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Unleash the gardener within! Grow your own in pots and wellies.

To grow your own is trending. There’s waiting lists for allotments and various of green community groups have a soaring number of members and volunteers. These urban transition groups are seeking to design a more sustainable future. If you’re interested in finding out more about what they do, and also how to get involved, visit transitionnetwork.org

As we like to grow our own, we enjoy reading about growing herbs, fruit and vegetables on blogs like the WellyWoman Blog, an endless source for garden inspiration, helpful tips and lots of green ideas. It’s time to unleash the gardener within!

Grow your own fruit vegetables and herbs at home, in the garden, in mini green houses, in pots, milk cartoons or in wellies.
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© WellyWoman Blog, from the Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

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© 1. Urban Garden seen at Clerkenwell Design Week London. 2. Ikea mini greenhouse £12, spotted at the Breathe Happiness Blog

Summer Children's Clothes - Perfect for Garden life



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Julmys at Ikea -getting ready for Christmas

Julmys, kos or hygge are Scandinavian words we use a lot when talking about Christmas, meaning enjoyable time. Ikea is all decorated for Christmas, with everything from fairy lights to wrapping paper. And the Ikea toy department might be the place to pick up some Christmas gifts. Oh -and do not leave without having the Ikea Swedish meatballs in the restaurant!

Start by heading to Ikea online and be inspired for some julmys and hygge this Christmas.


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The 2013 IKEA Catalogue is here!

The new 2013 IKEA Catalogue is finally here! Actually I haven’t received mine yet, but I borrowed a friends that got hers last week. And I’ve been eagerly flicking through, not only for inspiration but also for necessities. You might remember if you follow this blog, but the Little Scandinavian family have recently moved house. And with a new home comes the need for practical storage solutions, functional pieces of furniture that affordable still in a sleek Scandinavian style.

Love or hate Ikea but it’s hard to avoid the Swedish furniture giant when you want to make an home improvement.



So Ikea is emphasising this year to renew your home with textiles! In the current economical climate it’s important to keep a safe budget and what better way than buying a cushion instead of an entire new sofa?!



In the children’s Ikea there’s new educational and decorative toys, colourful and textiles in various forms and shapes -and as usual excellent storage systems to avoid chaos in the child’s bedroom and also functional furniture like desks, beds and wardrobes. They also have a great selection for the babies first room as well as a separate section dedicated the youth room.

If you have not received the new IKEA catalogue 2013 by 15th September you can pick up a copy from your local IKEA store.

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Wildlife at IKEA

Celebrate nature and bring the wildlife in to your home, with these cute creatures from IKEA. Soft toys from £3.99




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Nostalgic Christmas Cards and gift wrapping at Ikea

We’ve previous years shared a small selection of a Scandinavian vintage Christmas Cards. These romantic and nostalgic greeting cards has proven to be very popular -so it was to our great pleasure we recently discovered that the Swedish Interior and Home giant Ikea this year has included a vintage Christmas card print in their affordable selection of gift wrapping for Christmas.

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Scandinavian Advent Calendars 2011

With the 1st of December less than a month away it’s about time to start planning the Advent Calendar of 2011. Especially if you are, like me, aiming for 24 gifts and treats! Gift guide to follow within the next couple of days…
I’ve in the past done 24×2, but when I grew up with 3 siblings we all shared one calendar. I’d get to open the surprise every 4th day. I never thought of it as an issue. We’ll might do the same for our girls this year. It will not only teach them to share but save me from getting an additional 24 items.
Another idea is to buy the Lego Advent Calendar, unpack and wrap in all the 24 small presents, perhaps together with a little sweet treat on the Saturdays, and hang it up as a decorative garland. In that way you’ve done it all in one go and you’ve ensured quality presents for only £17.99
Anyway, here’s Little Scandinavian Advent Calendar Guide for 2011 We do hope this guide will be of inspiration!

Ikea YRSNÖ Advent Calendar
Ikea is of course huge in Scandinavia and it’s for many the number one destination when purchasing not only Christmas decoration and Christmas essential gift wrapping but also for napkins, candles and other kitchen essentials for Christmas in addition to ready made Scandinavian Christmas cookies.
Check out the Ikea Christmas store.
The YRSNÖ Advent calendar featuring father Christmas designed by Gunilla Byström for Ikea. This Advent Calendar in cardboard has 24 numbered drawers that you can fill with small presents.
Height: 45 cm. Unfortunately this product is not available to buy online. Check availability at your local store.

£8.99 ikea.com



Petite Legarth Advent Calendar
To ensure the uniqueness of design, the Danish designer Sofie Legarth has only made a few pieces of each style. See the full range of Christmas decorations from Petite Legarth here.
This gorgeous handmade quilt advent calendar from Petite Legarth is made with Liberty fabrics.
Santa on his way during the night in a air balloon is such a lovely motif, an advent calendar you’ll be exited to put up on the wall every December. And if you manage to part with it, as the quality is so good, maybe some day you can pass it on to future generations.
The Advent Calendar measures 46x63cm with hooks for 24 advent calendar gifts or treats.

650DKK (£75) at LilleFigaro.eu

Maileg Garland Advent Calendar
This is actually a Advent Calendar that would be fairly easy to make yourself. In that way you’ll get the exact dimensions of the small cotton bags that you want and you’ll also get a true treasure that can be handed down to future generations when the time comes.
But if you are like me, useless with the sewing machine or you simply can’t find the time, this charming Scandinavian style Garland Advent Calendar from Maileg will be just perfect!
24 cotton Christmas socks and socks, all ready to be filled with 24 small gift and treats. When you start to receive Christmas cards, you can simply hang them up on this garland too.

649DKK (£75) designerleg.dk

Maileg Pixie Advent Calendar
Gorgeous Maileg pixie in red advent dress or grey dungarees, numbered for each day of advent with pockets big enough for small treats or gifts. The pixies have a row of buttons all the way down the front. Size: 150cm tall.
We also recommend checking out the various of festive and fun Advent Calendars on NotOnTheHighStreet.co.uk
And if you are into the Pixies for Christmas, check out maileg.dk

Price per Pixie Advent Calendar £66 at notonthehighstreet.com


Maileg Chocolate Advent Calendar
Divine Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar from Danish design company Maileg for 2011, filled with delicious Swiss quality chocolate from Lindt.
Scandinavian style advent calendar with fun and festive illustrations, Santa on his sledge with reindeer, Santa skiing, sledging, dancing and decorating the big Christmas Tree wonderfully illustrated by Dorthe Mailils.

60DKK (£7) at designerleg.dk

For even more ideas, see the Scandinavian Advent Calendars 2010

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