It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I’ve just spent the week at home, preparing for the holidays and decorating the house to look like santas grotto.

I love everything traditional at Christmas. Although I know we don’t have the most stylish Christmas tree in the neighbour hood, and most people expect that you will when you’re a stylist for a living. I like the tree to be decorated by my daughter and hung with all the things that her and her older brother made or bought as children. Not for me are white or black Christmas trees with crystals and feathers hanging from them, although they look very chic and considered, I like Christmas to look like it did when I was a child.

I love red and green as a colour theme with lots of berries and foliage and bought our door wreath from a lovely little florist called Annetta in Woolton Village, near Liverpool.

I also like to hang cards and decorations using candy striped ribbon and am using this theme for my table decorations on Christmas day, with these crackers from Cox & Cox.


One of the crafts that are so simple to make with children, yet look as though you have spent a small fortune, are paper Christmas trees. I made this one with my daughter out of white card, a wooden knitting needle and a star shaped button.


Start by cutting a series of squares with pinking scissors, we started with 6cm squares and gradually

worked down, by cutting 5cm squares, 4cm etc etc until you get to 1cm squares. Then thread them onto the knitting needle or skewer, I used a hole punch to do this as the card was quite stiff, but if you are using recycled newspaper or sheet music, they will thread on easier. When you have finished, push the tree into a small square of florists oasis in a small pot. This one is a tea light holder. You could use a large piece of blu tac if you have no oasis. Finally finish by gluing a star onto the top of the knitting needle et voila!

As a final finishing touch to our tree we’ve made ginger bread people to hang from the tree. The recipe is a gluten free recipe using wheat free flour and is really easy taking about 10 mins to make, 5 minutes to cook. the recipe is available on the coeliac societys website. I think he needs a little more decoration but that will have to wait for another day. I’m sure the days get shorter and shorter on the week before Christmas?




  1. Will @ Bright.Bazaar 19 December, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Hi Karen! I love the Cox and Cox candy stripe crackers – so fun and festive! I love the winter berries in your wreath, too!

  2. Karen Barlow 24 December, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    Thanks Will. Hope you & yours have a truly wonderful Christmas x

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