Its now been 3 years and counting that this branch has been suspended above our dining table and each year at Christmas time I have the challenge to give it a little make over. Throughout the year it often has a new look for celebrations such as Easter, Halloween and Birthday parties, but its daily look is quite simple. Just the branch and little round glass tea light holders. The thing I love most about this branch is that I can go to town on the decorations, knowing that it is out of reach of little fingers and offers a gorgeous focal point to a dead ceiling space above the table.
The majority of glass baubles were removed to make way for some greenery! I decided to give the branch a bit more life and colour this year, so have added eucalyptus to its branches along with a few peacock feathers, to soften it up. The branch is suspended across two parallel beams that support the ceiling in this room, hung using strong twine string.
I was delighted when Laura Ashley asked me to collaborate and do a blog post on the branch's makeover this year, especially when I saw their stunning jewel toned decor. Just look at those colours, detail and sparkle!
The baubles I have used are all from the Peacock Feather range alongside the Jewel Tassel decoration. I also added three of the gorgeous Frosted Green Tree Candles and the Frankincense and Clementine candles to the table tray along with a few green baubles, for that extra festive touch.
And here it is, branch 2019, looking all festive and feathery, with its beautiful Laura Ashely jewelled adornments. A magpie's dream! The eucalyptus foliage will dry in the lead up to Christmas, but retains it colour, so still looks good, it usually lasts well for about a month, then turns more brown. I can't wait to sit underneath it with all the family on Christmas day!
Disclaimer: This is a paid collaboration with https://www.lauraashley.com . I chose and styled the items mentioned and as always only ever work with products I love!
I purchased these little advent ginger bread house boxes over 3 years ago, thinking they would last just that one year, however 3 Years later, they are still going strong! The kids love them and they are the perfect size to fit fun toys in along with a little treat inside. Considering how rough the kids can be at times, these little houses are still in pretty good nick, though I have had to be very careful, putting each individual house away safely all of the 24 days, but its been worth it, as they are so fun, I love styling them up differently each year, plus what a great upcycle!
I kept it simple with two sweet little string cascades all in a row and some festive snowflake lighting. They were each filled with chocolate coins and fun party bag gifts. Which we later regretted. The chocolate coins were not a good idea! We couldn't light the stove for 24 days!
Inspired by the branch above our table, I decided to hang them all on a branch found in the garden alongside some paper snowflakes, minus the chocolates!
2019: and this is what I have rustled up this year...
It all started on a dog walk last weekend, with my son collecting sticks and inspiration from some vivid Pinterest memories. I decided it would be fun to make a stick tree so we all ended up on a collecting mission in the forest.
We initially dried out the sticks, the under floor heating helped, then we created the shape of a tree, cutting the sticks down to size. Then I tied it all together using twine to loop around each individual stick a couple of times, creating a triangle/tree like shape.
I entwined some little battery operated LED wire lights around the sticks and a fir branch to the bottom, that we also came across on the walk. The treats most of which were purchased at Flying Tiger (not impressed with all the packaging on these small items), were added to the little card houses, which were then hung on the sticks combined with a few subtle festive tree decorations, a mix I have collected over the years from The White Company, Layered Lounge and H&M home
Apart from the treats, this is such a cost effective way of doing advent and a lot of fun for all to take part in. No idea what I am going to do next year, but I had better get my thinking cap on!
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