Ethical Gift Guide: Christmas 2016

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Being an ethical shopper is tough at Christmas time as it can be easy to get swept-up in buying mass-produced products in the rush to tick people off your Christmas gift list. At Decorator’s Notebook though, our values of design, quality and ethics stay firm all year round, so you know that every purchase helps talented artisans in developing countries build… 

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Free & Easy Foraged Christmas Decorations

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A new Christmas tradition has emerged in my home in recent years: the search for The Christmas Branch. Once carefully chosen and carried home the branch takes pride of place above the Christmas dinner table, decorated with foliage, tealight lanterns and mini mercury glass baubles which glisten in the candlelight. I love using natural foraged… 

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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Decorator's Notebook Shop - top 10 Christmas gift ideas for men

GIFTS FOR HER Double Sided Picture Frames, £12.95 – £19.95 | Dipped Terracotta Jug, £16.95 | Fair trade Fox Necklace, £24.95 | Moroccan Leather Slippers, £23.95 Yellow Top Jute Bag, £39.95 | Vintage Sari Kantha Quilt, £165 Honeycomb Throw in Rose Pink, £58.95 | Glass Bead Necklace, £12.50 | Black Triangle Jute Bag, £42.95 |… 

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Free printable! 16 illustrated Christmas gift tags

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It’s been brilliant having you all read my blog over the past year – it feels like last Christmas was only moments ago but so much has happened over the past year and 2013 is going to be the most exciting yet for Decorator’s Notebook. So to say thank you for reading I’ve been hard… 

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Possibly the world’s most beautiful baubles

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There have been a lot of white and natural Christmas decorations round here recently, so I wanted to share some slightly different today. Bollywood Christmas sells colourful handpainted papier mache baubles made in Kashmir. Each spring local artisans leave their villages and gather to choose the design they want to paint, then return a few… 

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15-minute make: mulled wine syrup

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Here’s an odd quirk of mine – I really dislike wine (red, white, rose, sparkling – everything) but I love mulled wine. I’m not sure what that says about my taste buds, but it makes perfect sense to me! So, today’s 15-minute make is a gently-spiced mulled wine recipe that just tastes like Christmas… and… 

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House tour: white and Christmassy Danish home

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This wonderfully white home is from Danish Bo Bedre, so I’m afraid I can’t offer you much by way of a story to go with it. But then when a house is this simple and pretty, it can probably speak for itself! {Bo Bedre} I’ve been pondering the virtues of Piet van Eek scrapwood wallpaper… 

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15-minute make: ribbon star tree decoration

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So, here begins a new little mini series I’ll be visiting on Decorator’s Notebook from time to time. I love settling down to a day of solid crafting with only a box of materials, cake and tea for company as much as the next girl. But in reality, we all know that finding the time… 

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