I’ll be hosting Christmas Day this year. My big fat family of over 12 people and of course papa’s will be coming over and the only reason I am not completely freaking out is simply because almost everyone has agreed to cook and/or bake something. Much to my delight this also means that I can spend a bit more time sorting out table arrangements, decorations, kids’ activities and other details. Don’t worry, I’m not fooling myself that this will be easy but at least I am half-prepared because I have an awesome playlist ready and we all know that music makes everything better. So if I end up f***** up the ham and not buying enough napkins, we’ll be happy enough dancing to this alternative Christmas mixed tape.
1. Shopping for newborns or babies can be difficult but not so much when these original handmade mobiles are available by Anna Koumoushi. More designs in stock/click here to find out where to buy 2. BBWolf whoever you are, can you please make something in my size? Adorable dresses and coats handmade in Cyprus/19, Nikitara Street, Nicosia (opposite Wargaming) and at The Birdhouse Etc 3. My sister’s making Georgie a beanbag for Christmas but if she weren’t this one by Flexa would be under the Christmas tree/ 28 Octovriou St, Engomi, Nicosia/Tel: 22-421900 4. These magnetic games are the perfect developmental gift for ages 3 and up and also perfect for long drives. Much more can be found at the Brainkid Toys Educational Toy Centre where they also have a 20% discount going on until January 9/ order online or 43-45 Arch. Makariou III & Stylianou Lena (Mesa Geitonia Street)Limassol 5. Award-winning construction toys and building bricks Morphun would make any kid happy and there are so many designs to chose from. Available at BrightKidz Educational Toys/ 33 Arch Makariou III Ave, Nisou-Dali, Nicosia or contact via Facebook 6. For your little one who wants to be like mummy and daddy who spend too much time at the petrol station. Available from Mistingas Wonderland / 185 Arch Makariou G, Limassol 7. Perhaps this particular doll isn’t appropriate for young ones but older kids who love the character of Edward Scissorhands will love this gift. Other handmade stuffed dolls and teddies are available at Lash Dolls/78 C Digeni Akrita Ave (next to Napolitana confectionery)Nicosia 8. The most perfect illustrated cookbook for kids by the amazing Ioanna Philippou. And the best part is that the pages are laminated! Brilliant! / Available at SOBE/5a Nicocreontos St, Nicosia 9. Visiting a family with kids and not sure what to take? Go for sweets and chocolates! But tell the parents not to worry too much because this hamper for little ones is full of organic goodies!/ Available from Be Natural/ 44C Larnacos Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia 10. Cute wooden bowties available in a range of colours from Aden.com.cy/ 285, Franklin Roosevelt, Limassol.
The Birdhouse is exactly the type of place I had in mind when I mentioned how much I want to promote small local shops and businesses. Especially this Christmas. This place is brimming with gorgeous creations all handmade with love and care by very talented individuals and I am so excited to tell you about it.
The walls of our guest toilet room are blackboards. You may remember when, over one intense weekend, I painted it myself. And may I add how I have not regretted it for a moment. Friends and family have a field day scribbling on the walls. Our family loves leaving notes and little sketches for each other. Georgie has been practicing writing letters and forming words and I adore finding his pictures and little designs. But there’s one particular space, right over the toilet, which is just for me. Every now and then I like to take the time to create something big and nice. So I’m looking for some inspiration this season.
Yay! It’s December 1 so I guess the kids can break open those advent calendars. I had my eye on a couple for Georgie and then yesterday I came across the most excellent advent DIY idea ever so I hurriedly gathered all the supplies and began making an advent village! I had the first 15 houses ready by this morning and plan on finishing up tonight. I just love looking it at especially with all those twinkling lights. I don’t think I’ll be filling them all just yet though because Georgie keeps peeking inside.