December 2011

December 22, 2011

Wee Christmas find: Last minute DIY Christmas decorations

Here’s another last-minute easy Christmas craft: capture Christmas in a jar (or an empty ham tin) with a wee wintry diorama. Cluster a few of them together for a snowy forest effect, or pop a lid on for instant snow dome fun. Click through the links below for full how-tos and tutorials:

Top left: Ski slopes diorama by Martha Stewart.

Top right: DIY snow dome by Artsy Ants.

Bottom left: Christmas jars by Tortoise and the Hare.

Bottom right. Gumdrop pops in a jar by Martha Stewart.

For more clever Christmas craft ideas, have a look at my Pinterest boards.


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December 22, 2011

Wee Christmas finds: Last minute DIY decorations

It’s never too late to add some festive cheer to your house with some bright and colourful DIY decorations. I’ve compiled some of my favourite projects from Pinterest:

1. Christmas wreath by Say Yes to Hoboken.

2. 3D Advent calendar by Snug.

3. Modern Christmas decorations by Nest.

4. Cupcake liner trees by Tatertots and Jello.

5. Christmas garland by The Violet Hours.

6. Origami hanging decorations by Mini-eco.

7. Pinata Tree from Blow Up! for Anthology.

8. Christmas garland by Mr Jason Grant for Real Living.


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December 22, 2011

Wee Christmas finds: Top 10 Snowflake Essentials


I love paper snowflake decorations. There is something magic about taking a pair of scissors to a plain sheet of white paper and transforming it into a delicate hand-cut decoration that Rob Ryan might be proud to call his own.

Whether you stick them on brown paper parcels or display them en-masse in your windows, they’re good old-fashioned fun to make. Even when the tree is done and the wreath is on the front door, you can never have too many snowflakes. And they’re a really nice craft to make with the kids while listening to carols or watching Christmas movies (I do love a retro Rankin Bass at this time of year). Here are a few other snowflake ideas and templates that I’ve compiled from Pinterest:

1. Snowflake curtain how-to via Bugs and Fishes (above).

2. Snowflake how-to via Martha Stewart (see top right pic).

3. Snowflake templates via Bon Temps Beignet.

4. DIY snowflakes using cupcake liners via Scrumdilly-do.

5. Snowflake templates via Inspiration for Home (above, left).

6. Snowflakes using coffee filters via The Handmade House.

7. Snowflake decoration via Jutta’s Flickr.

8. Snowflakes on brown paper parcels via a Pair of Pears.

9. Snowflakes en-masse (source unknown).

10. Overhead snowflake decorations via Martha Stewart.

Click here for more decoration ideas from Wee Birdy.


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December 21, 2011

Wee Christmas find: Rob Ryan and Victorinox bunting

Now here’s another clever collaboration: British paper-cut artist (and Wee Birdy favourite) Rob Ryan and Victorinox. Have a look at the Vitorinox Tomo website: there are some cool interactive things to play with, including free downloadable Rob Ryan stencils (for beginners and advanced) and a lovely interview with the fabulous beardy-one himself:

They’re also running a special Twitter Christmas campaign at the moment. Just tweet someone with a message and #alphabunting and wait a few seconds. Your message will be turned into Rob-Ryan-esque Christmas bunting. Such good fun – have a go now!


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December 21, 2011

Christmas gift guide: The prettiest presents

Ruffles, feathers and bows in delicate hues and Liberty prints make the prettiest last-minute presents. The good news? Some of this stuff is already on sale! Dig in, my pretties…

1. La Cerise Sur Le Gateau Alice Liberty print cushion cover, £62 from Selfridges. Order by midday Friday 23rd December for UK delivery on Saturday 24th December.

2. Penhaligons Artemisia Bath Oil, £35 from Go British. UK delivery by next working day if order placed by 3pm on Friday 23rd December. Or get same-day delivery Mon-Fri for £15.

3. Eugenia Kim Claudia feather-embellished silk-satin headband, £55.42 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

4. Claire-Aude Liberty Print Miniature Suitcase, £65 from Liberty. Purchase in-store as the date for guaranteed Christmas delivery from Liberty has now passed.

5. Bourjois Pretty Paris Liberty Chic Eyeshadow Cream, £5.99 from Asos. UK customers, order by midnight Friday 23rd December for next evening delivery (£7.95).

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Heart brass and crystal stud earrings, £41.67 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery- order by 10am Saturday December 24.

7. Aurélie Bidermann Mother-of-pearl charm bracelet, £47.83 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

8. Rifle Paper Company Just Picked Recipe Cards, £12 from Anthropologie. UK delivery by Christmas is no longer guaranteed – so buy in-store.

9. Cutler and Gross D-frame acetate sunglasses, £233.33 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

10. Stella McCartney Christmas cotton and silk-blend briefs, reduced to £14.89 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

11. NARS Holiday 2011 highlighting blush, £20.50, from Asos. UK customers, order by midnight Friday 23rd December for next evening delivery (£7.95).

12. Aurélie Bidermann set of two silver-plated Liberty-print bracelets
£91.67, from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

13. Rodarte for Opening Ceremony High Neck Blouse, reduced to US$270 from Opening Ceremony. Delivery by Christmas is no longer available – so buy in-store.

14. J.Crew knotted Liberty-print cotton belt, reduced to £26.25 from Net-a-porter. London Premier shipping only for Christmas delivery – order by 10am Saturday December 24.

Want more present ideas? Have a look at last year’s Christmas gift guides.

I’ve also hand-picked the best books and presents in my UK Amazon shop and US Amazon shops.


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December 19, 2011

Wee Christmas finds: Gingerbread houses

Anyone making a gingerbread house for Christmas this year? I would love to make one from scratch because I really love our family’s gingerbread recipe (I think it’s from the Australian Women’s Weekly) but I’m a bit nervous about baking the different pieces to the exact measurements. So I think I’ll use a kit as the base for my first attempt but customise the decorations. What do we think about using Haigh’s chocolate freckles as roof tiles?

With thanks to the incredible makers and sources: 1. Globetrotter Diaries; 2. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 3. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 4. Frog Prince Paperie; 5. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 6. not martha; 7. kool wallpapers; 8. Better Homes and Gardens.

I’ve compiled some of my favourite gingerbread houses from Pinterest for inspiration. I’m torn between the traditional European styles with white icing for decoration and the ones pimped out with half a sweet shop. But I absolutely adore the mid-century modern styles that have popped up recently (see below). Such good fun. Look at the incredible Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water gingerbread house! You can buy the plans for the house here. I would love to make a gingerbread version of Sydney’s Rose Seidler House. Something to plan for next year…

9. sassybeautimus’ Flickr; 10. Hostess with the Mostess; 11. Martha Stewart; 12. King Arthur Flour; 13. Tiny white daisies; and 14. Call me cupcake.

1. Ohdeedoh; 2 Babble; 3. Garden Melodies; 4. Architect lines; 5. Mid-century modern Utah.


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