Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Name Places

On Christmas Eve my family and I went for a walk in the local woods, and took along a couple of carrier bags to pick up any winter foliage that was loose or on the ground.

On Christmas Day (today!) i gathered bunches of green and brown branches, twigs and leaves and tied them together with garden string. The men of the family got holly berries on their plates, and the ladies had white flowers between the bunches.

I used a silver pen on black cards to write names, and then hot-glued the card onto the stems of the bunches and placed them around the table. 

I also put a spare serviette between each plate and the foliage in case of any dirt, and then put a clean one under each plate to actually use.


Monday, 19 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

Puff Ball Decoration

Remember the blog post on these a while a go?  
Well here they are looking pretty strung up from he light fitting :)

Food Flags

2 Days To Go:
A very simple little craft, but aren't they pretty!

I'm going to use them for sandwiches, cheeses and sweeties.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Another favourite children's party game!

After numerous attempts to draw a donkey, I gave up and printed out a picture.
Using it as a template I pieced together felt and glued it onto a piece of red foam. 
I knotted, plaited and frayed some twine for the tails and put pins in the knots.

An easy craft to do, and lots of fun! I'll take tons of photos at the party so you'll get some action shots of people walking around with pins.

P.s. i'm sure there's a pun about pinning the tail on the ass of the ass just waiting to be phrased!

Fat Butterfly Piñata

First of all, please excuse the mess in the photos. 

Okay, so it's my birthday on Sunday 18th December, and I'm almost ready for my party. This piñata was supposed to be a butterfly, but its sort of turned out as a butterfly/bee/fly combo. I think it's pretty anyway. Here's how I made it:

1)Blow up a sausage shaped balloon, tie string to the end.
2)Papier Mache around the balloon and hang up to dry.
3)Papier Mache some more (you don't want it to be too easy to get the sweets out!)
4) Cut a hole in the top, fill with sweets, lollies, confetti etc..
5)Cover the top and bottom with tissue paper.
6)Fringe strips of crepe paper and glue around the body.
7)Shape wings from wire, twisting the ends to hold the shape and pierce into the body.
8)Use strips of crepe paper and glue to cover the wings.
9) Hang up and WACK!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Impatient Kitten.

Apologies for the long delay, i've been doing an intensive course in bespoke curtain making (eek!).

Today we put up our tree ready to decorate tomorrow, but before we even took the net off, a cheeky Bennie decided she must investigate ASAP. She didn't look terribly comfortable...

Saturday, 3 December 2011

20 Minute Frame Makeover

I'm in the middle of filling up a very long wall with a mismatch of different things and colours, and this is one of them. It started life in about 1996 as a framed poster of Bart Simpson.

A very simple makeover, all I did was:
 take the backing board from the frame
 wrap it in pretty paper like a present
 tie bits of string around and tape in place
put back in the frame
hang things up!

Of course if I'd painted it a different colour then it would've taken longer (am I the only one who constantly ends up with tiny finger prints on anything I paint because I'm too impatient?!). 
Luckily I already liked the colour so it was up on the wall within half an hour :)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Finished Advent Calendar

And here it is, strung up! Well, part of it, It was too long to fit into a decent picture :)

The chocolates are hidden in little pouches on the back of each number.
I'm going to try my hardest not to dip in to later days with the view of refilling them!