Deck the Halls


I love putting out the decorations. It’s an oasis in the unreasonable bustle that is the two weeks before Christmas.

This weekend I slipped away to Bristol to hang out with my friends Catherine, Lottie, Laura, Lou, Natalie and Bethan who I met for the first time. Lou had match-made us with Ivory Flowers on North Street in Bristol to get our wreath on.

Long story short; we ended up at Lottie’s which is completely gorgeous. Seriously the nicest house I’ve been in for a long time and a credit to Lottie and her husband’s passion for interior design.



Making a wreath looks like it could be tedious (I have a low threshold for things which take too long) but it was incredibly fun. I can’t profess any great plan for the design – I just wanted those scrummy Billy Buttons in it somehow!


And here it is hanging on our front door! I haven’t shown you the new front door yet. We replaced the terrible UPVC door we inherited with a wooden door in keeping with the original style of our street.

I has taken some getting used to having a wooden door and single glazing but doesn’t it look fantastic? I feel happy every time I look at this door. So far we only have the outside painted (we take things slowly) and eventually we’ll probably replace the glass with stained glass.


Not only is our front door bedecked but we have our Solstice tree up and covered in the brightest decorations. The children asked me to make a timelapse of them decorating the tree and who am I to refuse such a good idea?

Incredibly silly and mostly out of focus – I give you the Solstice Treemation!

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So we are decorated if nothing else. Truth be told we are not ready at all for Solstice tomorrow – let’s hope the Solstice Fairy lends us a helping hand.

Wishing you all days filled with light and love. Kat xoxo

PS – Just look what I have to put up with!


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  • Reply Karen December 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Was so gutted that I couldn’t come along too but had lovely weekend with the parents. It looks fabulous. Must arrange something for the new year, what to do ? X
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    • Reply Kat December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      We missed you x

  • Reply Carie December 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I love the treemation, they look like they are having a whale of a time and have a wonderful Solstice celebration tomorrow!
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    • Reply Kat December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you Carie x

  • Reply Lianne December 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hahah, very funny, the treemation. And the wreath looks gorgeous on your new front door. Think you should keep Mr Kat there propped up behind it ;-)

    • Reply Kat December 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I could get a sticker made of him to freak the postman out…

  • Reply Laura December 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    The treemation is hilarious, love it! Also pleased to see that one of the photos I took of you and Lottie made the grade :) Happy Solstice, hun x
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  • Reply Katie December 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    That video made me laugh, great idea though and how cool are the jumpers?

    The wreath is beautiful, know what you mean about things taking too long, zzzzzzzzz

    Have a good weekend, x

  • Reply Kelly December 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Happy Solstice to your wonderful family. I am really looking forward to having a crafternoon with you in January.

    The video was brilliant as always too.
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  • Reply Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl January 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Aw, thanks for your kind words about our house, Kat. You should see it now – proper bomb site x
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  • Reply helloitsgemma January 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    HA! Ivory Flowers is a short walk from my home and I went to demonstration of how to make a wreath, I lazily watched and then won an amazing wreath in a raffle afterwards – the owner of Ivory flowers has a lovely ethos and it is an oasis of flower and plant loveliness.
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