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Christmas/ Boxing Day Sale Haul.Β 

Hello, everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and that Santa treated you to everything you wanted. It was a quiet one for me, but a nice Christmas nonetheless. 

I was spoilt again this year by my amazing family and friends and I’ve also managed to squeeze in a little bit of sale shopping before the new year too! So of course this calls for a little Yule time haul. πŸŽ„ Enjoy! 

Books! 😍😍😍

You can never have too many books and this Christmas helped my library to expand even further! Some of these were on my wish list and some of these were a complete surprise. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


This series had intrigued me for a while and I’ve heard many good things. I was happily surprised to open this one. 

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg


The third in the Girl Online series. I’m currently reading Girl Online: On Tour, so it’s nice to know I have the third one to pick up straight away if I want to.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children & Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


After watching the film earlier this year, I really fancied reading the books. So I was very happy to find these under the tree. I love the fact  they have all the photographs in them to! 😍

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare 


Oh my life these books are gorgeous! 😍😍😍 (Note: I am yet to take the cellophane off! πŸ˜‚) I just thought these covers were beautiful and so at first sight they went straight to the top of my Christmas list. But can you blame me really? 

Wool! 😍😍😍

Well it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t receive some form of woolly gift. 


This year my parents gave me Star Wars Crochet. I’m so excited, I can finally make my very own Jabba! However it only seemed right that I started with Princess Leia after recent events. πŸ’” (Although she’s still a work in progress at the moment.) 

Hugs in a mug! 😍😍😍

You all know that I’m a bit of a hot drink fiend. Especially those of you who kept up to date with my #twetnyfivedaysoftea over on Instagram. So it’ll probably come as no surprise that my stocking was stuffed with hot drink supplies too! β˜•οΈβ€οΈ

Teapot & Whittards Loose Leaf Tea Strainer.


I’ve longed for a teapot which I can make cosies for, for so long and now my parents made that dream  a reality. ❀️ My boyfriend also made it posh by providing me with a loose leaf tea strainer. πŸ˜‚ I love these gifts. They’re adorable.

A Cable Knit Mug.


Speaking of adorable, how perfect is this mug? And I now finally understand the craze of putting marshmallows in hot chocolate. Thank you to my good friend Sandie for this one. 

Whittards Christmas and Mulled Wine Tea and Whittards Hazelnut Coffee. 


Whittards’ Christmas packageing is just so pretty! I don’t want to put them in the cupboard.

Oh and speaking of which, I couldn’t resist Whittards’ Boxing Day Sale now could I?…


The baubles contain more hazelnut coffee and mulled wine tea but then the red one is honeycomb chocolate. 😍😍😍 And they’re half price too! 

Speaking of bargains, Primark had reduced a lot of their Harry Potter wear, so I picked up this baseball jacket for only Β£7!!! The crest is embroidered too. 

And I just could not refuse this Cath Kidston bag and book tin. 😍😍😍


The storybook print is one of my all time favourite Kidston patterns. I couldn’t believe it was in the sale! And I can’t wait to use that book tin to house my “TBR jar”.

Also I like having a diary to start the new year and Waterstones had a half price sale across their collection. So I picked up this gem.

Every week has a different poem featuring the likes of Shakespeare, Armitage and Plath. ❀️ I am verrrry excited to start using this.

And finally for this one I’ll have to post a screen grab as this little beauty is currently still making it’s way to me.


I’m pretty sure Ted Baker’s large Colour Block tote is going to be very useful in 2017. 😍😍😍

And that’s it! What was your favourite present from Christmas 2016? What’s the best bargain you’ve found in the sales. Let me know in the comments. 

– B xo

P.S: I must have been a very good girl this year as Santa even managed to get me my very own Niffler! He’s so cute! ❀️

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The Decking the Halls (2016)

December is officially here! The tree is up and the mistletoe is hung. So to spread some Christmas cheer, I thought I’d share with you all how I’ve chosen to deck the halls this year. 😊 

The Tree! πŸŽ„

Mickey & Minnie snuggled up together at the top of the tree. ❀️
I must admit I love our Christmas tree. It’s one of the first joint purchases my boyfriend and I made. It’s only a little tree, but this year it’s full to the brim! I’ve still got my beloved Disney Tsum Tsums from last year, but this year we’ve also added a touch of Lego and even a touch of musical theatre to our collection! Plus I’ve handmade a lot of the decorations, so our tree is very personal. Every decoration has a story to tell. ❀️

The Mistletoe.

I love mistletoe. It’s so festive and super cute. I like to hang this sweet felt mistletoe over the bed for when me and my boyfriend kiss goodnight. ❀️

Elf on the Shelf. 

Last year I knitted my boyfriend a Briony Elf as part of his Christmas Eve box. (Complete with retro  Briony blonde streak.) She’s currently perched on the CD rack, hopefully staying out of mischief.


The Paper Craft Success! 

I love it when an attempt at an Internet tutorial actually works out!
I made this snowflake out of printing paper and sticky tape! I will admit, I was rather proud of how it turned out. I’ll be sure to share the video tutorial I made it from over on my Facebook page, for anyone who fancies giving it ago. Definitely worth a try! It looks rather impressive and I made it in a morning. ❄️

Hogwarts Baubles!

Showing a little bit of house pride or pretending the bauble is Newt Scamander… who knows?
The beady-eyed readers among you may have already spotted these in the previous picture. How amazing are they though?! 😍😍😍 This great find was from Primark and I’m so happy with them. I love them and they were such a baragain too! Very happy to be adding them to my decoration stash this year. 

My Advent Calendar.

Yes, that is a Tsum Tsum of Santa Claws riding the sleigh.

This is one for those of you who haven’t already seen the glory of this on my Instagram. This is my tea advent calendar, handmade by my very thoughtful boyfriend. He’s chosen a different tea bag for every day, with not one being the same. I know among my readers I do have some fellow tea enthusiasts, so if your interested, I’m posting pictures of my teas daily on my Instagram page. Either search for me, brionymarshallauthor, or search for the hashtag #twentyfivesdayoftea!

Christmas Cards.


I had a little play at card making again this year. To my surprise Poundland had an amazing range of festive paper craft bits, so here are a few of my designs. It saddens me that Christmas cards are becoming a dying tradition, displaying my cards has always been a staple of my Christmas decorating routine.

The Wreath.

No door looks complete without a wreath at Christmas, and my bedroom door is no exception. Some of you may remember this little wonder from last year’s festive post. As you can probably imagine, a lot of my decorations are of the woolly variety. 

And there we have it! I hope I’ve helped you get into the festive spirit. I’d love to see some of your decorations, so please tag me in any of your christmassy snaps! And until next time, may your days be merry & bright everyone!

– B xo

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Walking in a Woolly Wonderland.Β 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… 

I can’t believe Christmas is a week away! It’s just pounced on me this year and I’ve absolutely no idea where the time has gone. At this rate I’ll blink and it will be next Friday! However, in true knitter fashion, I actually started preparing for Christmas waaaaaaaaaaaay back in August. But I thought it was best to keep that one under my hat until a little nearer the time, and here we are! 

Christmas is a fantastic time for crafters, as I’m sure many of you will agree, and this year was no exception. I got my hands on a lot more festive themed patterns this Christmas too, so my crafting has been a lot more diverse. In fact many of my gifts this year have been accompanied with a woolly wonder. To those receiving them, I hope you get as much enjoyment out of them as I did making them. 

Here’s a little look at my Christmas creations of 2015. 

   
    
    
 
But like I say, Christmas has snuck up on me this year and I’m still adding the finishing touches to a few of these. I hope you guys are a bit more organised than me this year!  

To all my readers, if I don’t see you again before hand, I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, however you choose to celebrate, and goodwill to you and your families. 

 

– B xo

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Have pen, will travel.Β 

  
These past few weeks I’ve been a roamin’. Mainly because I’ve been working away on business, however right now I’m on a train with my boyfriend and we’re on our way to visit  his family and a new arrival!!! (Can you tell I’m super excited to be meeting the little one?) 
It’s an amazing experience and I feel so lucky to be given such fantastic opportunities. In fact, if I ponder on it too long, it makes me feel kind of giddy. But of course, I couldn’t let all this excitement distract me from my writing now could I? 
I can romantise the idea of a travelling writer. New experiences sparking new ideas that would have otherwise never materialised had you not been in that exact place at that exact time. New surroundings, a new four walls, can breath life into a paragraph you’ve already reworked fifty times back at your writing desk, to no avail. 
A lot of what I’m up to at the moment with Unravelled is adding additional chapters and editing the plot structure to fit them all in. I’m also making my new ideas flow with the rest of the story by weaving them through the whole thing. Right now the editing process is like working on a tapestry. You can see the image that the final piece will depict, but right now I’m threading in those small strands that will make all the difference. 
With everything that’s going on right now though it’s a case of have pen, will travel. But like I said about the travelling writer, without all the experiences the writing wouldn’t be the same. 
Here’s to another journey; another chapter. 
I hope the new baby will like her new hand knitted booties! πŸ˜› 

  

– Briony 

P.S: Exciting news! Whilst everything else has been going, I also took part in an interview with my University for a case study that they are writing about me for their website. More information on that to follow. πŸ˜€