Happy New Year!


Hi Everyone!
I want to wish you all a happy new year how ever your celebrating!
Bring on 2012!
Keep checking out my blog as I've got lots of exciting crafty plans for next year!
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Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas!
I've been eating and drinking a little too much so this post is a few days late but....

Relax....it's Christmas!!!!
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I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 24!


It's the last day of our crafty advent calendar! Whoop!
Since it's Christmas eve and we should be relaxing, peeling vegetables, panic present buying and drinking too much so I'm going to do these easy crafty table decorations. Have fun!
Napkin Bow
Napkin Bow
Dress up the party table with these decorative napkins, unique napkin rings, and festive folding ideas. A perfect bow on each plate is a fun way to spiff up a plain napkin and give party guests a gift of their own. Spread a dinner napkin out, lying flat. Fold opposite sides in so they meet at the center. Then fold again at the center to form a narrow, ribbonlike shape. Next, fold short ends in so they meet at the center. Cinch in the middle with a ribbon in a coordinating color, and glue at back.
Recycled Christmas Trees with Glitter


Materials:

* Small magazine or book
* Gold Spray Paint
* Glitter
* Scissors
Instructions:
1. Fold the spine of the magazine so that it is broken

2. Fold the pages of the magazine in towards the spine one at a time. Then fold them all in again so the fold is smaller.


3. Use scissors to cut the irregular shape from the bottom of the pages. You could leave this attached but if the paper of the magazine is soft or thin the tree will be unstable
4. Spray the small tree with the gold paint and dust with glitter

And here's some simple table ideas.

Relax, take it easy and look forward to tomorrow!
XXX

I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 23!



Since it's Christmas and we've made some fabulously crafty things let's take things easy with these free printable gift tags! Enjoy!

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I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 22!





Last minute gift wrapping ideas toady!
Hopefully we've all got our pressies and are confronted with a mountain of wrapping to conquer, so heres some sweet ideas to help! Oh, and grab yourself a glass of mulled wine, it helps!



This year (and don't tell the family) I've wrapped all my pressies in pages from Pride and Prejudice, it's my Mum's favorite book. Be more festive and use A Christmas Carol or Hymen music pages if you like.


I just tape the pages together, don't worry if it looks a bit rough, this is the inside of the paper.

I've got to say it looks very pretty and I bought the book from a charity shop for £1.80 and I haven't run out! I've also used black ribbon and tags to look classy and used black stars (table confetti) to spell out their names.
This pressie is a teapot and looks quite fab!
I love this idea of using some old keys and house hold string! Soooo cute and easy!

And who doesn't like a doily! Cute!

Have fun wrapping, now I'm off to wrap a bird box! Wish me luck!
XXX

I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 21!



Right, just a few days to go till the big day so lets make some cute heart envelopes for those friends who pop around rather unexpectedly! Nice! I like to use old wrapping paper, wall paper and even pages from books.
Here's a little tip: For extra Christmasy vibes use pages from A Christmas Carol! Or even pages from a Christmas song book!

XXX

I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 20!




Let's make a...

Mmm...it's Christmas so enjoy this fab glittery trifle!
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I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 19!


It's time to start planning our Christmas feast and how to make them look pretty. Here's another genius idea from ashleyannphotography using old doilies, just imagine their snow flakes!
Step 1: Lay out your largest doilies first
Step 2: Fill in with smaller doilies. I used all different shapes and stuck with white and cream colors.
Step 3: Overlap the edges of the big and small doiles so that the small ones aren’t always on top.
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Step 4: Tack the doilies together using string on the UNDERSIDE. I tied a double knot in several spots using thread and a needle. Knowing me it won’t take long before I decide I am ready to do something different, so I wanted to be able to take the runner apart easily without hurting the doilies.
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Cute, fun, easy. My 3 favorite crafting words! XXX

I'm Crafty Advent Calendar - Dec 18!


This is one of the festive crafty favorites!
Let's make some super cute party hats thanks to Oh Happy Days!
Materials Needed:
  • Crepe Paper in Folds,
  • Scissors,
  • Thin Gauge Wire,
  • Wire Cutters
  • , Glue (I don’t use the glue in these two examples but I found it helpful depending on the style of flower),
  • Plastic Headbands (you can get cheap ones from the high street.)
Basic Rose Instructions
Step 1: For the petals, take the fold of crepe paper and cut off a 4 inch section.
Step 2: Take that section and cut it in half the same direction as the grain. (Crepe paper has a grain and this will matter later on.)
Step 3: Cut out a petal shape so that the grain of the crepe paper goes from the top to the bottom. It should look like there are lines running from the top of the petal to the base. (Choose the shape of the petal depending on the type of flower you want to make.)
Step 4: Cut long sections of wire about 10″ long and short sections of wire 3″ long. If you are making a lot of flowers then cut all the wire at one time for the process to go a lot faster.
Step 5: Take a scrap piece of crepe paper and wrap the wire around the middle twisting it very tight so the paper can’t slip out.
Step 6: Scrunch it in a ball.
Step 7: Then take a square of crepe paper (in whatever color you want the center of the flower to be) and wrap it around the scrunched up ball twisting it at the bottom.
Step 8: Now you’re ready to add the petals.
Step 9: Take the petals and with both thumbs stretch the crepe paper so it makes a nice curved petal. This is where it will matter what grain the paper is going in so that it stretches right. To go quicker you can even do this to a small stack of petals at the same time.
Step 10: Taking the center of the flower begin placing the petals around and then pinching it and holding it at the base. When you are happy with the fullness of the petals take a small piece of wire and tightly wrap it and twist it to secure it in place. When you are done you should have a nice simple flower.
Basic Chrysanthemum Instruction
Step 10: Take a fold of crepe paper and cut off a 4″ section. (If you want the flower big and puffy do a 6″ section.)
Step 11: Take the fold and cut along one side about 3/4 of the way through making thin strips of fringe.
Step 12: Repeat steps 5 through 7 to create the center of the flower. Begin wrapping the petals around the center and pinching it tight at the base.
Step 13: Continue wrapping it around until you are happy with the fullness.
Step 14: Wrap some small wire tightly around the base. Wrinkle and fluff the petals with your fingers.
Attaching the Flowers to Your Headband
Step 15: Gather the flowers you want to use together in one hand until they look pretty.
Step 16: Hold the flowers tightly together at the base and pull the wire taught.
Step 17: Take the headband and wrap the wire tightly around it until secure, trimming the extra wire if needed. Once it is assembled you can adjust the composition to your liking.
You'll look extra cute this season!
XXX