Peck. Peck. PECK PECK PECK.
Is that the sound of Christmas pecking away at my nerves? Reminding me that pretty soon there are presents to be bought, food to be ordered, cards to be written and a house to decorate.
SURELY NOT. Not while the ambers of the bonfire are still warm and the pumpkin is still fermenting on the front porch. NOT UNTIL DECEMBER, RIGHT?
And yet every day my jammed letter box lets me know that Christmas-is-a-coming and the goose is getting fat. I’m not feeling it. Not yet anyway and no amount of tear jerking TV adverts is helping. I am in need of an actual appetite stimulator. Just a little something to get me in the mood for pressie buying. Something like…. an on-trend home accessory? Oh yes that should do it… Somewhere to hide the receipts.
So I’m calling this my swan song. My last little indulgence before I graciously commit every penny to present buying for the rest of the flock. It's my new swan vase, picked up for peanuts at the second hand market. It’s everything I need to get me in the mood for a trendily tacky Christmas. And here’s why:
Fashion followers will know that granny chic is where it’s at right now and throwbacks like the printed nanna dress are having a moment. Translated into interiors terms, that means raiding granny's attic for quirky accessories, maybe a tapestry or two and (never a bad idea) looking for funky ways to flaunt your flowers.
I’ve collected a few swan shaped vintage vases over the years (being the hoarder that I am) and it’s never really been clear why. Now’s not the time to delve into any Freudian connotations however, we’ll definitely be here 'til Christmas. Suffice to say I like swan vases because they are kitsch, pretty and just tacky enough to be cool.
It’s likely that this is the reason that major manufacturers are bringing back the old favourite too. Good old M&S has this elegant all white version at a very gracious £20.
And for a super luxe option, this bronze number is as classy as they come.
Swan vases were popular in the 50s and 60s and regularly pop up in charity shops and car boot sales if you're prepared to rummage.
Look out for collectables like this Dartmouth Pottery vase which, in mint condition can fetch around £40 on ebay.
Cheaper and more recent copycat versions are commonly found in naff colours and pearlised paints … but don't let that put you off.
These ugly ducks can become beautiful swans with a lick of dark or even metallic spray paint, like mine below. Add a Christmas cactus to combine two trends in one fashionably frugal gift.
Here’s another black swan of the family. Pretty with a few random rose stems for now… and great for my bedside to hold those shiny new earings come Christmas. A-hem.
Oh wow. News from the North Pole is that Santa has appointed me Head House Candy Elf having seen how well I’ve embraced this challenging pre-season warm up. I’m pouring myself a Babycham and cracking open the Milk Tray to celebrate. Join me again for more on-trend, on-budget and most importantly on-with-it Christmas shopping.