Christmas Stars with Felt & Glitter

Only 1 week left till the big day! are you ready? have you everything done? or are you running around like a headless chicken? hhmmm I find I like the build up & if I am organised I enjoy it more.

I made these a few weeks back so thought I would share, so here’s a quick little tutorial on making some glitter stars using some glitter fabric. Its kinda a follow on post from last week, you can read it here.  What can I say, I love a bit of glitter !

These are perfect to hang around the house or gift for those last minute token presents. My kids gifted some to their teachers.  On some I used felt and on others I used some Christmas fabric against the glitter.  I was just experimenting really but I thought they turned out ok.  Here’s some.

Fabric Glitter Star - Tutorial

Materials Needed:
Glitter Fabric, I get it from CloudCraft
Square felt pieces or fabric
Scallop scissors
Sewing machine & thread to match
Twine or ribbon

  1. Take your glitter fabric piece and cut out your star shape. I just traced the shape on the back and cut, the fabric is pretty sturdy.
  2. Now take your piece of felt,  and machine sew the glitter star shape onto the felt piece. Don’t forget to leave a little bit open for the stuffing.  When you have the stuffing in, place your bit of twine/ribbon inside near the tip  & finish sewing the star to the felt piece.
  3. Using your scallop scissors, cut around the felt, don’t cut too near your sewing line, you want to to leave a little scallop edging.  See the picture below.
  4. Fabric Glitter Star - TutorialThat’s it, all done! you don’t necessary have to use the glitter fabric, you can use this method with plain fabric, but the glitter fabric makes it sturdy and of course its glitter, any excuse to use it!

This more than likely will be my last post for 2016, so wishing you all a Happy & Peaceful Christmas.

See you in 2017!


Fabric Glitter Star - Tutorial

Fabric Glitter Star - Tutorial





Advent Craft Swap

Another little craft swap I decided to participate in.  I found out about this through Instagram, not sure who tagged me but thank you !

So #AdventCraftSwap was thought up by Fionnuala from the blog Three Sons Later.  Fionnuala is a fellow Irish blogger who’s blogs about parenting, crafts and life in Germany with her Bavarian husband and yes her three sons.  I first came across her blog on Twitter and I liked the German aspect as we have a Bavarian girl in our family.

So the idea was to sign up and make something festive and swap with your allocated partner.  No more than 5Euro was to be spend on materials.  Great idea I thought,  and I had just the project to do. So here’s my gift, it has winged its way to Emily in Athy and she liked it, yay!

Advent Craft Swap - read about my project here


Advent Craft Swap - read about my project hereThe pattern I used was from Romantic Motifs by Carina Envoldsen Harriswhich I blogged
about here.  Another chance to use one of her lovely patterns.

I received my gift from Aine.  She  handmade some Lemongrass Bath Salts. I love Lemongrass! Thank you Aine, I have used some of it already.


Have you done any craft swaps for the season ? 

Till next time!



My Handmade Christmas

Is it safe to mention the C word yet?! Well its nearly upon us, so this is for those of you who are starting to think of their Christmas shopping.

This year, I have decided to buy handmade items for family members, ( whether they like it or not !).  I normally try and do something myself but I have been busy with my Etsy shop and other craft events, so I made a point of buying handmade this year to support other makers.

Some of the people I found through Instagram and some through the blog, its a great way to find other makers and to be honest, its a great way to support each other.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my purchases.  I have included the relevant links to their shops and social media accounts.

First up is Kasia from The Crafty Mummy blog, she makes these amazing crochet statement necklaces.  Her Etsy shop is here.

My Handmade Christmas - Chunky Crochet Necklace

These ceramic stars are from Maple Tree Pottery , aren’t they gorgeous?!. I found Karyn on Instagram and her work is amazing,  if you want to order, click here.  I am hoping to see more of her work at The National Crafts & Design Fair.

My Handmade Christmas - Ceramic Stars

This little pin is from one of my favorite makers, Teresa from Shirley Rainbow.  I thought this would make a perfect gift for my son’s playschool teacher.  Teresa blogs here and her shop is on Folksy

My Handmade Christmas - Felt Brooch

Another favorite, and its Joanna from Adventures and Tea Parties.  I love her shop and she makes really quirky accessories.  This personalised handkerchief  is for my sons, well for their granddad, whom they call Pop. Joanna has shops on Etsy and NOTHS

My Handmade Christmas - Personalised Hankie

Next up and its Aideen.  Aideen is a Galway girl ( can you hear the song now ) and her blog is called Pieces By AideenShe has a pretty cool YouTube channel here and she also is on the Prima Design Team, please do check her out.

She is amazing with weaves and she made me one a while ago which I was meaning to gift but I loved it so much, I kept it! Sorry Aunty Mary …

My Handmade Christmas - Weaving
This really wasn’t a gift, well I suppose it was a gift to myself ! a personalized wooden sign from Things We Left Behind,  what a great name, love to know the story behind that.  Darren made this up in no length and it just makes me happy when I see it.  Like I’m legit now or something ha!

My Handmade Christmas - Personalised Sign

That’s it, I hope you like the pieces and maybe you will give them a shout out or a visit.  Of course there are loads more I could mention and I hate leaving anyone out but there is a limit to my

Happy shopping, till next time!


PS here’s my link to my Etsy if you want a peek, I have updated it with some bits, like these ….. and I post daily updates on Instagram

My Handmade Christmas - hoops by theMessyBrunette

2 Christmas Gifts that won’t cost the earth & a cupcake recipe!

Gifts in a Jar
Do you want to give a gift at Christmas, a token present that won’t cost the earth,  that just shows your appreciation in some small way?  I know I value handmade homemade presents rather than getting the box of chocolate Kimberley Mikado, ( Irish bickies that have been around for donkeys years,)  nothing wrong with getting or receiving these by the way!

This year my son started junior infants and has a great teacher that goes above and beyond. He has some special education needs, so I wanted to give a little something on his behalf and something that he helped create.  Looking around Pinterest for some inspiration, I came across gifts in a jar and bingo! I loved this idea.

Here’s some I did up …..

Gift in a Jar: Just add drinking chocolate, chocolate pieces & Marshmallow. Dress up your jar with a nice label and gift tag. Very quick & easy to do. Perfect for Christmas gifts and teacher appreciation gifts

Upcycled Jars for Christmas Gifts in a Jar

Christmas Crochet Gift Tags

Here’s my list of supplies:

  • Some empty jars, I tend to keep the fancy jars, just in case for future projects like this.
  • Drinking Chocolate
  • Chocolate chip pieces
  • Marshmallows
  • I had some lazertran transfer paper which I used to print out a graphic from Canva and baked it on, but you can just print out a graphic and stick it on.  I wanted to test out the transfer paper and this was a good time as any.
  • I cut and glued some scrap paper I had for the lids and used a stamp in my stash.
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Gift tags
  • Cellophane to wrap the jar in

Just add the drinking chocolate, (you can let the kids help here) and layer the chocolate pieces and the marshmallows.  Dress up your jar and hey presto all done.  Nice and quick and it won’t cost much.

And for no. 2, I decided to make some mini cupcakes and put them again into a jar.  Jar was painted and decoupaged before hand.  I then wrapped it in some cellophane and added a gift tag and some ribbon and hey presto all done!Gift in a Jar: Just add some mini cupcakes, gift tag & ribbon!











Here’s the recipe for the mini cupcakes

41/2oz softened butter
41/2oz caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
5oz plain flour
1/4tsp baking powder



  • Preheat oven to 190degC or Gas mark 5. Line your cupcake tin.
  • Cream the butter in a large bowl until soft
  • Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating continuously then sift in the flour and baking powder.

Note: You can if you like put the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and flour into an electric food mixer and whiz  until the mixture comes together. I prefer to do it in stages, I am anal like that!

  • Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
  • Bake these in the oven for 10/12 minutes or until they are golden and springy to touch.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool
  • You can if you wish after they have cooled decorate to your heart’s desire or let your smallie attack decorate!Mini Cupcakes - recipe here!

This will be my last post for 2015 so I wish you all a healthy happy Christmas and here’s to an eventful crafty New Year!

Thank you all for reading and taking the time to comment 🙂





3 Quick Christmas Projects

3 quick Christmas projects to do
Take one ball of christmassy yarn & some old curtain rings! Just double crochet around the rings and add some embellishments like a star or some bells and other little bits you may have lying around and ta da instant decorations!

Use some old curtain rings and crochet around them with some christmas yarn, use for decoration

Use some old curtain rings and double crochet around with some christmas yarn and hey presto some decorations !


Take some old curtain rings and crochet Christmas Decorations

Christmas wreath, with some yarn wrapped around the ring, add some crochet stars, all done.

Handmade Christmas Wreath with some yarn and some crochet stars


Take some wooden clothes pegs, pull apart and glue the pegs back to back.  Make them into a star shape and glue all the pegs together.  Paint and distress for a rustic look and instant christmas stars!

Before ……

Take some wooden clothes pegs & turn into christmas stars, perfect for the kids to do! Before Picture ..

and after ……

Take some wooden clothes pegs and turn them into christmas stars!

Hope you enjoyed these quick projects. What have you done?

Till next time 🙂