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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Crafting Lately - Candy Cane Mice Treats

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Today I wanted to share another adorable Christmas project from the Martha Stewart archives. I first came across these cute candy cane treats in a magazine last winter but didn't get a chance to recreate them until now. Simply made from sheets of felt, glue and miniature candy canes they make lovely decorations that can be customised to match your Christmas colour scheme - I also think they would look brilliant used to finish off your gift wrapping too!

If you want to make your own you can find the template and instructions over on

DIY Candy Cane Mice e-eliseetc

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Two More Festive DIYs

DIY Festive Miniature Bottle Ornaments by eight and sixteen diy upcycled light bulb snowman ornament by eight & sixteen

Although I usually share all of my Eight & Sixteen projects in a roundup at the end of each month, today I wanted to write a quick post on these two festive projects before it's too late to make them in time for Christmas!

Miniature Bottle Ornaments - these little glass bottles are something I often use for jewellery pieces over at Sawyer & Scout but they can also make lovely decorations. Filled with glitter and finished off with ribbon bows they're simple to make but will add some festive sparkle to your Christmas tree.

Light Bulb Snowman Ornament - this little guy is probably one of my favourite projects I've shared over on E&S so far. The snowman is made from an old light bulb disguised by tissue paper, glitter, nail art gems/beads & felt. I had a lot of fun working on this Pinterest-inspired project and was really pleased with how it turned out!

You can find more DIY ideas over at

Sunday, 14 December 2014

DIY Stitched Gift Tags

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Today's project is another thrifty but effective idea that would be perfect for a Sunday afternoon activity. Inspired by the stitched notebooks myself and Skye shared at The Bloggers Hub last month this is an easy way to create your own unique handmade tags for family and friends this year.

You will need: plain gift tags, a pin, a pencil or template, scissors, a needle and embroidery thread, paper, glue & a pen

DIY Stitched Gift Tags by e-eliseetc

1. Decide on a design and draw it onto the tag in pencil. Alternatively print yourself a template like this free snowflake one from Eight & Sixteen

DIY Stitched Gift Tags by e-eliseetc

2. Once you are happy with your design use a pin to punch holes into it making sure they are fairly evenly spaced

DIY Stitched Gift Tags by e-eliseetc

3. Next, use a needle and embroidery thread to fill in the design. I find it's best to use a backstitch and work your way around but use whatever method you are comfortable with - you can always cover up any messy threads on the reverse in the final step!

DIY Stitched Gift Tags by e-eliseetc

4. Finally you'll want to add on the name of the recipient plus a festive message. Write or print this onto a piece of paper, cut out and glue onto the reverse of your tag - this will also cover up the back of your stitching!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

Happy DIY-ing!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

5 Christmas Craft Kits - £10 & Under

5 christmas craft kits

If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas project with all of the supplies included there are tons of festive kits out there this year. From sewing to knitting and felting there really is something for everyone! Today I wanted to share five of my high street favourites which all come in at £10 or under...

1/ Sequin Christmas Pudding Decorations, £2 @ Hobbycraft
2/ Dovecrafts Sew Your Own Christmas Tree, £2.99 @ The Works
3/ Dimensions Snowman Character Needle Felting, £10 @ Hobbycraft
4/ Make Your Own Christmas Stockings, £6 @ The Works
5/Proggy Rag Rugging Susie The Baby Penguin, £10 @ Hobbycraft

Don't forget there's still time to enter my Jolly Journal giveaway!

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Jolly Journal - Giveaway!

*The Jolly Journal c/o Stylefruits
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A little while ago I was approached by the team at Stylefruits to contribute to a fun festive project they were working on called The Jolly Journal. The inspirational guide, aimed at first-time hosts, features ideas from a selection of UK bloggers covering both recipes and crafts which are all perfect for those on a tight budget.

Earlier this week I received my printed copy of the journal and was really impressed with how it turned out. I loved reading everyone's ideas and it was awesome to see my own project - Upcycled Tea Light Jars - in print!

If you'd like to find out more about my project or any of the other brilliant ideas featured in the book you can flick through or download the online version of the guide over on the Stylefruits website, however the team were also kind enough to send me two additional copies of the journal to giveaway to my readers!

If you'd like to the chance win one for yourself just use the Rafflecopter form below to submit your entry. As Christmas is fast-approaching the giveaway will be for UK residents only and will be open for just a few days so get your entries in quickly - good luck!

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