Cheap, chic diary


I was lucky enough to receive a diary from Father Christmas this year.  If you have not been so fortunate why not use this idea to jazz up a cheap and nasty diary.


Home-made Bubble Mixture


I found this idea for home-made bubble mixture and bubble wands and had to make it straight away!  When I was little I used to refill bottles of bubbles with washing-up liquid but the addition of glycerine is a big improvement.   As I used pomegranate scented washing-up liquid my bubbles smell delicious.

Bubble Mixture



If like me you’ve not got around to sending some important cards (whoops) there’s always e-cards. So I didn’t feel so guilty about not getting around to it (or spending anything) I created my own e-card.  Find or create your own image or you could use mine.

You will need:

  • Windows Mail
  • An image, which has been uploaded onto the internet
  • The code

What to do:

  1. Open Windows Mail and click “Create Mail”.   In the “View” menu ensure that “Source Edit” is checked.
  2. Along the bottom of the window, open the “Source” tab and paste in the code.
  3. If you wish to change the image:
    1. Find an image (to get the URL of an image right-click and select “Copy image URL”)
    2. Follow the instruction in the comment (words contained in these symbols: <!–    –>) marked “1.”
  4. To change the message now open the “Edit” tab at the bottom and edit message, font and colour as you please.


Copy the following:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN”>


<META content=”text/html; charset=iso-8859-1″ http-equiv=Content-Type>

<META name=GENERATOR content=”MSHTML 8.00.6001.19170″>




<div align=”center”>

<!–1. If you wish to change the image: Paste the URL inbetween the quotation marks directly following the words img src. Now follow instructions in comment 2.–>

<img src=”; width=”50%” height=”50%”/>

<p style=”font-family:’Comic Sans MS’, cursive; color:#0f0047;” >lots of love<br/>!!Your name!!</p>

<p style=”font-family:Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size:12px” >If you can’t see the image click

<!–2. Paste the URL inbetween the quotation marks directly following the words a href.–>

<a href=”″>here</a&gt;.</p>




Salt Dough Decorations


Its a classic!  Salt dough is so versatile, so cheap and you get so much out of one batch.  This is a fun way to bulk out your collection of tree decorations if you don’t have enough.You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 cup of  water
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Fine piping nozzle or a straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Thread or ribbon
What to do:
  1. Measure out flour and salt and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the oil and water and stir until all the ingredients come together.  If necessary add small amounts of water until the dough is soft and pliable.
  3. Roll out evenly and cut out shapes of your choice with the biscuit cutter (dip it in oil if the dough is sticking to much to the cutter).
  4. Use the piping nozzle or straw (or anything which will make a small hole) to create a hole to hang your decoration from.  Its best to place this somewhere near the top but not too close as to make in vulnerable.
  5. Bake them in the oven at 100°C until they are completely dried out.  I’ve found this takes at least three hours!
  6. Paint them as you please with acrylic paint (this will help prevent moisture get back into the salt dough).
  7. When the paint is dry add the thread/ribbon to hang them by.
I recently came across this idea to rubber stamp salt dough.  I gave it a go and for some reason the rubber stamps weren’t working well for me but I also have some wooden printing blocks which I had a go with and looked just wonderful.



Crafty Kits


Packing a few craft materials in a nice bag or box along with some beautifully typed-out instructions can really add value to a few items which won’t break the bank.  Search the internet for ideas, below are a few ideas which I’ve found to adapt to make a craft kit.

Ice Wreaths

Shrinking Snowflake Necklace

Jingle Bell Wreath

Beaded Braclets

Snow Covered Votives

Cushion Cover

Hanging Wooden Words