Archive for the ‘Handmade’ Category

 

DIY kitsch wreath

 

Dec
09
2015

 

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December has arrived, and in a couple of weeks it will be Christmas! It doesn’t seem anything like a year, since the last one. Time has flown by very quickly, and in the new year, I will be telling myself to slow down a little and not to let life whizz by.

I remember this time last year; I made a DIY pom-pom wreath and ceramic & hama bead Christmas tree decorations. In fact, I love them so much that I’ve decided to put them up again this year. I’m using the same Christmas tree as before. It’s a white one and the coloured baubles look stunning against the pale branches. This year, however, I bought a selection of vintage style decorations, as I’m a huge fan of the kitsch trend. Every year, I buy a new bauble. It seems to have become a family tradition and my daughter Yasmin, loves choosing a new tree decoration. She also loves playing old Christmas song classics whilst decorating the tree!

I want to show you how to make a DIY kitsch wreath, which is so fun to make. To find out how to attach the coloured pom-poms, visit last year’s DIY Christmas wreath post.

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After you’ve made the pom-pom wreath, then it’s time to apply the kitsch accessories.

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To decorate your pom-pom wreath, choose a selection of dry flowers, butterflies, birds; even cute kitsch ornaments such as deer and miniature dolls.

Why not gather a variety of coloured items, some colours that are similar to the coloured pom-poms as well as other contrasting colours, to give your kitsch wreath the ‘WOW’ factor? I like the idea of making the kitsch items stand out.

 

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Next stage is to place the kitsch accessories around your wreath. Here I have positioned the butterfly at the top and the bird at the bottom, then added the flowers in the spaces between.

 

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Look how adorable the bird is! He’s sitting nicely on top of a bunch of super-soft pom-poms.

 

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The flowers and butterflies really do look pretty!

 

Here are a few extra kitsch style wreaths, for inspiration.

 

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All of the four examples were taken from Pinterest. You can find them on my Ho Ho Ho! board.

 

 

Emma Jayne x

 

 

Christmas lace biscuits

 

Dec
04
2015

 

Wow! Look how pretty these Christmas lace biscuits are! I spotted them whilst browsing for sweet Christmas recipes, on the internet. There is actually a wide choice of things to bake around the festive period, and these really caught my attention. I imagine you could get very experimental with different patterned edges and flavours. Yum!!

Every Christmas I like to get creative, and I think I’ll definitely be making these gorgeous, Christmas lace biscuits with my daughter, Yasmin. We love to bake together and she’s gaining some excellent culinary skills. Besides looking delicious, they also look fun to make. I can’t wait to make them!

Recipe and instructions can be found on Maria Lunarillos website.

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images taken from marialunarillos.com

* Perhaps placing a small boiled sweet in the centre of the biscuit (cut out area), before placing them in the oven, will give a more decorative effect. Also, piercing a ribbon through one of the outer holes will transform your biscuits into Christmas tree decorations! Food for thought  😉

 

Emma Jayne x