10-11-11 Seasonal

Boo and Me

Fruity Fun


Boo and Me

Feeling creative and fuelled by the fact that Wednesday is market day in town I decided to give making dried fruit a go.

It’s something that I’ve only come across fairly recently, and I thought I could make some pretty and scented decorative bits for the house as a test run for making Christmas decorations at the beginning of December.

So armed with my bartered for fruits, I set about having a go. Here’s what I did if you want to try too:

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Fabric Gift Pouch – Christmas


A Spoonful of Sugar

One of our most popular tutorials is the Fabric Gift Pouch, which is easily constructed from two 8.5 inch squares of fabric. The pouches are the perfect size to hold small gifts/treasures. I used some of my Christmas fabric “scraps” to make up a bunch of them today.

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Tales from Mount Pleasant

My Handmade Christmas – Dried Orange Garlands


Tales from Mount Pleasant

What is it about oranges that so sums up Christmas? They are said to represent the gift of Gold in the Nativity story and in the days before electronic gadgets and must-have toys they were an essential, and much anticipated stocking gift. The glorious orangey scent blends so well with spices – cinnamon, cloves and ginger to create a quintessential Christmas fragrance that fills my home thanks to a couple of well placed essential oil burners that I keep topped up over the festive period…

This year I decided to have a go at making some orange decorations and, rather than buy ready dried orange slices, I thought I’d do it from scratch and dry some myself. After all, how hard could it be?

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Zing Zing Tree

Frosty The Snowman Decoration


Zing Zing Tree

These snowman decorations are so cute. My girls make them to give to their teachers at the end of term but we also use them in Christmas wreaths the Christmas foliage over the fireplace and as stand alone decorations.
They take a couple of days to complete so although younger children will need lots of support it can be ideal for those with a short attention span as they can easily stop and start. I tend to glue together the head a body in advance but you could also cover the snowman in glitter before hand so that younger children only add the decoration.

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