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Create the perfect family Christmas in #DIYTheParty with Beth.

Christmas is big in my family. It is the only holiday where we are all together and can celebrate as a family. Every year Mum makes a massive turkey and ham with roast vegetables, greens and gravy, despite it usually being 35oC. Dessert always consists of homemade plum pudding made and hung the month before by myself and Mum and trifle. As it is our big holiday, we have some traditions that simply must be followed each and every year, such as Grandpa carving the roast, my sister and I setting the table and laying the buffet, and everyone wearing the item of choice for the year, last year it was stripy red socks, the year before, woolen scarves. So the following are all items that are necessary for our Christmas party to take place and for it to be the foundation for great memories to be made.

Recreate the room of Rachel Chu from the movie Crazy Rich Asians in #DIYTheRoom with Lydia from Willow & Clementine.

My room is for Rachel Chu from Crazy Rich Asians. The style is a mix of fun and contemporary because Rachel is a free spirited and strong woman living in New York City. I love how the style is simple, chic, and with a pop of uniqueness here and there. The reading bench and the secret floating shelf is used not only to save space, but also to be functional. The decorations from the wreath to flowers and banner are just simple decorations to bring out the girly charm Rachel has. The side table, poof, and pom pom rug are for when Rachel has guests, so they have a place to set their food aside or sit and lay their feet down. The tray is when Rachel wants to cozy up in bed with a nice warm cup of tea or snacks with a good book. Lastly, the memo board is used to note ideas or hang decorations, just simple ways to spice up the room and feel personal and like home in a big city like New York. Overall I love how the style displays Rachel's open minded personality with a modern woman touch.

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Come behind the scenes at The Herb and Spoon for a #KitchenTour and see Mimi's kitchen in Brooklyn.

My favorite thing is the faucet next to the sink- it makes it so much easier to fill a pot of water for pasta!

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Cook Lemongrass Five Spice Seitan in #ABiteToEat with The Cinnamon Snail in New York.

Recreate the look of Gwen Stefani in #MakeoverMonday with makeup artist Helene B and create a warm gold makeover.

She is who she is, she’s bold, girly and fun and it shows in her makeup AND style.

Come behind the scenes at Recreated Designs for a #CraftRoomTour and see Lisa's design corner in Ottawa.

I love the vintage pieces through out the space as well as my writing couch. My writing couch is the perfect piece, across from my supplies, to curl up on, edit photos and type away.

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We're being inspired by Catfest London in #CraftInTheCity and making some Cat-cus plant pots inspired by the festival!


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Wild Mittens & Unruly Socks

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We chat to Lumi, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to knit Merry Skull Socks.

I'm Lumi Karmitsa, a Finnish knitwear designer and an author of three knitting books. Since the publication of my first book in 2016 I've been living in a tiny old house in the Finnish countryside with my loyal companion Caleb the dog. My days consist of taking long walks with Caleb, reading, writing and doing all sorts of crazy crafts but mostly I just knit, knit, knit. I lead a quiet life and consider myself lucky for being able to do so.

Recreate the house of Buddy from the movie Elf in #DIYTheRoom with Cassie Fairy from My Thrifty Life.

When Buddy The Elf came to New York City and joined his new family in their apartment, he filled it with Christmas spirit (and countless decorations) overnight. Buddy is a skilled papercrafter and easily filled a whole apartment (and department store, for that matter!) with cut-out snowflakes and paperchains. I like to think that he would have made these quilled snowflakes too, if he’d had more than just one night to do all the decorating. And, like all good elves, I bet Buddy would be able to make these origami Christmas trees too. If he needed some baubles to decorate the Christmas tree, he’d be able to make these paper ones in no time at all. Buddy could only use the things that the family already had in the home to make his decorations, so I think he would have made some star decorations from the supplies in his Dad’s office, such as scissors and rulers. Even some of the books from the publishing house that his Dad works for would get a festive makeover – and be turned into a Christmas tree to sit alongside a glowing paper village! The bathroom was another source of craft supplies – the loo roll centre could be used to make a star for the top of the tree. And the jigsaw puzzles in the home would all be missing a few pieces after Buddy used them to make decorations for the tree that looked like North Pole snowflakes. A few paper bags and some pegs were all Buddy needed to make a DIY advent calendar to count down the days until Santa came to visit. This snowball tree decoration is the perfect centrepiece for the kitchen table (where buddy usually covers spaghetti with syrup and chocolate!) and brings some twinkling festiveness into the dining area. Buddy doesn’t like his morning cup of coffee, but enjoyed it a lot more after adding syrup to “the world’s best cup of coffee” so I think he’d like this gingerbread latte recipe too.

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Crocheted Cactuses

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We chat to Sarah, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to crochet an Echinocereus Schereri cactus.

Hello everybody, my name is Sarah. At work, I am a design-engineer. At home, I am a wife and a mother of 2 funny and lovely kids. Besides that, I am a complete crochet addict. I never leave the house without yarn and a crochet hook. I never waste time because I can crochet everywhere. At the train station, on the train, in the car (when I’m not driving :-P) and of course at home.


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