Monthly Archives: December 2012

Show and Tell: Hanging Christmas Biscuits

By | December 17, 2012

I am most definitely not a domestic goddess but love a quick bit of baking. Last weekend I got to work to create some rather lovely hanging cookies. They are no different from your usual Christmas biscuits but a clever bit of cutting means your biscuit has a handy slot that you can perch of the side of your cuppa!
hanging Christmas biscuits

Image credits:: Left Made with Pink | Right BBC Good Food

I used the Vanilla Shortbread Dough recipe from BBC Good Food as my base for my biscuits and then a set of heart and star cutters that I bought inexpensively last year from Homesense.  There are specific hanging cutters available for job but I just use a standard cutter and use a knife (or the edge of another cutter) to make the indent.Hanging_cookies I’d recommend rolling as thin as possible and experimenting with the positioning of your indent so that they don’t topple off! Do drop me a comment if you decide to give them a go x

Lately…

By | December 14, 2012

Just a short post from me this morning. The last week has been spent wrapping presents, writing cards, decorating the house, collating menus, buying gifts, meeting friends, sharing drinks and generally enjoying the run up to Christmas. All this work has left me exhausted though!
Christmas decorations and liberty bags

I’m looking foward to carrying on with the festivities over the next few days and leave you with a few photos from my Instagram feed. Hope you have a great weekend too x

Etsy Pick: Twinkle Gift Tags

By | December 12, 2012

Perhaps you’re like me and have wrapped your presents, but failed to glitz them up with bows, ribbons and tags? Now I am surrounded by a mountain of presents but I haven’t got a clue who any of them are for! I had planned to make a few of my own tags but time is running away with me this year.
So this brings me on to today’s Etsy Pick from UK seller Amaretto. Owner Catherine has a really sweet range of vintage style gift tags to jazz up your pressies. If you’re quick (and live in the UK) you should hopefully be able to receive them in time for Christmas. EtsyPicks_twinkle

How about you? Are your pressies wrapped and ready for giving or are you planning a wrapping extravaganza this weekend? x

Emerald City

By | December 10, 2012

Last week, Pantone (those in the know about all things colourful)  announced Emerald as the colour of the year for 2013.
Whilst I can’t say I thought about bringing Tangerine and Honeysuckle (2012 and 2011 winners) into my own home, I have started to think about schemes incorporating a lively and radiant green.

EmeraldImage credits: 1. Mali Azima via Splendid Sass | 2.  Coco & Kelley | 3. Laura Casey Interiors | 4. House to Home| 5. House to Home | 6. Image credit unknown

Those curtains in the first image are truly stunning especially combined with the grey walls. Although number 2 is probably more a kelly green, I really like the idea of adding a splash of colour into my interiors next year.

How about you? Will you be adding emerald into your home? x

Show and Tell: Christmas Chalkboard

By | December 7, 2012

I’m probably fair to say I have an unhealthy obsession with blackboards. When I discovered chalkboard paint many years ago in B&Q I felt like all my Christmas’ had come at once. I spent hours making custom chalkboards for our wedding and they’ve been known to frequent our party photobooth many a time.

As I decked out our Dining Room for Christmas last weekend, I realised that a winter quote blackboard would make a lovely addition to the empty space in our fireplace.
Christmas Chalkboard

I picked up the frame for 50p from a local car boot sale and used blackboard paint to cover a piece of MDF. Then I followed the steps below to create a very quick chalkboard.

DIY_ChalkboardYes, it’s a little rough around the edges, but it was a quick and easy DIY and definitely one to try at home!

If you’re after a little inspiration, there’s some great examples of chalkboard style prints and invitations on Etsy:Etsy ChalkboardImage credits: 1. Longfellowdesigns | 2 & 3 PLpapers | 4. Banter&Charm

The blogosphere also has some really lovely examples of winter chalkboards too:Chalkboard

Image credits: 5. In the Fun Lane | 6. 4 Men 1 Lady for Home Depot | 7. Say yes to Hoboken | 8. My Sweet Savannah

I hope this has inspired you to add a chalkboard to your holiday decor. Have a great weekend x