So here we are - 2018 is well underway - in fact there's only 11 months until the festive season is here again! After a crazy, busy lead up to Christmas, I submitted a leave form to myself and had January off the business hamster wheel, to re-group, re-charge and re-assess whilst soaking up the super summer sun and hanging with the family. We decided on a staycation, and were tourists in our own city. There were no crowds, and no traffic at all the usual hot spots, plus we could come home exhausted and then sleep in our own beds. Win/Win. Lots of hand-crafted gifts were given and received in our world over Christmas, while I continued to keep an eye firmly out for new finds. Refreshingly, I gave social media a wide berth throughout the holiday period and instead basked in paperbacks and magazines. I was however still very snap happy (old habits die hard), so here is a little summer slide-show of sorts. Here's to an awesome 2018 everyone - we got this. S x Chrissie festivities - handmade treats & bon-bons: Hand-crafted gifts received : pom-pom making kit from Julie Nicholson Handcrafted wine and nut caddy: Stunning liberty bracelet with personalised charm beautifully packaged by Merci Maman : Moroccan Crochet Earrings with signature gift packaging Hamimi : A happy customer sent me a Creative Finds purchase in situ: My friend Sarah and fellow hanky user, sent me this cute cotton number, hand-made by a local friend of hers in the South Australian Outback: New Years Eve party styling: Our rustic sleeping quarters over NYE with hand-crafted touches galore: Too much of a good thing over the festive season resulted in a throat infection for moi... But had to laugh that even my antibiotics were embracing the Creative Finds colour palette! My farm themed attempt at cake decorating for my 10year old's Birthday on the farm: Hand-made, musical themed card for the Birthday boy (who has since quit piano!?) We completed a bedroom make-over which meant a skip load of old toys and paper was removed from this room and the fluro aqua theme was replaced with a calming boho-chic aesthetic: More Christmas calories - Oreo based white chocolate cheesecake with sliced Mango top. I know!!!