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Ok, now that I have dusted off those house blues, I thought it would be a good time to introduce my second Craft Crush!

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Hello and welcome to the second edition of DIY Diary. Today’s craftiness is brought to you by Cross Stitcher magazine, the 250th issue to be precise.

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Happy Monday! Are you making the most of your May Bank Holiday? The Boy and I are off to visit my family who are having a Devon holiday. There was talk of going to the beach but I don’t think that’ll be happening!

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Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a lovely start to the week so far…if you’re not, then maybe these three things¬†will cheer you up!

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Is it really Monday again?! February so far has whizzed by compared to my sloth-like January. I’m not complaining though!

I’ve got some real gems to share with you this week…

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It has been over a month since I last posted anything – I am so sorry! Apart from the usual Christmas/New Years chaos, The Boy and I thought we’d add a house move into the mix too. Seemed like such a good idea back in October but once it came around we were both wondering why we decided to do it between two holidays! Needless to say we didn’t get much of a classic Christmas, with visiting friends and family and relaxing. At least we’ve learned a valuable lesson!

Anyway, we’re now in our new home and getting settled. I’ll do a separate post about our house as it is in desperate need of soft furnishings to brighten up the neutral colours of the house (the joy of rental properties!)

Right now though, I want to share with you what I got up to before Christmas. The Boy and I decided that we would make as many of our Christmas presents as possible. And we did! It took a lot of work and endless nights of me sat in front of the TV surrounded by projects. Also our Christmas Eve was spent like this:

Don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed putting everything together, drinking coffee liqueurs, listening to Christmas songs and having a lot of fun. It was great! We made lots of things including home-brew Ale, chocolate truffles, cinnamon almonds and Christmas biscuits. We also made:

Christmas baubles! I based these on Bugs and Fishes vintage felt baubles but left out the ric rac and added everyone’s names to them. I think I made around 35 of them in the end. They doubled up as gift tags too. Everyone loved them, they were such a hit!

We made a tonne of Chilli Tomato Chutney and gave them to our parents in their hampers as well as to other family members and friends. This chutney is delicious and I will share the recipe with you at some point! I bought some lovely red and green tartan in a charity shop, which we used to cover the jam jar lids.

I embroidered some pillowcases for my niece and nephews. I loved stitching this Sublime Stitching Unicorn for my only niece (I have 8 nephews!) and each pillowcase had their name on it too.

I hope they cherish these and will forever be fond of them!

This lovely little crochet mug warmer came from Mollie Makes.

One of my sisters has had phone case envy ever since I stitched up this phone case that came with Issue 1 of Mollie Makes! Being the lovely sister that I am, I whipped one up for her (it actually was better than the first one I made for myself!) and to go with it I made her The Pink Whisk’s Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars as she is a fan of chocolate/peanut butter combos!

For my other sister, I stitched this. Those are the hands of my brother-in-law, my sister and my two nephews (the youngest is only three months old!) It is the first time I have stitched something and then framed it – it was a challenge! Luckily The Boy is far more patient than me and saved me from a mental breakdown! My sister cried when she opened this, I was so thrilled that she loved it.

So those are just a few of my makes. What do you think? Although it was hard work I am so pleased that we did it. The reactions we got when people realised we had made them something was so gratifying.


I can hear your sharp intake of breath…”Christmas?! It’s too early for Christmas!!!”

I’ll let you into a little secret. The Boy and I listened to our Christmas CD last weekend whilst on our way to Dartmoor to walk the dogs. It made me so happy, you see, I love Christmas. I love the fact that every year my family gets together and squeezes into a house that isn’t really big enough for us all. I love the noise, the chaos, the food, the drink, watching my nephews open their christmas presents with massive smiles on their faces. I’m still squeal and yelp when opening Christmas gifts. You know it has been a good Christmas when the TV hasn’t been turned on once.

This year, The Boy and I are trying to make as many Christmas presents as possible. Seeing as I have parents who are divorced and now have new partners, two sisters, two brother-in-laws, one twin brother, one sister-in-law and five nephews, that means a lot of making! Plus The Boy is one of six!

With thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found bucket loads of tutorials and recipes for some delightful Christmas makes. Let me share some of them with you…

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