I don't even know how I feel about the Christmas Card list this year - I've been taking online classes with Feng Shui and clutter clearer, Marie Claire Carlyle, and one of the tips I've picked up is either dump the list or seriously cut through it so that it's only you're nearest and dearest receiving cards from you. Therefore, does that mean we can focus on handmade ones, the more personal approach? 

I have found this lovely card (abaove) on Folksy for £2.50.

This cutie comes from Inkcurable...

Cute Etsy offering...

From Stampin Up!

Just been having a little search around Unique Boutique. There are several shabby-esque goodies on sale and if you like what you see here you might also like their sister company, Unique Home Stays - check out some of the places for your post-christmas escape/rest period!

I've just been doing a round-up of some lovely shabby chic related Christmas gifts from Etsy. This is a gorgeous wrap knit from Ayca Hoser.

Shabby gift box set from Ember.

Beautiful hair comb from Lonkoosh.

Flower bib necklace from Beauty Spot.

Hi everyone - hope you are enjoying your Black Friday and to all our American readers, a Happy Thanksgiving. Just a very quick note to introduce my new Tumblr blog which might be of interest to some of you. 

Because it's a Tumblr it's mainly visually inspiring material plus inspirational quotes. All the stuff I love and may appeal to some of my readers here.

Look it up at The Chocolate Rose

This time I thought I would take a look at some videos for a change. On YouTube there are many people sharing their talents for scrapbooking in the vintage and shabby chic style. I am going to share a couple of my favourites here.

 Just discovered a place called Little Wren Gifts which has some lovely handmade stuff in time for Christmas and that shabby chic lover who has everything! I love these patterned cats.

This wire soap dish would look great in my bathroom! Never have to scrabble around for it again or cake it off the side of the sink which is sometimes what (ahem), happens in my house!

Wool cushions - there are plenty of designers to choose from it seems at Little Wren.

Quite got the hots for these heart wreaths!

And this little step ladder for the garden!

There are millions of decorations available out there that suit the shabby chic look - I have picked five different and slightly unusual ones that you may not have comes across...

Apart from the kitchen the living room is often the most used place when it comes to Christmas. Everyone wants to get the look right to add functionality on such an important and busy day. Here are 5 inspiring ideas from House to Home.

Metal Wreath Christmas Card Holder

No one needs reminding that Christmas is on the way but I find myself thinking about gifts today and no online window shop is complete without a visit to Dot Com Gift Shop Hope you like the selection I have picked out. How are things going for your own Christmas shopping? Started? ...Finished?!!!

Merry Christmas Doormat

Wooden Rocking Horse 

Hanging Decoration in White

Decoupage Candles
Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting. Visit their website and cool blog for more information about interior design, lighting design, and beautiful light fixtures. Enjoy!

We love Scandinavian style because it is so close to Shabby Chic. Scandinavian style is based on antique painted furniture, pale whites and gray palettes, and easy, yet elegant design. Here are 8 rooms that show why we love Scandinavian style and think you will too.

Scandinavian Style
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Scandinavian style is all about a pale, monochromatic palette of cool whites, pale creams and light grays. This dining room has the added bonus of chic natural accessories.

Scandinavian Style
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Pale, white washed rooms filled with icy blues are typical of Scandinavian style. Interesting textiles with subtle coloring and bold patterns are another thing we love about Scandinavian style. Love the antlers too.

Scandinavian Style
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White washed whites fill this farmhouse kitchen with Scandinavian style. We love the long white painted work table as a kitchen island, with the unexpected light fixture, an antique chandelier, above.

Scandinavian Style
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We love the tarnished silver and crystal of these antique pendant lights hung in a group over a white farmhouse table. Very elegant and very Scandinavian.

Scandinavian Style
My Scandinavian Retreat (via)

A palette of subtle variations on white is sophisticated and shabby chic at the same time. Clean lines and minimal decoration keep the focus on the pale colors.

Scandinavian Style
Little Blue Deer (via)

We love gray and white rooms. White painted floors make this room feel super airy. Love the pale grays in the area rug and black and white photos.

Scandinavian Style
My Scandinavian Retreat (via)

Handmade and handcrafted furniture and accessories are definitely things we love about Scandinavian style. Chunky knits on pillows and ottomans remind us of Norwegian fisherman's sweaters.

Scandinavian Style
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We love Scandinavian antiques. This living room has a lovely mix of antiques, upholstered and slip covered furniture, all in palest shades of color and whites. Can't overlook the sparkling light fixtures—crystal chandeliers complete this space beautifully.

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 Welcome our guest blogger Katie from Gorgeous Little Somethings...

"Gorgeous Little Somethings was set up thanks to my very own gorgeous little something.....my beautiful baby girl, Ava.
Becoming a mum gave me a new found confidence. So I decided to take the plunge and do what I'd not previously dared...set up my own crafted goods business.

I've always been quite creative and want my home to feel characterful and personal. That's why I love finding old unwanted pieces and up cycling them into something new or painting and decorating them to give them a new lease of life. I mix old and new to make something unique.

My range of products includes handmade cards (bespoke orders considered) and wrap, decorative accessories, wooden boxes, cushions and doorstops. I hope to expand in the near future to include shabby chic furniture, sourced and renewed by myself of course. I'm also toying with the idea of adding an 'Another Chance' section. What's that? It's all of the random and lovely pieces I pick up whilst scouring markets, second-hand shops etc for materials. Some things simply can't be or shouldn't be altered but that doesn't make it any easier to walk away instead of purchasing them. And there's a limit to my other half's tolerance of such things! So why not make them available to my lovely customers at a suitably thrifty price. Watch this space!"

 Compiling a Top 10 of everything can be hard - so much to choose from! Here are my current Top 10 ideas for Christmas decorations starting with this Wooden Hanging Dove set from Carol Ridler at Daisy Park.

Secondly this Metal Gold Christmas Tree hanger from Country Moon

Third is this fantastic and novel Rusty Bucket Advent Calendar available at Meggy Moos.

For my fourth choice I have picked this red parcel stack from Melody Maison.

Fallen in love with number five - Partridge in a Pear Tree, another available at Melody Maison see above link...

Great Felt Advent Calendar which you can find at Freddie Freckle.

Another Freddie Freckle product - cute Scandanavian Heart Box Set.

Striking snowflake decoration from Vintage Shabby Chic...

Gingham Christmas Set from Denbee Country Crafts.  

White wicker heart also from Denbee...

And that concludes my Top 10 shabby chic decorations 2011 - stay tuned for further Top 10s x x x

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