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Friday, 23 December 2011

Gift wrapped

Pretty gift wrapping

How are your plans for Christmas coming on? I am slowly but surely getting there, fingers crossed....

I have wrapped my presents in a combination of four printed rolls of wrapping paper using double side tape so no tape is visible, tied them up with velvet and raffia ribbon and trimmed them with gift tags and candy canes.


Pretty gift wrap



Gift wrapped



Gift wrapping



Gift tags


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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas cards

This brings me nicely on to the gorgeous Christmas cards from Portuguese graphic designer, Filipa, from Kids and Babies design. Filipa wrote to me a few weeks back to ask if she could use my Winter Wonderland colour palette as her inspiration. Of course I said yes; I loved what she did for her cards and she kindly sent me a set.


Christmas cards

After working for several years in some design studios and publishers, Filipa decided to create a personal project, the "Kids & Babies Design", a printable party shop where you can find, among other things, vintage and shabby chic custom design partyware and personalized party printables. All her pieces are unique, customized and inspired by their recipients and made to order.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Delicate...

Delicate...

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous delicate details from prouaPolkovnik, whose gorgeous photo stream I discovered this week whilst looking for gingerbread cookie photos. To see more of Kadri's beautiful photos and crafts visit her blog Polkovniku Butiik.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg

This week I'm reviewing Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Annie Rigg has been baking since her early childhood and has spent the past seven years as a freelance food stylist and writer. She currently has five books in print and her work has featured in numerous bestselling magazines. Before this, she cooked for Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, to name a few, whilst on tour. I chose to review this book as I love making gingerbread houses for Christmas!

The book is split into four main chapters, starting with the basics which includes spiced gingerbread and chocolate gingerbread recipes. How to make, tint, pipe and flood fill cookies with royal icing.

Next up is Cute, which is full of cookie ideas children will love, like the shaped teddy bears, kooky clowns and scotty dogs. Then there is the Pretty section, which includes the scattered sprinkle cupcake cookies, pink love hearts and autumn leaves.

Last up is Festive, which shows you how to make my favourite snowy village scene with candy glass windows. Decorative stars, ornaments and the prettiest snowflake cookies.

The Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg is a cute hard back book book full of sweet gingerbread cookies. At a recommended price of £9.99, I think this hardback book is a good buy as it is has some great tips and sweet cookie ideas.

Some of my favourite shots:

Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Gingerbread by Annie Rigg



Decorated Ginger bread by Annie Rigg



Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

I really must go and start this year's gingerbread bird house!

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Vintage Amethyst

Vintage Amethyst

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty treasures from Vintage Amethyst. To see more of the gorgeous finds that she sells in her home and gift boutique visit Vintage Amethyst.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites:

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