Having recently discovered the lovely Daisybutter blog, I came across her 12 days of Blogmas challenge and have decided to take part in a few that would fit perfectly here on Blushing Lately. It’s exactly the kind of inspiration that I needed to blog this month. Admittedly, I haven’t had a lot of time to write, what with 15,000 words in the form of four essays set over Christmas and some upsetting family news that have been at the forefront of my mind. However, I’m trying to practice self-care as much as possible and one of those ways is through writing in my little corner of the blogosphere. So thank you, Michelle, for some much needed inspiration! For this challenge, I will be sharing 10 small moments that have been putting a (big) smile on my face this month.
Wintery blog props
I found these dried orange slices and berries at a local florist in Ringwood and thought that they would be perfect festive props for flatlays. I’m still working on improving this angle of photography but these little props add a nice touch to my seasonal theme.
Different flavour of tea each day
Returning from my wintery break to a parcel from the English Tea Company made coming home a little more jolly. I now have an advent calendar with different flavours of tea to try each day. My little afternoon treat.
Reaching 1k on Instagram
Since starting my account at the end of August, it has grown steadily like a well-watered plant and my thoughts on Instagram have changed completely. The community I have become a part of is so supportive and wonderfully creative that I find myself inspired daily. I had set myself the goal of reaching 1k followers before Christmas, which, to my surprise, happened at the beginning of December!
Festive parcel from Norway
The lovely Stefie has her own Etsy shop selling the prettiest bookmarks to complement our book flatlays. My parcel arrived in a lovely and festive envelope with stamps from Norway that reminded me of a time before emails and social media. It made me want to start sending letters again!
Little gingerbread hearts from the Polish shop are my favourite festive treat at this time of the year. From the process of popping into the store, using my first language and carrying them excitedly home, to opening the fresh bag and the smell of childhood hitting me, it’s one of my happy moments that I repeat each year.
Kirsty’s Handmade Christmas
The festive seasons means the queen of arts and crafts is back on our TV screens, adding a lovely ambience to cold, dark evenings by the Christmas tree. Each year my mum and I are inspired to try making our own wreath or another handmade Christmas decoration.
A mug for every mood
Three new ones have joined the family this month: a simple clear latte glass that’s perfect for festive spiced tea and mulled wine; my beautiful pastel green Scandi-inspired one that I had been searching for since the start of autumn; and a lovely colourful blue one from the English Tea Company that arrived in my festive parcel.
Warming up with hot elderflower
From this blog post alone, it probably sounds like I am a crazy
cat tea lady but my favourite drink around Christmas is actually hot elderflower cordial. No caffeine so perfect with a festive film before bedtime.
Cosy teddy coat
Every time I slip on my new fluffy coat, it feels like being hugged by a… sheep? It’s faux, of course, but so soft and warm that even the snowy chill in Poland could not get through. Bonus points for looking quite chic as well!
Natural theme for the Christmas tree
This year’s theme for the tree is a natural take on the traditional style: cinnamon sticks, hessian angels and rustic pine cones, all enveloped by delicate warm fairylights. I’m the chief Christmas tree decorator in our family, a position I have held proudly for the past few years, and so each year is an exciting opportunity to be creative.
So above are my petite festive joys this month that are helping to perk up my mood a little each day. This year’s Christmas is going to be less than merry but embracing little moments like this can make a big difference. Thank you again for this lovely idea, Michelle!
Part of the 12 Days of Daisybutter Blogmas challenge. See the challenge introduction here and post along!
What are your own petite festive joys?