Post in collaboration with Etsy
Last week on Saturday 30th of November at 11:59pm, it was safe to say I was counting down the seconds until I could whack on Darlene Love and feel absolutely zero guilt that for the next 31 days my favourite music genre would solely be CHRISTMAS.
In the last couple of years since having our own home- we’ve gone out to collect a Christmas tree on the 1st at our favourite garden centre (pensioners? Us?) and spent the day decorating the house- gradually building up our collection of the kitsch, the slightly-ridiculous and downright brilliant ornaments and baubles. But one thing about moving into your own home and having your own space, means often you’re starting from scratch. Unlike living at home when Christmas rolls around- you’re not pulling down boxes and carrier bags from the loft loaded with years worth of collectables and decorations- but a small handful of sentimental pieces, which will hopefully grow a little year on year.
This year, with the festive season now pretty much in full swing, I’ve partnered up with Etsy once more to showcase my favourite ‘finishing touches’ from their wonderful site-wide selection. Whether that’s baubles, stockings, gift wrap or cards- it’s these little details that really tie everything together- whether you’re a serial card sender, stocking stuffer or present wrapper…
The main event…
I’m sure with most other people, Joe and I share the tradition of picking up a special bauble each year (or a few)- signposting something special from that year- be it a trip, something novelty from a favourite shop- or, and most probably, an animal in full festive dress. This year we’re adding this special little customised number to our tree from House of Hooray– a shop that sells the most gorgeous personalised baubles, banners and flags- which would also make the dreamiest gifts if you’re after something incredibly thoughtful.
Don’t forget to leave out your stocking!
Similarly, even though I don’t have an unwilling parent to fill it up for me (sob)- Joe and I still leave our stockings downstairs, and each year I hope he’s been organised enough to put a little something in it. If you’re looking to upgrade an old pillowcase or bed sock, this velvet Liberty print one from Poppy and Honesty is a bit of a dream and ticks two fundamental boxes with everything from dresses to interiors- velvet, check! Florals, check!
The little extras…
When it comes to decorating anything other than the tree- we’re often a little bit forgetful in this household. We have candles aplenty and a few bits of Tinsel that we’ll try and decorate the odd frame with- but when it comes to the full shebang, we’re often a little lost.
After discovering House of Hooray for their little baubles, I also spotted this retro inspired felt tree garland , which will definitely make the perfect stand in for undressed frames (a cardinal Christmas sin) and a bit of festive colour in areas that are perhaps a little muted this time of year.
I also came across Midgens on Etsy who designs the most beautiful sewn hoops as decorations, which look beautiful hung up using a tack or nail, or on a door handle as a little finishing touch.
One person on Etsy who produces the most beautiful festive goodies is Annie Dornan Smith. Whether that’s a beautiful print to adorn your home with during December (we added it to our vinyl wall), some of her beautiful Christmas cards, or even a print for a loved one (her prints might be some of my favourite online)- I can’t recommend having a nosey enough.
And to wrap it all up…
If you’re after some wrapping paper that is so beautiful you’ll want to iron it out and frame it afterwards (no but really)- this festive botanical paper by Catherine Lewis is possibly the best I’ve seen this year. Made with recycled paper and vegetable inks- if you’re wanting to invest in something beautiful and perfectly recyclable (that’s if you don’t frame it afterwards), I highly recommend Catherine’s shop for some of your most special gifts.
AND FINALLY CARDS! Every year I spent a somewhat shocking amount of time penning all of my cards, and although this year I might have to be a little more modest with my postage (a wedding with thank you cards and invites tallied up a little)- these are some of my favourite picks from the ‘net. Not only do I love Annie’s miniature peace and joy cards, but Olivia Rubin’s collaboration cards with Lucy Says I Do are also so beautiful. Finally, if you like something a little different, I love Nicola Rowland’s shop and the BRILL Oh Corrin too (the Irn Bru card was bought especially and I am SO excited to give it to it’s recipient)…
I hope you enjoyed this little festive walk through! There’s plenty more where this came from coming this week, so stay tuned for lots of festive goodies!