John Lewis Decorate your Christmas Tree

I do approve when retailers actually give hints and tips rather than a just a bare page with a few items thrown at it.  This works brilliantly for clothes but also, I think with Christmas Decorations.  John Lewis have had a really good go with this on their website on their prepare your home page.

John Lewis Prepare your Christmas Home

John Lewis Prepare your Christmas Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every year John Lewis create beautiful Christmas Trees and all the baubles and decorations that go with it.  Whether it is the warm British traditional Ruskin House look, the Alpine Chamonix style or the child like winter wonderland of The Grand Tour  (can’t imagine where they got the name from) there is something for everyone.

John Lewis Ruskin House

John Lewis Ruskin House

John Lewis Chamonix

John Lewis Chamonix

John Lewis The Grand Tour

John Lewis The Grand Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dress your front door

With moving to a new home the garden is s little sparse at the moment so I have been thinking of ways to brighten us up a little at Christmas.  There really isn’t anything that escapes the effects of Christmas including areas of the home.  I was happy to see that the wonderful garden centre that is Dobbies actually have page dedicated to this called Dress your front door.  I like their Cranmere Wreath as it had the right amount of traditional mixed with a sprinkling of Christmas Glitter to welcome people with some Christmas Cheer.

Hobbies Cranmere Wreath with Glitter

Hobbies Cranmere Wreath with Glitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think my children would like the Santa Stop Here Sign as since our house move they are both concerned that Santa will not know where they have moved to.  This sign would certainly assist Santa and although it is not available via a on-line order there are plenty of Dobbies stores around the country from which you can purchase.

Dobbies Santa Stop Sign

Dobbies Santa Stop Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving away slightly from the front door and if you can manage the electrics, my favourite Christmas decorations are always lights.  Given the chance I would have the lights up outside all year round – tasteful ones, of course.  I think these white lights from Homebase are great value at £5 or the unusual light bulb lights which are also for outdoor use.

Homebase White Lights

Homebase White Lights

Homebase Light Bulb Christmas Lights

Homebase Light Bulb Christmas Lights

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Christmas Hanging Basket

Just a quick post to share this picture with you. It’s of a great hanging basket Christmas decoration. We don’t know where this originated from but it was getting quite a lot of interest yesterday when someone posted it on Facebook.

Christmas Hanging Basket

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Keep the children busy – keep a journal

It is a given that the first thing children will be asked to do when they go back to school in September is to write and draw something they did on their Summer or Christmas holidays.  This got me thinking that children are always much happier if they have jobs to do or they can help you in some way.  They seem to like to be given a purpose with everything they do.  For example, if you go for a walk, always get them looking for different trees and get some leaf rubbings done too.  They head off with much more enthusiasm for the little adventure they are about to have.

We are not having a holiday this Summer and we all prefer to be at home over Christmas, (after all, how would Father Christmas find us if we are away) so I thought it would be a fun idea for the children to keep a journal of their holiday.  This is not a pressured must do thing but just something to record their Summer memories, if they only end up with a few things it will still be fantastic for them to look back at.  As with everything to do with little people, presentation is everything, so you can get them to buy into the idea with either making or decorating their own journal.

There are many simple little books that can be made but I particularly like this from craftsnob.com one as you could add extra pages if needed

Make it yourself journal

Make it yourself journal

 

This could be made with the children and I think they would be very proud of their unique journal.  If you are going more for the decorating side of things, then a plain journal upon which they can draw would be brilliant too.

Paperchase (always my favourite stationery shop) have the perfect Kraft Notebook which is a plain canvas for children adventures and imagination.

Kraft Journal for own decoration

Kraft Journal for own decoration

The journal below from notonthehighstreet.com (my favourite gift website) makes a great gift for an older child or even one of those grown up type people who could also gain a lot from taking a moment to reflect upon those great days out with children before they are all grown up!!

The gift journal

The gift journal

 

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Fun with Nutty Putty for Holidays

I have been sent a lovely gift to keep little people amused over the Christmas Holidays or any other holiday time for that matter.  It is called Nutty Putty and is a very easy way to for children to spread their creative wings making pretty flowers, animals, cars and anything else they can imagine.

This starter kit comes with five small individually packaged squares of Nutty Putty – white, pink, red, yellow, and blue.  There is a very useful ideas sheet for making lots of pretty things such as creating flower or a butterfly or maybe a car or a lion.  After you have created your masterpiece it needs to be place in an over for 10 mins for the silicone to retain its shape.  Once it has called and can be played with and has a rubbery texture and is waterproof.  Any left over putty can be stored in a container or a zipped bag as exposure to air will course the putty to harden.

Nutty Putty six colour pack

Nutty Putty six colour pack

 

Packs of Nutty Putty

Packs of Nutty Putty

 

Nutty Putty Rolling Pin and Cutters

Nutty Putty Rolling Pin and Cutters

This fabulous pack also comes with a rolling pin and four cutters to help you get started.  The cutters are a teddy bear, a flower, a car and a hand.

Nutty Putty is made from non-toxic hygienic (an anti-bacterial agent is added) silicone.  This silicone is used in the production of baby feeding bottles, tethers and pacifiers as well as medical and cookware products.

What a great idea so don’t wait until Christmas the summer holidays are nearly upon us!

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