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Rabbit Egg Cosy Easter Arrangement

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and have found a few treats from the Easter bunny. I have been doing a bit of personal crafting lately and thought I would share the results with you all.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Ever since I designed our embroidered rabbit egg cosies, I always imagined they would look lovely as part of an Easter display. Well it has taken me a while to actually have a play with an arrangement, and even though I am no florist, I am quite pleased with the result.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

On the advice of a very helpful local florist, I picked up some moss whilst out on a walk, and dried it in the green house over the course of a few weeks. It worked fantastically and kept its brilliant bright green colour.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Some of the moss I tore into shape, and other pieces I cut using a pair of old scissors. I also cut a hole in the moss to hold the egg cup in place so that the cosy wouldn’t move around, and then started to add some finishing touches.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

These included a few blown quail eggs, some mossy twigs, and a few sprigs of blossom from the trees in my garden. You could also add some little chocolate eggs, or a larger one hidden under the egg cosy (unfortunately I had already eaten mine by the time I started!)

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

I used the bottom of a glass cloche for one of the cosies, and a couple of cake stands, one of which cost me the grand total of £4 from an antiques shop a few years ago. A fancy plate or a large Kilner jar would work just as well too.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Well I’m off to proudly display my creation on the Easter table, and try and sniff out any chocolate eggs I may have missed!

Happy Easter

Kate x


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Our 5 Favourite Christmas Trends for 2014

Although we are finally enjoying a bit of sunshine, we have been doing some trend research over the last few weeks in anticipation of Christmas 2014. The research has sparked off a flurry of new ideas, as well as shaped some existing ones. Below are our favourite picks from the emerging trends that we wanted to share with you.

 1. Scandi/Nordic

Last year the Scandi or Nordic trend was very popular, incorporating the bold red and white colour scheme with Scandinavian motifs. It seems that the trend will continue throughout this Christmas too, and we were very excited to see the image of our Reusable Christmas Crackers, used as part of a Nordic trend board on the decorazill.com interior decoration blog.

Nordic Trend Board Featuring Kate Sproston Design Reusable Crackers and Nordic Christmas Stocking by Cherie Wheeler Designs.

Left: Our Scandi Reusable Christmas Crackers as part of the Nordic Trend Board, found on http://www.decorazilla.com interior design blog. Right: Nordic Christmas Stocking by Cherie Wheeler Designs on Etsy.

2. Woodland Creatures

You may have noticed that fox and owl imagery has been present in interior décor for quite some time now. Well this Christmas you can fill your home with a whole menagerie of woodland critters. Deer, hedgehogs, racoons, robins, hares and squirrels can all be incorporated in this theme, and add to a fantasy, mystical feel for the home.

Woodland Creature Bottle Brush Christmas Decorations and Woodland Animals Biscuits.

Left: Woodland Creature Bottle Brush Christmas Decorations. Image from unruly-things.com via Pinterest. Right: Woodland Animals Biscuits. Image from Pinterest.

3. Forest Foliage

Quirky and surprising additions to this trend are mushrooms. Not traditionally associated with Christmas, there has been an increase in the popularity of mushrooms to add a woodland statement to a festive room. Couple this with the familiar holly and ivy; branches of berries, nuts and wreaths mean the green foliage of the Christmas tree encompasses the whole room to create a magical forest scene.

Mushroom Christmas Decorations and Evergreen Garland with Pine Cones

Left: Mushroom Christmas Decorations from Fairy Folk on Etsy. Right: Evergreen Christmas Garland with Pine Cones. Image from pinsofmandy.posterous.com via Pinterest.

4. Natural materials

Decorations will be created in a range of natural materials including wood, burlap, linen, tree branches, brown paper and (faux) fur. As well as tying in nicely with the woodland and foliage themes, these natural colours are great as a base to add gold, silver and white accents to.

Lazer Cut Christmas Houses and White Shelves with White, Silver and Gold Christmas Decorations

Left: Lazer Cut Wooden Houses. Image from decorazilla.com via Pinterest. Right: Shelves Displaying a mix of Natural Christmas Ornaments with Touches of Gold and Silver. Image from centsationalgirl.com via Pinterest.

These materials may also be a nod to an increased awareness of natural and eco-friendly fabrics, and our carbon footprint, which brings us onto our final pick of the trends which is…

5. Handmade

As we hand make all our products, this trend is very close to our hearts. Especially at Christmas time when surrounded by friends and family who not only appreciate a handmade gift, but often give us handmade gifts too. Over the last few years this particular trend has become very popular, with individuals wanting to create personal pieces that make for a unique and cosy home. After all, with those long cold nights ahead of us, we may as well grab our knitting needles or sewing thread, and settle down in front of a lovely log fire to wile the hours away until Father Christmas arrives.

 Cookie Mix in a Jar Christmas Gift and Embroidered Heart Brooch Kit.

Left: Cookie Mix in a Jar Christmas Gift. Image from emma-courtney.com via Pinterest. Right: Embroidered Heart Brooch Kit. Image from blog.maggiemakes.com via Pinterest.

In the meantime we had better get busy creating some new products with all the fantastic inspiration we have collected. We look forward to sharing our new designs with you in time for the holidays!

For more inspiration check out our ‘Red Work Christmas’ http://www.pinterest.com/katesproston/red-work-christmas/ and ‘Linen Christmas’ http://www.pinterest.com/katesproston/linen-christmas/ Pinterest boards.