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The local guide to decorating your tree

The local guide to decorating your tree

As we are well into the last week before Christmas, instead of doing a last minute gift guide I thought I would put together a little post about tree decorations. By now you all probably have your tree up and most likely have all your shopping done (or if not, like me, you will be battling the shops and praying for the deliveries to arrive on time) but there’s always room for another little decoration on the tree .

So let’s talk about the tree, for me the Christmas tree should be full of memories, with mismatching decorations picked up over the years from handmade to holiday keepsakes, each decoration should have a story behind it. I don't think I will ever have a ‘styled’ coordinated tree no matter how beautiful they can look and if your the person who has that themed tree good on you for the commitment I just don have it in me....  but that maybe says more about my personality than I care to admit!

Every time I'm  somewhere interesting I try to pick up a Christmas decoration or if I see something that reminds me of a happy memory or place I'll buy it even if it's mid July in Venice!

If you've been following me for a while you will know I also love to support local small businesses so to combine my love for the unstyled tree and promote some top local businesses I've put together a list of crafted, locally available Christmas decorations whixh I think will create interesting additions to your tree. They would also all make a lovely last minute gift!

Rebecca Killen - These are a great alternative to glass baubles Bone china baubles hand decorated with real gold available at  In Klover ,  Wrapped Up  and online from her Etsy store. They've already sold out in  Woven !

Rebecca Killen- These are a great alternative to glass baubles Bone china baubles hand decorated with real gold available at In Klover, Wrapped Up and online from her Etsy store. They've already sold out in Woven!

White Chalk Studio - Hand drawn, beautifully sketched and printed onto 4mm birch ply there’s different designs to choose from and available from Woven,  Studio Souk ,  Painted Earth , In Klover and online

White Chalk Studio- Hand drawn, beautifully sketched and printed onto 4mm birch ply there’s different designs to choose from and available from Woven, Studio Souk, Painted Earth, In Klover and online

These delicate snowflakes are handmade by  Astrl Fibres  and are available from Studio Souk, Woven and online. She also had workshops to make your own garlands so watch out for those next year!

These delicate snowflakes are handmade by Astrl Fibres and are available from Studio Souk, Woven and online. She also had workshops to make your own garlands so watch out for those next year!

Cinnamon scented trees with stag print in gorgeous rich earthy tones from  Jupiter Red Textiles   will add n amazing scent to your tree available in the  Craft Room Comber  and Studio Souk

Cinnamon scented trees with stag print in gorgeous rich earthy tones from Jupiter Red Textiles  will add n amazing scent to your tree available in the Craft Room Comber and Studio Souk

Cowfield Design  mini Samson/ Goliath cranes- I spotted these mini versions of the full size cranes in Studio Souk and thought they would be perfect as a tree decoration and then can be used as a keepsake for rest of the year! Available from Studio Souk and online

Cowfield Design mini Samson/ Goliath cranes- I spotted these mini versions of the full size cranes in Studio Souk and thought they would be perfect as a tree decoration and then can be used as a keepsake for rest of the year! Available from Studio Souk and online

These acrylic snowflake decorations by  Rachel McKnight  inside each other, perfect to hang separately on your tree or why not gift one to someone special and keep the matching one. Available at  Oscar and Joy  in Holywood and in  Space Craft

These acrylic snowflake decorations by Rachel McKnight inside each other, perfect to hang separately on your tree or why not gift one to someone special and keep the matching one. Available at Oscar and Joy in Holywood and in Space Craft

These lovely embellished decorations are from  Jane Mathers  and have almost sold out there is still some availability at Woven and In Klover

These lovely embellished decorations are from Jane Mathers and have almost sold out there is still some availability at Woven and In Klover

Locally sourced linen with embroidered images of iconic Belfast in the snow filled with cinnamon from  Deborah Toner . She only has 6 of these left in stock but will be at St. George’s Market in Sunday. There are also some available from Space Craft.

Locally sourced linen with embroidered images of iconic Belfast in the snow filled with cinnamon from Deborah Toner. She only has 6 of these left in stock but will be at St. George’s Market in Sunday. There are also some available from Space Craft.

And lastly these intricate paper snowflake/ stars from Quilling bee available at The Craft Room, Comber.

And lastly these intricate paper snowflake/ stars from Quilling bee available at The Craft Room, Comber.

 

Hope you will all agree these would make a great addition to any tree and that there’s something for everyone! 

 

Have a lovely Christmas! 

Nicola

*Photos credited to each maker

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