Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tinsel Christmas Wreath with Bells {Tutorial}

I am terrible! It is November and I have my Christmas tree up already, and am getting my decorations out!!!
I just could never help myself and can’t wait till 1st December, I don’t know how those who decorate on Christmas Eve do it!!

Well in my decorating I wanted to make a Christmas Wreath to match this years theme of purple and blue peacock colours. And figured I would share how I made it as this weeks tutorial.

Polystyrene ring (mine is 25″)
Pins and thread.

Step 1
Wrap your ring with the tinsel. I used a pin at each end to secure it into the ring, but you could hot glue if you plan to keep the wreath for next year too.

Step 2
Wrap your ribbon around the tinsel. Again I secured it at the back with a pin.

Step 3
It is hard to see, but in the last photo I have added bells. I threaded them onto a piece of cotton thread and wrapped that around the ring like the ribbon. And again I secured with a pin.

And thats it! Super easy huh? You could use baubles instead of bells if you like. And I am going to look for some of those battery LED lights, I think those would look awesome on it too!

What I have been making!

So I mentioned the last few weeks have been crazy busy!!
First there was the craft fair and getting stuff ready for that. Then all the Christmas Etsy orders too!
Here are some pictures of stuff I made this week.

Two fabric letter orders.

Some fruity friends, all happy and cute!

I have more to make this week coming too, oh come on January when things are calm again!!

Felt Christmas Tree Light {Tutorial}

6 weeks till Christmas!!

Just want to run around a scream a little (just a tiny bit). But I am slowly getting everything done and have a fun and busy week ahead of me still.
For this weeks tutorial in my count down to Christmas I have a lovely white felt Christmas tree decorated in beautiful colourful buttons. It looks just lovely with one of those “fake” tea light candles inside of it.

White Felt (or you could make it in any colour!)
Colourful Buttons
Thread, scissors etc.
Pattern (Download it here)

How To
So download the pattern and use it to cut out your tree shape from felt. And also get together all your buttons. (I just love all my Sew Sweet buttons!)

Pick through your buttons and lay them out on your tree. Keep about 1cm in from the edges so you can sew it closed later. Carefully move the buttons off the felt, keeping them in the same pattern (you can take a photo which helped me get them back how I wanted them). Sew each button onto the felt tree.

Fold your tree in half (with the buttons on the inside) and pin it along the edge. Sew down this edge, I suggest doing this by hand because the buttons can get in the way a little.

Turn the tree right way out, you may need a pencil to get the tip to turn out fully. And your Christmas tree is ready to look all pretty!!

Please note, do not put a real tea light candle inside the tree, you don’t want your tree to catch fire!!

Come back next weekend for another great Christmas tutorial!!

7 Weeks of Christmas Crafts {Peppermint Ornament}

Can you believe there is only 7 weekends left until Christmas? SEVEN!!!! So much shopping to do and so little time!!
In the past I have done a tutorial advent calendar in December, with 24 crafts, recipes and such, counting down to Christmas day. However this year November and December are super busy for me with workshops, website work, and visiting family in the UK (yay!!!).
So instead, for the next 7 weeks on Sunday I am going to share a Christmas tutorial with you all.To kick it off I have a new version of one of my most popular posts from last year, the star peppermint swirl ornament. Here is the heart peppermint swirl ornament!! These decorations are really simple to make, and you only need a few supplies.

Materials: Red felt, white felt, white ribbon, white craft glue, scissors, needle & thread
Downloading and print off my templates (I have included a heart and star).
Use the template to cut out 2 hearts/stars from red felt, and two swirls from white felt.
Take a felt swirl and apply glue (I used mod podge, but any white glue should work) across the back of it, leaving about 1/4inch around the edge (so we can easily sew it later). Then flip it over and stick it on top of one of the hearts.
Repeat for the second heart, but make it a mirror of the first.
Place the two hearts together with swirls facing outwards and pin. Cut a piece of 18cm/7inch long ribbon and add it to your heart sandwich at the top. Begin sewing around your heart with a simple running stitch, leave a gap to add a small amount of stuffing.
Finish sewing around the outside of your heart and knot your thread. Your ornament is ready to hang on the Christmas tree!! To make the star version of this ornament it is the same process, just use the other template in the download pdf.
I have a few of these ornaments and others for sale in my etsy shop, just incase you don’t have the time to make your own!I am also sharing this tutorial on Tutus & Tea Parties, for her Ornament swap tutorial week. It starts on Monday so be sure to go over and check it out!!

Diezijn Leuk Craft Fair 2012

So Sunday was the Diezijn Leuk craft fair in Groningen. It was an awesome day, quite cold but no rain till the very last 30 minutes so I can not complain.

I worked like crazy all week getting everything finished, and always there was plenty more I wish I had had time to make but didn’t (there is a never ending list!!)

I also want to say thank you to friends who stopped by to say hi, really helped keep the day going. Oh and of course thank you to everyone who bought something!!!

I also have a few new items that I will be listing in my etsy shop this week, and working on getting the bigger items listed too and sorting out their postage rates.