Saturday, 2 January 2016

"and a Happy Near Year!"

So that was Christmas.....

I hope you and yours had a fabulously festive time?

We were so busy baking, making and partying that I didn't get a chance to blog about the rest of our '12 Makes of Christmas'. So, here they are...

On the 5th day of Christmas - a Reindeer Head:

We had originally planned to make one of these out of card-board, but when we found this one, beautifully pre-cut, and a bargain price, we thought we'd go for the easy option. It kept the kids entertained for an hour whilst I did some wrapping, etc, and I have to say I love it. He will definitely get carefully packed away for next year.

On the 6th day of Christmas - Snowflake necklaces:

We had a play with some Shrinky paper and made these little snowflake necklaces for the Princess and my nieces. Big hit! Shrinky paper is my new favourite craft activity and will be making more appearances in 2016 I suspect.

On the 7th day of Christmas - Cinnamon Tree Decorations:

I made a whole stash of these little tree decorations, with real cinnamon stick trucks and used them as gift tags on presents. Simple to make, cute and delicious smelling - the perfect Christmas craft in my book.

On the 8th day of Christmas - Mr A's lino-cut Christmas cards:

Yep, even Mr A is a crafter and he designed and printed our family Christmas cards (clever thing).

On the 9th day of Christmas - Christmas Cake

The Princess has been admiring all the sugar-craft Christmas decorations that appeared in our local super-market for the last few weeks. So we made a boiled pineapple fruit cake and decorated it with a her favourite characters, some royal icing and some edible glitter. Yum!

On the 10th day of Christmas - a gingerbread Christmas tree:

My little Superhero has been planning on making a gingerbread Christmas Tree since about September. The royal icing came out again to decorate it, along with some smarties. (We love our sweet treats here at Jumbleberries HQ).

On the 11th day of Christmas - a Christmas Pudding Pinate:

(Apologies for the rubbish picture, but this was the only snap we took before the kids bashed it to pieces!)

We always have a family party on Christmas Eve, and what is a party without a pinate? So we made a Christmas pudding out of papier-mache.

On the 12th day of Christmas - a Poinsettia Party Dress:

This year I thought I would try my hand at making a dress to wear to my works Christmas do. I decided I would break from tradition and steer clear of the LBD, and went in search of a novelty print instead. When I found this amazingly kitsch poinsettia fabric, I knew that I needed a 50s inspired wiggle dress... Unfortunately, I was in such a rush to get it finished in time that I didn't get an opportunity to take any photos of the dress prior to the party. So here is a picture of me, at the do, with my friend Ellie, looking very glamourous in her retro inspired swing dress:

I think you'll agree we are both rocking the vintage vibe.

Looking back, I may not have been that creative for the most part of 2015 but I certainly made up for it in December. I'm now really excited about all the new projects that 2016 will bring.

Happy New Year!

Jumbleberries. xx

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