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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Image:Martha Stewart
May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with warmth & love.
Christmas is the time of giving & sharing.
It is the time of loving & forgiving.
Merry Christmas to Everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beautiful Hand Felted Brooches Beginners Course November 26

In this beginners felt making course you will learn the basic technique of wet felting lambs wool to create a beautiful brooch to take home!
Crafts2Cherish
Beginners felt making is an ideal introduction to more complex techniques such as seamless felting and 3d work. Places are limited to 8 participants per course so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible (0861973576).We look forward to meeting all interested in exploring the delights of feltmaking.

It can become addictive!

All materials and refreshments will be provided.
Time: Saturday, November 26.2011 from · 2:00pm - 5:00pm
For further information about the workshop price and venue, please conctact us on above mentioned phone number.
P.S.:We are mebres of the Irish Craft Council and the Feltmakers Ireland

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homemade Eau de Cologne recipe

We love natural cosmetics and always make our own creams and lotions.During the summer we made a lovely and light Eau de Cologne with few herbs and spices.This recipe is from James Wong's fabulous book: Grown your own drugs.
Cologne and all other liquid scents are simply a mixture of fragrant oils and alcohol .You too can create your own favourite signature scent if you start to experiment with this recipe. Best is to make it in summer when  fresh flowers and herbs are available.
It's important to test homemade cologne before you actually use it. Not only do you want to experience the full scent, you need to check for any allergic reactions. Apply a small amount of cologne to a patch of skin on your arm. Wait 24 hours to check for any adverse reactions. If no reactions are noted, the cologne is safe to use.

You'll need:
  • enough vodka /80% proof or 40% alcohol/
  • handfuls of fresh basil,lavender and lemon balm
  • Other herbs you can use: rosemary,mint,sage
  • few fresh pansies (viola tricolor)
  • peel of 1/4 organic lemon or organic orange or both if you like citrus smell.
  • Spices you can add:cardamom, aniseed, cinnamon
To create a light and refreshing cologne, roughly chop your basil, lavender ,lemon balm along with your other chioce of herbs and the add the chopped lemon or orange peel in a wide mouthed jar.Cover with vodka and seal your jar.Leave to steep in dark warm place for 12 hours to capture volatile oils.Do not leave in your herbs and lemon or orange peel longer.
Next day strain and leave your infused vodka to 'mature' for 2weeks.After you can make a decision about scent- you can put in your jar more herbs and leave them again in the vodka for 12 hours or overnight then strain.
If you would like to add some spices ,these can be infused now. Add only a small amount and leave to infuse for 2weeks, shaking the bottle well once a week and after strain again.Once you're happy with the scent, pour into spray bottles.Your all natural Eau de Cologne will keep for up to 1year.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Card Making Workshop



Card making has become a very popular craft pursuit that is also inexpensive. Come and join us if you like to make cards,Artist Trading Cards, scrapbook pages. If you have never made anything before that's okay too we will show you the way! Collage, stationary cardmaking, scrapbooking, or stamping we have expertise in paper crafts &we  have selected projects that will inspire you to want to create more.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wet felting a three dimensional object workshop Saturday the 5th of November 2011

This course teaches the Scandinavian style technique that allow the student to create a seamless three dimensional purse- beginning with a flat resist form. Skills taught are design, felting technique,learning basic density and edge techniques, color blending  and and shaping. Ideally, this is a three hour workshop format and students can expect to complete 1 basic project.Materials provided include a selection of fibers, resists, etc.Places are limited to 8 participants per course so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible (0861973576).We look forward to meeting all interested in exploring the delights of feltmaking.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Begginers Feltmaking Workshop


In this beginners felt making course you will learn the basic technique of wet felting lambs wool to create a beautiful flower brooch to take home!
Beginners felt making is an ideal introduction to more complex techniques such as seamless felting and 3d work. Places are limited to 6 participants per course so if you are interested please contact us via e-mail:crafts2cherish@gmail.com.We look forward to meeting all interested in exploring the delights of feltmaking.
All materials and refreshments will be provided.Price 25euro and the class takes around 2 1/2hours.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Homemade Playdough Tutorial Scented with Natural Extracts and Spices


It's really easy and fun to make your own non-toxic playdough and then customize it with food coloring or natural ingredients.

♥ Basic recipe:
2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Water
1 Cup of Salt
2 TBSP of Sunflower or other cheap cooking oil
2 Tbsp of Cream of Tartar

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl or better already in your old pan, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring until the dough looks and feels like playdough.

Divide your playdough into 4 parts:

♥For WHITE PLAYDOUGH: Make up basic recipe then at the end knead in a few drops of natural vanilla extract.Add food coloring, glitter, extracts, etc. AFTER the dough has cooled. The colour and scents won't "take" as well when the dough is hot/very warm.

♥For YELLOW PLAYDOUGH: Make up basic recipe then at the end knead in 2 teaspoons of turmeric mixed in a 2Tbsp of boiled water and a few drops of natural lemon extract.

♥For LIGHT BROWN PLAYDOUGH: Make up basic recipe then at the end knead in 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and for more scent and color add some ground cinnamon.

♥For RED PLAYDOUGH: Make up basic recipe then at the end knead in 5-6 drops of red food colouring and add if you have a few drops of natural almond extract.


PLEASE REMEMBER:
• This recipe is for a non-edible playdough.
• Allergy warning -Almond essence contains nuts
• Please remember natural dyes can stain…so make sure you wear an apron or your old top!
• Don’t let your little one/s anywhere near hot or boiling water.
• Finally, in our experience playdough always sticks to the pan. However if you soak the pan in cold water for five minutes it comes off quite quickly.
•When it comes to storing the dough, we find it best to keep it in a Ziploc container or bag in the refrigerator. In this way it'll last months.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Colorful tissue paper pom poms can liven up any party like birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and much more. Learn how to make beautiful tissue paper pom poms with some simple instructions.
These dahlialike pom-poms appear to float in the air; in reality, they are hung from the ceiling with monofilament, imparting a cheerful radiance to any party.We like the idea of hanging tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling of a bedroom,nursery or kid's room .
Besides using as decorative pieces for parties, you can also use them to jazz up your cubicle at work or place them on top of wrapped gifts, and add some oomph to your d├ęcor. 

Salt Dough Ornaments Workshop


Making your own homemade salt ceramic ornaments is easy and fun! Nowadays salt dough crafts are becoming more popular, for many reasons as salt dough is an inexpensive, non-toxic modeling medium that is easy to make at home.
Join us on this workshop to create lovely salt dough ornaments and novelty gifts for any occasion.Please email to register.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Beautiful Hand Felted Jewellery to Wear

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn the ancient art of feltmaking. Using just fluffy wool fibres, soap, water and some rubbing you of beautiful pieces.Please email to register.  will make your own completely unique item of jewellery like necklaces,bracelets and rings. You will go home with lots of ideas and newfound skills as well as your own collection.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beginners Feltmaking Workshop


Our Beginners Feltmaking Workshop lasts for one day and are designed as a fascinating and enjoyable introduction to feltmaking - enabling you to get a feel for the material and how it works. You will be able to create one flat piece of felt. After you have completed one of our  Beginners Feltmaking Workshop, you can then come back later to learn more advanced felt making techniques in our Advanced Workshop.Please email us to register.