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Healthy habits in Thailand

Eat at the table in France ‘You’d never see a French person having a TV dinner,’ says celebrity trainer and fitness author Christianne Wolff. ‘This means they are paying attention…

Royal rose fit for a queen istock

  Not only has the rose been the national flower of England since Tudor times, but many new varieties have been produced to commemorate key events over our current Queen’s…

How to treat your hirsutism hair iStock

Hirsutism (excessive facial and body hair) affects around one in 10 of us before the menopause, and as the hairs are often thicker and darker, and/or in unusual places, this…

A Hawthorn in flower is a gorgeous garden border Alamy

The style and atmosphere of a garden is created as much by the boundary that you choose to wrap around it as by the lawn, garden borders and sitting areas…

How to make a personalised candle

You will need A pillar candle Letter stamps Christmas stamps Ink pads White tissue paper Heat gun or hairdryer Wax paper Pillar candles, from £1, Hema; red stars, from a…

How to make a personalised pot for planting

You will need Small tree or plant Hessian Ribbon or twine Thin card Rubber stamps Scissors Chalk Bay and citrus trees, rosemary and cyclamens, from a selection at Wyevale Ribbons,…

How to make a personalised craft box

Finished size: 25 x 23cm, excluding loop You will need Tracing paper and a sharp HB pencil 40cm of 90cm-wide plain red felt 40cm of 112cm-wide turquoise patterned cotton fabric…

How to sew an invisible zip

Learn how to sew an invsible zip when making a dress with dressmaking expert, Thelma’s, easy-to-follow techniques. You will need Pins Invisible zip foot Zipper foot Invisible zip Matching thread…

How to make a personalised necklace

Pendant size: 3.5 x 2.7cm You will need A photograph Access to a laser printer Cutting mat 25mm-diameter clear domed glass cabochon Pencil Craft knife or scissors Matte or glossy…

How to make a garden apron

Finished size: 42 x 23cm, excluding the belt You will need 30cm of 112cm-wide green spotted cotton fabric 30cm of 112cm-wide plain turquoise cotton fabric 30cm of 112cm-wide blue patterned…

Get crafty with your little ones this holiday with our fun makes using washi tape These fun projects are so simple, they’re a great way to get creative with the…

Healthy skin in the sun

The sun has had a bad press for so many years you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s public enemy number one, to be avoided and protected against at all costs.…

Prospect Cottage beach garden Alamy

To make your beach garden lush and colourful you need to look for plants with tough or waxy leaves or hairy foliage to block salty winds. Slim grassy leaves and…

We’ve gathered together 20 classic tales into 5 mini audiobooks – Woodland Friends, Christmas, New Year, School and Snow. Each contains four stories for you to listen to at your…

How to make a baby bib

Finished size: 24cm wide x 34cm long. The neck circumference is 26cm. For a larger neck size, increase the scoop of the neck when cutting out. Use 1cm seam allowances.…

How to make a stylish Chrismas tree card in cross stitch

Making a Christmas tree cross stitch is so simple with our easy-to-follow chart. Just stitch the stars, Christmas tree branches and little tree pot before adding a selection of beads…

How to make an elephant pull along toy

Finished size: Baby elephant toy, 24 x 18cm, mummy elephant toy, 30.5 x 22cm. Note: Mummy elephant pull along toy measurements are shown in brackets. For each elephant, you will…