Entries Tagged as 'Christmas 2012'

"Happy christmas 2013" Thank you all for the amazing support this year and for all the likes, comments, shares, email messages and so much more.  It’s been a great year and I look forward to sharing lots more with you in 2013.  In the meantime have an amazing Christmas and a fun New Years celebration.  I’ll be taking a little break and will see you back here in the new year.  Before I go, I wanted to leave you with a few festive crafts and treat ideas that you can try out over the holidays.

"DIY christmas crafts and treats"1. Fun and delicious chocolate mustaches and you can even go a step further and make a white chocolate Santa beard!  2.  Super cute candy snails that will go down a treat for kids and adults.  3.  Pretty DIY glitter acorns that are so festive and easy to make.  4.  A cute little DIY wooden family that you can decorate and adorn as you like.

See you in 2013 ~ nomita xx

"vintage toy wonderland"One of my favourite kids style magazines is Milk.  I love browsing through the pages packed with creative ideas, the latest fashion and decor for kids and so much more.  Only slight problem is that a lot of it is in French but that doesn’t detract from the joy of looking at the pretty pictures.  Today I was browsing their site when this vintage wonderland grabbed me.  What an amazing, nostalgic, creative and quirky wonderland it is.  Milk Magazine gave carte blanche to the creative duo behind two of my absolute favourite vintage shops and asked them to stage the Christmas of their dreams.  I think they’ve staged the Christmas of my dreams too!  Just wonderful… "vintage toys"A lot of the vintage furniture and toys of yesteryear pictured are available from Les Petites Bohemes.  It’s the creative duo behind these stores that created this magical kids wonderland with Simon Wardavoir taking the photos.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  Happy Christmas!

One of the best parts of gift giving for me it the wrapping of the gift.  I love using plain gift wrapping paper like a solid colour or something with a tiny repeat pattern but all in one colour.  And then I embellish it with whatever I can find… string, ribbon, washi tape, stickers, stamps or even a combination of a couple of these.  Last and most importantly comes the gift tag which just adds that finishing touch to a gift.  Sometimes I make my own but most often I turn to the free gift tags that you can print, especially since so many of them are just gorgeous.  I’ve been on the hunt for some and these are a few of my favourtie free printable gift tags for this year:

"free christmas gift tags to print"

Love the grey-blue/pink colour combo and the delicate pattern of the tags at the top while the red and white ones are simple but still so stylish and you can even customise with your own special message if you want to.  Head here for the blue/pink gift tags and here for the red and white tags.

"free christmas gift tags"

These deer and bear tags are both cute and quirky and come in lovely colours.  I’m so loving the long ones with the standing deer and the bear.  Here’s where you’ll find these free holiday tags to download.

"pretty christmas gift tags free"

These pretty patterned gift tags are so fresh and summery, perfect if you’re celebrating Christmas in a hot and sunny place like Australia or Argentina.  But I’m quite tempted to use them in freezing London too just to add that splash of sunshine to my gifts.  You’ll find these free patterned tags at Eat Drink Chic.

"free reindeer christmas gift tags"

For something a bit more traditional and wintery, I love these simple and sweet tags.  The over-sized lettering and the tiny tree, snowflake and reindeer print looks so lovely.  You can print these free gift tags at Love vs. Design.

"free christmas wrapping paper"

These two are actually free printable gift wrap but you could easily customise them in to gift tags by printing and sticking on card.  The snowman one is so cute and would look great on kids gifts while the tree and gift design is chic and modern and would add a stylish touch to any gift.  You’ll find both these to print over at Bloesem.

"free christmas gift tags to print"

Last, I really like these bold single coloured tags with sweet and happy messages on them.  I love the way they’ve paired them with matching coloured wrapping paper which I think makes them even more striking.  But if you prefer, you could get contrasting gift wrap too.  You’ll find these downloads over at Hey Look.

These are my current favourites and I know I’ll be using a few of these designs on my gifts.  If you want more free gift tags then you can check out my selections from previous years which you’ll find here, here and here.

"matching gifts for mum and baby"

This week’s picks for mama & baby… some more Christmas gift ideas but this time in blue.  I love blue and as there are so many different shades of the colour there’s something for everyone.  One of the reasons I picked this colour today is because I think blue works for girls just as well as for boys:

1.  Bookhou stones tea towel for mama from Vuela Boutique.

2.  Bieq hand knitted baby dress from Line +Liv.

3.  Sage & sandalwood hand cream for mama from Anthropologie.

4.  Leather baby shoes by Ajalor.

5.  Tube toy train for baby from e-side.

6.  Japanese linen illustrated table runner for mama from Upon a fold (Update Jul 2014 – this shop has closed down sadly).

7.  Sea blue canvas laptop case for mama by Baggu.

8.  Printed velvet peacock pillows for mama by Michelle Varian.

9.  100% wool handwoven school bag for baby by Bobo Choses.

10.  Handmade crochet lottie cat doll by Alessandra Taccia.

11.  Organic contrast toe and heel tights for baby by Buisjes & Beugels.

12.  Cloud blue and cream wooden necklace for mama by Vera Viridis.

Unlike me, I suspect most of you are organised and have finished your Christmas shopping {I haven’t even started!} so this will be the last gift list of the year.  But in case you’re still looking for ideas, you can check out my all my other Christmas gift guides too.

"French toys for kids"

Today’s Christmas gift guide is a selection by French Blossom, my sponsors.  French Blossom is a kids store started by husband and wife team Nicholas and Meriem.  Even though they don’t have kids (yet), having met and lived in Paris for many years, Nicholas and Meriem were ‘inspired by the exquisite elegance and style devoted to children’s clothing, toys and decoration in France’.  As Nicholas explains, ‘the idea behind French Blossom is to – ‘Celebrate French Fashion for Children,’ and to exclusively showcase chic and stylish independent French children’s designers’.  So I thought this Christmas, it would be fun to ask them to choose their favourite gift ideas from their store and I also wanted to find out a bit more about how they spend their Christmas.  Here’s what they said:

Let’s talk Christmas! What do you love most about it?

Family time! Its great to all gather together, have fun and relax.

What’s a typical Christmas day for you?

We wake up and see if Father Christmas has been kind to us 🙂 ! We all then sit in the living room in front of the fire and Christmas tree, opening the presents as the lovely smells of the Christmas dinner wafts in from the kitchen.  After lunch we wrap up nice and warm and go for a walk to watch the annual swim in the sea.  There are hundreds of brave people, many dressed up in fancy dress costumes who swim in the freezing water.  Then there is a nice warm drink for everyone.  We haven’t done this swim yet but maybe this year!

Is your Christmas more French or more English?

Our Christmas is British; Meriem and I always go back to the UK for Christmas.  The only thing French is the wine on the table.

Anything you dislike about Christmas?

I don’t like when I have finished opening the last present, finished the wonderful turkey dinner or saying goodbye to relatives who have come over for the day

Lastly, your top 10 Christmas gifts for kids this year?

1. Circus themed baby dinner set by Mimi’Lou

2. Soft toy characters by My name is simone

3. Vintage 3D story box by Tiphaine Mangan

4.  Little duck on wheels by Trousselier

5.  Dreamy kids mouse mobile by Rose Miniscule

6.  Pirate and treasure puzzle by Janod

7.  Colourful decorative ball lights by La case de cousin paul

8.  Children’s accordean by Vilac

9.  Retro classic blue pedal car by Baghera

10.  Story express circus by Janod

Thank you Nicholas and Meriem for sharing your Christmas traditions and gift ideas with us and I’m really curious to find out if Nicholas will do that swim this year!  You’ll find all these toys and more over at French Blossom and don’t forget, my readers can still get 10% off anything that’s not on offer by using the codes EBABEES. 

This week’s picks for mama and baby… more Christmas gift ideas for both but this time I’ve gone for a black & white colour palette.  Timeless, classic and always chic, you can’t go wrong with this colour combo:

1.  Modern Heart print for mama by Love Maki.

2.  Cable knit pom pom tights for baby by Hansel from Basel.

3.  Soft cotton mini blanket for baby by Fine Little Day.

4.  Liberty print pencil tin and pencils for mama by Liberty.

5.  Mustache body suit for baby by Beau Loves.

6. Handmade deer and wolf soft toy for baby by Lucille Michieli for Minikin.

7.  Reversible cape for baby by Wovenplay for Bobo Choses.

8.  Two tone wool scarf for mama by Aiayu.

9.  Geometry tea/coffee cups for mama by Ferm Living.

10.  Playsam black streamliner car for baby from Smallable.com

11.  Chunky copper and black bracelet for mama from Need Supply.

12.  Handmade hat with little ears for baby by Les Zigouis.

You can also check out my other Christmas gift guides which include lots of gift ideas for babies, boys, girls and mama’s. 

"wooden gifts for babies and kids"

In today’s gift guide I wanted to share some wooden gift ideas.  I’m a huge fan of wooden toys so have picked out a few of these but I’ve tried to mix it up a bit by suggesting other wooden gifts too including a DIY gift which is always a pleasure to give and receive.

1.  Yellow Owl Workshop Circus stamp set from Amazon

2.  Wooden promenading elephant toy from Baileys Home & Garden.

3.  Candy coloured bowling set by Nobodinoz.

4.  Wooden block printed pencil case by Bread & Jam.

5.  Colourful London print on wood by Petit Collage.

6.  Vintage Japanese egg cups for play and display from Kickcan & Conkers.

7.  Limited edition Villa Malmo doll house complete with a family of 4 dolls by Caroline Gomez.

8 & 9.  DIY painted wood beads necklace by Handmade Ginger and Sadalewis.

10.  Colourful wooden buses from Romp.

11.  Mielasiela natural wood toy set from Orphan Socks.

12.  Tell me a story – story dice family game from e-side.

You can also check out my other gift guides including gifts for babies, boys, girls, mama’s, soft toy gifts and more.

"christmas gifts for mama and baby"

This week’s picks for mama and baby… as Christmas is coming I thought it would be fun to give you a range of gift picks for mama and baby.  So I’ve rounded up some some pink things that I love for both and hopefully it will give you a bit of inspiration.  Some of this stuff is on my own wish list especially that polka dot clutch which I showed to my husband last night (hint, hint!).

1.  Weekend bag for mama by Lale.

2.  Handmade wood and ceramic necklace for mama from Need Supply Co.

3.  Pequeno Tocon drawstring knit pullover for baby from Smallable.com

4.  Wooden toy camera for baby by Twig Creative*.

5.  Ketiketa winter flower necklace for baby from Orfeo Design.

6.  RosenbergCPH wool dot throw for mama from Leif.

7.  Falconwright polka dot leather clutch for mama from Coverture.

You can also have a look at my other Christmas gift guides which include gift ideas for boys, girls, babies and more.

*via pinterest

"Christmas gifts for girls"

To start of this week, I’ve put together my next Christmas gift guide and this time it’s for girls.  I have to admit I really enjoyed doing this one as there are just so many lovely things for girls.  I hope you like it:

1.  Kids Kuru-Maru felt necklace by Homako from Minikin.

2.  Handmade bird / fairy wings by Big Birds Boutique.

3.  Indian tepee by Nathalie Lete for Vilac from French Blossom.

4.  Handmade watch bracelets by Specks & Keepings.

5.  Peach coloured linen cloud cushion by Love Maki.

6.  Ice blue tutu with a bejewelled belt by Atsuyo et Akiko from Coverture.

7.  Ferm Living’s decorate your own wooden dolls house from Smallable.com

8.  Little alligator personalised stationery set from Minted.

9.  Liberty print fox masks by the Fox Shop.

10.  Blafre vintage birds lunchbox from Little Yellow Birds.

11.  gg-kids wooden sushi set from Little Fashion Gallery.

12.  Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Patel Haynes from Amazon

You can also check out my other guides: gift ideas for boysgift ideas for babies, gift ideas for mamas (who like to cook & entertain) and some soft toys & dolls.

mama & baby…

November 15, 2012

"linen party hat kids"

This week’s picks for mama and baby… this Christmas, let mama wrap her gifts in this gorgeous pompom wrapping paper while baby celebrates in that adorable linen party hat.

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