“Firewood” Fine Art Print $40

Still struggling to find a unique present for that man in your life or for your stationery loving friend? Then I have two very exciting gift ideas from as little as £20.

First up is Etta Vee a little online boutique whose work oozes vibrancy and captures your heart with a single glance. Her hand painted pieces are absolutely stunning. If you want to own your own little masterpiece then you seriously need to check out her online shop where she sells everything from phone cases, notepads, painted glass, paintings, fine art prints, ornaments and so much more.

Notebooks $27

I feel incredibly lucky that by pure chance I had stumbled across Etta Vee on Instagram as her work is a little slice of heaven and I will defiantly be purchasing some pieces from her for my loved ones as well as asking Santa to bring me my own little piece of Etta Vee. Trouble is I can’t quiet decide on whether I need a new phone case or a piece of wall art more.

Cooper Hand painted glass ornament $25

Sunset in Normandie iPhone Case $20

Next up is the very talented Kip from Karte Graphik who’s paper-cutting skills bring to life worldwide cities literally on paper. From as little as £35 Kip can take a simple city and transform it into a gift that is perfect for capturing a special moment in time. If you are newly engaged, then why not consider having a design of where you both got engaged? I for one love the idea of having Venice on my wall above our fireplace reminding me of that special moment that sealed our fates as each other’s future husband/wife. Kip can also create customised pieces from £110 that are unique to the recipient.

Berlin £35

London Brixton £35

Upper West Side NYC £50

If you would like to see more of Kip’s work then you can do so by clicking on the links below for more information and images.

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Karte Graphik Instagram

 

Have you started your shopping yet?

Love Emma

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Tonight sees the unwrapping of Christmas at Long Barn in Alresford, where a sparkling reception will be laid on especially for guests along with one-night-only offers to tempt you. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this wonderful event for all the exciting festivities, but I may have popped in twice last weekend for a little sneak peek at the incredible range of their latest products and for a slice of ginger cake (on Saturday) and a lavender biscuit (on Sunday).

Lavender of course is something that Long Barn have been growing and distilling for over a decade now from their farm based in Hampshire. So, if you’re looking for some wonderful aromatic products, then I highly recommend their candles and bath and body collection, as the smell is just amazing and they’re made entirely of pure natural ingredients.

Alongside their lavender based products, Long Barn also offers a wide range of lifestyle products, Christmas decorations and Tabitha Webb’s first cashmere collection, which you can see tonight between 5-8pm.  I could go on all day about how incredible this place is, but they say a picture paints a thousand words, so prepare for exactly that.

What I particularly like about Long Barn is that a bit like the seasons, the products change to reflect the time of year and you can guarantee that whenever you drop by, there is bound to be something new and exciting waiting for you. So, if you are looking for some unique stocking fillers or gifts then make sure you put this place at the top of your nice list and maybe treat yourself to something naughty from the delicious café onsite – after all you deserve it after all that Christmas shopping you are bound to do whilst there.

Happy Shopping

Love Emma

XxXx

You can find out more about Long Barn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course their website.

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If you are wondering why there wasn’t a post last night, I was invited by the lovely Katie Kirk and Lush to a bloggers event in Crawley, as part of the launch of this year’s naked Christmas range.

More of that in a separate post later, but today behind door number 3 are these delightful Christmas decorations by Wild Home Online. If you are searching for a unique Christmas tree topper then these are perfect. I absolutely love their bright neon colours and the fact that they are made by local artisans, in Kenya out, from banana leaves and sisal.

If you are looking for a unique gift on a tight budget, then at £3.95 these are a great idea as you can also stand them together to create a stunning display. There are four designs to choose from including praying, harpist, trumpeter and star.

In addition to these beautiful charismatic angels, Wild Home Online also sell vibrant jewellery, bags, baskets, beaded sandals, homeward pieces and accessories – meaning that there is a gift for every occasion and recipient.

To see the full range make sure you pop over to their website.

You can also follow them over on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend enjoying the firework displays with your family or friends.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

Have you seen my Spanish Señorita post yet?

 

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Christmas Time.

 

Today’s ‘Blogmas’ post has a bit of a nostalgic theme to it, as we turn back time and talk about Christmases that have been and gone. After seeing ‘The Christmas Tag’ post over on Paige’s blog, I was inspired to write my own. Apologise in advance for the poor picture quality of some  of the images, but they are over 20 years old a lot of them.

What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?

I have several films that I like to watch over the festive period. However, if I could only choose one, then it would defiantly have to be ‘Home Alone’ starring Macalulay Culkin. My favourite part has got be when he sets lots of traps around the house for Harry and Marv.

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Just a small selection.

 

Do you open your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

As a child, I would wake up really early on Christmas morning and find my stocking at the end of my bed and then me and my Sister would go sit on the end of our parent’s bed and open our stockings together. Afterwards, we would rush downstairs to open the gifts underneath the Christmas tree. Over the last few years, me and my Fiance have started exchanging stockings on Christmas Eve and then we also open presents from extended family after Christmas day.

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My first Christmas.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

I have so many wonderful Christmas memories  which include going to visit Santa, looking through the Argos catalogue with my Dad and writing my list to Santa, leaving a mince-pie, a glass of milk and a carrot out for the big guy as well as taking part in the school nativity play as an angel.

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That time Santa came to my house.

 

Favourite festive food?

Tubs of Quality Street, Marzipan fruits, Christmas Dinner, satsumas and Christmas pudding with Baileys brandy butter. The annual Boxing day buffet tradition is always a firm favourite as well!

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Boxing day buffet.

Favourite festive gift?

I have been so lucky over the years, but I really loved my Barbie house and horse as a child, Furby, a cooker and in recent years Lush, my Pandora bracelet and my little Toby Bear (Westie) This year the best gift will be a Christmas spent at home with my fiancé Al, my family and Toby.

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Lovely Lush.

 

Favourite Christmas scent?

Hmm this is a lot harder than I thought, Satsumas, Christmas dinner and Christmas Lush products.

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Toby’s first Christmas.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

We usually watch a Christmas film and in recent years me and Al open our stockings. Me and Mum also have a glass of Baileys.

What tops your tree?

This year we have a pretty gold star that tops our tree. Over the year’s we have also had a Christmas angel and Father Christmas.

As a child what was the one crazy/extravagant gift that you asked for but never received? I always used to ask for a mobile car, but due to being a tall child it wasn’t really very practical.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Quality time with family, eating good food and just relaxing after the festive build up.

 

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Christmas selfie 2015

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have writing it. Don’t forget tomorrow it is ‘Christmas jumper day’ if you need some last-minute inspiration then make sure you check out my previous post and don’t forget to donate to Save the Children to help raise money for those in need.

 

Love Emma

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After a lovely weekend up in Manchester with family, enjoying glasses of red wine and consuming Indian, Italian and good old British food. I thought it was about time I caught up and did a few posts for ‘Blogmas’.

I think I am driving Alex mad with my enthusiasm for Christmas and feel like I am turning into Buddy from the film ‘Elf’, as every time we drove pass a house with lights on, I would literally jump with excitement and I couldn’t help but admire the Christmas trees everywhere I went. What is happening to me? I think taking part in this years ‘Blogmas’ has definitely helped to get me in the festive mood that’s for sure.

But if you find yourself stressing about finding the perfect stocking filler or gift on a budget, then keep on reading as I have something for all of the special ladies your life from your Mum to your girlfriend and all for less than £15! If you want to purchase any of these lovely gifts, then all you have to do is click on the image – Happy shopping 🙂

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Yankee candle Christmas votive gift set £8.79

 

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Essie Christmas gift set £13.00

 

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Gothic Garden Case £8.50

 

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Pastel clouds umbrella £12.00

 

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Decorations £5.00

 

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I love the notepad designs in Accessorize so much! £10.00

 

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Doughnutz foldaway bag £4.50

 

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Sequin bobble hat £10.00

 

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So pretty! £7.00

 

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Silent night eyemask £8.00

 

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£3.50 These might be Men’s socks but they are too cute!

 

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Satsuma Lush bundle £7.95

 

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Luxury pink champagne chocolate truffles £10.00

 

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Just pink eau du parfume £8.00

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have. I would love to know in the comments below either what you are putting in your stockings or what you would like to receive.

Love Emma

XxXx

 

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