Despite all my protests that it is still far too early for Christmas, I am slowly getting beginning to feel a little festive and get into the spirit of things. It really feels as though you can’t escape it right now – the adverts have aired, the lights have been switched on and the Christmas albums have landed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Scrooge, in fact I absolutely love Christmas along with all the pomp and ceremony that surrounds it, I just think that it all starts a little too early these days and we’re too quick to jump on the Christmas bandwagon these days.
That being said, last month I joined the guys at Viking for a really rather festive ‘Arty Party’ as they showed us how we could get creative this Christmas and create our of gifts, crackers and cards instead of splashing the cash on ready made items instead.
Despite the unseasonably warm weather on the day, it felt suitably festive at the venue inside thanks to the mulled wine that was flowing, the Christmas songs and of course the presents under the tree … I do not envy the person who had to wrap and prepare those!
After a quick chance to mingle and sip on said mulled wine it was time to divide up into our teams and take on our first challenge of the afternoon – stamping. Whilst some of the other lovely ladies opted for more intricate, festive designs, I stuck to something that was much more simple in the form of a circle.
I was surprised at how easy the stamps were, not only to make, but to use as well. Especially when I saw some of the creations that people had made from using them … they put my poor minimalist vibe to shame!
Activity two was ‘Christmas Crackers’ but with a slight twist as these crackers weren’t for the table, they were for an advent calendar instead. The aim was to make 24 smaller than average crackers using just A4 paper (extra sparkly of course), ribbon, glue and of course some stickers with which to number them with. Being the perfectionist (read: slow coach) that I am, I only actually managed to make two in the time we had with Viking on the day and decided instead that mine would become table decorations or place cards instead.
Even though I am away for a large chunk of December, I cannot wait to see my ‘Winter Wonderland’ inspired table glisten away throughout the month!
A quick refuel later (more Mulled Wine and the most satisfying sandwich I have had in a long time) it was time for the one that I had been waiting for, Calligraphy. I have never been a neat writer (I’m pretty certain it was described as looking as though a ‘spider had crawled over the page’ by a teacher in my school days) but I have always been fascinated by those who’s writing looks more like art and calligraphy.
Getting to grips with the basics, it was time to try and create some ‘art’ of my own and although my little piece of motivational wall art may not yet belong in a gallery, I am pretty proud of how far I came in such a short space of time.
I’ve even been practising since and been looking into how I can learn more about this wonderful world of lettering.
Aside from leaving with a tummy full of mulled wine, tasty treats and feeling rather festive (even if it was about 20 degrees outside), I also left feeling rather inspired to keep crafting safe in the knowledge that if I do Viking have got my back when it comes to supplies.
Are you feeling festive yet?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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