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Handcrafted Decorations

11 Dec

As a Christmas addict, I have very sensibly rationed my spending on decorations. Each year I allow myself a few shop bought decorations and I also embark upon one craft project to make my own. This year I have attempted to created a paper mâché NOËL decoration for my fireplace. It was very time consuming, but actually a simple process and the result was a brilliant bespoke decoration that will last for years to come. Make your own with these simple steps:

1) Collect cereal boxes and cut them into the letter shaped that you desire, with card for the back, front and sides.
2) Cover the whole creation in masking tape to improve sturdiness

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3) Start the paper mâché process! It’s messy but fun. Simply use one part water and two parts white PVA glue and mix. Spread this mixture over strips of newspaper using your fingers as a press to glide away the excess. Drape the strips across the letters until the whole letter is covered. Leave to dry and if it’s too bumpy you can repeat the process as necessary.

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4) Finally, lay your dry letters out on newspaper and spray with a gold paint. I used a £1 spray from the pound shop. Leave to dry, then flip over and repeat the process. Don’t forget to do the sides also!

6) Et Viola! Sit back and enjoy your creation

 

 

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Christmas Traditions

3 Dec

As a child the Christmas buzz would begin a day early – on Christmas Eve. We would each get one present to open that night, and usually a few sweets too, and the present would always be a brand new pair of pyjamas. It made Christmas that bit more special, going to bed all clean and fresh in our jazzy new threads, knowing that when would wake Santy would have been and gone.

In modern times, pyjamas have been cast aside and with colder winters of late, toasty warm ‘onsies’ are now the new trend. Last year I blogged about the trend and I was a bit unsure as to what I thought, this year however I have been converted and won’t go back! I have tested out the nicest, cosiest and cutest onsie on the market – and I am huge fan. The best onsies are to be found at The All-In-One Company www.the-all-in-one-company.co.uk where you can design and customise your own bespoke onsies. Options include different shapes, fabrics, slippers or no slippers, drop seat or not. My favourite is that you can even add your own ears, tails, and embellished text / logo. The sizes are even bespoke – avoid the ‘camel toe’ onsie look that is a particular risk for tall men and women! I designed my onsie in lamb-fawn material, with ribbed sleeves, detached slippers with non-slip grip, a full length zip, bear hood and finally the logo ‘Huw Bear’. My cute bear certainly approved, and he can be seen modelling the onsie below.

The onsie that I designed is made of a soft flock like material, with a slightly tougher interior, and the zip is conveniently long. Elasticated hand and feet cuffs keep the onsie in place and cute teddy bear ears promise to transform even the most serious adult into an adorable cuddly creature. I would give these a 10/10 for quality and even though they are on the pricey side – an adult onsie can set you back up to £90 depending how many extra customisations you choose. After much research on the hight street however, I have been unable to find such a high quality specimen. Rather than spend £25 for one that won’t last or wash well, I would rather have one of these to last me a really long time. I would certainly recommend as a gift for adults, and for those with children the baby and child versions are too cute for words.

Huw Bear

Huw Bear

I had to try it!

I had to try it!

Verdict: 10/10

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