1st Christmas decorations purchased

Vintage Christmas decorations purchased from eBay.  Includes vintage angel made in Japan.
Vintage Christmas decorations purchased from eBay. Includes vintage angel made in Japan.

I was surfing eBay and eventually ended up searching for ‘vintage Christmas decorations’.  I was so excited and started to freely click ‘add to watch list’.  I lost out on a collection of fragile vintage Christmas decorations which I was not too heartbroken about as I have a few of those (though may purchase some later down the line) but I was in a bit of a frivolous mood.  I try to put a cap on how much I want to spend when I am in such a mood so I ended up purchasing these retro beauties for £4.20.  I am very pleased with my purchase.  They may not be to everyone’s taste but they fill me with nostalgia and will add a pop of colour to one of our Christmas trees.  Yes, tree…S…  We have moved to a slightly bigger house and I am hoping to have the traditional big tree for the living room with smaller trees in the hallway, kitchen and playroom.  Hm…  I need more Christmas decs!

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Let’s start getting ready! ! !

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Summer is lovely, it really is but we are knee deep in September and I have already purchased some vintage Christmas ornaments off eBay, booked my 2 year old son’s Father Christmas visit at Harrods and looking to book our annual trip to the Spirit of Christmas.

So here we go again… let’s all enjoy and savour the festive journey 🙂

JW

Your Christmas Table

I recently found a very old picture of our Christmas table that my darling Mother had prepared.  I had forgotten how beautiful she would set it, how festive it looked and how much the silver sparkled.  My Mother passed on earlier this year and so I find myself wanting to create a Christmas Day table that will be as warm and festive as hers.

I have been trawling through the internet for inspiration.  I like the idea of mixing and matching different looks.  There is so much inspiration out there, it’s amazing! A bit overwhelming but so inspiring.  Here are some of my favourites…

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In the mood for a Country style Christmas

Here are mix of images that inspire and items that are available to purchase now (listed below).  There are many ways to interpret a country style Christmas.  This is one that evokes a warm and festive feel.  OMC

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Edenham Print Superior Christmas Crackers - Exclusive to Liberty £45
Edenham Print Superior Christmas Crackers – Exclusive to Liberty £45
Three House Tea Light Lanterns - Cox & Cox £35
Three House Tea Light Lanterns – Cox & Cox £35
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Royal Corgi Glass Decoration - Liberty £15.95
Royal Corgi Glass Decoration – Liberty £15.95

Garlands and Wreaths

Real wreaths and garlands are wonderful to look at and smell.  They transform a room into a Christmas wonderland but there are so many alternative ever lasting options now.  We are spoilt for choice.  You can pretty much find a garland or wreath for any type of theme that you can think of!  The best thing about a lot of the wreaths is that they can be used all year round.  I love the homely feel of a wreath on a front door, they can enhance a shabby chic kitchen or at the head or foot of a bed.  The boxwood and silver bells would add a chic touch to a wedding.  Here are a few of my favourites that on sale right now as well as a little inspiration for those who want to get a little crafty.

White Snow Berry Christmas Wreath & Garland by The Christmas Home at Not on the High Street £44 each
White Snow Berry Christmas Wreath & Garland by The Christmas Home at Not On The High Street £44 each
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Wreath - The White Company £50
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Wreath – The White Company £50
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Garland - The White Company £70
Frosted Pinecone & Fir Garland – The White Company £70
Noble Fir Wreath - Balsam Mill from £69
Noble Fir Wreath – Balsam Mill from £69
Boxwood Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £7
Boxwood Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £7
Fir and Red Berry Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £12
Fir and Red Berry Wreath by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £12
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Fir table Garland by Just Add A Dress at Not On The High Street £15
Vintage Style Silver Jingle Bell Wreath by Little Baby Company at Not On The High Street £14.95
Vintage Style Silver Jingle Bell Wreath by Little Baby Company at Not On The High Street £14.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Glass Bauble Wreath by Nkuku at Not On The High Street £89.95
Snowy White Twig Wreath - John Lewis £20
Snowy White Twig Wreath – John Lewis £20
Christmas Felt Ball Garlandby Little Yellow Birds at Not On The High Street £16.50
Christmas Felt Ball Garlandby Little Yellow Birds at Not On The High Street £16.50
Christmas Red and White Honeycomb Bauble Garland by Ginger Ray at Not On The High Street £7.49
Christmas Red and White Honeycomb Bauble Garland by Ginger Ray at Not On The High Street £7.49
Paper Fan Garland Bunting by Peach Blossom at Not On The High Street £8.50
Paper Fan Garland Bunting by Peach Blossom at Not On The High Street £8.50

Feeling Crafty, these are some lovely home made wreaths

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Tinsel Wreath
Vintage Christmas Decoration Wreath
Vintage Christmas Decoration Wreath

Christmas Crockery – Sophie Conran for Portmeirion

I have been on the hunt for Christmas crockery.  Something a little more special just to have out during the Christmas season.  After much deliberation I have decided to purchase a set of Sophie Conran’s Christmas side plates designed for Portmeirion which I shall be serving mince pies, cookies and many other festive treats on.  Each plate has a different pattern which is very charming.  I purchased the set of 4 but you can purchase them separately from John Lewis.

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Super Saving Alert

The whole collection appears to be in high demand with a lot of websites out of stock of some pieces but I was able to purchase my set of 4 side plates from ecookshop.co.uk. Not only do they have stock, 20% discount off the whole range (which seems to be web wide) but they are also offering a FURTHER 15% DISCOUNT with code WIN15 (offer expires on Tuesday 18th November, 2014).  So that is a huge 35% off the collection.  Oh, plus free delivery with purchases over £50.

Portmeirion currently have a special price for a set of 4 dinner plates, side plates and mugs for £99.99 (please note this offer may be on for a limited time, therefore price may revert back to RRP £146).

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Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Christmas Pattern 12 Piece Set

The Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Christmas Pattern collection is available at

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Christmas card shopping!

I love to take my time mulling over which Christmas cards I will purchase.  Should  I go classic, nostalgic, photographic, whimsical….? You get the idea.  So I surprised myself when I popped into my local village gift shop today and purchased 3 sets of mini Christmas cards (along with some other Christmas themed purchases but more about those later).  They are published by Lagom Design.  Those of you who are familiar with Lagom will covet their brilliant selection of greetings cards, stationery and gift.  Lagom cards are always of beautiful quality.  All of the Christmas cards are printed (locally to Lagom in the UK) using environmental print technology on heavy weight FSC certified paper from Swedish Mill Munken.  All come with 100% recycled paper envelope.  £1.50 for a single card or £5.00 for 5.

Here are the 3 sets that I purchased today.

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I love these cards too.  Visit their website to view their full range www.lagomdesign.co.uk

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