Yuletide Felicitations

Hello,

As usual it’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting my blog a little. So I thought give everyone a little peep into Christmas at our flat. There’s not much to it though at the moment, partly because I can’t bring myself to spend lots of money on decorations that only come out once a year and because I just haven’t had enough time to make as many decorations as I would have liked.

I must admit, even though I’m disappointingly not feeling very festive, I did get a little excited when our REAL tree was delivered, yay! There’s just something about that smell of pine and and Christmas tree in your home. No wonder my Mum and Dad decided to buy a pretend tree a few years ago though (much to my dismay), when I first saw the price of the real trees.

Obviously, I took charge of what colours and ‘theme’ we were having (did Luke ever really have a say?) I wanted a handmade and vintagey feel to our tree and decorations, so ultimately, there’s every colour under the sun hanging on the tree.

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I’ve picked up a few bits and bobs for the tree last year in the sales, mainly cute things from paperchase (I love their decorations). This bauble is from a gorgeous set of vintage baubles I found in The Long Room – an antiques shop very handily opposite my work. And yes, that is a Harry Potter lego figure dangling in the background – one of Luke’s contributions to the tree.

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I attempted to make a few paper baubles from old books, some turning out a little wonky.

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To try and ‘pad’ the tree out, we both made popcorn garlands. It was very easy to make and sort of does the trick. All you need is popped corn, a needle and any string or twine that you’ve got lying around, then just sit back and thread it all on.

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We realised as we decorated that tree, that we had nothing to go on the top of the tree. Thank goodness for Pinterest, where I found this this crochet star. It was a quick and simple last minute solution, thanks to the pattern I found at Cherry Heart by Sandra.

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These tissue paper pom-poms, were another make costing practically pennies. I just used up old scraps of tissue paper I had kept. And slumped in the background – our new addition to the flat. Anyone that fancies staying over, can now sleep on our ultra comfy Fatboy bean bag. Trust me once you get on, you’ll never want to get off!

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These cute little felt deers were from Cath Kidston, I really couldn’t resist. And another use for old books – a paper tree. It took a lot of folding, but I like the effect.

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I’d say my favourite thing we have out is my handmade crochet baubles. After many attempts and fails at other people’s patterns, I created my own little pattern for a crochet bauble. They were a little fiddly at first, but once I got going, I couldn’t stop making them and I love the mixture of greens, reds and white I’ve used. The pattern may follow in a another post, if anyone would like to have a go. I’ve hung them from a cheeky branch, pinched from down the road.

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I’m really looking forward to going home for Christmas. I can’t wait to cook the big dinner, with a few glasses of taboo with my Mum, eating the big dinner yum yum, the new tv adaptation of David Walliams Gangsta Granny, hopefully the Christmas episode of The Good Life, obviously The Snowman, and all the other festive treats that make Christmas, Christmas!

Thank you for reading and I hope you all get everything you asked for from Santa this year….

‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night’ xx