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The world is so pale next to you

Firstly, thank you to those of you who left lovely, supportive comments on my last post.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who routinely freaks out about having too much on their plate.  I find being crafty and making things really cathartic so I've been indulging in some Christmas present wrapping and teacup candle making this weekend to blitz away the stress.  Most of the gift-wrapping related goodies I mentioned in a previous post have now arrived so I had lots of fun with ribbons, stamps and labels last night...



The ribbons were recommended to me by the very lovely Sammi and can be bought from eBay here.  The Christmassy twine can be bought here and the stamp and labels were ordered from Vistaprint.  I mentioned in a previous post that I was unimpressed with them and Groupon after it turned out I could have got more for my money without the voucher, but to Vistaprint's defence they sent me some more cards to make up for it.

Along with the labels in the top picture, I also had these printed for attaching to my handmade goodies (with gingham ribbon, of course!) I'm mostly making edible goodies (biscuits, fudge, truffles and chutneys) so the blank bits on the labels are for writing on what's in the jar.


I ordered this kit from Making Your Own Candles a few weeks ago and finally started making teacup candles tonight.  Here they are lined up waiting for their last top up of wax (the skewers are to keep the wick nice and straight).  The website is great - if you sign up for their newsletter you can get a free kit to make a teacup candle as well as a 10% off voucher.  




I got my hair cut on Monday (sorry for the bad iPhone photo).  I was trying to grow it long but I got fed up of it; my hair is so thick that it just gets unmanageable after while.  Luckily my hairdresser is a good friend of mine and so was able to turn my whinging into my crazy mane into an awesome haircut! I really like it all choppy and love that it needs very little doing to it in the morning.


Tom has said we're not allowed to put our tree up until December 1st so I've been trying to add other Christmassy touches like sprigs of holly around the house.


Bodhi the naughty puppy pulled up all the lino on our kitchen floor one morning this week - luckily he did us a favour as we discovered that the wooden floorboards go into the kitchen too so Tom is in the process of pulling up the lino and restoring the lovely floor to its former glory.  (Seriously, who lays lino over original floorboards?)



I bought Tom a voucher for an off-road driving experience back in June - he wanted to wait till it was muddy however, and so we went and did it today in Andover.  It was loads of fun - I was in the back being official photographer and trying not to worry about all the perpendicular drops and thick mud! 

34 comments

  1. Great post Rosie. I spy two prezzies for me!!!!! Love the labels and ribbon. I'll have to compete and make my presents to you look equally 'presentable(!)'. I really like your hair shorter, very pretty. She's cut it really well. Like the holly in the Oh So Vintage jug too!
    Lots of love
    xx

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  2. Vistaprint!!!! Dont get me started on them, had a right palarva last Christmas!!!

    LOVE your labels tho Rosie, actually amazing!! Did you design those?!

    Bless Bondhi!The flooring looks gorgeous tho and im actually so jealous of your original features!


    I could never go back seat in an experience like that, id spend the whole time jumping and going "ohh, watch out, oh nnnoonono"! Id be a nightmare!


    xxx

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  3. Lovely post Rosie :) Your wrapping looks so sweet, makes me want to wrap mine all pretty but I havent bought half of them yet haha! Your haircut is lovely, I hope you feel better this week :) xxx

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  4. Ahh your presents look amazing and the labels, you are so organised lovely.. So tempted by the candles I've always wanted to do this!xx

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  5. Those packages look so cute! Inspired me to put a little more effort in this christmas :-)

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  6. Those packages look so cute! Inspired me to put a little more effort in this christmas :-)

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  7. You are so lucky with your floor! I'd love to have a house that just accidentally has lovely stuff like that in it! Xx

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  8. Just read your last post and can't believe how organised you are in spite of all the stress of work etc.

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  9. Gorgeous post!!
    I love your gift wrapping and all the tags! So cute!!
    x x x

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  10. This post was gorgeous!! I cant believe someone would actually lay lino over floorboards?!!? Who does that?! It looks really gorgeous now though.

    Your hair is also lovely! Soooo jealous!!

    The offroading experience looks like fun. I didnt know there was one in Andover though! Doh xx

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  11. Love EVERYTHING in this post! Your packages are looking absolutely gorgeous, as are your candles :) I've been making teacup candles this weekend too, desperately trying to get them all made for a stall I'm doing next week! xx

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  12. Your wrapping looks great, love those labels you created! x

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  13. Oh rosie I am loving all these craft goodies. Your presents look amazing. I love them....feel free to send me one ;)

    I'm making my own christmas cards this year! That's probably how far my craft skills will stretch haha xx

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  14. What lovely packages! I've just finished ordering all my pressies and that's reminded me I totally neglected to get wrapping paper! Back to Amazon I go! haha :) xxx

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  15. Wow those candles and that packaging is seriously amazing!
    Your hair looks gorgeous xx

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  16. Rossieeee the wrapping and tags look so awesome!! I'm glad you're taking some time to relax, things can just get on top of you sometimes and I think you have to force yourself to step back and breathe :) The candles look so cute too, I've just signed up to the newsletter definitely going to order myself a kit :) Hope you're feeling a little better and now too stressed :)

    L x

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  17. Aaaah, Rosie, those gifts look just beautiful. You've inspired me to keep it simple with the wrapping this year- to add a personal touch even if I can't make things to go inside. Brown paper, pretty ribbon and I may have to see if I can make or buy a nice stamp for some tags.

    As for Bohdi, well at least there was something lovely under the lni. My mum was given a puppy before I was born and she used to eat the lino in the kitchen when I was small. Just bare concrete below.....

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  18. Cute Hair!:D That also happened to me, I just can't keep it long for long.
    And the gift wrapping, you didn't forget any detail :)
    Teacups are just adorable, I really like the candles n.n

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  19. oh my god - you wrap presents so wonderfully!

    maddie xx
    handbags--gladrags.blogspot.com

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  20. Those presents look really professional! I love the little tags too, super cute!
    x

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  21. love the hair!!! Really wish i could pull off shorter hair, suits you x

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  22. Wow, how adorable do these handmade gifts look, and the cute little tags. I wish I wasn't so lazy, and had a creative bum like you (not literally bum!)
    Your hair also looks so so lovely! :-) xxx

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  23. Oh that floor looks marvelous! :) And your pressies will look fabulous - I want one too now! ;) X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  24. wowww!! you are so creative!!!! love your blog!!

    xo

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  25. I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging! So lovely and beautifully wrapped parcels. It's so amazing how you like Hanson too. I dont know many and I always get excited when people know hanson songs. The amount of times i've heard "oh, i didnt know they had other songs". or "they are one hit wonders with mmmbop" and "i didnt know they were still alive".... all wisecracks from shitty facebook "friends"! I wish there was a way to switch fb status comments off!!! x

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  26. I absolutely LOVE your packaging. It looks like you've put so much effort in.

    Jess
    @ditzyglamour

    x

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  27. I really LOVE your wrapping skills. I've been looking for ribbon everywhere but had no idea how much I'd need for a whole Christmas worth of presents! Any ideas?

    Laura x
    http://firstclassramblings.blogspot.com

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  28. Yay! Super glad you got the ribbons, you made them look lovely on the packages :) x

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  29. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your gift wrapping, Rosie! It's simply beautiful and the labels are stunning! (I love that your mum's left you a comment about seeing her pressies! tehe!!)

    Clever Bodhi finding such lovely floor boards! haha!

    Your hair is gorgeous you little cutie! Very tempted to get mine short again....always find it liberating having hair cut off! :D xx

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  30. Ohhh I love your labels!! I love making my own packaging!!!

    Your haircut is lovely to!!

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  31. I really need to get more crafty myself, I'm so envious of beautiful hand-made presents...
    Too bad I have no skills at all hahaha!

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  32. I'd be so happy if I received a present wrapped like this, don't know if I could open it aha. Just stumbled across your blog. Love it x

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  33. Oh my days, the way you have wrapped those presents are so cute, am going to steal you idea :) check out my blog http://bylorna.blogspot.com/ thanksss x

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