30 November 2011

Christmas Craft



Part of getting into the Christmas Spirit for me is making something. Sometimes I prefer a quick craft that will take an hour or so to make with things I already have at home..meaning it is cheap!

I spotted this in Molly Makes magazine and thought it would look really cute on my fairy light tree in my room.

There wasn't any instructions for the hanging tree in the magazine so I took a guess on how to make it.

Cut two triangle shapes out of felt, plus a long rectangle in a different colour (which will be the tree trunk). Fold some ribbon and sandwich it together at the top of the tree. Fold your rectangle of felt in half and sandwich it together at the bottom on the tree. Stitch around the edge of the tree, leaving a small gap to stuff. Fill the tree with polyester filling and then finish the stitch.

Hand stitch on your choice of buttons.






I really like it and hope to make some more handmade decorations. I think they create a sense of nostalgia, you can look back in years to come and remember the Christmas you made it.

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Things are starting to feel really festive here.  I've noticed a few houses with a tree and decorations up, Christmas adverts are on the TV, music is being played all day long.  These past few Christmas' I've found it hard to get as excited as I used to..but this year I am really getting into it. Our Tree is going up in the next day or so and I cannot wait!


Gemma x 



28 November 2011

Christmas Craft Fair

Yesterday I did my first Craft Fair. I woke up at about 6ish with butterflies in my tummy and a bit of a headache..nerves get the better of me I tell you! Once I was up, dressed and on our way I began to relax a little more.

The fair was being held in a hall in the village I have fallen in love with (back in may).  I think setting up, settling down and getting used to people looking at your stuff..and in fact some ignoring your creations was the hardest bit. I wasn't really sure what to say or do with myself, so Ian (who came along and helped me so much!) told me to have a wonder around and have a chat with other sellers.


An hour had nearly passed by when I had my first sale. A few more sales followed within the next hour and I then began to really enjoy myself.

The hall had lots of Christmas trees dotted about. There was a Santa's Grotto, A Tea room, Mulled Wine and lots of festive music. Everyone knew one another and everyone was having fun. Money raised is to be donated to a local hospital baby unit, which for me is the icing on the  cake.




I am really glad I ended up selling there.

I sold a fair amount for my first ever fair.

I got to see what 'type' of people were interested and those who weren't. 

I learnt that children REALLY distract there parents from looking. 

I learnt not to be offended if someone doesn't like my creations.

I resisted buying lots of other beautiful bits.





 Off home we went and I have to say I slept very well that night!

Gemma x



I hope to sell there again next year.

25 November 2011

Holiday Recipe Recommendations

If you read my last post you'll know I have been so so busy this week making stuff for a fair this Sunday. I'm glad to say I'm nearly there. Only a few little bits to do tonight and I can have Saturday to myself (mostly).

I'm helping Ian's mum with some baking tonight for their Church Christmas Fair tomorrow morning. We made these cookies in the week and froze them so they will still be good for tomorrow. I didn't have much faith in the taste of the cookies after freezing them but I have to say they tasted perfectly fine after defrosting! (I had test a few just to make sure : P )

Tonight I'm going to be making those Cinnamon rolls..the ones I keep on banging on about. Fingers Crossed people will like them.



I find that now the 'Holidays' have officially begun, we like to begin our family traditions for this time of year. Something I always always make is 'Glazed apple bars' found on Whatever blog.

On Meg's blog she says someone described it as 'eating apple pie in your hand'...which is so true! The Apples and Cinnamon are perfect for this time of year. The topping is crumbly and comforting. The glaze is not too sweet..just perfect. 

We make this every year since she posted it..and it goes REALLY QUICKLY!

In anticipation of making it I didn't take any photos (Sorry!!) but I really do recommend making them. You can find the recipe here.

These are great to cut up into bars and serve whilst family are over or to maybe put into a clear cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Sorry this has been short but sweet.

Have a fab weekend and hopefully I'll be back on Monday with good news about the fair I'm selling at.


Gemma x

17 November 2011

Holidays are comin

Hello!

Sorry blog posts have been few and far between recently. I haven't really been feeling motivated to blog these days. I think it's been a mixture of things. Writers block hasn't helped and I feel like recently the amount of comments I get on this blog has been going down hill. I blog for myself and to log memories but hearing from readers encourages me to want to share more and lets me know someone is actually reading.


Regardless of if I hear from readers or not I will carry on though.


Last week I found out that I was signed up for a stall at a Christmas fair in the local area (I thought I couldn't do it previously and thought the organiser knew I couldn't!). It turned out I could attend after all so these past few days I've been crafting like crazy..trying to get things made. I've got a week and a bit to go and I've made atleast half of what I want to take so that's good. My fingers are swollen and sore  and the top of my back hurts from sitting constantly over the sewing machine but fingers crossed it will be worth it : )

In other news, Christmas has come early in this household! My mum and I really love this time of year so Christmas music is playing on the stereo as I type this. I heard a Michael Buble Christmas song on the radio the other day so we aren't the only ones!!

The decorations will come out around the 1st of December which isn't really that long off. Last night I went past a house with a Christmas Tree and lights up... I loved it but it's a BIT too early for us : /

I've done most of my Christmas shopping already with a few bits remaining. Those remaining ones are for the men in my family..why oh why are men so hard to buy for?!? Especially when you are on a budget and they don't want toiletries. I would love to leave Christmas shopping till December when all the decorations are up (I'd feel really festive then) but I find the shops sooo busy and just stressful. 

Not fun or festive at all. 

As a little something extra we make chocolate truffles (or maybe fudge this year) and give them as little gifts too.

I don't know about you but I've been really disappointed with the Xmas adverts so far on TV (UK tv channels). Marks and Spencers, John Lewis and Next usually never disappoint but this year they haven't been so good. They don't evoke that excited feeling you get when you see the famous Coco Cola ad...THE ONE i'm waiting to see...Holidays are comin..... : ) : )

I have begun to make a 'MUST DO' list for Christmas which I will share with you all soon.

Gemma x

8 November 2011

Things that are making me happy

 
Pretty Sparklers..I've always loved looking at snapshots of lit sparklers...








 
 
Making more (!) Cinnamon rolls...they are just SO good and every bite makes me feel happy!





My Snowflake charm. Around September time I put this charm on my bracelet as a little reminder of all the festivities to come.



The hearts in our hallway that have been waiting for a new home. Now they are up they make me happy each time I see them : )



Candlelit cosy evenings.


The anticipation of finally getting my quilt finished with these beautiful fabrics.


Pictures sourced from here.

Plus:

* How amazing this ebay seller is. She is making these poppies and donating ALL profits to Help for Heroes and The British Legion Charities.
 
* Ian has the day off on Friday..hurrah! : )
Gemma x

7 November 2011

A review

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to give an honest review of a pair of sheepskin tall boot from Bearpaw from Nature Shop.....I was really surprised at how lovely they are.

Nature shop is an online retailer that sell products that are kind to our bodies AND the environment. They aim to make positive differences in the world and specifically focus on the preservation of our natural environment.


I'm going to give my opinion on the positives & negatives of the Boots.


Sourced from Nature Shop

Positives 


*  These boots are really comfortable. So comfortable that they felt like slippers and I just don't want to take them off.


* Your feet fit snuggly inside the sheepskin lining so the boots don't feel 'clumpy'.


* The boots will keep you warm all winter.


* The boots come in an array of colours so will go with most your wardrobe.

Sourced from Nature Shop




Negatives


* The only negative I can find with these boots is that rain will most likely ruin them and leave marks, especially as I live in rainy England. However using a protective spray & checking the weather before you leave the house can make this avoidable!

Sourced from Nature Shop


All in all they are a great boot for Autumn/ early winter but I wouldn't wear them in the rain or snow.

Thank you Nature Shop!


Gemma x

4 November 2011

Hello November

Hello & Happy November!

I know I say this a lot but I don't know where the last month has gone? The days have literally been flying by and before we know it Christmas will be here.

This time of year is my favourite. It's the lead up to Christmas that charms me. The music, the dark evenings, the Christmas catalogs (I'm a sucker for a Boots catalog), Starbucks hot chocolate..the lot!

Even making leaf compost got me excited. On Gardeners World last Friday (I know I sound so old but it's such a relaxing program to watch!) they said that if you collect your leaves and keep them damp, after a year you will have a really good quality compost. So we gathered the leaves and made our pile at Ian's house. Although we do not have our own home we feel that it's good to put these skills into practice so one day we will know exactly what to do and how to do it.



I'm planning on going to a few Christmas fairs in the next few weeks so i'm really excited about that and I will of course be blogging about it.. It's the pre-Christmas events that get me giddy : )


As it is bonfire night tomorrow my family & I will be celebrating with our usual little BBQ, bonfire and a few fireworks so that's something else to look forward to.


Hope you have a fab weekend,


Gemma x

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