For me Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Chocolate Yule Log, this year I have come up with a modern twist on an old classic, filled to the brim with chocolate. Inside is a milk chocolate buttercream, wrapped in a dark chocolate sponge then finally smothered in a white chocolate mousse. Defiantly an eye catching alternative!
All the chocolate that was used in this recipe was from Weiss.
I have been working on this glorious wreath for quite a few evenings over the festive period, hand making the pom-poms with my pompom maker. Essentially it is pretty simple to make, but it is a project that will take you a little while to complete. So its best to grab yourself a tray, your pompom making materials and turn on the television!
This year I wanted to design my husband and son a matching Christmas jumper each, then came up with the idea of a “big bear & little bear” theme. I have teamed up with the glorious Jennie Maizels iron on patches , which are so much fun for personalising practically anything. The design is to celebrate Save the Children Christmas Jumper day on December 16th.
It’s a great charity to support, by sticking on a daft sweater, signing up and donating £2 to Save the Children (£1 if you’re at school) at ChristmasJumperday.org you’ll be saving children’s lives, and helping the charity do whatever it takes to make sure the world’s forgotten children get the chance to have a brighter future.
If your festive sweater from last year just isn’t silly enough, why not head to your nearest Save the Children store where they are calling out for people to donate their unwanted Christmas jumpers.
Don’t forget to take your photo in your jumper and Insta me @couturecraft !
When I received my Box & Bow Christmas package on my doorstep, I got a little magical feeling. What’s this? As I unwrapped the package there were four lovely festive gifts; a beautiful bottle of mulled cider syrup, star chocolate pop, wooden tree sprinkles, perfect for a party table or to put in Christmas cards and bar of Candy Cane chocolate. All dressed up beautifully with a little hay and Christmas ribbon.
Tis the season to be jolly, to decorate our homes with random pieces of delight and get ready for the biggest celebration of the year. So what makes the most non-crafty of us get the urge to pull out some glue and glitter and join the surge of creativity at this time of year?
#1 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Image by Erica Hoida
Burrr, yes it is a little chilly. Those long walks in the park and being outside in the warm weather have passed. It’s time to keep warm and cosy inside, but what to do? Yes there is the TV, but actually there are things you can make too, the decorations for the tree, the wreath for the front door or even Christmas cards for your friends. With more time on our hands inside, it’s no wonder we are more tempted to get making.
If like me you purchase or make a new Christmas tree decoration every year, this could really be the make for you. This year I have discovered ceramic craft baubles in a BIG way, they are all over Etsy and Not On The High Street. Some decorated, some personalised and I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are cheap to buy and decorate yourself. I’ve gone for quite a graphic decorative look on mine working with metal paint and Sparkle Medium.
I love a bit of gold foil, lets be honest, who doesn’t. So when I decided to design my christmas cards this year, I rummaged around in the attic and pulled out my gold foiling machine. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance to use it and quite honestly the process is addictive! I bought this First Edition one from Amazon, but there are other brands available, this seemed just the most cost effective and its really easy to use.
To use the machine make sure you have a laser printer, I didn’t have one when I first purchased the machine, which was my fault but a bit annoying. So I ordered the cheapest Mac compatible one I could find, which was this one.
This year I have designed a free printable Elf pattern, he’s just so cute. I’ve added a few stars, which give a sweet finish, also something the kids could help you with too.
I’ll admit that I’m slightly obsessed with hot chocolate, once you learn to make your own, there will be no powdered version for you! It’s so simple all you need is milk and chocolate… and sprinkles.
Chocolate dark or milk chocolate best quality buttons or broken ( I’ve used Weiss Chocolate), 35g per 3/4 pint of milk
Ground cinnamon, pinch of
Ground ginger, pinch of
Fill your glass full of milk, then pour that milk into a saucepan.
Bring to the boil, sprinkle over the cinnamon and ginger. Remove from the hob add the broken up chocolate, stir vigorously until dissolved.
Pour the hot chocolate into the glass or mug.
Add the sqirty cream to the top and decorate with sprinkles and Oreo biscuit
These are just the sweetest little pops of fun for your party table, now all you need to do is make the food!
YOU WILL NEED
Thick wool, red and white ( I’ve used DMC wool)
Candy or lollipop sticks
Sheet of white paper or thin card
First, cut out the paper backing for the lollipops. I have drawn around a small cup, circles will need to be around xcm diameter.
Next, stick the lollipop sicks centrally to the paper.
To add the yard, cover the paper circle with glue. Pair up the white and red wool and starting from the centre stick down using a circular motion. Keep going until you get to the edge of the paper, then trim away ends. Use and extra blob of glue and secure, tucking ends underneath.
Allow to dry fully.
Write names onto gift tags and attach with bakers twine.