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Christmas Wreath Tutorial

By Ex

The way we make our Xmas Wreaths has been handed down through the family for years.

Firstly you will need a strong stiff wire to make the ring a wire coat hanger is perfect.
We always use hay to make the form but you can use straw or sphagnum moss.
You will also need Florist’s tying wire (or fuse wire or even a good strong fishing line) to keep everything in place and a pair of pliers/snips to cut the wire.
First make a ring with the strong wire and twist the ends tightly together so that they do not come undone, the size of this ring will determine the size of the wreath.
Fasten one end of the reel wire to the ring and in one hand, take a handful of hay and hold it to the wire frame where you wish the hay placed. With the other hand (or another person) wrap the wire around the hay to secure it in place.


Continue to layer the hay all around the wire frame until the wreath is the thickness you desire. Always keeping the wire taut.
Now if you want you can trim the hay – give it a haircut- so it is neat, trim and presentable.


Mine never look as neat as this just remember the foliage will hide a lot of it.
If you are using the moss then you do exactly the same really, just tease out the moss and the wrap fistfuls at a time around the wire attaching it in the same way, until you have the size / thickness you want. Remember if you make a form with moss you will need to make sure the moss doesn’t dry out.
Now you need your foliage, its up to you what greenery you use, we always use Holly, another traditional one is Laurel, but you could use anything you want really so long as it is evergreen and long lasting such as Conifer.
Lay the prepared holly on the top of the form adding one piece at a time and securing each with a single wrap of wire. Overlap the holly to ensure no hay is visible. Work round the ring until it is covered with holly.


Moss Form at start of adding foliage.
The final decorations are up to you now, you can literally add whatever you want using a glue gun
Just a quick thought you can sometimes but the forms already made, and another type of form that you can but is the oasis one which you  just push the foliage into but I have to admit I prefer the old traditional ways



I found this site with great ideas for Halloween, ranging from, costumes, recipes, crafts etc

so if your stuck for ideas or looking for inspiration go and have a look 🙂

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and my favourite is the caged zoo keeper how imaginative is that


you can find the site here

there’s also free downloads of Halloween signatures courtesy of Elaine on our freebie page here


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The Pink Lounge

The Lounge,

Firstly, last year, in all it’s yellow glory (mmmm)




And Now….

As seen for the kitchen door as you walk in,

Opposite to the tv (hubby’s pride and joy…) Kiddo’s pouf, Darn White chair

(it’s a nightmarre, I thought I was getting a leather one, got mixed up and ended up with a fabric one…

It’s already covered it stains and the Dog keep licking it for some obscure reason .)
The seti

(who got sanded down and painted white over the summer…).

The cover for the seti and the white chair are made with a double size quilt cover bought at woolie in the sale!
I m saving up for a leather one…
My pride and joy, a wooden chest bought this summer at a car boot for only £ 20, I love it !!

I got all sort in there, it’s so handy.

Et voila!
I ll do the dinning room next, once it’s cleared up a bit…


School Lunch Carry Bags

Lunch Bag

Lunch Bag

Last year I got tired of cleaning up spilled yogurt and crumbs from Kiddo’s soft lunch box so this year I decided to get her a plastic one.
Thought luck! the only ones that I could find had bob the builder or dora on them and that’s not kiddo’s cup of tea… So I resolved myself in buying her (and Moo who has lunch at preschool now) a simple clips plastic box but she had trouble carrying it so i made them both a wee carry lunch bag.
They are very chuffed about them (and me too to be honest, it was one of the first tutorials that I was doing and it turned out ok)


Click Here For the Tutorial(it’s a French Blog, oh-so-nice!!) (Creenfantin)

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Home Made Canvas Pictures

I recently got my kitchen and bathroom refitted and of course i had to get all the new appliances too, so it left me a bit short for cash to get the extras for dressing. I really wanted some canvas pictures but didn’t come across the size i was looking for and when i did they where expensive so i got my thinking cap on and raided the house and came up wih this idea, i like to call it recycling, i hope you like it and can be of some use to someone 🙂  It is very easy and best of all costs nothing. here’s what we will be making

how they look up

what you will need is a CD case preferably one that has a bit of thickness like picture below

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some A4 white paper, cello tape, spare bit of material, and blue tack or sticky back pads wrap the CD cover in the A4 white paper being careful to make sure you pay attention to the corners and stick back with cello tape see picture Image

then wrap your material around the cd cover again paying attention to the corners i stuck the material back with cello tape too as that’s all i had to hand but it works then i added blue tack to the back of the picture and voila your done easy peasy , then your ready to put it up anywhere you like finished result Image

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Scrapbooking tips

By Pam,

E.bay under scrap booking has some cheap bits and pieces to add to to your photos.

look at the above scrap booking site” Transparency book,”that is a nice page using one photo.
The bits added to it can be bought already made to begin with .

You can buy a scrap book page in a bag with everything included at the shops that are great for

beginners..our K.Mart has a good selection…and they have cheap scap booking albums.

These are bigger than photo albums as the pages can be high, if you were to use shells, say for a
beach page, the pages in the album has to allow for hight.

You can add to your page if you want to with buttons and ribbon and lace any interesting textured

material or post cards and it is up to you to lay the photos the way you want ..they usually have

some words in the packs, or you can get some off the net, or old or new birthday cards

or thinking of you cards ect.

Interesting photos are the fun thing, now we ( the family) scrap book, we take the photos

differently knowing what they are for.

apart from the usual ones, my daugther at the last show day, took close ups of the camels nose and

feet..saddle and blanket… So gran’daughter having a ride was the main photo but interesting ones

go around it or down the side, so the page has feeling.

You can take your photos and copy them and zoom in on

bits…  Or copy them in black and white!

I will show you some we have done.

If you look for country fairs or shows, they usually have an art and craft category

and you can enter your pages there.

If anyone would like some help, please ask

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