Mind Crafternoon

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On Saturday I held a Crafternoon –  a crafting afternoon, in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.  I chose to host the crafting event because Mind, while I have not used all of their services, have found their on-line resources to be really helpful and informative.  1 in 4 of us, in our lifetime will experience some kind of mental health problem and its charities such as Mind that can help when these problems arise.  I believe that Mind do a really good job offering support, advice and campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues and wanted to support them to continue to carry out the work that they do.

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My Mind Crafternoon started with signing up for the event via the Mind website which was a really simple process of form filling with your name, address, email and the date of your Crafternoon (if it is to be held on another day aside from 1st December – the official Crafternoon date).  Once you have submitted your information Mind will then send out a kit that includes ideas of things to make including instructions, ways to raise money, bunting to cut out and make along with balloons and a money-box to keep the donations in.  They also supply the paying in forms for you to use when banking the money raised.  When I received my pack I was really amazed by how informative and helpful the pack was, there were so many tips and ideas so even the least crafty person would be able to hold an event like this!

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I first set up a Facebook event and invited some friends and then bought some notecards and invites, wrote a bit about Mind and my Crafternoon in the cards and wrote out the details of the party onto the invites then sent them out to the attendees the week before the event.

I then put my Christmas decorations up, dug out all my craft things and set them up on the table.  Sam and I baked a Vegan Devil’s Food chocolate cake and my friend Jez made some cakes and things for my event too.  My lovely neighbour, Heather, made earrings and wine glass charms to sell and I had some sets of nails that I’d decorated to sell as well so we could raise extra money for Mind.

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I decided to have a raffle, originally I was going to buy a tub of chocolates to raffle but decided to make a Christmas Mulled Wine scented soy candle to raffle instead.

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The Activities

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Jez showed us how to decorate compact mirrors and I decorated a phone case.  We used Mod Podge, glitter and 3d elements such as bows, flowers and pearl flat back beads to decorate them.  I’d never done this before and it was really fun!  Everyone got stuck in and it was really lovely to see how each persons style and taste came out when we all used similar elements in our work.

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Everyone’s work looked really fab and I think everyone was really pleased with the outcome!  I know I’m super happy with how my phone case turned out!  Jez was a really good teacher to have!

 

 

 

I led a Snowflake Making Masterclass using white paper, double-sided sticky and scissors to make 3d snowflakes.  It was fun to be able to share what I’d learned with my friends and see how happy they were to have been able to make something so lovely from simple sheets of paper.

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I then showed my friends how to make paper Christmas flowers from folded paper, scissors, a stapler and cotton thread.  They all agreed that it would be something fun that they could do with their children as a Christmas activity.

 

 

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And finally I did a brief demonstration showing everyone how to make Christmas Snowflakes and trees from toilet roll tubes.

 

 

 

It was a really fun day, there was a lot of chat and getting to know each other, laughter and fun, cake eating and wine drinking!  I think I will definitely be hosting another one in the future!  In fact I’ve already started thinking of different Crafternoons I could hold and the sort of themes that I could base them on!

This Month On The Blog!

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This month I have a bumper lot of Christmas posts to share with you!  I have been busy making things, researching, writing, photographing and compiling ideas, hints and tips on all things Christmas related!

You can expect to see posts about

The Crafternoon event I held in aid of Mind

An Alternative Advent Calendar

Christmas Decoration Ideas – from making your own decorations, how to decorate your table and little touches to add to give an extra special touch.

I will be writing about food ideas to serve on the day, how I decorate my home for the Festive Season, DIY ideas for gifts, my own Christmas Wishlist, preparations for the day itself and ideas on how to relax.

After Christmas Day I will be sharing how I spent the day!

I hope you will enjoy reading the posts as much as I have in researching and writing them!!!

On My To Do List This Month

I know it’s only *just* November but there are so many things I need to start and work on this month for Christmas that I thought I’d share a little to do list with you all, and so I can hold myself accountable for things I need to get done this month so here is the list in no particular order

  • Write a Christmas gifts list and decide what I’m giving people
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I am on a tight budget this month and need to really think about how much I can afford to spend and what to give people.  I like to give meaningful gifts that suit the recipient and am choosing to make some gifts instead of buying things that are mass produced.

  • Research and buy items to make gifts
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I’m considering making scented candles and possibly baking some treats to give to people this year as gifts with a posibility of creating small hampers for family to enjoy so really want to research the best recipes and best items to purchase to make gifts along with knowing the steps involved in creating the gifts.

  • Deep clean the house

I really like to dust and clean everywhere before I think about getting the decorations out and putting them up, it gives me a chance to put some things away and make space for the festive bits and bobs to go up too!

  • Decide on Christmas decorations and what I need to make/buy
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I don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations, in the places I have lived before the decorations I had access to were not all mine.  This year is a chance for me to really think about the kind of decorations I want and how I want my home to look.  I’m leaning towards a pastel/colourful/kitsch sort of theme with some upcycled elements to fit in with it.

  • Plan for my Crafternoon (I’m holding a fundraiser for Mind on the 1st December) including drinks, activities and food.

I’ve been in my home since the end of June and have yet to have a housewarming or many friends over.  I usually don’t have many friends over due to my stress, anxiety and aspergers, but I’m really looking forward to planning and hosting this event!  My friend Jez will be helping me to sort it all out so that helps a ton!

  • Remember to put the recycling out!!!

I seem to always forget that wednesday is the day they come to empty the bins and collect our recycling until I hear them going down the street or seeing my neighbours empty recycling boxes on the street.  I really must start to write it down on my calendar and put a reminder in my phone!

  • Clean and tidy up for my house inspection (eek!)

I have my first house inspection on the 24th of this month.  The housing association I rent through are coming to give the house a once over.  I have no idea what to expect but want to have the place clean and tidy (not that it isn’t) and super presentable for their visit.

  • Meal Plan

I really need to start planning my meals properly again, when I was in work (before being signed off due to my anxiety and stress) I planned the majority of my meals, especially my breakfasts and lunches and was really good at eating at set times  but since I have been off from work I have not really thought much about what I’m going toeat or when.  It has been really hard as the medication I have been taking has been making me feel sick and put me off food completely.  I have been surviving mostly on junk and toast and that needs to change.  I really need to step away from the snacks and start cooking properly again.

  • Take photos for upcoming blog posts
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I have several posts lined up that I want to get completed and scheduled for publishing so really need to work on tking the photos to accompany the posts.  I am going to try and get most of the photos done at the beginning of this month so all I need to worry about is writing the posts!

  • Continue working on Mums Christmas present (I’ll share it in the New Year after she has recieved it!)

I’d really love to share what I’m creating for Mum at the moment but I really don’t want her to find out what I’m up to and for it to spoil her surprise until the actual day.  All I can say is that I’m nearly half way through at this moment in time and really need to crack on if I’m going to get it completed in time!

  • Make Christmas cards for family

I’m still undecided on wheter to make Christmaas cards or not this year.  I really like making cards and haven’t done so in a long time so it feels like it could be a good idea.  The main thing that is making me unsure is how much time I’ll have between all the other things I want to do for Christmas…only time will tell I suppose!

I have other things on my to do list, the normal mundane things like my cleaning routine, normal shopping, doctors appointments and bills to pay but they happen every week/month/year and are things that most poeple have on their lists too…the items I have shared are much more interesting (well, I think so!)

What is on your to do list this month?