Festive family traditions – New pyjamas on Christmas eve

I think Christmas traditions are more important than ever this year, especially as many of the festive things we would usually do are cancelled. So, if you don’t already have a tradition of gifting new pyjamas on Christmas eve, why not give it a try?

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3 Ways to prepare for Christmas by making space in November

Let’s face it, as soon as December hits, it’s going to be full-on Christmas mode this year. Here’s are 3 ideas to help you get organised & make space so you can enjoy a stress-free December and crack on with the festive fun..!

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Easy sewing project – make your own felt device case

If you want to make a homemade Christmas gift or birthday present for your friends and family, you can easily sew this felt case for their devices or to use as a make-up pouch or pencil case. Here’s a step-by-step video to show you how…

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Christmas gift guide for creatives and crafters

I have many creative folk in my life so when it comes to selective a Christmas gift for those talented makers, I’ve certainly done plenty of research over the years. Here are a few ideas for festive gifts that artists, sewers and photographers will love…

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3 Ways to make your own no-sew handmade Christmas stockings

I’ve created a DIY video to show you 3 no-sew ways to make a Christmas stocking without ever picking up a needle and thread! Check out how super-quick they are to make – they’ll be hanging on your fireplace in no time..!

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How to make money resolutions for 2020 (that are actually do-able)

When midnight comes on New Year’s Eve it feels like a new start & we’re fired with enthusiasm for the year to come. Often, our new year’s resolutions are financial so here are some tips from an expert for setting achievable money resolutions for 2020…

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How to turn an old fair isle jumper into a cosy cushion

Has your Christmas jumper shrunk in the machine? Has your Fair Isle knit got a hole in it? Did that gravy stain never wash out? Don’t worry – before you take your festive pullover to the recycling bank, here’s a quick and easy way to turn your favourite seasonal jumper into a cosy cushion for your bed or sofa…

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How to DIY a Christmas t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl

If you want to get into the festive spirit but don’t want to splash the cash on a new Christmas jumper, I’ve come up with an easy DIY version that you can make at home. I’ve used a T-shirt that I picked up from the charity shop for just £2 but you could add a festive design to any sweatshirt or tee you already have at home. Here’s how…

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DIY low-cost festive table decorations for Christmas or New Year

If you’ve got guests visiting over the festive season, are planning a big New Year’s Eve party, or simply want to dress up your dining table for a special family Christmas today’s easy DIYs will help you create magical place settings for next to nothing..!

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Why vintage record players are essential home décor at Christmas

I love listening to festive music at this time of year. In the car, on the radio and via YouTube playlists when I’m in the bath. But most of all I love listening to music on a record player. I have countless Christmas compilation LPs, from carols to contemporary, and there’s nothing better than listening […]

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3 Space-saving Christmas trees you can DIY from upcycled materials

Over the years I’ve lived in some rather small homes and it’s been difficult to decorate for Christmas in such a compact space. However, that’s never stopped me from filling my home with festive decor each December and, in fact, I’ve quite enjoyed the challenge of making my own DIY space-saving Christmas trees. Here are three ways to upcycle pallets, pipes and paint to create your own unique festive decor that doesn’t take up too much space…

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How to create a warm and cosy feeling in your bathroom for winter

Seeing as the rest of the house is getting a bit of a makeover for Christmas, I wanted to take a look at my bathroom and figure out some ways to make the space feel cosy and warm throughout the winter. Here are some suggestions to create a snug space where you can enjoy a much-needed relaxation session…

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Guest post: How to DIY a Christmas gift hamper when you’re on a budget

If you have a quite few people to buy for this Christmas, the thrifty way to give your friends & family a treat is by creating a gift hamper. My friend Alina loves to make her own things so this year she decided to make her mum a DIY Christmas hamper full of homemade jam and other festive additions so I asked her to break down the steps she took to DIY the perfect hamper…

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Why a DIY or vintage advent calendar is the best way to count down to Christmas…

If you’re as excited about Christmas as I am this year, you’ll be feeling ‘fizzy’ today – which is exactly how I felt when I turned on my laptop and realised that it’s the 1st December! My days just run together at times and I often lose track of the date, so it was a surprise and a joy to discover that today’s the day that I’m officially ‘allowed’ to get excited about Christmas!

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5 Places to shop for sustainable, secondhand & unique Christmas gifts

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sneaking up on us, this seems to be the weekend that people really throw themselves into their Christmas shopping. And sometimes, when there’s a big discount on offer, it can be so tempting to splash the cash – and really difficult to stick your usual ethos of shopping ethically […]

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Upcycling a writing bureau into a cocktail cabinet for festive parties

No festive party should be without a cocktail cabinet, which is precisely why I’ve DIY’d one this month! Turning this writing bureau into a drinks bar is a relatively easy upcycle (no power tools required!) and it’ll be the hub of all your gatherings over the festive period, so read on to find out more…

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Christmas gift guide for kids & teens + how to help a charity gift appeal

If you’re wondering what to get your youngsters for Christmas this year, or are planning to donate to a charity Christmas gift appeal, I’ve put together a wonderful collection of fun and educational gifts for all ages – from toddlers to teens. Plus, you can win a kids’ microscope kit in my festive giveaway so read on to enter…

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3 Ways to DIY a Scandinavian style star wreath for Christmas

If you want to add some festive touches to your walls but don’t want to go all-out with tinsel and garlands, today’s DIY star wreathes could be the solution. They’re a minimalistic, Scandi-style and look great in both contemporary or rustic homes so here’s how to recreate this simple Nordic look for yourself…

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3 Scandi-style Christmas decor projects to DIY with second-hand finds

Do you enjoy making things? Do you love to save money? Do you want unique decorations that no-one else has? Then it’s time to make your own! I’m getting a head start on my Christmas preparations this month and have made three scandi-style decor projects that you can easily replicate at home. Or you could use these ideas as a starting point for your own designs – it might be the inspiration you need to get you started on crafting your own festive decor…

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100 days to Christmas! How to prepare for the festive season (+ stay stress-free)

Ooh the Christmas countdown has really snuck up on me this year and now it’s just 100 day until Christmas! So? That’s ageeees away, right? Well, in the world of thrifty living and financial planning, it’s actually a great time to start thinking about Christmas and I’ve written a little something to get your festive preparations off to a flying start and help you stay stress-free this xmas…

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How to style a retro cocktail cabinet for your New Year’s Eve party

If you’re planning a party for New Year’s Eve, why not make it a retro one? Step back in time to the 70s and recreate the cocktail cabinet that all mid-century housewives wished they had. We’ve styled up this G Plan Fresco cabinet with vintage barware and snacks so here’s how you can do the same…

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How to decorate your home for Christmas like Buddy the Elf

Ever wanted your home to look like Buddy the Elf has decorated it for Santa’s arrival? Here’s 14 low-cost and easy DIY projects to help you spread Christmas cheer throughout your rooms (using things you already have) in time for the big day…

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How to make a funny stalk of sprouts Christmas decoration

Christmas trees? Nah! Santa? Who? We all know that the real star of Christmas is the sprout. Whether you love them or loathe them, they’re the most hotly anticipated visitors on the 25th December and I think they deserve to be celebrated. So I’ve DIYed my own stalk of sprouts, with fluffy green pom-poms and a big stick. Here’s how to make this most-festive-of-all-decorations for yourself…

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Unique Christmas card ideas to help you spread festive joy this December

Christmas is about so much more than materialism but it’s also nice to buy or create something that lets people know you are thinking about them at this time of year and that you enjoy having them in your friendship circle. Sometimes all it takes is a Christmas card so here are some ideas to give you a new take on this traditional festive greeting…

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Shop handmade, local & independent this Christmas with Etsy

If you’re looking for a truly unique gift this Christmas, you’ve got to go handmade. Etsy is a great marketplace to find items that have been crafted by artisans and creatives so that’s where I’ve been shopping this year. Here are some festive gift ideas for all members of the family…

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Planning a Christmas engagement? Things to consider when choosing a ring

Christmas is a popular time for proposals and I can’t think of anything more romantic than a snowy backdrop when you’re popping the question. An engagement ring is a Christmas gift she’ll never forget and I’ve come up with some top tips for buying the ideal jewellery that she’ll be overwhelmed to open on Christmas morning…

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DIY Inspiration for decorating your dining table this Christmas

Have you given any thought to your table setting? Whether you’re someone that likes to keep the table set all year around or a procrastinator that only thinks about the number of place settings required on the day, I’ve got some festive inspiration to give your table settings the wow-factor this season…

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How to use heat-transfer vinyl to DIY your own Christmas jumper

I’ve made my own Christmas jumpers this year! What do you think? After a quick rummage in my local charity shop I found three different types of jumpers just calling out to be upcycled, so I thought I’d share this heat-transfer vinyl project with you so that you too can make your own festive jumper this Christmas…

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Low-cost art & craft ideas to create personalised Christmas decor

December is here and if you haven’t already jumped at the chance to put up your tree and make your home look as festive as possible, you might be looking for some more affordable and creative ways to decorate your space for the Christmas period. There are so many amazing ways to put your own creative spin on Christmas decorations and decor, but to give you a few ideas, here are a select few festive arts and crafts you should try this season… 

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How to DIY a retro cocktail cabinet for your festive parties

If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas and New Year, it’s a great idea to have a cocktail cabinet ass a place to serve delicious drinks to your guests. Here’s how to make your own DIY retro bar from an old display cabinet…

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4 Sustainable (& fun!) reasons why you should buy a local Christmas tree

If you’re planning to have a real Christmas tree in your home this year, why not choose the eco-friendly and sustainable option of buying local? I took a tour of a Suffolk tree plantation on Friday so here’s why you should consider getting your festive tree from a local producer…

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Why you should get involved in a Christmas gift appeal this year…

Remember the shoebox appeal when you were younger? Packing up small gifts and essentials for someone who really needed it? I really wanted to get involved in a campaign like this in the run up to Christmas so I searched online to find a local charity. And I found a fantastic Christmas gift campaign… 

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How to cut the cost of a Christmas stocking in half

Did you know that the average cost of a Christmas stocking adds up to over £70? Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? That’s why I jumped at the chance to cut this cost by half and share the results of my Christmas stocking haul with you today. Plus, you can win all the items in my retro stocking in my giveaway below so read on to enter the competition…

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How to make the ultimate vegetarian mezze platter with 3 chickpea recipes

If you’re planning a party this autumn, constructing a platter is a great way to cater for your guests. There’s no need for you to be running back and forth from the kitchen and dishing up plates of food when you can lay out an enticing selection of snacks so that visitors can help themselves.

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Making your money go further this Christmas

The decorations and mince pies are already on sale in many shops around the UK now and, with the nights starting to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas. And also to the expense associated with the festive season, which for some is a stressful time of year. Here’s how to plan your budget ahead and keep yourself feeling happy about ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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3 Festive photography essentials for content creators

If you’re a blogger, vlogger, photographer or independent business, you’ll no doubt already be planning for Christmas. I know – too soon, right? But we’ve already had plenty of ‘Christmas in July’ events and product previews and, in terms of content creation, it’s fast approaching! So, today I thought I’d help you be prepared and share some essential things you’re going to need in advance of the festive season…

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How to decorate cocktail glasses for a party

Great news – my project on prettifying glassware for New Year’s Eve was published in Reloved magazine this month! Check out Issue 50 for the step-by-step guide to creating these decorated cocktail glasses.

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Festive Pieday Friday Recipe – Hubby’s maple glazed ham

Now, I really can’t take credit for today’s festive recipe. In fact, the only input I had was telling my husband that we had a bottle of maple syrup in the cupboard. Yes, really, that’s it! Hubby created this festive ham recipe all by himself and I arrived at the end of the process to […]

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Top ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts

Yes, you may have been rather disorganised and got into the Christmas spirit too early this year – but even if you haven’t done all your present shopping, there’s no need to panic. The Christmas countdown is well and truly on, and with just a couple more shopping days until the big day itself, there’s […]

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How to DIY a Christmas tree wall unit

It can be difficult to fit a big bushy Christmas tree into your home, can’t it? Especially if you’re living in a flat (how do you even get it up the stairs?!) or a cosy terrace with Victorian proportions. If you’re lacking in space but still want to feel festive, how about making my Christmas […]

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6 Homemade gifts for the Emmaus Second Hand Santa Challenge

I’ve been DIYing again, and this time I’m making Christmas gifts. After the fun I had making my Christmas jumper bunting for Emmaus, I jumped at the chance to join in with their Second Hand Santa Challenge again during gift week. I decided to made gift boxes and frames that could be the ‘wrapping’ for […]

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The best New Year’s Eve displays in the UK

December brings Christmas, a very special and magical period, though it also brings the end of 2017, with the start of a new year dawning upon us. With that in mind, it’s time to plan your New Year’s countdown to make it as special as it can be. To avoid attending a disappointing display, I’ve […]

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A Fool Proof Guide to Festive Entertaining

Today I’m sharing some expert advice from i heart Wines to get your guests ‘rioja-ing’ around the Christmas tree (excuse the awesome pun!) I’ve already shared my favourite mulled wine recipe using i heart Rosé earlier this week so that’s one warming festive drink you can tick off your ‘to do’ list! Read on to find out […]

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Thrifty DIY project – Upcycling old toys into Christmas tree decorations

If you’ve got a bigger-than-usual tree this year and are thinking that your baubles are looking a little sparce, here’s a quick and easy DIY project to make your own Christmas tree decorations. Simply raid the toybox (or head to the charity shop, like I did!) and give some retro toys a festive makeover. Here’s what […]

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Inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. Youngsters eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus while the adults spend months planning the perfect family Christmas. As the kids count the hours until it’s time to open the pile of presents under the tree, parents worldwide are busy making sure homes are warm, the cupboards are full, refrigerators […]

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