Tag: Christmas

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”

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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Le Clic Photos of Christmas

I took some photos with my Le Clic film camera, which takes 110 film.  Hard to get hold of, expensive to get developed, but easy to use.  I did totally forgot that the film was black and white though.  And these are the results.

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We went to Castle Hill– which is a local hill. It was incredibly grey and rainy which perhaps does not come up in the black and white video.  Poor baby nieve was dragged out of the car, wrapped up in her tiny hat, and forced to pose for photos.

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So once again a few rather nice snaps but a low hit rate for the 24 exposure film. I did get a bunch of black pictures which are very exciting, and would have benefitted from the flash being on. But something about turning the flash on seems so wrong for some reason, maybe flashin lights are offensive to my ancestral people…  Also I did think I was using colour film…

Merry Christmas

It seems like every year Christmas Day is my schedule post day so I can bid you festive salutations.

Of course if you don’t celebrate Christmas then just close you eyes and randomly press keys on your keyboard until this Christmas message goes away.

I wanted to muse on Scrooge.  Scrooge, as you may recall, is the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  I’ve read and enjoyed the book a few times. If you haven’t read the book you can see anyone of about 7,000 films and TV programmes.  The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Scrooged with Bill Murray, and A Christmas Carol from 1984 with George C Scott are some of the best.

You probably know the story of rich misanthrope Ebeneezer Scrooge who is visited by three spirits (actually 4 but who’s counting).  He’s shown his past with his cold and distant father, the present with the ill Tiny Tim, and the future where he dies and is consigned to Hell. Through this visitation he is transformed into a kind and generous man full of Christmas Spirit.

The key message should be that Christmas Spirit is generosity to your fellow man (or woman).  And that it’s never too late to change. Scrooge’s transformation is celebrated by the fair old city of London,

He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew

And yet we continue to use the name Scrooge as a derogatory name for people who fail to be sufficiently joyous at Christmas time (so from about Sept until halfway through January). Why don’t we use the name Scrooge to describe the man he became rather than the man he was? I guess because Dickens spent so long convincing us that he was a big ole meany, and once he’s changed the story kinda just stops.  Still just something to ponder on.

Also why do we put pressure on people to be jolly during, what can be, a difficult, tiring, stressful time of year? I’ve done it, and I’ll do it in the future I’m sure.  I get very annoyed at people complaining about Christmas shopping, people who start they’re Christmas shopping on December 18th or something, people that complain about how busy the shops are on a Saturday afternoon in December, people who complain because they hate Christmas and all the people they have to shop for. The same people that mocked me and my spreadsheet back in October.  Don’t blame the season for your lack of planning!

But still the true spirit of season is not shopping, presents, or Christmas jumpers but generosity to our fellow men and women (and everyone else) and sometimes that means if they don’t want to wear a Santa hat then don’t make them!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Felt Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath

This is the felt Christmas Wreath I made for my mum.  I gave it to her for her birthday because if I waited until Christmas it would be too late to put it up!

First I made a paper template of a holly leaf and then I cut out the leaves in green felt, in total I cut out 48.  I then paired them up and sewed the pairs together, I filled them with toy stuffing and made 24 of the 3d leaves.

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I then sewed 11 of them together in a rough circle, and another 11 inside as an inner circle.  I added the last two at the bottom because wreaths always seem to have a couple sticking out of the bottom like that.

I then added the bow.  I cut three strips of red felt and folded two into loops and attached them to the bottom of the wreath.  I folded the third red strip into an upside v shape and sewed this all in place on the wreath.

I’m pleased with it, even though it did come out kinda lopsided.

So anyone else been making Christmas decs?

Merry Christmas!

A quote from Mr Dickens:

Reflect upon your present blessings- of which every man has many- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Fill your glass again with a merry face and contended heart.

Our life on it, but your Christmas shall be merry and your New Year a happy one.  So may the New Year be a happy one to you, happy to many more whose happiness depends on you!

So may each year be happier than the last.

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Fabric Christmas Tree

We always have a real Christmas Tree at home but they are large and expensive so I made myself a cute little fabric one last that I’ve brought out again this year.

It was quite simple to make- I cut out 6 large triangles (four in one fabric and two in another), and sewed them into pairs (leaving the bottom side open).

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I lay the three triangles on top of each other and sewed them all together vertically up the middle.  The I stuffed all the pockets with toy stuffing and sewed up the bottom seams.

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Christmas Tree

I wrapped a piece of brown fabric around the bottom as the trunk but that is mostly hidden because I put the tree in a small metal plant pot I bought.  I already had the fabric and the toy stuffing so the only thing I had to buy was the plant pot which only cost a few pounds (toy stuffing is very cheap and fabric can be cheap if you buy remnants).  

And that was that!  I have to pin my tree decorations on to as there’s nothing to hang them on which looks silly but I like it!

Boyfriend thinks it ‘looks nice, sort of like a cucumber’ which is exactly what I was going for so that’s good.

Swirled Biscuits

Festive Baking- Swirly/Rolled Biscuit/Cookies

Well, as I write this post it’s not even December yet, although through the magic of scheduled posts it will probably be so as you read it, but I do feel somewhat festive.  People may complain that Christmas starts earlier every year like it’s a bad thing but without Christmas you’d just have cold dark mornings and nights and nothing to look forward to…

Anyway I had a festive baked goods themed get together with friends where we each bring home made goodies, play games, do quizzes, and have a nice relaxed Sunday evening.  I haven’t actually been able to take anything of recent months due to working the weekend before but finally I have a Saturday off for baking.

I stumbled across these swirly rolled biscuits on the internets and found a recipe for them that looked doable.  Of course nothing is actually that simple, and first I had to figure out what ‘cake flour’ was.  Turns out is some crazy America flour that is all light and airy for delicious cakes but also bleached which is not allowed in the UK for obvious reasons.  But to turn regular plain flour into cake flour you replace a few tbsps with cornstarch and sieve is 5 times, according to the internet anyway!  Well my nearby supermarket does not stock cornstarch so I just bought plain flour and that seemed to work fine!

Ingredients

  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 16g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp water
  • Wax paper (I forgot to buy this so I used cling film)

1. Cut the butter into pieces and mix until soft, add flour, sugar, egg, and mix.

2 Split the mixture in two and add the cocoa powder to one half and mix evenly.  Add water to both halves slowly to form solid dough.  Be careful not to overwork the dough.

3. Take some wax paper (about 30 x 60cms) fold in half along long edge and fold over the edges to create an envelope.  Make 2 of these.

4. Cut the chocolate dough in half and place inside two of the envelopes, place face down and roll mixture making it flat and even.  Do this for the plain dough.

5. Open the wax paper envelopes and place the chocolate dough on top of the plain dough, then roll them like a Swiss Roll (careful to peel all the wax paper off first)

6. Wrap the dough roll in wax paper, twist the ends, place in freezer for one hour, or until firm enough to cut easily without smushing.

7. Remove from freezer and cut into 1cm thick slices and place on greased baking sheet, baked for 12-15mins at 180celsius.

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