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Felt Christmas decorations

These are so simple and really effective for decking the halls this Christmas!

Step 1: Choosing your template simply draw around it onto your chosen felt and carefully cut out two the same.

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Step 2: Decorate your shapes with sequins, glitter, more felt, ribbon etc whatever you like and whatever feels festive! Choose your design, then glue or sew into position.

Step 3: Place both sides together with the decorated sides on the outside and using wool or embroidery thread stitch the two together.

I have used a blanket stitch which is really easy even if you have never done it before. Simply push the needle through both pieces and make sure the length of thread is passed over the needle before pulling tight.

If that makes no sense then a detailed description of how to do a blanket stitch can be found at: http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-Blanket-Stitch

Step 4: Make sure you leave a loop at the top so you can hang your decoration and then choose where you want it to go on your tree!

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My little girl had lots of fun decorating the felt shapes with glue and glitter which I later sewed together when they were dry.

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You can even have a go using some cookie cutters to draw around to get some more interesting shapes.

Hope you have all been having fun putting your trees up and making your homes feel festive. These homemade decorations are always special to have especially the ones we have made together and I am so pleased with how they have turned out and how easy they were to achieve.

Happy decorating! 🙂

 

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Christmas Baking!

As it is officially Advent and December is now here, who can resist the chance to make some festive biscuits and get in the mood for all things Christmassy!

We have been house sitting/dog sitting my parents place and my Mum keeps a well stocked larder cupboard which makes baking easy and spontaneous as I am quite sure she has everything you could possibly need for a recipie.

Our first attempt was…burned!

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I also decided to try the ‘black treacle’ instead of golden syrup and I think even if I hadnt burned them they were not quite the flavour I was expecting. This recipie contained no egg, butter, flour, dark brown sugar, black treacle, bicarbante of soda, ginger and cinnamon.

So for our second attempt the following day, I decided not to use the black treacle and try the soft ‘lighter’ brown sugar. Apparently the lighter shade of brown simply reflects the amount of mollases they have added darker = more, lighter = less.

For the second attempt I used:

350g plain flour (although I had to use self raising)

100g butter

75g golden syrup

200g soft brown sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

tiny pinch of salt

1 egg beaten

There are a number of recipies for christmas biscuits online, I simply took from the ones available and customised the recipies to the ingredients we had and the flavours we like.

I love to get Ayla involved in every part, she enjoyed measuring and weighing the ingredients.

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Mixing the sugar and the butter was tough at first so we popped it in the microwave for a few seconds just to soften it up a bit.

Ayla is often more interested in eating the mixture than adding to it!

She absolutely loves the feel of the flour on her hands and quite happlily play with it for ages, which often results in flour everywhere!! 🙂

Once we had mixed all the ingredients together the dough was left to chill for a few minutes before we began rolling it out.

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Ayla took this shot of me rolling the dough, as it is hard to take a picture and use a rolling pin at the same time!

We then used a Christmas tree cutter for our biscuit shapes, which we got free with a cbeebies magazine last year!

We placed them onto well greased baking trays, although we placed them too close together so could have done with using an extra baking tray. (The finger prints were Ayla’s ‘little touch’)

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We managed to get well over 30 biscuits out of this recipie and whilst I popped them in the oven (at 170 degrees) I kept watch over them this time so as not to burn them.

I like my biscuits slightly chewy too so didnt want them to be in too long.

While they were baking, I had just enough time to clear up the mess!

We left them cooling on the side whilst we went for a muddy, blustery afternoon walk with Watson the dog!

Again I raided my Mums cupboards to find something to decorate the biscuits and there was quite a selection. I have to say though that decorating is…. interesting with a three year old!

Needless to say we only decorated a few and a certain little person managed spoon icing, sugar strands and edible glitter into her little mouth whenever she thought I wasn’t looking!

The baking started the magical feeling of Christmas, filling the house with warm spice and all things nice!

Now to put the tree up 🙂

Happy Advent Everyone xxx

Deck the Halls!

I love Christmas, not just the perfect excuse to have port in the cupboard and a mince-pie moment everyday .. at least once, but all the pieces of December that make the run up to Christmas so exciting. The decorating, the tree and all the festive colours and lights everywhere is so beautiful. Seeing it all again through my little girls eyes this year has made it extra special. I really wanted to involve her in the decorating and try to make the living room feel magical.

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I don’t like doing my Christmas shopping before it feels like Christmas is nearly upon us, but for some reason I find it perfectly acceptable to buy Christmas decorations out of season, especially when they are amazingly reduced and just had to come home with me! I also plucked some clippings from our garden and a few pine cones from our walks in the woods, things that would help make the place ‘feel festive’.

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Of course I always love a bit of homemade-crafty-fun, especially with my little one, so what better way to get in the festive spirit than decide to make some snow flakes.

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I let Ayla paint and decorate some doilies whilst I tried to do the paper / folding / cutting snowflakes that I remember so well making when I was at school, unfortunately I had completely forgotten how to do it and after several attempts they began to resemble something of a snowflake.

I used the cuttings and berries/pine cones I had to decorate the twig hearts that I picked up from hobby craft in the summer for only £1 🙂 I also made paper chains to adorn the living room… I really like how the paper has the print on one side and the brown paper showing on the underside, (again only £1 a roll from Lidl).

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I even attempted to dry my own orange circles to use as decorations. Basically you slice them and then leave them in the oven on the lowest setting for ages, until they are completely dried out.

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Disastrously I forgot to mention to my other half that Christmas decorations were ‘drying’ in the oven and he pre heated the oven to cook something, which resulted in dried out, very burnt oranges and I didn’t attempt anymore. Oranges will be strictly eaten this season… not dried and hung, (never mind there is always next year).

Another oven ‘faux pas’ was exploding chestnuts in it! This was because we forgot to cut them or ‘someone did’ 🙂 this resulted in me actually deciding to clean the oven, something I never do and don’t intend to do for a very long time!

… And yes the mask was necessary!

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Love having the fireplace to decorate and with the television out of the way, the TV stand made for the perfect place for the Christmas tree.

This year the tree is sitting in the window which I always think is nice to be able to see the light inside shining out. Maybe one year we shall invest in some lights to hang in the willow tree outside.

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Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and lets not forget the greatest light this season…

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Jesus the light of the world! 🙂

John 3:16