Category Archives: Seasonal

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Christmas menu is yet to be planned, goodies are yet to be baked, presents are yet to be wrapped, and any plans for crafting have gone out of the window! This is the first year where I have not been organised at all, and I can happily say that I really don’t care! (Ok I do a bit, and I’ve got a busy weekend ahead, but I’m not going to stress about it.) All my time has been soaked up in snuggles with my baby. 🙂

While I’m still taking a break from blogging here, I’ll be continuing the conversation on facebook, so do join me there if you can.

I hope you are all enjoying the festive season and having fun with your loved ones. My little cub and I wish you all a joyful Christmas and a fantastic new year!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

One of my favourite quotes!

Every day is a love day for Colin and I (too corny? That’s what being in love does to you!) so we don’t worry ourselves with the commercialism of this day. Like many other days in the year, we’ll dine in romantic candlelight (Colin’s food tastes better than 5-star restaurants, so I am looking forward to what he cooks up!) and enjoy delicious freshly-baked chocolatey dessert (as if I even need a reason to bake!).

If you wanted to craft up a sweet little gift (there’s still time!), have a look at the ideas on my Pinterest.

Whatever your Valentine’s day looks like, I hope it’s a happy love-filled one!

 
Image mine
 

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Wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!

I have just done the last of my work for the year and finished some last minute gifts…

… and I’m off to start the festivities!

It’s been a busy year, so Colin and I are simply going to relax, watch movies, see loved ones, cook and bake, eat lots, drink lots, be very merry and have lazy morning lie-ins.

Before I sign off for Christmas, I just want to say how incredibly grateful I am to all you lovely people who read my little blog; thank you for your delightful company through the year. I am also hugely thankful to all the creative, generous bloggers who continually inspire me with amazing ideas, and I am over the moon about all the wonderful friends I have met through the blogs. You are all marvellous!

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I wish you all a very happy Christmas whether it is:


a stylish one


a colourful one


loaded with treats


simply a quiet one


or just a jolly one!

*** Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! ***

Meera xx

 

Images: 1 mine | 2 Decor de Provence | 3 Affari | 4 unknown | 5 Affari | 6 Paul Thurlby

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Creative Christmas decorating

I hope your December is shaping up well with the festivities, my lovelies! I love a little homemade holiday cheer and have been soaking up all the creative decorating ideas around the blogs and magazines. These are some of my favourites:



Globe men instead of a tree: brilliantly unique and very cute!
via The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson

 

  
Wine corks & jingle bells wreath; star cookie cutters wreath – both via Good Housekeeping

 


Cinnamon candles via Hobbycraft

 


Patchwork baubles via The Guardian

 


Charming rustic decorations, image via Where Did You Find That

I also came across a fantastically cute (non-Christmassy) idea by Nina Holst on her blog Stylizimo that instantly grabbed me – washi tape antlers. At this point I would say that I think the antler trend is overdone, I mean it is everywhere, which is probably why I haven’t bought into it, but… washi tape antlers are such a fun idea! Zero commitment, negligible cost and so very cute! So I adopted Nina’s idea with a little Christmas cheer –

I was planning on making some mini ornaments but haven’t found the time yet so making do with little glass baubles and a gold robin for now. I love that I can have it up all year round, with or without seasonal ornaments (I painted the tacks the same colour as the tape background so they’re hardly noticeable). I originally thought about taping straight on my wall like Nina but decided on a piece of MDF instead (primed and painted the same colour as the walls) as this way I can put it anywhere I want.

 

Have you done any crafting or creative decorating for Christmas? I would love to know your ideas!

P.S. How amazing is washi tape?? Have you used it for anything? It is addictive!! I foresee my collection growing very rapidly!

 

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Gifting + lots of freebie printable tags!

As wonderful as it is to receive gifts, I love giving gifts far more! Saying that, I do tend to really rack my brain trying to find the *perfect* gifts for my dear ones, so there is quite the triumphant feeling when I find just the thing I know they’ll love. Wrapping it up then becomes a whole other joy!

I’m already at it this year…



Yes, my tree is up. Told you I get excited.

Some of my inspiration came from the lovely ideas featured in the House of Fifty magazine, Holiday issue


Ok, I pretty much stole the ideas here as I loved them!

I cut out snowflake shapes from white foam sheets – could also use felt but I already had the foam (snowflake templates widely available on the internet), designed the little pocket using freely available digital scrapbooking elements and used wallpaper samples for wrapping (again, FREE! I accumulate way too many in my work). If using wallpaper for wrapping, you’ll want the thinner type as you’ll have no chance of sticking tape onto the thicker vinyl wallpapers. All the tags were free printables (I’ll get to them later). The red yarn, baker’s twine and ribbon are from my crafting stash. All I bought were some mini jingle bells for a quid from ebay and candy canes for another quid from Sainsburys. Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that money has nothing to do with making presents look wonderful, it’s all about the love baby!

If you’re looking for ideas to add that special sprinkling of love to your gifts, maybe some of these will inspire you –


A touch of sparkle via Affari


Gold glitter, velvet and peacock feather via The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson


Love the big newspaper bow! via The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson


Fabric wrap via Harabu House


Fabric poppy gift topper via Creature Comforts (see link for tutorial)


Layers of geometric patterns and lovely handmade clay tags via Creature Comforts. I want to get my hands on some polymer clay soon and make some clay goodies.


Beautiful white textured paper and vintage fabric ribbon via Rebecca Newport

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On to the second part of this post – free printable gift tags that are so much more adorable than any shop-bought ones, courtesy of lovely, creative, artistic, generous bloggers. There are LOTS of free printable tags around the blogosphere; here is a little roundup of some I found in my short hunt. They’re from various years, so some of you may have previously seen some of them (click on the links to be taken to the posts for downloading the files)


Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs designed by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic


Too cute for words! Designed by Arian Armstrong


Candy sweet retro gift tags designed by Samantha Hahn, featured in Gifted Magazine. Make sure you check out this lovely e-magazine for gift ideas and more printable freebies!


Cheery and cute, designed by Kristen Magee of Domestifluff


Adorable! Designed by Studio Morran


Other colours also available. Designed by Paper Crave


Darling tags designed by Haciendo el Indio, free to download from the bigcartel shop (more available there)


Sweet tags in 3 colours, designed by Ez of Creature Comforts


Pretty tags for handmade gifts, designed by Sew, Mama, Sew!

 

Phew! I think this post has gone on long enough! I need to start my weekend.

Happy weekend to you all, hope it’s a fun one!

 

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Christmas countdown: advent calendars

Break out your advent calendars, the Christmas countdown has begun!

Are you excited? I AM!

A little creativity goes a long way with advent calendars and the excitement+fun of Christmas. Here are some cute DIY advent ideas –


Pyramid advent via Julie Ree


Matchbox advent via Living at Home


Cone advent via The Red Thread


Decorated pegs via Umla on Tumblr


A different way with magnetic spice jars via Twig & Thistle


Coffee cups advent via Living at Home


Plexiglass balls via Living at Home


Mini buckets via Sage


Santa’s truck via Living at Home


Advent ‘cake’ via House of Fifty magazine

 

Do you have an advent calendar this year?

Happy counting down!


via Julie Ree

 

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The magic of autumn

Every year when autumn comes around, I feel convinced this is my favourite season. I think I feel the same about spring, for different reasons, but let’s not worry about that now. The incredible colour shows that this season produces feel magical, and running through rustling fallen leaves is some kind of fun, yes?


A perfect layer of fallen leaves… all mine for kicking up!


Hard to beat the pleasure of relaxing in beautiful surroundings


Squirrel! Working away, burying nuts in preparation for winter


Green, red, yellow, russet, brown, purple… it’s a spectacular show!

 

Photos taken at The Arboretum, an inner city park in Nottingham.

 

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