A Smashing Christmas

I have blogged before about scrapbooking, especially my love for Smash Journals.  At Christmas I received the ‘Holiday’ edition Smash Journal kit.  The pages in this book are so cool, just like with all Smash Journals, the pages are pre printed with designs.  This book has also got several plastic pockets to put photos or keepsakes in.

I can’t wait to start filling this with all my Christmas and New Year memories.

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Are there any other bloggers out there who enjoy scrapbooking?

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Maybe Christmas he thought…….

Here is a little sneak peak of my Christmas.

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1. Scrumptious snow fairy shower gel from Lush

2. A beautiful Christmas sign made by my Sister and Brother In Law

3. Christmas day presents

4. Christmas day stockings

5. My new fire place

6. One of the many trees at my parents house

7. My Sisters Birthday is 27th December and I did her an Elf themed lunch

8. All our stockings lined up at my parents

9. My Mums amazing wrapping

I was extremely lucky and got some beautiful gifts.  I had an iPad, a ticket to see Mr J T, a photo book from my trip to the Warner Bros HP studio tour, the holiday edition Smash Journal, a gorgeous necklace and lots and lots of other bits and bobs.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas x

Busy Bee

I haven’t had chance to blog for a couple of months, I have been a busy bee! I have taken a few snaps along the way so you can see what I have been up to….

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* Jay Z

* Honeys first dance show

* My Mum was super excited to see this sign

* Danny Elfman……..all kinds of amazing

What my Christmas looked like

This Christmas has been one with ups and downs.  The downs were several hospital visits with my 92 year old Grandma, one of which involved her breaking her wrist!  My favourite up has to be the birth of  my nephew on the early hours of Boxing Day (he was not due until the 7th January).  His name is Beau and he is the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen 🙂

With Christmas being so hectic I didn’t get chance to do the post that I really wanted to do so I have a combined post which includes Christmas, my Sisters birthday and New Year.

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I had some lovely presents from Santa, here are a few of my favourites…..

Cath Kidstson wheeled suitcase

Cath Kidston Spot carry all bag (I got this in blue)

Green ipod nano named Elphaba (I am a big Wicked fan)

Red stag onesie from Top Shop – sorry I can’t find it on the Top Shop site

A ticket to see Lion King – or King Lion as my niece says!

Think of a wonderful thought Disney Couture bracelet from Zentosa

Once upon a time watch from asos – again I could no longer find this on their site

A class to learn how to make macaroons

A stag antler necklace which was at the top of my Christmas list from Ginger Pickle  -I can no longer find the item in the store but my Mum said that they were really helpful 🙂  There are some gorgeous items on their site and I will definitely be making another purchase from these.

We also celebrated my Sisters 26th Birthday with a Mexican themed night……I am still humming the Mexican hat song!

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My parents had decided earlier in December that they would have a New Year fancy dress party.  I had such a good night.  The costumes, food and fireworks were all amazing.

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Happy New Year!

All aboard the Polar Express

As a family Christmas treat my Mum and Dad booked us tickets for a ride on the Polar Express.  Now I am guessing that most people have seen the Polar Express film or read the book and if you haven’t you should!

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We all turned up to the station in our pyjamas, just like in the film.  Once on board there were lots of singing and dancing and story telling.  The conductor came and stamped patterns in our ticket, just like the film, its all very magical.  Hot chocolate and cookies were served by the dancing chefs just before the train arrived at the North Pole.  It was lovely to see Honey’s little face when she spotted Santa.

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Once Santa was on the train he spoke with each child, asking them what they wanted for Christmas and gave them each a silver bell.

When we arrived back at the station I brought myself a silver bell decoration which I thought would be a perfect memory of the trip which I could hang on my Christmas tree each year.

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This was such a lovely family trip and we will definitely be going again next year.

Merry Christmas everyone and remember, the bell still rings for those who truly believe.

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Gorgeous Gifts

A couple of weeks ago my visit to the Christmas Fayre in Derby to buy Christmas gifts turned into me buying things for myself!  I wasn’t to sure what to expect but I was really impressed with lots of the stalls there.  I could have spent a small fortune.

I thought I would run through my favourites for you, go and take a look as they all have some lovely gift ideas.

The Little Dog

These guys had some seriously cute baby gifts.  The Little Rufus collection is adorable.  I have seen these products at another fayre a couple of months ago and totally fell in love with them then.  They are so different to any other baby things that I have seen.  I have a feeling that I will be placing a rather large order once my nephew is born.  Me and my Mum have already been arguing about who is buying what!  The Little Rufus range that I have mentioned includes t-shirts, romper suits and matching hats, rattles, comforters, books and soft toys.  Even their packaging is gorgeous.

Delightful Living

This stall sold personalised painted wooden signs.  I have seen quite a few of these around recently and I know they are quite easy to get your hands on, the reason I wanted to mention this company is because they are by far the nicest that I have seen.  I have had a look on their website and they do some beautiful gifts too.  An excellent place to start your Christmas shopping.

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Another stall where I could have spent all my money.  I was trying to think of how I could describe this company and all I could come up with was ‘interior design gorgeousness’.  I brought that many Christmas decorations from them that I think I may need a bigger tree!

So those were my favourite stalls from the Christmas Fayre.  Please take a look at their websites, there are some lovely gifts ideas for Christmas.