Now we are in the frenzied run up to Christmas, there is a lot of red and white in the shops and this makes me very happy indeed!
|Checks, stripes and spots. Oooh.|
Yesterday, Andrew and I nipped out for a bit of Christmas shopping. I was in my element - Ikea has loads of gorgeous decorations, lights and wrapping paraphernalia. It was also surprisingly quiet there. Bonus. There was a set of mini gift bags complete with number stickers to make a gorgeous tree-hanging advent calendar. I'd rather like Andrew to buy them and fill each bag with small Tiffany sparkles but I know that's expecting too much. Ha!
I did buy a truck-load of stuff myself though. This is my dining table as we speak:
Andrew thinks it looks a mess and is practically begging me to tidy it away now. To me, it looks beautiful! I want to keep it all there as long as possible. I'd cleared a small space on the table and was having a coffee in my [red and white, natch] Starbucks mug post dog walk when I felt the urge to photograph it all. There are gift bags, polka dot bells, candles, lanterns, hanging decorations, napkins (just seen in the far left-hand corner) cupcake wrappers. These are fabric gingham napkins from John Lewis, but I also bought a few packs of red and white striped paper napkins from Ikea which I like very much, too.
The two toadstool hanging decorations are from one of my favourite online shops, The Corner House. I follow the shop owners, Clara and Clare, on Instagram and wish almost every day that I lived close enough to pop into their shop. They'd be sick of me within a week.
John Lewis came up trumps with toadstool goodies too, of course.
I adore these tea lights and plan to pop them in tall jam jars with rustic twine and twigs wound around the top. I will have to be brave to light them - they're too cute to burn. Ha!
John Lewis was very busy so we called it a day and stopped at Olney on the way home for tea and cake. Olney is one of the closest towns to me (apart from Northampton, which is pants for shopping and strolling) and it's my favourite. The architecture is beautiful, the shops are just gorgeous and the whole place has a nice feel to it. The shops are decked out for Christmas now and dusk was falling as we walked back to the car so we could see fairy lights twinkling in windows all around us. It was a truly lush day, finished off with a bag of chips and rum and coke by the fire.
Hope everyone has had a nice weekend too.