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DIY geometric candle holder
in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, DIY + Crafts, Halloween, Other

DIY geometric candle holder from plaster of Paris

I’ve been wanting to try out plaster of Paris in a DIY project for aaages …the time has finally arrived! I’m an absolute sucker for new craft techniques, so I’m pretty giddy about sharing this project. Yep, I’m getting giddy about plaster of Paris. But when you see how easy it is to whip up a few of these, you’ll understand why! So let’s get right to it, shall we? Here’s how you can make your very own plaster of…

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in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, Recipe, Sweet

Gingerbread lebkuchen recipe: the ultimate Christmas treat!

Who doesn’t love gingerbread at Christmas time? It’s the perfect sweet treat to go with a mug of chai tea or cocoa (which is what Christmas is all about, right?!). As well as gingerbread, I’ve also been pretty addicted to lebkuchen this winter. Lebkuchen is basically a softer, slightly more cakey version of classic gingerbread. Traditionally, it’s finished with a thin glaze of icing and flavoured with ground nuts and spices. So yeah, it’s pretty damn good. I thought I’d have…

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Simple handmade Christmas cards
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Five simple Christmas cards you can make yourself

‘Tis the season for handmade Christmas cards! Making greetings cards has been a hobby of mine since I was a child; I used to spend hours raiding my craft supplies, cutting and sticking, scribbling and drawing, creating intricate card designs. It was actually this hobby that got me into crafting and lead me to start this blog – so I owe a lot to handmade cards! But if you’re anything like me, adult life doesn’t allow you very much time to spend making…

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Hot spiced tea cocktail
in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, Drinks, Recipe

Hot spiced tea punch (with rum!)

You know what I love about the winter months? Mulled wine! Although probably not in the way you think… I actually don’t like the taste of it (I find it pretty heavy and sickly), but I LOVE the smell! The warmth of the spices, mixed with the sharpness of booze, is the perfect combo. This winter, I thought I’d have a go at a mulled wine alternative. It has the same warming aroma, but with a flavour that’s a bit more suited to…

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DIY Christmas tweed wreath
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How to make a DIY tweed Christmas wreath

One of my favourite parts of the holiday season has gotta be Christmas crafting! Seriously, you can’t beat an afternoon spent surrounded by festive paper, scissors and glue, listening to Christmas tunes and drinking endless cups of tea. Sounds good, right?! So when the guys at Turtle Mat contacted me recently and asked me to take part in their Christmas crafts challenge, I jumped on the opportunity! They challenged me to create a Christmas wreath, which is something which I’ve…

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Spiced red wine chutney recipe
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Spiced red wine chutney recipe (with Woodwork wine)

Whoa, am I the only one that thinks it’s getting pretty darn cold lately?! The scarf and gloves are definitely out of hibernation! With all this chilliness, I thought I’d make up a batch of spiced red wine chutney to add a bit of warmth to my meals. I’ve packed it with apple, onion, raisins, dates and spices galore… but the real star of the show is the wine. Woodwork wine, to be precise. Woodwork is the latest release from…

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Damson Jam recipe
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Damson jam recipe

One of the best things about autumn is the food! Pumpkins, blackberries, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, warm cider, apple pies, butternut squash… it’s surely the best time of year for food?! Except Christmas, I guess. But it’s close! One of the many fruits that’s perfectly in season at this time of year, are damsons. They’re similar to plums, just a little smaller, with a really intense purple skin and tart, sour flavour. The greengrocers are full of them right now…

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DIY Christmas Jumper
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Simple DIY Christmas Jumper

One of the unavoidable clues that the festive season us upon us is the mass of Christmas jumpers popping up everywhere! The high street, the supermarket, on television, photos on Facebook, sometimes even at work… everywhere! To celebrate this growing trend, I had a go at crafting my own DIY Christmas jumper. Well, I say “Christmas” jumper, but the tree design I’ve created would be great to wear through the autumn too (meaning I can get a few more months…

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