More gifts in the making

I love it when I’m working on nice smelling crafts (bath stuff or baking!) because it makes the flat smell lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

 Soaps

Silver embedded stars soap

If I am covered in glue, glitter, paint or ink… I’m happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Covered in blue dye

In actual fact, I have been planning in my head a reworking on my Hanson crafts site over the christmas break, so I look forward to that too ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I have been working on my December Daily, I will share that when I can. At the moment only day 1 is truly completed, I am not falling behind in the slightest but my paper scrapping time is limited and I want it to be an awesome album to look back on so bear with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting my (Christmas) craft on

My dec daily #decdaily album base pages complete!  Next to do: journalling blocks :)

My December Daily has all the base pages completed.

and I have added a ribbon to keep it closed as it is quite chunky now and won’t close ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I will take some better photos on a day where it’s not overcast and with a camera that’s not my iPhone

I started on my Christmas gifts too, I have done some candles, some lip balm (though I need to remelt them and add some more flavour to it),

I tried making some “bubble bars” which I tried one tonight, and it worked but didn’t last long :\ I may need to use my soap bar moulds to make them slightly larger to see if that makes a difference, but I love this mould! I plan on using it for my bath bombs and for the soaps that I will be gifting ๐Ÿ™‚

and one of my magazines “Making Gifts” had a recipe for indulgent bath melts, which I also tried out…

and then last night we went to see Lee Evans in Cardiff, it was a good show and interesting to see a show Live as I’ve only ever seen Comedians on a DVD!

in 5 days it’s Hanson!

Time to think of Christmas

lightening mcqueen pumpkin
I can’t get over the fact it’s November already. This time last year I was in Florida, at the Animal Kingdom if I remember right and we were attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that night (actual halloween had a premium cost to attend & we were worried about adjusting to the time zone as it’s 5 hours behind our time here in the UK, so we figured the final Halloween party was just as good though a day after halloween!)

Last night we had a nice peaceful one, I watched Simpsons Halloween specials marathon as I do every year, though I was missing my brother on the sofa with me. That was our tradition. We had no trick or treaters but then we never do, and we had our shopping delivered in which the delivery guy just had to tell us he didn’t want any sweets! (Speaking of which, we STILL have a bag of sweets from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party from last year!!)ย  I carved a Lightning McQueen pumpkin for Oliver as he loves Cars, and I was planning on one for myself but never got to it. Instead I made pumpkin cakes which I didn’t like myself but a few people were more than keen to gobble them up!

So now, though we technically have Bonfire/Guy Fawkes night on the 5th, I’m already planning Christmas because for us Brits it’s just a straight run to Christmas now (but I know the Americans are lucky enough to have Thanksgiving in just a matter of weeks)

Source: houzz.com via Kirsty on Pinterest

 

I have been busy pinning away most evenings when I have the time, and it’s one of my favourite things to do, so much inspiration! Apart from the usual trip to Boots that isn’t entirely unselfish, it’s 3 for 2 on gifts and any points I collect goes on to little treats for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do plan on making quite a few handmade gifts this year.

My work colleagues will get some foodie based gift (choc peppermint creams, cupcakes or something along those lines) and I have plenty of crafty bits to make bath bombs, candles, soaps, bubble bath, shower gel, etc to make for family… So I have plenty of ideas! In fact I may be a little overwhelmed on ideas & am just trying to think of the best gifts for individual family members.

Another thing I’ve been excited thinking of is a different sort of Christmas album. I’ve done shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas on a few occasions, starting in 2006, but this year I want to try something a little different, & I hope to do Ali Edwards December Daily. I have my sights set on some American Crafts goodies… So that’s on my to buy/to do list this month ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have to admit I already have the xmas DVDs ready to watch, Snowed In is ready to play come 17th November, and I have been Oooo-ing over the adverts for Michael Buble’s new xmas album thinking that has to be added to my playlist!

You can check out my Pinterest boards as well for lots of inspiration & Christmas images to get you in the spirit ๐Ÿ˜‰

http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/winter-christmas/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/homemade-gifts/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/things-to-make/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/december-daily/

And just as exciting, coming up I have a Hanson concert this month! Wooo! Can’t wait to meet up withย my matesย ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting my craft on

Ben cardBen card

I think my other brother in law, James,ย may start getting jealous, but once again my darling husband forget to get a card for Ben’s birthday, so I made one. I don’t have a photo of the one I did last year, which I’m sad about because I was so chuffed with it! I’m thinking I really should make a bunch of cards and stash them away for the next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am a bit of a loss today though because my nan is on her holiday so I’m not going to her house today. Though the weather is positively sunny outside & I received a phone call from my brother to say he’s doing a BBQ today as a test run for summer. I shall be snapping some photos for some scrapbook pages ๐Ÿ™‚

Paperarts are having my friend Rachelย teach a class, and I’m super excited about the prospect of going. I still need to get off my bum & book my seat though! I have not been to a crop in years, & I just love Rachel’s style ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also done my 2000th tweet today. I’ve always said for someone who talks as much as I do, that’s really quite pitiful LOL! And for the new theme I’ve done… Loving the lime green. Thinking the header should be grey/white though. Will work on it.

Baking Goddess

CupcakesHomemade millionaires shortbread

Gareth got me the “Baking Magic” book for xmas after I lusted after it onceย I had seen it on Nat’s blogย  (here & here) ๐Ÿ™‚ I have only done 2 recipes as yet (honestly, the millionaires shortbread is to DIE FOR. So yummy and so chuffed with myself as I made caramel!) and the cupcakes are the best I have ever baked. I always usedย a recipe that was passed to me, but I decided to use the one in the book instead and it was so much better.

I’d like to try the “niced gems” recipe, I loved iced gems when I was younger but I had to agree with the comments above the recipe in the book and decided I really should try them next ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas presents

While I am awaiting the delivery of our shopping, I thought I would catch up on the gifts I made for Christmas…

Bath bombs

For the daughters of one of our MD’s who I get on really well with I made bath bombs. They are a lot of fun to make, if not a little like doing a science lesson at school!

Making candles

For the ladies at work the first part of their present: a candle.

Sugar Scrub
Sugar Scrub

The second part: Peppermint sugar scrub. I HEART this!

Gift boxes

Then using my super fab second hand Craft Robo, I made these great boxes using a free template over at UKScrappers. I had so much fun making all these. There’s just something about homemade gifts!

Family Love

We have my cousin’s daughter’s Christening coming up soon so I made this from the Silhouette Store. They have such lovely stuff there!

Erin's Christening card

I also had fun chatting with Lauren today. She came and sat on Nan’s lap and I snapped this picture:

Lauren & Nan

It was overcast today and I had my kit lens on my camera like a numpty. I really should check it before I leave the house. I was hoping to catch Erin today, but she didn’t go to nan’s today. Still, I get lots of photos very soon ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And of course, the best Nephew in the world, Oliver! With cute haircut from mummy and daddy.

Oliver

She’s so cute!

Lauren

Sewing practise

OK, another it’s-bedtime-but-I’ll-update-quick post. At the weekend, not that I didn’t have enough to do as it was, I decided that I was going to make Rae’s Spring Ruffle Top. Minus the ruffles, of course.

Spring ruffle top

I have to say, I struggled to follow the instructions. I didn’t get the strap instructions at all, and ended up doing them my own way. Took a lot of adjusting after Gareth saying it was too “puffy” (Still too puffy, apparently, but it’s comfy and those spare tyres don’t show when I sit down, so that was an immediate win for me!) There’s just something about walking around wearing a top that you made with your matching bag even though you’re actually only walking down the road to your parents house. But still, I loved it!

In my absolute madness I have decided that as I’ve done that, I totally want to make a dress using the same pattern, so fingers crossed that this weekend I can at least make a start by cutting up the bedsheet I plan to use.

I also am putting it out there that I intend to lose a little weight. Coming from someone who has, for her entire life, been in great shape… well I’ve sort of let myself go a little. And it gets me down that I can’t wear those cute little tops anymore, and that a large chunk of my wardrobe no longer fits me. Now I’m not going to do a Cathy, and take pictures and put them out there… I just have to look in the mirror and feel completely embarrassed and feel sad that I no longer have my cute little figure. That said I am no way overweight, and I can guarantee I am doing this right. I have an account at Calorie Count, which I totally think is an awesome resource… and best of all it’s freeeeee! It even pointed out to me that I am low on things such as Potassium (this is just general life for me), and calcium. So I know I really should be getting a little more of that in my diet.ย  I hope to fit in a bit of Yoga on the Wii Fit, and I am determined that I absolutely will complete that darn 30 day challenge that has gotten the better of me/life got in the way of a few times now.

So, here’s to hoping that I manage to do all these wonderful things ๐Ÿ™‚ I will do my best to keep you updated.

Quilt & Disney journal

It’s almost bedtime so I’m going to be quick. Life is just so crazy you wouldn’t believe. Lots of family stuff is just taking over things, the other weekend we spent visiting my Father-in-law in hospital and the weekend before we were visiting him for Fathers day.

I really do mean to blog more, and I hope that I can do it more often than every month and a half!

For one, I never posted a picture of the finished quiltย I made, and I was so incredibly chuffed at my hard work!
Front of quilt

Back of quilt

Handmade with love

My current project (apart from trying to squeeze in sewing my very first item of clothing when I can!) is my “travel” binder which I made back last year:
Travel binder
Now you will have to excuse the poor quality Blackberry photos on these ones:
Moleskines

I bought some Moleskines. I just ADORE these books. Including these 3, I have a total of 5 now LOL!
I made a little pocket so I can slot the back of the book into it and have it in my binder.
The binder pocket for my moleskine
Moleskine in my binder
and for the Moleskine which will be my travel journal, I made a cute title with my Craft Robo/Silhouette and some stickles.
Disney title

I will be making some custom page protectors to fit in the binder to collect ephemera on our travels ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll do that when I have the sewing machine out… when I get around to it LOL!