Craft DIY Fashion

Crocheted Heart & Tassel Earrings

Show the world your love ( and your amazing crocheting skills) with this super cute pair of earrings. Once you get the technique for making these nothing will stop you making a million.

YOU WILL NEED

DMc natura xl wool, 

Natura wool, for the tassle

5.5 crochet needle

Pair of earring hooks

2 jump rings

METHOD

To crochet the heart, you can follow the below instructions if you are a pro, or use the video at the end to help you first hand.

For the hearts…

Make a magic loop

Chain 3

Treble crochet into magic loop x3

Double crochet into magic loop x3

Treble crochet

Double crochet into magic loop x3

Treble crochet into magic loop x3

Chain 3

Pull thread tight and knot

To create tassel, wrap thinner yarn around your four fingers about 8 times. Cut a 20cm length and thread it through the loop and tie a knot. Then cut another 20cm length and wrap it round the top of the tassel, a few mms under where you have tied your securing knot. Trim ends to one length.

Tie the tassel to the bottom of the heart and attach the jump ring then earring piece to the “v” of the heart.

Baking

Earl Grey Tea Cookies with Lavender Marshmallow Centres

I drink a cup of Earl Grey tea EVERY morning, my favourite hands down is the Clipper Tea blend. I’ve fallen in love with a book I received this Christmas on marshmallows so as my new baking inspiration I have created these delicious biscuits combining the two.

They are bright, fragrant and gooey! Just perfect to cheer up a gloomy wintery afternoon.


Ingredients

for the biscuits 

260g plain flour

1 opened teabag of Clipper Earl Grey tea leaves

225g unsalted butter

65g icing sugar

1 tablespoon grated lime zest

for the marshmallow filling

1 medium egg white

50ml boiling water

12g gelatine

135g caster sugar

15g golden syrup

Lavender food flavour, buy here

2 teaspoons natural blue and pink food colouring, buy here 

50m cold water

Method

To make the biscuits, mix together the flour and tea then set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar and lime zest until pale and fluffy then add the flour mixture.

Line two/three baking sheets with grease proof paper.

Roll the dough into a sausage shape, about 8cm thick. Wrap in clingfilm then put into the freezer for at least an hour. Once frozen remove and slice into .6mm pieces with a VERY sharp knife.

Place onto the baking paper and space them 4cms from each other.

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 400F/gas mark 6 and bake for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.

Cool on a wire wrack.

To make the filling, whisk the egg white into stiff peaks with an electric mixer then set aside.

Pour boiling water into a bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine, soak then whisk until fully dissolved.

Combine the sugar, golden syrup and cold water to make a soft ball sugar syrup then add the dissolved gelatine. Then add the gelatine mixture to the egg white, by slowly pouring the mix into the egg whites on a medium speed. Turn up the speed once all is combined, it will turn glossy. Keep mixing until it has doubled in size or for around 6 minutes. it should be the consistency of lightly whipped cream. Next add a few drops of the food colour to create the perfect purple and the lavender flavour.

Once made, lay half the biscuits upside down on the cooling wrack, spoon the marshmallow fluff onto the backs of them. Place them in the fridge for 5 mins to allow to harden a little then add the tops.

Baking Christmas

Candy Cane Three Chocolate Yule Log

For me Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Chocolate Yule Log, this year I have come up with a modern twist on an old classic, filled to the brim with chocolate. Inside is a milk chocolate buttercream, wrapped in a dark chocolate sponge then finally smothered in a white chocolate mousse. Defiantly an eye catching alternative!

All the chocolate that was used in this recipe was from Weiss.

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Christmas Craft

Giant Hula Hoop Pom Pom Wreath

I have been working on this glorious wreath for quite a few evenings over the festive period, hand making the pom-poms with my pompom maker. Essentially it is pretty simple to make, but it is a project that will take you a little while to complete. So its best to grab yourself a tray, your pompom making materials and turn on the television!

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Christmas Craft DIY Fashion

Big & Little Polar Bear Christmas Jumpers

This year I wanted to design my husband and son a matching Christmas jumper each, then came up with the idea of a “big bear & little bear” theme. I have teamed up with the glorious Jennie Maizels iron on patches , which are so much fun for personalising practically anything. The design is to celebrate Save the Children Christmas Jumper day on December 16th.

It’s a great charity to support, by sticking on a daft sweater, signing up and donating £2 to Save the Children (£1 if you’re at school) at ChristmasJumperday.org you’ll be saving children’s lives, and helping the charity do whatever it takes to make sure the world’s forgotten children get the chance to have a brighter future.

If your festive sweater from last year just isn’t silly enough, why not head to your nearest Save the Children store where they are calling out for people to donate their unwanted Christmas jumpers.

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Christmas Creative Living Shopping

Box & Bow, a little box of happy on your doorstep

When I received my Box & Bow Christmas package on my doorstep, I got a little magical feeling. What’s this? As I unwrapped the package there were four lovely festive gifts; a beautiful bottle of mulled cider syrup, star chocolate pop, wooden tree sprinkles, perfect for a party table or to put in Christmas cards and bar of Candy Cane chocolate. All dressed up beautifully with a little hay and Christmas ribbon. Continue Reading

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Craft is not just for Christmas. 5 reasons the festive season get’s us making.

Tis the season to be jolly, to decorate our homes with random pieces of delight and get ready for the biggest celebration of the year. So what makes the most non-crafty of us get the urge to pull out some glue and glitter and join the surge of creativity at this time of year?

#1 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

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Image by Erica Hoida

Burrr, yes it is a little chilly. Those long walks in the park and being outside in the warm weather have passed. It’s time to keep warm and cosy inside, but what to do? Yes there is the TV, but actually there are things you can make too, the decorations for the tree, the wreath for the front door or even Christmas cards for your friends. With more time on our hands inside, it’s no wonder we are more tempted to get making.

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Christmas Craft

High Gloss Colour Block Dipped Ceramic Baubles

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If like me you purchase or make a new Christmas tree decoration every year, this could really be the make for you. This year I have discovered ceramic craft baubles in a BIG way, they are all over Etsy and Not On The High Street. Some decorated, some personalised and I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are cheap to buy and decorate yourself. I’ve gone for quite a graphic decorative look on mine working with metal paint and Sparkle Medium.

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Christmas Craft

Free printable! Gold foil ” To your good elf ” Christmas cards

I love a bit of gold foil, lets be honest, who doesn’t. So when I decided to design my christmas cards this year, I rummaged around in the attic and pulled out my gold foiling machine. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance to use it and quite honestly the process is addictive! I bought this First Edition one from Amazon, but there are other brands available, this seemed just the most cost effective and its really easy to use.

To use the machine make sure you have a laser printer, I didn’t have one when I first purchased the machine, which was my fault but a bit annoying. So I ordered the cheapest Mac compatible one I could find, which was this one. 

This year I have designed a free printable Elf pattern, he’s just so cute. I’ve added a few stars, which give a sweet finish, also something the kids could help you with too.

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Pretty Crafty Places: Stag and Bow Haberdashery

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Nestled amongst the pretty independent eateries and retro shops on Dartmouth Road in South-London’s Forrest Hill, the beautiful Stag and Bow haberdashery is a gem to be admired.

Inside the vintage styled store are a carefully curated collection of must have modern crafting materials and equipment: from Debbie Bliss Wool, to Tilly and The Buttons & Sew Over It dress making patterns and DMC thread to Jennie Maizels Iron Patches. Then there are pretty little bits that all us crafters adore, in delicate  bowls, vintage clothes and great craft books.

When I arrived on a Wednesday morning, I was greeted by a table of ladies who were all sat centrally around a large table making their personal projects, over a cup of tea in an Art Deco cup and saucer ( of course). Some were sewing, some knitting, all gossiping. Which makes me love the heart of this store, there is a huge sense of community which brings a warm and welcoming feel.

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