Friday, 3 February 2017

Valentines Flower Vase and Flowers~Bostic Bloggers 2017

I have really enjoyed being part of the Bostik Bloggers and it has given a good excuse to spend time with my niece Little M who is my crafting buddy. In 2016 we created lots of fun posts which you can see here.  I am delighted that I have been asked to continue being a Bostik Blogger for 2017. Little M and I are looking forward to more crafty posts.

The February Bostik box arrived  and yes you can guess the theme is valentines. The box had lots of items that were red and pink and hearts. I invited Little M over and as always we had our smoothie making session after which we enjoyed our crafting session.

As the craft box had lots of red and pink things in it we decided that we should make a smoothie to match. We made this lovely Mixed  Berry and Beetroot smoothie which was delicious. After our smoothie, we made this this lovely flower vase with paper roses as a surprise gift for Litte M's mummy and daddy.

To make the flower vase and paper roses you will need:

  • Red corrugated card for vase a 5 size
  • Red plain card cut into rectangles 3 cm  x  9 cm
  • Plain red card
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon
  • Heart Stickers
  • Bostik glue
  • Bostik glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler 

How to make the vase and flowers

1. Roll up the corrugated red card to make a tube shape and stick the edges  so the tube stands up.
2. Place the tube onto the red card and draw a circle around it, now draw a second circle approx 1 cm larger than the first circle. Cut out the larger circle.

3. Snip around the circle  little cuts so that you can fold the snips in. These will be glued to the tube to make the base,
4. Glue the snips and position the base in to one end of the tube and stick it in. Fill the tube with some lentils or rice to weight it down so it stands up.

5. Tie a ribbon around the vase and decorate with the heart stickers.

6. To make the flowers, on the red rectangular card draw lines 5 mm apart along the long edge to the centre of the card, snip the  lines to form a fringe.(these will form the petals.)

7. Roll the card up in to a tight roll and secure it with glue, fan the snipped edges to form petals.
8. Stick the flower bud to the pipe cleaners with glue.

9. Place the flowers into the flower vase and your gift is ready.

Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Bedside table Spectacle Holder

I am sure like my self many people wear spectacles and have probably been told by their optometrist to look after the spectacles, not to put them facing down on the table, not to clean them with tissues and in a nut shell what they mean is treat them with respect. I have many spectacles cases to hold my spectacles but most of them are hard cases that are a little bulky for my bedside table.

I have been looking for an open top tall standing spectacle holder to place on my bedside table for ages. I wanted a holder into which I could just slip my spectacles in for safe keeping when I go to bed. I have yet to find a suitable holder so in the mean time I decided to make my own. This upright tube holder is perfect for holding my spectacles and it can be made in any size to accommodate any pair of spectacles. Furthermore you can make it to match your room decor too. You can use a left over piece of matching wall paper or fabric or you can colour coordinate the room colour. The options are endless.

To make the spectacle holder you will need:
1 piece of tube the same height as your spectacles measured across the spectacles
Fabric or paper of choice
1 piece A5 card


1. Place the tube onto the A5 card and draw a circle, now draw a second circle approx 1.5 cm bigger around it to make the base. Cut the cardboard circle out . 
2.Using the cardboard circle cut another circle same size from the patterned fabric or paper and stick it to the card.

3.To make the Spectacle holder place the tube onto the paper and measure out a 1cm line top and bottom of tube.
4. Draw lines on the two margins approx 1cm apart and snip these as this will help to stick the paper into the top of the tube and also on the bottom.

5. Glue the tube and then place it on the patterned paper and securely stick the overlapping edges.  
6. Fold in the snipped edges into the top edge of the tube and glue into place to neaten the top of the tube.
7. Fan out the snipped edges at the bottom of the tube and spread glue on them.
8. Place the tube centrally on the prepared cardboard circle and stick the fanned out edges so that the tube is now standing upright onto the cardboard disc.

9. Leave to dry and decorate the tube as required or leave it plain.
10. Once dry the spectacle holder is ready to use.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Giveaway ~Charles Viancin magnetic stem tea infuser and saucer

Tea or Coffee?  Statistics show that the consumption of coffee is far greater than tea in the world however to me tea is my favourite drink, I hardly ever drink coffee.
Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and there are over 3,000 varieties of tea. They can be divided into five basic categories: black, green, oolong, white, and puer. Tea also has many health benefits, it is also a drink that is consumed all over the world in various different forms. Tea is served at breakfast, on street stalls in rustic clay cups to more refined artisan teas parties where the experience and preparation of tea is an art in itself.

My favourite cup of tea is Indian masala tea made with water, milk, loose tea leaves and a sprinkling of Indian tea masala. This is heaven to me and I crave this every morning, without it my day would not begin.

To help me perfect my cup of tea I use loose tea leaves which I place in my Camellia Tea Magnet and Infuser Set by Charles Viancin. The loose tea and Indian spice is placed in the tea infuser which is popped into a cup and topped with boiling water tea. Once I am happy with the infusion I can use the magnetic stem to lift out my infuser without any difficulty and place it on the silicon saucer that matches this lovely set. All that remains after is to add a dash of milk and a sprinkling of sugar and my daily cuppa is ready.

The Charles Viancin Camellia Tea infuser and saucer is perfect for use with tea bags or loose tea. The infuser is stainless steel and the magnetic stem and saucer are made from 100%. The BPA free silicone, making these totally safe at high temperatures. You can buy the tea infuser for £ 10.00 and the Matching saucer for £ 3.00 from many kitchenware stockists.

**I was sent a magnetic infuser and saucer to try all opinions in this post are of my own.

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