Wednesday, 31 December 2014

December Round Up

We are now at the end of 2014 and it's time for us to round up the whirlwind month that was December. It's been a bit of a blur of mince pies, wrapping paper and Christmas songs but we've enjoyed every minute of it.

Helen
December Round Up, Month round up, best bits, Tea Green Festive Market, photo booth, 2001 Space Odyssey , Naromode, The Whitepepper, sale

Doing: Snapping photos at Tea Green. Kimberley and I headed along to the Tea Green Makers Market in Dundee and set up our sparkly photobooth to snap happy shoppers with their purchases and picks from the fair. We added a few snowflakes to make it even more festive and had a great time chatting to visitors and stall holders. The next weekend I then headed along to Glasgow for the Tea Green fair at The Lighthouse. Unfortunately, Kimberley couldn't make it along and I set up the booth all alone. It wasn't long before I was visited by the fabulous Miss West End Girl, which lifted my spirits and set me up for another busy day of making friends and snapping photos.

Watching: I had two great cinema experiences this month. The first was taking my Dad along to the DCA to see 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen. It's one of his favourite films and I hadn't seen it before so it was really nice to go together. I was blown away by it, the music and visuals were stunning. That Mr Kubrick was one inspirational guy. My second movie trip was with my wee sis to see The Muppet Christmas Carol, also at the DCA. It's one of our favourite festive movies and watching it the weekend before Christmas really helped to boost our holiday spirits. The trip to Dundee's newest cocktail bar, Jam Jar, beforehand probably helped with that too.

Buying: I have been busy shopping small throughout December and managed to get most of my Christmas presents that way. From ordering online (and taking advantage of a few cyber Monday deals), to visiting markets and craft fairs and dropping into my favourite local stores. In the process I seem to have picked up a few gifts for myself along the way, namely this beautiful Naromode scarf. It was a case of one in the (virtual) basket for my lovely friend Ashley and one for me, as a reward for being such an awesome gift buyer. Of course I also purchased a gift for my Shop Small Secret Santa partner. After doing a bit of research it seemed she was quite the make up lover so I opted for a bright red Rock Cakes brooch. I sure hope she liked it.

Clicking: I have to admit that I have been checking out some of the boxing day sales from the comfort of my sofa. There are some great designers offering some rather fabulous discounts. I have managed to restrain myself so far but with discounts on favourites such as The Whitepepper, Obscure Couture, Katze Shop, Wear Eponymous and Tatty Devine it's been quite difficult.


Kimberley
December, Round up, Month round up, best bits, Etsy Pop Up Shop, Etsy Edinburgh, Cockneys vs Zombies, The Whitepepper rabbit jumper, Bon Bon, pom pom

Doing: I've been really quite busy this month- I've no idea how I managed to get Christmas gifts organised while I was busy with everything else. Luckily, the Edinburgh Etsy Pop Up Shop held above Made From Scotland had lots of local designers to help me #ShopSmall and get my shopping done in a one stop shop. It included talented makers including Diedododa, Hello Strumpet, Zyzanna, Urszula Jochim Designs, Vivid Please, Wooden Tree House, Kate and the Ink- you can get the lowdown on the Edinburgh Etsy blog here.

Watching: Between all the Christmas films I randomly stubbled upon Cockneys Vs. Zombies. Or rather, Tony did and I watched the first fifteen minutes over my tablet as I did some online sales swooping. Then I got majorly sucked into the story and left my virtual checkouts to time out. The humour was surprisingly quick-paced and the unlikely heroes because surprisingly likeable. Plus the OAP subset of survivors are hilarious.

Buying: This The Whitepepper rabbit jumper has been on my wishlist since it first popped up on my instagram feed and it's been taunting me ever since. As well as the pattern itself I love the colour combination- it's pretty much the only way I could get away with mustard with my skin! It's 50% off in the sales so it's really affordable- grab it quick. Can't wait to wear mine!

Clicking: Obviously, I've been checking out the sales. I have been checking and double checking all the same as Helen, above. I've also picked up a few wee sparkly bits from Alternate Normality and goodies from Hello Marine and Fearne Cotton's collection for Very. And dreaming of Charlotte Simone's incredible Bon Bon bags.

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