And so the Christmas nails begin
My latest love from Mr BarryM; Magenta Glitter. Give me something pink and sparkly and i’m anyone’s!
It took four coats to get this effect and I put on a pink base coat first to help the glitter show up.
As I got more and more into my nail art, I decided to try out some pens:
The black pen allowed me to easily create this spotty design:
I found the pink pen to be easier to work with as it has a tip like a felt tip pen. However, the nail varnish inside the pen has a tendency to crack a bit as it dries, but I quite liked this effect for my heart design:
So a few weeks ago I wrote about my creation of felt Christmas decorations, this is an update.
I have been sewing away, experimenting with buttons, ribbon, wool, pom poms, pens, everything! My favourites are probably the Robin and Rudolph. I prefer the white felt eyes to the buttons eyes on others. So anyway I will keep making them, some for family for xmas, others just for the flat. I am also going to be making microwavable heat cushions from material and barley so watch out for it.
It is no secret that I love Christmas. So now Halloween is over and bonfire night is out the way, we can now focus on the big event! Last night I started by using my new festive cookie cutters and making Christmas themed gingerbread…
So here is the recipe: (makes approx 20 biscuits)
- 90g soft dark brown sugar
- 45g clear honey
- 30g butter
- 180g (12oz) plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 egg, lightly beaten
- Baking parchment
- Put the honey, sugar and butter in a pan, and melt over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan to allow to cool slightly.
- Sieve the flour, baking powder and ginger into a bowl. Pour in the melted mixture and the egg. Mix well.
- Knead on a lightly floured surface.
- Set the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Roll out the gingerbread on a surface lightly dusted with flour.
- Cut out your shapes (preferably xmas themed) and transfer to the lined baking sheets.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and allow the pieces to cool on baking sheets.