I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of Christmas plans we seem to have this year. Already. Every year my husband and I have the same conversation – we vow to make our own plans first and ensure that we have some rest time over the holiday season before we commit to other plans. Well it’s only December 6th and that’s gone out the window already. Sob! If anyone out there has any words of wisdom for how to handle the busy time that is Christmas and how to juggle family commitments when you want to say yes to everyone but know that if you do you will run yourself ragged – well, I’d love to hear from you!
On Wednesday I decided that enough was enough and I needed to make a list of the things that I wanted to do this Christmas in order to mark the holiday before getting swept up in everyone else’s plans. Sometimes you just need to put the brakes on and give yourself some time right? So I spent 10 minutes viewing all the things I’ve pinned to my Christmas board recently and chose just 3 things that I would like to do. I don’t want all those lovely pins going to waste!
So this December time, I’d like to:
Collect some twigs and make a Christmas card display tree
Make a fairy light Christmas tree on our bedroom wall
Spend some time making washi tape Christmas tea lights as gifts for friends
Do you have a Christmas board on Pinterest? If so, leave me a link in the comments section and I will follow you.
Images – image 1, other links under each image in post
Hanna Francis and her wonderful interior products. I had the privilege of meeting Hanna briefly at this year’s 100% design festival (she’s lovely), and was immediately drawn to her stand. Hanna merges Scandinavian and English style to create charming contemporary accessories that are just perfect for this holiday season. My personal favourites are the chopping boards (which I initially mistook for wall art but I believe that you could use it for both!) Some other favourites include Hanna’s bone china mugs, tea towels and tablemats.
You can see more of Hanna’s designs on her website, as well as a list of stockists. I’m thinking of buying some of her work as a gift for a friend of mine this Christmas. What would you most like to receive from Hanna’s collection?
Happy 1st of December! Are your Christmas decorations up yet? Mine aren’t just yet but the snow is back on this blog for the month which is keeping me happy for the meantime!
Have a good Monday,
Image via Noosh Loves
This week’s Friday links include:
How to wallpaper drawers from Red magazine’s ‘easy to steal ideas’ collection. Other easy to steal ideas include how to make napkin rings, how to display candles and how to decorate with typography in your home. All well worth a look – click on over to find out more.
The A Beautiful Mess app has just had another revamp and includes even more images, colours and features than before. This app is one of my favourites and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a great way to embellish your photographs and I’ve printed some of mine off using Printic and have them displayed proudly in the kitchen.
These fun printed bows from Lia Griffith make a lively addition to any gift that you may be giving over the next few months. There are printable bows that you can download and also a template bow that you can use if you wish to make your own on Lia’s blog.
Have a great weekend folks!
Wishing all my US readers a very happy thanksgiving today! I think it’s such a lovely celebration and am secretly a bit jealous that we don’t celebrate it here in the UK too. Wherever you are in the world today, I hope that you feel blessed and thankful for the good things in your life.
simple white schemes with bold flashes of colour. I like the way your eye is drawn to the orange stars in this image before moving down to the candles and more softly coloured stars in the bowls. This would make a great Christmas table I think. I’ve never tried decorating a table all in one colour before but after seeing this, I think I’ll give it a try. Want to come round for dinner?
I have a fun little DIY today that’s perfect for the children in your life. Mr P and I don’t have children just yet and so I’ve been making this reindeer sparkle dust for friends who have children and also my neices and nephews. The idea is to give the children a little pack of reindeer sparkle dust that they can sprinkle on their lawn or driveway on Christmas eve in order to help Santa’s reindeer find their way to your house. It’s a fun little tradition to make with your children and one that I will definitely do when my own come along.
For the sparkle dust, you will need:
Pour glitter in a colour of your choice into the oats and stir in well.
Once happy with the amount of glitter in the oats, put the reindeer dust into brown paper bags and decorate for the children. I used a simple sticker for the front of mine and wrote instructions on how to use the dust on the back. I secured the bag with a small reindeer peg. You could print off labels and decorate with string or washi tape if you prefer.
This is such a simple DIY that takes all of 10 minutes to make. If you give it a try I’d love to know how it goes – leave me a comment or link to your blog in the comments section below.
Images – Celebrate Creation
I made this takeaway mug cosy in about 30 minutes. It was very easy to do and they make great stocking fillers for Christmas. You can find the pattern for this cosy here.
Some friends of ours from church got together and arranged for one of them to drop us round cards, flowers and some gorgeous banana cake as a surprise gift, to let us know they are thinking of us and praying for us. We’ve had a bit of a tough time recently in the Celebrate Creation household and it meant so much to receive this out of the blue one evening. If you are considering doing something similar for someone you know who is suffering at the moment may I encourage you to go ahead? It means so much to know that people are thinking of you and lending their support.
It was eggs for breakfast this morning courtesy of my father in law who has chickens. We have a supply of eggs whenever we see them and they taste great.
This weekend has been one for resting and catching up with friends. It’s been good and very much needed. I hope that your weekend has been restful too and sets you up for the week ahead.
Take care my friends and have a happy Monday,
Images – Celebrate Creation
This week’s Friday links are here on a Saturday. Yes, it’s been a busy week again at work! Still, I wanted to share a few things with you and so thought that today would do just as well…
I found this post ’16 things you should do at the start of every work day’ an interesting read from Forbes.com
Started thinking about Christmas/Holiday shopping yet? No? Good for you! I personally love Christmas and can’t wait to get started on decorating our home and making things to hand out to colleagues in the office or family friends. I’m busy cataloguing homemade gift ideas on my DIY pinterest board and have added a few things from this round up on Lauren Conrad’s blog.
Want to improve upon how you manage your social media? This blog post from V Mac and Cheese will tell you all you need to know.