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Festive creative crafts

13 December 2016

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These free downloads will help you ease through entertaining and making your home look cheerful this festive season. We have FIVE great projects you can download. If you love entertaining, don’t miss the stunning table setting project that includes a refreshing spritzer recipe AND a recipe for divinity fudge! Then there is a lovely array of different festive decorations you can make, from the sweetest Christmas tree decorations using buttons, to easy pyramid boxes and a beautiful candle holder. Lastly there is a lovely step-by-step project for making your own painted and decorated glasses. Download one or download them all. Simply go to Creative Company to start the fun!

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Multimedia leaves

07 September 2012

Our final craft projects for arbor week ... this time we delve into mixed media.

When planning ideas, workloads and schedules I tend to ‘leave the lists’ to my beloved co-author, so I decided to surprise her here with this project called ‘list the leaves’ as a canny twist as well as a mixed media procedure list. You can make up your own procedure list for yourself or for a painting group. If you are ever stuck for ideas, this is fun to do and a good way of channelling ideas, processes and pieces into a single creative outcome.

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Pewter tree song trilogy

06 September 2012

More for arbor week ... this time one of Sandy Griffith's pewter artworks – with full step-by-step instructions so you too can do it!

Two trees holding a forest full of creatures and things. If you look closely, you will find a singing bird, a listening chameleon, two spiderwebs, two worms, one snake, some life-giving raindrops and a few hearts; all hidden among exotic leaves and curly branches. You can make this very personal by adding your own favourite creatures, or by carving names and messages onto the tree trunks. The three frames complete the picture, but one will stand just as proudly on its own. With a bit of creative tweaking, you can continue the growth of the tree into more than a trilogy.

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Magnificent magnolias

05 September 2012

Arbor day take 2 … An ode to the magnificent Magnolia! If you are at a loss for what to plant this spring you need look no further …

In spring, Magnolia grandiflora produces the most beautiful, creamy white flowers that have a delicate, intoxicating scent. The problem, however, is that these evergreen trees grow into giants, so while the flowers are large and long lasting, it is difficult to enjoy them when you’re at ground level. Fortunately there is a relatively new hybrid called Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ that grows into a more ‘people-friendly’ size that allows us to get up close to the magnificent blooms. Its leaves are leathery and oval-shaped, with a brown underside, and its flowers have satin soft petals with a spot of red under the yellow stamens. They are, hands down, the prettiest flowers a tree can produce.

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