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Easy DIY Christmas decorations with wooden beads
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Easy DIY Christmas decorations with wooden beads (video)

It’s almost that time of year… mince pies, festive films and a whole lotta Christmas crafting! Of all the Christmas crafts, I think tree decorations are probably where you can have the most fun. There’s no need to make them overly intricate or complicated; simple, easy designs often work the best! This year, I was inspired to make these very easy DIY Christmas decorations with wooden beads. I tend to go for a rustic wooden theme at Christmas, accented with bold pops…

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Christmas Lino print designs, hand-printed art, Etsy UK
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Want to see my new Etsy shop?!

You guys, big news! As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’ve opened a brand new Etsy shop. How exciting! Well, I say exciting… I actually mean terrifying and anxiety-inducing. But hey, anything that’s worth doing should scare you a little, right? (If you want to skip right to it, then you can visit my swanky new Etsy shop HERE – and I’ve put an exclusive offer code at the end of this blog post!). But first,…

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DIY fabric santa advent calendar - Click through for more
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DIY Fabric Santa Advent Calendar

It’s officially here… my first Christmas blog post of 2017! (Well, if you don’t count Christmas in August, that is). I’m VERY excited to finally share my DIY fabric Santa advent calendar! I’ve been working on this guy on-and-off for a fortnight. If you’ve seen any of my Instagram Stories recently, you might have caught a few sneak peeks… but I’ve been dying to show you more! I’m so happy with how my Santa advent calendar has come out. He’s probably one of the most involved…

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DIY gift toppers for men | The Crafty Gentleman
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Dapper DIY gift toppers: 3 ways

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you a guest post that I wrote for the Trimcraft blog recently. In it, I share how to make 3 different styles of paper craft gift toppers: a bow tie, a neck tie and an origami star. Any one of them erectile dysfunction would be perfect for adding a final flourish to your gifts (and with Father’s Day just around the corner, the timing is perfect!). See more and read the tutorials…

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DIY felt holly leaf garland
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Make a felt holly leaf garland this Christmas

For me, Christmas is all about the crafting. Handmade gifts, home-cooked meals and crafted decorations, all to the backdrop of some festive tunes… what could be better?! As you might of seen, I recently had the chance to share some of my handmade Christmas decorations on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas – so I thought it would be good to show how I made them, in case you wanted to give them a try! One of my favourite pieces I made for the show is my…

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Origami star garland tutorial
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Make an origami star garland (video)

I’m just gonna go straight in and say it: I LOVE ORIGAMI. The Japanese art of paper-folding has had a real resurgence in previous years, to the extent that it’s now pretty ubiquitous in any crafter’s skill set. But this popularity certainly hasn’t watered down the appeal for me – I just think there’s something really satisfying about turning a plain, boring sheet of paper into an intricate work of art… just by folding it. Now, it probably goes without…

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Easy spiced toffee sauce recipe
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Easy spiced toffee sauce recipe (video)

Oh man, my sweet tooth is definitely coming out of hibernation. I’m not sure if it’s the Christmas ads, the cold weather or just pure old fashioned gluttony… but I’m loving the sweet treats lately! What’s more, since attending the School of Artisan Food the other month (read about that, here), I’ve been eager to try out a few variations on some of the skills I was taught. The time has finally come! Inspired by the spiced autumn flavours that…

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Malted cinder toffee - click for recipe | The Crafty Gentleman
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An irresistible malted cinder toffee recipe…

The other week, I told you guys all about my trip to The School of Artisan Food. Basically, I spent the day in their fancy kitchens, learning how to make a selection of incredible confectionary, from fruit jellies to salted caramel. It was ace! Well… I’m really excited to now share of those recipes exclusively with you guys! This recipe is for malted cinder toffee, which is a really brittle and crunchy form of toffee, similar to honeycomb. The addition…

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