December 2011 | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Modern Mummy Christmas

So Christmas is over for another year. All that is left is a mountain of recycling and a load of coconut eclairs at the bottom of the Roses tin.

We had a brilliant day, and Daisy was well and truly spoilt. My first attempt at Christmas dinner went without a hitch and I got suitably merry on vino rosso.

I hope you're all enjoying the festive season xoxox


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath / Willow Heart

In my opinion, making your own Christmas wreath is one of the most festive things you can do. Especially if you are drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies and watching Elf on the telly while you do it. I used to buy them from my local florist but for the last two years I have made my own and it's a tradition that I plan to continue.

It's so easy and fun - and cheap - to do, plus you have the added bonus of getting your perfect wreath at the end of your craft session. Or a not so perfect one (which is sometimes even better!) if you involve the kids!

I personally don't like round wreaths, and neither do I like ones covered in evergreens, which limits you somewhat when choosing a ready made one. I decided to start making my own when I saw a plain willow heart for sale in my local garden centre. The heart has lasted me three Christmases so far and it hangs in my house all year round, with different seasonal decorations as the months change. Well worth it's £6.99 price tag methinks.

What you need.
You can either make your own wreath using strong wire (or a metal coathanger) and intertwining willow branches around it (tying up with florist wire, gardening string or more willow) - or you can buy your own willow heart from a craft shop or garden centre. Mine is a Gisela Graham heart which I bought from Squires.
You also need a selection of greenery - I pinched two sprigs of holly from my local park (shhh, don't tell anyone) and used some of the offcuts of my Christmas tree.
I also made my own gold pine cones last year - I simply spray painted them gold and attached florists wire to the base which I could then in turn wind round my wreath.

What to do.
There is no right or wrong answer here. You simply have to use your imagination and creative flair to decorate your heart/wreath as you wish. I didn't use any string or wire (save for on the pine cones) and just poked sprigs of Christmas tree and holly into the willow twigs. You could also use ivy, mistletoe, eucalyptus or any other greenery you like, plus of course you could decorate with material, tree decorations - anything. The world is your lobster.
Once you are happy with your heart, tie a big bit of festive ribbon around the base.

Here is our finished Christmas heart. Beats your standard round one any day, eh?



Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hotel Chocolat: A Christmas Gift Idea

Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry. It's a time for indulgence and treats. Although perfectly, perfectly acceptable at all other times of the year, Christmas is not a time for Dairy Milk or Toblerone. I'm sorry but it isn't. The festive period calls for something just a teensy weensy bit more luxurious. And what chocolate is more extravagant than that made by Hotel Chocolat?

To say I was very excited when a big bundle of edible goodies landed on my doorstep would be the understatement of the decade. Free chocolate. FREE CHOCOLATE! The lovely people at Hotel Chocolat sent me a Dasher the Reindeer Gift Basket. And it was gooooood. Containing a Milk Chocolate Christmas Dinner, some Tiddly Milk Chocolate Reindeer, a Milk Chocolate Reindeer Lick and a 100g Cool Penguin Slab it was just the sort of edible delight I like to receive at Christmas. Expensive, but not overpriced, a little something from Hotel Chocolat is, in my opinion, a perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for someone special.

Why not have a look at their website for more inspiration. Hotel Chocolat are also on Facebook and Twitter. You still have ages to fill up a huge online shopping basket too as Christmas delivery is guaranteed on orders placed before 4pm on Friday 23rd December (delivery charges apply).

Merry Christmas, fellow chocoholics xoxox

Thursday, 1 December 2011

On the first day of Christmas.....

Happy first of December, one and all!

I am pleased to announce that after an afternoon spent tree shopping and house decorating, the Modern Mummy household is now OFFICIALLY READY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!! Tah dah!

Over the next 24 days I will be writing lots of blog posts with festive crafty ideas, present reviews and Christmassy recipes. Keep checking back xoxox
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