Okay, so let’s recap. So far, we’ve done a little bit of baking (more to come very soon!), but if I want to be on the same level of Christmas mastery as Kirstie Allsopp, I need to do a bit of Christmas crafting. Some kind of homemade decoration, which looks easy when somebody else is doing it, but then when you do it, it never goes as smoothly. That is what today is all about.
So, today I was shown how to make a Christmas tree out of one piece of paper, that you fold in all sorts of ways, and cut out little chunks of, a bit like when you make a paper chain of people, or a snowflake decoration in primary school. If done successfully, you get a really cool looking 3D paper Christmas tree that stands up on its own, and that you could decorate if you wanted.
When I was being shown what to do, I thought, pfft, I’ve got this. How hard can it be? As it turned out, very hard! I got about five folds in until intervention was needed. And once I started trying to work out how I could fix the situation, that was it. I’d made one wrong fold and now my Christmas tree looked like someone had all but cut off the back part of it.
I tried to salvage it as best as I could and followed the rest of the steps, but I think my dream of becoming Kirstie Allsopp is still a long way off…I’ll let you guess which one of these trees is mine!
So, Day 2- what have we got in store for today? We’re still early on in the game here, so festive inspiration is a must. Here are a few books and websites which I come back to every year which I wanted to share with you:
For All Round Festive Glory
Christmas Crafts by Kirstie Allsopp: this book has everything you could possibly need for a picture perfect Christmas, from the queen of all things festive, Kirstie Allsopp. It’s got a bit of everything in; home decor, tree decorations, suggestions for table decorations and even recipes for homemade gifts. I’ve used this book to make a homemade advent calendar, I tried to make some homemade baubles (mine probably could pass for a primary school project, but I’m going to call it rustic) and the recipes look brilliant too- I would definitely recommend this one.
Pinterest: as I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Pinterest, particularly for Christmas ideas- it is so exciting to make the Christmas Pinterest board of your dreams! I have a separate board for the Christmas projects I would love to do (most of them are food!) but this platform is brilliant for getting your creative juices flowing and giving you that festive feeling. You can find ideas for table spreads, vegan and vegetarian alternative Christmas dinner recipes, it is essentially a goldmine of festive tips and inspiration.
For Food Inspiration
Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan: I purchased this book earlier on this year after having watched Elise on YouTube and admired all of her baking creations, and this book has so many good ideas for foodie Christmas projects. This book has a dedicated section for Christmas baking ideas, and there’s a ‘Candy Cottage’ made completely out of chocolate and sweets which I really want to have a go at making this year.
The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman: I don’t really read many fiction books, but the idea of cuddling up on the sofa with a blanket and a Christmas themed book sounds like the epitome of a perfect Winter afternoon to me. This book is all about an annual cookie club that takes between a group of friends, and each chapter starts with each character’s cookie recipe, which I thought was such a cool idea to include in a fiction book. I would love to host my own Christmas cookie club, I love the idea of spending a whole day surrounded by sugar and flour, making hundreds of different biscuits and bars ready for a party in the evening, so this book gives me endless amounts of inspiration! So if you need a break from all the busyness of December, I highly recommend shutting yourself away from the world for a few hours and losing yourself in this, or any of the other books instead.