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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Getting My Hygge On ....



Basil getting his hygge on my :


.... well sort of. And you certainly wouldn't expect to be getting your hygge on in M&Co would you now? I only found out recently that I had a store near the swimming pool where my boys have their lessons and this came about as a result of Ben forgetting to tell me that he needed to bring a pair of pyjamas for his swim lesson. You know that lesson where you have to throw yourself in "fully clothed" in your pyjamas and swim a few lengths? Yep that one. So given that we had twenty minutes in which to locate a pair of pjs, we found ourselves in M&Co and thankfully, it came up trumps.

Anyway, I digress and I've found a few bits from M&Co to get that hygge vibe going. You've all heard about hygge? In a nutshell, it's about creating a nice warm fuzzy atmosphere and enjoying the simple good things in life. And it's a concept created by the Danes who are deemed the happiest people around. Sounds good to me!

So what do we have.







1. Pixel Cushion. 

I love the pixelated pattern. Infact my boys have declared this super cool as it actually looks like Minecraft Coal Ore and are now fighting over it to have in their room. Anyway cushions make sofas comfy. Cushions are what boys like to jump on. Everyone's happy so that's very hygge! 

2. Slate Picture Frame.

I like the wood frame against the slate. So I'm thinking a picture of your loved ones in there would  give you that nice warm fuzzy feeling and make you happy.  Hygge!

3. Wolf Onesie.

I think the small boy is due a new onesie as his last one was giving him a wedgie. I actually think he would be comfy and warm (and look kind of cute) in this so that would make him (and me) happy. Hygge!

4. Faux Fur Throw.

This is going over my little leather sofa in my family room. The sofa which the boys are slowly destroying by climbing and jumping all over despite my passionate protests. It's cosy, it's furry, it's protective and I'm happy(er). And look how much Basil loves it. Hygge!


5. Christmas Tree Decoration.

I just like this Christmas decoration. It's kind of simple and rustic and pared back. It works well with my existing decorations which makes me happy. Hygge!


So are you guys getting your hygge on out there? To be honest, I have no idea really what hygge is about and I skim read an article in the Guardian about it and how the Danish are so happy about their way of life so I guess it's whatever makes you happy. So go forth and hygge!


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Last Note :

  • I spotted on Instagram that M&Co are giving people the chance to win their wish list up to the value of £100. Instructions are below or you can find them also on here.










* Wishlist c/o M&Co

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Lazy Girls Guide To Wreath Making



Getting my wreath making groove on.


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I bought a wreath from Aldi. It was £7.99 and made with fresh spruce branches. It was basically too good to pass up as I knew I could do something with this.


Aldi Wreath (instore £7.99)


However, I didn't want the red plastic berries, the fir cones, the glitter gold bits and the bright red ribbon. I also didn't want the cinnamon sticks on them.  So I stripped them all off


Stripped


I just wanted to do something a little bit different. So based on what I had planned for my wreath, this is what you need :


1. Cutting pliers for cutting the florist wire.
2. Burlap wired ribbon
3. Faux (or real if you can get it) Eucalyptus Branch
4. Faux Green Viburnam  (or real if you can get it) Flower Spray
5. Florist Wire


After stripping off the extra decorations. I was basically left with a still excellent well fleshed out fir spruce wreath.

I cut the eucalyptus branch down into more manageable sizes so I could arrange them how I wanted. I chose to group the eucalyptus together on the right side (positioning about 4pm).


4pm positioning.


I cut the florist wire in to about 4 inch lengths. Each piece I bent in half so it resembled a hair pin. I used these to pin the eucalyptus to the wreath. Arrange and pin (press firmly to secure) till you are happy. 




I need to moisturise - I know.


I did the same with faux viburnam on the other side so they were diagonally opposite the eucalyptus. I stuck a bit of left over eucalyptus in with the virburnam to add a little foliage.


See the pin?

Not any more!


I then created a big bow with some burlap ribbon that I'd bought on a roll. 


I went for grey ribbon as I wanted quite muted tones on the wreath.


This is wired. If you are hanging a wreath outside, I would recommend a wired ribbon as this will hold it's shape better. A regular ribbon will droop somewhat when it gets wet but a wired one will still be fine. I chose to pin my bow just beneath the virburnam as I said, I didn't want it too too uniform.

Don't forget to tie a loop on the back of your wreath to hang it!


Simple



Have fun!

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Last Note :

  • For £7.99, the Aldi wreath is not to be sniffed at. It's quite a good size and a well made lovely looking wreath anyway. You know what they say - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
  • This is a really really lazy way of "making" a wreath. You don't need to start totally from scratch with doing your oasis, soaking it, wrapping it, popping in your foliage etc etc
  • But it's a really really good simple way if you're a novice and you don't want to over face yourself and just do the fun bits.
  • I went for less is more. Or you could call it minimalist chic. Or you could say I'm plain lazy :)
  • Some very dark berries (almost black) would have looked good on this - if I had any :(
  • I could do with a few more sprigs of eucalyptus but I ran out and I just wanted to get this post done so you can crack on if you fancy a go at this.
  • My hubs will hate it - he didn't like the other one I made here. "Needs a bit of red on it" he said.