Sunday, 23 December 2012

T'was two nights before Christmas....

The last of our wreaths were hung today, right before we put the finishing touches to a clients magical Christmas garden.

The scent of our Festive Spice candle is filling the air, The Andrews Sisters have been cranked up high and whilst simultaneously sipping on Veuve, The Magical Christmas Wreath Company workshop is being swept, tidied and packed away until our return in 2013.

Due to upcoming appointments that begin in the north pole, I must inform you all officially ladies and gentlemen that.....................the elves have now left the building!

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 A big thank you to Pamela over at The Style and Travel Journals
for my lovely hat which kept my little pixie ears very warm this winter.

We would like to thank all our blog friends and customers for their generous friendship and wonderful support. We wish you all a super Christmas and a fabulous New Year.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

La Porte Noire

I got to fulfil my insatiable penchant for festive wreathery on black doors once more this week, when a client rang for a chic and elegant bespoke wreath to correspond with her existing planters.

After hanging the wreath on the door, I stepped inside where one furry resident layed on the floor, with all four legs in the air while I gave him a tummy rub!

 
You can see more of our Christmas wreaths or order a bespoke design
by following the shop links on the right of this page.
 
Please note, tummy rubs do not come as standard with each delivery
from The Magical Christmas Wreath Company! x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Jingle Bellissima

Its official! Its December, carols are playing, I've already had my first Christmas dinner, eaten my first portion of Christmas pudding and our wreaths are being ordered, made, delivered and hung on doors across Europe.
The owner of this rather fabulous door called this week to order our Jingle Bellissima wreath. The high gloss finish sets it off rather wonderfully.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Magical Christmas Candle Winners!

The lucky winners drawn for 
The Magical Christmas Wreath Company
Candle Giveaway


 
 
 Rosemary at Where Five Valleys Meet
Phyllis at Henhurst Interiors
Loi at Tone on Tone

Congratulations

Your chosen candles will be with you shortly.
 
To purchase our Candles
Please use the shop links on the right of this page.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Harvey Nichols Christmas Shopping Party

Wild horses wouldn't stop us attending the Harvey Nichols Christmas Shopping Party this week. Champagne, nibbles, music and some early festive shopping spread over five fabulous floors plus some of the best Christmas Windows displays in London, who could resist? Not I!

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Say hello to Mr Tim, the most delightful doorman in London who welcomes you to Harvey Nichols, what are you waiting for, the party's inside......!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Magical Christmas Candle Giveaway

To ring in the festive season, we are delighted to offer THREE followers of The Magical Christmas Wreath Company a chance to sample our luxurious candles in our Christmas Giveaway.

We love gourmand fragrance and have been offering our seasonal candles to customers for some years which have always been very popular. Hand poured and of the highest quality, our scented candles encapsulate the spirit of the season. Due to increased demand we now ship our candles worldwide.


This season we launched our new divine fragrance 'Ember Glow'. Emulating the opulent warmth of a festive hearth with rich labdanum, exotic amber resin and a little crackling spice from clove.
The perfect addition to our seasonal candle selection.

Worldwide followers are welcome to take part in our giveaway.
To follow, click the blue "Join this site" button on the right of the blog.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below and select only your chosen fragrance.

Three winners will be picked at random on 30th November.

Good luck

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Liberty Christmas Express

Due to popular demand, I called upon Hercules to throw down his Advanced Guide to Hot Yoga and fire up the silver lady, so that we could take a gander at the Liberty's Christmas windows. With great gusto and in true Herculean style we thundered through central London at break neck speed in our gleaming midnight carriage for some late night festive shopping.

Welcome aboard the Liberty Christmas Express....

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 One block down past Hamley's windows, lots of animated....things!
 
A quick trot down Carnaby Street
Full circle back onto Regent Street in search of late night shoes....
......more Christmas shopping coming soon.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Roll up for the Magical Christmas Window Tour!

I have long had a fascination with fabulous window dressing and display, something I probably inherited from my grandmother who was well practiced in the art. I distinctly remember the vignettes of twinkling Worth perfume bottles she arranged at home that encouraged my magpies eye from a young age.
So with every Christmas I get to be a big kid again and press my nose up against shop windows oogling at the treasures within. Join me as we embark on a season of magical Christmas window watching in London. First stop - Harrods.
Within the theme of the Disney Princess, Harrods goes all out with a gorgeous display of dreamy gowns fit for the fairest of fairy tales. 
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Ralph & Russo's Princess Tiana
 
Oscar de la Renta's Snow White
 
Donatella Versace's take on Cinderella
 
Escada's Princess Jasmin of Aladdin
 
Jenny Packham's Rapunzel
 
Pocahontas by Roberto Cavalli
 
and my favourite of all
Sleeping Beauty by Ellie Saab
 
One shoe that's not getting left on the steps of the palace at Midnight!
Louboutin's Glass Slipper.
 
Hold tight for more installations in the series of the The Magical Christmas Window Tour..........

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Creepy Style!

We are winding up the last of our spooky wreath orders and creepy blog posts here today.
Just time to leave you with one of my favourite simple wreaths we created this season.......


Pop into our shop using the logo link in the sidebar to view our latest Wreaths for 2013.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Raise your glasses, Wake the dead!

To enter into the spirit of the season during the run up to Halloween, we have an annual creepy cocktail competition. Four fun cocktails go head to head to see which will reign supreme on all hallows' eve. Our love for the bubbly stuff means that Champagne always features in at least two of the contenders.

In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, this years entrants all have a British
connection. The shortlisted cocktails currently being quaffed are....

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Black Velvet
Invented at the Brooks's club in 1861 and served while the nation mourned the death of Prince Albert. The 50/50 recipe is to half fill a tilted glass with Stout and add Champagne gently to create as little foam as possible.

Jolly Spider's Kiss
Simple. Mix 2 parts Elderflower Champagne that we made earlier in the year and 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur to create the most delightfully ghoulish green glow!

Toffee Apple
An autumnal mix created by drinks guru Nick Strangeway formerly of Fred's Bar and the Atlantic Bar & Grill in London's Piccadilly. 1 shot Boulard Grand Solange Calvados, 2 Shots Giffard Caramel liqueur, 1 Shot pressed apple juice, 1/4 Shot freshly squeezed lime juice, shaken and strained over ice.

Bleeding Vesper
James Bond meets Martha Stewart! A mash up of the classic Bond Martini. Mix 3 parts Gin, 1 part Vodka and half a measure of Lillet Vermouth but here stirred with the addition of Martha's speared baby beetroot.

We may need to revisit several of these creepy concoctions in order to decide our winner.
'Witch' would you choose? Our winning cocktail will be revealed here on October 31st. Hic!

The results of our spooky cocktail competition are as follows

3rd Place - Black Velvet as it was a tad yucky.

2nd Place - Bleeding Vesper because it looked better than it tasted.

Joint 1st place - Jolly Spiders Kiss and Toffee Apple because they were both so delicious we couldn't decide. HIC!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Punkin' Pumpkins!

At a loss for what to do with leftover studs from last season? Look no further than the humble squash! Punk up those pumpkins baby!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Trumpet of Death Risotto!

A brown paper parcel containing a mysterious autumnal delight arrived at my door from France this week. Tied very simply with string and weighing very little, I opened it to find not a thing of great beauty but for what it lacked in looks, it certainly makes up for in it's earthy flavour.

Picked between August and November, Trompette de la mort or Trumpet of death mushrooms are so called because of the black, trumpet-shaped horns which emerge from the ground in clusters as if playing a fanfare from 'those' beneath the soil!

Perfectly edible but not to be confused with the Death Cap mushroom which is highly poisonous. Our mushrooms were picked by a well-practiced and knowledgable mycologist!


Also known as Black chanterelle or Horn of plenty, they are the perfect ingredient in October for a spooky Roast Pumpkin & Trompette de la Mort Risotto dressed with a little truffle oil.

Great to come home to when you've been out for hours on your broomstick!

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Marchesa Casati Giveaway Winner

The lucky winner drawn for
this month's...
Queen of the Night Giveaway
 
 
Tilda Swinton as The Marchesa Casati -
Paolo Roversi for Acne Paper
 
Congratulations to

 Dianne at 'Yonks'

Your copy of The Marchesa Casati: Portrait of a Muse will be with you shortly.

Pop along and visit Di's blog Yonks & her wonderful antique and vintage collectibles Etsy Shop


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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Fright Night!

Cold, biting winds picked up across the parkland, drawing in a veil of oppressive clouds intermittently pierced by javelins of eerie light. From the rooftops of the Gothic mansion, gargoyles snarled menacingly at the circling crows that began to descend and gather on the windswept lawns and a herd of anxious looking deer watched as we made our approach on a long gravel drive.

 
 
 
Our arrival had not gone unnoticed. Just as the sun went down the main door of the mansion creaked open and a boney finger beckoned us in. We were assembled in the Great Hall to commence the Knebworth House Ghost Tour.

The richly decorated Gothic interior boasts dark, heavy woods, sumptuous fabrics, an impressive armoury, creaking floors, narrow corridors and hidden doors within a library full of occultist books. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a haunted house is here including a creepy children's bedroom full of sinister toys and life size dolls that looked like Cousin It!

There were ghost stories galore in every room. The loud door knocking spirit, the ghost of the Yellow Boy who emerges from the fireplace to tell you how your life will end via mime, the Old Gardener ghost who tinkers with the electrics, the stairwell spectres that push past you on the staircases and the ghost of the poor scullery maid who fell three floors into the sewer, Pee-yoo!

 

My eye sockets ached from not only adjusting to the dim atmospheric light within the mansion but also from eye-rolling when one of the attendees insisted that they felt a different presence in each and every room. We found ourselves suppressing fits of impish silent giggles at the back of the group. Did we find it amusing or were we influenced by the spirits of tittering corn children!?

After a rather hearty supper provided by our hosts we were ushered out into the darkness to walk the Lutyens designed gardens and begin a Bat Watch as the second part of our evening. Bearing in mind that it was pitch black outside, photographic evidence is rather slim or grainy. Several members of the local Bat Conservation group were on hand to educate us in the ways of the flying mice and introduced us to some teeny weeny injured Pipistrelle bats they were caring for. One of the poor blighters had only one wing, I suspect the other was pickled along with eye of newt by a local whiskery faced lady with a warty nose!

 
 
Our walk into the darkness was lit only by the occasional candle to stop us from falling face first into the bushes. Unfortunately I had been holding the bat detector that we were issued with upside down for the first 10 minutes but soon enough the blood thirsty suckers were swooshing overhead looking for the nearest pulsating jugular.....or perhaps a just a midge!

 
 


Thankfully, we didn't see any spooks on this trip but a frightfully good time was certainly had by all.