A Very Handmade (ish) Christmas

This year I’ve been pretty disorganised regarding Christmas. A combination of v. busy businesses, a cuckoo-nuts two year old and it just being that time of the year has left me quickly scrambling to get my house “just so” in time for Christmas. Turns out I can kinda pull it together in a few days. Mainly because I already had about 90% of the stuff hidden in a box under the house, but also I had some help from some wonderful handmade and small businesses and I even worked my own fingers nearly to the bone!

So welcome to our home! Be prepared to be ordered to keep calm and merry on as soon as you enter the front door. I made these embroidery hoops while away on holiday last week. They were super easy with pre cut and pre sticky letters.

Left is my gorgeous white tree from Savannah Lane that I picked up at the first ever Babushka Market last month, right are some plain old jars that I jazzed up with fabric tape from Jilli & James and in the middle are my first ever (of many… as you will see) purchase from Milly Molly Mandy – a sweet felt star mobile.

Here’s our Christmas corner:) I must direct your eyes to the divine (ok, not Christmassy, but still divine!) Little House Cushion from Little Village Handmade at the bottom right of the pic. I feel pretty lucky to have one of these in our home – they go super fast whenever Jo has had a chance to make them (in between wrangling 3 littlies!!)

Ornament time! Left is one (of NINE!) of the custom felt letters I had made for our family this Christmas from Milly Molly Mandy and right is one of her Gingerbread men – love him! In the middle is one of the clay stars I made last year. Only Jonty’s and Chad’s survived… mine got bitten by a certain then 16 month old… hopefully he won’t eat any ornaments this year!

Last week on holidays I also made Jonty’s Santa Sack. I love how festive it looks!

Pressie time! This years wrapping features white butchers paper from Ikea, a little bit of stripy ribbon from Typo, hessian tree support webbing tape (random!!) from Bunnings and gorgeous tags from Little Muse. This girl is seriously talented. I almost couldn’t bring myself to put these tags on the pressies because I wanted to keep them! I personalised each of the tags using my little stamp set.
So that’s my 2011 Christmas wrap (see what I did there?) up! Please go and check out all the linked pages and people above and keep them in mind for your decorating next year – not just for Christmas but all the year through and as always, I encourage you to try your hand at making things your self. Believe it or not, it is fun and rewarding!

Happy Christmas from me to you and see you in 2012!


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