We are on the home straight up to Christmas now. I break up from school tomorrow (cue a day of party games tomorrow!), have a few loose ends to tie up on Saturday, some last minute shopping and baking on Sunday then it’s Christmas Eve and our guests arrive!
Part of me feels quite panicky about this. I had grand plans for the first Christmas in our new home, having every room decorated, wreaths on every door, lots of handmade decorations and personal touches but in reality I have done a bit of festive cooking, put the tree up and just about managed to get all of my cards in the post before the deadline!
Ian has been home this week so has been getting lots of little odd jobs around the house done including new fittings in the bathroom:
New knobs (*snigger*):
And putting together my lovely new Christmas present (and my New Year’s project!):
I am still yet to wrap a single present but instead of feeling worried about this I am just getting on with things. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves at this time of year and sometimes I have to remind myself that the beautiful home and lifestyle blogs I see online are styled by professionals with months of planning having gone into it. I also have a demanding full-time job which means I have to prioritise my time at home and quite frankly a drink up the pub with Ian always sounds more inviting than tidying, cleaning and decorating!
Anyway, that is my caveat for not having as many Christmas-themed items on the blog as I had hoped!
However, I did make time for some festive nail art with these cute baubles which my Mum sent to me inside my Christmas card this year. These stickers are bigger than the ones I usually use and they didn’t last the whole week before they started peeling slightly but I liked the finished effect while it lasted!
Start with clean, filed nails and paint on a complementary base coat – I used this lilac by E.L.F.
When the nail varnish has dried, press on your nail stickers
Finish with a layer of clear nail varnish to seal the look.
As the stickers were quite large, I just used them on my ‘party nails’ and thumb nails!