This Christmas we move into a new season as we’re no longer celebrating as two but as three. Little Maggie is barely three months old and lacking much clue of what’s going on, still far more interested in the milk bar but we obviously wanted to make it a special year and start new traditions together. I can’t think of many people who don’t love the evening the decorations go up in their home, over a mince pie and a bit of Micheal Buble for good measure, maybe a tacky Christmas film in the background too. We wanted to create our own little, festive haven in our living room where we could cosy up together under blankets with spiced teas and the seasonal aromas of flickering candles or welcome people in to laugh over pretty drinks and sweet treats. As much as I love Christmas trees, I wanted to create a Winter wonderland without one and that meant without all the faff of falling over branches to thread the fairy lights and without the endless pain of pine needles in a patchy green rug on the floor! We kept things simple and effortless, which was a good thing as we left it all pretty late this year and who has the time to do anything that’s not effortless, with a three month old?
What’s your Christmas style? Mine seems to evolve year on year. When we were first married we spent some of our John Lewis vouchers on stocking up on tree decorations, prepared months in advance to deck the halls! At that time we opted for a traditional Scandi assortment of red and white with lots of wooden decorations and garlands strewn around the house, thinking it was classic and had longevity. It was sweet but three years down the line I wondered why an earth I was bringing red into my home when I would never, I repeat never at any other point in the year. Unless it’s a red lip I’m usually not a fan of the colour and so feeling liberated to cut this typically festive shade out of our home, I starting making my own monochrome decorations with splashes of gold and felt much more at peace.
I feel like December has been 90% about Christmas styling, not that I’m complaining in the slightest. My Styling The Seasons post for December is light and bright with warm pops of colour and fresh sprigs of rosemary. I steered clear of anything dimly lit and cosy because that doesn’t actually suit the tone of my month thus far. It’s been a month of massive blessings and answers to prayer for me and so many other’s I know, whether that’s been birth’s, engagements, new jobs or good health and somehow that’s made the month seem lighter and brighter.
I love the cosiness of the whole run up to Christmas with its warm spiced beverages, twinkling lights and festive film watching in cuddly blankets. For me creating this cosy atmosphere starts with the christmas tree which instantly transforms a room even when it’s just a baby one like ours. We’ve actually always had a fake one year on year but after the addition of a few more furniture pieces we were left with no room for our 6 foot seasoned companion. We ventured a whole 5 minutes down our road to get our hands on a replacement and proudly escorted it home. It feels like there’s Christmas trees for sale on every corner of London!!
What a week! Two days were taken up with a yucky medical procedure and recovery which I totally put a brave face on but may well be scarred with the painful memory swimming around in my head for life. The week then wrapped up with my phone being stolen, not ideal in any way shape or form and now kind of feeling like I’ve lost a leg (probably unhealthy). The only redeeming part is that we literally got contents insurance two weeks ago for the very first time! Such madness.
It’s already a week into December so I’m a bit behind but here’s this month’s styling the seasons and what a fun month it is to style. I’m a big fan on December and decorating the house. I do wish we had space for a real Christmas tree but hey…maybe one day. Our fake number is a lot less messy after all. In the mean time let me introduce you to Doris the dear with her sparkly hoofs!
- Fimo Air/microwave modelling clay
- Fimo sculpey gloss satin varnish
- Gold sharpie marker
- Cutting board
- Circular cutters or cutters of your choice
- Stampable letters (I used these)
- Tapestry thread or bakers twine
- Rolling pin
- Start by rolling out the clay until it’s all about 1cm thick.
- Use your cutters or scalpel around a stencil to stamp out your shapes. Use a pencil to make a hole at the top of each shape enabling you to hang them later. Set aside.
- For the circular decorations you need to stamp in your Christmas phrases while the clay is still mouldable.
- Leave all the shapes to dry out overnight or you can use the microwave to dry them out quicker.
- Then glaze your decorations. I did two coats either side to make sure the coverage was even and nice and glossy.
- You can now get busy with your sharpie marker. The gloss enhances the metallic affect. Simply draw out whatever design you want. My doodles are pretty easy to copy. I used a medium nib sharpie but if you want more detail you can go for a fine nib.
- Then thread your string/tapestry thread through the hole and tie a knot in the end.