Friday, 29 November 2013

A very special Elf!

I have known Paula, since I just got into crafting, she is a wonderful inspirational person and I knew that she had done the fabulous Elf on the Shelf a few times, so I thought it was only fitting to get her to share her Elf's journey with us during this Christmas, which will be a very special one for her family this year. 

This is how it all began! 

Our family elf came to us December 2011 from the North Pole. She was sent by the birds (who keep an eye out for santa during the year) as they had reported some naughty behavior coming from our house - mum was desperate!

The first year our elf came at night and was never seen......
There were footprints in the snow across our table, an elf picnic, graffiti on the mirror and even knickers on the christmas tree!

Our elf worked a treat and brought a lot of magic to the house in the few visits we had. 

The following year the elf returned....

The next year I decided we needed an Elf so out came the sewing machine and pinterest! 

There was a serious lack of cute handmade elves most were either scary or creepy. You can choose to buy an original Elf on the shelf but where is the fun in that! I added wire to the arms, legs and body so it was shapable then the next morning the girls awoke to a big surprise...

Their elf was real and had been sent by Santa to keep a close eye on them. There was a special letter from the big man himself (download here), an official elf passport (download here) which meant the elf had to have a name  - Sunny Sunshine (chosen by our 3 and 4 year old girls), a countdown calendar and of course and elf breakfast of mini red and green pancakes! 

I was so keen that we had 25 days elf mischief, here are last years highlights...

It was hard coming up with 24 ideas so I used pinterest a lot for printables and ideas (there are thousands!) and also had help from other friends posting their elf tricks on facebook. 

We are big time into celebrating in our house and there are 3 different countdowns as well as a mischievous elf so planning takes months and I often gather props etc in november and write lists of what will be happening so i'm not caught short. I always buy lots of cheap christmas things (pens, rubbers, lollies, rings etc) to put in our countdown box calendar but we also include activities like visiting the christmas lights, having a photo with santa and putting a present under the giving tree.

On the night of the 23rd a letter was left explaining the magic that was about to happen...

This year will be a very special christmas for our family - I can't actually type because it still brings me to tears to say it...

Our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia on August 22.

Christmas will be over the top like you have never seen before, everyday will be christmas day. Our elf will be naughtier than ever - she will be making her debut in the child cancer ward at Christchurch Hospital. Anything to get a smile for these brave young fighters.

So in Celebration of little gorgeous Charlotte every fluffy sale in the cafe during the month of December is going direct to her fund to help make this Christmas an easier one! 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Workshops

Well we are now 1 month away from Christmas and at The Make Cafe we have plenty of things to inspire you to get creative this month!

We had a message that our 46 boxes have arrived and are now ready for distribution, they will let us know which countries will be receiving these little bundles of creative love from all of you!

In the month of December I want to highlight that we will be having a special Crafty Christmas Nights in the workshop room, we have kits that you can purchase for $10 which includes a hot drink or you are welcome to just come along and enjoy crafting!

Our kits contain all sorts of things from making ornaments to stocking fillers. Full details online, come and join in the Christmas fun! A gift wrapping station will also be available on the evening for a nominal charge.

Click here to book onto a Crafty Christmas Night now!

Time to make your own stockings! In this workshop you will receive the gorgeous Kate Spain Panel which is jammed packed with Christmas and 2 stockings to make, worth $24. We will provide a tutor, all the materials and a morning of fun making up a stocking!

Date: Saturday 7th December 10am - 12pm
Cost $45
Click here to book onto this Saturday Morning workshop

Do you have some quilt gifts planned for Christmas? Make sure you are in the know with regards to layering, binding and quilting in this popular workshop, and as a bonus you get to make a pot holder which doubles up as a Christmas gift!

Date: 3rd December 7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost $45 all materials included
Click here to book onto this essential skills workshop!

Now if all you want for Christmas is to Learn to Knit, then come along on Sunday 8th December and join in with others who are also learning this fantastic skill. As part of the workshop you will receive a ball of yarn & a pair of knitting needles! Melanie who teaches this workshop is an experienced knitter as well as a pattern writer so you will be learning from a pro!

Sunday 8th December  9:30 - 12:30
Cost $35 includes all materials

Now here is a Christmas Gift that is super quick to make, you will be sending everyone a pair for Christmas! On this workshop you will learn the art of Bezel Settings, included is a set of earrings and a necklace and you have the option to purchase additional supplies at fantastic prices during the workshop too.

9th December 19:30 - 21:30
Cost $45 all materials included
Click here to book onto the Bezel Necklace workshop

Time to let it snow!! Make a super cute Crochet Snowflake! If you are a beginner crochet enthusiast then this is the workshop for you. Up your skills slightly and have fun working on the pattern together.

10th December 7 -9pm
Cost $35 all materials included

Whatever the festivities bring this year, make sure your table stands out! On this workshop you can choose to make a table runner or a  set of 4 table mats & coasters. Included as part of the workshop is Kate Spains panel worth $24.

10th December 7:00 - 8:30pm
Costs $45 includes all materials

Create a Christmas Cake Masterpiece learning key fondant skills as you go, like mini figurines, covering your cake successfully and colouring fondant. All materials are included on this workshop and you get to choose from either a mud or fruit cake!

11th December 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost $80 all materials included

Learn how to stencil your own designs onto fabric or clothing using freezer paper to create a unique gift for friends or family members! No drawing skills required! Please bring along an item to be decorated.

12th December 7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost: $35
Click here to book onto How to Stencil with Freezer paper

Love fabric but not too handy with a sewing machine? This could be the perfect craft to satisfy all those fabric addicts out there! Learn how to decoupage with fabric - a decorative technique which involves applying layers of fabric, glue and sealant to produce a finish which is a work of art in itself!

Saturday 14th December 9am - 5pm
Cost $75

Learn the basics of candle making and make a lovely candle in a teacup, with a choice of delicious Christmas fragrances!

16th December 7:30 - 9:00
Cost $45 all materials included
Click here to book onto a Christmas Teacup Candle Workshop

Learn how to make your own lampshade completely from scratch! All materials provided – choose from our range of 250 quilting weight cottons; we have something to suit any interior!

17th December 7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost $75 all materials included

Work with a professional Bridal Jewelry Maker and learn how to make gorgeous fabric flower hair fascinators - if you have an older daughter this is the perfect workshop to do together this Christmas!

18th December 7.:30 - 10pm
Cost :$45 all materials included

We also have a full range of  Kids Christmas Workshops, starting from $10 per child see below, these spaces book out quickly, so check the dates they finish school and book your slot!