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a handmade christmas & a happy new year

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christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

I hope you had a wonderful christmas break and feel rested and ready for the year ahead.

I wanted to share a few photos from our christmas holiday, which was a combination of frosty walks and family time, as well as all the preparations that go into the big day.

I was keen to give as many homemade gifts this year as I could and enjoyed the making process very much. I learnt lots too - the main thing being how simple most of them were to make in the first place (and how much nicer they were to give than bought ones!). 

I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest and have included some of the links below for you to try out yourself ... if you wish!

christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

A large branch and some foraging in the woods made up our rather large, unrefined wreath this year. 

christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
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a box of homemade chocolate truffles (a modified version of this recipe)

a box of homemade chocolate truffles (a modified version of this recipe)

Homemade soy candles in a recycled jam jars

Homemade soy candles in a recycled jam jars

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These hanging planters were some of the results of the pottery course I took (and loved) over the autumn. A gift to my sister & mum and one for me!

christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

One or two family members received a pair of these. And despite attempting to have a break from the knitting needles, Anouk got a new pompom hat!

knitted hat - christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
Knitted pompom hat - christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
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christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

Jemimah made some clay decorations this year for the tree and gave us all one each with our names printed on as gifts - so sweet!

Anouk's favourite things about christmas to hang on the tree

Anouk's favourite things about Christmas to hang on the tree...

... frosty walks in the winter sun has got to be up there as one of my favourite things to do at Christmas.. it's the only thing that's left when you've eaten your weight in cheese & chocolates!

christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
carolyn carter blog | photography, craft, design
carolyn carter blog | photography, craft, design
carolyn carter blog | photography, craft, design
carolyn carter blog | photography, craft, design
christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog
christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

Welcoming in 2017 by candle light.

christmas 2016 | carolyn carter blog

Well done if you got this far through the blog! I do like having it all on here for when I'm looking back ...

That's all for now! Carolyn X