I'm not Kirstie Alsopp.
I am, however, mental enough to envision a homemade, DIY, Christmas at my house and then, mad enough to attempt it.
It all began with a trip to the local garden centre and their ridiculously early display of Christmas stuff. I was wandering around looking at gorgeous Christmas trees, miles of sparkly garland, lighted twig reindeer, pretty ornaments both in natural material and shiny, sparkly stuff.
As most people do, I got all excited and started thinking about how we were going to decorate this year. This also happens to be the first year I will be hosting a few people's Christmas at my house, not just Paul, Audrey and the MIL. So, I'm a little over-eager maybe.
Long story short, I spotted a few ornaments I liked. Little cloth hearts, stuffed and had various things on them. Turned one over.... £4.99!!! WHAT!?! Are you mental? At £4.99 for one ornament, It would take 10 years before I would have the lovely coordinated, ornament covered tree I imagined. I'm doing ok financially but I'm not that mental! I just can't justify spending that kind of money on Xmas tree ornaments. I'd rather spend it on nice food, drinks or gifts to make my peeps happy.
My mini-rant ended with... "holy crap, I could make that myself for less." Fatal.
Take a look at what's on sale at the local garden centre.....
Little twigs nailed together in a snowflake pattern then covered in glitter. I have sticks in my backyard.... no problem.
I love this one... £9 for a pile of sticks arranged in a tree shape and painted white... really? I can do that.
Gingerbread cookies on strings..... erm. Do I really need to spend money on these?
Bark. And I saw those little wooden reindeer bits at Hobbycraft for £1.49 for a bag of 12. This ornament? £7.00
What have I done!?
Does anyone have Kirstie's phone number? I may need help.