Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
JJ has gone for the traditional colours of red, white and silver for her tree this year. As she has a crawling eleven month old and an inquisitive two and a half year, she decided not to use her collection of beautiful, but breakable, ornament birds. Instead, most of the decorations on her tree are made of felt, wood and tin - a little more child friendly. Other accents of red and white around her house help to tie her theme together.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here, as promised, are some photos of my snowflake tree which still looks a little lonely without a pile of presents underneath. (Isn't it difficult to get a great photo of a Christmas tree? Either the tree looks washed out and you can't see the lights, or it is all sparkly but very dark. I think I need to read my camera manuel again!) I have a large of collection of snowflakes which I only buy in silver and white, with the occasional hint of light blue. I purchase just one of each type so all of the snowflakes are unique, just like real ones. I love their shape and the way they sparkle with the fairy lights. They are made of so many different materials including beads, glass, crochet, paper, and metal. Friends and family have generously given me some very special ones from all over the world including Europe, Canada, Dubai and Singapore. I am completely unable to choose any favourites - even the less beautiful or the really cheap ones look stunning when displayed in a large group like this.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We love the idea of having a few special pieces of art, to bring out during the Christmas season to tie together the decorations and home decor. It is no secret that we are all dreaming of a white Christmas and that inspired us to create this vintage style picture. It reminds us of an old fashioned Christmas card, and we feel like transporting ourselves into this little scene and after a walk in the snowy woods, warming our toes in front of the crackling fire that is sure to be in the cottage. We made this by using pieces of vintage illustrations, carefully pieced together to create a three dimensional effect. JJ and I were fighting over who got to keep it, so we have solved our problem and it is going on Etsy! We are hoping to get started on a few more in this series tonight.
Monday, December 8, 2008
There is definitely some friendly competition between us over the wrapping of Christmas presents. Every year the pressure is on to think up something just a little bit different - all in good fun of course! We thought we would share some of our ideas for wrapping, this time with tissue paper (because it is cheap and comes in lots of colours) and baking paper (because most people would have a roll in their kitchen drawers).
Friday, December 5, 2008
We have had a few particularly hot and steamy days this week, and I am dreaming of snow! I love cold Christmases - we had one the year we lived in Budapest and it was just magical with the snow falling as we woke up on Christmas morning. For those of us who won't be getting anywhere near the snow this year I thought I would share with you one of my favourite websites, Make-a-Flake. This site lets you cut a virtual paper snowflake without getting hundreds of little bits of paper all over the floor like we usually do at my place! Have a look at the gallery where you can see all the amazing snowflakes people have made - some by folk who definitely have too much time on their hands! The one above was cut by my ten year old. Have a go, but a warning... it is almost impossible to stop at one!