Guys, I’m excited about this one. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you might know that I’m a big fan of reusing, thrifting and second hand – and today I’m sharing my latest project. I turned some old & tired little drawer tables into the most perfect floating bedside tables that pretty much look like new…I’ll be sharing the process from start to finish with step by step pictures and instructions on how I created this look and how you can make your own!
The moment December comes around, I’m always itching to make a Christmas wreath. The smell of those beautiful wintergreens bring you instant Christmas vibes and it makes for the perfect project to transition from autumn into winter. In this post I’ll share how I made this rustic Christmas wreath that’s perfect to grace your front entrance during this season.
A LOT of work has happened here over the last few months. After those initial weeks of demolition, ground work & pipe configurations, we got to build things back up. Slowly but surely this building site was turning into our home. Wow. There wasn’t much left of that old, smoke stained house and obviously we’re quite happy about that! Writing some details for you today so you can follow our process. And if you haven’t read the initial story, make sure to check out “Our New Home Renovation – Part I“!
Now that Christmas is getting closer, we have (nearly) all our gifts sorted out (thanks to my husband who’s much more on it than me). It’s time for the fun part – wrapping!
I’ve discovered there’s definitely two different types of people when it comes to gift wrapping: you either love it or hate it. There’s those people that wow everyone with their beautifully packaged gifts. They spend time thinking about the different colour schemes, they know how to tie a beautiful bow and add lovely handmade touches. Now there’s the opposite group who would rather have someone else wrap their gift any given day. I guess that’s why there’s always a line at the gift wrapping stations in the shops!
While I’m sort of leaning towards the first group – I’m definitely not a pro, but I love some simple gift wrapping – I realised something about all this wrapping we do: it’s VERY unsustainable. If you think about the amounts of printed paper & plastic ribbons that just get thrown out, it’s no small thing.
The good news is that you don’t need to give up your pretty gift wrapping to care a little more about our environment. I’m going to share two different ways to gift wrap in a more eco friendly way!
Making wreaths is definitely one of my favourite things to do around this time of the year – choosing the prettiest greens, bring them home & put them out on the table. I’ll make myself a lovely tea, put on some Christmas music and get started with arranging. I love how it makes the house smell of a winter forest, creating an instant Christmas fix.
If you never made your own wreath, you might want to give this a try. You can make them as simple or as luscious as fits your style – but every time they turn out so different, and I love how a wreath never needs to be perfect to look beautiful. They make your house look & smell amazing! Wreaths also make a perfect gift for someone special. Or how about gifting one to someone who could use a little extra encouragement or support during this season?
A few years ago Dan and I were planning our wedding. We had a tiny budget so we had to keep costs down where we could. My mum offered to make the cloth napkins for our garden dinner party and they just looked perfect within that outdoor setting! Afterwards, they got distributed among our family and now we have a stack of them sitting in our cupboard. They come out every time we have dinner guests over.
Exchanging disposable items for reusable ones in your home makes such a difference. It’s often simpler than you think, yet it cuts down your waste for as long as you continue to use it.
One of those very simple things you can change is replacing your paper disposable napkins by cloth ones. They don’t only make your dinner table look so much more refined, they are lovelier to use and you won’t have to throw them away!