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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for me!

Hello, how has your week been? It seems like everyone is crazy busy at the moment, I guess it’s just that time of year. While I do love Christmas, it’s just everywhere and feels like it has been for months now!

Anyway, on to my final Christmas gift ideas – this time ideas for me! OK, while they are for me and are things I’ve put on my Christmas list, they could still give you some last minute ideas for gifts (though be quick – postage might become tricky now).


Christmas gift ideas for me! This Little Space of Mine


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I’ve wanted a radio in my craft room for yonks now and I love the size and style of this VQ mini DAB radio – it’ll fit perfectly on one of my shelves and has Bluetooth too, so I can play Spotify, Audible and podcasts from my phone. On the subject of my craft room, I’ve also asked Father Christmas for the Frosted Pumpkin‘s 2016 stitch along – which is taking on a travel theme this time around. I wanted to do their 2015 one but decided against it in the end, but this time I’m itching to do some more cross stitch and love the travel theme. For UK purchases, The Homemakery are selling everything you need.

Next year I really want to try and read more. I say this every year, but really really want to read a book a month in 2016 (more on that next week) and I talked before about All The Light We Cannot See, it looks like a great read. Before and after our trip to California I’ve loved Victoria’s blog and her San Francisco book is firmly on my list.

I love Liz Earle; as a teenager it didn’t work for my skin but I tried it again last year and got on with it really well, my skin felt so soft. We bought it as a gift for a friends 30th in the summer and she loved it too, so it makes for a great gift. My sister has this No. 7 mirror and since moving I miss being able to use it.

Finally, I’m a big fan of Flow Magazine. It’s a Dutch magazine that celebrates life’s little pleasures and each issue is jam packed with great articles; I can so easily get lost in it. From time to time they bring out specials and additional products and this calendar has a page a day theme and illustrator Deborah van der Schaaf has drawn one tiny pleasure for every day of the year.

Oh and if you fancy catching up on the whole Christmas gift series I’ve listed the posts below for you to have a browse –

That’s my final shopping post for the year done, I really hope you’ve enjoyed them and that it’s given you some ideas (especially for the last weekend before Christmas mad dash!). Tomorrow I’ll be having a festive lunch with friends and Sunday celebrating Christmas day with my Dad and his girlfriend.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for bakers

So it appears everyone is in full on Christmas mood – it’s everywhere! This weekend I’m off to the Winchester Christmas markets before having a Christmas meal with friends on Sunday. It’s nonstop at this time of year, isn’t it?

This week I’m sharing some gift ideas for bakers; those that actually bake, or maybe those that don’t but want to or just like to enjoy baking from afar! I’ve picked out 6 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.


Christmas gift ideas for bakers - Kitchen Aid, Mary Berry Print, recipe book, apron and more! This Little Space of Mine



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When I was researching for this post one shop I had to include was Nikki McWilliams and her biscuit related product range. The pink custard cream cushion is ace, but do have a look at her website for even more ideas. On from the cushion, how about this hilarious Mary Berry soggy bottom print? It’s excellent.

The KitchenAid is for the very generous, but keeping it back to the affordable I love this jelly apron from SMUG. The biscuit tin is for bakers and non-bakers alike and finally I’ve included Frances Quinn‘s, Great British Bake Off Winner 2013, first book – which looks to be jam packed with recipes and ideas..

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for the final Christmas gift ideas post. Enjoy your weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for new home owners

Hello, how are you? We’re now officially in full-on Christmas mode, with just three weeks to go. I’m almost there with my shopping and I really want to power through and wrap presents and write cards as soon as I can. This weekend I’m going to bake some biscuits for our neighbours; we never really introduced ourselves properly when we moved in so hopefully we can start getting to know them a bit.

Thinking about Christmas gifts, this week I thought I’d look at ideas for new home owners – or even couples perhaps. Of course buying a house this year taught me a lot and when I was researching for this post I kept thinking of things that we were given that were handy or things we would’ve liked. Plus it gave me an excuse to browse online shops I like! I’ve picked out 7 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, couple, work colleague, or I hope just give you some inspiration for what to buy or where to buy a gift.


Christmas gift ideas for bakers - soft furnishings, sweet treats, candles, keeping organised and more! This Little Space of Mine


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In terms of kitchen bits and bobs, a mixing bowl will always come in handy. Even if you already have one, they always have their uses. I’ve only recently heard about Bluebird Tea Co. and they have a great selection of teas and gift sets on their website, including this glass teapot with infuser. Plus, a pot holder will always have a place in any kitchen! Really tempted to treat myself to a couple of bits from their store as I’d quite like to try some new teas.

Comfort and homely touches can often be added with soft furnishings and H&M home have a great selection of cushions, throws etc. I went to their store in Edinburgh and only wish my suitcase was big enough to have bought more back with me! This grey moss stitch blanket looks especially nice. While a bit more of a girly gift (well, certainly in my household!) I’m a big fan of Flamingo Candles‘ range. Plus, who doesn’t like a tin of biscuits? I’d imagine a good gift if you don’t know the couple too well or want to give a token gesture.

Finally, for the organised I reckon this KikkI K folder for important documents will come in handy. OK, not the most glamourous of gifts but if they’ve just moved house the likelihood is they’ll be drowning in paperwork and grateful for some help! Have a look at Kikki K’s website, oh and they now have a pop-up store in Covent Garden, London, which I really need to get to. Claire‘s been talking about it recently and oh boy does the store look good!

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for more Christmas gift ideas. What do you have planned for the weekend? We’re putting up our Christmas tree tonight and then celebrating my best friends’ 30th birthday tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Creating a festive fireplace

When house hunting back at the beginning of this year one of the ‘things’ on my wishlist was a fireplace. Realistically I didn’t think it’d happen, but lo and behold we’ve ended up with a fireplace in our living room and I love it! I love our house anyway but having a fireplace has given us a focal point in the room – which we opted to paint yellow to keep the room bright.


Creating a festive fireplace with Wayfair - This Little Space of Mine


So as the night’s draw in and Christmas approaches, I’ve been wanting to bring the season into our home; of course there will be the classic Christmas tree, but creating a seasonal feature with our fireplace has been on my mind for a while. When Wayfair.co.uk got in touch about working together I was excited by the prospect of creating a festive fireplace.


Creating a festive fireplace with Wayfair - This Little Space of Mine


To bring light to the room I’ve started with a statement mirror; with small rooms in mind, especially, a mirror can make a room feel bigger and cleverly draw light in from all corners of the space. It was something we’d been on the hunt around for a while and Wayfair.co.uk have a great selection.

Next comes the mantelpiece and how you’ll style it to match the room, your colours, style and the time of year. This can take shape in the form of photographs, mementos, lights, candles and decorational pieces. With Christmas in mind, I added a pine tree, leafy garland and reef; all have associations with the festive period as well as the autumnal/winter weather we’ve been having.


Creating a festive fireplace with Wayfair - This Little Space of Mine


As well as a statement mirror and fireplace itself, light can come from candles and lanterns and this time of year is perfect for lighting a candle to create that cosy feel in your living room. I love candles and always light them as soon as I get in after work. This white lantern adds colour and means you can safely light a candle in your home!


Creating a festive fireplace with Wayfair - This Little Space of Mine


Keeping the mantelpiece minimal is a good idea so it doesn’t end up looking cluttered, but perhaps a few Christmas cards or small decorations can also be added.

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How are you styling your mantelpiece this Christmas?

Leanne x

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This post was written in collaboration with Wayfair.co.uk but all opinions are my own.

Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for stationery addicts

Can you believe it’s four weeks until Christmas? Where has the time gone?! Tonight we have our work Christmas do at Madame Tussauds which’ll be fun. Onto Christmas shopping, have you started yet? I feel a bit stop start with mine and still need to work out gifts for secret santa with friends.

So first up was cat lovers, then crafters and this week it’s all about stationery addicts – which I’d like to think applies to everyone in some shape or form – who doesn’t love a brand new notepad or diary to write in? I’ve picked out 7 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.


Christmas gift ideas for stationery addicts - planners, pens, notepads, diaries, desk accessories and more! This Little Space of Mine



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You may have spotted a bit of a floral theme with the BusyB address book, Cath Kidston recipe card holder and Rifle Paper Co planner from Tea and Kate. Totally unintentional, but they’re all quite pretty aren’t they? And useful. Of course, always useful! I need to find a better way to store my recipes and I’m torn between the recipe file from Cath Kidston and/or a book.

I’ve included a couple of desk accessories, the mint green desk tidy is really cool and I’ve heard good things about Mark’s Tokyo Edge pens; these are from Fox and Star. Also, who doesn’t need an animal print pencil case in their life?

Finally, I’m a big fan of Erin Condren, having ventured into the land of planners in the summer. As well as planners she’s got some cool accessories and smaller notebooks, like this wellness journal, which I think would make a great gift.

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Enjoy your weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for crafters

How has your week been? Have you managed to start your Christmas shopping yet? Last week I talked about gifts for the cat lover in your life, so this week I’m turning my attention to Chirstmas gift ideas for crafters. Crafters and creatives can take all shapes and forms so I’ve kept it fairly wide open to include paper crafters, sewers and knitters/crocheters.

In case you missed my first post, the idea is that each Friday in the build up to Christmas I’m sharing six items from a theme to help you along the way – it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.

Christmas gift ideas for crafters - washi tape, colouring book, stamps, a sewing machine, yarn, a cutter and even a sewing pattern! This Little Space of Mine


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Has this given you any ideas? To start with, who doesn’t love a bit of washi tape? Fox and Star have a really wide selection of washi tapes for all kinds of occasions and themes that I think you’ll love. As well as washi tape, the Waffleflower stamps from The Homemakery come highly recommended; I bought them a while back and use them every week in my planner – alongside lots of washi tape.

You may notice that I’m again trying to support independent shops this Christmas – Wool and The Gang‘s yarn collection is a joy to work with, Tilly and the Buttons’ patterns are bang on trend and the rotary cutter is from Sew Over It – where I had my introduction to sewing course many moons ago.

Oh and all crafters need a sewing machine in their lives! I have a purple version of this John Lewis sewing machine and it’s great to use and avoids the sewing machine fear I hear other crafters experience.

Finally – who doesn’t love colouring in? If you don’t own a colouring book, I highly recommend treating yourself to one. It’s especially fun after a stressful day at work.

See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Have a good weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for cat lovers

Believe it or not, today marks six weeks exactly until Christmas day! Have you started your festive shopping? I’ve scratched the surface a bit but still lots more to do. I’m determined to have the majority of it finished this month so December can be spent enjoying the season.

With Christmas in mind, I thought I’d share gift ideas I’ve seen on my travels. Each Friday for the next six weeks I’ll share some items from a particular theme to help you along the way – it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.

This week, well it had to feature – Christmas gift ideas for the cat lover. Dog lovers, look away, or maybe find the canine equivalent – there are a lot of dog related gifts out there (pug themed especially!).

Christmas gift ideas for the cat lover - cat socks, print, origami, brooch, purse, tote bag and flask. This Little Space of Mine


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For the cat lover in your life, I quietly confident that there’s a Christmas gift in among this selection. My favourite? Well the cat socks need to be in my collection – I love that they’re pink and have bows on them, I’m not sure they could be more girly? I could also do with a flask so why not make this kitty themed one, from Paperchase. I also think the cat brooch would look so sweet on a jacket or top.

Do have a look at these shops for other ideas too; the majority are independent shops and it feels good to support them where we can.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and apologies if you’re not a cat lover! See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Have a good weekend!

Leanne x

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My current work in progress – a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin


Making a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin - This Little Space of Mine


I’ve been in awe of Heidi Bear crochet patterns for a long time and, having recently ‘got’ how crochet works, I’ve challenged myself to make not one, but two Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin ponies by Christmas. Our two nieces turn 5 at the end of December and I know they’d just love them.

I was quite worried about taking this project on, concerned I would struggle to make the African flowers required and that it’d simply be too much to take on, given work commitments and how busy we know the lead up to Christmas can be. So I made myself a Gantt chart. Geek, I know, but often if I’m in doubt or starting a new project, I look to a trusty spreadsheet to guide the way. If you’re interested in making one yourself, this is how my schedule looks:

  • Week 1: make 9 hexagons
  • Week 2: make 8 hexagons and 9 pentagons
  • Week 3: make 11 pentagons
  • Week 4: make 2 heptagons and 1 triangle
  • Week 5: make 3 squares and begin joining
  • Week 6: complete joining
  • Week 7: attach the eyes, add the stuffing, make the ears, tail and main.

I’m about to go into week 5 and I’ve already make the 3 squares and sewn in the loose ends, giving me 2 weeks to join. This is the bit I’m dreading; but I’ve got this far and I’m so pleased with my progress and determined to carry on and master the art of it. I actually can’t wait to see how they take shape and come together. Then the second purple one begins!

I’ll keep you posted; if you’re interested in making a Heidi Bear Fatty Lumpkin before Christmas there is still time! My aim is to finish both the week before Christmas – fingers crossed.

What are you making at the moment? Have you got any Christmas craft projects in mind?

Leanne x

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What Christmas means to me – Kate from Beak Up Crafts

The 23rd December and my final Christmas traditions post – I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, do pop over to read mine, Katie’s, Michelle’s and Lisa’s post if you fancy boosting your festive mood.

Today’s post is from Kate at Beak Up Crafts. In the following chat Kate talks about her first Christmas as a married couple, remembering the real reason for Christmas and how much she loves Love Actually. Thanks Kate!


What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

That’s a tough one are there are so many lovely things surrounding Christmas. I love the whole thing, from shopping for presents, wrapping them up and putting them under the tree, decking the house out in glitter and sparkle and spending time with friends and family. We never tend to get a real tree but I love going to get new decorations as well as making
a few. My husband’s Christmas day always starts with him eating a chocolate orange in bed while we open our presents – I think that’s a great way to start the day!


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Do you have any special memories of Christmas as a child that have stayed with you into adulthood?

I went to a Church of England school and I think it’s nice to remember the real reason behind Christmas. I always used to love the carol services in church and making Christingles. It was always such a lovely time growing up and I used to be so excited to wake up on Christmas day and find my stocking filled with gifts at the end of my bed. I wish it still had that special kind of magic now but it definitely changes as you get older to a time where you appreciate what you have rather than getting so excited about a particular toy.

Do you plan to make gifts for loved ones at Christmas? Or, how do you go about buying gifts?

This year I did my first ever Christmas craft fair where I sold crochet hats and iPad cases among other things and I spent so long making things for that I didn’t have that much time to make things for loved ones. That sounds awful doesn’t it, but in a way I think they were kind of relieved not to be given any of them as they were cluttering up the house for months! Instead I bought gifts from the very same fair as I’m a big believer of supporting small creative businesses and buying handmade products. They always seem to have so much more thought to them and have more attention to detail which I love.


What Christmas means to me - This Little Space of Mine


What is Christmas 2014 looking like for you? Any exciting plans?

This Christmas is the first Wayne and I are going to spend together as a married couple which I’m really looking forward to. On Christmas Eve we are going to Rudding Park hotel, where we got married, for a lovely meal followed by carols in the chapel and I can’t wait! On Christmas Day we will open our presents first thing then head over to Wayne’s mum and dad’s for a relaxing day and a big buffet.

What’s a typical Christmas dinner setting like for you? Do you go all out traditional with turkey and Christmas pud, or add in your own family favourites?

Christmas dinner is definitely very traditional with all of the trimmings, although I am a big fan of a turkey and ham combo with lots of stuffing. Christmas pudding seems to be very much a like or loathe it kind of dessert but I can’t get enough of it, covered in lots of hot and creamy custard. Crackers and terrible paper hats which always rip as soon as I put them on are a must as is a Christmas jumper. This year I’m going to be wearing a bright red one with a friendly penguin.

And finally, what’s your all-time favourite Christmas movie?

This is a tough one as I am a big fan of Christmas films but I have to say Love Actually. It’s such a feelgood film and (spoiler alert) the bit where Colin Firth’s character proposes always makes me cry even though I know it’s coming! I tend to watch this film while I’m wrapping presents (which is a bit of a tradition for me) so I have to make sure I step away from the wrapping paper and ribbon when that scene is coming up to avoid any tear-stained gifts! I’m such a loser!


Thanks Kate – it’s been lovely to have you here.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all enjoy Thursday.


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DIY – the no-sew Christmas wreath

If I can get away with crafting an easy project, I’m all for it. I don’t have heaps of time but I want to be creative, so this no-sew Christmas wreath was right up my street.

Featured on The Homemakery blog last year and made by my blogger pal Claire from Claireabellemakes, I like the fact it can be made in under an hour, lets you play with Christmas fabrics and gives you something to hang proudly in the home.


No sew Christmas wreath - This Little Space of Mine



No sew Christmas wreath - This Little Space of Mine



No sew Christmas wreath - This Little Space of Mine


For this make I used three fat quarters, with fabric bought from The Knitting and Stitching Show back in October. I’m sad to say I can’t remember the stall name, but The Homemakery have a great selection of festive fabrics. The polystyrene wreath and pins were from HobbyCraft.

So pleased with how it looks! The only annoying thing about this project is having to press the edges – but that’s only because it means ironing each piece and I’m impatient.


No sew Christmas wreath - This Little Space of Mine


Not long until Christmas now! If you are looking for a quick craft in the run up to next week, I think you’ll like this. For the full tutorial please visit The Homemakery’s blog.


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