Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As we are fully into winter now and Christmas is coming up and everything is feeling so wonderfully festive, I thought it was about time I carried on the new tradition of rounding up some of my seasonal favourites. Did you catch my For the Love of…Autumn post? Much like that one, I am going to be rounding up my favourite things from my blog, my Etsy shop and share with you some winter picks from around the world wide web.
I love Winter. I love the crisp, clean air rosy-ing my cheeks whilst the winter sun warms my face. I love the icy, glittering cobwebs (the only acceptable type of cobweb if you ask me – where the spiders are long gone!) I love candle-lit, cosy early mornings in the studio with the whole day ahead. I love thick fluffy socks and layers of warmth and soft knitted jumpers and big winter coats.
I love mysterious foggy mornings where the sun melts across the horizon in a blurry haze and likewise, the deep orange-pink of the early sunset that steals all of the light for the day’s final hurrah!
I love cosying up under a duvet or blankets to hunker down for the night in front of the t.v with a hot mug of tea. I adore the magic of seeing your breath in the air and the giddy excitement from the promise of snow (although it never really happens here anymore) I love homemade apple crumble and chunky soup for dayyyysss. I love baking gingerbread and letting the scent fill up our home. I love Christmas and magic and festivities en-masse. I love family and gathering and mum’s kilted sausages. I love glittering pavements that look just like treasure. I love Winter.
One of my all-time favourite Winter blog posts has to be last years ‘A Festive Adventure‘. I really captured the dark nights and fairy lights feel of the festive adventures I went on just before Christmas and the photographs instantly take me back there…
“I love the smell of mulled wine that lingers in the cold crisp air…the scent of chestnuts roasting (on an open fire!?) The bright twinkly lights that give a sense of magic just around the corner…the stalls of handmade goodness, mince pies, gifts and festive foods….the happiness that soaks into your soul as you wander around without a care in the world…Christmas perfection!”
Another favourite of mine and a firm Button Colour Adventure favourite is my Button Colour Adventure – Part 3 – Christmas 2014 Edition – I loved making this inspiring colour palette post. The colours of Christmas are gorgeous – from the traditional deep reds, crisp whites and gorgeous greens to the more modern pretty pinks, glamorous greys and beautiful blacks…
“It will be interesting to see if/how they change over the years too, to possibly see tends and waves in styles and designs, to see whether or not I…indeed resist the temptation of buying one of those adorable Christmas gnomes! We shall see, but for now, be swept away with me on a trail of colour, glitter and Christmas imagination…”
If you caught my blog post last week you will have seen my Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath…
“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!?)”
It is one of my favourite Christmas crafts to date and I’m looking forward to hanging it up in my house this year to add a lovely dose of festive cheer alongside its friend – A ‘Tutorial Tuesday’ from waaaay back – my Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Garland…
I recently went back to some of these tutorials and gave them a bit of a spruce up so I’d love for you to go and have a look, even if you caught them on the blog the first time around.
I forget about this quick and easy festive craft every year, until I haul it out of the Christmas decoration box and fall in love with it all over again, every time! It is really effective and love the strips of lace I tied in amongst the red and white cotton fabric – Why did I not remember this for the Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath!? Oh well, you know I’m just going to have to make another one!
“I wondered what I could do with all of the remnants of fabric and scrap ribbon and lace pieces that I have
hoarded carefully collected over the years that are taking up much needed studio space…which is when the magic happened! That ah-ha! moment when it all clicks into place…I would combine the two and create a fabric scrap Christmas garland! Not only will it look super festive but help with the hoarding problem collection too!”
Another festive (or all year around if you wanted to) craft I had completely forgotten about was my Tutorial Tuesday – Handmade Fancy Envelopes where I spiced up the boring white Christmas card envelopes by creating colourful inside bits for a surprise pop of colour when they are opened (A bit like how I catch everyone out, every year by adding festive confetti to my Christmas card envelopes! [Insert evil laugh here] *runs to hide or fetch the vacuum cleaner*
“Your cards could turn heads at the Christmas party as if you’ve just rocked up in your underwear and a pair of stilettos…except with maybe a little more elegance!”
Last but not least of my own Christmas craft ideas is my Quilted Christmas Bauble Tutorial. This is one of my very first tutorials I had ever made waaayyy back before I had even officially launched this little creative corner of the blogosphere to the public -Blimey! It feels like a lifetime ago and I feel like I have learnt so much since then, but am still so very proud of my first tutorial. I have since spruced it up a bit and brightened the images (bless me and my old camera back then!) and actually have gone on to make them for the Eliston Button Etsy shop as part of my Create 28 blog challenge from last year! (More on those later!)
“I loved it and after 40 square pieces of fabric, 200 pins and sore fingers and thumbs I was pleased with its outcome and pretty darn proud of myself…and love the idea that a handmade Christmas decoration will come out every year, maybe passed down through generations and have a special, personal touch just like my scrapbooks or photographs”
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)
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 some festive bits and pieces in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop like my Embroidered Felt Frozen Snowflake Brooch, my Festive Woven Wall Hanging, Quilted Ball Decorations – in traditional Red and White or pretty Pink and Grey and last but not least, 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! Hooray!
Also, just in case you missed it – The Eliston Button Christmas Gift Guide is a lovely little round up of the handmade goodness in the Eliston Button Esty Shop (which is full of crafty goodness like prints, wall art, woven wall hangings, embroidered felt jewellery and accessories alongside beautiful home decor) with all of the links and descriptions etc for all of your last minute Christmas shopping needs!
Please do be aware of my Last Recommended Christmas Postage Dates. Any items ordered after these will still be posted out to you but I cannot guarantee that they will get to you before Christmas Day. The Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open over the Christmas and New Year if you want to spend your Christmas pennies and items will be posted out as soon as the Post Office is open again (I will email out Post Office run dates for all orders)
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!