Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas gifts I made

 A recipe book for my daughter with lots of childhood recipes in
Rolling pin idea from Paperphnominon

A pocket to put your recipe with some mini  baking tools

An easel base to help it stand up, all secured with Bind-it All wires

some recipe cards

lots of pockets and spaces to add things

conversion charts

Convertor for American recipes using cup measures
 A farmyard layout for my Grandson Gabriel and a bag to keep all the bits in
applique tractor, proud of that it's my first time trying an object

Applique bag

the boards sit side-by -side.  The pond is done with ultra thick clear embossing powder to make a water effect

pieces of poly foam make hay bales

Large lolly sticks to make buildings, fences and walls
and a wreath for me
 I can't believe it's all over, how fast did Christmas go this year :-(  I made some gifts which I can now share as they have been opened so I won't be letting any "Cat's out of bags"

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wreath Tutorial

This is long winded to explain but it really is so simple to make.  I think you can probably finish one in under an hour including the decorations.

Step One

Step Two
Step Three
Step Four
Step Five

Step Six
Step Seven

Make 12 pieces just like that and then follow these steps to assemble the whole thing
Step eight

 Keep adding the pieces and slide the last set of legs into the first piece to complete the circle
Decorate as you wish

Hope that is easy to follow, it's a lot easier to do than write I must say!!
Merry Christmas

Christmas Baking

Trifles ready for cream to be put on top
Homemade fudge and chocolate bark
Shortbread biscuits
Roast Gammon
I am not at home this year, the first time ever that Santa will have to find me in another house!! Hope he doesn't get  I am taking some things to my daughters house to help out and I must say not tucking into these is very hard.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas nibbles

Nigella Lawson's Cranberry and chocolate biscuits.  I didn't have white chocolate so used milk but still taste fab 
Nigella Lawson's Peanut butter cups, taste just like Reese's :-) made from her Christmas Cookery Book recipe.  So quick to make, about 15 mins if you use a food processor, need a chilling time though.
A little something to have with your cup of tea while wrapping up parcels :-)

Totally addictive Christmas Wreaths

I am claiming NO credit for these at all, I was shown them by a friend and they should carry a warning as they are so addictive and fun to do.  They have the WOW factor in spades but are so easy.  If anyone wants instructions I can try to post some as I searched and searched the internet and can't find a tutorial anywhere.  I do warn you they do eat into your paper stash though!

I have also made a Birthday one and you can make them for any occasion really.  I like a small one as a napkin ring or to put at the base of a candle.  Maybe hang a smaller one inside the inner space? 
6 inch papers

8 inch papers

6", 4" and 3" papers

8", 6", 4" and 3" papers

Makes a great napkin ring or you could use around a candle etc i am sure the list is endless
Used: A selection of papers, K & Co, Basic Grey, Papermania etc
a tiny amount of glue just to make sure they stay together, although they are a nice snug fit the larger ones carry a bit of weight.
Decorate as you wish
I Used : Glitter paper die cuts, bought embellishments, gems and pearls, Mitsuhiki cord and ribbon
Dies used: Nestabilities, Marianne star die, Lea'bilities holly dies, Memory Box Frosty border