Home Etc #30

The festive season is now fully underway!

We fetched our Christmas tree on the weekend, which well and truly marks the start of the countdown to Christmas in our house!

Home Etc is a weekly blog hop for like-minded folk to share any posts that include interiors, DIY, garden or allotment, crafting and up-cycling and my co-host Jess and I are so happy to host this little linky.

Basically if it’s home related, we would love you to come and link up with us!

Last week we had some really festive posts joining in! So lovely to see how other folk prepare for Christmas — and seeing how they decorate their houses too.

Our favourite posts from last week came from:

Kate who writes at What Katy Said. She showed off her fabulous bedroom makeover. It never ceases to amaze me what a difference a lick of paint — and some lovely accessories — can make to a room. It can totally alter the look and feel of a space.


Kate’s lovely bedroom makeover | Image courtesy of What Katy Said

Another favourite came from Truly Madly Kids.

Nat has created the most fabulous bolster cushion for her home.

I’m always a sucker for a ‘crafty’ post and I loved this little tutorial. Nat has made it look so easy but I tried piping when I up-cycled the little IKEA shoe rack, earlier in the year, and I thought it was SO complicated!!

This has definitely inspired me to give it another go.

home etc - how to make a bolster cushion

A fantastic bolster cushion made by Nat | Image courtesy of Truly Madly Kids

Each month we pick a winner from our favourite posts that have linked up and, this time round, Jess and I are delighted to announce that this month’s winner of a £20 gift voucher for HomeSense/TK Maxx has been won by Steph who blogs over at Life at 139a.

She’s linked up some really fabulous posts over the last few weeks. Congratulations Stephanie! We’ll be in touch for your address then your voucher will be winging it’s way to you!!

Thanks so much for linking up with Jess and me — we love reading your posts and are so happy to be hosting this home and garden inspired blog hop.

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

The Twinkle Diaries


2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @soot1978 — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!


Psst… as well as HomeSense the voucher can also be spent in TK Maxx!

Thanks so much for linking up all your lovely home and garden inspired posts. We look forward to reading more of the same this week! The linky portal is open until 11.58pm on Saturday, so lots of time to join in.

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 9th Dec 2015 / 6:41 am

    Love Katy’s post and well done to Steph! Thanks for hosting your fab linky – linked up with my first timelapse video for John Lewis :)

    • 9th Dec 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Cannot WAIT to see this Michelle!! :) I remember you mentioned it at Blogfest — I’ve been so looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to! :)

    • 9th Dec 2015 / 10:56 am

      Aaah you’re very welcome! Such a great tutorial — she made it look so easy!

  2. 9th Dec 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Ah thanks lovely, that’s fab news. Thanks for hosting this fab linky too xx #homeetc

    • 10th Dec 2015 / 9:19 am

      Yay! You can buy yourself a little treat for Christmas!! Well done chick :)

  3. 15th Dec 2015 / 8:39 pm

    My God but this week has FLOWN! How is it Tuesday evening and I am getting round to reading last week’s posts? That’s what happens when you have back to back visitors for a week I suppose.
    Read you tomorrow when I am allup to date and visitor-free ;)

    • 16th Dec 2015 / 6:17 pm

      I know!!!! This week has absolutely WHIZZED by!!! It’s normally me on the back-foot and commenting the night before!! Glad it’s not just me!! ;)

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