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Preparing the home for Winter...

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We all know the tradition of a good 'spring clean'.  Clearing the decks, throwing open the windows and blowing away the dust and cobwebs of Winter.

I feel like in need to do this every 6 months.  Have a good deep clean, remove clutter and re-assess our living spaces.  Perhaps repaint walls or furniture, cull books, change furnishings and have a good old tidy.

Autumn is a great time to do this.  I love to prep the home for the Winter months.  Today I have started with the lounge.  A deep vacuum, the floors, rugs and sofa. Wiping down of the surfaces, skirting boards and window using a natural solution of vinegar and water, preferring to use this instead of highly perfumed shop bought cleaning products.

I have decided to follow the lead of Sara Emslie, and have only a few favourite things on display and keeping the colours to a simple muted palette.  Our curios cabinet is being spruced up with a lick of paint (more on that later).  I have placed on the shelves a few of our recently vintage finds, and of course some of my beloved natural objects (nature in the home, always!).  

Piles of logs have been stacked in the basket close the the wood burner, I feel that the cold days are just around the corner.  Books are being sorted and only our most loved are being kept, the rest sent to charity.  It feels good to let go.

Our sofa is old, and sadly we are unable to replace it at the moment, so I shall cover it with throws and sheepskins to cosy the space up for the colder months.

Good lighting during the Winter gloom is a necessity.  I have a box of candles placed on the shelf in an easy to reach spot.  I also have my eye on this lamp for the corner of the lounge over our arm chair.  Plus, when it get's closer to Christmas, my fairy lights will come out, and probably stay until March.

How do you prepare for Winter?  I'd love to know.
Winter home style

Christmas Giveaway...

Hi there!  Yes lovely people, it is almost that time... Christmas is nearly upon us.
Another year is nearly over too.. and what a year it has been.
Littlegreenshed has grown so much and I am hugely grateful to the love and support that this wonderful world of blogging has given me... thank you, you are most loved!
During these past few years I have 'met' so many inspiring and creative people.  These wonderful people have supported and encouraged me during my first tentative footsteps in launching my shop.  They know who they are!

So... as a thanks to you and them, I am so happy to bring you this little festive giveaway.
I have asked some of my incredibly creative friends to contribute - and what a giveaway it has become!  I am soooo excited!

One winner will win the following:

1. Flora of Through the Round Window has generously donated the following:  The Angel stained glass decoration.  Flora is also throwing in a Chevron Leaf tote, a Chevron Leaf mug and a few of her cards too.

2.  Amy of Robin and Mould has kindly donated one of her Fox Cushions.

3.  Francesca of Mrs Eliot Books has offered the winner a choice of any of her A4 or A3 prints from her shop.

4.  Cable and Cotton are kindly giving away a set of their Glow lights - perfect for the Christmas season.

5  Laetitia of Mamzelle Titoo has donated a Lord Cloud & Lady Sweet plate.

6.  Me!  I would like to give away the winner any A4 or A3 print of their choice, from my shop.

7.  Charmaine of Little Nest Box has kindly donated a Happy Day Garland - happiness in every flag!

8. Nell of On the First Day of Marriage is generously giving the winner a Pink Hair Bow from her shop Happy Circus.

9. Kerry of The SeventyTree is also kindly giving the winner a choice of A4 or A3 print from her shop.

10.  Melanie of Melanie Wickham Lino Prints is kindly donating a Tea Towel of your choice from her shop.

Soo ALL of these wonderful gorgeous items are for ONE winner.  Yep of YOU could win the whole lot.  

To enter please fill in the following form... giveaway ends on Saturday 1st December at 8.00am GMT.  Offer is open to Worldwide!

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Thank you to my lovely friends for kindly donating these items, I am muchly grateful!  You all rock! xxx

Good Luck guys!

The Original Pop-Up Shop...

Okay - so it's only 5 weeks til the big day.. have you started shopping yet?  I did, today.  Just a few little bits for an advent calendar I am thinking of. It is so exciting!
Tell me, when do you start on your decorations?  On Instagram recently, I have noticed a lot of people have started to bring some glitz and shimmer into their home already.  Have you?  I can't wait, but as a rule I have to wait until the 14th December in our home... (this is Dan's birthday) so on the 15th our house gets glitzed!

I've recently discovered this wonderful shop - The Original Pop-Up Shop.  Starting three years ago, using the old Ice Cream Parlour next to their home, for the 6 week run up to Christmas it transforms into a Christmas pop up shop - selling the best of decorations, wreathes and all things interiors for Christmas.  Last year it launched an on-line shop too, so we can shop there.  (The real life shop is in Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK).

I love those little baking tin candle holders... and this year I WILL finish my felt ball wreath I started last year, this one is stunning!. Yep... I might have to have a white paper snowflake or two, too!  Do go and check it out - it has some lovely stuff.

How do you decorate for Christmas - do you have a style?