Make (and bake) it a Christmas to remember

Remember last Christmas? Fighting traffic, stuck in shopping centre car parks? Fighting with the other harried shopper over the last bath set at the chemist on Christmas Eve? Wracking your brains trying to remember who you forgot? And then realising you forgot someone very important in the stress of it all?

This year can be so different. Imagine a serene day spent learning new crafts, with interesting new people - picking up tips and tricks for creating personalised homemade gifts, and wrapping them in your own individual style.

Imagine spending the last few days leading up to Christmas, relaxed and basking in the knowledge that you have already made all your gifts. Or enjoying the last minute party you have been invited to, knowing you have a unique gift for the hosts in your stockpile. Imagine the appreciation on the recipients’ faces when they see that you have taken the time to make something especially for them. And, best of all, imagine not being in fear of your January credit card bill!

Gertrude Tlou of Umbrella Studios and Anna Browne (growyourownfood.blogspot.com ) offer you the chance to realise your dreams of a better Christmas. They will teach you to make a selection of goodies which will delight, amuse, and please your nearest and dearest. Choose from a selection of bath bombs, bath bags, heat pillows, neck gaiters, Christmas decorations, granola, chocolate macaroons, truffles, cookie mix in a jar - and go home with recipes and instructions for all of these, and the confidence to make them at home yourself. In addition you'll learn to make gift wraps, gift cards, and cute origami gift boxes, using recycled materials.

'Make and Bake your Christmas Presents' will be held at Mullingar Educate Together NS on November 7, running from 10am to 5pm. Cost is €75, and all materials will be provided.

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