Hello lovely Buttoneers! If you have been following this here bloggity-blog for a few years or more now – Or even since the last festive season to be honest! – You will know how much I love Christmas. It is my favourite holiday of the year. I am obsessed. Recently we also had a huge chunk of snow descend upon us and I was like a child at…well…Christmas! Neighbours had put up their decorations and lit up their lights and IT SNOWED!!
I looked out of the window every time I woke up that night eagerly awaiting the frosty treasure like a child looking for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve – It was wonderful.
I loved the snow filled adventures and the crunch beneath our feet. I loved the rosy red cheeks and the hunter-gathering for supplies into the blizzardy wilderness (well, to the shops down the road!) I loved walking through Narnia when we walked through the untouched snow in the woods and slide our way home for hot mugs of tea. I even loved shovelling the piles of snow off the car and using a plastic box to dig our way out of the drive (getting soggy socks in the process) not to mention that it was super Christmasy and full of glittering magic out there!
I love the soft quiet air and the friendliness of people. You get that when it snows don’t you – People you pass in the street say hello with a comforting smile as if its just you and them left in the world, battling the elements. People chat to you when you finally make it to the shops, chatting about the weather (definitely a British thing!) or getting to work or the panic buying of bread and milk as if its the apocalypse or something. It’s funny isn’t it!?
I love the way that snow changes everything. Everything looks soft and rounded. Every thing looks calm and pretty. Everything looks like magic.
Snow or no snow (although I absolutely prefer the first one!) Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (Are you singing yet!?) I love everything about Christmas. I love the run up to the big day with the Christmas markets and mince pies. I love Christmas shopping and finding the perfect gift for someone and sighing with relief that it’s done. I love wrapping up presents whilst watching Christmas films (Oh my! Don’t get me started on Christmas films!) and tying ribbons in a bow. I love the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you switch on the fairy lights or pop the star on the top of the tree…
I love festive outfits, hair bows, sparkles and glitter! I love Christmas.
We are fortunate enough to be able to gather with my family and spend time together at Christmas, exchanging gifts and eating far too many of Mum’s pigs in blankets and sausage rolls!
We laugh, we get annoyed at each other, we play board games, we catch up and we just be together and it’s my favourite.
We remind mum and dad of the order of things every year even though we have done the same tradition for 30 years (I guess this is also a tradition now!) My Dad still creates a treasure hunt around the house for me and my sister’s stocking presents including the “You’re too old for this now” joke – We will never, ever be too old and we have done the same tradition for 30 years. Mum and Dad heave a giant turkey out of the oven and my sister and I run to steal a piece before it’s served. Chris and I save our presents until the very end of the day, where we run to grab our pyjamas and hot mugs of tea ready for the eagerly waited exchange and we have done this for years. I want it to never change and for it to all stay the same.
We are reminded of our loved ones who are not with us anymore but we smile with so much warmth, so many memories that they are with us anyway. I love Christmas.
What I also love about Christmas is Christmas crafting! Did you see me talk all about it in my Christmas Card Video Tutorial last week? I love it!
One of my all time favourites is my Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath Tutorial…
“I really love this Christmas craft as it is a great excuse to use up all of those space-filling scraps of fabric or fat quarters (and a really great excuse to go and buy new ones to replace them eh!?)”
Also I am completely sold out on my red and white quilted bauble decorations in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop (I have one Pink and Grey one left!) But you can make your own for this year using my Quilted Christmas Bauble Tutorial from years ago! Hooray!
I am always on the hunt for inspiring tutorials from around the world wide web to try to follow and push myself out on my creative comfort zone! This week I have been searching high and low for some really great Christmas themed D.I.Y projects to have a go at and found some real gems! I just knew I had to share them with you too! Here are six of my favourites…(links are all below)
- D.I.Y. Holiday Light Pillows by Aww Sam blog – What a huge pop of festive rainbow goodness! Can you imagine the look on your guests faces when they see these in your lounge!?
- Pom Poms and Pinecones Christmas Ornaments by One Little Project blog – So intricate looking and I love the little rainbow snow drop looking pom poms hidden beneath the rustic pinecones *swoon*
- Mini Yarn Hat Ornaments by Easy Peasy and Fun blog – Just adorable! You can hang them on your tree, pop them on anything normal to make it all super adorable (think salt and pepper pots or on a cute succulent plant!) or pop them on the table as decoration – So many ideas!
- Biscuit Crafts – Oreo Christmas Pudding D.I.Y by Nikki McWilliams – Just amazing! Nikki does it again with a super yummy festive addition to your biscuit plate! Did you see her Tunnocks Teacake version?
- D.I.Y. Snowy Mason Jars by A Pumpkin and a Princess blog – Such a beautiful and elegant Christmas craft and addition to your festive home decor – Image little tealights glowing inside or even as a vase for holly and festive looking flowers!
- Marshmallow Penguins – A Fun Food Tutorial by Eats Amazing blog – Super fun! I love these cute little penguins and just know they would be the talking point of the pudding table (you all have a pudding table right!?)
Aren’t they all fabulous! Oooo I feel all festive and cosy now. Which was your favourite? I am definitely going to be trying out some of the magical treasures I found on the web! There are so many possibilities!
Don’t forget there are still some festive bits and pieces in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop like my brand new Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Brooches alongside my most popular seller this year – Christmas Sprout Decorations that you can buy individually, in a pack of 4 or as a Christmas Sprout Garland!
My Festive Woven Wall Hanging which would add a touch of Father Christmas magic to your wall each year or my Embroidered Felt Snowflake Brooch alongside lots more doses of handmade goodness – Home decor such as prints, weavings, garlands and fabric collages for a colourful home full of handmade treasures alongside people decor such as embroidered felt brooches, hair accessories, jewellery and many more fun doses of handmade treasures! Hooray!
PLEASE NOTE: Tomorrow (20.12.2017) is the last recommended postage date for my U.K parcels to be sent using Royal Mail First Class. If you would like a faster postage to help get your items before Christmas after this date, please pop me a message to discuss further!
Don’t worry though – The Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open over the Christmas and New Year holiday season so you can buy away and spend your Christmas pennies and each item will be posted out as soon as the Post Office opens (I will email you to let you know!)
So there you go and now you know! I am definitely feeling full-on festive now! Have you got any Christmas plans? What are your favourite Christmas Traditions? Have you finished your Christmas shopping and ready for the big day? I would love to hear all about it!
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Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!