• Seasonal buys

    Bonfire night

    by  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Craft, Seasonal buys • 1 Comment

    Oooh, ahhh, wow…! I love the magic of Bonfire Night. Fireworks lighting up the night sky. Hot mulled cider, wooly hats and gloves and spelling out my name with sparklers. Hosting your own bonfire party tonight? Download our sparkler labels. All you need is a black and white printer, some plain A4 paper, a pair of scissors and a hole punch…

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    Click on the image above. Print off the PDF, cut out and punch a hole in the facing corners and thread the sparklers through. Pop them in a jar for guests to help themselves. (remember to take the label off before you light them)! Happy Guy Fawkes.

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    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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