A short pause in posting

We’ve had a pretty eventful Christmas.

We’re based in Todmorden, which some of you will know was one of the places that suffered from flooding on Boxing Day.

Unfortunately, we were among those that were affected.

Because of this we’re taking a short hiatus from our blogging duties – we’ll be back with an exciting new competition on 1st January 2015.

Etsy List: Christmas foodie gifts

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Christmas foodie gifts Etsy List curated by H is for Home

One of the real pleasures of Christmas is the foodstuffs that are once a year treats or distinctive to the season. Sometimes you pop them into your own festive shopping basket, and other times (even better) you’re given gifts that make your mouth water. Chocolates, cakes, relishes and the like… we’re getting excited! Here are a few favourite Christmas foodie gifts we found on Etsy.

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Price Points: Christmas wrapping paper

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Christmas wrapping paper options

This week, our online ordered presents have begun arriving with a knock at the door by the postman. I’m rubbish at hiding them until the big day so they generally get wrapped and put under the tree straight away in readiness for the big day.

We have a metallic, copper-coloured tree and we like our Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and bows to coordinate (is that a sad thing to admit? 😐 ). We usually buy 3-metre rolls of plain brown paper; but looking online recently, we discovered that you can get a 35-metre roll for not much more!

  1. Personalised Christmas Baubles set of three wrapping paper sheets by Abigail Warner: £15.00, Selfridges
  2. WHSmith Green Woodland Animals Christmas wrapping paper 3m (Pack of 2 rolls): £4.89, WH Smith
  3. Kraft brown paper roll 750mm x 35m: £4.52, The Post Office

Etsy List: Christmas cards

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'Christmas cards' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Every year, I say that next year, I’m going to get my act together and make my own Christmas cards. Every year, Christmas rushes up on me and I’m busy with preparing & filing our tax returns, working, blogging, dog walking… and the home-made, hand-made cards never get done.

For a few consecutive years around a decade ago, I was really good at getting them made and posted off on time. Often times recently however, we’ve ended up having to rush and get packs of cards from shops on the high street. This year, we’re going to do the next best thing; home-made, hand-made Christmas cards from indie makers on Etsy.

Next year, I’m going to get my act together and make my own! 🙂

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Home Tones: Christmas Red & Green

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Many of us have heard the sayings, “Red & green should never be seen without a colour in between” and “Red & green should only be seen upon an Irish queen”. We generally concur with this regarding interior decoration… except at Christmastime of course, when these two colours come into their own. This traditional pairing somehow captures the mood of the festive season. From Santa’s outfit to berry-laden holly, fir trees, poinsettia, candy canes, pretty packages, candles, baubles and trimmings… and not forgetting the robin red-breast.

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Mantlepiece decorated for Christmascredit

open plan sitting room & dining room with Christmas tree and red baubles hanging from ceiling beamscredit

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