Fes­tive tra­di­tions and trea­sured dec­o­ra­tions

Mollie Makes - - Contributo­rs -

“Christ­mas is one of my favourite times of year. I love all the rit­u­als from child­hood, and the new ones I’ve added along the way – start­ing a ‘ present box’, mak­ing the cake, Christ­mas car­ols and card writ­ing.

I par­tic­u­larly en­joy the scram­ble in the loft for dec­o­ra­tions, such as a snow- cov­ered tree, wreaths and slightly wonky chil­dren’s ef­forts. Open­ing the fusty- smelling box ( I still have the same one my mother used in the 1950s) fills me with such ex­cite­ment.

This is why I was de­lighted to work on this month’s gift, cre­at­ing a retro- in­spired bauble. I chose a 50s- style rein­deer, but there’s lots of things you could make in­stead. How about coast­ers for your home? Or a book­mark for a friend? With very lit­tle ef­fort you can eas­ily whip up fes­tive gifts and dec­o­ra­tions. This deer bauble will be another one to add to my col­lec­tion – and hope­fully yours, too.”

Sa­man­tha Stas orig­i­nally trained as a graphic de­signer, but has been de­sign­ing and mak­ing her own wares for years. She re­cently started paint­ing and print mak­ing again – a pas­sion she had as a teenager. www. saman­thas­tas. etsy. com

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