Sunday, 13 November 2016

Chocolate filled Christmas Cracker Tree Decorations ~ Bostick Challenge.

We love having edible Christmas tree decorations but I really hate the taste of those milk chocolate foil wrapped chocolate decorations that are available in the shops. What I love is to find my favourite chocolate inside the decoration. We came up with this idea to make mini cracker Christmas tree decorations with our favourite chocolates inside them. You can hang the crackers on the Christmas tree or even use them in place of place setting name cards, by adding a name on each cracker.

In the last post Little M and I made some sparkly Christmas tree decorations using craft items from the Bostik craft box, we still had a few bits left over so we used used some of the craft items from the Bostik box, the rest we used craps of wrapping paper and string that was in our craft box.

To make these chocolate filled crackers you will need:

  • 6 pieces of foil wrapping paper colour of choice each 8 inches x 3 inches
  • 6 pieces thin card each 4 inches x 3 inches
  • 12 pieces Ribbon or string each 13 inches long
  • Scissors
  • Bostik glue dots
  • Chocolates of choice (Quality Street or Heroes)

How to make:

1. Roll the small card pieces from the short side to make a tube so that the sweet fits inside.
2. Secure the tube using the bostik glue dots.
3. Place a chocolate or sweets of your choice inside each tube.

4.Place the chocolate filled tube onto the centre of foil paper long side facing you so that there is 2 inches of paper on each side of the tube. Wrap the tube with the foil paper and secure with bostik glue dots.

5. Where the card tube ends squeeze together the paper to give it a cracker shape and tie with decorative string or ribbon. Repeat for other side.

6. You can hang the Chocolate Christmas tree decoration on the Christmas tree or put a sticker on it adding a name to create a name card to place on the Christmas table for a plate setting.

Little M and I made quite a few of these and we filled them with different chocolates such as skittles, smarties, maltesers, minstrels. For the health conscious you can even fill them with nuts, dry fruits or raisins.

The crackers can be made in a variety of colours and can be embellished with gems, flowers et to make them more ornate.

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Sparkly Christmas Tree Decorations~Bostik Challenge

This is one topic that a lot of people are really dreading.... its only 7 weeks to Christmas.  It may feel that its too early to read about Christmas related topics but trust me now is the time to start the preparations. This month the Bostik Craft theme is Christmas, the box has lots of of lovely christmassy papers, ribbons, sparkly sequins and many Christmas themed cut outs.

As always my mini crafter Little M came over and we had an afternoon of fun. First we had our regular smoothie making session, as we were chatting about Christmas we agreed that the smoothie should be red. So I found some frozen berries in my freezer and we set to make a blueberry and apple smoothie. Little M loved the taste  and really enjoyed the smoothie with a piece of cake.

Little M is now a"Big Sister" she was chatting about her new baby brother who is 6 weeks old and how she has been  helping her mummy look after him. She said her mummy says that she is big girl now and she is a good little helper. 

Little M is also excited about Christmas so we decided to make some decorations from the items in the Bostik craft box. We made two different types of tree decorations. The first ones we made were all sparkly and looked really pretty, the second ones we made are in the shape of crackers and are filled with a treat to hang on the tree. I have share a tutorial about these in my next post which you can find here.

To make the sparkly Christmas tree decorations you will need:

Pre cut Cardboard or wooden Christmas tree and Stocking shapes.
Bostik Glue
Sparkly glitter in red, green, gold and silver
Coloured string 
Sparkly gems for decorations

Little M really enjoyed making the decorations, to find out how to make your own please do watch the  video below, its only 2.5 minutes long:

These decorations were really easy to make but be warned, to avoid glitter everywhere cover the floor and table with a dust sheet otherwise you will have a sparkly mess every where. We made three decorations in each design and I am sure they are going to look great on Little M 's Christmas Tree.

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Diwali ~The Hindu Festival and a gift from Asda.

Diwali is a Hindu celebration that is celebrated by all Hindus.It  usually falls late October to early November time depending on the Hindu calendar. It spans over 4 days with festivities, meeting, greeting, praying and celebrations with lamps and fireworks. It a time for families to get together, forgive and forget and celebrate this joyous Occasion.

Day one is Dhanteras- This is the day when Hindus worship the goddess Laxmi, the god of wealth. They welcome her into their homes offering prayers to her for giving them wealth.

Day two  is Kali Chaudas- This day is when Hindus remember their ancestors and family members that are deceased, they offer prayers for their souls to rest in peace.

Day three is Diwali day- This is the day when families wear new cloths, exchange gifts, enjoy a Diwali banquet and celebrate by lighting oil lamps, candles and light fireworks.

Day Four is New Years Day  -This is the day when families visit each others houses to greet them and share indulgent platters of Indian sweets.

The run up to Diwali is a very busy period for Hindus, people spring clean their houses and make delicious savouries, Indian sweets and decorate their houses with rangolis which are intricut patterns drawn on the floor with powdered paint, coloured rice, and flowers.

The house is adorned with earthen oil lamps and Torans of flowers (buntings) are tied to the front door in preparation to welcome the goddess Laxmi to the house.

Cleaning the house is an important part of the preparations as is shopping for ingredients to cook with for the festival. This year I have been lucky as Asda has come to my rescue, they have sent me a lovely hamper full of cleaning products and Asian ingredients to start my preparations. At Asda there is a whole range of Asian groceries available with many special offers for Diwali.

 I have made some pretty platters that I have gift packed with Indian sweets and biscuits to give to my family. The Ingredients in the hamper were indeed useful as were all the cleaning products.

I would like to Thank Asda for the lovely hamper that has helped me to make my Diwali preparations a little easier.

I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali and Very Happy New years. I appreciate all your support in the form of visits and comments that truly inspire me to blog.

For ideas for some Diwali sweets, that I have made do check out my recipes below.

Kaju Katli- Indian Cashewnut sweet.

Coconut Delight Roses - Tutti frutti and Coconut layered on delicious white chocolate.

Caramel Peda- Indian fudge-Delectable pieces of melt in the mouth soft brown fudge topped with 
flaked almonds. 

Chocolate Crunch Nut Barfi-A lovely sweet made with chopped cashew nuts, almonds,pistachio nuts, cereal-corn flakes, rice crispies ,cocoa and golden syrup .Topped with delicious smooth milk chocolate. 

Rose Barfi-Rose flavoured Milk Fudge

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