I have just been asked to help a friend decorate a boys bedroom with a robot theme – Great Theme! This is what I found for inspiration:
Well Last Day of November and that means that tomorrow is December and the start of the countdown to Christmas with Advent Calendars.
I love Advent Calendars, a little treat every day until Christmas Day itself. I remember as a child it built the excitement through the month.
Advent Calendars come in all shapes, sizes and prices these are my favorites for 2013!
Colouring Advent Calendar
How about an advent calendar that you can colour in!! Open a window everyday and colour in a Christmas scene!! A great idea at £4.19 from Waterstones.
Wooden Reindeer Advent Calendar
A cute wooden and very visible reusable Advent Calendar from Not on The High Street at £30.00 its great value as can be used year after year. Use as a family advent calendar and put things in like ‘Decorate the tree’ or Panto tickets or ‘go Ice -Skating, make it unique to you and fun for all.
Victorian Birds Advent Calendar
Traditional Advent Calendars did not have chocolates or small gifts inside them and at traditionaladventcalendars.co.uk they have some beautiful and traditional scenes – my favourite is the Victorian inspired one with beautiful birds and great value at £2.50
Arty 3D Winter Muse Advent Calendar
For those who are more art inspired this amazing and unique advent calendar from Crankbunny on Etsy. It is 3D and beautiful and every day you hang a new ornament on the horns of the Winter Muse – lovely idea. You can use it every year and it comes in at approx £25.00 – Bargain.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
A Hanging Christmas Advent Calendar! What a great festive idea! Find this at the Great Little Trading co for £35.00.
Manicure Advent Calendar
Selfridges sell some amazing advent calendars from the beauty section, my favorite is this Mini Mani Calendar by Ciate and at £38.00 is a real treat as it includes some exclusive glitter shades only available in this calendar!!
Luxury Advent Calendar
For that luxury feel at Christmas Fortnum and Mason have released an amazing filled advent calendar, behind each door is a little Christmas treat like Jelly Beans and Sugar Mice. Pricey at £125.00 but reusable and beautiful.
Chocolate Advent Calendar
Chocolate advent calendar’s are my favorite and Hotel Chocolate do not dissapoint this year with their selection, they even have ones for couples, £25.00 but enough chocolate for 2, My husband wouldn’t get one of these as he said I would just eat his share!! He has a point!
Playmobil Advent Calendar
A great trend at the moment is to have tiny toys in advent calendars rather than sweets and you can see this in the Playmobil advent calendars. Under each window is another piece that ultimately creates a wonderful scene! £13.00 from Amazon.co.uk
Cute Hanging Decorations
Make Advent Calendars part of your decoration. These cute buckets can be hung around the house and then filled with sweet things every day. Find these as a packaged deal at traditionaladventcalendars.co.uk for 24.99. Or you can try and make it yourself buying supplies at craft shops like Hobbycraft.
Our Advent Calendars
So- I buy an advent calendar for my Husband every year and I buy him one – and we unveiled them today – Hurray! I got him a Lego Advent calendar and he got me a chocolate one from Hotel Chocolate – looking forward to opening the 1st window tomorrow!!
Happy Advent Calendar Day!
Well it is November 25th, one month till Christmas…… And that means it Christmas Cake Making Day!
I know people say that making a Christmas Cake is expensive as you can buy them quite cheap but I just love making the cake. Me and my Husband take some time out from whatever we are doing and spend a few hours together making our Christmas Cake – this is the third time we have made one, and its the only time before December 10th that I am allowed to play Christmas Music in the house, but I do have fairy lights in the kitchen all the time.
200g Self Raising Flour
150g Plain Flour
120g Glacier Cherry’s
1 Kilo Mixed Fruit
2 Tbls Brandy
1 Tsp Mixed Spice
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
Pinch of Salt
2 Tblsp Treacle
120g Ground Almonds
I use as many different types of dried fruit as I can including figs and prunes, I also include sherry and Contriau to make my cake more boozy 🙂 I also soak my fruit for a few days before using them in the cake.
Beat butter and sugar together
Beat eggs together in separate bowl
Add some of the eggs to the sugar mix and combine
Add some of the flour to the sugar mix and combine
Add more eggs and flour until it is all mixed in
add the treacle
Add the fruit and mix in
Cook on Gas Mark 2 for 1 hour
Cook on Gas mark 1 for 2-3 hours or until skewer comes out clean.
Remember to line the cake tin with baking parchment
If there is any leftover fruit out in fridge to eat with Ice Cream later
AND the most important thing to remember when making Christmas Cake is to drink Pedro Ximenez sherry while making it as it tastes just like Christmas Cake Yummy!!
I can’t wait to try my cake- I wil lbe feeding with sherry and Contriau
We normally get a Christmas Blend of Coffee, festive markets are always a good place to pick these up or Starbucks does a great blend for Christmas. I am always looking for ideas to make the coffee fun at Christmas- here are a few ideas for this year ….
Festive Sugar Cubes
Cookies that Hang on Your Cup
Find these on Not on The High Street £14.99 plus Postage
Nice Flavours for the Coffee
From Whittard of Chelsea £15.00 for 6
Cute cup to serve it in
Cup from Giselda Graham £9.99
Mini Crackers with Chocolate to Serve alongside.
These are from Hotel Chocolate £15.00 for 10
So I have started wandering around the large department stores looking for Christmas inspiration and I stumbled across these set of 6 Liqueur glasses in the wonderful John Lewis and fell instantly in love:
At £28.00 that’s a little much for me to be spending at this time of year on myself but I decided I had to have something like this for the festive season. I do love shopping for glassware in Charity shops so went for a hunt and look what I found…..
I found 1 glass tray @ £1.99
5 Liqueur Glasses with black line in stem 5 for £1.99
Then the Holy Grail… 5 Coloured Stem Glasses
And again magic price of 5 glasses for £1.99 that’s less than 40p per glass!! BARGAIN and Beautiful!!
So I ended up with 10 glasses and 1 fab tray for less than £6.00 – Love Charity Shopping!!!!
I was in Lakeland shopping yesterday and saw they had BLUE icing – inspiration struck and thought I would do a blue Christmas Cake this year. I am making my Christmas Cake tomorrow and allways like to imagine what it would looklike,
So here is what I am drawing inspiration from this year:
I have been married for 6 years now and at 29 I have decided to write down some of my experiences as a wife in this crazy world we live in…
The idea for a blog really started with Christmas. I love Christmas and am really starting my preparations now, and wanted to share them.
I am looking forward to sharing my adventures and learning what all the other wives out there do?