Category Archives: Christmas & Winter Holidays

Lovely Gift Wrap for the Holidays

Let’s face it – choosing gift wrap is nearly as much fun as choosing the gift itself! What’s more, we’re all familiar with the quiet thrill of being presented with a gorgeously wrapped package and here’s to more of those! It’s one of my own little ambitions to ‘get good’ at gift wrapping. Here’s a lovely collection of holiday wrapping paper to inspire xo

Holiday Giftwrap by Revel & CoHot Cocoa Wrapping Paper by Revel & Co.

Partridge in a Pear Tree Gift Wrap by Angie SpurgeonPartridge in a Pear Tree Gift Wrap by Artwork by Angie.

Holiday Sun Christmas Gift Wrap by Rifle paper CoHoliday Sun Wrapping Sheets by Rifle Paper Co.

Reversible Gold & Star Wrapping Paper by Cox & CoxReversible Gold & Star Wrapping Paper by Cox & Cox.

WRAP015-EgyptianRoseWrap-Roll_by Fox & FallowEgyptian Rose Wrapping Sheet by Fox and Fallow.

Animal Star Constellation Wrapping Paper by Newton and the AppleSilver Animal Constellations Gift Wrap by Newton and the Apple.

Hanukkah Story Gift Wrap by Paper Pony CoHanukkah Story gift wrap by Paper Pony Co.
Jingle-Bell-Gift-Wrap-by Amy HeitmanJingle Bell blush gift wrap by Amy Heitman.

TwoWagtails-Red Star Christmas Gift Wrap SetRed Star Christmas Gift Wrap Set by Two Wagtails.

Floe Gift Wrap by Marabou DesignFloe Gift Wrap by Marabou Designs.

Dala Horse Christmas Gift Wrap by Paper Pony CoDala Horse wrapping paper in blush by Paper Pony Co.

Double sided holiday gift wrap by Bespoke PressDouble sided 12 Days of Christmas wrapping paper by Bespoke Press.

Knight and Gray gingerbread house gift wrapGinger Bread House gift wrap by Knight & Gray.

Christmas and Holiday Cards for 2017

One of my favourite things in life is choosing greetings cards and I’m so pleased to be able to bring this lovely curated selection to you. It delights me thought of introducing someone new to a business or designer they had perhaps never come across before. Greetings cards are so personal and I know I’m not alone in putting a lot of thought to choosing just the right thing.

I’ll be bringing you more greetings cards collections over the coming months, as a regular feature. Hope that’s okay 😀 in the meantime, enjoy! xo

NOEL Christmas Holiday Card by CWC Stationery

NOEL card by CWC Stationery.

Give Education Unicef Card by Marabou Design for Minted

Unicef Personalisable Joy to the Earth Card by Marabou Designs for Minted.

Joy Holiday Card by Our Heiday

Joy painted card by Our Heiday.

Hipster Santa Christmas Holiday greetings card by Paper Pony Co

Hipster Santa card by Paper Pony Co.

 

Christmas Cottage holiday Card by Paper Raven Co

Christmas Cottage card by Paper Raven Co.

Holiday Skier Christmas Card holiday Card by Idlewild Co

Holiday Skiers card by Idlewild Co.

 

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Christmas Card set by Bonjour Paper.

 

JOY Holiday Christmas Greetings Card BY CWC Stationery

Joy card by CWC Stationery.

Peace on Earth Holiday Christmas Greetings Card by Idlewild Co

Peace on Earth card by Idlewild Co.

Merry-Christmas-Trolley-Christmas card by Amy Heitman

Christmas Trolley card by Amy Heitman.

The Sparkfold Gift Guide 2017

I hope you love this fabulous gift buying guide, I had such fun creating for you! I mainly shopped small, with a couple of exceptions. I love discovering small businesses and I shop with small businesses wherever possible – actually mostly for me, as our family doesn’t do gifts all that much.

Enjoy this little collection of hand-curated treasures and I hope you find something perfect within! xo

Fox enamel necklace by PapioPress

Set of enamel necklaces by Papio Press.

gold point vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere

Gold Point Vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere.

Intention Cards from DecoyLab

Intentions Cards with wooden stand by DecoyLab.

Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday

 

Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday.

Marble Inlay Jewelery Box by Anthropologie

Marble Inlay Jewellery Box by Anthropologie.

Vintage_Green_Letter_Board_for_sale by Vintage Revivals

Vintage style green felt letter board by Vintage Revivals.

Personalised brass keychain by Danielle Hornyak

Personalised brass stamped keychain with tassel by Danielle Hornyak.
pink terrazzo spiral notebook by micush

 

Pink Terrazzo Spiral Notebook by Micush.

Liberty for Anthropologie Mug by Anthropologie

Liberty Print mug by Anthropologie.

Dreamcatcher by The Hippie Hut UK

Blush Pink and white feature dreamcatcher by the Hippie Hut UK.

Press For Champagne Keychain by Idlewild Co

Press for Champagne keychain by Idlewild Co.

Flowers on Pink Original Artwork by Tamar Dovrat

“Flowers of Pink” original gouache painting by Tamar Dovrat.

Copper Wire Heart from The Letter Loft

Copper Wire Heart and Arrow by The Letter Loft.

Mabel Suede Journal By Anthropologie

Mabel suede journals by Anthropologie.

Geranium Illustration on Micush

Geranium Decorative Pillow by Micush.

Geometric Brass Himmeli Wreath by Vintage Revivals

DIY Himmeli Wreath kit by Vintage Revivals.

2018 Wall Calendar Ideas – Lovely Gifts and Perfect Home Organisation Tools

In my continuation of my Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas posts, I’m bringing you a wonderful selection of wall calendars to give as gifts and get ready for 2018 planning season! Wall calendars are omnipresent in the hub of the home, super useful for jotting down important dates and memos – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been saved from remembering to do that thing I was totally going to forget to do before I happened to glance at my wall calendar and be reminded to do the thing!

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First up, this rather elegant and minimalist goal setting calendar, to keep you on track each month. By Euni & Co.

2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of Starlingsoriginal_2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of starlings

This triangular calendar has gorgeous folk & boho inspired illustrations on every page. Unique and pretty, by A Prism of Starlings on Not on the High Street. The world needs more calendars in interesting shapes!

The Woods 2018 Wall Calendar by Paper Raven Co

2018 Calendar The Woods by Paper Raven Co

This is called “Into the Woods” Paper Raven Co. I love the illustrations and use of colour here. Erin, owner of Paper Raven Co, polled her followers to decide on what to theme her 2018 calendar, and this was the winning theme!

Shapes 2018 wall calendar by Dozi

2018 Shapes Abstract Wall Calendar by Dozi

By Dozi, this ‘Shapes’ abstract wall calendar contains simple but oh so appealing abstract geometric art. I would spend a lot of time gazing at this, thinking about the shapeforms, and letting my mind wander!

Wildflower-2018 Wall Calendar by Fox & FallowWildflower-Scattered-3months_preview by Fox & Fallow

Bright and beautiful, this Wildflowers calendar is by Aussie company Fox and Fallow. Featuring lush botanicals and shiny gold foil detail on every page.  This design is available as a full range of paper goods too.

handcrafted wooden desk calendar by dodecal

Okaay so I admit this is not a wall calendar! But it is a handcrafted polyhedrous ball of wonder, no? Crafted from stunning American Cherry wood, called Dodecal I think it makes a super gift and home decor object. We recently spoke to Ric of Dodecal – read the full post here!

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Super fun and bold, this “Best Year Ever” calendar by Ban.do comes with handy stickers, and awesome shiny foil cover.

2018 Desert Greens Cactus Art Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios2018 Wall Calendar Desert Greens cactus inspired by Fox Hollow Studios

Dreamy watercolour cactus and desert plants are the theme for this “Desert Greens” 2018 Wall Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios. I’m a long way from the desert here in the UK, but I still love the calming illustrations on this beauty.

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How cute is this “Punny Animals” wall calendar by Paper Cranes. I love the geometric animals, use of colour and the cute sayings.

2018 minimalist calendar by DecoyLab

Minimalist 2018 Wall Calendar by DecoyLabs on Etsy

Decoylab created this super minimalist, high design 2018 calendar. A great gift idea for a typography lover.

Cat Artists 2018 Wall Calendar by NiaskiCat Artists 2018 Wall Planner Gift Idea by Niaski

Last up, this one gives me the giggles – it’s a Cat Artist Calendar by Niaski. Each month features a famous artist interpreted as a cat! Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds and it’s gorgeously illustrated – go check it out!

 

Stocking Filler Gift Guide – #pingamestrong Enamel Pins, Lapel Pins & Badges

In the run up to this year’s festive & gift giving season, I’m creating a number of gift guides. This one is all about super cute & pretty enamel pins, aka lapel pins, and also aka (here in the UK) badges! (You can also see my previous gift guides right here).

While researching this post, I discovered this huge subculture – you can get enamel pins for *everything*! Any cult tv, film, motif. Plants, people, book lovers, bands…. The list, I’m pretty sure, is actually endless. Happy pins, dark pins, feminist pins, sarcastic pins…  some stuff I didn’t even understand (probs cos I’m not cool enough). If you’re into it, there’s a lapel pin for it!

Wearing an enamel pin sends out a little signal to the world of the kind of gal or guy you are. A bit like band teeshirts, but so much more subtle… you have to notice and pay attention to the wearer, which is actually a lovely way of making new friends and bringing people together!

I’ve kept this a light / happy / fun selection. These are perfect stocking fillers, secret santa gifts. Little tokens for a special someone.

Winging It Enamel Pin Lapel Pin Badge by Liz Mosley

I love the sweet message and simplicity of this pin by Liz Mosley. Pretty sure most of us can identify with the sentiment (this basically sums up my life).

Alpaca with Scarf Enamel Pin Lapel Pin Badge by Yay For Friends

How cute is this Alpaca wearing a scarf! It’s by Yay For Friends and I think is a beautiful mix of cute with a nice dash of quirk.

NikkiMcWilliams_Milk & cookies Enamel Pin Badge Lapel Pin

You’ve most likely seen Nikki McWilliams’s famous biscuit cushion… mmmm yummy! Now feast your eyes on this tasty milk & cookies pin. So cute!

Cat Nap White Enamel Pin Badge Lapel Pin by Justine Gilbuena

Got a cat lady friend? Of course you do! Justine Gilbuena has you covered. I love this cute kitty, which you can find in black or white on Etsy. This reminds me, I must create a cat themed gift ideas blog post soon…. *furiously scribbles in notebook*

Ampersand Enamel Pin Badge Lapel Pin by Paper Anchor

This Leafy Ampersand enamel lapel pin ticks a lot of boxes if you have a designer friend. Typography, check! Black and gold, check! Foliage, check! It’s a winner. Made by Paper Anchor Co.

Strawberry Basket Enamel Pin Lapel Pin badge by Shiny Apple Studio

Delicious and eye catching. This strawberry basket pin is super sweet and made by Shiny Apple Studio.

Sally Sunshine Enamel Pin Lapel Pin badge by Leslieanne Made It

Meet Sally Sunshine! Her maker, Leslieanne Made It has heaps more happy designs that evoke a 70’s style nostalgia on her website.

Moon Moth Lapel Pin Badge Enamel Pin by Northern Spells

All the heart eyes for this little creature. It’s called a Moon Moth and is made by Northern Spells. So beautiful.

Sweater Weather Forever Enamel Pin Badge Lapel Pin by Byron McKoy

It’s autumn as I write on my side of the world. But whatever the weather, warm clothes are always my preferred option. I can totally relate to this Sweater Weather Forever enamel pin made by Byron McKoy.

Roller Skate Lapel Pin Enamel Pin by Punky Pins

I had a similar pair of roller skates to these when I was a kid and I loved them! Although mine were not nearly as cool as this pin. (Is it wrong that I want to go to a roller disco right now?!) Made by Punky Pins.

 

Love Letter Enamel Pin Lapel Pin by the Baltic Club

Do you or someone you know like snail mail and also like lapel pins? Get on over to the Baltic Club! Find this one and loads more on their site.

jewelry-birthday-children-badge-peace-and-love Enamel Pin by My Little Day

Last up – if ever there was a time for a message of peace and love, it’s now. I love the neutral colours and seventies vibe of this Peace enamel pin by My Little Day.

I hope you found something you love! Now it’s over to you… I feel like I only really scratched the surface on the amazing world of enamel pin badges – I’d love to discover more amazing makers. If you know of any please share them with the world!

Want more gift-giving inspo? Take a look at my wall art gift guide here.

P.s. Please Pin! These makers deserve to be found. Please consider pinning this post, so more people can discover, and don’t forget to visit the makers own sites too 🙂 xx

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