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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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Granted I should have posted this a few weeks ago but hey, there’s only 341 days till Xmas 2014 so maybe we could look at this as an early gift for next year?

Liberty have launched a lovely online sewing magazine to complement their revamped Sew Liberty website. The magazine has interviews with creatives and makers – yes, I am one of them this issue, talking about how I decorate my house for Christmas (like I said, oops.) – also step by step projects, tutorials, helpful crafting hints plus the ease of buying anything you see in the magazine with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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GIANT GIFT BOWS

I originally made these giant rosettes for my book Scissors, Paper, Craft and I reckon with a little switcheroo from wallpaper to shiney and sparkly christmas gift wrap they would make the perfect wall decoration for your lounge or dining room this festive season.

This project was up on the Laura Ashley blog a little while ago and when I was walking past my local store at the weekend I spotted some beautiful gold versions adorning their Christmas window display!

Images above taken from mrsbishopsbakesandbanter.co.uk

Images above taken from mrsbishopsbakesandbanter.co.uk

Here are the instructions. Enjoy.

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I’m not even going to say how many days there are till Christmas as that is just too depressing BUT if you are looking to start your Christmas shopping or just for something to do on Saturday in the South London area then please do pop your head in at this super cool fete hosted by my friends Emma and Rik raising money for their delicious baby Ted who has CP.

Ted Fete poster

From past experience I know there’ll be some excellent products in the beauty sale, some fantastic prizes in the raffle and everyone I know who’s a good baker is making some sort of edible delight. I’m making some Christmas cards and apparently there’s going to be a human fruit machine and Splat the Rat game (one of my favourite fete games, not my actual favourite which was the race between two teams to see who could demolish an upright piano with a sledge hammer into pieces small enough to post through a car tyre … Ahh Ringmer School fetes. Weird.)

For more info about Super Ted visit treatmentforted.com and hope to see one or two of you at the weekend.