Thank You Card

Do you need some inspiration for Christmas thank you cards? If so, it’s time to whip out the glitter glue.

Thank You Card

I’m keeping it simple with a stamped ‘thank you’ (stamp from Hobbycraft, with Versafine ink) on a piece of card cut from an old file divider. Then for the fun bit with some glitter blobs!

Thank You Stamped Card

 

Christmas Eve – Advent 24/24

Joyeux Noel with £1.50 Bunting – Advent 23/24

Day 23/24 – Chalkboard bunting

Chalkboard bunting

We’re putting the final touches to the living room for Christmas. One of my favourite buys this Christmas was chalkboard bunting. I’m sure with a bit of patience, you could make your own – this tutorial looks good and uses chalk cloth, which I never knew was a thing!

Mine is 5 metres long and purchased for £1.50 in R&J Supplies in St Ives, which is a goldmine of a place if you’re ever in the area (which, in my opinion is one of the nicest places you could possibly be!) You have enough triangles to write Joyeux Noel (not quite enough for Happy Christmas), but I didn’t have enough room to hang the ‘Joyeux’! The best thing is that the letters rub off so you can keep on reusing all year round.

Noel bunting

 

Damaged Packaging Bargains – Advent 22/24

Day 22/24 – Perfectly Imperfect Gifts

Paperchase mug

For last-minute gift shopping, it’s time to broaden your horizons. This mug was originally £8 (although you can’t quite see the sticker on top that says so, only the one where it was then reduced from £6 to £1.75). Take it out of the tatty box et voila, a perfect mug!

Outlet mug

Wrap it up nicely and it makes a beautiful gift and nobody will ever know! I find the best places for bargains are outlet stores – our favourite is Swindon, where this Paperchase mug was found amongst many other Christmas presents this year!

Christmas Card Display – Advent 21/24

Day 21/24 – Christmas Cards and a Christmas Monkey

PG Tips Christmas Monkey

My favourite way to display Christmas cards is on a string hung from our beam and what better addition to this than an abseiling PG Tips Christmas monkey? Of course, my thrifty little monkey was free with PG Tips and although there are no Christmas monkeys to be had this year, you can still pick up an all-year-round-monkey at B&M.

Festive Monkey

Wine Bottle Candles – Advent 20/24

Day 20/24 – Wine Bottle Candles

Wine bottle candles

Today I’m making the season merry and bright with candles. I’m starting out these wine bottle candles in the hope of getting to here by next year. The thriftiest place I’ve seen to buy candles is IKEA or Flying Tiger, where these bad boys are 2 for £1 and come in all sorts of exciting colours (the question is whether to venture in to coloured wax?)

PS Les Dauphins (red) wine – which definitely wins the prize for prettiest labels – is currently on offer at Ocado.  Or for something more fun and thrifty, try Iron Horse from Aldi (which makes Decanter’s wine recommendations here).

Christmas Succulents – Advent 19/24

Day 19/24 – Bargain succulents at Tesco

Tesco succulents

These little beauties are reduced to £1.47 each at Tesco, including the cute festive pots, which can be artfully turned around to match the decor in your new bathroom, as below:

Christmas succulents

Or even better, you can replace the pots with the beauties your friend got you for your Birthday and re-purpose the Christmassy pots to even more festive purposes, like a casual clementine display:

Clementine display

I’m hoping to find enough time to make the grandparents some Christmas biscuits to be gifted in the china pots… watch this space!