When you’ve been into crafting hobbies as long as I have, there are some real tell signs that you have become a crafter. I thought that it would be a funny idea to list the signs that you know you are a passionate crafter.
You know you are a crafter when…
♡ You can’t just work on one project at any given time. You have about 10 or more on the go, but that’s ok. Your finish them all one day.
♡ When your crafting you lose all concept of time. You are literally in your own world and reality doesn’t matter.
♡ You don’t particularly like to tell anyone how much you spend on crafting supplies because you know they would not understand it’s needed not wanted.
♡ And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have. You’ve learnt how to Tetris your stash so you can fit more.
♡ You spend more time scrolling through Pinterest more than anything else.
♡ You always keep the door to your crafting space shut because, well… it’s one massive creative mess. But that’s ok it’s your creative mess and your desk is just how you like it.
♡ Trying to clean your crafting room is pretty impossible and the problem is always the size of your crafting room. You don’t have enough space and you probably never will.
♡ You own more embellishments then jewellery and you love all of them so much. So much so that your collection is still growing and your reluctance to use some things because you are waiting for the perfect project.
If that wasn’t enough, I have more…
♡ You subscribe to crafting and homemaking magazines . . . You then scrapbook your favourite magazine pages.
♡ You believe that there’s no such thing as too much glitter. In fact, it’s everywhere. Including the floor.
♡ You don’t throw away ANY scraps. Honestly, who would do that? You might need them later.
♡ If someone asks, “Where did you get that?” and you get to say, “I made it,” You are unable to hold back the proud exciting feeling in your voice.
♡ You don’t understand anyone who thinks that storing their photos on their computer or on social media is “good enough.” It’s just not the same, no way.
♡ You frequently see things at the store and think, ‘I could honestly make that myself for hardly anything’
♡ Using your favourite crafting materials to create a gift for someone else is slightly heartbreaking.
♡ Your passion for the craft is constantly growing and the list of future projects you plan to do is never-ending.
♡ Your hands are covered in cuts from blades and scold from hot glue guns, but it was worth the pain and tears.
♡ If you are a vinyl crafter. You find that you get it everywhere. Even in your hair. Or maybe it’s even stuck to your face for hours before you even realise.
♡ When you pack for a holiday, the first thing you pack is your current crafting project.
♡ you own scissors, glue, and plenty of variety of tape. Yet when someone else needs them, they’re never around.
♡ your dreams consist of craft friends. Well, my friends, I mean tools (I’m honestly hoping I am not alone)
Fact – Crafting is so good for our mental health! I wrote a post about this, here.
If you are a crafter or have a passion for arts etc. Let me know in the comments what else gives us away. Also, be sure to check out my Instagram corner for craft here.
I am really excited to be sharing my first of hopefully many more craft how-to posts, especially when it comes to the Cricut. I recently shared an Instagram post of a shadow box I had filled with 3D flowers, and a few people have inspired me to write by asking how to make these.
Since I have been playing around in the world of Cricut I have absolutely loved creating shadow boxes full of colourful 3D flowers. As much as I love playing with vinyl, this is one of my favourite projects to do. These flowers are so very simple to make.
What you will need:
hot glue gun
The time needed to make:
depending on how many flowers you are intended in to make. I would allow a few hours for this project. Individually each flower takes approximately 5 minutes.
You will need to print your flower swirls from the Cricut projects. You can use the flowers guide that’s available in the projects here. I have opted to only print this one of the three in the project as it makes rose flowers, which is my favourite. For this shadow box, I have used A4 card stock, and fitted 6 swirls to a sheet, this did result in the flowers being quite small, however, you can make these any size that you like. Why not try experimenting with sizes? If you don’t own a Cricut you could try making a stencil and cutting these out with scissors, unfortunately, it will take some time though.
Remove the excess paper from your rose swirls. So that you are left with just the cut-outs… now it’s time to turn the swirls into flowers! I keep a craft knife by me ready to cut anything that may not have cut completely with the Cricut. It depends on the thickness of the card most of the time.
I prefer to use slim tweezers to start turning. Grasp these to the very end of the swirl. (Leaving the centre bit for last) twist the card around the tweezers basically rolling up the card until you read the end.
Once you have finished turning your swirls, You will need to position the centre at the top so that you can secure your flower together.
Add a pea-size amount of hot glue to the bottom of your flower and press this down with your fingers for about 20 seconds…
My top advice would be to be careful with your fingers. I have burnt my fingers making roses many times.
What to do with them…
there are plenty of things you can use these beautiful flowers for. As I mentioned before my favourite is a shadow box, and then vinyl on the glass. But you could also use these to decorate the outside of frames and mirrors.
I have recently started an Instagram page for me to share all my crafty shenanigans on called crafty hearts corner, so if you would like to see more of what I am up too with craft, give this a follow.
As we are now over a week into January I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about what I plan to change this 2020. This year I am not setting any new year resolutions, just life changes that I want to keep too. We all set New Year’s resolutions but after a while, we seem to forget about them and no longer stick to them. This is why I do not want to call the resolutions this year. This year is all about life goals!
Last year my health caused my daily routines to make a major hit. In honesty, I completely lost all concept of what a routine even is or should be. One of my main goals right now especially is to get myself in a routine again. The past few days I have been setting my alarm for 9:30 every morning, which is a start since most days I had not been getting up till the afternoon. Currently, my iPad and iPhone are acting more of a PA then anything else, as I am finally setting constant reminders, events, shared notes with Emma etc. Apparently this method seems to be working most for me, as I have started planning my day hour by hour.
At the beginning of this month, I posted about bringing confidence into 2020. Which as I said there I plan to step out of my comfort this year and become more confident we’re possible. For me, I know that this is not going to be easy! But I am determined to try.
Becoming self-employed is a big deal for me this year. I am finally starting to push myself in many ways to get organised, focused and motivated. 2019 left me with way too many months that I didn’t feel motivated at all, I am promising myself that this is not going to be the case this year.
Getting married. 04.09.2020.
Well, this is less of a goal and more of something that is definitely happening this year. With less than 9 months to go till September now and still so much to do. Our wedding is a massive focus of the year! I am so excited. This year I get to become Mrs Taplin to my beautiful fiancé Emma. One of our many exciting adventures this year.
Having said about the wedding, this now fits in pretty well. This year I’m taking a particular interest in my health and lifestyle. Having had a bad year health-wise last year, I am hoping that by the wedding I can get myself into better shape then I am now. There are wedding photos to think about of course!
This is a given for us this year as well. This year, probably in the next 6 months I and Emma will be moving into our own place. That’s right, 2020 is a new house and a marriage! how scary is this right? And so bloody exciting. We started this week, house searching. Already we are overwhelmed with the number of viewings and searching we have planned this week. I am excited and nervous about the challenges me and Emma will face by living on our own! You will probably see me blogging about this a lot this year. I warn you now :).
Will 2020 be the year for using my camera more.
Now, this is really an ironic ambition for me this year. Honestly, I am a photo obsessed personality. I constantly have my phone out taking photos. Over the past few years though it’s constantly photos on my phone. Not my actual camera, which I spent so much money on. It really annoys me that I’ve become so lazy when it comes to my DSLR, especially when it’s one of my prize possessions. So I am planning to get it out of its bag every chance I can.
Last but not least. Happiness.
I know that right now I am so lucky! I have an amazingly supportive partner, a wonderful family, a lovely place to live, amazing friends and so many wonderful things that are happening this year. 2020 is going to be a busy and amazing year for both of us. Unfortunately, I sometimes allow my depression and anxiety to affect me way too much. So this year I want to try and improve by leaving myself happy messages and notes to find. Reminders. Things like that. It is so easy for any of us, no matter what our situation, to forget how lucky we really are.
So this is my list of what I want to change (and what will be changing) in 2020. What is it that you would like for your year? I hope you all reach your goals.
What is January other than an opportunity to start afresh! It is the time of year, that we are all praying for a fresh new start. We have the opportunity to leave any negative thoughts, feelings and experiences in 2019 behind. My biggest new years resolution for this year is CONFIDENCE. One of the biggest things for me, and I know so many others.
we’re officially 5 days into January! the big 2020. I’m currently filled with positive vibes and a hell of a lot of motivation. I can’t wait to see what this year brings. I know a lot of things are happening this year for us both. So, I’m hoping to keep this up all of 2020! this is why confidence is so important to me right now.
So why is confidence so important?
Confidence has a massive impact on our happiness, and mental health. To be honest, though it’s a sucky business, honestly, it is. It comes and goes and sometimes is never there when we really need it. Some are lucky, their natural persona is full of confidence with no issues, but it is not as easy for all of us.
So what should we be considering in order to make 2020 the most confident year for us all?
There are so many things that we can work on to help make this year go the way that we want it too. Confidence can affect the way we do things in life. I personally allow my anxiety and lack of confidence to win so often.
So today I am talking things to focus on that can help us build our confidence.
Remember your worth
This is something that is so important to each and every one of us, yet it’s also easy to forget. Now listen, You are amazing and you are beautiful. Everything about you is unique! and there is no other person on this planet that is an exact model of you! So take an opportunity to realise how valuable you really are!
Why don’t you try to make a list of things that you love about yourself! and write down exactly why you are an awesome person. Even if it includes things that appear to be silly like you like your hair or something like that. These things aren’t actually silly, there just as important to remember. Look at the list every time you feel unconfident about yourself! and let the positive vibes work its magic.
Fake it till you make it?
This is a well-known phrase, and I do agree sometimes we do just need to fake it, literally. I am not telling you to fake who you are, definitely not.
Learning to be confident by practising confidence even when you do not feel it. It isn’t impossible, and nothing is. I believe the more you fake it the more you believe in your own confidence. I also believe in growing genuine confidence! that is a key thing. We are just learning how to get there.
Find your thing and pride your self on that.
We all have something, your thing could be anything… For example Blogging, social media, craft, athletics, fashion, makeup or music, It really doesn’t matter what it is. The fact is you have a thing that you are passionate about in life. and that thing makes you awesome! you could be a beginner but you are still rocking it! I know it for sure!
Finding what you are passionate about and using that to help your confidence grow. Whilst showing off your amazing talents. We all have something that not everyone will be into or good at. It is one of the unique traits we have. We can be confident at things that others won’t be.
So whatever it is you have. USE IT. Be confident in what you are doing, and rock it like you want to.
Record your progress.
Remember the last time you looked at photos of yourself from a long time ago? and Sitting there, reminiscing about how life was then to how it is now? Do you remember how good it felt? Seeing change? Your progression is an amazing feeling and can grow confidence in your work and abilities. You are also giving yourself the opportunity to improve. Recording your progression in tasks, and life can really help. Being able to see how far you have come, and what you need to do to go further.
whether it is taking photos of your work. or recording data of what you have done! having it led out in front of you can make a massive difference to how you see your own work.
Visualize yourself as the confident person you want to be.
it is no surprise, that sometimes in life we need to just take a break. We should use this time to imagine exactly what it is you want. Growing up and experience new things, impacts our decisions. Its how we choose to act on these decisions that get us to where we want to be. Feeling unconfident can stop us from moving forward and reaching where we want to be. For example not having the confidence to attend an interview for your dream job. So what can we do about it?
Take the time to plan what it is you want out of life. Visualise exactly what you want and how you are going to get there. We may still have obstacles to face but we can plan how we are going to deal with these.
Now tell yourself that you can do this! you are confident enough! Focus on your goals and go get them. I would suggest creating something like a mood board. Focusing on what you want to achieve. You could create a mood board for any of your goals. Organisational skills can help your confidence whilst working on goals because you will feel more confidently prepared to face anything.
Doing things that scare you can build your confidence.
This may sound like an odd thing to say. In other words, why would you naturally put yourself in a position that you don’t want to be in, why? Because for each fear you conquer the adrenaline and positivity that this leads to that proud achievement feeling. The feeling of you did it, it’s amazing and leads to your confidence blaring. Your confidence will naturally grow by you achieving things that are outside your comfort zone. It could be something small, but regularly finding things that are outside of your comfort you can grow your confidence.
Treat yourself to build your confidence.
Have you ever stood in the mirror having brought yourself new clothing and felt really positive? Just by treating yourself and looking after your image and mental health, you already feel a bit more confident. Treating yourself shouldn’t be considered as naughty! It is needed, so you are looking out for yourself.
keeping reasonable goals.
One massive thing that affects each and every one of our confidence levels is a failure. When we fail, we lose confidence in ourself and our abilities. It honestly happens to us all. We all have aspirations and dreams that we want to reach, but we set our goals too high!
we need to break our dreams down into smaller goals, they need to be achievable. Goals that are too hard to become overwhelming and leads to the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Basically it all gets too much. we need to set ourselves reasonable goals and that we know are achievable. Protecting our confidence and make our dreams a possibility.
like I mentioned at the start of this post, confidence is a tricky and hard business. I promise you that I will be taking these steps this year to increase my own confidence. I believe the more my confidence grows, the more I will grow, mentally. So, what do you think? do you have any other ideas that will help our confidence grow?
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Hey Guys! firstly I want to say I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas 2019. I’ve seen so many people share on Facebook this week, the lovely presents that they have received and so many smiling faces. Christmas has been different for us this year, but every moment of it has been wonderful, we definitely let the lack of funds get us down when it came to be able to afford Christmas this year, but when it came down to the day nothing actually mattered, we had done so well for each other, and the family that everything just seemed to fall into place so well!
At this time of year, it’s hard not to get nostalgic about the year we’ve just experienced. I am certainly spending a lot of time right now thinking about the past year, what’s to come next, and how I feel about everything. So I thought I would share with my readers a sum up of 2019 for me.
Disney land Paris
If I haven’t mentioned it enough already this year, (sorry, not sorry) back in February we took the most amazing adventure to Disney Land Paris. It was the true highlight of this year. Both I and Emma had an amazing time! Meeting the Disney characters was my favourite, oh and Disney highlighted Emma’s new obsession in stitch this year. I really want to go back already, the atmosphere of Disneyland is amazing. From the minute you wake up and you are in your led in bed in the colourful Disney hotel room, the adrenaline gets going. Fast.
well, Emma did well didn’t she? This year she made my dream proposal situation a reality! 1000 brownie points for her as she popped the question at Disneyland. Making me her fiancé. I joked that I went to Disney with a girlfriend and left with a fiancé.
so as we head into 2020, the venue is booked, the saved the dates have been sent and there is still so much more to do. I can’t wait for the future.
2019 Manchester trip
Even with my health being absolutely shite this year, we made it to Manchester for another amazing trip. This time sharing the trip with my parents, which was absolutely lovely. Manchester is such an amazing place to visit whether you are wanting to go sightseeing or shopping and like us want to take a trip to Chester which is a driving distance nearby to visit the world-famous Chester zoo.
Our best friends wedding
our amazing friend Amie Got married this year, and it’s fair to say the build-up to the wedding was very involved for us, especially as the reception was held here at the farm. from painting signs to helping set up the venue, it was definitely a long week, and it all paid off. the wedding was amazing, and Amie looked beautiful.
Health and surgery
As I have mentioned probably too many times already, this year has not been good for both myself and Emma when it has come to our health. 2019 has been a year full of constant trips to the hospital, multiple surgeries and as many scans and tests you can think of. unfortunately this year my PCOS has been at its worse and Back I’m may I needed surgery to clear fluid and infection from my Fallopian tubes. Unfortunately, that hasn’t helped. As of yet. I am really hoping that 2020 is a much better year for health, as I have a lot of goals and plans to achieve and I don’t want anything getting in the way.
Bringing home Bella
One of our favourite things to have happened this year. Second, to getting engaged of course has been bringing Bella the Jackawawa home.
Bella has Brought both myself and Emma so much change. Boosting our confidence, helping us with anxiety, and bringing so much happiness.
Another lovely day that we had this year was using the voucher Emma received for her birthday for a feeding experience, and to meet some cute little meerkats. I mean it’s not often that you get to have a meerkat sit on your shoulder is it? Millets farm centre is a beautiful place to visit and we really did have such a good day. Even when we weren’t with the meerkats the adventure of walking around the centre was brilliant.
Choosing a new path
This is one of the biggest things to have changed with me this year. Due to a massive amount of leave I needed to take due to my health. My full-time position at work was compromised. everything happens for a reason, right? well, I have taken this as an opportunity to take a new path as of this week I am officially and legally self-employed! I am currently a seller, and I plan on expanding my business even more in the new year, I will surely update you about this more so later on.
Getting the Cricut
Speaking of business opportunities, this year Emma brought me the Cricut Explore Air 2. It honestly has been another highlight to the year 2019. Encouraging my crafting passion and growing it in so many ways, I am hoping to start selling the things I have been making next year too, including our glasses that we make with our Dremel kits.
2019 to me…
well, really this year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, happiness and dreams have come and are coming true. Enough tears have been shed to fill a lake. The crap and drama of the year have not broken me though. Just encouraged me to fight back. I am so lucky to have such an amazing and supportive fiancé and family. What else could I possibly want?
Anyway, as I have always liked to think, a new year is an opportunity to make the next year even better than the last. Next year will bring a wedding, and a house move, as well as a growing business, and many opportunities and adventures to come… so what’s left to say, but 2020… BRING IT ON! & Happy new year…
Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again! It’s December and there are only 4 days left till Christmas. The shops are starting to become unbearable and every single shop is getting more and more hectic by the minute. The stress levels are going up and we’re all trying to get prepared for the biggest day of the year, Christmas Day. We all have similar ambitions for a perfect Christmas Day. But picking the perfect Christmas gifts for our loved ones is not always the easiest and worse yet. We’re running out of time.
If you are done with your shopping how about checking out my 24 festive activities post, for some ideas to keep you busy this festive season.
So here’s my list of Christmas gift ideas perfect for your loved ones and easy to buy at the last minute.
Smellies are the perfect Christmas gifts.
Starting with a nice simple option. I’m sorry but really who doesn’t love getting a range of lovely Smellies for Christmas gifts. From Perfumes to bath things. I mean really it’s an essential day to day thing. I would definitely be happy with a set of bath bombs and things to use when relaxing.
Christmas Gifts in the form of hampers.
Hampers are such a lovely option. A bundle of small gifts but ones that are really thought out. A hamper is such a personalised option to go for. You can buy already made hampers in a range of places, but I would always suggest adding your own touch to these.
Something they can use for their hobbies.
Sometimes having a hobby can be so expensive. Especially for crafters like me. I am always needing (ok, wanting) new supplies for my hobbies. Craft and hobby supplies make the perfect stocking fillers, and you know for certain this will be very much appreciated by whoever you’re gifting them too.
Gifting a bottle of their favourite alcoholic beverage.
Since It’s Christmas and a time for cheer and to be merry, what best to get a drink to be drunk around the tree. Or of-course saved for later. But a bottle of their favourite drink is a lovely Christmas gift.
And! You don’t even need to spend tons of money on the stuff, there are so many different drink gift gets available.
Personalised Christmas gift.
Christmas gifts that have been personalised are just so thoughtful and kind. It could be a glass with their name or a specially printed photo. As long as it has been thought about and created with love, it will make a lovely gift for a loved one.
I actually believe that this is the best Christmas gift that can be given. Less materialistic but giving and sharing the opportunity to make memories, experience new things. From animal encounters to sky diving. There seem to be no limits to the perfect experience.
Gadgets & Gizmos
We all have gadgets on our wish lists in this day and age. Whether it’s a new phone, a games console or whatever technologies you know up your loved ones desire. You can always have one of these for the main present!
winter comforts Christmas gifts.
Finally, some winter comforts. I mean things to make your loved ones feel nice and cosy during the winter season. Slippers, candles, hot water bottles, blankets and comfy PJs. Everything you need to stay cosy.
Remember this though…
Christmas is only one day, it’s about family, friends, partners and memories. It’s not about who gives the best presents. Make sure you are not spending so much money you get yourself into debt, because at the end of the day. You can gift your loved ones any time of year.
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As we move closer towards the end of 2019, Christmas is looming just around the corner and as the season is upon us it’s time to stop avoiding it! It is time to sit back and enjoy the festive feelings that this time of year brings. At this point, we should be enjoying the season and not worrying about it.
So now that we know it is time to get into the festive spirit however how does one actually do this? For me, I absolutely love this time of year and I am completely determined to not let the lack of funds get in the way! So I thought I would share with you 24 activity ideas to bring on the festive spirit.
Get planning …
Christmas is the pretty much the busiest time of the year. So first things first, sit down with a notepad and your diary. write lists, plans and get everything down so you can get through it all. I always say planning and prepping makes everything run smoothly, that and I love to be super organised, no winging it is going on in this house! that’s for sure!
Christmas Movie Night.
One of my favourite Christmas activities has to be an evening in bed. Or cosy up on the sofa with a bottle of wine, or even a hot festive chocolate, popcorn and the Christmas movies at our fingertips.
Since Christmas has its very own dedicated channel as well full of Christmas movies 24/7. There will always be something festive to watch.
We started our Christmas crafts really early this year since we are planning to gift everyone homemade crafts, as a lack, we have a massive lack of funds available and so far it’s been working out, with only a few lefts to do. Leaving more time to craft some Christmas goodies for the day.
Handmade cards and gifts are so special and it’s amazing to receive something that has so much effort into. So get your crafty fingers ready and make your own presents, cards and decorations.
Spend an evening looking at Christmas lights.
Whether it’s a walk around your block or a trip around in the car, it’s lovely to use the opportunity to get out and see the effort that some people go to at Christmas, with their houses all dressed up. Twinkle lights, inflatable Christmas characters and even singing houses!
Enjoy a mulled wine & cheese night.
It is fair to say that most people love a cheese night. So grab a bottle of mulled wine (or if your feeling particularly creative cook some up yourself) and shove some cheese on a board, invite your besties around, and enjoy a festive evening of chat, Christmas foods and wine. Perfect, right?
I know that mulled wine isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so bring out the gin or even Prosecco.
Get baking and decorating, and make a Gingerbread House.
Is it really Christmas without gingerbread? The smell of mixed spices and cinnamon, the most festive aroma whilst it is being baked.
Decorating a gingerbread house and making gingerbread is so much fun and of course yummy.
You can read my favourite gingerbread recipe here.
For me, Christmas markets are a love-hate relationship. A festive opportunity to get some shopping and admire beautiful things on the stalls, definitely something to consider heading out too. My town of Southampton has a German Christmas market every year. It is definitely the atmosphere that the Christmas market creates that brings festive feelings.
The only reason I say I have a love-hate relationship towards a Christmas market is that they always seem to be slap bang in the middle of town. Bringing in even more customers to the shops making a Christmas shopping trip hectic and a little stressful.
Get the Christmas wardrobe going.
Festive, silly ugly, cute, different. Call them what you may but Christmas clothes like the old Christmas jumpers! who doesn’t own a selection of these to wear. Not just jumpers either. Leggings, dresses, tops and jewellery! Get it all out. It’s an opportunity to wear whatever you like. Even if you fancy looking silly dressed up as one of Santa clauses elves. No one’s gonna think twice! Perfect!
Putting up the Christmas decorations
I’m not gonna lie this year we have been slacks when it comes to some Christmas involved things. Normally As soon as we reach the 1st of December I am asking to put the tree up and the Christmas decorations out. we’ve finally got this done today. Spending ages to untangle the fairy lights, swearing at trying to get the branches to sit right, and trying to retread the strings that have broken off the. It takes hours, and sometimes we wonder why we bother since it’s all for one day. But really, by having the decorations up twinkling away just has a pure automatic Christmas vibe. My favourite Christmas activity of them all.
Turn up the Christmas Music and wrap presents and cards.
Ok. Christmas present wrapping, it’s more of a chore right? You’ve gone out shopping spent loads of money and you are really pleased with everything you have brought your loved ones, but now you have to spend hours getting them all ready for the big day. I am a lover of giving at Christmas but the wrapping, not so much the wrapping of everything. So, making a fun evening of it with the Christmas songs blaring. Or a film, whatever you choose can make the whole mountain of presents into a festive pleasant evening getting you right in the mood for Christmas.
Get the board games out of the cupboard.
Christmas time is all about family time in this house. So what could be any better than turning the TV off and getting the family interacting and chatting with some fun competitive things between one another? One year for Christmas a lovely gift from my uncle was a guess the Disney tune where you need to blow the tune in to a harmonica. The memories made on that Christmas Day of my Nan trying to buzz out a tune will live with me forever. It was truly hilarious. I would definitely suggest a few games over Christmas whilst your family have been drinking. Honestly trust me on this one.
Light some festive candles.
Christmas definitely has a smell to it, right? I can’t be the only one to think so!
So by lighting some festive scents, be it candles or wax melts. Getting the house smelling lovely and Christmasy definitely helps the festive vibes. One of my favourite Christmas scents is Yankee candle snowflake! But you don’t need to spend lots of money on expensive candles, head to the pound shop! Or even home bargains, at this time of year they have plenty of winter scents in stock!
visit your local garden centres.
I’m not the biggest fan of garden centres at any other time of the year, but as soon as we hit the Christmas month I can not wait to get to a few to see their Christmas displays. The garden centres seem to make such a massive effort when it’s Christmas, with beautiful Christmas walks, Reindeers to go and see, and decorations galore. I love seeing the shops all dressed up and totally Christmas galore.
Most garden centres will have things for you to go see, I honestly suggest this as a perfect activity for an age! Some you may need to pay a small donation for especially if your planning to take a trip to see Santa, but they’re normally so worth the money, we haven’t been let down yet.
At the beginning of this month, we took an amazing trip to Keydell Nurseries in Hampshire, you can read about this experience here.
Get some late night shopping in.
As it gets closer to the big day the stores give us more and more chance to spend our money! The best time is late night shopping hours, as the stores aren’t as busy as usual working hours. Plus it’s a perfect opportunity to go for a drink with friends and shop your heart out.
Elf on the shelf
Elf on the shelf is just the best, isn’t it? The past few years the elf on the shelf has become more and more popular in the UK. With Facebook being filled with peoples pictures of what their naughty elf has been up too.
I really wouldn’t say that elf is just for kids, although it is massively fun for them, adults love elf too, and if I’m honest, the elf’s who belong to adults seem to be even more naughty. Funny that right?
Even if you don’t have children to set up elf on the shelf for Kyle don’t have to be left out of this festive activity! Get your own elf and pose him doing naughty things to share with your friends! Why not hey?
watch a Pantomime.
‘Oh no she didn’t. Oh yes, she did’. Those famous words, as celebrities hit the stage this time of year to make us laugh. I am not saying that you need to spend hundreds on theatre tickets. at this time of year, there’s plenty of pantos being shown on the TV. There is definitely something about the pantos, that just screams festive.
This is definitely going to be one of my goals for our Christmas next year, I have been to Pantos before, and have even acted in one in an armature production of one, so I have got my heart set on the mayflower theatre next year.
spend time with your loved ones.
this is the time of year that we all make time in our busy schedules to see our family and friends.
It’s a given! It’s festive to spend time with loved ones is so take every possible opportunity to spend time with the people you care about by doing your Christmas activities with them.
Go ice skating.
I’m not the best skater but it just feels so festive to shove on some funny boots and making a fool of yourself as you confidently fall over on some ice. Perfect winter activity. Since it’s a cold-weather thing it’s the perfect excuse to grab a nice hot chocolate afterwards.
Participate in RAK.
Have you heard of RAK? It’s been around for ages and I have found that not many people have even heard of this. RAK stands for random acts of kindness. This is such a lovely way of spreading some festive cheer at this time of year by doing something randomly kind for a friend, neighbour or stranger. This could even be buying a homeless person some food or a hot drink and gifting it to them.
Consider how a small act of kindness could really make someone’s day. Hopefully, the person your RAK was for will follow on to do another act for someone else.
Make snowflakes and chains
Yes, I suppose that this should really come under Christmas crafts. But making snowflakes by cutting up shapes out of folded white paper. And making your own Christ chains is so fun and definitely a lovely decoration piece. Also, snowflakes and paper chains have been a Christmas decoration for centuries. At one point families didn’t have flashy decorations or lights, so it’s nice to think some classic Christmas traditions are still being kept.
Read a Christmas book
If your a big book reader like me, then this is the perfect activity. Get in bed snuggle up and read a Christmas story, what a lovely way to get in the mood for Christmas. I always find that I get ideas for what I want to do at Christmas by reading stories
Last but not least… ENJOY Christmas.
It doesn’t matter if you are not yet in the Christmas spirit. Or if you are planning to leave it a few more days before you start thinking about Christmas, maybe your half and half. Christmas is not about how much your you have spent or if you have outdone it this year, it isn’t about what you receive under the tree. This is a season, it isn’t just a day, it is a feeling of festiveness. So don’t get down by stress, it’s time that you can enjoy everything that you have been doing. I really think it is so important to remember that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Even if there are things that make you feel sad around this time, family and friends seem to always come together to be supportive. The greatest thing is we have the opportunity to embrace and enjoy, so no matter what it is your doing this year to make your Christmas season special, enjoy every moment.
I would love to hear what your excited to get doing this season in the comments below!