Tea Light Jars

I got this idea from a friend of mine who has made a large number of these as lighting for her summer wedding. I washed out some old jars I had (I like the small Doritos salsa dip jars as I think they look cute) and then wrapped some twine around the jar. I have attached hearts & flower shapes to the jars that I have made from salt dough (recipe below). I then filled with coffee beans (you could fill with whatever you fancy pebbles, sand etc) and a lovely scented candle (velvet amber) that I got from Sainsbury’s. The coffee beans warm up when the candle is lit and combined they give off a lovely scent
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Salt Dough Recipe

it doesn’t really matter too much about precise weights as long as you stick to the principle of one, half, half e.g.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup cold water

mix all ingredients into a bowl and kneed until dough is soft and pliable

roll out onto a floured surface to approx. 1/8″ thick

cut into shapes

using a straw make holes to be able to thread them onto your twine

you can now leave to dry for 48 hours or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for 2 hours at 220 f

let your shapes cool completely before painting them

I like to give mine a coat of pva glue once dried to stop them from cracking

 

happy making x

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Crochet granny square blanket

Now that I have reduced my hours at work, I am able to finish some of the projects I started that I just didn’t have time for before. My first project was to finish the granny square blanket I had started to make for my mum. I made this blanket using 4 giant granny squares in red (although it looks more like a dark pink in some lights), white and black and also grey, white and black. The blanket is really soft as I used double knit baby care wool by woolcraft.

Hopefully my mum will like it, looks like my cat does!!

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