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Brick Bookends
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: one hour ♥ bricks ♥ photocopy of book spine of your choice ♥ craft paint (2 contrasting colours) ♥ wide paintbrush ♥ thin paintbrush ♥ carbon paper ♥ ballpoint pen ♥ clear adhesive tape Paint the entire brick in the colour of
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Wrap Yourself Serene
Set aside some special time to wrap your gifts undisturbed. Sit quietly, focus on your breathing and remind yourself why you are there - to wrap your loved ones’ gifts mindfully and to make up parcels that will bring them joy. Take the gift, wish the
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What’s New
From the gorgeous scent of a room spray or candle to the comfort of a patterned scatter cushion, accessories are the small personal touches that truly make your house a home. Biggie Best’s latest collection will breathe new life into your décor this
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Reader’s Kit
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: one hour We upcycled two canvas drawstring bags to transform them into a cushion cover and the perfect bag to carry a favourite book in. For the bag, we used an iron-on transfer technique following the transfer paper manufact
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The Gift Of Fragrance
One can quite rightly say that scent is the brain’s muse. The hidden power of fragrance is that it has a positive effect on your state of mind and mood; it relieves stress, boosts self-confidence and improves sleep patterns as well as physical and me
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Happy Home
‘A festive holiday involving friends and family, delicious food, special music and seasonal decorations makes Christmas an enchanting time for me and my family,’ says Sabine Wentink-Burkunk, a photographer and interior decorator, about enjoying the f
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Once Upon A Time
DIFFICULTY: challenging TIME: 2-3 hours To make these fantastical gifts or decorations, all you need are giant matchboxes, patience and scissor skills plus a book of fairy tales and a hot glue gun. If you can’t find large matchboxes, a box with a sli
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Space For Yourself
Every year at this time, as the height of the summer approaches, along with the anticipation I also become slightly panicky about everything I still want to achieve before the end of year: walls that need to be painted before visitors arrive, gifts,
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Calm Christmas
Christmas with its decorations, gifts, guests and mountains of food makes some of our eyes twinkle as brightly as the season’s lights, while for others it ties their stomach in a knot. After a busy year when we just want to sit back and relax, the re
Ideas2 min lettiFood & Wine
For The Cook
Marianna Leivaditaki grew up on the Greek island of Crete and spent her childhood helping out in the family-run taverna. Her love for the food of her heritage flows off every page, but she also has a contemporary take on it. As head chef of Morito in
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You Said It
The writer of this month’s winning letter will receive a bottle of Montblanc perfume. Montblanc’s new women’s fragrance, Montblanc Signature, is an oriental-floral musky perfume. Some women are impossible to forget… their remarkable personality and c
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Paper Tree
Fold an A4 sheet of medium-weight cardboard in the colour of your choice vertically in half. Copy the tree template on this page in the desired size onto plain white computer paper and secure it to the folded cardboard with masking tape. Work on your
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Kitchen Flair
DIFFICULTY: moderate TIME: weekend project ♥ fabric♥ stamp design♥ potatoes♥ Stanley knife♥ carbon paper♥ pen or pencil♥ lino and lino cutting tools (optional)♥ fabric paint♥ paintbrush♥ sewing machine♥ sewing thread♥ sharp scissors ♥ embroidery desi
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A World Of ideas
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Stack It!
♥ second-hand glass pieces♥ resin (make sure the brand you use does not turn yellow after drying)♥ ice-cream stick♥ used plastic cups to mix the resin♥ dishwashing liquid♥ dry and damp cloths♥ sandpaper 100-150 grit♥ pieces of Prestik 1 Collect a fai
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Forthelove Of Novels
As the temperature rises in Gaborone, Precious Ramotswe, founder of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, wonders if the heat is the reason business is particularly slow. When a cousin of hers comes to the agency with a plea for help, she and her assoc
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Keep Us Close
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Guarding The Tree
DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: one day ♥ diagrams on page overleaf♥ 210mm x 210mm sheet of Masonite♥ 1 can of matt white spray paint♥ 1 can of white undercoat♥ 20mm Velcro hook and loop (without adhesive backing)♥ white quickset epoxy adhesive♥ 200mm x 12mm
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Read In Comfort
SKILLS LEVEL: intermediate TECHNIQUE: mosaic crochet TIME: approximately 20 hrs SIZE: 68cm x 100cm To make the blanket bigger or smaller, add or subtract multiples of 3 stitches from the starting ch. ♥ Vinnis Colours Nikkim, 5 x 50g Natural and 7 x 5
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Unfolding Mindfulness
DIFFICULTY: easy TIME: an afternoon Find a template for a small Advent envelope on the internet and use it to cut out 25 envelopes. Fold and glue them together. Copy the 'mindful thoughts' on the pages overleaf in a size to fit the envelopes, cut the
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For Mindful Friends
In this beautifully written book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Discover how to live in the moment - even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea ca
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In The Limelight
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: 1-2 days ♥ diagrams on page overleaf♥ 915 x 610 sheet of 18mm pine plywood♥ 915 x 610 sheet of 9mm SupaWood♥ wood glue (Ultra)♥ wood filler♥ 1 can white undercoat♥ 2 cans matt white spray paint♥ 2 x white plastic lamp holders
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Breathing Space
Find or make a meditation cushion and personalise it by embroidering the perfect quote on it. You could also simply embroider the quote on a lovely piece of fabric and give that to your friend to stitch onto her favourite cushion. DIFFICULTY: easy TI
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The Art Of Gifting
The decorations are up, the lights are twinkling and Christmas songs are blaring out from every speaker. Still out of breath from your long search for a parking space, you throw yourself into the crowds to look for presents. And paper. And don’t forg
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For The Thinkers
For several years now, Ian Olasov has set up ‘Ask-a-Philosopher’ booths around New York City, answering questions from passersby. This book reflects those conversations. From philosophical to frivolous, questions include: Are people innately good or
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Treats To Eat
Freshly baked biscuits are always a favourite and make a good gift, especially when they are jam-packed full of chocolate and nuts. Makes: about 50 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus refrigeration time Baking time: 10-12 minutes Oven temperature: 175
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Craft A Journal
DIFFICULTY: medium TIME: two hours We took a slightly damaged vintage children’s story book and transformed it into a journal with lots of free space to write down thoughts, make notes and draw in. To make your own, use a craft knife to carefully rem
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Gift Tags To Copy And Cut Out
[snack-dent] noun The act of eating a family-size bag of chips, a whole pizza or a box of chocolates entirely by mistake.
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For Gardeners
From sofas to shelving to a stylish home bar, Pallet Style shows you how to create your own furniture using reclaimed wooden pallets. Whether you want to make something in a weekend or are embarking on a more complex piece for your home, all the proj
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