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Posts from December 2015

My inspiration for a perfect Christmas table…

December 24th, 2015

I am popping into your inbox for the last time in 2015 with some inspiration for your Christmas table - this year I am going with slate grey linen table cloths, brown kraft paper table runner, a scattering of gold & silver glass tea light votives, glittering baubles, christmas ornaments & these cute mini rosemary wreath name place cards - to make life easier the Christmas table will be set the day before so Christmas morning can be free for present unwrapping & ham/ cheese croissants! I will share our finished Christmas table over on Instagram & if you are chasing extra festive inspiration you can check out our festive Pinterest board here.

Wishing you & your family a safe & very Merry Christmas & New Year, I will be back to your inbox in Jan with fresh inspiration for the new year. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read my weekly musings, for sharing them with friends & for your replies - I love connecting & sharing with you each week!

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Live bright,

Natalie x

My inspiration for a perfect Christmas table…

December 17th, 2015

Well it is time to start counting the sleeps! I hope the pre-Christmas craziness hasn't been too stressful & you don’t have too many pressies left to buy! If you are wanting an easy last minute gift idea we have gorgeous gift cards available - can be made for any value, have no expiry date & can be posted to you or direct to the lucky recipient! Simply hit reply if you are interested & if ordered by Friday I can ensure delivery in time for Christmas :)

I will continue the festive theme this week with a round up of bar carts dressed beautifully for celebration. Even if you don’t own a bar cart, some kind of drinks station set up is a real game changer when entertaining.

A selection of glasses, ice bucket & tongs, jug or dispenser of water, straws & a bowl of lemon/lime wedges set up in close proximity to the booze not only looks fun, but makes your job as glam, unflappable host that much easier! It will save you running to the kitchen every five minutes for glasses or directing people to the water/ice, simply keep the station stocked & you have more time to relax & enjoy the celebration knowing your guests are being kept well hydrated & of course in party mode as the day wears on!

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Live bright,

Natalie x

My Easy DIY Santa Sack

December 14th, 2015 tagged as DIY

It is a fact that kids make Christmas more fun & although our little one will still be ‘cooking’ till 2016, I have not been able to resist buying a few Christmas gifts for ‘junior'… ok I will admit I may have gotten a little over excited & taken things too far in creating this Santa sack to fill with pressies & pop under the tree for our little man ;) !

This DIY might look daunting for the ’non-crafty’ & you will need use of a sewing machine but I guarantee this is super simple - only 6 straight lines to stitch, a novice could whip this up in under an hour. I picked up the materials from Spotlight for under $35.00 & yes of course you could buy a cute Santa sack ready made, but there is a certain satisfaction & ‘specialness’ in creating your own - you can design it to tie in with your festive scheme or how about creating a personalised, one of a kind design for each child? I would love to know if you give this DIY a go...

My five point star template was found here & printed to fill an A4 page.

Live bright,
Natalie x

My ‘better late than never’ easy DIY advent calendar

December 4th, 2015 tagged as DIY

Ok, so I realise it is the 3rd of December, but when you leave it till December 1st to go in search of an advent calendar you quickly discover it mission impossible & desperate measures are required if you don’t want to come home to disappointed kiddies (or in my case a disappointed ‘big kid’ of a husband!)

This DIY is so very simple, with the exception of the paper bags I had all of the materials at home & it only took about half an hour to create! I am pretty pleased with how it turned out - a fun piece that can sit proudly on the mantle & tie into our festive decorating scheme. (with the added bonus - I am back to wife of the year status ;) If you have a go at this DIY I would love to know how you get on!

Live bright,
Natalie x