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After we've completed a house, it's amazing how many people say "Isn't it great how it all came together!"... as if by accident. This is a very small look into how it all "comes together".

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Xmas Goodies

Unfortunately for the kids (who have finished school for the year), I am still working for the next couple of weeks.  
Miss "I'm soooooo bored" Billie decided that she would get Crafty and Christmassy.
 This is the environmentally-friendly wreath made from shopping bags, a second hand ribbon and a dry-cleaning coat hanger. She made a similar one last year however it has fallen apart (which I guess is a good sign as it means that some shopping bags really DO break down). 

The Grey goes perfectly with our curtains don't you think?
Billie & Remy assembled and decorated the tree by themselves and I think they did a fantastic job! I gave up on trying to 'control' the tree a couple of years ago. 
I did withhold a few mismatching ornaments this year & also let B. run with her Red theme rather than my usual Pink and Silver colour scheme. 

Most of the decorations are from IKEA (god bless) and the rest have been gifted by friends over the years.
Nothing like a bit of tree making out of old magazines. 
This keeps B. busy and boredom free for a while! 
I am an obsessive recycler (much to my husbands disgust!), so I keep everything until I can either re-use, recycle or donate it. This is another reason why I love op-shopping and giving to charity rather than binning. 

In a consumer society we all must do a little to cut down on waste :)

Speaking of recycling... check out this bookshelf from Coco Republic.
It's made from a drum & would look excellent in R's room. 
He does have a keen interest in learning how to play the drums, so I fear that this bookshelf may get emptied and used for it's original purpose instead of a bookshelf.
Here are some more wreath ideas from the latest Inside Out Magazine.
This linen advent calendar is just too cute!
I was planning on making this however, December 1 just snuck up on me. 

There's always next year...



  1. I'm laughing... I have to sit on my hands when its time to decorate the tree as my boys have taken over the Christmas tree too! (6 & 8) But thats what their memories are going to be !
    Good luck with your bunting - its fast and fun :)

  2. Thanks Irene!
    I know, I had to ignore the control freak side of me and just walk away from the tree. So true, the kids will remember it and they are so proud of their handy work. I spent the whole tree decorating session scrolling through songs on the internet trying to find a good version of 'Feliz Navidad' and Boney M Christmas Carols :)


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