Saturday, 6 December 2014

Creative Christmas DIY | How to make a Lindt Tree Centerpiece

Today I'm bringing you a special Christmas DIY project in association with Victoria's Vintage and Able Skills. The idea is to come up with a DIY featuring home made, space saving decorations.

Every year, our family get together to do something creative at Christmas. This year we have made some handmade Christmas cards featuring gingerbread men and my youngest sister has previously made Christmas cakes and gingerbread houses.

Last year our family made a beautiful Lindt Tree table centrepiece for our Christmas table and evening buffet table. The idea was to be able to make a feature point on the Christmas table without taking up too much space, as you still want to be able to see your relatives on the other side (or maybe you don't...?) As you can see from the photo above, you can definitely still get lots of yummy Christmas food on the table too!

This is definitely something you want to think about making a few weeks in advance as you don't want to be frantically gluing chocolate on Christmas Eve! But once it's finished it really does look spectacular as a centrepiece for your Christmas table.

You will need:
A bucket or pot to use as a base
Plaster of paris
A piece of tube to use as your tree trunk
A polystyrene ball (we got ours from Hobbycraft)
A glue gun
Tissue paper (we chose red)
PVA Glue
Lots and lots of Lindt sweets!
Decorative ribbon

The first thing you will want to do is cut your tube to the desired length (if you've already bought one the right size then you wont need to do this, but we used an old piece of curtain pole so my Dad had to get handy with his tools to cut the right length!)

You'll then want to make up your Plaster of Paris (make sure you follow the instructions carefully) and pour the mixture into the bucket or pot that you are using as your base. While the mixture is still wet, you'll need to place your tube into the centre of the bucket (you need to get this right, as once this dries, it's not going to come out!). The Plaster of Paris takes 1-2 days to dry so whilst you're waiting you can do the next step.

Using the PVA glue and tissue paper, you cover the ball so you can't see the polystyrene underneath. We did two layers so it was definitely covered. We popped the ball into the airing cupboard overnight to let it dry properly. We used red tissue paper as we were doing a red theme but you can make it any colour you want. When all the sweets are stuck on you wont see it, but when they start to be eaten you will see the colour come through.

By now your Plaster of Paris should be set and you can use the bottom half of your tree. Next, you'll want to place your polystyrene ball onto the tube so it starts to look like a tree. We found it easier to put this on first so we could work out where all the sweets were going to go and could cover every part.

Next is the fun part...eating...I mean gluing the sweets! We have a couple of glue guns so two of us could place a blob of glue on each sweet and the other two could place them on the ball. We worked from the top downwards, covering each half until the whole ball was covered.

Lastly, we placed a little bit of ribbon underneath to cover the join of the ball to the tube, and scattered some loose sweets over the top of the bucket so you couldn't see the Plaster of Paris underneath...and voila...a festive, edible centrepiece!

I felt a little sad taking the first sweet off on Christmas day as it looked so lovely all complete!

I hope you've enjoyed this little festive DIY and have had some inspiration for your own Christmas table...let me know if you give this a go..I'd love to see some pictures!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Essie Additions...

Those of you have been reading my blog for a while will be no strangers to the fact that Essie is my favourite nail polish brand. I love the shades, the bottles, the names and finish. The only thing I don't really like about them is the price, at £7.99 a bottle, it's not the cheapest addiction to have, so whenever I go on Fragrance Direct, I always check out their Essie section. Instead of the usual £7.99, Fragrance Direct offer them for £2.49 a bottle!

Whilst browsing this time round I came across some 2013 shades that I wasn't able to get my  hands on at the time, so here is a quick run down of what I managed to get...

For The Twill Of It...
This was the shade I was most excited to get my hands on, personally I think this just sums up A/W. It's a rich medium brown with reflective green shimmer and reminds me of oil slick. It's the perfect colour to team with big oversized comfy jumpers and winter boots.

After School Boy Blazer...
The perfect chic blue/black shade. At first glance on the nails it looks black but on closer inspection you can pick out the blue tones. I definitely prefer this to this years offering of Aruba Blue which is gorgeous but not as subtle.

Shearling Darling...
A rich, ebony red which gives a vampy look, also perfect for this time of year. What I love about Essie is their ability to differentiate between different shades of the same colour. I have Bahama Mama, Sole Mate and Shearling Darling now and even though they are all red toned polishes I could easily distinguish between all of them.

Even though these were last seasons shades I was pretty chuffed to pick all three of them up for the price of what one of them would have cost last year. Make sure you check out Fragrance Direct as they still have quite a few different shades in stock!

Do you own any Essie polishes?
What is your favourite polish brand?


Monday, 3 November 2014

Take a peek at my new make up bag

If you're a beauty blogger, then you know that there is no such thing as having too many make up bags. I swap my make up bags pretty much as often as I change up my make up. There is nothing worse than a dirty make up bag and there are so many lovely designs to choose from!

I recently came across Sew Lomax, a British company which specialises in hand crafted embroidered bags, and they were kind enough to offer me a sample to review and share with my readers.

All the designs are originally created by Emma Lomax, who creates the samples herself by hand, and then limited edition numbers of each product are produced. I chose the Lips and Clips* make up bag which is the perfect sized make up bag for on the go. I've given it a test run and you can actually fit a lot of stuff in there! It's the perfect size for popping in my handbag and as this make up bag has two different compartments, separated by two different zips, its really easy to keep everything organised and saves time fiddling around trying to find those kirby grips in between all the make up!

Sew Lomax also offer personalisation on some of their products, including the Lips and Clips bag. All you have to do is click on the customize button on the product and choose the text that you would like to be embroidered on the bag. This would definitely make the perfect gift for the make up lover in your life this Christmas!

The Lips and Clips make up bag retails at £26 and can be purchased via the Sew Lomax website here. Be sure to check out their other ranges as well, as they also have wash bags, purses and baby items! I will definitely be popping in an order for the Beach Hut Wash Bag for my holiday!

What type of make up bag do you use?