Happy Friday-before-this-week-before-Christmas! Today I have for you some tags to start wrapping those presents. I know oodles of people who’ve already started/finished wrapping but, uh… I’m not the most organised of folk and I am planning to do mine this weekend. The best thing about being an adult is that I have my own money to buy pre-cut tape. Seriously. Life saver.
Anyway, there’s still a few more fun things to come so watch this space!
Today I have the first Christmas treat to share with you! It’s the weekend when I seem to have received the most Christmas cards so far, so what better way to celebrate than by offering you six Mid-Century style cards for you to print and send! Featuring six beautiful bombshells, this collection is ready for you to print at A4. Just cut the card out, fold in half, and write your message inside.
December came in with a curtain of white, though it was fog, not snow, that hid most of Wales yesterday. Everything has been very frosty and and foggy for the past two days, with -5oC temperatures. A perfect start to December. I’m hoping that the festive weather will encourage me to go out more and take lots of pictures this weekend. I’d love to visit a christmas tree farm, as we used to go when I was little. Nothing says christmas for me more than the scent of pine and getting covered in sap. Although we have an artificial tree, I spent my weekends as a 16 and 17 year old working for a farm shop which bagged and sold christmas trees all throughout christmas. Frozen fingers, bobble hats, dark nights, and twinkling lights made up most of my happier memories in those years.
We’ve had a rather sad November. I can’t go into too much but something, something that we were wishing on stars for, didn’t happen. It’s hard to move on from things when you set your heart on them. There’s no loss, but the absence of good news feels like a loss all of its own. Topped off with my childhood dog becoming very ill, and a leak in our kitchen, it’s made our already glum year end a little more dimly.
Still, it is the best season of the year and we’ve lots to be thankful for. I’ve got some lovely printables to share, and whilst my Nanowrimo challenge result isn’t as I would like it, I’ll still share parts of it. I was hoping to share with you an advent calendar paper manor, but I’ll aim for some village houses and see where we can go from there!
I’m not very good at remembering dates. Whenever January 1st rolls around, I always forget the significance of the date, and it’s usually a good four weeks later that I remember I should’ve started a diary. So today, when I looked in my calendar, I was thrilled to remember that Nanawrimo has started. Finally, I can try and commit to something day by day!
I love writing. In the past two years I’ve written two novels, with three very much in progress. I fall in love with my characters, their settings, their mysteries and intrigues. But life, as it has a tendency to do, has got in the way of late, and characters who I’ve written about every day for months on end have been left by the wayside.
I know I’ll return to them eventually, but in an effort to try and return my voice to me, I’m going to start writing this weekend. I know you should plan your Nanowrimo novels in October, but I’ve never been one to do things by halves!
Watch this space. I’ll be sure to update with my progress. Also, keep an eye out for some more paper houses. I’ve been sketching up some village designs and people who I think you’ll be happy to meet! Here are a few, just to get you excited…
The pumpkins are done, the apples are set for bobbing, the cobwebs and up, and the neighbours are ready with treats. What else is left to do this Halloween? Why, I thought you’d never ask!
Today I have for you a printable horror house for your windows, fireplaces, tables, or anywhere else. Just cut the windows out and pop an electric tea-light in there if you fancy a bit of light to make it look even more spooky!
I’d love to see your creations if you use this! And let me know what you think – hopefully there’ll be a lot more of these coming in the next few months!
(Print at A4, cut out, and fold at the lines. Simple!)
Hello, campers! Today we have some amazing printables for you. After speaking to my nephew who, although only three years old, informed me I was seriously lacking a skeleton and zombie, I feel dutifully chastised. So, apologies to the skeleton and walking dead lovers out there.
All files are set to print at A3 or A4. Just cut the lines, fold the tabs, and away you go!
I first met Jenna Lee Alldread whilst working as Art Editor for Pretty Nostalgic magazine. I fell instantly in love with her style. I think I would buy her entire stock up if someone let me. Her illustrations particularly fit with this time of year, with beautiful cats and cheeky bats making an appearance. Honestly, I’ve bought from Jenna before and the quality of her stuff is fantastic. Well worth an investment, if you fall for anything she creates.
Since finding Tatty Design’s wonderful world of fortune teller ranges over the past decade, I’ve had a small obsession with tarot-inspired necklaces. Cue Misfit Makes, Norwich-based studio run by Bex. Her influences are taken from all things magical, and you can see her passion for the aesthetic of divination. If you’re less of a Halloween costume sort of person, grab a LBD and pair it with any of these pieces to have the perfect spooky ensemble.
Today it dawned on my partner and I that we’ve completely forgotten about a Halloween party this year. Um. Oops.
So, in lieu of a proper invite, I decided to whip up a few invites in my favourite style, 1950s hotel stationery. I know. You’d almost think Halloween and mid-century penmanship wouldn’t be an obvious match.
Finding old photographs of occasions is a huge hobby of mine. I really enjoy seeing how generations before us celebrated the seasons, mostly because they did it as well if not better than us, even despite the lack of supplies! Here are a selection of some of the best I’ve found.