So, Christmas… this year, I’m all about the snow. Since it seemed unlikely there’d be actual snow (*shakes fist at the sky*), I wanted to create my own little snowy scenes. Guaranteed snow if you will!
Add in a new obsession with terrariums – even the word is fun to say – and I knew I wanted to make some sort of mini magical display. Not having an actual terrarium (I did find one in a junk shop but it was (a) expensive and (b) larger than you’d expect), I decided to use a few large jars that we had in the flat.
And yes, there may have been a Game of Thrones inspired theme going on (you know Scotland is Winterfell right?).
Then I added sugar, glitter, a plastic wolf and some tiny trees (most of which came from Homebase, the others from a train model shop!).
And not to give up my obsession with foxes completely, I added an arctic fox into the mix too.
Now you if follow me on instagram, you might have already seen the above picture… this is the cautionary bit of making a teeny terrarium. I managed to drop some of the sugar on the floor and before I could clear it up, the fox-owl-cat gleefully rolled around it, purring like crazy, until she was one very sugar-covered cat! While all I could do was laugh…
Anyway… as well as the tiny terrariums, I thought it would be good to turn our living room window area into a sort of terrarium too. (I’m not sure if that makes any sense but it did in my head when I thought of it!)
So I bought a few paper balls from a budget-friendly party supplies website…
Except my ‘a few’ turned out to equal a lot. And they were bigger than I’d expected…
Which is why some are on the floor as ‘fallen’ snow…
(Also this year’s tree is squint. I’d love to say it’s a deliberate thing but it’s just how he likes to rock!)
And the others are suspended from the ceiling as ‘falling’ snow…
The main reason for the on the ceiling/on the floor thing is that putting up paper snow balls – using fishing wire which is pretty much invisible – is somewhat trickier than we’d anticipated. Especially when you have a really shaky ladder. (Why are they always so shaky?) And one of you wants to take photos instead of holding the ladder. Ahem.
So along with a whole lot of ceramic stars that we made, there’s a troop of golden army men, guarding our tree!
Or intent on destroying things on the tree… I can’t quite decide!
And on our mantlepiece this year, my favourite thing is our Instax photos bunting…
Which is just some little golden pegs, a golden bit of string and a few pics from our travels this year. Simple but possibly one of my favourite crafty things ever.
And a bit more snow (paper snowflakes this time) above the couch… I did mention I was on a snow theme right?
And our wedding deer looking a bit festive too… since why not!
Hope you all have a sugar sweet Christmas!
And I wanted to say thanks for all your lovely comments, tweets and emails in 2012, you wonderful, brilliant, funny, amazing people. You really are what makes blogging such fun – and why I keep coming back here to share some random little pieces of my life. So, a huge thank you for always putting a smile on my face!
Here’s to an amazing 2013 xxx