Maxi Designs ~ Handmade

Maxi Designs ~ Handmade

I have a passion not only for writing, but for designing and creating items by hand. I'm professional trained as an Interior designer FdA with Distinction. My other strengths are in the needle work area, which I'm fine tuning with a seamstress course at present. But I also like working with beads, Jewellery making, drawing, and in I love particularly making my own gifts.

Anyone who knows me personally, will know that I've always got a design project of some sort in the making!

And for the first time, I'm going to share some of these projects with you..... it's very nerve raking, because it's quite a personal thing, an item you've made by your own hand. But I hope you enjoy seeing them, half as much as, I've enjoyed making them!

I thought also, I would do some design mood boards too. Of styles, designs or even unusual designs or items, which have inspired me. And maybe they will inspire you along the way too...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sweetie Bouquet

Sweetie Bouquet

Making sweetie bouquets and hampers, is by far one of my favourite gifts to make, and to present to someone.  I just love the way their faces light up, seeing the display of chocolates, and other goodies, and knowing they are all for them, with the added bonus of a pretty vase, basket, or pot, once all the chocolate delights, in this case, had been eaten.  They also become more of a personally designed gift, then any old thing, you can pick up at the shops!

This Lindor Sweetie Bouquet, was actually made as part of a christmas gift for my mother-in-law last year.  I do adore the way this displayed, array of chocolates, then becomes a show piece for all to see.  It's one of the few gifts, besides actually flowers, which can be displayed and enjoyed by the whole family and friends, even if it is for a short period of time.    

And yet they are the simplest of things to make...

You will need...

A collection of chocolates of your chose - I picked Lindor, because it's mums favourite! 

A pretty vase or pot.

Cellophane wrap - these are quite inexpensive to buy, and come in a wide array of colours and patterns.  

Bamboo Skewers


And foam padding for inside the vase, so you can poke the skewers into.

And that's it, it's as simple as that...

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