An Independent Christmas: The Verdict

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Back in November, I pledged to but independent for Christmas, at least for the presents for Mr Makes and some of our festive food. Now that Christmas is over, I wanted to give a little update on how it went, and what I learned.

Buying Christmas presents for your loved ones can be hard, first coming up with ideas, then having to find them, and then the fear of whether they will actually like their present. It’s easy to slip into the same routine, and before you know it, you’re again gifting the same type of present as years before. In October this year, I picked up the Christmas brochures for some of the big high-street stores, as I glanced through them, it hit me that the majority of stuff was not really any different to previous years. There are only so many times that you can give smellies to your loved ones, before they start thinking you are trying to tell them something!

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Christmas Crafting with Merrie and Bright


December is here! It’s the most festive time of the year, and it’s time to start decorating the house for Christmas. The shops are full of wonderful decorations, but being creative, I do like to make something myself.

In previous years, I’ve made lots of bunting, but this year I fancied something a bit different. As soon as I saw the new range of wrapping paper from Merrie and Bright Calligraphy, I knew that I had to make something with it! In this post, I’ll be running through two simple makes using this wrapping paper that can easily be completed in front of a festive film!

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Why I’ll be Buying Independent this Christmas


Back in March this year, I wrote a short article for the Lucky Dip Club Magazine, Girl Planet on the joy of buying independent. Since that published, I’ve certainly been trying to buy more from indie sellers, both online and through events like the Handmade Fair and Renegade Craft fair. It seems that my love of independent hasn’t gone unnoticed by friends and family either. Last weekend, I celebrated my 30th birthday, and I was genuinely touched by how many gifts were not from the high street. In some cases, family had actively sought out gifts from creatives that they know I love. Others had found new independent sellers. Continue reading