Thursday, December 29, 2011

Greetings of the season!

Hope you all had a very...
with lots of great food...
and family fun!
Wishing everyone all  the best for the New Year. Back to blogging in 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Easy Peasy Candy Cane Treat...

While these little gems are quick to make, you do need to leave several hours setting time...but how sweet!
Just take 2 candy canes, unwrap them from their plastic and lay them together on baking paper or foil in the shape of a heart. Give a little press to make them cling to each other...
melt some chocolate (whichever kind you think the recipient would like) and fill the centre...
decorate with sprinkles or small sweets...
leave to set, bag up and tie with a ribbon for a pretty little gift.
*These would also be great for Valentines day - look out for specials on candy canes after Christmas.*
Be warned though - if you have lots of friends/kids to make for, choose the small canes. These ones (from Coles) are quite long and a 200g block of chocolate is only enough to make 5 hearts.
Merry making!

P.S. "Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Christmas preparations...

The Christmas baking/sewing/decorating continues apace around here. I thought I'd record a few more things I've made/done for posterity, so here's a peek...

For the younger kids' teachers this year I upped the ante on the gingerbread trees from previous years (reminder here) and made alternating gingerbread and shortbread star trees, drizzled in white chocolate and sprinled with toasted pistachios. They looked yummy - hope they tasted OK!
I wrapped them in cellophane and attached a little handmade bird ornament made using this cute panel from Spoonflower.

The two core high school teachers just got the edibles, and I had to deliver them myself  'cause apparently 13 year-old boys don't give gifts to their teachers. Who knew?!

I have also tried out a couple of new recipes - Cinnamon Swirl Cookies and Salted Nut Brittle.
I'll post the recipes after a suitable period of 'testing'. *Assuming they pass!*

I have also renovated this wreath from it's aqua colour scheme...
to it's new luxe metallic and red look.

I'll be back soon with the instructions for a really easy candy cane treat...mmmm.

P.S. “Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.”   William Shakespeare

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Banner...

Thought I'd share a quick little project that I whipped up last Friday evening...though if you are a bibliophile you may need to look away for this one.
I have been seeing lots of lovely decorative fabric garlands around the blogosphere, but knew I wouldn't have time for any extra sewing before Christmas this year.
So I decided to try a paper one instead, and I am really pleased with the result.
I decided on a phrase banner, rather than just patterned flags. The only things I needed for this cutie were an old book (the yellower the pages, the better), a glue stick, sharp scissors, some string and my computer and printer.
First I found a font that I liked (it's 'Egyptienne Zierinitialien' if you are interested, free for download from here), and printed out the words 'Joy' and 'World' at 300pt. I then added 'to the' at about 100pt (I think). You'll need to play around with sizes, depending on the font you choose and your vintage book page size if you want to make a similar one.
I then carefully cut around each letter with really sharp scissors.
I cut out nine pages from my old book - ones that had plenty of text (my kids were horrified and I had to explain that it was an old, dull and damaged book from the Lifeline book fair that I only use for craft). I lined them all up and trimmed the bottom of the pages into points.
Then I glued the letters on to the best side of the pages (putting the whole words 'to the' onto one page) and folded the tops of the pages over evenly. Using more glue on the folded tops, I laid a length of cotton twine along the pages and stuck them down in order. Remember to leave some tails for hanging.
Once the glue was dry, it was ready to hang! Here it is in pride of place above my linen chest.
Ta da! Another area decorated and ready for Christmas visitors.

P.SWe are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.” Australian Aboriginal wisdom

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Decoration Renovation

My mum knows that I like me a spire on my Christmas tree..
rather than the more traditional star or angel. So when she found this one second-hand somewhere, she kept it aside for me in case I might be able to do something with it.
I have!
While it was OK looking, I thought I'd do a bit of renovating to make it fit my 'luxe' theme for this year. So I stripped it back to bare bones. (Ideally, if I had started this project earlier - like before the tree was already up - I would have painted it at this stage. I think I would have gone for a matt gold/matt silver/copper scheme.) But working with the time I had (one evening) I gathered up whatever items from my craft stash I though would fit the colour scheme.
Then I grabbed my trusty tube of E6000 glue, a toothpick, scissors and just started, with no plan in mind. 
I just kept adding things until I felt like it was enough.
Or maybe more than enough...
if you don't like fussy, this decoration's not for you! But it is an original, one of a kind and that's fine with me.
Here it is in pride of place on the tree, which is thankfully now all decorated. I really like the way it's turned out, though I am missing the pop of cheery aqua I've been able to see for the past few years.
Now to get on to making some edible gifts that are needed by the end of this week. Eeeek!

P.S. Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.” Anon

P.P.S. I am linking up with Kara's 'Look What I Made' Christmas Linky Party over on 'Creations by Kara'. Go and check out all the great ideas in blogland!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As Promised...

Well, it's the first of December - so here's the tree. (As I said, without fail.)

(Also, as I suspected, without decorations.)

I also thought I'd show you a little secret I have in the upstairs linen cupboard...

These boxes and bags are all filled with decorations.

I told you I love Christmas!

This year I am trying a new colour scheme that's a bit more traditional than the past couple of years. Festive season 2011 will include silver, gold, bronze, copper, nickel, tin, gunmetal, pearl, white, transparent glass...and maybe some red for punch. As long as things are shiny or glossy or sparkly or metallic. (In my mind I am calling it the 'luxe' look.)

I think I'll find enough in these boxes to fit the bill, for the tree at least.
Then I'll 'shop the house' for the rest.

Wish me luck!

P.S.“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer” Somerset Maugham


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