• Seasonal buys

    Micro trend: Alpine lodge

    by  • Friday, December 20, 2013 • Seasonal buys • 1 Comment

    Sleigh bells ring…are you listening!? Here’s alpine ski lodge style in 5 buys. Think fair isle knit, rustic decorations and some form of snow play fun!

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    1. Sir Rudolph Christmas card, £3.50, The Fox and Star; 2. Knitted stocking, £25, John Lewis; 3. Snowy cone decoration, £5.50, Selfridges; 4. Coasters, West Elm; 5. Woven sledge, £98, Hedgehog.

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    Christmas candle ideas

    by  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 • Seasonal buys, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

    I love candles. I light them all year round but especially at Christmas when I can go a little candle crazy. If there’s ever a blackout, you can all come round to mine! In our December issue I put together a few candle make ideas using everyday household items. To help with the festive inspiration, I thought I’d share them on the blog too…

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    1. Jazz up some jars Make a floating candle display using Kilner jars. Add berries, rosemary and eucalyptus to the jars, then fill them two-thirds full with water. Place a floating candle inside and light. Wrap a length of ribbon around the top of the jar to finish off. For similar ribbon, try Jane Means.

    Christmas candles, table setting, christmas, ideal home, home shopping spy, alice humphrys2. Display pastry cases This simple idea will show your candles off beautifully. Fill metal pastry cases with individual red berries and put a tealight or short pillar candle in each. Line them along a mantelpiece or along the length of a table to really make an impact. I used Silverwood fluted flan tins, £14.95 for four, Divertimenti.

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    3. Plant in old pots Turn terracotta pots into candle holders. Place florist’s foam in the base of each pot, then press in dinner candles. Fill the pots with moss up to 2cm below the rim, then add berries, holly and other foliage. Display in an old fruit crate or metal bottle carrier. For florist’s foam, try Oasis foam brick, £1.39, Hobbycraft.

    This idea is my favourite as I love coming up with new uses for my cherry fruit crate. I’d love to know what you think of these ideas and what you might be doing this Christmas…


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    Free downloadable labels II

    by  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 • Look what I found, Seasonal buys • 0 Comments

    Our July issue is out next week and I thought I’d entice you with this little teaser! For our Simple Solutions feature I did a shoot on ideas for hostess gifts. When visiting friends or family, why just take a bottle of wine and Cadburys when you can create something a little more personal? This is just one idea for packaging sweets (you can use shop-bought or homemade e.g fudge). Fill a brown Kraft bag, use scallop scissors (99p from Dunelm Mill) to create a pretty edge, tie with ribbon and attach our very own labels that you can download above. What do you think? For more ideas, make sure you bag yourself an issue…

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