Only 22 sleeps until Christmas!
It’s Cyber Monday today, but instead of rushing off to buy your presents online, here are some ideas for handmade gifts to consider. (Click on the images to go through to the relevant tutorials.)Make a beautiful terrarium following this simple tutorial. Infused vinegars and oils are a real treat, and surprisingly easy to make.
DIY Vanilla extract: so much nicer than shop-bought, and a staple of any baker’s larder.This easy felt cushion makes a chic statement. And also: hurrah for ruffles! Tea-cup candles are a great two-in-one gift: once the candle burns out, the tea cup can be used as normal (after a good wash, of course!). Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for a scented candle. These fabric nesting bowls can be whipped up in no time, if you’re a dab hand at the sewing machine. Aren’t these fab? Hit your local market for some inexpensive yet beautiful fabrics: I think they’d look especially lovely in African Wax fabrics.
And if you have any fabric left over, how about a co-ordinated make-up bag:Or a mini organiser: Or a Tote bag: Or a fabric necklace: Or a tie: So there you have it: something for (almost) everyone.
There’ll be more Christmas posts soon, with festive tips on wrapping, decorating, eating and drinking.
And don’t forget our last book club of the year meets this Thursday. More details on the book club page.