Author: Bhawna Saini

Pipe Cleaner Wreath Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Pipe Cleaner Wreath Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

With pipe cleaners around, all a crafter needs is just a wee bit of inspiration and that’s it. They can be moulded, threaded, plaited and what not. To top it up, pipe cleaners come in all colours and are awfully soft to touch. They are […]

Candy Cane Reindeer Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Candy Cane Reindeer Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Nothing shouts Christmas like candy canes. According to Gourmet Gift Baskets, out of the 1.76 billion candy canes produced each year, 90% are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not just that, candy canes are the topmost non-chocolate candy being sold during this festive season. I […]

Pom Pom Pine Cones Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Pom Pom Pine Cones Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

The best time to collect pine cones is in autumn. Especially if you want to collect good-sized nicely-opened ones. And I missed collecting them at that time. So when I decided to make these pom pom pine cones Christmas ornaments, I could only think of LittleB’s friends J&J who I knew for sure have a stash of pine cones at their house. I know, I know it is not nice to ask kids to hand me over their pine cones which they must have collected with a lot of hard work. But desperate times call for desperate measures. And it wouldn’t hurt them to share a few with me from the dozens they are hoarding, would it? 🙂

So this ornament is dedicated to J&J for being kind enough to share their pine cones with me. The ornament is as simple as almost all ornaments in this series.

Pom Pom Pine Cones Christmas Ornaments

Pom Pom Pine Cones Christmas Ornaments

You Will Need

Pine cones

Pom pom balls

Twine

Hot glue gun

Buttons or sequins (optional)

handmade Christmas tree ornament

How to Go About It

Just warm up your glue gun and keep gluing the pom pom balls in the empty spaces between the pines.

To see in details, watch the video below –

Do you know any other fun ways to use pine cones?! Let me know in the comments below.

Christmas tree craft

Complete set yet for my #25DaysofOrnaments Christmas craft Project for this year –

Twig and Ribbon Tree Christmas Ornament

Yarn Winter Hat Christmas Ornament

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

Acorn Cap Toadstool Christmas Ornaments

Tea Light Snowman Christmas Ornament

Tea Light Snowman Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Tea Light Snowman Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

I recently discovered the world of tea light crafts that I was simply oblivious to till now. Once I searched online and got some ideas, I realized that the possibilities to use them in various craft projects are endless. So I had to incorporate at […]

Acorn Cap Toadstool Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Acorn Cap Toadstool Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

I loved watching Chip and Dale as a kid. It was hilarious, like literally rolling on the floor laughing. I was amused by the duo of oh-so-very clever Chip and such-a-silly-sausage Dale; I loved their never-ending hide and seek showdown with Donald Duck, and was […]

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

We made these Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments for a tree dressing event we were going to have at our local park today. The ornaments are rather simple and therefore I was planning not to write much about them. I reckoned I would wrap this post up in about hundred words or so.

However, something extremely swell happened at the tree dressing and I must share it with you. It wasn’t exactly one thing, it was more like a bit here and a bit there and together it all made my heart hum for the rest of the evening.

The weather was cold and as gloomy as London weather could be. As we reached there, we realised that contrary to what we guessed, it wasn’t a Christmas tree dressing but rather a cherry tree dressing.

I soon realised that this tree was perfect for this event. The cherry tree, at this time of the year, was all bare except for few flowers blooming at the edges of the branches. It was wider than it was tall and the lower branches were well within reach. The bark was split in two and hence it was easy to climb up the tree.

The park association had organized for ornaments; however, people brought their own ornaments. There were store-bought ornaments and handmade as well. A person brought a guitar and strummed a suitable tune.

Within minutes of starting, there were kids running and climbing all around the cherry tree to hang their ornament as high as they can.

It was quite a happy sight in the cold gloomy day. Take that winter!

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

handmade Christmas tree ornament

And these are the ornaments that we hanged –

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

And this is how we made them –

Stick Star Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

You Will Need

Twigs (preferably of same thickness)

Yarn

Hot Glue

How to Go About It

These Stick Star Christmas Ornaments are perfect for hanging outdoors because they can withstand weather. I especially loved them because they give a nice touch of colour to the gloomy outdoors we have here on most days.

handmade Christmas tree ornament

Christmas tree craft

Try this craft at home and share your creations in the comments down below. If there is an ornament that you want me to try making, let me know that as well.

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The complete #25DaysofOrnaments links –

#Day1 Twig and Ribbon Tree Ornament

#Day2 Yarn Winter Hat Ornament

Yarn Winter Hat Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Yarn Winter Hat Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

So this is day 2 of my #25DaysofOrnaments project. I am running a little late, Saturday chores and inertia kept me occupied. We went to Tesco for our weekly grocery shopping, and with the red and white decorations and holiday songs playing on loop, it […]

Twig and Ribbon Tree Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

Twig and Ribbon Tree Christmas Ornament | #25DaysofOrnaments | Christmas Project 2017

It is that time of the year again, can you feel it? The temperature is staying in single digits, the craving for hot drinks is constant and I can no longer afford to step out of the house without a winter cap (even if it […]

For Claudia Manera and Crossing Paths

For Claudia Manera and Crossing Paths

As I step into the gym after staying away from it for more than half a year, I couldn’t help thinking again and again about Claudia Manera.

Claudia Manera was a fitness boot camp instructor at my local park as part of the ‘Our Parks’ movement. I tried one of her sessions over in spring and after that kept going back for more. People who attended the boot camp were from a vast range of fitness levels, some were regulars and others were not. Irrespective of it all, Claudia was committed. She was well aware of the progress each of us in the class was making and what we were capable for. Her boot camp along with the season being summer (which meant that I could run outdoors regularly) were the reasons I left the gym.

But now that I am back in the gym, I couldn’t help but remember her.

obituary Claudia Manera

I am referring to Claudia in past tense because she is no longer with us. On October 12, she was hit by a lorry as she was cycling back from work. I was upset to find out about the accident and kept following her father’s Facebook updates. But I wasn’t worried much, I felt that she would eventually be fine. Then days later when I found that she had succumbed to the fatal injuries, I knew there was no coming back for her. I was saddened, but I must also confess that I forgot about it soon as I got busy with my own life.

But now that I am back in the gym, I couldn’t help but remember her. That if she was still alive, I might not have joined the gym back. I might still be attending her boot camp and running in the park and that would have been enough.

At the gym, I am aiming to run, cross train and row a couple of kilometres each and so I have plenty of time to think about just Claudia. It isn’t that I am forcing myself to think about her, I couldn’t help thinking about her. All this time when she was alive, I didn’t make much effort to know her – that she was an ex-met police officer is fact that I found out only after she was gone. However, now weeks after her death, I find myself trying to hold on to the idea of Claudia a little longer.

Before my Vitality London 10K, I remember walking up to Claudia and asking her sheepishly any tips that she can give me for the race day. She told me not to worry and that the terrain was not too tricky and so I should be fine. A couple of months after the race she asked me which other races I am planning to run. I shrugged my shoulders saying that I feel I can run only one 10K in a year. To which Claudia replied that she felt that I have the ideal body type for long distance women running and therefore I should pursue it more seriously. A professional fitness trainer who has run all sorts of races a countless number of times, saying that she somehow sees potential in me was the compliment I revelled in for days.

obituary Claudia Manera

Without sounding too philosophical, I must admit that I believe in things happening for a reason. That we meet people for a reason, however brief the period or however casual the purpose. Just like in Richard Bach’s One. We crossed paths with someone and that is the reason we went this way rather than going that way. And so if Claudia and I crossed paths, it was for a reason. I don’t understand the reason or its gravity right now. But I know, one day, it will all come together. Till then, rest in peace Claudia Manera.

obituary Claudia Manera

I am Angry Not at the Video, But at You For Sharing It

I am Angry Not at the Video, But at You For Sharing It

It was the very same day that I saw the very same video repeating over and over on almost every social media channel. WhatsApp? Yes. Facebook? Yes. Twitter? Yes. Instagram? Yes. I am talking about the same video which even got many celebrities interested. The […]