POMPOMANIA COVER ETSY

 

 

If you are looking for an extra special little gift for your crafty loved ones this year then head over to my ETSY store where I am giving away a free gift with every copy of my book Pompomania sold through the site. I have a limited edition of 20 signed and dedicated books and with that you will get a free pompom pudding, mini pompom maker and ball of wool. Gift wrapped and ready to go, cute right? All for just £10. Click here to visit my store SewyeahStudio.

 

POMPOMANIA ETSY SEWYEAHSTUDIO

POMPOMANIA ETSY STORE SEWYEAHSTUDIO

 

Small and perfectly formed Pompomania is full of top tips and tutorials on how to make a whole variety of cute and unusual pompoms. I mean who doesn’t need some pompom sushi in their lives?!

 

Sushi pompomania sewyeah

Or pompoms with hearts inside?

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I’ve just found out that Amazon is out of stock and we’re not sure they are going to have it back in by Christmas (epic fail!) but worry not – The Book People, Waterstones and WHS have lots of copies (click the names to visit the store).

Go on – buy one – tick something of the Christmas to do list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anyone for Christmas pudding? No? How about a pompom Christmas pudding?

Christmas pudding is one of those festive traditions that divides people – some people love it, some think its a total waste of a pudding. Me? I’ll just take the brandy butter any day.

But who couldn’t love this pompom pudding? Great as a tree decoration or a little stocking filler. This pompom is a project is fast becoming a new Christmas tradition – I shared the step by step instructions on the Loveknitting blog a few days ago so if you are looking for a little bit of Yuletide craftiness click here and get pompoming!

 

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please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when 'laying' this place setting. When i was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round - and it seems I still haven't learnt.

Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.

 

When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.

These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.

To make the flowers you will need

A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.

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Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean the fairy lights and decorative tea light holders have to be put away does it. Does it? I hope not as I have this clever little craft project to share.

I love mercury glass; the pretty marbled effect glass that originated around the 1840’s made glass vessels look more expensive and glamorous. Late last year I was commissioned by Country Homes and Interiors magazine to devise six craft projects that would utalise left over Christmas candles in different ways. These mercury glass tea lights were one of them.

All you need to make them is some old clean jam jars with wide necks … The Bonne Maman ones are perfect, masking tape, a water spray bottle and some mirror effect spray paint  – the Americans use Krylon Looking Glass Silver but I think Plasticote Brilliant Metallic Silver is the closest British equivalent.

Here’s how to do it…

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Simple! This method also works well on small panes of glass. It gives an old foxed mirror effect when done on the underside of the glass.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of how the jars looked in the mag and also some of the other projects. The whole feature with instructions on how to make is in the current issue of Country Homes and Interiors available in newsagents now or to download here

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