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How to Create Fabulous Gifts this Christmas

Posted on Wednesday, 27 November

(Image Source, http://www.pinterest.com/pin/61783826111211131/) With Christmas less than 30 days away you may think it is a little too late to start making your own gifts, well fear not we have selected our 3 favourite, easy and utterly fabulous home-made gifts to give to that special someone this Christmas. If you have a friend or family member that loves bath products, we recommend the ‘Super Luxurious Body Whip Butter’ recipe. Delightful, decadent, easy to make and it will leave the recipients skin feeling silky smooth. It is easy to forget that our skin absorbs what we put on it. If you’re using… read more »

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Sloe Down and Make Gin

Posted on Wednesday, 20 November

(Image Source http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417075615460739733/http://www.pinterest.com/pin/235735361717661094/)   Sloe Gin has been a Christmas staple in our house since I can remember. My mum makes a batch every year, I think we may even have a bottle hidden in the back of our pantry which is as old as me! Luckily Sloe Gin, much like a fine wine just gets better with age. The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn, a common hedge that blossoms a glorious white in spring but don’t let those blossoms fool you! The blackthorn has sharp ends and very spiky branches, which I found out to my cost this… read more »

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How to Create the Perfect Handmade Lavender Christmas Gifts

Posted on Monday, 18 November

(Image Source http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9218374208910145/)   The time of year is upon us when we start thinking about what gifts to give our loved ones. If your Christmas list is starting to look like a telephone book, then it may be time to look at creating your own gifts. Making your own gifts not only saves a few pennies it will also make your Christmas gifts more personal and don’t forget the pretty packaging! One of my favourite gifts to make are Lavender Bags, they are simple to make (I am a complete sewing novice) they have a delightful scent that is sure to… read more »

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How to Create the Perfect Festive Essential Oil Blend

Posted on Wednesday, 13 November

  (Image Source http://www.pinterest.com/pin/261419953342841342/)   Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, with all of the beautiful decorations, having family and friends over for the occasional festive tipple and of course all of the festive fragrances that delight our senses.Whether it is the mouth watering aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven or the unmistakable scent of a freshly baked mince pie, there are some scents which immediately make us think of the festive season. This year I will be adding some extra festive fragrance to my home by creating my own festive essential oil blend instead… read more »

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How to Make Your Own Sensational Pot Pourri

Posted on Tuesday, 12 November

(Image Source http://www.pinterest.com/pin/308355905707312499/)   There’s a crisp feeling in the air, which can only mean one thing, winter is here. I adore everything about the winter, the smells, the colours, the open fires and just the overall atmosphere. All of these winter elements can be combined to create your own delightful pot pourri. This recipe is not only incredibly simple to create but because the ingredients are 100% natural, you will not need to worry about any nasty chemicals invading your home. Dried flowers, in particular dried lavender, dried rose petals and dried rose buds, were used in Medieval times to… read more »

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Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Lavender Gin

Posted on Thursday, 7 November

(Image Source http://www.decotartelette.com/?p=2585) It is that time of year when I like to try making my own festive tipple, last year I made my own sloe gin which was delicious! It made a wonderful alternative to the normal baileys on ice. This year I have decided to give Lavender gin a try. Not only do I adore Lavender in sweet foods and my tea I am partial to the odd Gin and Tonic. After scouring the internet, I found that recipes for Lavender gin ran the gamut from infusing in 4-5 hours to several days. I decided to edge my bets… read more »

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Great Alternatives to the Traditional Door Wreath

Posted on Wednesday, 6 November

(Image Source http://www.pinterest.com/pin/292452569521974888/)   It is that time of year again when we hunt for our Christmas Decorations ready to decorate the tree and our home. Some of my decorations are as old as me and have been passed down through the generations. I love the fact that there is always a decoration in my home that has some history behind it. Another family tradition in our household is to buy a new decoration every year, as upon opening my Christmas decoration boxes there are always a few decorations that end up looking a little worse for wear given their age,… read more »