Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #3

If you’re looking for gift inspiration, check-in for my seasonal gift guides featuring ideas from my favourite shops and independent artists.

Today includes finery from Oliver Bonas, Orla Kiely, Hey Holla, Cath Kidston, Incognito and Papermash.

Also, I am happy to introduce Shinola who have recently launched their American brand to the UK, specialising in handcrafted watches, leather, bicycles and journals. Besides the bicycles being the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen (seriously stunning), their handmade journals caught my eye too, especially the dusty pink one below.

christmas gift guide

From left to right: Journal (£12.50) from Shinola | Soap (£5) from Oliver Bonas| Wallflower Tumbler (£7.50) from Orla Kiely | Hula Half Gold Necklace (£118) from Such & Such | Tea Towel (£11) from Hey Holla| Les Fleurs Calendar (£27) from Papermash| Lyrical Plant Pot (£20) from Incognito | Ditsy Plimsolls (£24) from Cath Kidston

Happy Shopping!

See my previous gift guide here for seasonal inspiration!

Disclosure: In Collaboration with Shinola

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Made! Neon Noel Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Neon

To make a Neon Noel Card you will need:

Card stock
Neon Ink
Noel Stamp
Washi Tape (optional)

Noel Stamp DIY Christmas Noel Christmas Crad

Instructions (super simple)

  • Practice stamping on a piece of paper to try to get 4 Noel’s straight in a line
  • When confident, press your stamp onto the card stock 4 times in row
  • Leave as is, or for extra decoration add a strip of washi tape down the spine of the card.
  • Finished!

christmas crafts

christmas card diy

Look out for more Christmas card DIY’s and see my previous easy papercraft DIY’s here!

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Deck The Halls With Matalan

Calling all Pinterest (and Christmas) fans! Don’t miss your chance to #deckthehalls with Matalan this week until December 3rd, for your chance to win a selection of Matalan products.

All you need to do is create a Christmas-themed Pinterest board titled #deckthehalls and pin your favourite products from the Matalan Christmas range, along with other festive images that tickle your fancy.

Deck The Halls

For inspiration take a look at my Deck The Halls Pinterest board filled with my favourite Matalan decorations (look at the owl!), and featuring lots of white, silver and nature inspired loveliness!

Once you’ve completed your board, make sure you Tweet Matalan with a link to your board and the hashtag #deckthehalls for your chance to win a selection of the Matalan products featured on your board. The competition closes on Wednesday 3rd December at midnight, for terms and conditions head over here.

Good luck and Happy Pinning!

Disclosure: Matalan provided me with products as a thank you for writing this post

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Christy Christmas Guide

Christy Christmas Guide

A few months ago I, alongside five super smashing bloggers, was asked to be a part of The Christy Guide to a Classic Christmas. While knee-deep in work this morning, trying to cram in five days of work into two, a festive treat (in the shape of an e-book) landed in my inbox – hurrah!

In the guide you’ll discover chapters including Christmas Crafts, Food and Drink, British Traditions and An American Christmas, plus lots more festive goodness to make you feel merry and bright.

You’ll find seasonal gems from Emily Quinton of Makelight, recipes from Tigerlilly Quinn and Joy The Baker, with home inspiration from Love Audrey and words of wisdom from Teapots and Twine; a treat indeed!

Read the full Christy Guide to a Classic Christmas here – enjoy!

Christys Christmas Guide

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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #110

hebden bridge allotments

    • Invite your neighbours around for festive drinks
    • Get a takeaway tonight (something to look forward to tonight!)
    • Take a different route to work
    • Have a night watching Disney films
    • Plant your Spring bulbs now!

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

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Share on Sunday #2

Meet the latest addition to our home, a bespoke terrarium by Isobel Cortese (Verdantica). I bought this from Heart Gallery as a gift for the OH, and to say thank you for all his support and encouragement. It was also a reminder that he needs to take some photographs soon for an outfit post coming up on the blog – ha! Isn’t it beautiful?

Isobel Cortese

Terraniums Isobel Cortese Terraniums

It’s a living world in there, so we need to take extra good care of it (it needs rain water!) but that’s what makes the terrarium so special. Sometimes I look at it and think I have the OH trapped in a vintage bottle!

julia ogden

My super talented friend and all inspiring Julia Ogden has been running art and craft workshops in Hebden Bridge over the past few months. I’m very excited to announce she is running Christmas workshops (book here) from next weekend, making your own Christmas cards, wrap and decorations. I can’t wait for the Christmas wrap workshop in December!

hebden bridge picture house

Now I might be a tad biased but I can’t stress enough how awesome a night at the movies is, and how relatively cheap it is too (well, if you go independent).

This is the beautiful cinema I work for in Hebden Bridge, and tonight we’re watching the cult classic, Withnail and I. Popcorn, friends, and Uncle Monty. Bliss.

10 Tips on Working from Home – a really useful post from Cupcakes and Cashmere on the joys/perils of freelance life. I’ve taken lots of notes!

A useful article from Most Wanted blog on the last postal dates for Christmas.

Bill Cunningham New York

Via Zeitgeist Films

I LOVE this film. Bill Cunningham New York is a wonderful and moving account of the humble yet iconic New York Times Photographer, Bill Cunningham. I urge you to watch this marvelous gem of a movie by Richard Press. He’s been added to my ‘who I would invite to dinner list, dead or alive.’ It’s currently available on Netflix or you can buy the DVD now.

Happy Sunday!

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