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Harbour-Print-1-Howkapow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It’s Winter, it’s dark and it’s cold outside, but I never let that bother me. I have my very own Spring and Summer cheer indoors.

Pretty shades of blush with brass metal foil for instant warmth.

Thanks to Howkapow for sending me this wonderful Harbour 1 print by Tom Pigeon. Pastel-colour-prints-Howkapow-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell But wait! There is Harbour 2 print too, in sweet shades of peppermint, charcoal and brass foil. These two prints sit so well together.

They perfectly match all I have at home. I feel so happy looking at this. Does it make you happy too? How-to-decorate-with-pastels-Little-Big-Bell Now for the wonderful news.

Howkapow, in true Christmas spirit, has kindly offered to give one of my readers a print of their choice.

All you have to do is comment on the post and tell us which print you love and why? Harbour 1 print in coral or Harbour 2 print in mint?

Winners will be selected on Sunday 13th December, announced at the end of this post and notified by email. Howkapow will then send out the winner’s print of choice. This is open to UK residents only. Howkapow-print-style-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell If I were you, I would grab these prints now because they are gorgeous and may sell out soon in the Christmas rush. Pastel-pink-coral-and-gold-print-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Pastels are definitely on trend and I know for a fact, there will be an explosion of these colours in the new season, so stay ahead of the game as you refresh your home for the holiday season. Tom-Pigeon-gold-foil-prints-at-Howkapow-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell I could look at these colours all day but I need to get that Christmas shopping done.

Howkapow is where I’ll be looking! The colourful products they stock are so unique and stunning. These prints are but the tip of the iceberg of loveliness from their site. Perfect for the Little Big Bell household. Pink-and-blue-pastel-prints-Tom-Pigeon-Howkapow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Good luck all in the giveaway and thank you Howkapow for the fantastic Christmas gift. Do take a peek at their website and instagram and support small independent businesses this Christmas.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions my own. This is a collaboration with Howkapow.)

Winter-room-spray-The-White-company-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I can’t believe Christmas is just a month away. I’ve been so busy that I was beginning to resign to the fact that, this year, there will be no Winter cosy at home.

That all changed when The White Company sent me my first Christmas gift of the season, my very own Christmas Survival kit. I’m ever so grateful for the helping hand and gentle nudge towards a festive feel at home.

The White company’s signature Winter home fragrance, comprising of Cinnamon, Clove and Orange is my ultimate Christmas scent. In fact, I tend to burn the Winter candles from November through till February.

Those Winter candles are so popular that you will often find them sold out. A mental note to self that I need to stock up. Luckily, the homespray is currently bridging the gap. the-white-company-Flowers-bath-foam-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell During this time of the year, I often find that there are not enough hours in the day to do things. Do you find that too?

For me, there are the Winter pressures in the Accident and Emergency department where I work as a doctor, and then there are the parental duties of attending all those school Christmas fairs and concerts. The thought of Christmas shopping has not even yet registered.

The White Company has come to my rescue again with a charming decanter filled with Flowers bath foam, the perfect bath time treat to melt the stresses away.

Christmas-gift-ideas-for-her-The-White-Company-photo-and-styling-by-Little-Big-Bell During the festive season, we sometimes have people staying over. Getting the guest room ready and fit for purpose is another to do task.

This simple white frame is not only great for any last minute gifting but also perfect for decorating that extra room. Add a bedside Sloe Gin votive and I’m sure the guests will feel right at home.

Talking about Sloe Gin, there was also a miniature bottle of Sipsmith included in the gift, perfect for unwinding after a busy day. Do-what-you-love-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What a marvellous idea to have some motivational pep talk engraved on pencils. ‘Do what you love’, that’s precisely what I’m doing now as I write my blog. Here’s more. The-White-Company-Christmas-presents-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Might as well show you all of them. A simple but powerful idea.

Lying below the row of pencils is a heart notebook, also part of the gift. A great reminder for jotting down my Christmas to dos.

Inside the gift box there were also a pair of blue cashmere socks and a tin of hot cocoa.

I’ll let you in on a secret, the White company’s cashmere socks are the best. Last year I got a grey pair and they always accompany me now on my travels abroad. They are that bit luxury for me on the flight.

Calligraphy-with-the-White-Company-Little-Big-Bell I have also improved on my calligraphy skills, after a recent lesson with the talented Megan Riera organised by the White Company.

That reminds me, the first Christmas hurdle is the card writing.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post and that it has given you some ideas on how to survive the festive period.

Have a great week all. There will be lots of exciting announcements coming up soon, so watch this blog space.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The White Company products were gifted, all opinions are my own.)

Etsy-Made-Local-curation-by-Little-Big-Bell I was most delighted when Etsy UK asked me to get involved in their Etsy Made Local 2015 campaign.

I am honoured to be 1 of the 5 bloggers chosen to do a pre- Christmas curation for their event.

A further edit of 10 items from my curation will be showcased on a feature wall, at the Etsy Made Local pop up shop. 1702_ETSY_MADE_LONDON_MARKET_BlogImg_782x90px-R1v2 This event will take place at London’s Vinyl Factory located at 51 Poland street, London W1F 7LZ. It will be from Friday December 4th till Sunday December 6th 2015. I hope you can make it.

Please note that Friday December 4th will be a late night shopping event in London, from 4-7pm.

If you can’t make the London event, there will also be an array of Etsy pop-ups all over the UK. A great opportunity to shop Etsy in real life, from local sellers on December 5th to 6th. Details of your local Etsy pop-up here.

I am also really excited to announce 2 special giveaways:

1.A £250 Etsy gift card to shop my selections.

All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog. Tell me which items from my curation you like and why?

I will select the winner at random at midnight Sunday 6th December 2015. Notification will be via email and the winner will announced at the end of this blog post. ( giveaway is for UK residents only).

2. You could WIN MY EDIT on display at the Etsy Made Local pop up event on Dec 4th to 6th.

All you have to do is attend the event and take a photo of my Etsy edit. Then post the image on either Instagram or Twitter whilst tagging @littlebigbell and @EtsyUK and quoting the hashtag #EtsyMadeLocalEdit.

I have spent hours trawling through Etsy UK and have curated my 50 FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS GIFTS.

I hope you like my selections, and that this will be of help with your Christmas shopping.

I start off with a FRUITY CURATION. I’ve come to the conclusion that Pineapples will never go out of trend, so feast your eyes on these finds.
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1.Pineapple print by We Are Paper Plane.

2.Lemon zipped clutch by Anna Alexander UK.

3.Mint coloured pineapple night light by Figo Home.

4.Pineapple tea towel from Markless Design

Next up is a CURATION IN PINK AND GOLD. My favourite combination. Pink will be big next season, so start your collection now. The-lovely-drawer-brush-lettering-print-Etsy-UK-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell- Christmas-gifts-on-Etsy-UK-Little-Big-Bell-

Christmas-gifts-for ladies-in-pink-and-gold-Etsy-UK-curated-by-Little-Big-Bell

5.Hide and Seek brush lettering print by The Lovely Drawer.

6. New Orleans house print by Emma Block.

7.Frida Kahlo print by And Smile.

8.Drum lampshade in hot pink and gold by Hummingbird Home 2012.

9.Custard cream printed cushion in Candyfloss by Nikki Mc Williams.

10. Chanel no.5 print in pink and gold by MT and BB.

11. Pastel pink pineapple espresso cup by Kina Ceramic Design.

12. Coco Chanel, Heels high quote print in gold foil by Dottie Rocks.

13. Chunky wool cushion in Magenta pink by Article Apparel.

14. Velveteen pillow cover in pink typography by Bella Bella Shoppe.

15. Pink Alice in Wonderland cup by Kina Ceramic Design.

A CURATION OF AQUA BLUE. Be-brave-do-what-you-love-print-by-felt-mountain-studio-Etsy-UK-1


16. Do What you love print by Felt Mountain studios.

17. Radium Random forest screen print cushion by Kangan Arora.

18. Blue nautical fish lamp shade by Little Red Robin Co.

Now for some fresh Minty Greens and some fun Christmas jumpers. Christmas-gifts-in-mint-Etsy-UK-on-Little-Big-Bell

19. Christmas cards by The Lovely Drawer.

20.Ho Ho Ho Christmas festive jumper by Yorkshire tees.

21. Scandinavian new Rosie cushion covers by Jane Foster.

22. 8 chocolate Cookies and cream filled Pyramids by Whimsical Cake Company.

23. Christmas cookie pop -personalised by Nila Holden.

24. 3D Christmas tree jumper by Yorkshire tees.

A bit of MULTICOLOUR.  Colourful-Christmas-gifts-from-Etsy-UK-curated-by-blogger-Little-Big-Bell

25. Dream Big watercolour typography print by The Park Print Company.

26. California print by Hop Skip Paint.

27. Handmade Swedish beaded basket by Hejsangoods.

28.White Colouring books Cats in Hats by Jo Clark Design.

Here are a few gifts for design conscious mums. kids-gift-guide-for-Christmas-1-curated-by-Little-Big-Bell 29. Hero wall hook knob by SketchInc.

30. Girl’s bright pink wooden clothes hanger by Red Hand Gang.

31. DIY baby mobile kit, hot air balloon by Button Face co.

32. Adult and kid t-shirt by Twisted Twee ltd.

33. Dinosaur balloon short sleeve T-shirt by Macie Dot Doodles.

34. Baby Bandanna and teething ring set by Hiku Designs.

For the man in your life : Christmas-gifts-for-men-1-Etsy-UK-curated-by-Little-Big-Bell 35. Light hold pomade by king Palm products.

36. Indigo blue fishbone Shibori cushion by Rew Homeware.

37.Concrete decor diamonds paper weight by Pasinga.

38. Don Draper MadMen quote print by Sew In Love Gifts.

39. Canvas leather weekend bag in Royal blue – personalised by MAHI Leather.

40. Denim blue knit tie, made to order by vKnit.

41. Navy blue Herringbone tweed men’s bow tie by Moaning Minnie.

42. Tweed print i-phone6 case by Creature Cases.

43. Bamboo fruit bowl by buProducts.

Can’t forget Christmas cards: Christmas-cards-Etsy-UK-on-Little-Big-Bell 44. 8 Retro Christmas cards by Emma Block.

45. Christmas card by Arbelogy studio

46. Driving Home for Christmas card by Studio Beketto.

47. Anchor Christmas card by Purpose and Worth etc.

48. Rudolph Christmas cards by A Farmers Daughter UK.


49. A5 cover planner sheet, digital download by Plans of Heart.

50. Mini leather journals, pick your colour by Jackdaw bindery.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the curation. Good luck with the giveaway and hope you can make it to the Etsy Made Local event in December. Etsy-made-local-2015-London-Little-Big-Bell Have a great start to your week.

(All curation are my own. Photography from Etsy UK and sellers featured. This post has been sponsored by Etsy UK.)

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