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In Episode two, Kirstie visits Waddeson Manor in Buckinghamshire to kick start the festivities. Here, she met and worked with some of the best of British crafting talent to bring us inspiration in abundance and of course, crafts galore.

A special thanks to everyone involved in making this series.

Holly Brook – Holly’s Lollies

Craft: gingerbread and peppermint lollipops

Founder Holly taught Kirstie how to make peppermint and gingerbread lollipops for Christmas. Holly’s Lollies produce handmade gourmet lollies and sweets. 

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Lisa Dussek - inspiredBALLOONS.co.uk

Craft: balloon snowmen

Balloon artist Lisa showed Kirstie how to make snowman out of balloons. Lisa creates delightful balloon characters and scenes for events, workshops and gifts.

For more info visit her website

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Sophie Sellu – Grain and Knot

Craft - wooden board carving

 Sophie taught Kirstie to make a wooden board at her workshop. Sophie hand crafts beautiful items for the home from reclaimed wood and also hosts pop up spoon carving classes in London.  

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Stocking competitors:

Christine Leech (Winner)

Christine’s creation was titled, ‘Pompom Party’. Christine is really well known for her love of pompoms- she even wrote a book titled, ‘Pompommania’

For more info visit her website.

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Rosie Scott

Rosie’s entry was titled, ‘Luxurious Christmas’. Rosie runs her own craft business alongside her best friend Hannah. For more info visit her website. 

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Chris English

Chris’s stocking entry was titled, ‘Recycled Christmas’. Chris likes using up-cycling old shirts into stockings and quilts to preserve memories.

Adam Pritchett

Adam’s stocking was titled, ‘Christmas Kiss’. He’s a self-taught stitcher and specialises in tiny intricate designs (spiders). For more info visit his website.

Cake decorating competitors:

Jordan Phillips

It was Jordan's first time entering a cake competition. He has only started cake decorating last year. His cake entry was titled ‘Winter Warmers in 1960’.

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Lara Mason

Laura is well known for her life like and life size cakes. You might recognise her Prince George cake.  Her entry was titled, ‘The Queen’s corgi at Christmas’.

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Zoe Burmester (Winner)

Zoe titled her cake ‘Post Christmas Lunch’ reflecting on what Christmas means to her. For more info on Zoe visit her website.

Flora Kelly

Flora's cake entry was titled, ‘Winter Floral Wreath’. She specialises in creating delicate flowers from sugar paste. For more info on Flora visit her website.

Toy competitors:

Derek Thorp 

86 year old Derek's entry was titled, 'The Rocking Horse'. Derek makes all of his wooden toy horses for charity and spends about 36 hours a week in his workshop making them.

Alex Wilson

Alex's entrey was titled, 'Skateboard'. Alex is currently studying Aerospace engineering at university. Visit his Etsy shop.

Natalie Bell (winner)

Natalie created, 'Big Bear'. She was a painter before turning to making bears. To see more of her work visit her website.

Kat and Simon Picot 

This father and daughter due entered, 'The dolls house'. Dad Simon builds the house and daughter Kat decorates it and makes most of the miniature items for the interior. For more information visit the website.

Toy maker Judge:

Esther Lutman - curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood

For more information on Esther visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk

The Tattooed Bakers - food artists

The Tattooed Bakers produce astonishing things with cake. For more info visit their website.

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Stocking judge:

Chinelo Bally - dressmaker, freehand cutter, author and blogger

You can read Chinelo's blogs

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Locations:

Waddeson Manor host festive events throughout the season and their Christmas Fair runs until the 11 December. Visit Waddeson Manor

The snow cottage featured across the series can be found at: http://bit.ly/manorstablecottage