Wednesday, 23 December 2009

snow in the uk

At the weekend, it snowed.

It's not unusual for us to get snow in the UK. It has been a while since we had it at the 'right' time (winter) and even more time since we had this much though.

All of the roofs looked like iced cakes.

I am not feeling particularly festive or jolly today. I am sure this is just a typical slump from all the stress and excitement. Christmas day will be happy. Or so I hope!

Merry Christmas/happy holidays everyone!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

diy christmas

Another quick post. With a bit more substance. This evening I've been making a few decorations:

+ Paper chains
+ Snowflake garlands (mine are nowhere near as detailed and pretty as theirs!)
+ Dried orange and bay leaf ornaments
+ Popcorn garlands

To oven-dry oranges, carefully slice them thinly (around 1/4" thick) and then place on an old tea cloth and gently press the moisture out, being careful not too squash them too much. Place on a baking tray and place in a warm oven (I did mine somewhere between 50 and 100 degrees) for a couple of hours or so - checking often to make sure they don't burn and to allow ventilation in the oven.

When the slices no longer feel moist, remove from the oven and allow to cool before stringing with bay leaves and sequins. The drying process makes the house smell incredible and very christmassy, as well as making you happier due to the mood-boosting power of oranges.

To make the popcorn garlands, place popping corn in a microwavable dish with a lid. Place in microwave for around 2 minutes on full, or until popping slows. Empty into a bowl and allow to stand in the air for a couple of hours/overnight to soften slightly (this makes threading easier). Use a strong thread (I used linen which I was going to wax but found I didn't need to in the end - though it probably would've made the process easier). Thread a medium-fine needle, find something good on tv and start stringing the popcorn on, being careful not to get too tempted by the smell and start eating them instead of stringing. I recommend use of a thimble, since I stabbed myself several times and it only got worse as time went on.
Popcorn garlands are not recommended for dog/cat/other-loose-pet owners.

and here is a Spotify playlist of some of the Christmas songs I've been listening to to get you in the mood :)

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

o holy night

I've been incredibly slack with posting and I'm all too aware of it. I will find time to do a proper update soon, I swear. In the meantime I have delayed going to bed further to post something, anything. In fact, have a few things (layout inspired by A Cup of Jo):

Playgreen - "the wiki on green living"

FML for optimists - Gives Me Hope

DIY Terrarium Christmas Ornaments

A common dilemma

The tutorial that saved my hair from being cut short again

I will be back soon!

Oh, and I can't leave without posting this:

I have no idea who made it, but every time I see it on Livejournal it makes me chuckle.