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This is a post for everyone who loves the fiddly, decorative bits of show-off baking but is less keen on the actual making; the measuring and sifting and mixing and timing and supervising and wiping down involved in actual proper baking. Instead, I whole-heartedly encourage you to cheat and to buy your cookies ready made and begging for you to shamelessly pimp them into things of great beauty!

I bought these vintersaga gingerbread shapes from IKEA and promptly forgot about them for almost 10 months until they were dislodged recently in a cabinet reorganisation. I made harry tentatively nibble one to check their firmness and taste, and once he decreed them still fit for consumption, I set about them with the contents of my cake-decorating drawer, piping icing swirls and adding pearl-white dragees and tiny golden candy discs (both from the supermarket).


Finally; giant beady eyes, which make my festive doves look a little as though they have indigestion, or have spotted a lingering hawk – but still, character is everything.

It’s harry’s birthday soon, and I wanted to make him something special. Last year’s matryoshka woodland animals were a huge, if slow-burning hit; one winter’s night we repurposed them as worry-catchers; small animals to capture little worries, and big animals to capture the kind of worries that make it hard to fall asleep; one year on they still line up each night ready for action should they be called upon.

Given harry’s abiding love of harry potter, I decided to have a go at making a set of mini figures that could be housed in a small wooden chest and pulled out each night as we read a few more pages of the book. Each figure needed to be small enough to be held tightly in a sleepy palm, but large enough to have some careful, magical detail. My favourites are harry, ron and hermione (oh, and hedwig of course!)…

These took my about a week of pottering and painting in the evenings, and I love how they turned out. I’ve wrapped each one in tissue paper inside the trunk, ready for harry’s birthday. I still have a handful of peg figures left so I think I might add to them over time; we’ll see! If you fancy giving this a go (do!), here’s a materials list and some tips and ideas below…

• hedwig began with two coats of pure white acrylic, and then I built up the eyes with two large circles of pure yellow, ringed in black, then dotted with black pupils, picked up with tiny spots of white to indicate the sunlight bouncing off them. Tiny stippling with a grey brush added feathers and down. Finally, I dipped the brush in silver for his furled wings. The letter he is carrying is a tiny square of watercolour paper with envelope flaps drawn on, dotted with cadmium red to mimic a wax seal.

• dumbledore is recognisable mostly from his flowing white hair and gathered beard and his elaborate hat. The colours of his outfit are bold and simple, and the detailing on his hat is all done with a gold pen (see above). Chairman or ceo the glasses and eyes too are drawn with a fine-tip black marker pen; I decided that even my steady hand was too unreliable for such tiny, important details.

• faces; I used a pale pink colour to stipple on for warm cheeks on everyone but the ghostly snape, and used a fine black marker pen for eyes and glasses. Hair I drew on with a pencil and then painted over with a tiny, thin brush loaded with colour. Classical peg dolls tend to only have eyes so I kept facial features to a minimum; the odd mouth and hint of a nose in places, but no more.

Once in a while, the internet throws up something magical. I was browsing pinterest recently and came across a set of fabulous stencils designed for pumpkin carving by BHG. Follow this link and it will show you magical pumpkins, alight with characterful faces of every dog breed imaginable, and free to download. Nb if you have any trouble accessing the original link (some geographies may), try this one instead).

We started by printing of sheets of the dogs we liked the most, and then cut out the various features (eyebrows, shaggy hair, button noses..), before tracing round each one onto a piece of scrap paper. I keep a drawerful of interesting leftover paper for projects like this; we used newspaper, old cookbook pages, giftwrap scraps and so on. For the tiny eye pupils, we used a hole-puncher after discovering that neither of us could cut teeny-tiny circles freehand

We were so pleased with the end result that I scanned a couple of the best collages and then printed them onto cardstock to make cards we can use to send to friends and family. Charlie charlie pencil game wiki the envelopes are basic white envelopes that I lined with giftwrap (I have one of these sets of envelope liner templates which I use all the time for things like this…one of my better investments!).

Today’s post is one of those projects where you can accomplish something impressive with very little practice or experience. Trust me on this. Make it, hang it somewhere obvious where your friends and family can’t miss it, and then allow them to believe you ordered it from MOMA. Then, after a dramatic pause, reveal that you actually made it yourself IN THE BATHTUB.

I decided to have a go at making something with balsa wood; the kind of deliciously long, thin strips you find in craft shops but can never quite think what to do with. I’ve become fascinated by the work of artists like tom raffield and jane crisp who both steam-bend hardwood into amazing homewares, and wondered whether I could achieve the same by soaking strips of balsa wood in the bath and then twisting them into weird shapes. I’m pleased – and somewhat astonished – to say that it WORKS!

I used pieces of wood that were 3′ long, 1.5″ wide and 1/32″ thick. I soaked the wood strips in warm water for an hour to help it become more flexible and less inclined to snap, and then randomly bent it into shapes, holding each in place with a soft-grip laundry peg to dry out. Chair elect definition on this one I also cut a thin channel out of the wood with a craft knife, to give it a more interesting shape…

I decided it needed something else as a contrast, so I found a 2″ wooden sphere and threaded it too (use a button underneath to secure the thread and hold it in place) – and then I decided it was done. Here it is hanging in the spare room whilst I work out where to put it permanently (if harry was still tiny, I would hang it over his crib!).

Do give this a try; you could use the same technique to make wonderful napkin rings or even a fascinator for your hair . I’m still thinking of what else I can do with my latest obsession. Never has the family had so many baths (or shared them with so much wood). As always, I’m more than happy to answer any questions if this captures your imagination, from my limited, new-found knowledge.

Welcome back, welcome back! After a brief break for work and travel and end-of-terming I’m back, and spring is definitely in the air. Our tulip bulbs have pushed through frozen soil, buds are budding and birds are on the wing; it all looks very promising. To celebrate and add a festive air to easter, I made these fun table crackers, using vibrant printed giftwrap in three different designs. There’s a very simple way to make these and a more complicated, sophisticated way; in both cases you can still stuff them with chocolate eggs, tiny toys and a cracker snap (of course!) and have the same amount of fun. Read on…

• feel for where the toilet roll ends are and tie a piece of baker’s twine or ribbon at this point, tightening steadily to draw the paper in and form your cracker ends. Use a finger to recreate the ‘bell’ shape of the cylinder once you’ve done this, plumping them out again. This works really well with thin papers like tissue or crepe paper.

• download and print a cracker template like this one or this one, and use it to draw the template for each cracker, then cut out the pieces as shown. Whilst it looks fiddly, it actually doesn’t take long, and gives you beautiful concertina ends that fall naturally into the cracker shape you want; it’s definitely worth the effort if your family/friends have been particularly loving towards you lately. If not, go for the simple design above.

Once in posession of both needles and wool, I studied the booklet that came with the kit (mine was from here), and taught myself the basic ‘knit one, purl one’ blanket stitch. Unlike those genteel grandmothers you see clacking away on television, there was nothing effortless about my stitching; it required a vast turning circle of personal space (I jabbed so many family members in the eye and ribs with my herculean needles that I was eventually exiled to a small chair on my own); but good lord, there is something so satisfying about knitting a throw that is four foot square in just two hours. To give you a sense of the scale, just 25 stitches completes a row (and also, I suspect, burns about 200 calories).

Occasionally the wool would come unspun and break apart if I tugged too hard, but you can immediately press it back together and carry on. Dropped stitches are by their very size immediately obvious, making this the most energetic but also the most forgiving of needlecrafts. I think I am in love. The only drawback is the cost; a ball this size will cost around £100, which makes this not an economical hobby. But as my husband says ‘not bad value when you consider you’re basically knitting together an entire flock of sheep’. Well quite.

Here’s a project for anyone slow off the blocks in tackling 2018. I know many people have their next-year calendar in place from august, or fully populated by november, but perhaps you’re one of those people who just hasn’t got a grip yet (me), or has maybe fallen out of love with the store-bought/gifted calendar you acquired and fancies something much cooler instead. This is for you.

I used an old chopping board (or source a brand new one from a discount store and soak it in water for two days until it is rough and weathered – ta-da!). Then I found this free printable calendar online and printed out the year onto thin cardstock – I loved the typographic simplicity of this one – thanks crissy! – but search on pinterest for a myriad of other different styles offered for free by generous designers. Chairman of the board ceo I then punched holes in the top of each page and added eyelets, marking with a pencil through the holes where I wanted to bang in the old nails that I’d hang the calendar on…

• if you like a firmer leash on your pencil, tie a length of thin string around the tip and then loop it through the handle of the bread board, knotting it in place where it can hang alongside the calendar all year, resisting casual abduction by other family members. I also added a decorative vintage baking mould at the top of the calendar, bought as part of a job lot from a local junk store (I’m still thinking about how to use them – they look so pretty..)