A special Dulux Merry Christmas

A special Dulux Merry Christmas

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.

How to make homemade Christmas crackers

How to make homemade Christmas crackers

I was talking to the Laura Ashley team this afternoon about writing a festive post for their blog in a couple of weeks time and it reminded me that I never actually shared the one I put together for them last year. So here it is. Quite a bit late, yes. But in plenty of time for this Christmas.

Making your own crackers is not a new thing. In fact, there are plenty of kits on the market that you can buy. You simply need to pop in your own gift. However, I’m pretty sure that most us have off cuts of wallpaper or wrapping paper lying around and they’ll do the job absolutely perfectly.

Pink and green should ALWAYS be seen - sew your own garden-inspired table linen

Pink and green should ALWAYS be seen - sew your own garden-inspired table linen

I'm so, so sorry to all of you who asked about the table linen in my simple summer post back in May. I started to put together this post and then the sun started actually shining for more than a few minutes, my mind turned to freckles and ice lollies, and I completely forgot to come back to it. A few weeks on, I hope you still find it useful. Looking at the forecast, we have plenty of warm evenings ahead of us, so lots of opportunities to dine outdoors.