How To Make Sweet Trees

How To Make Sweet Trees

How to make Sweet Trees

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What you need

  •   Polystyrene balls
  •   Cellophane
  •   Wooden dowels
  •   A pot for each tree which you can decorate to tie in with your theme or colour scheme
  •   A glue gun
  •   Curling ribbon and bows
  •   A bag of plaster of Paris
  •   Tissue/Crepe Paper (colours to match the sweets)
  •   Cocktail Sticks


What to do

  • Cover the ball with a couple of sheets of tissue/crepe paper to match the style of sweets.


  • Decorate your dowel if necessary with crepe paper, ribbon or you can paint it the desired colour


  • Centre the end of the wooden dowel at one end of the ball. Push the dowel into the ball firmly. Do not push it all the way through, however push it far enough so that the weight of the sweets on the ball later will not cause it to fall off the dowel. You can also put some craft glue on the end of the dowel to ensure it stays in the polystyrene ball.


  • Make up the bag of plaster of Paris according to instructions. Fill up your pots to 3/4 full and leave to set for a couple of minutes, centre the other end of the dowel into the plaster and hold for a minute until it sets. This is the skeleton of your tree. Once the plaster sets you can cover it with either some moss or some crushed cellophane or material or crepe paper.


  • Add your sweets of choice by either sticking a toothpick into your sweet and then into your tree or by just using glue to hold them on if you are using a glue gun be careful as they get hot and you don’t want to burn yourself or, if you’re using chocolate, melt it! Fill in any gaps with or crushed crepe paper and tie on your pretty bow.


  • You could also use strawberries and other fruit which have to be attached with toothpicks but are really nice and different, you could make variations on these by first of all dipping them in chocolate or white chocolate and or dipping them in sprinkles.


Example Pricing: UK  (these prices vary depending on where you get them from and sizes, quantity etc)

5 Large Polystyrene balls                       £6.99    Dougarts – Ebay

5 Medium Polystyrene balls                   £4.99    Scotsman2777- Ebay

10 Small Polystyrene balls                     £8.49    Scotsman2777 – Ebay


8 12mm x 30cm Dowel (Large Tree)        £3.50 & £2.25 Darbysdiy- Ebay

8  9mm x 30 cm Dowel (Medium Tree)    £2.65 & 50p

12 6mm x 20 cm Dowel (Small Tree)       £2.65 & 50p

Postage discount is if bought together


Plaster Of Paris 500g                            £2.75 mister-crafts- Ebay

Cellophane 20 metres                            £5.65    j333young
Plus 20 metres of ribbon


Approx amounts of sweets on each tree:

Flying Saucers-

Small-   45

Med-     100

Large-   145


Med- 130

Large- 160

Fererro Rocher

Med- 45

Large- 65

Love Hearts

Med- 64 tubes


Med –  400g

Chocolate Eclair

Med – 75

Large – 120


Med- 100

Medium sized Toffees

Med- 70

Choc Football

Med- 600g

Until Next Time


My Bucket List

Here is my bucket list, the list of things I want to do before I die!

See the Northern Light’s

northern ightd

 Visit Australia


Play messy Twister


Learn  a foreign language


Be my target weight


Visit NYC at New Year (Or christmas)


   See a film on a big outdoor screen 

drive in

Visit Ireland on St Patrick’s day 


Wear a T-shirt that says LIFE, hand out lemons 


Leave a love-lock on the bridge in Paris

love lock

Write a book

book published

Tips For Work From Home Mums

Tips For Work From Home Mums

Work from home mum’s

Many mum’s who work from home struggle with a lack of self-organisation.

 If you required help getting your life and time organised in order to be more productive, you can apply some of these hints and tips to improve your life and your income.

Do you feel that you are living in a chaos life? Do you feel that your time is not spent working effectively?

Organization Tips for Work from Home Mums:

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Ÿ         Scheduling time for work.

Ÿ          If you are inconsistent with the time you put in to your work you will have very poor results. Increase your consistency and watch your profits climb. Make sure to schedule regular time for work.

Ÿ         Scheduling time for household management.

When your surroundings are not organized and there is always something calling for your attention before you can settle down to work, work will keep being put off for another time.

 Create a household maintenance schedule and be diligent in working your plan. Find peace as your home and work surroundings become more and more organised.

Ÿ         Scheduling time for relationships.

If all you ever do is work on your household chores or your business you will soon lose the satisfaction and the benefits of working from home – having time for family relationships. Keep your priorities in order and schedule adequate time to build relationships. Then you will not be interrupted with guilt when it is time to concentrate on business.

Ÿ         Keep your work space organised.

Be vigilant about keeping your immediate surroundings in order. This order generates calm, productivity and creativity; three very valuable tools for success.

Take some time daily to maintain order where you work.  Create a Inbox, Outbox & Pending file, file correctly when completed.
Create separate files for each aspect of your business. Keep Client, Customers & Employee’s details in files, along with all customer correspondence.

Ÿ         Keep your output organised.

Organise your working time. Work on the items of most importance first. Do not let the urgent steal your valuable work time.

Use Our Periodic activity work sheet to help keep up with the frequency of priority tasks and to keep book-keeping up to date.

Ÿ         Maintain your hard work.

Now that you’ve put all this effort into organising your surroundings, your work, your relationships and your productivity guard your efforts ruthlessly.

Do not let this calm slip away into chaos again.
Learn to keep your life organized. 

Life With Borderline Personality Disorder – The Real Me

Life With Borderline Personality Disorder – The Real Me

Lately I have been interested in how other people feel living with Borderline Personality Disorder, I read a lot of stories and some interesting forum comments and insightful videos regarding it, so I decided to create a video presentation of my own as a different take on the others I have watched.

I was interested in finding out which traits a lot of people have in common and which traits I personally have that some don’t. It’s not easy for us Borderlines to put something like this together as we feel different every time we go back to it, so I have used information from previous blog posts and been reminded through my research of some of the personality traits & feelings I don’t realise I have because I am so used to them! They (whoever ‘they’ actually are) call this a ‘Lightbulb Moment’ The moment where something suddenly makes sense!

Lightbulb Moment: ‘These subconscious ideas often originate from something we have seen or heard at some stage. It may be something that shocked or disturbed us. It may be a situation that we encountered that we felt could or should be changed. It may be as simple as something that we wanted, but were unable to find.’

See! There I go again, getting distracted, As the saying goes “Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy”

Here it is in a presentation…

I have Borderline Personality Disorder. Though I don’t often tell people because I’m afraid of what they might think. I can’t trust people, so I hide it from the world. People don’t know me very well; they only know what I choose to let them see.

You may think I am happy and sometimes I am, but mostly…. I’m afraid, I’m sad, I’m frustrated, I’m angry, I’m in pain, I feel hopeless, I feel empty inside, I am alone

Every day of my life I feel, self conscious, inferior, bored, desperate, anxious and overwhelmed, I analyse everything.

One small thing you say may trigger my mood swings, a song, smell or sound can take me back to a place I didn’t feel safe. It’s not always clear to me why I feel that way, I don’t know who I am, I don’t want to be like this, I just want to be loved. When I get hurt, it’s difficult for me to forget it, regardless of feeling this way; I try my best to find the positives of this illness. Everyone with BPD is different, but here are the things I am thankful for, I am…

PASSIONATE: I have extreme intensity of passion when I find something that interests me

INDIVIDUAL: I strongly cultivate my individualism and enjoy applying my abilities to new tasks

SPONTANEOUS: I do whatever it is I feel I want to do at that moment

CURIOUS: I’m curious about anything and everything, therefore taking more interest in people and in their interests

INTENSE: Every moment of my life is experienced at extreme intensity, experiencing life to the fullest with both the highs and the lows

INSIGHTFUL: Since I have experienced so much pain in my past, I am able to draw on these experiences for the present moment via self-awareness, helping myself and others

EMPATHETIC & COMPASSIONATE: I have super empathy and can have a lot of compassion for those around me, whether I am feeling high or low

CREATIVE: I have the ability to create. This is one of my favourite ‘Borderline Powers’

A memory aid for symptoms of BPD is using the word PRAISE

P: Paranoid Ideas

R: Relationship Instability

A: Angry Outbursts, Affective Instability, Abandonment Fears

I: Impulsive Behaviours, Identity Disturbance

S: Suicidal Behaviours

E: Emptiness

My emotions are unstable, I feel every emotion that you do, but I feel it with 10 times the intensity, I have difficulty in making and maintaining relationships, my emotional pain is worse than physical pain. I fear abandonment so much; I abandon people before they have the chance to abandon me. I have an unstable sense of identity, For example I think differently about myself depending on who I’m with, I take risks or do things without thinking about the consequences…And sometimes I think its better to feel pain, than feel nothing at all.

Sometimes I am suicidal, but mostly I just resent this life. I feel all of these things at the same time. I do not know why or how to make it stop. But with help and through therapy, I am learning how to cope better. These episodes will get further and fewer in between and I will experience longer periods of stability, I can learn how to better regulate my emotions, so that I do not become out of control, I can learn how to stop sabotaging my life and circumstances and I can learn to behave in ways that are worrying or hurtful to you.

“I did then, what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better”

There is a lot of negativity towards BPD…Don’t listen to it, and don’t let anyone ever use it against you.

I am not a monster. I only do what I need to do in order for me to survive, I did not ask for this life, yet I was given it anyway and I have done my best with it.

Until Next Time



Run Your Own Cleaning Service- Templates and guides

If you’re considering setting up a new business, a cleaning service could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

 You don’t have to spend a fortune to get started in this lucrative business. You can start now with little cash and no experience.


After running a successful business for a number of years I decided it was time to move on and I sold it on,I loved it but don’t get me wrong,  it was hard work and there are a lot of competitors out there, but that shouldn’t stop you.

You can run this business on your own or have people who carry out the cleaning  on your behalf and you act as an agency.

It’s easy to start-up and can be operated from home with few overheads! it’s not a get rich quick scheme, it requires hard work and persistence (take it from someone who knows!)

Do your research and use some of the templates below to get started!

I suggest you use the guides to get a better idea of the business, then add all the details you need to make them your own and visit a business start-up adviser, or contact your local Jobcentre and they will give you a nudge in the right direction and you may be eligible for business start-up grants/ loans.

Cleaner Agreement

Cleaner Inquiry Form

 Cleaner registration

Cleaners Good Conduct Guide


Interview Check List

Quote form

Standing Order Form

Standing order Agency/ Agreement Letter

Welcome Letter

What to expect from your Domestic Assistant

DISCLAIMER: These are templates and guides I have used myself and produced through research and collecting information from various sources over time.

Please be aware that information provided by this blog is subject to change. We recommend that you do not take any information held within as a definitive guide to the law or the relevant matter being discussed. You are advised to seek legal or professional advice where necessary rather than relying on the content supplied by the author of this blog.

Due to the nature of the matters discussed on this blog, the information contained within it and any pages linked to from it are clearly subject to change, without warning. The law, regulations and other forms of legal governance are constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs of the modern world and it is impossible to comprehensively detail the nature of such within the confines of a blog in a concise, up-to-date manner.

You will find links to guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start-up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company at , You will also find links to additional help and support HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer new businesses