November 28, 2015

How I decorated my Hobbycraft advent Calendar

I begin to have those delightful feelings of excited anticipation at this time of you?
The final few days before the advent calendars come out to play. I am a whirlwind of activity. planning whose calendar goes where, dusting and cleaning and of course planning those little suprises.
The teen usually has his Lego advent Calendar. I did ask if he wanted one this year but apparently it has a train included in the scene, so his answer was a yes!

I was lucky to have been sent a Hobbycraft Advent house* to decorate for myself. I wanted it to be an 'Ice palace with a kitschy vintage twist'..... hmmmm!

My Diy: It goes like this...

1. I ask Marc to paint the whole thing but on the outside only. "Silver please?"

2. I ask Marc to help me cut out the little pieces of glittery paper. "cos you are much neater then me!"

 26 pieces later, he's finished!

3. I buy a large pot of blue glitter and think about my next move...

4, I buy pretty stickers, some silver numbers and some Quality Street...

5. I throw glitter all over the table, stick the stickers on, eat some quality street toffees because they won't fit in the little doors hallelujah! ...

Make a beautiful mess until finally 'Bob's your Uncle...'

Now I just have to clear up the mess.

So what do you think? Is it 'Ice Palace, Vintage and Kitschy' enough for you?


PS. This post was made possible by my wonderfully patient and very clever man Marc, without whom etc etc... and thanks must also go to Ocean Loans for sending me the Advent house!  

November 26, 2015

Mr November: a man-crochet with Cosywool.

When I started my 'Man Sew' monthly challenge for 2015,  I vowed only to make things that Marc actually needed. It is very easy to get caught up in the fervour surrounding a new pattern release or

November 24, 2015

Sewing lingerie: A fab day and a make to be proud of!

I recently took advice from another blogger (Karen from 'did you make that'.) I looked online to see what sewing adult education classes my local council had to offer. Oh my word! what a suprise. A wonderful selection, at reasonable prices and all within walking distance...

November 22, 2015

Bringing the outside in, a book review: Inspire by Willow Crossley

When I was younger I wanted to be called Willow. Later I wanted a girl kitten and to call her Willow. Neither of these wishes came true...

November 19, 2015

A Scandi style Christmas with a Swedish Star

I do hope you will think of this this post as a 'planning ahead post' and not as an 'eeeeeek!its too early for Christmas' post?...

November 16, 2015

Sewing plans: My Christmas Day dress this year and last year.

Do you dress up on Christmas day? we do and I have done all my life. Its a family tradition I treasure, its not formal, just a little smarter than normal. I will add that as

November 15, 2015

A small restoration project in our downstairs toilet

The boot fair season is coming to an end in Dorset. No more thrifty finds, instead it is the season of restorations. 'We' as in my 'talented other half'' Marc and I, have begun to review our vintage purchases from last years boot fairs...

November 11, 2015

Home-Start snowflake appeal and Handmade Christmas fair ticket discount

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November 08, 2015

Its finally arrived! Vanessa Mooncie's Animal heads

Trophy Heads to crochet... Oh my goodness I am so excited to try a project from this book. I may even have to start tonight!...

November 07, 2015

The necessity of an adaptable storage cupboard

I love shoes therefore it follows that I love storage too, do you?
I am fascinated with all types of storage...
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