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413863_10151388272250856_1462726217_oNothing to see here. Just me, walking/flying my reindeer…6 years ago. 😅🦌 So much has changed since then. 2018 has not been kind to our family (which is actually putting it mildly!), but rising to meet life’s challenges is something everyone has to do. After suffering a great loss (amongst other things, hence the prolonged sabbatical from my blog/store), it’s unsurprisingly taken me longer than usual to get into the Christmas spirit, but fortunately, we’re nearly at the finish line! 😅

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I did as well as I could under the circumstances and still put in the extra effort to add that personal touch to gifts, but I’m gonna put my hands up and concede…it’s not my best work. 😕

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Anyway, here’re all presents ready to go…

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…with homemade toppers and decorations using the leftover pinecones we picked last spring, together with some chalkboard tags I covered in a previous tutorial

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…and hastily put-together goody bags (thank goodness for washi tape). 😁

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Whew! I’m honestly a little relieved it’s all over. Christmas prep can be a bit stressful sometimes, but being able to share these moments with people I care about more than makes up for it (remember: presence, not presents! 😜 ). Hopefully, this festive season brings peace and joy to you and your loved ones, along with better days to come! 💝🎄

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Now time for a break, and maybe a hot drink…Bring on the turkey!!! 🦃

25037454_138865226896675_2036079854268448768_nMerry Christmas to you and all your loved ones! Hopefully, everyone has had as wonderful a time as I have, filled with joy (and treats). I realise this post is a little late, but maybe it could come in handy for next year…Not that advanced preparations have actually helped me in the past. Despite my best attempts (even taking time off work), there’s still always a lot of rushing around at the very last minute! I did, however, manage to get all the wrapping done by the morning of Christmas eve. Whew!

2017-12-21 22.11.31I try to come up with different gift ideas every festive season, and thought I’d have a go at something I’d been meaning to do for a very long time – personalised goody bags…or mini sacks/pouches in this case. The designs were created in Photoshop (remember to reverse them!), and then printed on transfer papers before being ironed onto the hessian pouches.

Unbeknownst to me then, my iron was actually damaged. It wasn’t distributing heat uniformly, so some of the fabric ended up with slight burn marks, and in other areas, it wasn’t hot enough for the design to transfer successfully. The result was a tad patchy, though some of my friends felt it contributed to the overall rustic appearance. I’m still getting a new iron though!

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These little bags are a good alternative if you have many friends you want to buy gifts for, but have a limited budget. I filled these with scented tealights (a bargain from any pound shop), homemade espresso truffles (recipe here), skincare/aftershave samples, poppers, and a few other party favours or stocking fillers.

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As for other presents specially for family, I made 3D Christmas Trees from origami paper, and glued them on gift tags made out of card, patterned ribbon, and gold raffia. If you haven’t got any pens with metallic ink, it’s probably best to use light coloured card instead of the burgundy ones like mine.

2017-12-18 21.51.07We normally send charity cards every Christmas, so I was very pleased to find out that Snapfish had partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support to offer bespoke merchandise, such as greeting cards. We have a gorgeous photo of our cat Magic playing with tree decorations when she was 16 weeks old, and I just knew it would be perfect for this occasion. My order did turn out a bit more expensive than previous years, but looking at the glossy outcome, you can see why I didn’t regret a penny of it!

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Speaking of tree decorations, look at these two adorable ones a friend and fellow crafter made for us! Needlework is one of those skills I never quite got to grips with, and how I wish I had…Perhaps a new goal for 2018? 😀