23 December 2010

homemade christmas crackers...

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we must be utterly crackers to stay until 10.30 at night at the workshop, designing a template for some xmas crackers, especially when there will be only us two for dinner!
I don't know why, but we've really gotten into this christmas malarkey, I'm even going to try and make a christmas dinner {meatless though, Nao eats meat but seems to prefer the idea of my Leek and Elemental pie instead!}. so, we finished our christmas crackers this afternoon, we made 8 in total.
We got the idea from Katy, who, whilst we met up for a dinner, told me about a cracker making workshop she went to recently, and said how she really got into it and it was such a laugh. The way she described it made me feel all creative too!
So that evening we stole one end of a cracker from our dinner party, and worked out the rest of the template on paper. We then photocopied the template on the backs of some prints we made of those 18th century book illustrations we used for our RUST jewellery display.

cutting them all out was a bit of a job, I have to admit, but it was very exciting to see how they looked when rolled up!

 

mine were a bit scruffy compared to Nao's faultless Japanese precision as usual.

xmas office.

I began making the paper crowns, this bit was easy peasy, I used a crown that I nicked from the dinner table as a guide. Just fold up the tissue paper like a concertina and you can make six at once!

I made purple and white ones as it was left over from our present wrapping. I stamped them in gold with our wedding stamp. difficult to see in these photos but it looked better on the purple.

then the jokes! also quite pointless as Nao never seems to get jokes {lost in translation maybe?} and I end up laughing to myself like an idiot. I think he got this one though...


i liked the minimal monochrome look of the prints, so just used my new favourite string we found the other day.
for the snaps, we took apart some bought crackers {sainsbury's £1.99} as we'd left it too late to order them on the Internet {you can buy them from Ebay cheap as chips} they were from tiny tree crackers so we had to lengthen them a bit.

i bought some pressies from a shop near our workshop called Magma, but if I'd had the time, i would have collected small things from the flea market. {a note for next year!}

i used a gold pen to make guilded edges with dots, and Nao stamped our logo on the front!

I didn't buy enough pressies so we settled for my favourite...Baileys truffles...

roll it up, tuck in the tabs, add a bit of string and...

TAA DAA!!!

Unimaginable Creatures Christmas Crackers!

hmmm, I wonder if we will have the heart to pull them all? I guess it depend on how much wine we drink on xmas day!

if you are one of our poor family and friends, you may be shocked at the lack of xmas cards {and pressies, oops!} from us this year! we apologise greatly, we can only assume that all the wedding invitation making in august, has sapped our enthusiasm for making cards this year!

we are going to hibernate from all outside contact this xmas...not sure why? maybe it was a tiring year what with moving home in march, moving business in april/may, going to Japan and getting married in august, all the time running two business, blimey I feel tired just typing all that! time to just eat, sleep, and pull crackers!!

...i'm sure I'll squeeze in a few blog post during the holidays though : )