Beach Cottage Good Life Weds ~ Coastal Christmas & Shopping the House
Wed 7th, Dec, 2011
G’day! How are you lovely lovely lovely Beach Cottage girls! Lovely? Good.
Or are you more likely feeling this slight wave of panic somewhere inside, are you thinking about Christmas lists and wondering quite how you are gonna fit it all in. Hmmm, I bet that’s more like it.
I am feeling a little bit like that, but truth be told, I have learnt over the years, with the Beach Cottage Crew to run around after at this time of year and all the other stuff going on, to keep my expectations low.
One way to do this is not get too caught up in having everything look perfect and wanting your old cottage to look like the latest front cover of House and Garden…that is probably not going to happen…I have got myself in a twist waaayyy too many times over this, not anymore…especially in Australia, when not only is it Christmas, but it is also end of the school year and the start of the long summer holidays so there are even more events thrown into the ring
…so keeping it low key will make it do-able and one way I like to do this is to shop the house for decorations and then just add a few simple Christmas things to them, without too much fuss… obviously I like mine to be in a coastal Christmas meme, but whatever you like can easily be sparkled up for this time of the year…and doing it this way makes it very easy on your time limitations and even easier on the pocket.
This is an old vintage Pepsi crate I picked up ages ago…
I wanted to use something vintage and natural in my coastal Christmas / beach decor theme and thought this might be firstly easy, secondly in budget seeing as I already had it and thirdly very quick to just fill up with a few pretty Christmas things.
It was actually super easy…I filled it with things I love
The silver candle holders are from IKEA, I have had them for a few years now
Then I added vintage bottles and a jam jar with red twine and a tealight…
Stuffed around that shells, silver baubles, and a few of my clay tags…I love having these plopped here and there at this time of year too (you can find my tutorial on how to make your own clay tags here)…these are so simple to make, I just do a big stash of them and then use them for the Christmas tree, on parcels and presents and here and there with the silver and baubles, here I did them in lovehearts, but I have stars, stockings and trees too..
Enjoy Good Life Wednesday…for me today it’s about keeping it a simple coastal Christmas, keeping it real, do-able and more importantly keeping that Christmas broomstick in the cupboard..
Next week is the Beach Cottage Christmas party…did I say I have lots of goodies lined up to give away?? Did I mention one of those lovelies is one that stands on your counter top and mixes things for ya?!
OH YEAH, be there…
See you next time, I’ve got a fashion post (lbd) and a lovely Christmas wreath table dressing to show you soon…
Get those twinkles out, shop the house and throw around some sparkle