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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sugar and Spice Dried Fruit Garlands

A garland of dried apples, oranges rind , orange slices, nutmeg, cinnamon , anise, bay leaves and nuts adds a lovely color and scent to any room.

Before making your garland you will need to dry your fruit slices. Slice fruit into 1/4 inch slices and place on paper towel lined dish. To dry apples, dip the slices in lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring. Cover with more paper towels. Line a glass  pan with 4 layers of paper towels Microwave the fruit at 50 percent power for 3 minutes. Turn the fruit over and arrange the slices on dry areas of the paper towels. Let the  fruit air dry for a day or two. Put the fruit slices on a glass plate that has been lined with paper towels and place in a warm, dry place  It will speed up the drying time if you change the towels several times. This will give your slices a better color.

How to make a garland:
1.Take a foot length of wire and twist a small loop at one end. Run 3 strands of raffia through the loop and knot them in the center. You may use any length of wire and adjust the materials accordingly.
2. Break all the cinnamon sticks in half. Use a large nail to make a small hole in the center of each one. The hole should just be large enough to thread the wire through.
3. Push the wire through the center of three apple slices to begin the garland. Add three cinnamon garland. Add three cinnamon slices , 3 bay leaves, then another three cinnamon sticks. Add three more apple slices to start the pattern again. Continue stringing the materials in this order until gone or you have reached the desired length of garland.
4. Finish the garland by twisting the wire into a loop at the end and running the other 3 strands of raffia through the loop. Tie the raffia in a knot at the center of the lengths. Hang the garland by tying the raffia ends onto the object. It may be draped horizontally or vertically.
Holiday Variations: Use large pine cones and holly leaves (instead of bay leaves) to make a holiday spice wreath

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Eco Christmas Wrapping Idea

This is the season to get your wrap on! December brings snow, holiday cheer and warm wishes for the upcoming new year, and assembly line of gifts that we’ve either baked, crafted or purchased that need a little love in the wrapping department.Here are a few of my ideas when using kraft paper.Simple, cute,sustainable and inexpensive way to wrap your lovely gifts for the ones you love.I did the wraping and Lily created the lovely kirigami stars;o) Oh and hey, Happy Wrapping!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cold Clay Christmas Decoration Workshop

Get into the holiday spirit with this fun clay workshop and make your own Christmas presents or decorations for the tree-use your imagination! ceramic surfaces, while beautiful and durable by nature, can be limiting sometimes. For aesthetic and technical reasons, or just to flex the creative muscle, explore the vast variety of alternatives available. This workshop is an introduction to non-fired, non-glaze ceramic surfaces.

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations 8th of December

Come and learn how to do needle felting,feel the cozy warmth of the natural wool and leave with some fabulous Christmas decorations and the ability to make more! We will go through the simple techniques used in needle felting and then show you how easy it is to create beautiful fun baubles and decorations.
 Treat yourselves to a lovely day out and go home with decorations ideal for gifts or to decorate your abode and get you in the mood for that festive season!
No experience necessary,all materials tincluded.
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Crafts2Cherish has been published in Hand Crafted Magazine the best of Stampington&Company

We are excited about being published in the  well known Hand Crafted magazine published by Stampington &Company.
HandCrafted showcases ''the best of the best'' of Stampington & Company providing us with 250+ favorite crafting projects (along with instructions). Here you will find the most outstanding projects carefully selected to each represent the quality of artwork.