November passed me by before I could join in with Styling the Seasons. It really flew by. And not for good reasons, either. Over the past three weeks, it seems like at least one of our household has been ill at any given time. Spare moments have been scarce and priorities shuffled. I think I spent more time dispensing Calpol than I did sleeping. Yes, Father Christmas, forty winks is right at the top of my wish list if you could oblige, Sir. But now it's December and with the pouring rain thwarting this afternoon's adventures, my littlest and I popped Elf on in the background and got to work decorating the fireplace instead.
I must admit, I struggle with our fireplace. There's nothing wrong with it as such, it's just a bit 'new'. A roaring fire is one of my dreams but it's not one that I'm going to achieve in this house. So, I have to learn to love what I have. And what better to improve its 'newness' than some cheery, festive decorations.
We popped to the local garden centre yesterday to collect our wreath. Every year, I swear that I'm going to make my own, and every year I fall for the fabulous ones on display and pop one in my basket. Next year! And then, earlier today, I brought out our boxes of much loved decorations collected over the years from all over the world, and we set about choosing some favourites for the fireplace. With the addition of mince pies. As I write this, the mince pies are no longer sat proudly on the fireplace but the crumbs are!
The Christmas tree and snowflake lights were kindly sent to me to decorate by the One Stop Craft Shop. You may remember that I reviewed similar lights from them back in June ... Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Letters. That's been the most popular post, in terms of views, that I've ever written, probably because they're such a fab product. Therefore, I thought it would be lovely to share a couple of the Christmas lights with you from the same range.
The individual kits are currently for sale at £13.49 and each one contains the marquee letter (made out of really sturdy card and 8"/21cm in height), a template to trace around, a strand of battery-powered LED lights (2 x AAA are needed, batteries are not included) and the outer casings for the lights.
They are incredibly easy to customise ... and fun, too.
For the tree, I used the template to cut out the shape from a sheet of glittery, green card. And then I used specially designed Heidi Swapp Christmas tree washi tape to decorate the exterior and interior edge. That part was a tiny bit fiddly but still only took ten minutes. The tape lifts off really easily should you wish to reposition it, which is quite handy.
And I adore the coppery/gold effect that you get when the lights reflect off the paint when the room gets dark.
So a year of styling the seasons has come to end. It's not always been something that I've found easy but it's definitely been something that I've enjoyed. And I can't wait to join in again in 2016.
Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots run a monthly blogging series called Styling the Seasons. You'll find the most beautiful images and inspiration by searching #stylingtheseasons on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.