Daily Prompt: Being Christmassy!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

Christmas Slippers

 Christmas!

What is there not to love?

The family, the friends, the lights, the food, the presents, the winter, the excitement, the music, the leftovers, the tree, the tinsel, the angel, the reindeer, the sleigh… and Santa!

I’m absolutely sure that I’m not the only one who wants Christmas to end. In fact – ‘I wish it could be Christmas, every daaaay!’

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Clay Cakes!

Hello!

So today I thought I’d do another artsy and crafty post, because just recently I’ve begun to make charms out of polymer clay!

Do you know when you’re on YouTube and one video leads to another which leads to another and you end up being on something completely obscure and different to what you were first watching? Well, that happened to me and I ended up watching a video tutorial on how to make a blueberry cake out of polymer clay. I was overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all and how realistic the charm looked, and before I knew it I had watched about a hundred tutorials and had so much inspiration for making my own. So I went online and ordered some basic materials for making the charms, (mainly polymer clay!), and I made a couple of little clay cakes!

Chocolate & Strawberry Cake

Pink Birthday Cake

I’m not going to lie – I am very proud of my first attempts! They took so long but I think it was worth it in the end!

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Pom Pom Power!

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Hello! I thought I would show you how to make these really cute pom poms out of yarn. You can do so much with these and they are fairly simple to make. Here we go!

Begin by cutting two circles out of cardboard, then cutting a smaller circle inside each of these. For mine, I used a diameter of around 5.5cm for each circle and then cut the inner circle about 2cm from the edge. It doesn't have to be perfect!

Begin by cutting two circles out of cardboard, then cutting a smaller circle inside each of these. For mine, I used a diameter of around 5.5cm for each circle and then cut the inner circle about 2cm from the edge. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Next, cut a very long piece of yarn - you'll have to estimate the length for this but I cut mine very long!Hold the two circles together, (aligning their inner circles), and start wrapping the yarn around them. Here, I folded the yarn in half, then in half again, so that I would be wrapping four strands around each time - it just makes it quicker!

Next, cut a long piece of yarn – you’ll have to estimate the length for this but I cut mine very long! Hold the two circles together, (aligning their inner circles), and start wrapping the yarn around them. Here, I folded the yarn in half, then in half again, so that I would be wrapping four strands around each time – it just makes it quicker!

Keep wrapping...

Keep wrapping…

... and keep wrapping! I went around mine about two times - this just means that the strands of the final pom pom will be more tightly packed.

… and keep wrapping! I went around mine about two times – this just means that the strands of the final pom pom will be more tightly packed.

After all that wrapping, you now need to wiggle your scissors into the wrapped yarn and in between the two card board circles.

After all that wrapping, you now need to wiggle your scissors into the wrapped yarn and in between the two card board circles.

Cut through the wound yarn all the way around the outer edge until you get something a bit like the above.

Cut through the wound yarn all the way around the outer edge until you get something a bit like the one above.

Cut a short length of yarn, (mine was about 15cm), and tie it in between the two circles. You must do this very tightly or the strands will fall out more easily. Double-knot it!

Cut a short length of yarn, (mine was about 15cm), and tie it in between the two circles. You must do this really tightly or the strands will fall out more easily. Double-knot it!

Once you have tied it securely, you can carefully pull off the cardboard circles so that your left with...

Once you have tied it securely, you can carefully pull off the cardboard circles so that your left with…

... a pom pom that looks something like this!

… a pom pom that looks something like this!

I cut one of the long strands off  so that I was just left with one, which I then tied in a loop so that it could hang.

I cut one of the long strands off so that I was just left with one.

I finally tied the strand in a loop so that it could hang and added some googly eyes - and I was left with a hanging pom pom creature!

I finally tied the strand in a loop so that it could hang and added some googly eyes – and I was left with a hanging pom pom creature!

I am very sorry if any of that was difficult to understand – it was a lot harder trying to explain it than it was to actually make! I made a little pom pom monster decoration, but you can do so much with these things; make a hanging baby mobile, tie them around presents to make an unusual bow, fill a bowl with them, hang them around your room, make a whole family of monsters – the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for reading!

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More Booksy Stuff!

So I know that I am a bad person for doing such things to these books, but again, the ones that I used were mouldering away on the top shelf of a charity shop just waiting to be transformed into wonderful Christmas presents!

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These took quite a lot of time and effort to make but it was completely worth it. I saved a lot of money on Christmas presents this year, as I gave my family these instead of going out and spending a fortune on overpriced candles, (or something?!) I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Here’s me talking about Christmas sixteen days after the event… I love the festivities!

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