[Styling the Seasons] December

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-00eeeeeek DECEMBER is finally here!!!! It’s taken me a while to get my head around the fact that we’re now officially in the last month of 2014….how did that happen? It’s exciting though – with Christmas drawing near, there’s plenty to be done and checked off the list but we can definitely dust off our festive glad rags, sing a long to Christmas songs and carols, adorn our homes with sparkly decorations, bake to our hearts content (or try to!) and just get creative in every department possible……and for me, of course, tuck into spiced mulled wine and minced pies!! :) Oh yea….’tis the season indeed!!

Well, on that note, I’m really excited about this month’s ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post because I finally get to share with you the wreath I made back in November at Liberty’s for Katy and Charlotte‘s ‘Crafting the Season’ event (you’ll find all the behind-the-scenes antics in this post and a glimpse of me making the wreath). I picked out this sumptuous paisley-pattered Tana Lawn fabric that afternoon, not knowing what I wanted to make with it until I spotted the styrofoam wreath courtesy of The Homemakery. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while so that’s exactly what I did! :) The fabric was cut into strips, which FYI was quite the task at first, because I’m normally so precious over any Liberty fabric but eventually it got less painful! ;) It did take most of that afternoon to cover the entire wreath with my strips of fabric (mind you, there was a lot of nattering too!) so I decided I’d add the finishing touches back home.

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I was lucky to have found some red burlap ribbon and fake, albeit tasteful, red berry stems from Wilkos (for a pound each!) which tied in perfectly with the reds in the liberty fabric. I wanted to initially bring some gold and sparkle to the wreath but kept it super simple so that it would’t take away all the focus from the lush paisley patterns. What do you think?

It took me a while to decide on a prominent place to hang it – stewing from the typical place that would be the front door (obviously the internal side as I wasn’t going to risk having it exposed to the outside world! hah!) to the wall spaces in the hallway and lounge. Well, in the end, the dull winter light dictated its location and I hung it in the by our dining area to take these photos but I have since this post, moved it to the front door in our hallway.

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-04I cannot tell you how much I LOVE mulled wine – if I could have it my way, I’d happily have anytime throughout the year but reserving it for this time of the year does make it all the more worthwhile and special. The first time I was introduced to mulled wine was at the German markets in Edinburgh yeeaaaars ago (or Glühwein as they call it) and I have ever since been hooked – not in an alcoholic kind of way (!!) but because the spiced scent and warmth of the drink always brings back memories of all the happy moments and gatherings I’ve had over the years with friends and family over this heart-warming drink. For me, it’s like officially ringing in Christmas season so it was a no-brainer to include it in here! Minced pies are another guilty pleasure of mine along with the Christmas pudding (the latter I forgot to get) so this was my excuse to…well tuck into my favourite things, with an even better excuse! :)

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Well, I guess that’s the last Styling the Seasons post for the year! I’m already looking forward to plotting next year’s styled surfaces as it’s such a delightful way to get you to embrace each month – you’ve got to hand it to the girls for concocting such a fab idea! So, if you’d like to jump on the styling band wagon, I hope I’ve swayed you enough. All you have to do is style a surface area in your home or studio and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. If for any reason you’re hesitant or doubting your skills….please don’t….I can assure you that even the most ‘skilled’ person has their fair share of creative blocks and obstacles! Plus, there’s some great tips from Charlotte here, which will help! Just remember that the whole point is to have fun and explore things you probably never had the chance to do so, not to compete or compare! ;)

So, happy styling folks and I hope you all have a fab week and weekend ahead! xxx

 

**Quick Update**

Okay, so I had to add a bow to the wreath as it was clearly missing something! I can safely say, after days of staring at it, that I’m definitely happier with this addition and now looks the part, right? Well, I’m happy! :) MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-new

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Crafting the Seasons at Liberty

Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (2 of 197)Aahhhhhhh this post has taken me twice as long to put together because I keep drifting away in all the festive warmth and loveliness these photos exude! *sigh*  Well, thanks to the super talented Katharine Peachey, I’m excited to share with you some beautiful photographs from the fabulous shindig I attended last Sunday afternoon (remembrance Sunday) – you know, just so you can revel in all the festive magic yourself! ;)

I’m not sure if you recall me mentioning it in last month’s Styling the Seasons post, but I had been kindly invited by Katy and Charlotte to their first ‘Crafting the Seasons‘ event at Liberty, London. I was so stoked about this for many reasons but mainly because I had been looking forward to the much-needed creative distraction and catching up with fellow bloggers (old and new faces)……and this is was my first…yes, first….trip to Liberty!!! (shocking, I know…Just don’t ask…!)

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Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (24 of 197)So, the delightful ‘crafternoon’ session was held in the beautiful wood-panelled Heritage Suite at Liberty, and my goodness it really is something else! I hadn’t been thinking of Christmas at all until I stepped into this room (what felt like Narnia!) and for the next three hours we crafted and chatted away to our hearts content, leaving the real world to carry on outside of these magical walls. The girls sure know how to put on a marvellous show; we had piles (and I mean generous piles) of gorgeous, to-die-for Liberty Tana Lawn fabric to play with, fab selection of craft supplies courtesy of Kate at The Homemakery, a freaking amazing liberty goody bag (I’ll reveal the contents in a separate blogpost), and plenty of scrummy nibbles including macaroons and mince pies! Oh, it really was a dream! :)

Our task that afternoon was to create a decorative Christmas piece – whatever took our fancy, really. I opted to make a wreath with some divine paisley-patterened Liberty fabric (the Indian in me clearly took charge!) while the others made some of the most beautiful bunting, garlands, decorative embroidery hoops, stuffed animals and birds, baubles, etc I’ve ever seen! The creativity in that room was simply remarkable. I was reminded of how much I’ve missed crafting (with my recent hiatus) and that being in the company of such fun and inspiring women, was exactly what I needed to feel charged up again. Honestly, I could have easily stayed on the entire evening (and the next few days) with all the fun and banter that day. I cannot thank all the lovely ladies enough for such an amazing afternoon….particularly Katy, Charlotte, Kate, Anna and Hannah for organising, hosting and making it all happen! So great to get my creative mojo back, yay! :D

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Edited Selection Katharine Peachey34Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (138 of 197)Swooning yet? ;) Well, a massive thank you to Katharine for beautifully capturing that day. If this doesn’t get you into the festive crafting spirit then stay tuned for next month’s ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post where I’ll be sharing more on my Liberty print wreath! And here are the links to all the bloggers who got crafty with me that day if you’d like to have a nosey at all their lovely creations too.

Jeska at Lobster and SwanLisa Levis at Betty and Walter / Emily Quinton at Makelight / Lou at Littlegreenshed / Sarah-Lou at Lapin Blu  / Heather at Growing Spaces / Teri at The Lovely Drawer / Hannah at Hannah in the House / Tamsyn at The Villa on Mount Pleasant / Ruth at The Planned Adventure / Emma at A Quiet Style / Amy at Daisy Fay / Lori at Wild and Grizzly / Melanie at  Geoffrey and Grace / Tina at Colourliving / Jo at The Only Place / Laura at Circle of Pine Trees / Alexis at Something I Made

Happy crafting!! xx

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[All photographs by Katharine Peachey]