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Relaxing scents

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.

DAY THIRTEEN:

Scented Bath Salts.
You will need:
Salt Epson salts Baking soda
Essential oils
Food coloring
Attractive glass bottles that keep out moisture
Ribbon and flower trims to match your scents.


Method:
In a large bowl, mix to combine 6 parts salt; 3 parts Epson salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation.
Add a few drops of essential oils ( Be sure to check for an allergic reaction first) and combine.
Add a few drops of food coloring to match the scent you place in your salts, for example, peppermint use green coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. Present the bath salts in a stoppered and labelled container to keep out moisture.  Add a gift of soap and a face washer as desired.


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Glittery snowflakes

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.

DAY TWELVE:

Hot glue snowflakes



Snowflakes Ornaments
You will need: Clear hot glue sticks Hot glue gun Baking paper Surface that can take a bit of heat String Wet glue Glitter

Method: Draw out a snowflake shape on baking paper. Keep the shape simple and not too large. You can make a large snowflake but you will have to keep thickening it with the hot glue. A smaller shape requires only a few layers of hot glue.
Using your hot glue trace the snowflake shape. Work from the centre out, and then let it cool. Add another layer of hot glue tracing the snowflake shape as before. Keep this method going until you feel the snowflake has enough thickness.
Add a hanging loop at the top using a dollop of hot glue to secure.
Let cool.
Peel off the snowflake from the baking paper. Pull away any unwanted hot glue strings.
Once cool, using your wet glue coat the snowflake, then before the glue dri…

Wrapping paper

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
DAY ELEVEN:  Wrapping paper uses.

Wrapping paper can be useful in scrapbooking. The paper can be used as a background or elements can be cut from the paper to be used as card toppers or as individual motifs for journalling cards. You can also use the wrapping paper to make your own Christmas tags, recipe cards, or even postcards.
The cards below use a variety of scrap pieces to make up journal cards for December Dailies, Project Life, Planners, Smash books, and any other scrapbooking use. 
When you want to use wrapping paper images, look at the over all design of the paper. Some elements can be cut out singularly other designs can be used as a background. Most times there is a repeat motif like the Santa Claus on the above wrapping paper. These repeat motifs can be fussy cut out and foam dots can be used to layer them. I layered two Santa Claus's, then cut the head out only a…

Christmas Bell

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
DAY TEN: 
Silver Bells.
You will need:
Cardboard, thin but not too thick. String. Glue, (wet glue, not a stick.) Scissors. Kitchen foil.
This is really easy craft and makes use of what you have at home. First cut out a bell shape from your cardboard (recycle cereal packets is fine). Run a bead of glue to follow the ridges of the bell. Along the glue add your string. Let dry.  You can keep your bells plain or add in some lettering, write out the words you would like in glue, then follow the glue line with string. It is fiddly but doable. When everything is dry cover the bell shape with kitchen foil. Gently press around the string to bring out the shape in the foil. To cover the back make another bell the same and glue both together.

You can make these bells as plain or fancy as you like. Larger bells can be used as a bunting around a Christmas table, medium bells can be used on the…

Homemade flowers

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
DAY NINE:
Felt flower hair clips.
You will need felt in assorted flower colors. Plus green felt. Because this is such a small project this can use up all your scrap felt pieces.
You can cut your felt flower shapes out by hand. I used Marianne design Creatables die number: LRO145
I used the largest flower in the set. I cut the first flower just to the center. The next flower I cut 1 petal out of the flower. The third flower I cut 2 petals out of the flower. I then used glue to stick the first and last petal of each flower together. 

 Finally the flowers were stacked inside of each other. Alternate each flower when you glue them together so the petals are not all together. Add a flat back gem or button of your choice. Cut out  leaf shapes from the green felt. Cut two small leaves and glue them together. Then glue them to the back of your flower. Use strong glue to glue the entire fi…

Herbal candle

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Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.

DAY EIGHT:


Herbal candle wreath



This is a simple Herbal wreath made from kitchen garden herbs.
You will need: Rosemary Bay Thyme Basil Parsley
Any other herb of choice as long as it is fresh. You could make a flowery one using nasturtiums and calendulas as well.
Garden twine
Dried Orange
Dried Lavender wand (Optional)
A terracotta pot. I gilded mine using gold leaf gilding kit brought from any art section. A candle of choice. Again optional. You will also need a base to set the pot and wreath on.
Make a wreath from Rosemary. Lay the Rosemary against each other and at the bottom of the stem wrap twine tightly to hold the stems. Add the next Rosemary against the last, bring the twine down around the Rosemary loosely and then wrap tight, at the stem, to hold the Rosemary in place. Continue this way until you have a wreath. Tie off the twine tightly. 
Now begin to add the other herbs,…

Left over treasures

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
Day Seven:
Sparkling loop earrings



You will need: Assortment of beads in various shapes and sizes Wire Loop earring findings Earring posts/hooks Crimping tool Wire cutters
Method:
The main aim of these earrings is to use up any left over beads and any short left over wire. The wire can be from 3 inches to 5 inches long.
If you prefer you can use loop earring findings. The loop is already made for you.

Thread your beads onto your wire. A clip of some sort will help stop them sliding off and flying off your wire. Leave enough wire to thread one end through the last bead on the wire. Pull the wire up to form a loop. Slide on a crimp bead over both wires and crimp the bead firmly closed. Trim off excess wire. Attach the bead loop to your earring post by gently pulling apart the loop at the bottom of the earring post; slip this where you closed the wire with the crimp bead. Close the ea…

Useful tips for embroidery

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.

DAY SIX:
Best tips for embroidering

Tips
Always wash your hands before beginning to embroider. It is a good idea to plan the sequence of embroidery before you begin, to avoid moving your hand over the finished work as much as possible. I always embroider larger sections first, then fill in with the smaller details. I work from the top to the bottom or from the center outwards. Take the time to finish off the thread at the back of the work, instead of passing to another area. This will avid shadowing which is very disappointing when the finished work is framed or made up. However, working on very closely embroidered areas you can pass the thread across as it will not be visible.
You may enjoy adding small beads to enhance an embroidery and they can be sprinkled among flowers to form the center of a flower. Small buttons may also be used. Take care to keep the buttons and beads in …

Let it snow ornament

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.


DAY FIVE:
This is my take on a pinterest find ornament
Materials: 1 inch square wooden block ( These can be found any craft section and they come in a packet of six)
Two head pins ( These are in the Jewelry making supplies and are the ones with the loop at the end)
 6 Small faceted glass beads in your choice of colors
One large drop bead acrylic or glass
Largish jump rings.
Acrylic gesso in white
Modelling paste (Or texture paste)
Glue gun or strong glue
Glitter.
Acrylic paint:
Black for eyes
White for highlight in eyes
Orange for carrot nose
Blue
Gold pen for lettering and highlighting some of the carrot noses
Flat brush
Fine brush
Palette knife or flat kitchen knife
Flat nose pliers
Method:
Step 1: Paint the wooden block using the Acrylic gesso paint. Let dry. Step 2: Use a knife to spread on the Modelling paste. Spread it thickly and uneven to look a bit like snow. Step 3: Take…

Simply colourful

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
DAY FOUR:
Crocheting an edge around wash cloths.


You will need:  Crochet hook 100 percent crochet cotton yarn Scissors Needle
AMERICAN CROCHET STITCHES. Start in the center of your wash cloth. Poke your crochet hook through, grab the thread up and tie off a secure knot (how I start). Put your crochet hook at the bottom of where you tied off and grab the thread with the hook again to make a single crochet.
Chain 2 go back down in your wash cloth and make a single crochet. Chain 2. Repeat around wash cloth to make first round.  When you go around the corners don’t put your stitches too far apart otherwise your stitches on the second round will be pulling. So go a little closer for the corners. The first round is like a blanket stitch to help with the second round.
Close the first round by slip stitching closed.
Second round: Chain three. Double crochet in same space where you clos…

Banana Muffins

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
DAY THREE:
Banana Muffins


3 cups self raising flour 1/14 cups milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 90 g butter, melted ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Chopped walnuts
Vanilla essence

Bananas, very ripe, mashed. Use up to about two or more.
Preheat oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 12 hole 1/3 cup capacity non stick muffin pan.
Sift flour into large bowl and add brown sugar, cinnamon and stir well. Make a well in center then combine milk, egg, walnuts, vanilla essence, and butter in jug. Add mashed banana with the milk mixture. Pour milk mixture into the well and use a large spoon stir all ingredients until just combined.
Spoon mixture into muffin tray until about three quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a  skewer in center comes clean. Allow to cool in pan and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
These can be made the day before Christmas or frozen and thawe…

Pocket favors

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.
Day two:
TEA POCKET FAVORS

Materials: 12 x 12 inch double sided scrapbook paper. Or plain card stock. Cereal boxes can also be used for card stock.
For paper you can also use 6 1/2 inch scrap booking paper. Scraps of paper can be glued individually to each square. Christmas wrapping paper can also be used. Ribbon. Tea Bag Packet. Reuse any left over tags, stickers, or old Christmas cards from last year for the decoration.
 Cut 12 inch paper into strips of 3 ¾  width  x 9 ¾ inch long.
Score (fold) at 3 ¼ to make three folds along the 9 ¾ length. The last fold, folds into the card and cut diagonal to make the pocket. Run a bit of glue along the bottom of the diagonal cut to form the pocket. If you are using scraps of paper that aren’t quite long enough glue these down to your card stock before you cut your pocket. Now you can decorate the front. Glue down the ribbon leaving enough…

Merry Makes

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Make your self a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas. DAY ONE:
Apple Napkins



Materials:
Fabric Paint: Green Paint Red Paint Dark Red Paint Brown Paint White Paint
I used acrylic paint and Jo Sonja’s Textile Medium.

Flat Sponge (Type used for washing up)
Fabric at least 16 ½ inches square. You can use pre-made napkins. I used old sheets, Pillow cases, table cloths, from other projects for my napkins.
Small paint brush to add highlight. Medium stiff paint brush to paint colours onto sponge.

Fray edges of napkins and Top stitch around the napkins using sewing machine or hand stitches. The Top stitch is like a seam but without turning under any edges. It will stop the napkins from fraying further when washing.
Use the template to cut out your apple shape. (Always be careful when cutting). Cut away all the sponge you don’t want to paint. I painted my apple leaves green. The stem brown. I then painted the apple in a dark red. Then I used …

New Blog name: A Peaceful Homemaker

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Summer is making it's presence known even though summer hasn't yet officially arrived. There have been late afternoon storms with not much in way of rain. The surrounding towns around us have had a few wild storms but our town hasn't received anything to speak about. The heat is defiantly here though. 

I've been pottering around at home trying to stay cool. I started up embroidering a pair of pillow cases from a set of vintage embroidery designs I have. The pillow cases are thrifted and cost a dollar for the pair. The vintage designs came from a lot on Etsy and cost very little as it wasn't a complete set. I coloured the bows in using Crayola crayons and they cost about $3 a packet. To learn more about crayon tinting embroidery I have a lesson: Introduction to crayon tinting. I think these pillow cases will be a very pretty and frugal make when finished. 
I've also made a slight change to my blog. I've been at my blog now since 2012 and used Vintage Papery…

Creating at home

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The weather has been hot and outside is not really the best place to be. Although I did venture to town to have a look at the CWA mini market. Surprisingly I never brought anything, probably because I have been working on projects at home. I did enjoy having a browse through the tables. I've finished up face washers for my driving instructors mum who wanted them for the grand kids. We picked up a dozen cute face washers for next to nothing and the yarn cost very little, around $4. I don't know about anyone else, but I always liked a face washer and a  piece of soap for a gift. Very useful I think. I'll give the instructions for the edging in another post. Speaking of driving, apparently I can try for my drivers licence in February.  Where did the year go?


With the projects I had to do, I haven't had much of a chance to catch up on sending out my mail. I've received some fantastic letters from around the world: America, Canada, Hungary, and here at home. I really e…

Sweet and Simple things

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Summer is definitely approaching, we’ve had some hot days and late thunder storms. All of which seems to be adding up to a very hot and wet summer. The hot days have been good for drying tea towels. 
On Saturday I attended the last event for this year of the Simple Living Toowoomba group. There were plenty of workshops to entertain the small group that arrived for the day and there was enough breeze blowing through the open hall doors to keep the heat away. 
We were taught how to make gift bags from paper. And there was lessons on how to make a reuse able gift bow. Nanna Chel has the instructions over at her blog: Going Grey and Slightly Green. 

There was also lessons on how to make some easy felt ornaments. Which I really enjoyed making.The felt ornaments look sweet on a little table top Christmas tree. I intend to make more to send in snail mail.

After the workshops we had our secret Santa.  I come home with a rocket plant and a knitted dishcloth in a gorgeous shade of green, the y…

Vintage hat potholder

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Crochet Hat Potholder:


Super cute and easy to make. These do up quickly and would make a very nice gift for Christmas when added with tea towels. You could also stuff the hat with potpourri and make as a hanging sachet for your linen cupboard.
4 Ply  100% Cotton (Lincraft in Australia has a 100% crochet cotton in 4 and 8 ply brand using their name 'Lincraft' and is reasonably priced. It is the brand I used.)
(American crochet stitches):Click here to see chart for translating stitches into Australian crochet stitches.
Chain 4. Form into ring. Chain 1 12 double crochet through centre of ring.  (Pull tail to make centre smaller). Sl St to close round. Chain 1 Half double crochet into Sl St. One half double crochet in every stitch. (Turn out to form crown of hat) Sl St round closed. Chain 1
Half double crochet . Sl St round closed. double crochet x 4 in same stitch around row. Sl St round closed. Chain 1. Double crochet x2 in same stitch. Sl St closed.
Tie off and weave in ends.…