Thursday, 13 December 2012

Gift bag envelope

How to make a gift bag from a envelope ..

 Cut off the top
This works just as we'll with large envelopes and the great thing is you can just use whatever you have in the house like wrapping paper, sticker, gift tags or just draw or paint a picture on the front of the bag. It's also great to use as a birthday present bag! 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Super cute Owl and Robin

A cute little owl and robin I made up last night from the -

'Alice Melvin's cut out an make menagerie' animals


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

How to make a CHRISTmas decoration

How to make a CHRISTmas decorations

Where the idea came from......... A few weeks ago I was in the local craft shop and i spotted these big packs of wooden hearts, my mind became full of ideas to transform the hearts. Firstly I thought about painting them white to fit in with my 'white theme' that I have choosen to use this year for my decorations. Then the next day I went to a big charity fair in a warehouse filled with everything you can imagine at super cheap prices!!! :) this is where I spotted some mini bibles and thought ahhh I could use the Christmas story to put on the hearts, although I did struggle with cutting them up as they are just so cute!!!!!

Here is some pics of how I did it...

The finished result!!

The cute little mini Bibles and 75p for all three :)
So here are the hearts, they came in a couple of different sizes. Firstly I drilled small holes at the top of every heart for threading a ribbon/ string or wire for hanging.

Then I found a verse i wanted on the heart ( I choose the Christmas story) i drew around it then cut it out.

The last step was to glue it on using pva or wood glue, also putting a thin layer over the top of the paper to seal it. Finally I threaded through some gold thread and I was done!!

They are now hanging on my tree along with some small pom poms I made and glittery baubles. Simple but homely !!


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Tasty finger food

Thought I would share a family recipe that I just love. It's easy to make and great to share as tasty finger food at this festive time! It goes like this -

Chilli whirls
12oz Mince or quorn/veggie mince
2 tablespoon oil
red pepper chopped
2-3 teaspoon chilli powder
4 tablespoon tomato relish
Large pinch of salt
2 teaspoon cornflour
13 oz puff pastry
grated cheese and egg to glaze

  1. Fry the mince in oil with chopped pepper, add chilli, relish and seasoning. Bring to boil.
  2. Add cornflour cook for a further 1 minute. Leave to cool.
  3. Roll out pastry into 2 oblongs.
  4. Spread mince mixture on top of pastry, Roll and cut into slices.
  5. Glaze with egg and sprinkle with cheese
  6. Cook in oven for approx 15 minutes until cheese melts and pasty puffs
  7. Eat whilst warm or also good to eat cold
Some pictures along the way...

And the finished result.. Tasty finger food!!