Last week I signed up for my first Christmas craft swap organised by Laura at Dropstitch. It was the first one I’d seen and swapping parcels of crafty goodness always gets me in the mood for the festive season. The swap was simple – make
four oops five (so glad I re-read the instructions!) handmade Christmas ornaments.
I had a good look through my craft books and Pinterest boards and found some very cute felt peppermint Christmas ornaments which I knew would be perfect. I love working with felt and the felt version of any Christmas sweet has to be better for me than the real thing.
I got to work cutting out felt pieces and stitched them on my sewing machine which I am finally getting to grips with. I made a couple of traditional red and white ones them decided to mix it up with some other colours, so have pink, purple and even a green one.
I’m really pleased with them and hope the recipients like them.
There is lots to inspire us with our crafting lately. Everywhere we go we see poppies. Although the children are too young to understand the significance of Remembrance Sunday I don’t think they are too young to make their own contribution.
We thought we’d make our own poppies from paper plates. We painted them with red paint which my children loved. Little Sis loves to paint as much as her brother and makes *quite* a mess!
We left them to dry overnight. The next day we cut out two circles from black paper and also drew around their hands to make a leaf from green paper.
We then glued all the pieces together to make our poppies.
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I love this time of year as there’s so much going on – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday and of course Christmas. We were out shopping yesterday and Toys R Us were playing Christmas music and John Lewis had their decorations up! I felt a little festive but it does seem to start earlier each year. Anyway, the children really enjoyed Halloween this year; they dressed up, insisted on our pumpkin being lit every evening for a week and especially loved seeing the local children knock on our door whilst they were out trick or treating.
I’m not sure if we’ll be going to go to a fireworks display yet. They all seem to start so late, despite the fact the clocks have gone back an hour and it’s dark so much earlier. Do I really want to keep the children up past their bedtime to watch fireworks? I think we may be on the look out for some fireworks we can set off in the garden instead.
I came across a really fun little craft for edible fireworks so thought we would have a go. All you need is breadsticks, chocolate spread and hundreds and thousands.
It’s so simple I feel silly writing it down but you take a breadstick, dip it into the chocolate spread, then dip into a container of hundreds and thousands! Yep, that’s it.
How easy is that?! Needless to say my children had lots of fun making and eating them, actually, we all did!
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