Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Shopping: Advent Calendars

Not long until the count down begins, (I guess you could call this a count down to the count down, but that would be annoying).

Before we got old enough to realise that there was such a thing as chocolate filled Advent calendars my sisters and I would share a cardboard, illustrated one, take it turns, with lots of arguing, to open a window and be various shades of delighted/ disappointed depending on what we revealed.
Animals and pretty trees were a crowd pleaser, three wise men, meh.

We later graduated to the chocolate filled ones, perhaps Mum got sick of the squabbles every morning for a month, but there's something about a gorgeous, illustrated Advent calendar that will always signal the kick off of pre-Xmas excitement for me.

Here's my fave London based finds, ranging from simple and stylish to just plain outrageous.
(Christmas in London is the best, it does show off ever so well in December!)

1. Fortnum & Mason Wooden Advent Calendar

This appeals to my doll's house loving side, my wooden things loving side and my chocolate loving side. That's all my sides. All of them.
It really could be Christmas every day with one of these. There's the option to buy empty or pre-filled with Fortnum's confectionary...how do you even make a choice like that?

2. Buckingham Palace Advent Calendar

Now, my sisters and I would have fought like cat and dog, specifically Corgi, to open the little windows on this one.
No chocolates, no treats, just charming illustrations and the Queen. One is delighted. I'm sure her Royal Madge has this very calendar stuck on her fridge.

3. The Liberty Advent Calendar 2016

I probably shouldn't even bother showing you this one.
It's beautiful. It's stunning. It's become a beauty cult, classic. And it's totally and utterly, hopelessly sold out.
You can of course get your grubby mitts on one over on eBay. Last I checked they were changing hands for nearly £300. (Might I suggest you put that £300 towards a lovely doll's house instead and just slum it with her Majesty's calendar back there at number 2?!)

4. Harrods Envelope Advent Calendar

Well, here we have a pack of Kraft envelopes on string, a very simple, affordable idea and one that struck me as very non-Harrods, which is probably why I liked it so much.
I particularly love that you can get so many mini things stuffed into those envelopes !

Sunday, 27 November 2016

DIY: Faux Snow Globe

Ti's the season, very nearly, so I've been chucking sparkles and sprinkles about in a bid to whip up some festive cheer with a DIY Snow globe.

Now, strictly speaking, it's not a snow globe as there's no water in it, hence the faux, but it's a cute little addition to the decoration collection.

It was super quick and easy,  if you have a crack at your own don't forget to show off with #yourlittlewalls .

What I used:
- Glass orb (mine was from Tiger Store)
- Mini Bottle brush trees (or whatever you want to encapsulate in your dinky glass bubble!)
- Sequins
- Snow Sprinkles
- Craft Glue

What I did: 

  • I covered the inside of the base with craft glue and filled in with snow sprinkles.
    (In hindsight it would have been nice to have added some extra height for a bit more visibility so if you have small pieces of balsa wood or something to fix in first that could be good!)

  • Fix the trees in place and leave to dry. 
  • Fill the globe with sequins/ glitter/ sparkles of your choosing.

  • Carefully glue around the ridge of the globe (not too much in case it drips into the globe and leaves you with streaky glass.) and fix the base in place.

  • Stand back, admire, enjoy a mince pie or two. 

Supplies: Glass globe: Tiger Stores, Mini Trees: fourlittlewalls.com, Sequins and Christmas Tree: Paperchase

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