A New Years Eve Party

A New Years Eve Party

I can’t remember the last time I went out on New Years eve, I feel like it’s always such a disappointment, expensive entry, way to many people and trying to get home after is always a nightmare. I much prefer spending the evening with friends at someones house, playing games, eating delicious snacks and dancing the night away plus you don’t have to fight your way to the bar! Here are my New Years Eve Party essentials.
A New Years Eve Party 1 – The one night a year you can legitimately wear a tutu! You can be sure mine will be making an appearance! I love this emerald green one from asos.
2 – The other great thing about being home: mixing your own cocktails! This blackberry thyme sparkler looks delicious. Whatever cocktail you mix up, bubbles are a necessity, it is New Years after all.
3 – Ok, this bag can only really be used for this one night but it’s quite possibly the coolest handbag I’ve seen all year!
4 -This sparkly glitter ball headband is a real statement piece and will add a bit of fun to your outfit!
5 – The great thing about wearing heels at a house party, you can take them off! Although, these gorgeous glittery heels are so beautiful I don’t think I’d ever take them off.
6 – What better way to show it’s a party than with balloons! This super easy DIY includes some sparkly confetti too.
7 – Need some more party decorations? This stylish print is fun and sparkly, just like your party should be.
8 – These cute DIY coasters are the perfect place to perch your drinks, they’re so bright and colourful they just scream party time!
9 – To keep you warm while admiring the fireworks: a beautiful faux fur shrug.
10 – And for the morning after? a Fritattaffle, what’s that you ask? It’s a frittata made in a waffle maker so they’re nice and crispy on the outside. Perfect for curing that hangover!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

Keep safe over the Christmas week and don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

Make your own Gift Wrapping

Make your own Gift Wrapping

I know making your own gift wrapping seems like hard work and yes, it is quite time consuming but it really adds something special. I was going to go for the obvious choice, kraft paper but Vicky suggested white paper instead, with some gold paint and pens it adds a nice sparkle to the gifts under my tree this year. I thought I’d do some really basic patterns which you can easily make with things you already have at home.
Make your own Gift Wrapping What you’ll need
a roll of white paper
gold paint and pens
gold bakers twine (or any colour you’d like, I got mine here)
stamping tools: potatoes, a pencil with an eraser on the back
Make your own Gift WrappingTo make things easier I cut my wrapping to size before I started decorating. Once you’ve done this, go wild. I did pinstripes with pens, large polka dots, triangles and half moons with potatoes and tiny polka dots with the back of a pencil. When it’s all dry, wrap your gifts and tie with the bakers twine.
Make your own Gift WrappingFor the second part of this diy I made these cute embroidered Christmas baubles. I had some cross stitching thread in my sewing box that’s been waiting to be used and these gift tags were just the right project.
What you’ll need
thick cardboard (I used 220gsm)
embroidery thread in your chosen colours
embroidery needle
glue
gold marker
Make your own Gift WrappingTrace a number of circles onto your cardboard (I used a glass), make double the amount of gift tags that you need. Draw a little rectangle onto each circle just like a real bauble (this is how it will attach to your gift). Cut them out and draw your designs onto the bauble with pencil leaving half of them blank, I used a few seasonal greetings, christmas trees and an actual bauble design on one. Embroidery thread usually comes in 6 strands, you only need two so once you’ve cut a length of the thread separate two from the other 4, thread your needle and tie a double knot on the end. Start threading it through your cardboard and follow your pencil drawings carefully, don’t worry if it’s not perfect, they’re supposed to look handmade!
Make your own Gift WrappingOnce you’ve finished your stitching be sure to tuck  the leftover thread through the stitching on the back securely so it doesn’t unravel, if you can see your pencil marks, carefully erase them. When you’ve finished all with the embroidery, stick the blank baubles over the back to cover all your untidy stitching!  I used a gold pen to colour in the small rectangle I drew earlier  and punched a hole. Tie to the gift with the butchers twine and you’re done. Stack your gifts under your tree and wait till Christmas morning!

Christmas Gift Guide: For the kiddos

Christmas Gift Guide: For the kiddos

I have a few nieces and nephews and when Christmas or birthdays come round I like to get them gifts that aren’t the usual big brands and latest crazes. I like toys from natural materials and unique handmade pieces that are generally more unusual so here’s a little gift guide for kids with all my favourites this year.
Christmas Gift Guide: for the Kiddos
1 – How adorable are these knitted vegetables, handmade in Peru, they’ll keep little imaginations busy for hours.
2 – This peacock chair is perfect for hosting tea parties. Available in a variety of designs.
3 – This cute kids apron is super handy when baking, painting or just generally making messes.
4 – Bright and colourful, these building block rainbows are great for practising balancing and stacking skills.
5 – Looking for the perfect night light, these safari scene lampshades will do the trick.
6 – Find out what monsters do on their days off, this colouring book has 10 scary monsters to colour in and fits perfectly in this cute dino tote bag.
7 – You might have seen these adorable photos of baby animals floating round the web but I still love them, I think this lion is my favourite, his expression is priceless.
8 – This cape is the coolest  gift for any little superhero.
9 – I came across these gorgeous handmade outfits at a Christmas market this weekend, luckily she has an etsy shop: Foxed and Dandy,  so I can share all her beautiful wares with you. Unfortunately this is only a small sample of all the goodies she sells but this sailboat jumpsuit is brilliant.
10 – This was my youngest niece’s birthday present this year, a red panda just as cute and curious as her. Handmade with recycled materials, these gorgeous plush animals are real gems.

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

  • Let’s start with a video I have been planning to post for a few weeks now, it’s about Cymatics (I didn’t have a clue either!).  This video shows the interaction between sound and liquid…absolutely astonishing!
  • It is National Christmas Jumper day, it’s great seeing London in the Christmas Spirit.  This sheep in Omaha would definitely win the best dressed prize (and the cuteness award)!
  • I think every town could do with a sprucing up with moss graffiti, these street artists having created amazing street art from biodegradable markers and living materials.
  • Are you looking for different drinks ideas for your Christmas dinner?  This Rosemary and Pomegranate sparkler definitely looks like a winner.
  • I’m not sure if this interview with Jonathan Bernier is as awkward as it is ignorant, I felt seriously uncomfortable watching this video…someone didn’t do their homework!
  • This video came up as the 7th most watched video on Youtube, one of the sweetest ads I have ever seen…bring back ‘Marley and me’ memories.

I guess it is time to get that Christmas tree up with a spot of last minute shopping…good luck to anyone heading out to the shops this weekend, have a good one.