A Not-So-Christmassy Paperchase Haul

There is no denying that Paperchase have some of the best Christmas decorations going. Every year they come out with more and more amazing, adorable and unique decorations, and it's just so easy to get carried away in the fun of it all.

Last Friday, before my friend and I went to see Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them (which is amazing by the way!), we decided to have a wee snoop to see what goodies they had. £40 later I walked out with some not so Christmassy Christmas decorations.

My reasoning for spending a stupid amount of money is that a most of the things I bought can be used all year round. Decorations are for life. Not just for Christmas.

So let's start with the last thing I spotted on my way out the door. These adorable cookie cutter lights!

So cute! They are battery operated too, so no need to find a mains socket to plug it in. BONUS! There's 10 lights in 3 shapes: a gingerbread man, a star and a tree. To be honest, I will probably want to have these out all year round, I am obsessed with them!

Next in my shopping bag were these cute mini felt cacti. Of course, I hear you cry, when I think of Christmas I automatically think of plants that grow in predominantly dry environments! Weird I know, but oh god I couldn't help myself. Although there are little plastic loops attached to each cactus I probably won't be hanging them from my tree. Expect to see them in more blog posts no doubt! 

I also came across these sparkly little dudes. Great for adding a bit of glittery cosiness to a room. Again, i'm not sure what I am going to do with them but I am sure they will find their place at some point. I love glitter so much that I just had to buy them!

They come in a pack of 9 and in three different colours: a teal-green, grey and black. A great alternative to the normal red and green we see everywhere this time of year. Also, who doesn't love a bit of glitter? Did I say that I loved glitter??

I am currently doing a bit of home reconstruction and redecoration. By that I mean I am in the middle of a crafty project where I decorate a paper maché model house. Every time I see something that may be useful I buy it straight away. When I came across these teeny tiny table confetti I knew they would be perfect! Shaped as Christmas trees and gingerbread men, I can't wait to use them. I will, of course, be writing a post once the finished house is done. Need to get cracking with it!

The final decorations I purchased would be more suitable for Halloween, or Día de los Muertos to be entirely accurate. I have always loved the brightly coloured Mexican Sugar Skulls, particularly as they remind me of my time in Texas in 2011. So I had to pick up the beautiful wooden skull Christmas decorations. Such great quality as usual from Paperchase, so I am looking forward to loving these for a very long time.

Are you more of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decorations? Or do you like to go a bit wild? I can't wait to start properly decorating, but as It's not December just yet I can only plan and plot as to what I want to do! 2 days to go.....




Candy Belle's Vintage Christmas | Shop Local

It's a tough time in Aberdeen at the moment. It seems like every day there is some news about another local business shutting down due to the economic downturn that is slowly turning this once bustling city into a ghost town.
Local, independent businesses are finding it hard to compete with the big boys, and don't get me started on the high rates they are charged to rent out premises.

In recent weeks a momentum has picked up, where people are promising to shop local, and visit independently owned businesses rather than giving their hard earned cash to those that have no issue making a profit.

One thing that has proved popular, particularly in recent years, is vintage fairs. One local business who is at the forefront of these awesome events is CandyBelle Vintiques. Once or twice a year they put on a vintage/craft fair and encourage local creators and businesses to sell their goodies. Having been to two of these fairs they are always very well organised, and I love talking to the makers and business owners. It's so encouraging to meet and hear about their passions, and you can tell all their goods are created with love.

I recently attended the highly anticipated CandyBelle's Vintage Christmas Fair at the Village Urban Resort on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
The amount of stalls was impressive, but there was still room to have a roam and take it all in. It was great meeting up with Janet Liddell, the lovely and creative ladyboss who helps organise the event. I also got to meet her absolutely scrumptious new baby Bertie. Too cute for words.

The calibre of handmade items by local artists would make anyone want to shop local all year round. I always think they are way more personal, and different to what people would expect to open on Christmas day.

Small Stories sell beautiful wooden ornaments and illustrations. They can also personalise some of their products for that extra special touch.

I am obsessed with Juniper Press' illustrated products. Their gin inspired goodies will be very popular this festive season. It seems like everyone is going daft over gin this year...

Again the illustration game is on point with Amy Singer's prints and cards. I love her Scottish themed  art, like the gorgeous festive stag and Bennachie surrounded by purple heather.  

Celtic Candles smell absolutely gorgeous and are made with natural oils and soya wax. My favourite was the Lemongrass as I am such a sucker for citrus fragrances. 

Of course there was an abundance of vintage items on sale, from furry hats to glittery dresses it was a retro lover's dream.

Dundee based WhimSicAL LusH is becoming a bit of a local celeb in her home town. Having created illustrations for Brew Dog and having her talent being showcased on the newly developed Discovery Walk this artist is one to watch! Her cacti prints would brighten up any room! 

Stephanie at Le Petit Moose creates stunning hand woven wall hangings. Perfect new home gifts! I actually attended one of her Beginners Weaving Classes and it was so much fun. She regularly hosts them so if you know someone who loves crafts it would be the best Christmas gift for them.   

I just NEED that Irn Bru "Fanny" cross stitch from Pulp Stitchin. It embodies everything that is great about Scotland. The national drink and the best descriptive word ever. Genius.

Last, but certainly not least, are these delicious yummies from Little Kitchen Cakes. Not only do they look amazing, they taste great too. The Chocolate Orange shortbread is so moreish, melt in the mouth perfection.

How amazing are all these local businesses? There are so many talented and passionate artists out there that we have to support and boost them as much as we can. Why not make a pact with your family and friends and vow only to shop local this year! You'd be surprised at how successful you are.



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