Christmas Wreaths With John Lewis

It’s been a festive few days here with lots of Christmas markets and meet ups with friends. We decorated the house last week and I added a new Christmas wreath to the door, thanks to John Lewis!

They challenged me to customise a wreath with items from their online Christmas shop so I chose this beautiful snowy eucalyptus wreath.Flocked-Eucalyptus-Wreath-John-LewisAs the wreath was so beautiful, I only wanted to add a couple of touches to customise it and kept it very simple! I picked some red berry cluster decorations and ribbon to give it a pop of colour.

Festive-Berry-Decorations Using wire, I wrapped the stems of the berry decorations around the eucalyptus branches of the wreath.DIY-Wreath-ProjectsThen I simply tied a ribbon on the bottom of the wreath and left long tails for a bit of a statement.Wreath-Ideas-John-Lewis

So as I said a simple change, but one that makes quite a statement.
Flocked-Eucalyptus-Wreath-EmbellishedI also added some Christmas Fragrance Oil to give it a nice scent for when we come home or when the postie visits!Christmas-Fragrance-OIl

As well as some John Lewis decorations, we have added handmade Christmas  tree decorations from Hello Sunshine, Mooglears and Stuff, Kim Haskins and Designosaur.Handmade-Christmas-Decorations I better crack on with my Christmas shopping this week – can’t wait to use this santa and llama gift wrap. Look at his pom pom hat!

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Thanks for letting me share some of my Christmas decor today. Next year G wants to go nuts with tinsel and all the colours, so I’m looking forward to seeing his take on Christmas decor!

Are you hanging a wreath this year?

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*John Lewis gifted the items from their Christmas shop for the purposes of this blog post. As always, opinions are my own.

Boots Secret Santa £100 Gift Giveaway

I am in full on Christmas mode here! The tree went up in our house yesterday and we have been shopping as intentionally as we can for gifts and decorations.

Today I’m thrilled to share that I have teamed up with Boots for a Secret Santa  project! Keep reading and you can find out more about the £100 Gift Giveaway and who else is involved in this festive campaign.

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-Giving-Claireabellemakes-GivewawayFirstly, a few thoughts about gift giving. I don’t know about you, but I love a consumable gift or an experience – we have an abundance of ‘stuff’ in our house that I struggle to find homes for!

Saying that, I am planning to buy lots of unique gifts from markets such as Etsy Made Local and Renegade for my friends, and have also been searching for gift sets and food items from the high street for neighbours and the postie. They all deserve a gift over the festive season and I feel strongly about supporting small businesses and high street shops to keep both going! You know me, I’ll probably get making for some handmade gifts too and I am joining in a few Secret Santa groups in the online community. Mostly just for fun and because it fulfills my obsession with sending mail and creating special packages.

As part of the Boots Secret Santa project, 10 bloggers are selecting gifts for one another. I got to choose a mystery gift for the lovely Chloe from the Christmas gifts for her section on the Boots site. We are all sharing on Instagram using #BootsSecretSanta so you can see what gifts we end up with!

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-Giving-DecorationsI mentioned a giveaway didn’t I? The lovely folk at Boots are also giving us all mystery gifts to share with our readers – worth £100! All you need to do is enter using the widget below and check out my Instagram posts to see what I receive.

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The giveaway is open to UK readers only (sorry!) and gifts will be sent directly to the randomly selected winner from Boots UK. Ends on 6 December 2017.

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-GivingAre you feeling the Christmas spirit yet?

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*This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Boots. As always, opinions are my own.

Black Friday – Love or Hate?

Whether you love or hate Black Friday, I just wanted to let you know there is a sale happening this weekend in my Etsy shop! Site wide, there will be 15% off from Friday 24 November – Sunday 26 November inclusive. Black Friday Sale 2017 - ClaireabellemakesI’ll be celebrating my birthday on Saturday and I’m not even sure what we will be getting up to! G has some plans for us and I’m just going to enjoy the weekend for whatever it holds. I’ll probably eat a donut or two though! What are your plans for the weekend?

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Laser Cut Alternative Christmas Decorations From Etsy UK

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling pretty festive quite early this year! I think because small businesses have to prepare for the Christmas season so early, that I have been doing seasonal shoots and product development since the summer! I’ve also spent the last week packing tons and tons of Christmas decorations in the hopes of some sales over the festive season.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite alternative Christmas decorations that I found on Etsy. All of them are laser cut like my bicycle decorations and all are from UK sellers.Laser Cut Alternative Christmas Decorations From Etsy UK

G and I bought one of the Designosaur Roarballs a couple of years ago (in fact, it’s the one pictured below) and we love it. We go for a white and red theme on our main tree and then I have a completely multicoloured tree theme in the studio.

All of the shops are linked below, so please do check them out and consider shopping small for your Christmas decorations this year! Laser-Cut-Christmas-Decorations-Etsy-UK

Rock Cakes / Claireabellemakes / Designosaur

Hello Sunshine / Art Angel / Doodle Duck Prints

Glitter Punk Jewellery / Betsy Benn / I Like Cats

Maybe you celebrate a different holiday? If so, what decorations do you enjoy? I’d love to know!

A lot of these makers are going to be participating in the Etsy Made Local markets this year which take place over the first weekend in December. You can find a market near you if you are UK based by following this link. If you are based in the East, why not come along to the Cambridge or Norwich markets where I will be earning some pennies! More info on my events page here.

When are you decorating for Christmas?

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British Craftsmanship From The Sofa & Chair Company

As most of my work revolves around the creative business community, I’m often discovering new makers and companies and almost always adding to my wish list in the process! After watching this video about the British craftsmanship behind The Sofa and Chair Company, I was sold on their beautiful furniture pieces and luxury style for homes.

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There’s something about watching makers at work in that video that captures me. Seeing each person’s role in the process of making a chair was pretty cool. It’s the behind the scenes stuff that I love when it comes to following creative companies online – proof that all the hard work we put into social media and promoting ourselves really does help to bring attention to brands. That and CUTE DOGS on your Instagrams!

I’m working with The Sofa and Chair Company today to bring you wish list of their luxury items that caught my eye. This season I’m still loving metallic tones around my home, but also lusting after velvet fabrics, sheepskin rugs and all the plants. And I’m never going to get bored of grey and blush pink!

The Sofa & Chair Company Wish List

All items available here

I’d love to visit the West London workshop to see the makers in action, especially after learning that it only takes 6 weeks for bespoke items to go from concept to completion and delivery! Maybe I need to sign myself up for an upholstery class in the new year.

What are your luxury interior picks? Anything cosy for this season that I should be checking out?

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*This was a sponsored collaboration with The Sofa and Chair Company. As usual, all opinions are my own. All images in the post are owned by The Sofa and Chair Company.