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Christmas arrives at our cottage

I love Christmas, or rather I love Christmas decorations and getting the house feeling all ‘Christmassy’. This is our first Christmas in this cottage and not living above the pub, so I am really excited as now have the room to do all the ideas I have been pinning away on Pintrest!  Our Christmas celebrations were kicked off this year by a Celebration of Christmas Festival held in our village with lots of craft stalls, carol singers, mulled wine and Father Christmas (aka my husband) arriving on the back of a game cart!!! One of my friends and I had a stall selling wreaths she had made and I had been busy making candles and soap. We were bowled over by how popular our crafts were and it was definitely something I plan to do again soon.

Crafts in Lower Swell

Since then I have become a little obsessed with wreaths and have made a few for the house since the obsession started. I bought a Pom Pom maker and have been frantically wrapping wool after seeing some great Pom Pom ideas on Pintrest.


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I also made the stars to go on the wooden wreath from air hardening clay in white. There were a few trials at this but I was really pleased with my final effort.

I also found these bargain folksy style decorations in Wilkinson’s last week which I hung on the mantelpiece in our dining room and combined them with the red paper star lights we already had. They really reminded me of Hungarian Folk Art that was in my

great-grandmother’s house when we were growing up.

red stars

Finally our tree! I was really strict about all our decorations being red/white based on there this year, but luckily most of our existing decorations were already red or white so it wasn’t too hard. I also put a lot of the clay stars I made onto raffia string in red and hung them all over the tree. Also if you look closely you may just see my star garland that I posted about a few weeks ago.

Me add three

Getting Ready for Christmas

getting ready for Christmas is as much fun for me as the day itself. As I start my new job in January I have a bit more time on my hands and have decided to get a bit more crafty this year having been inspired by some of the really get craft blogs out there and my Pintrest obsession. Also our village is holding a Festival of Christmas Celebration at the end of November and I signed up to a stall with one of my VERY creative besties so I had a goal too. If you are local to the Cotswolds it will be a great event and a very festive way to kick off your Christmas celebrations.


I wanted to create something that was not expensive to make or purchase that people would really like to buy and came up with soaps and candles. I researched soap making and bought one of the fab Kirstie Allsopp kits from Hobbycraft as this wasn’t a craft I was familiar with.


After one batch I was hooked and have had to really curb my making efforts so I am not left with hundreds of unused soaps. I have also made some candles with Christmas-sy scented oils in tins and the lovely type you see in elegant old china cups that you see going for a fortune all over the place. Fingers crossed these all sell otherwise my gift giving this year will end up with my Dad receiving rose-scented soaps!


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I also bought myself a set of Pom Pom makers which I have had great fun with after seeing some great ideas on Pintrest.

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Making Pom Poms has become a type of therapy and luckily I have discovered a great way to use them up. I have attempted to make the fairy garland as a gift for a friend’s daughter.  After purchasing a wreath for £2.99 from B & M Homestore I used these Pintrest images as inspiration and ta dah I was pretty please with my efforts. What do you think?


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