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November 2013: Crafts for Christmas


We’ve always known the Spa Sweethearts were a talented bunch, but our November meeting was the first chance many of us had to share our skills.

We had four different work stations set up around the room offering the chance to make a range of festive crafts with help from committee members. Suzanne showed her group how to make gorgeous felt reindeer decorations, Sue and Rachael were decorating fairy cakes with Christmas characters, Bex taught a group of ladies how to create a 3D Christmas pudding and Vicky had a table of card-making kit to keep everyone busy.

While some of the crafts took all evening to complete, others were less time consuming, so many of us had the chance to visit more than one table. As well as learning new skills, it was a good opportunity to meet a few new people and catch up with some we hadn’t spoken to for a while.

Sharing skills is something we’re keen to do more of in the future. If you can make or do something which you think other members may be interested in, we’d love to hear from you – just speak to any committee member or contact us by email.

Meanwhile, the December meeting will be Christmas Greenery, when we’ll be making a table centre to put the finishing touch to your Christmas meals. There are several items you will need to bring for this:

* Scissors/secateurs
* Variegated greenery eg holly, ivy, conifer etc
* Plate/base to put the arrangement on
* Candle
* Ribbon

You can also bring extra items to decorate your display, such as small baubles, ribbons, berries, fir cones, fresh flowers and dried fruit. The oasis blocks you need will be available to buy at £2 each, and guests are welcome to join us for £4 each (plus £2 for oasis, so £6 total).


November: Crackers and cards


The Spa Sweethearts were feeling festive in November – and our crafting session gave us great tips and ideas for Christmas with plenty of time left to go and make them at home.

We started by making Christmas crackers. It was surprisingly easy – a couple of toilet roll inners, some wrapping paper and a snap were all we needed to make a basic cracker. We just had to decide what went inside them and how we decorated them.

After that, we tried our hands at making Christmas cards which featured a 3D Christmas tree. Again, the process was surprisingly simple and we just had to decide how we wanted to decorate them once they were put together.



Crafters Gemma, Ilona, Elisa and Georgi had provided plenty of sparkle to make sure our crafts felt suitably festive. Because they weren’t too complicated, we were able to chat while we worked without risking everything going horribly wrong.

At the end of the night, Gemma invited everyone to the crafting sessions she runs as a sub-group of Spa Sweethearts – a good chance to practise our newly-acquired skills and learn some new ones.

Now the Spa Sweethearts know how to make stylish crackers and cards, there will be some beautifully adorned tables and mantelpieces around Harrogate and beyond this Christmas.