Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope you have a fun and joyful day!
Are you all set for Christmas? This is really my first day off before Christmas, so naturally it’s filled with shopping, cooking, cleaning etc.
But once that’s done I am so looking forward to celebrating with my in-laws this evening and with my family tomorrow. The next two days will be filled with lots of turkey, trifle, sparkling red, music, laughter and fun. What are your plans?
It has been a very. very. hectic year and I am taking a much-needed break over Christmas and New Year. Naturally, it will be partially filled with house projects but definitely plenty of fun and sleep-ins too.
I will also be working on the new blog design which is almost ready to launch, so I need to take a break from posting to give me time to get everything ready. I’ll be back in the new year with my 1000th post (!), the new site launch, all of my holiday projects and hopefully some other exciting news!
Have a wonderful Christmas and new year, friends. xx
A few weeks ago I worked on a gorgeous photo shoot (more on that in the new year once it’s been published). It featured my new summer stationery collection and a faux gift table.
I had such fun with all the wrapping that it became my actual gift wrapping theme for this Christmas. Fun, right?
Don’t worry, dear family, your boxes won’t be empty like those at the photo shoot.
I don’t know whether I’m finally getting all sophisticated-like or whether this heatwave we’re having (43°C as I’m writing this – that’s 109°F) is making me dream of our snow-filled European holiday this time last year.
Whatever the reason, I’ve gone all white for our Christmas ‘tree’ set up this year. I’ve also given it more presence in the room by putting it on the sideboard instead of previously on the entertainment unit (that location also had the annoying side effect of the fairy lights reflecting off the TV screen).
I didn’t buy a lot of new things this year – just those snowflake ornaments and the larger of the ceramic lanterns.
Amazingly, the only crafting I did was to whip up that little feather tree. I was going to do a set of three but I did one and it looked rather average so I didn’t bother with the rest. Craft blogger fail all round really.
Oh, you can see my previous years’ tree colour schemes here.
Are you enjoying your summer (or winter depending on where you are)?
I am finishing up work tomorrow and will have two weeks off from my part-time job plus an extra week off from my business so it will be SO nice to relax, work on some projects and catch up with friends and family.
I am looking forward to the extended family Chrissy lunches on Saturday and Sunday then the immediate family celebrations on Christmas Eve and Day. What are your plans?
I loved reading your responses to the Target gift card giveaway question which was ‘What is your favourite way to celebrate the festive season?’.
Our winner is Heidi who said:
“The newest tradition my husband started two years ago is to host a Christmas breakfast for the homeless students from the middle school he teaches at and surprise them with gifts from donations collected from teachers and staff. It’s always touching.”
How wonderful, Heidi!
This post is sponsored by Target.
What’s the best part about this time of year? Opening up your home to entertain friends and family, with no further excuse required to crack a bubbly or whip up a cocktail at any time of day.
If you’re off the hook for hosting Chrissy lunch this year, perhaps (like me) you’re thinking about throwing a bit of a party this Christmas / New Year period.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a little shoot to inspire your upcoming festive celebration.
Get the look from Target: wreath, hurricane lantern, square lantern, tree decorations, cushion, ceramic trees, polka dot flutes, polka dot tumblers, drink dispenser, black platters, dress, ring, necklace.
Thanks to The Man for helping with the photography since yours truly is in some of the shots.
I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite way to celebrate the holidays and the best answer will win!
Competition closes midnight Wednesday 18th December and winner will be announced on Thursday 19th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.
While I’m busily finishing off our Christmas decorating (bit late to the party this year), I thought I’d take a look back at previous years’ Christmas trees.
Last Christmas we were overseas so I didn’t put up a tree. After a year off I am so excited so be putting up the decorations! I’m going back to the white branches but with a different colour scheme. Stay tuned!
Can you believe it’s only two weeks until the big man in red returns? I have not given Christmas nearly enough thought given it’s already mid-December. I’ve got the box of decorations down but haven’t gotten a lot further than that – oops!
I’ll be back in a couple of days with photos of this year’s decorations. In the meantime, we’d better announce the winner of this week’s Target gift card giveaway…
The winner is Jessie who shared her budget-friendly gift strategy:
We have 12 kids so saving money is important to us – we buy when sales are on, buy quality (there is no point going to a $2 shop and buying rubbish that will be thrown out) and make gifts (which is a lot of fun with the kids helping).
Wow, Harriet! Christmas must be such a joyful time in your home with such a large family. I hope the voucher helps a bit!