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Christmas Gifts. Pt 2.
Nom nom nom
I love Christmas.
I love Christmas.

Here are a few Christmas gifts I have made and they are things you can make too.

The first thing I did was bake a lemony-special load of cookies using this recipe (FYI, I halved the amount of chocolate chips - trust me, it's better this way). I couldn't find a jar big enough to hold my treats, so I brought some paper CD sleeves (inspired by this) and twine instead then wrapped-up each individual cookie. I also made some tags to attach. Woo!

Take a look at the finished product:

Cookies and Card - My favourite
Cookies and Card - My favourite

The second thing I did was make lots of cards. (Ok, it was only three).

I made tiny paper buntings which I threaded onto each card. For each cover, I took pretty paper and then cut out letters using a stanley knife (see above pictures). I also made pop-out 'ornaments' for the interior. I can't really explain what I mean, so I posted pictures instead:

Tiny Paper Bunting. "Pop-out" decorations. Weird, sad-looking animals adorned with Christmas gear.
Tiny Paper Bunting. "Pop-out" decorations. Weird, sad-looking animals adorned with Christmas gear.
More bunting. More pop-out things. More sad looking animals.
More bunting. More pop-out things. More sad looking animals.

You might have seen my Reddit post (or not) but I decided to take part again this year - not the Secret Santa again, but a card exchange. One of these cards goes out to someone in the US, woo! (UPDATE: My card giftee received my present. You can read her response here).

... And that was basically my weekend. I wish you luck on your christmas crafting.

I leave you with two pieces of advice:

  • Eating too much cookie batter makes you want to vomit.
  • There's no such thing as too much tinsel.

OK BYE.

BYE
BYE
Drawing binge

Why is it that sadness often fosters creativity? I'm not sure but I've been sketching everyday since last Friday. Sure, that's only four days, but drawing is not something I do on a frequent basis. Plus its hard to get into the mindset when life is busy.

Interestingly I'm drawn (ignore pun) to faces - something I have never done or thought I could do. Mine have come out ok.

If I were to take part in "30 drawings in 30 days" I'd have no troubles completing it.

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This is how I learn

I've been taking Mandarin classes for the last six months (that's the language, not the fruit) . One lesson was particularly interesting, as we were asked to construct sentences on how we get to work. I thought it was an excellent lesson to illustrate (you know, to help me learn shit).

Apparently riding a dog or flying a dragon are not appropriate methods of transport.

Also, I should probably listen more, because the title is not grammatically correct.

FAIL.