Hope you've all had a terrific Christmas. My Christmas was lovely but, frankly, lacked chocolate gateaux. Bad times. What it lacked in chocolate gateaux it made up for in lovely gifts though, including my #MSMSecretSanta gift from Rebecca at Oh! Panda.
I am so massively pleased with my #MSMsecretsanta present from Rebecca. She sent me a gorgeous woodland themed box of suprises which included some beautiful tree decorations, a cut out deer, a gorgeous wooden trinket box, craft supplies and, my personal favourites, a little deer necklace and scarf.
I've been wearing my deer scarf every day since I got it and LOVE it. It's so cosy and I've had so many comments from people asking where I got it! Rebecca you've done wonders with the £25 budget and thanks for being so thoughtful and creative with your presents - I love them!
Here's what I got for Rebecca, I hope she likes them. (I know she's opened them, so I'm not spoiling any suprises, in case you were wondering!)
The first part of my present I decided to hand make. I'm a bit of a clutz I have to say, so the notebook I made didn't come out as beautifully as I would have liked but I gave it a good go anyway! I bought a simple notebook from Sainsburys for £1 and got some gorgeous remnant fabric from Laura Ashley (it's called 'Josette') and used fabric glue to cover the notepad after I'd stitched in 'Oh Panda' on the cover.
My second homemade gift was a teacup candle. I got the teacup from the charity shop for 20p and the rose-scented candle was 50p. I wrote a guest post on how to create teacup candles for the Laura Ashley Blog so if you want to know how to make them simply click here.
The second part of my gifts was supporting good causes and talented people. Rebecca loves tea so I simply had to include an Advent Tea calender! This cost me £5 and was handmade by a friend, Joey, who gave all the proceeds to Christian Aid. It's such a lovely idea as there's a different tea to open every day. So much better than your usual chocolate advent calender, I'm buying one for myself next year.
I also picked up some temporary kitty tattoos for £5.50 from the hugely talented Harriet Gray, these are just the sweetest fake tatts I've ever seen and Harriet is such a fantastic blogger and illustrator so check out her Etsy site.
The final part of my present for Rebecca was simply things I thought she would like. She's a great beauty blogger so I thought it important to include a beauty product. There's been HUGE hype around Revlon's Lipbutters and they're massive on the beauty blogosphere so I picked up the shade 'Lollipop' for £6.50. My final present at £5.50 from Amazon was the HILARIOUS book 'How to tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You' by Matthew Inman who you may know as the author of the website 'The Oatmeal'. This is one of my FAVOURITE websites and always cheers me up no end as it contains the funniest notes such as:
|Picture from 'The Oatmeal' click to visit.|
So there's what I bought for Rebecca and what she bought me, what do you think? I think that we both did pretty well for the £25 budget, I spent a total of £24.20.
Thank you so much, Rebecca, for my gorgeous woodland box of goodies. Everything is so beautiful and I've had so many compliments on my necklace particularly, which I adore! A huge thank you to Money Supermarket as well for organising the Secret Santa. It's been GREAT fun and I've enjoyed getting creative.