Inspiration

inspirationbluesmallerchristmas windowThat’s it, it’s officially Christmas season! The John Lewis advert is out today (and just how gorgeous is it? So sweet!) AND I was humming along to the Christmas sound track while shopping for gift tags yesterday.

Today I’ve got a guest post today from Kate who is sharing with us some lovely ways to decorate your windows at Christmas time. It’s going to be a crazy one for us this year with our baby girl due just around Christmas time but I’d love to give some of these a go nevertheless.

Decorating your house at Christmas can be a fun, but there’s a fine line between charming and tacky when it comes to Christmas decor. Luckily when it comes to making window displays it’s hard to go too wrong.

winter-wonderland-window

Image source: TorieJayne.com

Snowflakes

Making paper snowflakes is so nostalgic of primary school, whether you have children or not. It’s cheap as chips and lots of fun to do, since the only required materials are scissors and printer paper. Making a display out of them is super easy – make a range of different sizes and tack them straight onto the window for a sudden blizzard effect, or add a hole punch to the top and thread string through to create a garland, perfect for accessorizing a curtain pole.

baubles hanging

Image source: Eenigwonen.nl

Curtain Embellishments

For an understated, chic design, take some christmas tree beads or pendant decorations and accessorize your curtains. Like adding a statement pendant over an LBD, beads can be threaded through curtain loops to hang over block-coloured drapes, adding a pop of colour and sparkle. Crystal or glass baubles in the centre of a window can make some great rainbow effects during the daytime, as the light is refracted throughout the room.

wreath xmas

http://www.etsy.com

DIY Wreaths

Perfect for doors and windows, small Christmas wreaths look traditional and festive, and make great craft projects. Visit a craft shop to get hold of some artificial grapevine and wire to hold your wreath together, and add whatever embellishments you choose, from florals to fruits to pinecones with a hot glue gun. Acrylic paint and glitter glue can be used to add extra colour and sparkle as you see fit. Add some essential oils like Orange for a lovely welcoming fragrance.

cards in window

Image source: Country Living

Card Garland

As Christmas cards arrive, it can be hard to find somewhere to display them all, especially if you don’t have a mantelpiece. Sash windows are ideal here, as you can tie ribbon to the pulleys on either side and hang your cards sideways or secure with clothes pegs to create a Victorian style garland. Give it some flair by tying bows or adding tinsel over the knots to seal them in as decor.

candles and plant

Image source: HappyWedd.com

Illuminated Planters

If your green thumb amounts to a pot on the windowsill, there’s still potential to add some Christmas spirit. tiny LED string lights can be wrapped through a small shrub, or decorate with small baubles to add some embellishment. Add a touch of greenery to candles in the window for a natural, rustic look.

happinesspinkcampfire-kidsThere is something so magical about Autumn. Ok we have to say goodbye to erm, beautiful summer days and long warm nights (I think I blinked and missed most of them!) but you can pull out your warm snuggly jumpers, grab your comfy boots and head out for a lovely country walk, while admiring the beautiful shades of Autumn leaves. As a family we try to find ways to still have fun outside despite the cooler weather.

firepit-autumn

One super fun idea that we all love is to make a campfire together outside and this time of year is perfect for it! Last weekend we all wrapped up warm, Littlelish and her friend, who was sleeping over, in fleece onsies, us in anything warm we could find and headed out into the garden when it got dark at around 7 o’clock. We’d been sent a fab package from http://www.certainlywood.co.uk the largest specialist producer of kiln dried firewood and kindling in the UK. All the firewood and kindling is made from sustainable British woodland within just 100 miles from Hereford.

The package contained everthing for lighting the perfect fire from kilk dried logs to natural wood wool flamers to help start the fire and a S’mores kit to make the perfect campfire treat. I don’t who was more excited, Littlelish at the thought of being outside in the dark or me at the thought of S’mores!

smores

S’mores are something we’ve heard lots about but never actually tried making ourselves. I think it’s because they are an American concept and we don’t have the equivalent of Grahams crackers over here. But the clever people at Certainly Wood had been doing their research and picked out some awesome biscuits made by chef Felice Tocchini of Fusion Brasserie that replace or dare I say improve upon the Grahams crackers as well as some luxury marshmellows from the Marshmellow Deli and belgium chocolate from Cocoa Amore. After a couple of minutes work sandwiching the chocolate and marshmellows between the biscuits, we wrapped them in aluminium foil and popped them on a plate ready for toasting.

We usually make a fire outside in our firepit, simply because I worry we have so very many trees in our garden that I would create a slightly larger fire than we’d bargained for! Having said that we did a similar thing last year at my friends house and she built her own fire out of bricks and stones in a circle she’d cut out of her lawn. Once she finished with the fire she just replaced the circle of lawn the next day and noone could even tell she’d had a fire!

Being outside at night time is always going to be exciting to 6 year olds and the campfire and s’mores was a real highlight of the weekends sleepover. They loved the magic of the fire and watching the sparks of fire fly up into the night sky, calling them fire fairies. Once the fire was roaring we added the S’mores onto the grate of the fire, within a minute (they are done quicker than you would think) they were ready to be devoured mmmm!

making-smoresyummy-smorestoasting-marshmellows

The little ones stayed outside until it was bedtime and then it was the turn of me and my partner to enjoy the fire, with no little people to warn about getting too close! We snuggled up in front of the fire, with rosy faces from the heat and spent the rest of the evening chatting together. It was wonderfully relaxing and such a gorgeous way to spend an evening together, I can imagine the addition of a glass of red wine would have just topped it off but that will have to wait until baby boo arrives!

How about it giving S’mores and Autumn campfires a go? You could have a magical fire on Halloween and pretend to be witches or combine it with fireworks for your own bonfire nights party?For more ideas on how to light the perfect fire, campfires with kids and cooking on a campfire, take a look at the Certainly Wood website and blog which has some really great tips and inspiration.

inspirationpinkSAM_6077I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween especially where little children are concerned. But with school age children there is no avoiding it! When it comes to Halloween at home, we embrace the fun dressing up and creative pumpkin carving but rather than all the sinister, gruesome spookiness, I try to focus on the magical, enchanting and fairytale! Last year we decided to make a Disney inspired ‘Tangled’ pumpkin after one of Littlelish’s favourite movies. She knew exactly the scene she wanted to recreate, the lantern scene, but could I manage to transfer it onto a pumpkin with a 5 year old little helper? Errrrrm….

I’m not the world’s best pumpkin carver but I can draw and paint pretty well so I decided that was probably the easiest route to go down! Taking the lead from images of the lantern scene I found on the web I sketched out the scene as best as I could leaving the detail pretty simplistic so it was easy for Littlelish to paint. At this point I also carved out simple rectangles where the light would shine through from the candle as the lanterns.

painting-our-pumpkinmaking-fairytale-pumpkin

I mixed up the right colours using acrylic paint and my assistant got to work painting the main blocks of colour on her own, I thought it looked pretty good as an ombre style effect and this was easy for her to create. The paint dried very quickly on the skin of the pumpkin so there was no smudging. Mummy stepped in when it was time to add the detail to the castle and the boat and then our pumpkin was finished! Super simple but really effective!! Of course more so in the daytime and early evening before it gets really dark and you can only see the light from the rectangles! I’d love to see someone actually carve this scene into a pumpkin, that was a bit beyond my skill set!

tangled-pumpkin-2

I’m not sure what enchanted pumpkin we will be creating this year come Halloween time, I’ve found some cool inspiration for fairytale pumpkins – I love the cinderella carriage!

fairytale-pumpkins

 

1 4 5 6 7 8 44