Three Things I Love Right Now.

Three Things I Love Right Now
1. This beautiful and unique crepe paper flower advent from Oh Happy Day. The date is stamped on each of the leaves and the centre of each flower holds a treat. The perfect grown-up advent calendar.

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I'm a third of the way through and so far and I love it. Honest and funny.

3. I think this pretty diy paper cut paper village from Lia Griffith would look great lit up on the mantel. Pop on over to download the template.

What things are you loving right now?


9 Festive Favourite Tree Decorations.

9 Festive Favourite Tree Decorations
We went Christmas tree decoration shopping on the weekend. It's one of my favourite things to do to get me in the holiday spirit. I love picking out a few sparkly new ornaments each year to add to the collection.

A couple of years ago I got a tin robin wearing a tiny wool hat from the same place that makes that glittery fox. My robin has got a few chips on him but he's still going strong and I'm pretty sure he'd love a foxy new friend to keep him company on the tree.

The green swirled one in the top right is marbled glass but I found a couple of great tutorials if you want to try making something similar here and here.

I've been wondering if you could do something similar to this with these cork ornaments.

And finally if you like the house ornament with the pink sparkly roof you might want to check out this tutorial for vintage inspired bell jar ornaments. Ashlee filled hers with miniature trees and deer but there's nothing stopping you filling yours with your own miniature village or anything else that takes your fancy. I do love those teeny tiny deer though. Why is something so much cuter when it's small?

Sparkled Snowhouse Ornament // Flock Reindeer Bauble // Marbled Glass Ornament // Scandinavian Cream and Red Bird Ornament //  Vintage Green Glass Gift // Reindeer and Mistletoe Heart Decoration // Tin Fox Decoration // String of Stars Ornament //Cork Ornaments


Diy Gold Clay Stars.

Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations
I can't believe Christmas is only 33 days away (thank you yourchristmascountdown.com). For some reason Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I'm afraid I'm a terrible last minute Christmas shopper.

This year I'm trying to be more organised so the other day I decided to sort through all my Christmas decorations to try and see what I do and don't have. I was halfway through when I came across the embossed clay star decorations I made last year. I'd forgotten how much I liked them and I'm glad to say they've all survived and are still in one piece.

You all know how much I love making things with air dry clay so I decided to add to my Christmas decoration collection by making some more clay stars, this time covering them in sparkly gold gilding flakes.

Things you'll need to make your own Diy Gold Clay Stars:

Air dry clay,
Gilding flakes (but you could also use gold leaf sheets)
Gilding flake adhesive,
A rubit scrubit pad,
A star cookie cutter,
Parchment/greaseproof paper,
A sponge,
A rolling pin,
Some wool or ribbon,
And a straw.

Make your own Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations.
1. Start by taking some of your air dry clay and working it into a ball until soft and pliable.

2. Roll your clay out to around 5 mm. If you're worried about the clay sticking to your work surface you can roll it out onto some parchment paper like I did. This makes it easier to lift your clay shapes away without stretching and distorting your stars.

3. Use your cookie cutter to cut out your star shapes and use a straw to punch out a hole for the wool or ribbon to thread through.

4. Leave to dry. Mine took around 48 hours. Remember, the thicker the clay the longer it will take to dry.

5. When dry, sand away any rough edges.

6. Using a sponge apply a thin layer of the gilding flake adhesive. Leave to dry, until it begins to go tacky.

7.  Cover your star in a generous layer of gilding flakes. I know some people empty their gilding flakes into a larger container and then press the object they want to gild into them but I found it worked better when I patted the flakes down onto the adhesive.

8. Gently rub away any excess flakes using a Rubit Scrubit pad.

9. Thread with wool or ribbon and hang.

Tips for using gilding flakes.

They're messy. The flakes are extremely light and get everywhere so make sure you have any windows closed and air conditioning off. Put some scrap paper under anything you're gilding, this way you can catch any excess and use it again.

When applying the adhesive try not to use too much, a thin layer is all you need. If you apply too much or don't let it dry enough you'll find that when it comes to burnishing (buffing away the excess flakes) all you'll do is clump the flakes and glue together and leave you with a patchy finish.

If you do end up with any flake free patches you can go back in and apply a second layer but make sure the first has totally dries first otherwise you'll end up rubbing this layer away as well.

I read somewhere that you can always seal the flakes with a top coat of glue but so far I haven't felt like I needed to. Has anyone else used these gilding flakes? If you've got any more tips or tricks please share them in the comments below.

Make your own Diy Gold Clay Star Decorations.
Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:

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