I saw a call-out recently for writers to do a piece about making things handmade for Christmas, unfortunately I couldn't apply, as it had to be literally everything handmade, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on what my family and I do to put our own handmade stamp on the festive season.
For as long as I can remember we've had the delicious smells of baking wafting through the kitchen. Mum makes her own mincemeat from a tried and tested recipe, and makes a few jars too - mince pies never last very long in our house. Mum also makes our Christmas Cake, though has never yet let me loose on the decoration, telling me off when I offer up too many ideas. This year I may get lucky, and already have some Doctor Oetker Gold Shimmer Spray and some marzipan stashed away.
I tend to stay out of the kitchen nearer the time, too many people and a bit too much stress. I stick to
The recipe was quite easy to follow, although I may have been guilty of over whisking, and the recipe really needed pre-melted butter and less liquid. So I'm not sure if I got the texture right, and the mix produced a few random shaped cake tops. They were fun to make though, and tasted yummy.
The recipe was taken from 'Cupcakes' a book by Peggy Porschen.
Xmas is my absolute favourite time to craft - there's just so much variety of activities and craft products about, it's hard to resist going shopping, or hunting through my treasure trove of festive stash. My favourites are winter scenes featuring animals, and I love to matt and layer with cute or shimmery papers. This year I have some gorgeous festive card inserts from Hunkydory ( my favourite craft brand) to make cards with, and I've also been lucky to secure some cute festive postcard size toppers from Katy Sue Designs.
|Some of my festive makes|
How will you put your own stamp on xmas? have you made any gifts this year? any top tips or recipes we should look out for. The Christmas countdown has begun, so don't be shy, come and share!