Wednesday, December 29, 2010

End of year sale

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas! Mine has been great - our first ever attempt at Christmas dinner went down a treat, and I really enjoyed making it! We then cleared up and did it all over again on Boxing Day! So, now things have settled down, I just wanted to let you know Patchwork Harmony is having an end of year sale! Lots of the items are being discontinued so I won't be getting them again so snap them up quick, especially as certain items I only have a few left! Have a little browse!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snowflakes

I think we are all pretty much fed up with the snow at this point! We all dream of a White Christmas, then when it comes it seems like it is more likely to ruin Christmas for many who can't get to where they need to be! :(
On a brighter note, we can take a little inspiration from all that white stuff outside to add a little handmade touch to our gifts! Did you ever used to make snowflakes out of paper when you were younger?! Well look how lovely these look not to mention easy to make!
 And if you get carried away and make too many you could also tie they to some vintage bottles for some pretty decorations!
Images and Instructions are from Gifted Mag by Creature Comforts
If you are a perfectionist check out How About Orange for how to make the perfect paper snowflake, like these....
 So even if you've been snowed in and can't get to the shops you can still make your gifts look pretty just by grabbing some tissue paper, greaseproof paper or card and a pair of scissors! 
xxx

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Everyone's talking about....

the snow! There's 'snow' getting away from it is there?! (so sorry for that!....) The last week has been really hectic for me with various Christmas gatherings and trying to keep on top of my orders, bit more Xmas shopping and trying to plan for next week's dinner! So sorry for the lack of blog posts!
You may remember the bouquet I was sent by Interflora recently? Well, the roses and gerberas were starting to die off, so the other half and I decide to recycle the rest of it as it was so beautiful, and ended up trying our hand at a little flower arranging! And we were both quite chuffed with the result! 
And once we did that, we went and took photos in the snow, little Claude was loving it too!
Hope you are enjoying the build up to Christmas!
xxx

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Finishing touches

So you've bought the gifts, you've wrapped them, added some pretty string or ribbon, but you just need to make sure those parcels don't get mixed up on the big day! There are so many great ideas for making your own gift tags out there, so get inspired with these and get crafty!
 
Lots of lovely people in blog land who are good at drawing and designing often let us download their designs for free, and all you need to do is get some pretty card and print them!  I love the above tags by Eat Drink Chic - download them here

Swedish Illustrator Camilla Engman has created these cute little tags - perfect I think for small peoples presents! Just print off onto card, punch a hole and add some string! Download here

These lovely birdies were designed by Lisa Rupp, they could be hung on your tree or used as a tag, and you can use them all year round as they are not particularly Christmassy! Download here  Oh, and while you're there have a browse of her blog too!
If you're not fussed on dealing with printers and the like, why not go for some rubber stamping? I'm such a fan of rubber stamps! This one is another all year round option, but also lovely for your xmas gifts.... From Papermash, it comes with 10 blank luggage tags and a black ink pad to get you started! 
Or Cox and Cox do a lovely set of Festive stamps so you could make lots of different designs yourself! 
 
Take inspiration from these simple but beautiful tags from In Haus Press on Etsy
These ones are letterpress but you could always look for a similar rubber stamp or if you're really ambitious get a nice fine black pen and try a bit of hand drawing!
 And finally one of my favourite ideas spotted in Sweet Paul magazine - old photo gift tags! Scan in some old black and white family photos or you could put them on a photocopier if you don't have a scanner, and then print them off on card - simply cut out a gift tag shape and string them! So simple but really personal and looks great! You could also make wrapping paper in the same way.

Friday, December 10, 2010

This Weekend's Vintage Events!

There are so many great shopping events for us vintage lovers going on around London this year, I featured a few recently here, and here are a few more happening this very weekend to check out. I'm proud to say I have avoided Oxford St altogether this year! (although I do miss you Selfridges!)

Tea and Make's pop up shop in New Cross has been open for a little while, so sorry this wasn't included in the last post - it ends Sat 11th Dec.
 
In Brixton, check out the Crafty Fox pop up market, where there will be over 30 stalls selling vintage and handmade wares, a DJ, drinks and workshops... sounds fab!
 
I wish I could go to them all! But I will be popping down to the Love Vintage event on Sunday at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch... Its set to be a real Christmas treat, with a vintage twist and money from ticket sales goes to St Mungos to buy one homeless person a Christmas dinner too.
Happy Shopping!
xxx

Keeping the cold out

Our house is particularly draughty with its wooden floors and single glazed windows, so we are always looking for (cost effective) ways of keeping the cold out! The classic draught excluder is certainly an essential! But not always the the prettiest or stylish of items! So here are a few which I've came across that that I think are pretty, cute or stylish!
 
Plumo - £35
 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Top 5 tree decorations

 A few of my fave picks of Christmas Decorations around the World Wide Web!

Re Found Objects  - £4.50
Cox and Cox - £10
Plumo - £22 for 4
Toast - £25 for 6
Anthropologie - £44 for 6

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Flowers

To accompany our Christmas tree this year I just received the biggest bouquet of flowers ever from Interflora who offered to design a bouquet for me taking inspiration from any theme I wanted... and due to my 'Christmaszilla' affliction this year, I of course asked for 'A Vintage Christmas' theme!  
This was the results....
 Interflora were promoting the Bouquets Designed to Order service where you can brief the florist with any theme or ideas you have - some other bloggers also received this lovely gesture - and had the bouquet based on their blog design! A think a great idea for any blogger friends you have!!
Check out the other bouquets here...
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