If ever there was a celebration or holiday that lends itself to crafts and making mini masterpieces for the house, it’s Christmas, particularly for people like me whose hearts are warmed by a homespun look and feel. It’s a season steeped in nostalgia and bringing out handmade decorations year after year and remembering when they were made and who by is a major part of the fun. And, with December seemingly being a month of endless opportunities for my children to inhale sugar, bringing our paper, paints, clay and cookie cutters is pretty much the only way to get them to sit at the kitchen table and indulge in a more calming activity for an hour or two. Try it. But hide the glitter - no good can come from handing a pot of glitter over to a five and eight-year-old, trust me.
I read so many interiors blogs, buy countless home and garden magazines and receive press release after press release about product launches and this month’s ‘must have’ piece of furniture or accessory. I love information but it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. Headlines scream ‘New! Bigger! Better!’ and you really have to stop and think hard about whether your life and your home really does need something like that or if your brain is simply responding to a catchy title and a pretty picture.
If ever there was a time for a bumper edition of ‘my favourite finds’, it’s at Christmas, right? Even for the no-shopping-nonsense amongst us, it’s hard to resist a little trinket or two to remind us that the holidays are on the way and that it’s the month to kick back at home, turn on the twinkly lights and indulge in a glass of Bailey’s or two. Although, my personal preference is actually for Coole Swan … I’d definitely recommend trying it.