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Valentine’s Notebook

Valentine's Notebook

 

We had a little crafting session this week. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching we used the theme of hearts to inspire us.   We bought some notebooks from Tiger. At £1 for 3 it was a bargain. We used a pencil with a rubber on the end as our printing tool. We mixed a number of different shades of pink. And we were off.

Valentine's Notebook 1

A sweet notebook to offer to your loved ones or a place to write love notes.

Have a fun Valentine’s

naomi x

Valentine’s Notebook

Valentine's Notebook

We had a little crafting session this week. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching we used the theme of hearts to inspire us.   We bought some notebooks from Tiger. At £1 for 3 it was a bargain. We used a pencil with a rubber on the end as our printing tool. We mixed a number of different shades of pink. And we were off.

 

Valentine's Notebook 1

 

A sweet notebook to offer to your loved ones or a place to write love notes.

 

Have a fun Valentine’s

naomi x

So You Think You’re Crafty – A Virtual Sewing Bee (Kinda)

So, one of the reasons behind the quiet is that for the last few days I have been beavering away for my audition piece for ‘So You Think You’re Crafty’. Its like a virtual Great British Sewing Bee except the entries are not limited to fabric or sewing *gulp* that leaves a lot of options! It is hosted by the lovely Missy. She explains the whole process if you click here.

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I’ll give you all a heads up when the voting is open for the audition finalists. Its a blind voting process so I have to keep schtum about my entry until the results are revealed and I know whether I made the cut. Eeek and eeep! Its exciting. My head is swarming with ideas and a little dose of panic as this competition is heavy! Past seasons have shown extraordinary creative skills so I know it will be a tough ride. I’d love to make it to the top 3 so I’m ploughing all my energy and waking hours (once the minou is in bed) into drafting, planning and creating. Phew.

SYTYC

 

Wish me lots of crafting skill!

naomi x

Festive Pinecone Fire lighters

Homemade Christmas:
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I have seen many images of these pinecone firestarters gracing the boards of pinterest. Kate’s Creative Space in particular had a great post on making them which inspired me further.

As several of my friends have fireplaces in their homes they make a perfect winter gift. I have been for many autumn walks with my minou, bundled up against the cold pinecone hunting.

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Alas, no pinecones were to be found. In the end my mum bought a little bag for me. So here we go lovelies lets make some festive pinecone fire lighters:

Time: Give yourself the evening so you can settle into a rhythm and enjoy the process.

Equipment:
→ Pinecones
→ Cinnamon
→ Cloves
→ Orange zest
→ Ginger
→ Tea lights/candles
→ Cupcake cases
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1. You can just pop the tealight candle in a cupcake case and melt in the oven. I set it at about 160 celsius and kept checking on them.
I only had a few tealights hanging around so instead I chopped up half-used thin pillar candles. The advantage of this is that you can extract the full length of the wick and cut it to a good size.
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2. Once your wax has melted add your spices and zest. Place your wick in the wax and move it to the side of the case. Plop in your pinecone. Give it a good squiggle so that it fits snug in the wax.

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3. Leave to set. Once the wax has hardened gently peel away your cupcake case.
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Presto.
I experimented with different coloured wax and scented candles. In the end I made a big batch of plain white wax with only natural scent from the spices and orange. I love how you can see all the ingredients.
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I wish you could smell them. I wish I had a fire!
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Nothing beats a cold windy night outside, game of scrabble with a large glass of red and of course a festive pinecone in your roaring fire!

I am so excited about wrapping all my gifts. I need to think about how to wrap these up. I may try and find some clear wrapping cellophane.

Tip
I heated an extra case of wax as I went so that I could top up any of the pine cases that needed a little extra.

Enjoy
♡ naomi x

Ceramic Gifts

Homemade Christmas next installment:
I have been unsure what to make for my grandparents for noel.

I saw some great candle mats in Tiger that I thought would be perfect as coasters and since my grandparents both drink lots of tea ~ fantastic.

So if you want to join me for very simple, quick and lovely gifts read on…

Time: Drawing time plus about 20 mins in the oven

Challenge: Easy

Equipment:
→ Plain crockery
→ Sharpie pens
→ Oven

1. Pre heat oven to 170 celsius

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2. Decide on your pattern or design. Draw onto your crockery

3. Place in oven for about 20 minutes

4. Leave to cool and then enjoy your lovely item

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I bought a cheaper version of the sharpie pen. Don’t! The nib isn’t as crisp, colour not as ‘full’ and in the oven the colours actually change!

Have fun and enjoy your crafting week

naomi x