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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Quick Recycled magazine Christmas Tree tutorial

This Christmas I have been doing some decorating using recycled books, so to continue the theme, here is a great Christmas tree made from an old magazine. You may have seen it before but it's good to have a step by step 'how to' for yourself or the kids!

I snapped Bronwyn making one so that we could share with you a full visual tutorial.

Find a magazine that has a glued spine (not staples).
"Perfect bound" is the proper name for this (because I just asked my magazine publishing husband!)

Rip the covers off and fold the first top right hand corner down like this...

Fold the diagonal edge to meet up with the spine of the magazine.

You have to really score the folded edge well with your fingernail.

Now make a straight fold along the pointy bit by folding a line along the bottom of the magazine.

Open the page and fold the point under.

Like this...

Or, you can fold it under before opening the page.

Whatever you prefer.

Now repeat over and over until all the pages are folded.

You can paper clip the first and last pages together. That makes it easy to fold up and store for next year. But you can glue it too if you like.
Now, get yourself a bamboo skewer.

Glue it down the centre spine, leaving just a bit sticking out the top. Maybe do this bit before glueing the whole thing together.

Get some bling...

Attach to the skewer and ta da!

SO nice!

Quick, make one before wednesday!

Thanks Bronwyn!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas 2014 at "The Craft Group"

One of my favourite days of the year is The Craft Group's Christmas Brunch.
This was my "Christmas Tree" table centre piece this year.
A gorgeous hydrangea in full bloom.
It was a gift from a lovely relative from New Zealand who came to stay at our house during their Aussie holiday. I decorated everything to match it. Pink and silver.

Everyone brings a little plate of something yummy to share 
and we always end up with a lovely feast!

The morning was full of lovely food, lovely people, we sum up our years ups and downs and collect money for a worthwhile charity. This year from the sale of a lovely bullseye quilt (made by Bev I) and donations, we were able to provide 5 sewing machines to women in the Solomon Islands!
Anne came and gave a really lovely talk about Mary. Mary the mother of Jesus that is. Anne put us in the shoes of Mary and we travelled through her life to the death of her Son on the cross. It was profound to think beyond the usual Christmas message of a baby born and be reminded of the amazing significance of God coming to earth to save us and offer us forgiveness  and real Life!

These sweet girls, Caitlyn, Rachael and Melanie came and helped serve up the food and clean up afterwards together with Judy.
Thanks you all so much !
(You can see the quilt in the background on the left which we auctioned off.)

And then there was the gift!
Every year we come up with a gift for everyone. 
This year it was  a "Recipe in a jar", biscuits.
Elzanne worked out a perfect recipe and she and I had a lovely… very late evening filling 70 jars!

I will share the recipe with you in the new year… I'm assuming you don't have time to whip anything up before Christmas! (You can comment if you really want it NOW!)

Anyway... we all had a lovely morning at our brunch and we will miss each other until we meet up again in february!
But keep on having fun with your craft ladies and have a lovely New year and enjoy the summer!
(Keep an eye on the blog! I'm still here!)

Diana xxx

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