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Wreath Making

 Wreath Making

Wreath Making

 Wreath Making
I stopped buying the national newpapers a couple of months back now  and just buy the local Free Press.  Not only has it stopped me from reading news I don’t want to read {and wasting a lot of my time}, but I don’t think I would have seen the advert for this class at Ruthin Craft Centre {and other kids workshops} anywhere else.  And I’ve come away with, I wouldn’t go as far as to say a new skill, but at least something I now know how to make. And will attempt again and again.

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Wreath making at Ruthin Craft Centre

Ruthin Craft Centre

The Craft Shed


Curated & Photogrpahed by

Cerys Lowe

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Natural Christmas Wreath Inspiration

 A natural Christmas Wreath
The base is dried clematis branches from the garden, twisted around each other and then tied in a couple of places with twine to keep it together. The clematis branches are tough as old boots and tend to not snap, so they are a good one to use and you can add more and more to get the thickness you need. I like mine this size though as it allows the flowers to take centre stage. Here I've used eucalyptus which I adore the scent of, then used a few heads from eryngium tucked through the gaps in the clematis branches and finally one large head of dill.

Further reading

A Natural Christmas Wreath

A natural midwinter Pinterest board

How to make your own natural Christmas decorations


Curated & Photographed by

Jen Chillingsworth

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Upcyled Bird Feeder

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Old dustpan given a new life as a bird 'table'.

Further reading

Upcycled Bird Feeders on Pinterest

RSPB


Curated and photographed by

Emma Cavill

Having spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and living in a busy city centre, Emma now loves life back in the beautiful West Country, where she and her husband set up Somerset Yurts and run a dairy farm on her Husband's family farm set in the Quantock Hills AONB

She has bit of an obsession for all things photographic, whether it's 

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No-sew cushion covers

Vintage scarves into cushion covers. A few folds, a knot or two... 

Done!

No need to cut into your precious vintage finds but a lovely way to display them.

 
 

Curated by

Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

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Things to covet: the Dala horse

Things to covet: the Dala horse
Things to covet: the Dala horse

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Nordic design, food and the concept of Hygge all come into their own at this time of year. The Dala horse is a traditional carved wooden toy which also symbolises Sweden. Traditionally used as a form of currency, the horses were later given as gifts. They're often painted red with decorative harness and make a beautiful ornament to adorn a shelf or mantel.

Things to covet: the Dala horse

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If you don't strike flea market gold and find one, the design is very simple (traditionally, children used to carve the horses when they returned home from school). It translates easily into linocut, embroidery and other crafting projects. Perfect for those handmade Jul gifts.


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Snowy Chocolate Pinecones Recipe

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These are edible!  I know!  I had to look twice!

The best bit about them?  Made with nutella and peanut butter...amongst a couple of other ingredients.  But nutella and peanut butter.  Mmm hmm.

Further Reading 

Snowy Chocolate Pincones c/o Handmade Charlotte


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Cerys Lowe

Blogger from North Wales, documenting life as a mother and wife whilst trying to grab life by the horns...and finish that knitting project

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Seasonal simplicity: oranges as decoration

 Seasonal simplicity: oranges as decoration

Simple aesthetics for the festive season: greenery, twinkling lights and the glow of satsumas and oranges. 

To make dried orange slices for garlands, pot pourri or tree decorations simply slice the fruit into rounds (no thicker than 1cm), blot with tissue and leave in a low oven for a couple of hours.

Remember to place the slices on a rack rather than a tray (to prevent sticking) and turn them over every so often.

If you make these in advance they'll darken with age to a deeper, burnished shade. They look lovely with lights shining through them on the tree.

Other seasonal uses for citrus: try using cookie cutters to make shapes from the peel, pierce a hole (for stringing) and leave to dry out before making a garland. Hearts, stars and snowflake shapes work well. And of course, oranges are an important ingredient in mulled wine - best enjoyed after a chilly walk or whilst writing out your cards.


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Organise, creatively (and sustainably)

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New year, new start: diaries, notebooks, calendars. Time to get creative with your organisation. 

Re-purposed paper and card are perfect for making your own bespoke and unique desk accessories.

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Further reading 

designspongeonline.com

morningcreativity.com


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Persian Love Cake

 Persian Love Cake

Persian Love Cake

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For your beloved. To share, of course.

Further reading

A Persian love cake of sorts for your valentine


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Heart Bokeh

 Heart Bokeh

Heart Bokeh

Image credit: Andrea Smith on Flickr

❤ Making heart bokeh is simple! Cut a heart out of a piece of black card and attach it to the front of your camera lens. Click here for a step by step tutorial on DIY Photography.

 

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Gemma Garner

Designer, illustrator and maker of things. A lover of the great outdoors who is happiest when creating, cooking and crafting.

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