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how-to-create-your-own-photo-book-uk-little-big-bell 2017 will be the year for collecting memories of the time spent with my family. To kickstart this resolution, I’ve decided to make a family photo book from our holiday pictures. Our last holiday was spent in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

It was just the perfect timing when My-Picture.co.uk asked me to try out their photo book service. They also offer photo transfers onto Canvas Prints, Acrylic Prints and Aluminium Prints. how-to-save-memories-with-photo-books-little-big-bell The Christmas break was the perfect time to edit all those accumulated holiday pictures.

It was fun doing so, as I felt like I was revisiting those wonderful places and experiences from our last vacation again.

It was really easy to navigate the My-picture.co.uk site. The uploading of images to the photo book  was a straightforward intuitive process. how-to-organise-photos-into-photo-books-little-big-bell You can choose various sizes of photo books with different covers. I decided on an A4 hardback book. create-your-own-online-photo-book-by-little-big-bell Texts can be added to the images if you desire, but I decided to let my images do the talking.

The photo above is of Canon beach, based in Clatsop County, Oregon. We stopped by for a stroll on the beach, en route from Seattle to Portland.

It was a stunning beach, with fine white sand and beautiful waves. Interestingly, it was the beach where The Goonies, Twilight and Point Break were filmed. my-picture-photo-book-little-big-bell There is a choice of formats for the Photo book pages. You can have one large image per page or create a collage of images, as I have done here. photo-holiday-book-by-my-pictures-uk-photo-by-little-big-bell This beach scene was at White Rock in British Columbia. holiday-photo-book-little-big-bell I was so pleased with the finished product. The paper was of high quality and the printed images came out with perfect clarity and colour.

I will be sending this photo book as a gift to my mother in law, but will definitely be reprinting another one for myself soon.

Do you have uploaded holiday photos on your computer that you would like to print? Well, now you can with My-picture.co.uk.

I have a special code for you to create either a 20x20cm or 30x20cm photo canvas for free by using the promotion code LITTLEBIGFREECANVA. The code is valid till 01/03/2017. Shipping cost is not included.

Hope this post has inspired you to start creating family memories too. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with My-Picture.co.uk, but all opinions are my own).

jamie-oliver-kitchen-papermills-studio-photo-by-geraldine-tan-of-little-big-bell-blog Happy 2017 everyone! Hope you’ve all had a restful break. I simply had to start the year by showing you this beautiful vintage style kitchen at Papermill studios in London. It also happens to be the kitchen where Jamie Oliver cooks for his TV show.

Just before Christmas, I co-hosted a Make Wrap Mingle crafts event there, with Zeena Shah and Lynne of Papermash green-and-brass-kitchen-little-big-bell This vintage style kitchen is so on trend with this season’s predicted big five : Natural wood, earthy tones, Brass, Emerald green and patterned tiles.

Even the sink area looked stylish with a bottle of Aesop hand soap. There were no plastic bottles in sight. The washing up liquid was cleverly stored in a glass bottle with a drizzler spout.  kitchen-decor-london-little-big-bell Black and white goes so well with the earthy tones of wood.

Adore those ceramic Design Letter cups. That white coffee grinder and machine are now definitely on my wish list. vintage-cupboards-for-kitchen-little-big-bell These vintage wooden drawers are a dream. Love how their glass panel windows show off the Falcon enamel ware serving trays. pink-gin-cocktail-party-little-big-bell Anyway, enough swooning over the kitchen at Papermill studios. I need to tell you about the event that we hosted.

As well as running a gift wrap crafting table, I planned some of the sweet treats and drinks for the day. We had Pinkster gin, prosecco and elderflower rose cocktails.

Those gorgeous gold paper cups are from Lynne’s party shop, Papermash. papermills-studio-kitchen-photo-by-little-big-bell Mint leaves and fresh raspberries were used to garnish the cocktails. vickys-colourful-donuts Check out these super colourful Vicky’s donuts that spelled out the name of the event. meringue-girls-colourful-meringues-little-big-bell I travelled to Broadway market in East London to pick up these colourful meringues from the Meringue girls. They were so tasty and instagram worthy for the day. primrose-bakery-cupcakes-little-big-bell From East London back to North London. I got these cute cupcakes from Primrose bakery. papermills-studio-london-little-big-bell Those miniature mince pies on the blue cake stand were from Selfridges, and they were very popular on the day.

Did you spot the apple and pear framed prints by Enzo Mari ? Another two things to add to my ever growing wish list. london-blogers-event-little-big-bell Another peek at the treats. make-wrap-mingle-little-big-bell A bird’s eye view of that vintage style kitchen and the event space, where I ran my workshop. Guests were beginning to trickle in.

We had around 60 people attend on the day. gift-wrap-ideas-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell-blog Here are a few of the simple gift wrap ideas that I taught on the day. prettly-nails We were very lucky to have Prettly in attendance at our event. They are a mobile hair styling, makeup and manicure service, travelling to you, whether at home, at work or at an event.

Our guests had their hair braided, curled and styled. One of the Prettly team even came to my home, to manicure my daughter’s nails. Look at that pretty sky blue colour she chose. make-wrap-mingle-event-at-papermills-studio-with-little-big-bell Next door to the kitchen, is the other event space. Feast your eye on that amazing ribbon feature on the ceiling.

Zeena and Lynne have kitted out their tables here, ready for some amazing craft activities. confetti-cracker-diy-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell-blog This was the confetti Christmas cracker making table. Colourful cards were provided by Lynne for our guests to cut out the crackers using Zeena’s templates.

Punched out confetti and miniature candy canes were used to fill the crackers. craft-table This was the festive greeting card table. send-a-festive-greeting-little-big-bell Beautiful greeting cards were created ready to post. make-wrap-mingle-event-london-little-big-bell Here’s a view of the table in use.

We also had a pom pom making table taught by Zeena.

It was in all such a fun and creative day out. Hopefully I can do another one in the future.

In the meantime, do take a peek at Lynne’s shop Papermash and check out the other workshops that Zeena is running. Papermill studios also runs workshops too.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing that beautiful vintage style kitchen. It was an honour to be able to run a workshop there. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

christmas-punch-bowl-photo-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell-blog It’s 5 more days till Christmas. The tree is decorated and the gifts are wrapped. Now it’s time to turn my attention to Christmas entertaining. Cocktails are so in vogue at the moment aren’t they? However when faced with a house full of guests during the holiday season, there has to be a more efficient way to serve them up right? In steps the punch bowl. punch-bowl-cocktail-recipe-little-big-bell I’ve been on the hunt for a punch bowl for a while and when I saw this beautiful large punch bowl from Culinary Concepts, I knew I had to have it.

It’s made of mouth blown glass with a nickel plate and stainless steel rim, stem and foot. culinary-concepts-punchbowl-cocktail-recipe-little-big-bell-copy 2016 has been the year of individual cocktails, but I think 2017 should be the year of fun punch bowl parties. There are so many different colourful recipes to create, both alcoholic and non alcoholic. the-punchbowl-party-little-big-bell As you can see, ahead of Christmas and New Year, we have already been indulging in some festive fun at home.

Every Christmas, we serve up Cranberry cocktails and mocktails. I’m so excited that we can now make them in large batches in my new punch bowl. punchbowl-recipre-for-christmas-party Here’s the recipe:

Mix 1 litre of Cranberry juice, 2.5 litres of Ginger Ale, juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange and a lime together in the punch bowl. Garnish with sliced citrus fruits and mint leaves. Store in fridge to keep chilled till time of serving.

Freeze the cranberries separately to act as ice cubes for the punch. Alternatively, you could place the citrus slices and water in a donut shaped cake tin, freeze it, then use as decorative ice for the punch.

The recipe above is non alcoholic, so the kids can enjoy it too. For the adults, just fill a glass half full of the punch mixture and then topped with Prosecco or Champagne. the-punchbowl-trend-little-big-bell I’m so excited to serve this holiday punch recipe to my guests. There’s still time for you to order your very own punch bowl with the next day delivery option until 21st December. I say go for it, it’s so perfect for Christmas and New Year.

If you are planning lots of parties in the days to come, then do take a look at Culinary Concept’s beautiful barware collection cranberry-cocktail-little-big-bell

Hope you like my holiday punch bowl recipe. If you do try it out, let me know what you think.

There’s also an exclusive 30% off both the Small and Large Glass Punch Bowls at Culinary Concepts for my readers. Simply enter the code LBB30 at the checkout – valid until the 31st December 2016.

Cheers! Here’s to the punch bowl trend in 2017.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Culinary concepts. I was also gifted the punch bowl. All text written and opinions stated are my own.)

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