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A fun and colourful advent calendar DIY.

Hello! First of all, can you believe that it’s only 3 more weeks till December?

Since time is flying by, I thought it would probably be fun to make something in anticipation of the Christmas countdown, hence my advent calendar DIY. I’ve decided to fill my advent calendar with indulgent Green & Black’s chocolates. Green & Black’s chocolates are simply a treat because they are smooth, velvety and delicious.

This year, they have given their Organic Miniature Bar collection and Organic Milk Miniature Bar Collection a new look.

Each box contain twelve 15g miniature bars with numerous flavours, from Sea Salt to Butterscotch and fiery ginger.

As you can see wrapped up for Day 25 is one of the Miniature Bar collection boxes. If you fancy gifting a bigger box, then there’s another option.

Feast your eyes on Green & Black’s Organic Tasting collection (on my desk above). It contains a perfectly indulgent collection of chocolate flavours from all over the world I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve created the advent calendars.

1 : Cut festive gift wrap paper into 17x17cm squares

2 : Fold the paper with a slight 2cm overlap.

3 : Tape the edges together  4 : Fold one side up by around 2 cm to create the base of the bag. Open up the base folds by creating 2 triangles on either side.  5 : Fold the base edges together and secure with tape.  6 : Open up the bag by pushing out the base of the bag so that it can even stand on a flat surface. 7: Fill the bag with treats, and in my case, Green & Black’s miniature chocolates.

8: Fold top of bag over and seal with tape  9: punch a hole over top of bag and thread a ribbon through. I joined my ribbons together with double sided tape. 10: Print out some cards printed with numbers and stick it onto the advent bag with double sided tape.

So here it is!

What do you think? I’ve also used one of my old metal grid boards to hang the advent bags. Don’t they look pretty? I’m starting to get excited for Christmas. Will you be creating your own advent calendar this year?

It really seems like time is now rushing by doesn’t it?

At least I can reassure myself that I’ve done something in the run up to Christmas right? advent calendar diy Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, I’m now tempted to go make myself a cup of tea and taste one of my Green & Black’s miniature chocolates. They are most certainly moreish.

( all DIY, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This advent calendar project is part of a paid sponsorship project with Green & Black’s).

papier photobook The perfect Christmas gift of happiness in a Papier photobook.

Do you find it difficult buying Christmas presents for your parents or in-laws?

I certainly do , for two reasons : Firstly, we have different tastes and second they have everything.

I’ve realised the things they value most may not be the expensive things we think they would like.

It’s the little things such as happiness and memories that are most treasured.

I know they love their grandchildren, and so creating a beautiful photobook of them as a gift will definitely bring joy.  Nowadays there are so many online photobook services, but one that has shone above the others is Papier photobooks. I adore the soft coated books they offer, printed on beautifully textured paper to give it a coffee table feel.

You have to check out the cover templates on their site too, they are stunning with lots of pretty pastels.

All the formats and fonts are just gorgeous. I picked a pretty sky blue cover.

It was so easy to create. Once I’ve picked the cover, all I had to do was to upload my edited photos from my  computer.

You could add captions or change layouts, but I kept mine simple with no words and let the picture do the talking. My photos were all taken during our family Summer holidays in Malaysia and Singapore.

In addition to photos of the kids, I added images of memorable moments , like this delicious yoghurt ice cream we chanced upon whilst hunting for that “instagram worthy restaurant” in the sweltering Kuala Lumpur heat. Can you spot that sunset by the beach in my Papier photobook? That was the romantic stroll I took with my husband whilst in the Tropical island of Langkawi.

There are loads of captured images of the kids too. I don’t want to spoil it for the grandparents in case they are reading this. I can’t believe I’ve managed to cross two gifts off my Christmas list.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has helped you with some of your Christmas gift ideas. Capturing those moments in a book is so precious, as often these moments get lost in the sea of digital images on our camera roll.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Papier. All opinions are my own).

teen bedroom Back To School workspace revamp with Ikea.

My heart sinks at the thought that Summer may soon be over, as we prepare our kids for back to school.

I’ve noticed on Instagram that the whole back to school shopping rush has begun.

There wasn’t much that I needed to buy this term, so I thought I’d focus on organising my son’s back to school workspace.

You may have recently seen my blog post on his bedroom revamp ( image above).

What you didn’t get to see was the desk area, because it was still a work in progress. It was also a mess, with wires everywhere. This was what my son’s desk used to look like before the invasion of technology and wires.

I knew I had to organise this space to help him back into the mindset of school.

I always turn to Ikea when I need to revamp a workspace area in my kids’ rooms.

This Ikea Lerberg trestle and table top has been wonderful, and served its purpose well for when he was younger.

I felt a revamp was due, as my son is now in Senior school and needs have changed. Ikea Alex desk Here’s the first part of the new back to school workspace.

I had a few prerequisites when it came to organising this space.

I needed to get a larger desk to accommodate the numerous desktop technology.

This Ikea Alex desk in white was perfect because it was large enough to work on without being too obtrusive in a small room. I opted for a desk with a storage compartment at the top that tidies wires away. Ikea Hattefjall chair Storage as always is an important factor. There are 2 drawers in this desk for storing away stationery, pens and pencils. Back to school workspace I’ve also added a further set of 3 drawers with this Fritids / Stuva unit, to tidy away the growing number of text books that comes with moving up a school year. I love the blue and white of the drawers. Back to school workspace The blue perfectly ties in with his room colour. Lastly, the study chair, sometimes an afterthought, but probably one of the most important elements for comfortable working.  Isn’t this Ikea Hattefjäll chair stylish? Not only is it aesthetically pleasing , it is super comfortable too.

The chair comes with height adjustable seat, armrests and a backrest that tilts for support and comfort. I have styled my back to school workspace wall with Art & Hue Beano wall prints. The banana print was bought from the Ikea Museum shop in Almhült, Sweden. So, what do you think? Doesn’t this back to school workspace look tidy and conducive to working?

Hope you’ve found some inspiration from this post and that all your back to school preparation is as planned.

Do check out Ikea for their amazing range of furniture, to help you prepare for your little ones’ new school year. My son is so pleased with the results, and I feel good that I’ve helped him prepare for the new school term and year.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This back to school workspace post is a paid partnership with Ikea U.K., but all views are my own).

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