Christmas Inspiration | A little round up of festive DIYs

MOLU_CHRISTMAS-DIY-ROUND-UP 01Sadly, this year has left me with hardly any time for DIYs for Christmas so I thought I’d round-up some of my old time favourites from last year if you’re on the look for some festive creative antics or even inspiration this weekend.

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So, clockwise from the top:

  1. Chocolate Spoons that make perfect little gifts or favours
  2. Scandi-Inspired cork placemats for your table
  3. super simple Paper decorations for the Christmas tree
  4. Hand-printed Christmas Stocking perfect for your home this yule time
  5. Liberty Tana Lawn fabric Wreath to add a bit of jazz to your door
  6. Free printable Christmas tags if you still have gift wrapping to do!

Happy Weekend! xx

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas!

MbM_Christmas-decorations_01Gosh, I cannot believe we’ve only ONE more sleep left till Christmas Day! I’ll be honest with you, it hasn’t hit me yet probably because the days, weeks and months leading up to this festive Yuletide has all been a bit of a blur at the speed at which it’s flown by. I don’t suppose the mild weather hasn’t really contributed to that winter feeling either. Nevertheless, I have no doubt it’ll sink in tomorrow morning!!! I’ve got the all the traditional Christmas songs and carols playing in the background as I write is this…. so it’s working ;)

So, we’ve decided to stay put in London and spend Christmas on our own…yep, just the two of us for a change. It wasn’t an easy decision as it’s normally spent with our families but after a crazy few months since summer with hardly any time to ourselves, to wind down or enjoy life, we soon realised we really needed this time off for some much-needed downtime together, to relax and recuperate before the new year begins. It’s been a ridiculously long time since we’ve had any of that so I’m must say, we’re excited at the thought of it….as much as we’ll miss having family around us this yule time. MbM_Christmas-decorations_02Staying behind, meant we needed to make the extra effort to make it Christmassy without it going OTT (whole point being stress free and relaxing) and I’ve got to say, the best thing we decided to do was buy our very FIRST real Christmas tree last weekend! Neither of us have ever had one growing up so adding this to our first christmas together was definitely the right thing to do to get us into the spirit! The smell is simply divine that I can’t believe I’ve missed out on that all these years….mind you, I don’t quite miss the mess it makes nor the sharp pricks every time I go to hang an ornament! I can see why they’re called blimmin’ needles…!!! Worth it though! ;)

I kept the decorations simple this year, and obviously handmade too by making all he ornaments out of white cardstock. Since making geometric diamonds for the white-on-white styled shoot, I knew I wanted to include those along with three-dimensional stars in assorted sizes (templates, I got from here) and crackers (templates courtesy of Minieco) since I received one from the lovely Marie a few weeks back! I added a bit of hand-lettering too just to personalise it a bit more….

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What do you think? I’m definitely hooked and if only I had more time I’d love to have made more unique pieces…you know, put those old architectural model-making skills in good use! Ah well, I’ll save that for another year! :) MbM_Christmas LONDON-2014_07 MbM_Christmas-LONDON-2014_02 MbM_Christmas-LONDON-2014_01

Well, it’s definitely starting to look and feel a lot like Christmas now so I CANNOT wait to get up tomorrow morning and enjoy the next few festive days in London town with the hubby! And on that note, I wish you all the jolliest of Christmasses filled with lots of love, fun, food, carolling, and laughter! Have a good one folks! xxxx

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[DIY Christmas] Chocolate covered coffee spoons

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I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely starting to feel the sluggish-winter-hibernation mode kick in these last few days where getting out of bed has been quite the chore and the days just seem to go on forever. And all I keep wanting to do is curl up under my duvet and sleep until it’s Spring – which is SO not like me! But I guess that’s part and parcel of the winter months. So to aid the cozier evenings (and to get myself in on the festive cheer), I decided to make quite the mess in the kitchen to conjure up this sweet Christmas DIY treat I have for you today. I must say, I’ve never had the flat smell of chocolate so much but hey, I’m not complaining!

Now, if like me, you love a bit of coffee or chocolate indulgence when winding down at winter then you’ll probably like these simple yet decadent ‘coffee spoons’ which really does add another dimension to your hot drinks! It’s like a BIG festive hug-in-a-mug! :D AND they make great little favours and stocking fillers too! I can’t take full credit for these ideas as I did stumble across it online somewhere last year and have always been meaning to try them out…..so please do join me in this chocolatey mess!! It’s well worth it, I promise you!

What you’ll need:

  • chocolate (dark, milk and white)
  • coffee granules
  • decorative treats that dissolve! (mini marshmallows, caramel pieces, chocolate chips, crushed mint, sugar sprinkles….whatever you fancy!)
  • plastic or wooden spoons
  • baking or wax paper
  • microwave-safe glass bowl

MbM_chocspoons_01Take your chocolate bar and break them up into smaller pieces into your glass bowl. Zap it in the microwave for a couple of minutes – just keep an eye out during this process as you don’t want to cook up the chocolate but enough heat to melt it. Alternatively you can place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir the chocolate until it’s all melted. I’m big on dark chocolate and personally do think it works better with coffee and chocolate drinks…..and it’s less sweet particularly as you’ll be covering it with sweet decorative sprinkles later! Also, you can pick up some amazing flavoured dark chocolate if you want to go for a bit of sophistication; Green & Blacks do some yummy ones!

So once the chocolate is melted, add some coffee granules (and if you fancy, a dash of whisky, brandy or orange liqueur!) and mix it in gently so you you’ve got a bit of texture to the mixture. Dip you plastic spoons in, twirl it around and scoop up enough chocolate-coffee mixture to cover the entire spoon. This is messy so don’t worry too much about how it looks. Lay them out on a tray of baking/parchment paper until you’re done covering all your spoons. Then put them into the fridge for 10 mins to harden up completely

Just before you take your spoons out from the fridge, prepare your sweet station so they’re at hand to decorate with. Also, melt some milk and/or white chocolate which you’ll use to dip the spoons in for decorative purposes and of course this acts as your ‘glue’ for the sprinkles to adhere to! :) When the chocolate is melted and ready, take each spoon and dip…..you can either give a light coat all over or dip it half way or at an angle like I did. Then embellish it with your sweet sprinkles of choice. Once again, set these aside in your fridge for another 10 minutes.
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So that’s it really – you’re chocolate covered coffee spoons are ready to use! I’ve obviously tested mine out a couple of times and its DELISH. They go really well with your hot chocolates and hot coffees to create this amazing mocaccino/cafe mocha deliciousness …or if you want something a bit more light, stir it into a mug of hot milk! I must say my favourite ones have been the marshmallow and crushed mint candy ones but of course you can add less sweet things like spices; ranging from ground ginger to cinnamon to nutmeg. It really is open to whatever it is you fancy….as long as they dissolve! :)

I do hope you’ll have a go at these. They’re ridiculously simple and soooooooo worth it!! Enjoy, your hot cup of deliciousness and let me know how you get on with your scrummy coffee spoons!

xxx

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