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Handmade Scandinavian Christmas - Book Review

By Lauren Guthrie
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Christmas is certainly in full swing around g&g this week. The frequency of Christmas music has increased, the place has been dressed up with fairy lights, sequins and snow flakes. I even bought a scented candle and some chocolates for general festive snacking throughout the day!

It can always be a busy time of year in terms of getting things made as there are so many other things going on. I love the thought of having a complete handmade Christmas with everything from decorations, table settings and gifts but so far I haven’t quite managed it.

When I was asked to be part of a Christmas Decorations Blog Hop and review this lovely Handmade Scandi Christmas book I was really excited to see what ideas it had to help my dreams come true. For even more ideas you can see the rest of the blog hop here

It is written by a Norwegian lady called Hege Barnholt and is really clear that she adores the festive period and making the effort the add handmade touches to her home and involve the whole family at the same time.

This book is literally packed with ideas on everything from floral displays, bird food treats, children’s activities, tasty presents like fennel schnapps and ‘Jule salt’ to sweet treats, gift wrapping ideas and making the place smell amazing with wreaths, garlands and potpourri.

Hang these pretties up and watch the birds come to feast!

I used to LOVE making these paper snowflakes as a kid! And you just know the clove studded oranges will smell amazing!

I think these wooden sewn decoration are a really lovely idea too,

Sometimes its the simplest things that are not only easy to make but so effective...like these tassel name cards

I'll most certainly be trying these tasty looking chocolate truffles!

You can't help but be inspired looking at all the little project ideas and I wanted to make just about everything in there. 

I've got so much scrap yarn around though I thought the crochet candle holders would be lovely, and help to knock down the stash a bit too! If crochet isn't your thing, the even easier version is to just wrap yarn around the holder instead and finish with a cute little plait - easy peasy!

I had so much fun making the plait for around the top. Memories of making crazy long friendship bracelets came flooding back! I made mine a bit longer so I could tie a little bow in it as well. I found the red holders in a charity shop and I think the colour works really well with the white yarn. 

What Christmas decorations and treats are you making? 

Disclaimer: I was given a free digital copy of this book to review but all views expressed about it are my own. 

guthrie vs ghani is back for Round 4!

By Lauren Guthrie
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It’s been a while since the competitive side came out from Ayaz and I and we had a guthrie vs ghani competition.

It’s mostly me that picks all the fabric these days, but sometimes he likes to but his way in and have an opinion on what he thinks will sell really well, or not at all, and in true husband and wife style we usually disagree on the more ‘ornate’ fabrics!

So without further ado I bring you round 4 of guthrie vs ghani.....

I feel a risk of being very controversial with my choice but I think you either love it or hate it.  I’ve chosen this very cringy cheesy cat fabric with cute pink balls of yarn and this beautiful spotty needle cord which I think would make an awesome skirt or pinafore style dress.

I’m actually more of a dog person, but the competition is about what we think you guys will prefer and I feel like I’ve come to know you all more over the past 18 months, so I’m quietly confident that there are enough cat lovers out there to be taken with it.

Ayaz had gone with this comic book style fabric and a vintage travel themed fabric that looks a bit like lots of lovely old postcards.

And for old time sake we brought back Lucy’s wild card doggy dogs from a pervious round. If you love dogs then this fabric won’t fail to make you smile, even a little bit.

So who will it be this time? Kitsch kitties and spots, a comic book POW and vintage holiday or classic doggy dogs?

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

By Lauren Guthrie
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We have been busy hanging the decorations here at g&g and getting ready for the festive period so it's a bit of a housekeeping post today about our opening times. 

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Tuesday 3rd December –Saturday 20th 9.30am-5.30pm (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

Thursday 4th December  - Christmas Party Shopping Night! 6.30pm till late, All Welcome, Free Entry. 

Tuesday 23rd December  - 9.30am-5.30pm

Wednesday 24th December – 9.30am – 3pm

Thursday 25th December through to Monday 29th December Closed

Tuesday 30th December 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 31st December 10am – 4pm

Thursday 1st January Closed

Friday 2nd January 9.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday 3rd January 9.30am – 5.30pm

Normal opening hours resume