IKEA is probably best known for it’s flat-pack furniture and meatballs, it’s not necessarily known for sustainability and social responsibilities. As such a huge business it can’t really be anything but socially responsible. I feel they are one of the big players that has a duty to set the standard really. It’s not very IKEA … More 10 sustainable things you didn’t know about IKEA
Earlier in the year I joined forces with Emmaus UK to help spread the word on recycling and upcycling, (read here) and they recently challenged me again to work on their #SecondHandSanta project. The challenge was to create bespoke second-hand Christmas gifts using items from Emmaus charity shops. Christmas is about giving and by supporting your local charity … More Second Hand Santa with Emmaus UK
My long held dream of having a colour themed Christmas tree is slowly slipping away from me each year and our main tree this year was decorated by the boys in the house with baubles bought from Woolworths! They both find it hilarious to make me cringe when they literally throw tinsel on it. I officially … More My Amara Christmas
My Christmas tree is a collection of everything from the last 20 years and is now growing with handmade decorations made at school! Some people like to change their decorations yearly, they even have colour schemes! Oh to have a colour scheme, I try, then turn my back for a second and everything we’ve ever bought … More Baubles, Baubles, Baubles.
Christmas takes on a new lease of life when you have children, the excitement starts when the advent calendar makes an appearance in our house. The countdown begins when you’re allowed chocolate before breakfast. Choosing the tree is next and we’ve always gone for the real thing, the annual trip to Chopwell Woods to choose … More Oh Christmas Tree…
I find wreaths odd. For me they represent funerals. Looking back, I’d say that nearly all of the funerals have been to have taken place in the run up to Christmas or just into the New Year. Cold, bleak and sad. Until now I’ve always had a shiver run down my spine when I see wreath and never understood why … More Wreaths – funerals or Christmas?
I’ve been exploring upcycled Christmas baubles and ways to turn old ones into lovely new ones. You can use old baubles that have lived in the dusty corner of the loft for years, let’s face it we all have those, or I’ve found that charity shops and thrift stores often have a huge selection to … More A load of old baubles
Real, artificial or something else entirely, we have the same debate every year about Christmas trees in our house – should we splash out on a good artificial one that will last us years or should we go for the real deal and spend a fortune anyway? For the last 16 years we’ve always gone for … More Tree-cycled Christmas