Pine cone madness continues

I had a few pine cones left over after my pine cone wreath project (Pine cone madness) and also dried some sliced oranges for other general Christmas decorating and a lovely smell through the house. I new my pumpkins have seen better days when they started growing little furry tails (ewww…) so I’ve just piled up a couple of large pine cones and the dried oranges on my cake stand. I think Mr S is getting slightly fed up with me using cake stands for anything but cakes. I’ll have to bake a cake soon. I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered how good a few simple things can be made to look under a glass cloche. This piece will be staying in the living room for now as I have an advent wreath to go on the dining table. But I might move it onto the window sill in the hall as we’ve just had new windows installed and they deserve a bit of dressing up. Call round in the week for the rest of my festive touches which are slowly cropping up around the house and in the mean time have a a lovely weekend!



Pine cone madness

In my previous post I have mentioned that while I would normally leave decking the halls until around mid December, this year I’ve decided to really embrace the decorating and start early – slowly adding touches here and there and without my usual rushing round I might enjoy it even more.

At the weekend I have collected a bag full of pine cones with the intention of incorporating them in my Christmas décor – you see this year I’m feeling inspired by this whole woodland theme. The original plan was adding some to me advent and door wreath and hanging  a a few around the house with ribbons. Then I purchased a glue gun for a different craft project which by the way turned out quite horrifically. Anyway armed with a glue gun I decided to tackle a pine cone wreath.

What I used:

A basket full of pine cones
Glue gun

As I happened to already have all of these it was a cheep and cheerful craft project.

First I’ve cut out a circle from a cardboard box (we still have plenty of these from the move). My cake stand turned out to be around the right size for a wreath. I didn’t worry about cutting too neatly as the cardboard gets covered up anyway. And then I started glueing away!


It didn’t actually take very long and the best thing is that if you mess up you can just stick another pine cone on top of it. I didn’t want the wreath to look too orderly which frankly would probably have been beyond me anyway. It also turns out that cardboard is the perfect colour so even if there are some small gaps you can’t really see them anyway.


The final task was to find a nice wide ribbon and hang above the fire place. What about you – are you making any Christmas decorations this year?


A variation on the pumpkin theme

Last week I have shared my pumpkin centrepiece complete with a lovely bunch of chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums can last for a good couple of weeks in a vase but mine were definitely beyond their best. Keen to carry on the autumnal theme for a bit longer – it’s still a bit early for Christmas after all – I wanted to recycle some of the fruit. In the true spirit of recycling one of my friends who is moving house soon and is in the process of decluttering gave me a very pretty glass cake stand. As it turned out my autumn fruits and Jo’s cake stand are a perfect pairing.

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Now – I love easy decorating like this but I love it even more when I can get creative with bits and pieces I already have at home – and my purse likes it too!


Loving Autumn

When the sun is shining autumn is the prettiest season with all its lovely colours from golden yellows to deep reds. I pass a few really lovely trees on my way to work and they never fail to put a smile on my face no matter how dreadful the weather or traffic are.

To bring the autumn colours inside I’ve put together a fairly simple centrepiece made up from pumpkins, apples, pears and plums. You can never go wrong with fresh flowers so some chrysanthemums in autumn colours add some height and a final touch to the arrangement. I’d love to say we’ve grown all the fruit ourselves but it is only true of the apples which apart from looking pretty taste great too. The rest of the fruit including the colourful pumpkins are from a supermarket.


I have used this as the centrepiece for our house-warming party table. I’ll share some more photos later this week together with our fully stocked bar.