Category: Seasonal

2018 Photo Calendar

I have made my own calendar for quite a few years now.  It means I can make it the size I want, and arrange the dates how I want (mainly meaning a Mon-Sun week, not Sun- Sat), and include my own photographs to make it more personal.  At one point I made complicated and exciting collages of photographs, but I have simplified in my old age.  Nowadays, I use one image for each month, that comes from the same month in the previous year. Continue reading “2018 Photo Calendar”

Christmas Stocking

I made this Christmas Stocking for boyfriend last year, but wanted to keep it a secret then until Christmas Day.  This is our first Christmas living together which means I had the opportunity to decorate the house properly so it’s tinseltastic round here now! Continue reading “Christmas Stocking”

Christmas Tree Skirt

We don’t have a regular Christmas tree but use a large Yucca Plant that boyfriend has had for ages.  So I dress it up with tinsel and festive do-dads but it still has that ugly brown plastic pot.  I made a cover for it a while back but I needed to make another one for Christmas. Continue reading “Christmas Tree Skirt”

November Photo-A-Day

In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me.  I guess that’s pretty obvious.  But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it.  I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.

It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work.  But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping. Continue reading “November Photo-A-Day”

Crafty Christmas Presents

p1040208Just a few crafty bits and bobs I got for Christmas. A new copy of Selvedge magazine which is stupidly expensive, but has pretty pictures and articles on artisanal* crafty things.  A book of 20 different fabric flowers for me to try making, and some pretty silver tape. Continue reading “Crafty Christmas Presents”

Felt Christmas Decorations

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I made some felt birthday decorations for boyfriend’s birthday and did the same thing again for Christmas.  I made a garland/banner with felt letters that spelt out Happy Christmas, and stuffed the letters with toy stuffing.  I made the letters smaller than the ones I did for the birthday banner but this made them fiddlier, especially for the stuffing.  So next time I’ll make them bigger, and they’ll have more impact that way too. Also I might use a template for the ‘S’ because they came out a bit wiggly!

Below are some from a few years ago which I’m pretty proud of. I think they look pretty cute, I did a gingerbread house, a present, a Christmas tree, and a gingerbread man.  Then I strung them onto sparkly ribbon.

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Origami Stars

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It’s bonfire night so I thought I’d make some origami paper stars.
I took a thin strip of paper about 1.5cm wide and tied it into a ‘knot’ then flattened that down into a sort of pentagon with tails.  Then I folded the little tail, then wrapped the long tail around the pentagon, turning it over each time until I was left with a little tail again and finally tucked that in.

Then I squeezed each point to make it more star-y.  It sort of worked!

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Halloween Costume Idea- Cave Girl

I always want to do something awesome for Halloween and it never really happens.  The internet tells me I can make a mummy costume, or become a lego version of myself with only my innate make-up ability and 10 minutes.  That way ends in disaster.

I also want to go for something scary, rather than all the silly popular culture inspired ones that proliferate the interwebs, but that limits the options further. I went for something in the middle, not a witch or vampire but also not a humanoid emoji or confectionery item.   I chose cave girl. Continue reading “Halloween Costume Idea- Cave Girl”