Signing off for Christmas.

Happy Wednesday! It’s not long until the big day so before I sign off for a bit I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! This year has been difficult and certainly different, something which I might look back on in the new year but for now I want to try and be as positive as possible.

Thank you all so much for joining me in my first year creating content in the many places I inhabit on the internet. I’ve loved seeing all your support and lovely comments. It’s made the short few months I’ve been here so much better!

For the next few days I am on Instagram doing some festive illustrations and a Christmas challenge if you fancy checking it out, lookout for the hashtag #se5daysofchristmas on @sophieseditblog.

^recent instagram posts

My print store will always be open but the delivery of prints will only be put out in January. A restock will be estimated to be ordered in that time as well.

So for now I am going to take a much deserved break until some point in January where I’ll be eating far too much food and cuddling up with my dog. I hope you have a safe and healthy break.

Sending you lots of love,

Sophie x

My Top 10 Films/TV Shows to Watch this Christmas.

If there is one great thing about the Christmas holidays it is the chance to binge watch your favourite films and TV shows, guilt free.

Yes, I haven’t watched the likes of Home Alone or Arthur’s Christmas but I feel like that’s how you keep a bit of the Christmas magic in the air. I do actually want to watch a new film each year that doesn’t involve Vanessa Hudgens playing 3 characters in one film (sorry Netflix).

Thus, I have accumulated 10 of my favourite shows/films and placed them all into one blog post. I hope I have managed to provide a good mix of Christmas fun and genuinely good entertainment (not all being centred around Christmas).

Each show/film includes a star rating, category (kids, romance, comedy etc.) and my general thoughts. Christmas gives you the perfect opportunity to hunker down under a blanket with a large cup of tea (or wine) and watch several films in a row. Enjoy!

The Santa Clause

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Category: Kids/Comedy

Thoughts: When I think of a Christmas film which defined my childhood this one majorly sticks out. Full of nostalgia and crazy reindeer this one brings me back to sitting on the couch in my Christmas pjs. Plus Tim Allen is now an iconic Santa figure and he has done three Santa Clause films so you can now fill your boots (and your day) with these iconic films.

Love Actually

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Category: Romance/Comedy

Thoughts: Yes I am probably your cliche 20 year old but you can’t have Christmas without Love Actually. The stellar cast provides copious amounts of entertainment to make you feel all warm and cozy. Plus you just can’t beat Hugh Grant’s fantastic dance moves!

The Holiday

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Category: Romance

Thoughts: Now I only actually watched The Holiday a few years ago and it has swiftly overtaken my love for Love Actually. Jude Law and Cameron Diaz are my absolute favourites and it is the perfect film to make you feel cozy (and fill your head with unrealistic expectations of holiday romances). More importantly I desperately want the cozy little cottage that features in the film, if it doesn’t showcase the ideal Christmas location then I don’t know what does.

Frozen 2

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Category: Kids

Thoughts: Frozen kept me highly entertained with Olaf in the first one and to be honest I didn’t think they could top that one. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the second instalment. The music is just as good, Olaf is just as cute and the storyline is just as entertaining. If you want a film to watch with the kids (and not get bored) then I recommend you give this a watch.

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Category: Kids

Thoughts: Now it’s not my absolute favourite Christmas film however in my opinion, it is not really the festive season if this doesn’t turn up in your watch list at some point. Usually popping up on TV this brings me straight back to primary school. The muppets are a nostalgic staple and a great way to introduce kids to Dickens’ tale.

Last Christmas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Category: Romance/Comedy

Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this film. Largely I’ve been disappointed with the offering of Christmas films recently (if you couldn’t tell by my love for Vanessa Hudgens) but this one didn’t disappoint. The charm of both Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding shines through in this production while providing a wholesome yet light hearted storyline.

Nanny Mcphee

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Category: Kids

Thoughts: Now before you say anything, I know this is not a Christmas film. However, I know Christmas films aren’t for everyone and Nanny McPhee has always been a staple in my household. Great to bring a bit of magic into your home while possibly teaching your kids how to behave.

Dash + Lily

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Category: TV show, Teen Romance

Description: Recently added to Netflix, this TV show is perfect for getting your hit of Christmas in a short amount of time. Each episode is roughly 30mins and follows a red notebook around New York with Lily who loves Christmas and Dash who despises it. Cheesy but wholesome, a perfect mix right?

Modern Love

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Category: Romantic Comedy

Description: Now this is another show which doesn’t revolve around Christmas but just like the traditional films it provides you with copious amounts of romance, laughter and unrealistic expectations. The show is highly acclaimed and I adored watching it. The way it has been produced and shot is brilliant, for Christmas or not, I highly recommend you watch it.

Notting Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Category: Romance, Comedy

Thoughts: Another film which always gets watched early December and like every other rom-com features Hugh Grant. Not the most christmassy I must admit but when you don’t have a lot of time throughout the year to watch films, classic ones like this always get watched in December. Spike will always be my favourite character and after only watching it last year I couldn’t get over how many times I laughed out loud at this. Notting Hill is very much a ‘cheer you up’ film.


So what’s your thoughts? Are you annoyed that the likes of Elf or the Grinch haven’t been featured. If I am honest I hold the probably very unpopular opinion that Jim Carey and Will Ferrell are particularly annoying. I know, I AM SORRY. However, if you hold the same opinion and want to watch the Grinch I do recommend watching the animated version with Benedict Cumberbatch.

If you want some more recommendations of films, TV shows or books to read then check out the Review section of my site.

Do you have any other recommendations? I could have had tripled the length of this blog post but for now I thought I would leave it here. If you want more recommendations then let me know!

Much love.

Sophie x


Shop Small this Christmas: Gift Guide

You’ve probably heard recently that Christmas shopping, more than ever, has been directed to supporting small businesses. As everyone has pointed out Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) has enough money (too much in my opinion) whereas small businesses have really struggled.

As a small print seller I can understand the pressure and difficulty to promote your work when everyone is under financial strain. I think a lot of people could agree that every single purchase means the absolute world. So, why not support small this year when Christmas gives you the chance to put a huge smile on your loved ones faces.

I have wanted to put a small guide together for a while, not only with some amazing businesses but also some tips and tricks on how best to get the most out of your shopping.

Hand Embroidery Kits

@Sewbotanical on Instagram
@cotton_clara on Instagram

The gift that keeps on giving! Something like an embroidery kit gives someone a new skill and something to hang on their wall/put on a cushion etc.

You can get them in a variety of different designs to suit any individual and the majority of them will tell you what skill level you will need.

I’ve listed a few below from Etsy which I have heard great things about!

Tip 1: It goes without saying but if you’re buying from the likes of Etsy stores it is a great idea to look at reviews and also where they are based. I always do research on the company and tend to go to Instagram to look at their pages. When on instagram it is also a good idea to look at tagged photos, this way you can see what people think of the products.

Resin Products

@xkts_creationsx on Instagram

Resin products have become immensely popular recently, especially through lockdown. The variety of products you can get from them provides you with the optimum opportunity for gift giving. Plus every seller has their own way of putting their personal touch on their products.

I’ve listed two below who are trustworthy sellers and who provide a range of different things!

The Gift of Food

Grape & Fig

Food, in my opinion, is one of the best gifts you can give someone. There are so many businesses this year which have adapted their meals into delivery boxes or have taken their sweet treats right to your door. It’s a great ‘thinking about you’ gift and can often help with the day after Christmas cooking nightmare.

I’ve included 2 businesses which I have heard great things about however if you have any other suggestions please let me know below!

Classes

@doodlesscotland

Another great gift is giving an experience to someone. This way you’re giving someone a memory which they will have forever (and in some cases an extra little gift at the end of it).

I’ve mentioned two below, one in Edinburgh and one in my hometown. If you have any classes local to you that you’d like to promote feel free to add them in the comments and I can include them in this post!

Jewellery

@lark & Lily Designs
@thefairysworkshop

There are a lot of places you can pick up Jewellery now a days but I thought I’d show you two of my local businesses from home who sell fantastic high quality pieces.

Perfect for a special gift for your loved one. Both businesses have a wide range of jewellery on offer.

Clothes

@coastlinefashion.co.uk
@godivaedinburgh

As you know I am a huge fan/advocate for shopping sustainably. For Christmas I would recommend double checking clothes sizes and getting something you know someone will want to wear over and over again. Christmas is a time where loads go to waste so the more thought that goes into these items the better!

I’ve listed a couple of my favourite small business fashion brands who you can either buy vouchers from or shop at.

  • Coastline (fashion online store and truck)
  • Shopgeethanks (sustainably sourced second hand items, online)
  • Godiva (vintage, repurposed and independently sourced clothing, store and online)

Art

@inspiredbycaithness
@annachengdesign

I can’t mention a small business gift guide and not include one of my favourite things! Art is very subjective (which I have very much learnt when selling it) however it’s a great way to give someone something sentimental.

I have attached a few of my favourite sellers, all offering something a bit different depending on what you like. I also have my own print shop where I have a select amount left for Christmas if you fancy supporting my small business.

I’ve only mentioned a few of my favourite businesses however there are so many more you can support. Other places to look are Not on the High Street, Etsy, Instagram (check out hashtags such as #shopsmall or #supportsmallbusinesses), Depop and ask your friends and family! Everyone is bound to know someone.


And so there we have it. That is my list of some of my favourite small businesses which have a great selection of gifts on offer.

As always with small businesses it is better to get your orders in soon because you never know how many people will be dealing with the behind the scenes. Plus shipping can be really difficult at this time of year.

If you’re not in a financial position to support any of them this year, giving them a follow or a share on your social media channels can do the world of good!

Have you got your Christmas shopping organised or do you have any more small businesses to shout out? Let me know below!

Much love,
Sophie x