I’m starting this year’s Christmas gift guides with a nod towards the DIY savvy amongst you. I never seem to find time any more to make my own gifts, probably because I prioritise eating Bourbon biscuits whilst watching Gilmore Girls on an evening. How do you eat yours by the way? Anyhoo. I’d like to make a little something this year, perhaps small stocking fillers that might be appreciated amongst some of my friends.
I love any excuse to celebrate. Got a new job? Let’s buy fizz. Won a tenner on the lottery? Do a little dance. Managed to survive a crappy day at work? Drink, eat, and shake all those pom poms!
More than ever I’m looking to celebrate the important things in my life, big and small, so today we’re looking at party decor and balloons. Whether it’s a big occasion or you simply want to cheer someone up (balloons make every thing better – Polly loves them especially), then take a gander at these creative ideas to give you some inspiration (sources under each photograph).
First up (above), the fantastic The House That Lars Built created this bright and cheerful balloon wall. A BALLOON WALL. How amazing is this?
Via Pea Green Boat
This garland reminded me how much pink and green complement each other (runs to wardrobe). Mixing foliage, a cheaper alternative to blooms, is a genius move. Adding gold tassels makes it perfection. This would look particularly awesome for a wedding, anniversary or engagement do.
Via Urban Outfitters
If you’re lacking in time on the DIY front but want to make an impact, then why not purchase large letter balloons and create your own personal message.
Via 100 Layer Cake
I love the idea of attaching helium filled balloons to gift boxes. A great idea for hen do’s so your pals get to take a balloon home too (not just for kids!). Fill the boxes with unique favours including wildflower seeds from Not on the High Street, booze filled miniatures from Just Miniatures or temporary tattoos (Etsy has lots)!
Via Balloon Time
I LOVE this. Those colours! That leaf print! Perfect for a garden party celebration.
Via Studio DIY
Get creative with pipe cleaners and create affordable gifts for the rather grand folk in your life. I really need to buy some helium…
What are you celebrating this week?
Disclosure: Colllaborative Post
I haven’t got my craft-on in so long so I’m itching to get creative with my Christmas wrap this year. Whether I’ll have the time is another question but as I break up for the holidays on Friday I’m thinking a crafty afternoon wrapping gifts (and eating stolen) should be achievable! Famous last words. I apologise family and friends if I forget to add the gift tags…
Anyhoo, here’s some great ideas I’ve found via the internet, from parcels adorned with pompoms to reindeers, flower and foliage. From left to right:
1| Polka dots paired with grey pompoms and twine? Yes, please. Via Kahden Vaiheilla
2| Keep the wrap simple and dig out Christmas tree decorations to add to your parcels. Via Monika Hibbs
3| Simple and chic white wrap with foliage via Radostina
4| Get your sewing machine out! Kraft Paper Sewn Packages via Country Living
5| Print off these free Vintage Mountain Gift Tags via Fellow Fellow
6|Yarn Pom Pom Letters via Buzzfeed great for your parcels, banners and gifts!
7| I love this black, white and gold wrap design by My Domaine (photo by Kelly Wearstler).
8|Buy a few stems of seasonal flowers or forage for foliage to add to your gifts. Via Sugar & Cloth
9| Contrasting colours create this contemporary Painted Wrapping Paper via Lay Baby Lay
10| For added sparkle try this Sparkly DIY Gift Wrap via The Sweetest Occasion (Photo by Alice G. Patterson).
I’ve talked about Hebden Bridge’s crafty credentials before. It’s a creative community of designers, makers, writers, musicians and artists and is a real inspiration to visitors, and all who live and work here. So I thought I’d write a round up of all the crafty goings-on that make the town what it is, from craft supply shops and galleries to creative workshops and the town’s varied programme of events. I hope it inspires your next visit and craft project!
1. Word of Mouth | Crafters unite and browse in the one stop shop for all your art and craft essentials. They host art and craft workshops for all ages and abilities, and also offer alterations and repairs on clothing and soft furnishings.
Find them: 38 Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 7DD
2. Crafts Afloat | Fancy getting your craft-on in a narrowboat? Moored on the Rochdale Canal in Hebden Bridge is the Crafty Snail Studio where you can indulge your crafty flair from textiles and mosaic to printing and decoupage. All aboard!
Find them: Visit them on Facebook to find their current mooring location.
3. Ribbon Circus | A fantastic haberdashery and craft supply shop that is now situated pride of place on Hebden Bridge’s busy Market Street (look out for the bunting-adorned window display!). Discover yarns and wools, ribbon and beads, sewing supplies and so much more. Oh and they do workshops too!
Find them: 18 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6AA
4. The Quilt Cabin | Calling all quilt makers! You’ll be in fat quarter heaven here with all the fabrics, sewing accessories and patterns you’ll ever need. Take a look at their workshops priced from only £5!
Find Them: 24 Albert Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH
5. Print Fair at Hebden Bridge Town Hall | Celebrating the North’s print making talent (and that’s a fine bunch of folk), this is sure to be an inspiring day offering you the chance meet the makers in person as well as purchasing a dandy print or two.
Find Them: At Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. George’s Street, HX7 7BY on Saturday 23rd May 11am to 4pm FREE ENTRY
6. WI Rag Market | Not only is it the perfect spot to pick up bargainous fabric and accessories, it’s a vintage haven full of curiosities. Bring lots of change, delve into the WI produce and book stall and look out for Deborah Simms from the Great British Sewing Bee! Can’t make the Spring market? Keep an eye on their Facebook page for future events.
Find Them: Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Saturday 16th May 11am till 4pm (£1 entry)
Find Them: Valley Road, HX7 7BZ
8. Beyond Measure | Online shop selling ‘beautiful things for folk who make’. Home to this ceramic dog pincushion and other high quality sewing and craft goods; this online space has officially been bookmarked!
Find Them: Online!
9. Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade | If you’re looking for a carnival-like atmosphere then don’t miss the annual parade featuring jaw-dropping handmade puppets made by the community and professional puppet makers. Featuring carnival artists, musicians, stilt walkers and performers too, the handmade parade is a treat for all the senses and a great family friendly event.
Find Them: Sun 7th June starting at Victoria Rd from noon.
10. Artsmill | An exhibition and studio space which has featured the work of Picasso, Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach, Bridget Riley, Goya and Quentin Blake amongst local artists. Look out for workshops, lectures, poetry and music events too.
Find Them: Linden Mill, Linden Road, HX7 7DN
11. Julia Ogden | How could I not include the all-inspiring painter, printmaker and teacher Julia? If you’re looking for bespoke wedding stationery, screen prints inspired by nature or fancy trying one of Julia’s workshops or craft parties (for adults and children), look no further!
Find Them: Burlees House, Hangingroyd Lane, HX7 7DD and online
Find Them: The Egg Factory, Windsor Works Adjacent Unit, HX7 8JX
Find Them: Market Street
And there’s plenty more where that came from!
P.S Want to know more about Hebden Bridge? Take a look at the Quick Guide to Shops in Hebden Bridge too. More posts coming soon!