What I got for Christmas

As you get older the things you want for Christmas can

I'm a pretty lucky girl. I know it. I struggle to think of things I want for Christmas. One explanation is because, well, this. Another is that I don't have particularly expensive tastes, and a decent income, so I tend to buy the things I want throughout the year. But I always look forward to opening my presents for ...

Christmas, and thoughts on 2014

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On Christmas Day there were 10 at our house for dinner. As I've said, getting the house to a state where people could actually visit safely, sit comfortably and eat round a table has been a long, hard slog and there have been times I didn't think we'd pull it off. But even my modest self can't deny ...

DIY origami diamond

DIY origami diamond paper Christmas decoration

Because we're still decorating our house, it means the Christmas decorating will probably get done on Christmas Eve. But there are two festive decorations already up. They're these gold paper origami diamonds I made a few days ago at a workshop at Saltaire design shop Rad Studio. Rad Studio is a fab little shop that I'll be sharing more ...

Deck the Halls with Matalan

Scandi-style red and white Christmas living room

For the first time in a long time, this year I'm feeling festive long before the 23rd of December. I think it must be because, for the first time in ages, we're having Christmas at home and cooking for 10. So Christmas has become our absolute deadline for making sure the downstairs renovation is done. Our schedule is ...

Making a Christmas wreath

Christmas festive wreath-making workshop with Katie Laura Flowers Harrogate

A couple of weeks ago, Emma invited me with some other bloggers to a festive wreath-making workshop in Harrogate led by Katie. It was a sunny Sunday morning, and I drove north listening to some radio cheese (Sunday love songs on Radio 2 if you must know). I stepped into Katie's loft-like studio and was hit by the scent of fresh greenery. A cup ...

Wood Street Christmas market, Wakefield

Wood Street Christmas market, Wakefield | www.angelinthenorth.com

I was impressed when I went to the first Wood Street market back in July. It certainly seemed the organisers had achieved their aim of bringing a bit of life back to a forgotten corner of Wakefield and showcasing independent sellers. The next two markets went on to be a success, so I was pleased to hear they ...

Handmade leather bound notebooks

Are you or do you know a scribbler? Those old-fashioned kind of folk who like putting pen to paper? These handmade leather notebooks, journals and diaries by Hope House Press caught my eye the other day. While I can now work a keyboard with my eyes closed, I don't write in the more traditional sense very much ...

How to make a Christmas garland

DIY tutorial: how to make a traditional Christmas garland | www.angelinthenorth.com

The lovely people at Interflora asked if I'd like to share a step-by-step guide to making a traditional Christmas garland, and when I saw the beautiful photos I jumped at the chance. Isn't it stunning? The vibrant colours and traditional festive foliage mixed with fresh flowers and fragrant fruits create a feast for the senses. What you ...

DIY Christmas hessian bunting

DIY silver and gold hessian

Having got the hang of working with my Cricut mini and being pretty pleased with how my first project turned out, I began looking around for something else I could make with it. Obviously, in the run up to Christmas, the idea that first came to mind was to make a festive decoration, and I had plenty ...

Festive focal points (not fireplaces!)

Ideas for Christmas decor focal points if you don

I'll be honest, we aren't really going to town on our Christmas decorations this year. It's hard to muster enthusiasm to get all the trimmings out when, firstly, I'm not exactly sure where they are (loft somewhere?), secondly, we've all on to keep everything relatively straight and tidy with the renovations going on without bringing out ...