Quirky Advent calendar

November 26, 2009

Time’s ticking on – so you better be quick if you want to order an Advent calendar for this year. This lovely DIY calendar kit from Bodie and Fou caught my eye recently. 

It’s 24 flat-packed boxes, ready for you to fold. Each little box has two faces with super cute designs from Noix de Coc and the other two faces have been left blank for you to customise…then you (or Father Christmas!) can fill them with sweets and gifts.
The fab thing about these little boxes is they can be hung on the Christmas tree, on a wall garland or displayed in a row on the mantelpiece, plus, you can re-use them year after year. Chouette! – Ellie

Cool off during the British heat wave with these beautiful seaside shots from our friends at Greengate. Mmmm, so pretty. So, Greengate.

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I wish I could dive into that deep blue ocean right now! The whole Ideal Home team has been traipsing around London today visiting Christmas press shows to preview all the baubles, trees, cards and decorations that will hit the shops in November. It’s very surreal to be chatting about Christmas tree trends in soaring temperatures, but we got some great ideas for photo shoots and features, and saw some stunning new collections. Highlights include the beautiful festive products from Cox & Cox:

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Cute paper angels…paint-your-own cardboard NOEL letters…a family of owls sewing kit…a circus font stamp set…duck tape (tape with ducks on it, LOVE IT) and metallic birdies – the people at Cox & Cox have found so many lovely treats! Right, snap back to July…and it’s ice lolly time me-thinks. Again… – Ellie