5Over50 Style Christmas Jumpers & Wish You All A Merry Christmas!

Welcome back to our 5over50 challenge. The year has flown by and this month of December is my challenge and I decided on Christmas jumpers. I bit my nose off to spite my face here! I found it quite hard! Let me tell you about it…


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When you can’t find what you want in the shops!

Ok, so I thought the shops would be awash with jumpers, and yes they were. I kept putting my purchase on the backburner as each shop I visited just didn’t have anything that caught my eye. It finally got to Friday just gone and out I went to find my Christmas jumper. There wasn’t much left! I settled on three M&S jumpers to try on and went into the changing room. I liked them but didn’t love them thinking ho-hum this will have to do and decided on one red and white jumper at £35.00

In the queue, I spotted some items that would make great gifts and then it dawned on me how much my purse has emptied this month! What was I doing? £35.00 on a jumper I most probably won’t wear hardly!


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So, a makeshift Christmas jumper was thought up!

My decision was made to somehow make my own jumper out of something? Help!!! I needed to have these photos to my 5over50 group by Sunday at the latest!

Browsing the aisles at Tesco doing my food shop I spotted some red gold star present labels. They went into the trolly, thinking I could quickly tack those on and then I spotted these Christmas tree decorations at 50 pence each. I quickly returned home and sewed them on before the shops closed in case it all went pear-shaped and there would be more choice before the shops closed, but I think it worked out ok! Not bad for £1.50!


I want to wish you all Merry Christmas!

The year has flown by and I’ve had some really fantastic times that wouldn’t have come my way if I wasn’t blogging. It’s been such a pleasure doing this style challenge with all the girls. And I want to thank you all for visiting and I hope you have enjoyed reading these challenges.

I’m finishing off sending you all a kiss and my best wishes. I wish you all the best of Christmases and I hope it’s filled with fun, glamour and love.

Let’s see how the other 5over50 group styled their jumpers…

Gail From Is this Mutton is festive with this White and Red Jumper perfect to pair with those gorgeous pearls.



Jacqui from MummaBstylish is all glam in Gold, and I love a bit of sparkle!



Never mind about the jumper! How gorgeous is the skirt?!! Anna, from Annas Island Style, has a perfect backdrop too.  Great minds again Anna! I’m just about to post something similar!



Hilda’s got it spot on as far as Christmas is concerned. This is what it’s really all about, isn’t it? I would have loved to have got a Christmas photo with my all my grandchildren together. I can’t wait to see them all over Christmas and they’re the reason I’m so broke! Take a look at Over The Hilda’s post to read more

Merry Christmas To You All!

XO Laurie


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  2. December 26, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Hi Laurie!
    How inventive of you! I love the trees on your sweater.. very creative. I thought at first the trees were part of your necklace and thought that was cool. 🙂 Love the raindeer, the gold sparkles and the festive jumpers on the other ladies. Fun to wear if only several days a year, right. I hope you had a wonderful Holiday!!
    thanks for linking! Happy Holidays!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      December 29, 2017 / 8:20 am

      Thanks, Jess. I bet those pooches will be spoiled by you! xx

  3. December 24, 2017 / 5:17 am

    That was so amazing to think to make your sweater with the trees! I absolutely loved it and it’s much better than a sweater you’ll only wear once a year that costs a fortune! Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for linking up with the #DreamTeam

    • laurie
      December 29, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Thank you, Heather. When you have to save the pennies, you have to put your mind into action! xx

  4. December 23, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    What a fun read Laurie and you look beautiful! I have a confession. I kept looking and re-reading trying to figure out what you meant by jumper. haha. It took me awhile (I’m on my first cup of coffee.) to figure out sweaters. That’s right, right? 😉 Anyway, I love how your jumper turned out! So creative…and thank you for linking up with the Thursday Moda.

    • laurie
      December 29, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Haha! English terms Chrissy, well that’s from this Essex girl anyway! Thanks thoug & I’m glad you like it xx

  5. December 23, 2017 / 12:17 am

    What a great bit of DIY! When I first saw the photo I thought you were wearing a jumper with cutout detail. Then I looked again and thought “what a fantastic statement necklace…I wonder where that’s from”! Necessity is the mother of invention right? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Laurie and thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      December 29, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Thank you Emma. I’m pleased with how it turned out xx

  6. December 21, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    What a unique and pretty Xmas sweater! Merry Christmas!

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Thank you Amy xx

  7. December 21, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    What a great jumper idea and how adorable are these gold Christmas trees! Xx

    • laurie
      December 29, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Thank you! Not bad for £1.50!!

  8. December 21, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Laurie, I think your sweater turned out wonderfully! It is quite pretty with the gold trees. And I find that the DIY Christmas sweaters are best anyhow. More unique and ever since Christmas Sweaters became a trend, they have become quite expensive to purchase. Unless of course you pick some up on deep discount after the holidays have ended! I wish you a very Merry Christmas, my friend, and many blessings in the new year!


    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you Shelbee. I hope yours is wonderful xx

  9. December 21, 2017 / 1:24 am

    So festive! Hope you have a lovely Christmas

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you Carrie xx

  10. December 20, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    That’s genius Laurie and I think really wearable. So with you on cost. Mine is 4 years old now so I’m determined to keeping wearing it and not replacing it .

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you, Anna. I was pleased with how it turned out xx

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      Thank you Debbie. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you return xx

  11. Amy Arnold
    December 20, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    You came up with the perfect sweater and didn’t have to spend a ton. I love the red and gold. Well done!
    Amy Ann

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you Amy xx

  12. December 20, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Thought I left a comment..it disappeared. I love what you did..clever girl. I was certain it was a necklace and the skirt is gorgeous. Happy Christmas to you and yours xx

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Just Christmas trees tacked on Hilda! It was that simple xx

  13. Anonymous
    December 20, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Such a clever idea and I was sure it was a necklace. I love the entire look and wish I had thought of it. Serious envy. Happy Christmas Laurie hope you have alovely time with your family xxx

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      Thank you! xx

  14. December 20, 2017 / 12:17 am

    ps…. great to find more over 50 bloggers, i’m going to read the ones you’ve tagged above too. x

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Aw, thank you, Lorraine. I hope you return xx

  15. December 20, 2017 / 12:15 am

    What a great idea, I saw Kirstie Allsop adding embroidery to a jumper and thought about doing that to make something more individual.Your idea seems easier i’m going to have a look around. Thanks.

    • laurie
      December 22, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thank you, Lorraine. I have loved the Kirstie Christmas series this year! Makes me feel like getting creative. They make it all look so easy, don’t they?!

  16. December 19, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I just love a bit of DIY and this has saved you a small fortune too Laurie, so well done! The sweater is such a good colour for you and not one that I’ve seen you wear recently.
    It’s been great fun to do this challenge with you and the other ladies. I’m looking forward to more interesting features from you next year.

    Happy Christmas!
    Anna x

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you, Anna! Here’s to another year of us doing something together! xx

  17. December 19, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Wow, I thought it was a necklace – I didn’t realise you’d sewn them on! It’s such a glamorous look Laurie. It’s been so great doing all the challenges with you. Enjoy a fabulous Christmas!

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you, Gail. It has been great fun, hasn’t it? Don’t stay offline too much! I want to stay in touch xx

  18. Andrea Nine
    December 19, 2017 / 11:14 am

    You have the BEST ideas Laurie! What an amazing necklace! Wishing you and yours a vey Merry Christmas! Cheers to 2018!

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Right back at you Andrea! xx

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you, Maria. I hope yours is great too xx

  19. December 18, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    ALL of your Christmas Jumpers are awesome, all of you ladies look great. Love love your take on a Christmas sweater Laurie, since you added that stunning bold gold necklace with the three Christmas trees. I love it. Looking fabulous head to toe!!

    Welcome by to see my latest. Merry Christmas!! <3 Ada.

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you Ada! xx

  20. jodie filogomo
    December 18, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    You are quite brilliant Laurie, in putting this together this way!!! Way to be unique and thrifty all at once!!

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you Jodie. I had all sorts of ideas floating around in my head! I nearly covered the jumper in baubles xx

  21. December 18, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Such fantastic jumpers! Merry Christmas!

    Gemma x

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you Gemma xx

  22. December 18, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Superb idea Mrs! as I said before ‘tres chic’ btw I also like that skirt very much too!
    best wishes
    Ashley x

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! You have put my creativity into action! xx

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you return xx

  23. December 18, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Your makeshift Christmas jumper is just fabulous, Laurie! What an absolutely marvellous idea! xxx

  24. December 18, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    What a beautiful top! And your necklace is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining the linkup!

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you Roxanne! I don’t think you read the post correctly though! xx

  25. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    December 18, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Great idea Laurie. I often search for clothes they must be designed for me. Nothing to find in the shops, only in my mind.
    I wish you merry christmas, too Laurie!
    XO Tina

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you Tina! I’m surprised with all your gorgeous accessories! You have a great Christmas too Tina xx

  26. December 18, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Fabulous post Laurie, love your jumper idea – it’s worked a t treat. x Have a super Christmas with the family. x Jacqui

    • laurie
      December 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you Jacqui xx

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