Monday, 18 December 2017

The BEST Christmas Craft Ideas!

The kiddiewinks have broken up from school, and, in this magical week before Christmas, I always love to have a bazillion awesome Christmas Craft Ideas.

Here are ten of my favourites for you to dive in and enjoy....

1. Make a Christmas wreath. 
To get you on your way, here's a link to a post I wrote about creating your own wreath base cheaply and easily from your own back garden...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wreath

Making your own wreath is a lot more fun and a lot less work than you'd imagine. The hardest bit is persuading yourself to get out there in this cold weather!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wreath

2. Gorgeous angel's wings...
Wouldn't these look amazing up on your wall? Perhaps with fairy lights woven around?

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Angel's Wings

3. Rudolph Wall-Mounted Stag's Head
Make a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer stag's head. Let's move swiftly on from the idea that it looks as though you've shot Rudolf....and onto the idea that this would be great fun to make with children...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Wall-Mounted Rudolph

4. Christmas Pudding Cooking
I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas pudding but look at this! What a great alternative: a Malteasers and white chocolate look alike!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Malteaser Christmas Pudding Cake

5. Felt Christmas Pudding Decoration
Here's the link to the full tutorial on how to make my felt Christmas Pud...Another quick and easy and oh-so-effective raft (can you see a theme emerging here about type of crafts I love?!)...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Felt Christmas Pudding

6. Cookie Bag Gifts
This is a perfectly presented present! An easy-to-make hand-sewn bag containing, within, all your lucky recipient needs to make a tasty batch of Christmas cookies! Extra thoughtful touches like the cinnamon sticks, berries and wooden spoon set this off to perfection.

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

7. Vintage Candle Jars
Lighting makes the biggest difference to the feel of a room and, at Christmas time, candles say it best. My Vintage Style Candle jars  (tutorial here) make a big impact and will get your guests oohing and aahing at their gorgeousness....

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Vintage Style Candle Jars

8. Handmade Present Tags
A little extra time and effort goes a very long way, and here's a great idea to do just that. These tags are little rectangles of cardboard with hand drawn designs, completed with a small scrap of fabric. Wowzers!

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Gorgeous Christmas Tags

9. Cinnamon and Heart Garland
This is still on of my favourite completed crafts. Several years after I made it, I still have it displayed - a sure sign of a winner! Yes, it does take a little time to make those hearts but it's oh-so-worth-it! (Full tutorial for my Cinnamon And Heart Garland)

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Heart And Cinnamon Garland

10. Simple Felt Nativity Scene
I didn't mean for two of these Christmas Craft Ideas to be felt-related but in for a penny, in for a pound and all that!? This simple felt nativity scene could easily be popped inside your Christmas cards to your nearest and dearest for a beautiful Christmas tree ornament gift...

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Felt Nativity Scene

And how could I leave off the deeper meaning of Christmas? It's so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of busy-ness at this time of year but, if you're able, take asome precious moments alone to think about this amazing gift....

Christmas Craft Ideas On Modern Country Style: Make Your Own Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners...Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever." 1 Timothy 1: 15

May you know God's wonderful love at this special time, and in the eternal years to come....

Until next time,
Sarahx

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallways

Welcome, my scrumptiousses, to the second in the new series on Christmas decorating: Modern Country Style! Let's look at my Top Ten Christmas Hallway Ideas today...

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Modern Country Christmas hallways should be warm, welcoming and create a sense of anticipation of what's to come in the rest of the house...

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

The only actual interior decorating we've done so far in our hallway is to remove nine, yes, NINE electricity meters so, let me tell you, I KNOW that a little Christmas decorating goes a loooong way in smartening up your hallway space...

Paper pom poms are a chic choice for Christmas styling, especially for stairs. But how easy a look is it to pull off? Find out the truth about decorating with pom poms.

I love the attention given to the staircase in so many of these images. Our original staircase was boxed in by previous owners of our Georgian home (whhhhyyyyyyy would you do that?!)....

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

...I cannot wait to crack that baby out again...and when I do? The staircase will be decorated to within an inch of its Modern Country life!!

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Doesn't all the greenery look gorgeous in these images? I have a particular soft spot for eucalyptus during the winter months, I love its soft, muted blue green hues....

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

...but over Christmas itself, it's got to be traditional for me: holly, ivy and touches of red....

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

I think what grabs me most about many of these ideas is how the hallways have been decorated really lavishly - its definitely a case of more is more - but still with one eye on the style ball, as it were.

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

There are colour themes going on that are picked up throughout the space, whether, as below, it's gold baubles tying in with the gold urn at the top of the stairs, and the gold of the mirror...

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

...or simply a subtle enhancing of the muted shades that already exist in the hallway space, Modern Country Christmas decorating always lifts your spirits....

Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

...and prepares the way happily for the main event: Christmas Day! 

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahx

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Live Advent Windows Ideas!

Have you seen any Live Advent Windows in a street near you? Nor had I until this year when my gorgeous friend Claire told me that the road where they've moved to are doing one...

I LOVE this idea!!

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Here's ten of the best windows I've found to give you a taster....

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Basically, a live advent is where lots of residents in one street agree to be assigned a date each in December, and then, on their given day, they reveal one of their windows in full advent glory! 

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

This means that as December progresses, that particular street acts as an advent calendar....

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

Ideas For Live Advent Windows

I've left it far too late for this year but I thought next year I mught give it a go....

Isn't it the loveliest Christmas idea?!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

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Friday, 1 December 2017

My Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Front Doors!

A big Christmassy hello from my brand new laptop! My faithful old one died a very sad and painful death so I'm frantically trying to get used to this sparkly new-fangled thing in front of me!

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

But onto happier news: let's start this season as we mean to go on, enjoying each and every aspect of our homes as we look forward to a time spent focusing on what matters: family, close friendships and celebrating the amazing news that a Saviour, Jesus Christ, has been born, bringing hope to all.

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

Shall we kick off by looking at 
my 10 favourite Modern Country Festive Front Doors?

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

Picking ten favourites is always hard but I hope these festive front doors get your creative juices flowing!

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

I love a good wreath at this time of year, don't you? I've often made my own in previous years but we're doing up our garden at present so there is very little suitable foliage...I shall be buying mine in...

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

But it's not just the wreaths that make these front doors super-festive...it's the small scale accompaniments too: a woodpile here, a fairy-lit standard tree there...

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

...the more space you have between your front door and any public space, the more you can go to town with this idea...

Modern Country Christmas Front Door

And any existing bare branches of plants, laden by Mr Jack Frost himself with twinkling, sparkly droplets of nature's own diamonds, add to it all the more.

 Modern Country Christmas Front Door

But if you have very little space outside at all then fret not!

 Modern Country Christmas Front Door

You're in good hands....

 Modern Country Christmas Front Door

And there is PLENTY to occupy your festive flair inside your very own front door this Christmas!!

Take Care 
Until Next Time,
Sarah xx

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cream And Grey Home Tour

Do you remember I shared this gorgeous Modern Country kitchen?
Is it dreamy?!

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental - Kitchen

Would you like to see the rest of the (equally gorgeous and equally Modern Country style) house? We need to go through the kitchen to get to,,,

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental - Kitchen 2

...this dining room in the light-filled conservatory...

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

 which overlooks a very English Modern Country garden....

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

Back inside, I love the proportions of the living room, and its walls of palest creamy-grey...

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

Upstairs, the same colour palette prevails. Lots of cream and lots of grey....

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

I love it! It works so well to create a beautifully cohesive scheme...

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

...and makes it easy to move items from room to room when the mood takes you..

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

Try Farrow and Ball Cornforth White or Little Greene French Grey for a similar feel.

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental

And will you look at that stunning view?

Limpley Stoke chateau / country house rental - Orangery

Even the outside of the house has a cream and grey theme! Now I'm thinking where I can use this look in our house!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

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