun arranging my letters and stuck them on with the glue gun and arranged my decorations too to see what design I liked the most. Simple.

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It was really good fun, and thats how it should be 🙂

Will let you know what we decide to put in ours when its all bought, collected and ready….

Happy crafting everyone x x x