Christmas Tree Scones

Last week was my daughter’s class Christmas party, and this week is my son’s. Boys had to bring in something savoury, but I still wanted it to have a Christmas-y touch. Christmas tree scones were perfect! I mixed up a buttermilk scone dough with parmesan for a cheesy taste. The scones were cut out with […]

Christmas Rocky Road

It’s Christmas and sometimes you need something loaded with sugar to get you through the days. This Christmas Rocky Road will definitely give you (or the kids) a sugary buzz! For my daughter’s kindy class party, the girls had to bring something sweet and the boys something savoury. Woohoo! Just the excuse I need to […]

Granny Square Christmas stocking ornament

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I love traditional colours (red and green) and a handmade touch. Each year, I make a few ornaments to add to the tree (because I never have time to make more than that!). This year, it’s a granny square Christmas stocking ornament. Granny squares are a great beginner crochet pattern, […]

16 Sneaky Spots to hide Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you’re organised and already have a collection of Christmas presents, or you like to leave shopping to the last minute, you need to keep those presents out of sight. Whether it’s nosey kids or a prying partner, don’t spoil the magic of Christmas by making your gifts too […]

Revamped Christmas Tree Star

The star on our Christmas tree had seen better days. I’m not sure when we got it, but multiple house moves and not being stored very well resulted in a scratched and scruffy-looking star. The poor thing needed some loving! Silver spray paint, mod podge and glitter, and the star was looking as good as […]

Make your own Magical Santa Key

When we moved into our house two years ago, my son was concerned that we didn’t have a chimney. How would Santa get in the house? We needed a Magical Santa Key: What’s a magical Santa key? Well, it’s a large key made from metallic shimmer cardboard (with a key-chain made from red and white […]

Pretty Packaging for Christmas Foodie Gifts

Christmas is a great time of year to bake up a storm (thankfully there hasn’t been any pre-Christmas heatwaves here!). You’ve made mountains of cookies and other sweet treats, and it’s time to give them out to friends, teachers, neighbours or customers. You could throw them in a plastic bag and call it done, but […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Finished}

Time for an update on the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. (See the introduction post here, or the last update here). I finished, and just in the nick of time! I finished hand-stitching the binding before making dinner on 1st December, just in time to hand the first decoration! After my last update, the end was in […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 5}

Another week down and it’s time for an update on the Advent calendar craft-along. (See the introduction post here, or the last update here). I almost didn’t write an update this week. Up to this morning, I’d finished off the baubles from last week and made 3 strings of tinsel (from glitter pipe cleaners – […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 4}

It’s time to see where I’m up to for the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. If you’re new, here are the posts so far: Part 1: Introduction and Ideas Part 2: Preparation and the Plan Part 3: The Tree and Pockets This week, I’ve been working on the decorations to put on the tree each day. I […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 3}

Time for an update on the Advent Calendar Craft-Along (see the introduction and inspiration here, and the plan here). What was hoping to get done this week? Get the tree and pockets complete, buttons sewn on and the backing fabric edges bound. What did I actually get done? Sew the tree and pockets. I started […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along: Preparation

This is Part 2 in the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. For more information and inspiration, read the introduction post here. The concept I’m making a felt Christmas tree, with little pockets below the tree. Each day, we’ll pull out a decoration from the pocket (and maybe a chocolate or two!) and hang it on a button […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along: Ideas

For years, I’ve meant to make an advent calendar. I was first inspired by the Advent Calendar Sew-Along at Homemade By Jill in 2010 (!). To stop procrastinating, I’m hosting an Advent Calendar Craft-Along this November. It was originally planned a sew-along, but why limit it to just sewing. There’s a million and one ways to make an advent […]

Smocked Christmas Ornaments

I love a crafty challenge. It makes me think outside the box and test ideas that have been bouncing around in my head. Suddenly, I find myself making Christmas decorations in August! (And I apologise for making you think about that event – less than 4 months away, aagh!) Sarah Lauren and Fabric Fusion (two […]

Merry Christmas 2014

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! My present to you is some of the out-takes from photographing the kids in their Christmas outfits: I hope you all get to share this day with people you love, and there are plenty of craft supplies under your tree (can’t wait to start using my Christmas present, but more […]

Oh Christmas Tee

After making the Christmas Shirr Dress, I thought I’d better make something for Jacob for Christmas too. My first thought was to make a nice collared shirt for him, but he doesn’t wear shirts too often and none of the fabrics in my stash inspired me. Since green is his favourite colour, I then got […]

Sparkly Christmas “Shir” Dress

A while back, when shopping in my Spotlight, Celeste fell in love with this glittery Christmas tree fabric: I must have been in a “keep the child happy, so I can buy more fabric” mood, the bolt ended up in the trolley, thinking it would make a cute Christmas dress. I bought some red dance […]

Popcorn Christmas Tree Tutorial

While thinking about what food to make for my son’s Kindy Christmas party next week, Popcorn Christmas Trees popped into my head and I just had to make them straight away. My first thought was to use green candy melts, but I didn’t have any (and I’ve just about hit that point where I don’t […]

Christmas Cheer

My kids are really excited about Christmas, but I’m struggling to find the Christmas cheer this year. Most of the Christmas presents are bought or made, and I’ve made Christmas outfits for the kids. The Christmas tree is up and I don’t have to worry too much about Christmas dinner since we’ll be spending Christmas […]

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year! I hope your New Year’s Eve was more exciting than mine. The joys of knowing that two small kids will wake you up early meant that we didn’t bother staying up to midnight. We did enjoy a nice bottle of sparkling wine after the kids went to bed though. If Day 1 […]

Paper Christmas Wreath (mini-tutorial)

After making all the snowflakes for the indoor Winter Wonderland, I started getting into paper folding. Soon I was googling Christmas origami ideas and found this origami Christmas wreath tutorial (after finding this pretty version on Go Origami). The tutorial is in Portuguese but the pictures really tell you the story (and Google translate fills […]

Merry Christmas Banner Tutorial

My parents had one of those (very 70s) gold fringe Merry Christmas banners (I wonder if you can still get them!). I didn’t want to go the gold fringe, but thought we needed a Merry Christmas banner too. So off I headed to my local chain fabric store to look at the Christmas fabrics. It […]

Indoor Winter Wonderland Tutorial

There’s no white Christmas here in Australia (and Christmas is forecast to be a scorcher in Perth this year). Instead, as I showed yesterday, I created a Winter Wonderland inside for my kids. I crocheted a chain stitch “ladder” to hang the snowflakes from so I would have lots of loops to attach my decorations […]

Christmas Decorating

Christmas decorating for us has always been a bit random – put up the Christmas tree and maybe throw a bit of tinsel on our entrance table. Now that the kids are getting into the Christmas spirit, it’s time to put more effort into Christmas decorating. One reason I haven’t done a lot of decorating […]