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#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2018

Though I arrange #CraftBlogClub now, I have been a part of it for so much longer, and the annual Secret Santa is one of my favourite of the regular challenges and events throughout the #CraftBlogClub year. ed2f4-craftblogclub-badge-291x300I really like giving and receiving handmade gifts, and the wide range of crafts, and talents in #CraftBlogClub means it’s always a varied and fun activity at Christmas!

Do you craft and make handmade gifts? We’re always open to new people coming to join in the chats on Tuesday evenings! You can find out more over on Twitter.

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The Crafty Lass ADVENTure – Craft Advent Calendar – A Recap

Throughout December on Instagram, I shared the wonderful craft supplies advent calendar which I was gifted by The Crafty Lass.

I thought I would share each photo of The Crafty Lass ADVENTure together here, from each of the 24 days. The Crafty Lass ADVENTureThe advent calendar itself was 24 individual small boxes, each numbered and containing a crafty surprise for every day! It came beautifully packaged, and even came with a lovely note from Paula!

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Blogmas 2018 – Guest Post – Christmas With Gift Frippery: 10 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Tips

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As Christmas draws closer and the gifts have been purchased (or made), it’s time to think about wrapping – I could think of nobody better to invite to post on the blog to give us some tips than Amanda White – Queen of gift wrapping, and present-prettying at Gift Frippery! giftfrippery-8431ASAs you begin your Christmas wrapping this year you may want to take an eco-friendly approach but keep it fun. I hope the following tips will help you do just that!

1. Use a small amount of invisible or double sided sticky tape so no one has to see it. kraftpaperwrappingfauxleavesandberries.jpg2. Choose real ribbon. Take it around the gift one direction only covering where you’ve used tape. This will hold everything in place securely. Try making your own ribbon using strips of fabric. I rather like a raw torn edge rather than a cut one.

3. Matte paper is usually recyclable. So, no glitter and no gloss. Brown paper, Kraft paper, tin foil and fabric are all recyclable. KraftPaperWrapping4. If you’re hoarding last years ribbon…iron it and reuse it. If you have any short lengths, lay them along side each other and knot them together with another piece of ribbon and you’ll have created what I call a raggy bow!

5. Collect your own natural embellishments. Conkers, oak leaves, acorn cups but never real berries ( for obvious reasons). Create little bunches of fresh herbs from the garden; tied together with red and white twine or red ribbon looks cute and smells wonderful. DecorateWrappingEmbellishments6. I like to use a sprinkle of white glitter on gift tags and sometimes on dried hydrangeas to look like frost. I only ever use Eco Stardust . The company is based in Bristol and all their glitter is eco-friendly.

7. Be prepared early! I’m inclined to make a whole batch of tags, for instance, in one go and it makes the wrapping quicker and simpler when the pressure’s on.

8. VOUCHERS! I’m passionate about this subject. They’re not cheap, so wrap them beautifully to look like the substantial gift they really are. vouchergiftwrapping.jpg9. Wrapping should be fun. So get organised, put some Christmas music on, and have a glass of wine within reaching distance.

10. Have a wonderful Christmas. winterywrapping.jpgThank you Kay for inviting me to guest blog.

Thank you so much for these amazing tips Amanda! 

If you loved Amanda’s tips and want to find out more you can find her over on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and of course at www.giftfrippery.co.uk.

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Blogmas 2018 – Christmas Activities – Days Out – Made in Cornwall -Truro Christmas Market

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I look forward to visiting the local Christmas market here in Truro every year, it’s always great fun and a great chance to see some wonderful handmade products made right here in Cornwall. I always try to do a bit of Christmas shopping here, and there are always some cheeky samples to be had too!

While I was having a wander, I thought I’d take some photos of some of the brilliant handmade products around the market! There were SO many stalls I didn’t get a chance to take photos of as it was extremely busy, but here are a few things I loved!

All photos were taken with permission, and I have included links so you can visit for yourself!Xmas Market (2)I absolutely love fused glass products, they are so beautiful and there are such a wide range of pretty things on offer! The photos here are from stalls by Mel West Glass and ARTinside – so festive and fun!!Xmas Market (4)

Xmas Market (3)I genuinely LOVE Kernow Chocolate, and I buy some every year from the market! Their festive bars are a great addition to hampers and SO tasty! We always get enough to keep a bar for ourselves too, as a little Christmas treat.

I have tried some of their other bars too, like their caramel sea salt, bakewell tart, chili and even their milk, white and dark chocolate bars are incredible! It’s so great to know this Chocolate is ethically sourced and locally produced, and I’m doing my bit to support local business!

There are lots of things to see at Truro Christmas market, locally produced drinks, from lager to artisan gin. Locally produced honey, and candles made from beeswax. Stunning handmade clothing, for children and adults. Accessories, for your wardrobe, for your home, and of course for wonderful handmade gifts and beautiful jewellery. Foods, from chocolate to more savoury choices. And of course a HUGE range of handmade items from all kinds of makers. This really is a beautiful event to showcase the array of talent found in Cornwall.

I love the vibrant supportive atmosphere, which is not just for one week, but for every Wednesday in the lead up to Christmas, as well as another market on a Saturday. Xmas Market (5)I loved visiting the DomsPottery stall, such beautiful handmade ceramics! I loved so many things here! As I’m a crafter, I thought I would share these yarn bowls! They are absolutely gorgeous! I love how different they are, and as a crafter myself I know how much love and work went into them! What a joy when knitting something, your yarn safely in a stunning bowl, to know you’ve supported a handmade business too!Xmas Market (1)

These fab handmade bags are from Sherriff Designs, so many of us are now using reusable bags, so why not support an indie business too?!

You can find so many great designs too, so there really is something for everyone. These bags make great gifts, as it’s something that can be used again and again, and knowing they have been lovingly handmade makes them extra special!

I loved way too many products on this stall, all items were handmade by two lovely ladies, and there was something for everyone, from the useful oven mitts and potholders, to hanging decorations, tea cosies and even these fun gingerbread men! Not everything on the stall was Christmas themed, but I did adore the festive look they had going on!

 

Also in town are food stands from local businesses, ranging from vegan foods, tasty treats, bavarian sausages, thai, and of course it wouldn’t be cornwall without delicious pasties! I love to walk through town at Christmas every year, taking in the sights, the aroma of freshly cooked foods, and hearing various musicians playing Christmas music throughout the town centre.

I hope you enjoyed my little virtual walk around the market, and maybe you have been inspired to buy handmade too!

Do you visit any local markets or independent businesses at Christmas, or year round?

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Decorations – Festive Christmas Tree Garland*

This post contains items which I have been gifted*. All opinions are my own.IMG_9788[1]I was kindly gifted this fun felt Christmas tree Garland Sewing Kit* from Hobbycraft and HOW cute is this! I love the mix of colours and the decorative elements! IMG_E9577The kit contains:

  • Triangular felt tree pieces
  • Brown tree trunk felt pieces
  • Pom pom embellishments
  • Buttons for hanging and decorating
  • Ribbon pieces for decorating
  • Thread
  • Stuffing
  • Ribbon piece to cut for hanging loops
  • Long ribbon piece

IMG_9782To sew together, (some of the colours of felt are harder to sew than others,) there are a couple of methods you can use, I chose to blanket stitch the two pieces of each tree together and to embellish them once they were finished, though of course you could do this whichever way you prefer.

I sewed the fabric, buttons and ribbon pieces, and used tacky glue to add the pom poms (glue also from Hobbycraft, though from my stash this time! I swear by their tacky glue, it’s one of my staple craft items!) IMG_9780 I did add in a couple of things myself, purely because I wanted my trees to all look the same, so I added in some ric-rac ribbon and a handful of pompoms from my stash. IMG_9784I really like that the bunting simply loops onto the ribbon which you sew buttons on to. This will make it super easy to store away for next christmas without getting everything tangled! IMG_9785I placed the buttons a measured distance apart to display the bunting in the front window of the house, and I love how it looks – (apologies for the slightly bad photo, we have had abysmal weather this week! I will replace when I can) You get the idea! What do you think?

I moved them up to the top of the window as the cats were a fan! Here’s a night photo: IMG_9803I thought overall this kit was great! It was a nice small project to chill with during a couple of evenings, and I really liked the colours, and the variety of embellishments.

This fun kit would make a great gift or stocking filler, for a crafter, the age recommendation is 14+ which seems a little high for me, I’ve been sewing by hand since I was 7, so I think really it depends on ability, though as I say some of the sewing was more difficult. The decorative aspect would definitely be fine with kids, under supervision anyway.

Have you made bunting at home? Christmas or otherwise, why not share a link in the comments!

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November 28th – My Birthday in History -A Keepsake Gift Idea*

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It’s that time of year again!

The Christmas music has been playing in shops for a couple of weeks, everyone’s talking about parties and people are generally in that feel-good stage before the chaos of December…

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It’s also my birthday…

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Guest Post -Perfect Gifts for Crafters -Christine of Craftyism

My guest blogger today is Christine, a fellow craft blogger who I met through #CraftBlogClub on Twitter! I love her blog Craftyism, which is full of tutorials, tips, reviews and other crafty goodness. Like me Christine is a fan on many different crafts, and I’m so happy to share her post today.

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Thank you so much Christine for this fab post! So many gorgeous pieces, and some much needed Christmas shopping inspiration!

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Inspirational Gifts For Kids – Quentin Blake and The Science Museum*

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Quentin Blake is well known, and well loved by many generations!

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Best known for his illustrations in books by Roald Dahl and David Walliams, his fun style is immediately recognisable, and has held a special place in my heart since reading many books featuring his illustrations from childhood!

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