Tuesday, 24 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Decorated Heart Wall Hanging


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 24!


Today I would like to share a gift I made for the girls for christmas. I made these cute signs to hang in their bedroom. One for each of them, L and N. I don't have a picture of the before, but they were just unpainted wooden hearts that I picked up in my craft shop. I used metallic acrylic paint on them, amethyst and rose, and a thin black sharpie to write the initial on.

I gave the hearts one coat of the paint, pink on the inside heart, purple on the outside heart, then left them overnight to dry. The instructions said the paint would be dry within a hour but I wanted to be sure. I then just wrote the initial on in a fancy font using the sharpie, drew a little heart in the corner and called it done. These cute hearts will hang in pride of place over their beds.


Love them!

I hope you all enjoyed this idea. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.




Friday, 20 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Mini Christmas Wreath Tree Decoration


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 20!


Today I would like to share some super fast christmas tree decorations I made this year. They are absolutely adorable and take less than 10 minutes each to make.

It's not too late to whip some up for your tree so let's make some!

To make your wreath you will need a 5mm crochet hook and double knit yarn.


Christmas Wreath

1. using green yarn, ch10, join with sl st in 1st ch
2. ch3, turn, work 19dcs into the loop, join with sl st in top of ch3 (20)
3. ch10, sl st in st at base of ch, bind off and weave ends in well
4. weave some red or white thread through the wreath and tie off in a double knot and then a bow at the very top, trim the ends


I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Father Christmas Reply Letter


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 19!



My kids wrote their letter to Father Christmas the other day. They were so excited to write it and tell him what they wanted, and Leyla actually did it herself. I wrote it for her on a different piece of paper and then she copied it onto her paper. Naomie can't write yet so Leyla added Naomie's wish list onto the bottom of her letter and Naomie drew a picture to add to the envelope. I was going to send it off to some random North Pole address but I decided I wanted to keep it. It is now hidden out of sight of the kids and I told them I posted it for them.


I decided to write a letter back to each of them from Father Christmas, telling them that they have been very good and that he is looking forward to delivering their presents. I can't wait to see their faces when they get them!!

If I had thought ahead, I would've sent it in the actual post, but I left it too late so now it will need to be 'hand-delivered by one of the elves'.

Such a cute idea that will make my children very happy.


I have made a printable for you to use if you would like to. Just open it in your photo editing software and add whatever text you would like!

I hope you all enjoyed this idea. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Crochet Bath Puff


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 17!


Today I would like to share a cute bath puff I made to go with some nice shower gel to make a gift for someone.

To make one yourself, you will need a 7mm crochet hook and double knit yarn.

Bath Puff

Main:
1. make a magic ring, ch3 and work 9dcs in ring, join with sl st in top of ch3 (10)
2. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, 2dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (20)
3. ch3, turn, 2dcs in st at base of ch3, 3dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3, bind off (60)

Repeat rounds 1-3 five more times. Weave in outside ends but not magic ring ends.

Tie:
1. ch80, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and across, bind off, weave in ends.

To make up:
Fold the tie in half and tie a knot to form a loop. I double knotted mine to make sure it was big enough to not fall through my magic rings. Loosen the magic rings on each piece of bath puff and push the knot through. Repeat until all six pieces are on the tie. Weave in the magic ring ends, pulling tightly closed around the tie. Push the bath puff pieces down firmly and tie a knot at the top, making sure bath puff pieces are still tightly squashed together. Fluff the bath puff. Done :)


I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Monday, 16 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Smartie Teacher Appreciation Christmas Gift


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 16!



Today I would like to share a lovely little gift I made for my daughter's teacher. It took me no time at all and cost me £2 to make. Not bad for a teacher gift as cute as this one.



First things first, I made this printable. "I'm sure to be a smartie with you as my teacher!" Sweet. I didn't write the quote by the way, I found it online but couldn't find a printable for it so just made my own. I printed it out on printer paper then glue sticked it onto card. I cut around the edges to make a nice square label then hole punched the top corner. Label done.



Next, I found myself a jar and gathered the rest of my supplies. I picked my jar because it had a plain black lid and I wouldn't have had to cover it. A mason jar would work perfectly aswell. If you can only find a jar with writing on the lid you will need to cover it with scrapbooking paper or fabric. I also used some ribbon tape, which I found for £1 in my local card shop.



I emptied out a tube and a half of smarties into the clean, dry jar and fastened the lid. I took my ribbon tape and attached the label with it, using a double knot. I then curled the ends and added a few more pieces of tape, again curling the ends to give a nice finish.



Teacher appreciation christmas gift done! So easy and simple. This gift took me all of 5 minutes and cost me £2. I just hope she likes smarties ;)

I hope you all enjoyed this idea. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Friday, 13 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Popsicle Stick Snowman


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 13!

Today we are joined by Natalie from North Shore Days. I have adored Natalie's blog for a long time now, go and check her out. You won't regret it!


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Hey Everyone,

I'm so excited to be here at Mammy Made sharing a super easy, super cute crafty popsicle stick craft.


I totally copied this pin on pinterest - it's so so easy and I literally winged my way through it. So yes there are missing photos in my excitement to quickly complete this adorable snowman!


What you will need:
Popsicle / craft sticks ,  white and black craft paint , googly eyes , ribbon,  craft paper and a black sharpie.

Line up 8 or 9 sticks and paint them white (I glued another stick diagonally at the back to hold them all together).
Glue another stick across the front at an angle - this will be the rim of the hat. Paint the hat black.
Once the paint is all dry, glue on the eyes, cut out a triangle for the nose and glue it on (I used corregated craft paper). Draw the mouth on, glue a strip of ribbon along the hat.
To hang my snowman, I used black string tied to the hat ends.


  
Payton has claimed him as her personal snowman ornament! Perhaps next year the kids can make more of them for the tree...


I'm all about snowmen this year for some reason.... The kids think its so funny to have snowmen decorations during Summer. I guess it is...



Is Frosty not the cutest popsicle stick snowman ever? 

He has pride of place on our tree this year, and I have to admit I love how easy he was to make and how well he turned out.


Thanks for joining me today, please stop by and visit me at NorthShore Days or my Facebook page and say hi.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas.

Take care.

xxx

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Thank you so much for joining us today, Natalie. It's been lovely having you!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Christmas Headband Earwarmer


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 11!



Today I would like to share a Christmas Headband Earwarmer that I made for my first craft fair last month. This earwarmer is very easy to make and it takes less than an hour. I love earwarmers for my girls as they can wear them to school when they have their hair tied up and can't get their hats on.

This pattern should fit an age 2-5 years or up to about a 20" head.

I used 2 strands of DK yarn, held together, along with a 7mm crochet hook.

Gauge: The finished earwarmer should measure approx 18" around and 3" across. Make the pom poms as big or as small as you like.

Christmas Headband Earwarmer

1. ch11, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and across (10)
2-33. **work in back loops only** ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), skip st at base of ch, hdc in each st across, end with hdc in both loops of top of previous row's ch2 (10)
34. join the two short sides together to form a tube, bind off and weave in ends

Make two pom poms and attach them to the sides of the earwarmer.


I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Refashioned Tshirt Bracelet


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 10!


Today I wanted to share a bracelet I made a while back.

This little bracelet is a perfect gift for your children to make for their friends. They can be made as plain or as colourful as you like and are quick and easy to make. All you need is an old tshirt and some piping cord in the colour of your choice. For this tutorial I used a white tshirt and red piping cord to make a cute festive bracelet.

To make your bracelet you will need to cut two strips of your tshirt material, measuring ½" x 16" (making sure that the stretch goes along the 16" side). You will also need one piece of the piping cord, measuring 19" each.

After cutting the tshirt material, pull each strip well to lengthen them and make the cut ends look neater. The material will roll in on itself, giving you a better piece to use to make your bracelet with. Lay the tshirt strips with the piping cord in the middle and secure with an overhand knot about 4" down.  Plait the three sections tightly, stretching the tshirt material as you go. When you get to 4" from the end of the material, secure with another knot. Cut off the piping cord at both ends, leaving the tshirt material to use to tie the bracelet on.


Done :)

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

Monday, 9 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Crocheted Slippers


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 9!



Today I want to share a cute pair of slippers. They took me less than 2 hours to make and would make an awesome present for any woman in your life. I made these ones as a gift for someone in my family, so try and look surprised if you open them on Christmas Day ;)

To make my slippers, I used two strands of DK yarn held together and a 6mm crochet hook. You can use thicker yarn instead of holding two together, I just used what I had on hand.

These slippers fit up to an adult size UK 7.

Gauge: At the end of round 9, your slipper should measure 3.5". The finished slipper should measure 9.5".

Crocheted Slippers

Toe:
1. ch8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5sts, work 3scs in last st, flip your sock so you are working on the opposite side of the foundation ch, sc in the next 5sts, work 2scs in the same place as the 1st sc, then join with a sl st to the 1st sc (16)
2. ch1, turn, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 7sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in last 7sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
3.ch1, turn, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 8sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in last 8sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (20)
4. ch1, turn, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 9sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in last 9sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (22)
5. ch1, turn, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 10sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in last 10sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (24)
6-9. ch1, turn, hdc around, join with sl st in 1st hdc (24)   
10. sl st in next 3sts, ch1, turn, hdc in 20sts
11-23. ch1, turn, hdc across (20) 
24. join back seam to form the heel of the slipper, bind off and weave in all ends. 
25. rejoin yarn at back seam, ch1, sc evenly around, join with sl st in 1st sc (34)



I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.


Friday, 6 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Spicy Turkey Pasta


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 6!



Today I want to share a yummy pasta recipe. This is a great meal to make after Christmas to use up leftover turkey. It is quick, easy and delicious.

Spicy Turkey Pasta (serves 2)

olive oil, for frying
1 x small red onion, peeled and diced
1tbsp tomato puree
125g shredded leftover turkey
400g chopped tomatoes
1/2 tbsp paprika
big pinch of mixed herbs
salt and black pepper
150g dry pasta


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan then add the onion. Cook for 5 mins until starting to soften. Add the tomato puree and leave to cook for 30 seconds. Add the leftover turkey, the chopped tomatoes and the seasonings. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as per the pack instructions. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the turkey. Cook over a low heat for a few minutes so the pasta can absorb some of the juice.


Delicious!

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Glitter Name Gift Boxes


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 5!

Today I have a lovely guest poster dropping in to share a tutorial with you all, Heather from the Beating Hearth. I am pretty sure you are going to love her glitter name gift boxes as much as I do. 


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Merry Christmas everyone!  It's Heather from The Beating Hearth and I am so excited to be a part of Adele's 24 Days to Christmas. Like her, I have my own Christmas series going on, Holiday Cookie Extravaganza!  Every Monday and Wednesday until Christmas I will have a tasty treat for you, so please stop by. 


Today I'm going to show you one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  My beloved Grandma Evelyn is the originator of this project.  If the internet had been around fifty years ago, she would have been in heaven.  Not much of a sewist, she loves a classy yet simple way to add a little glamor to the every day.

Christmas day she gave us several gifts, but for each of her grandchildren, one present was different.  It wasn't wrapped, and yet we knew it was the best of the bunch.  It was simple, a white box, with a bow, and our name written in her beautiful hand, coated in glitter.   I always opened that one last.  So, start this tradition at your house, anyone who gets this present will feel special, indeed.


I love a project that has minimal supplies.  You need a white box, glitter, good old Elmer's Glue and a pencil.  And, the pencil is optional.


Write the name of the recipient on the box.  If you're bad enough, you can just free-hand it with the glue. I am clearly not as bad ass as my image may portray, as I used a pencil...and a ruler so the name would be straight.


Using a heavy hand, trace the name with glue.  Go slowly, with a thick and steady stream of glue.  If you have any gaps, just carefully fill them in.  You don't want the glue to be too thin, you really want the name to stand out.


While the glue is still wet.  Coat with glitter.  I have girls.  They only like pink.  Let settle for a few minutes and then gently shake the glitter off into a bowl so that you can reuse the excess for another project.


Set aside and let dry completely.  Then shake off the extra glitter again.


And be prepared for glitter to do what glitter does best...get everywhere!!!


You could also get flashy and do a design.  Grandma Evelyn knew though, that less is more.  We just had our name...and the occasional glue dollop....glitter coated, of course.


Throw on a festive bow, and place under your tree.  An easy craft, but one that's sure to make an impression.  Who doesn't like to see their name in glitter?

Thanks again Adele for letting me hang out here today!  And remember, check out the Beating Hearth all month for the tastiest treats!!


Heather
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Thank you so much for joining us today Heather, I absolutely love your idea. Good job, Grandma Evelyn! 
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