Merry Chrimbo!


Christmas time

All I want for Christmas… is this funky recycled sweater wreath and a faux wooden Christmas tree. I only wish I’d discovered the wreath (which features in Southern Flourish’s latest magazine, via the Thompson Family blog), before I cleared out my winter closet earlier this year. The faux trees are to-die-for too. Well, I guess they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but at least they’ll live to see another year. The top tree can be seen over at Yvestown, the other over here.

Here’s hoping everyone has a very merry Christmas!

The very merry gift guide


Christmas gifts
Need last minute Christmas gift ideas? Check out these gorgeous goodies.

1. Gardenia table lamp from Allium.

2. Floral shorts from Nadinoo.

3. Robyn Robin rimu pendant by SuperVery via Toggle.

4. Rustic metal garden stake from Flaming Petal.

5. Assorted gerberas, in all colours, from your local garden centre.

6. Spring Tree rimu pendant by SuperVery via Toggle.

7. Jewellery tree by Newbies.

8. Fleur de lys doorstop from Garden Room Gifts.

9. Melamine kitchenware from Allium.

DIY: Gift wrapping


Gift wrapping
Gift wrapping with reindeer
Recycle old hessian sacks, cast-away jumpers, rags and ribbons to make these gorgeous gift wrapped prezzies. Top with a button, some costume jewellery or a glittered leaf and you have true gorgeousness. For a step-by-step on the fabric flower, head on over to Style Me Pretty. To make the super cool reindeer wrapping, you need buttons, ribbon, patterned tape and a cut-out reindeer. The clever young Abby over at Two Little Dicky Birds made this one. It’s the cutest ever.

Advent pixies

Advent pixiesSay hello to the cutest little pixie folk around. Actually, they’re not that little. They’re 145cm tall, just a human-sized head shorter than me. Each pixie has 24 pockets for little treats and they come in boy pixie (with suitable overalls) and girl pixie (with pretty dress). These are Danish designs, but lucky for us the wonderful retail shop Small Acorns in Wellington has them in stock (you can also order online). Click here to order your cute-as-pie pixie.

DIY: Xmas table decorations


Table decorations
OK, I admit it. I do sometimes wander over to see what Martha’s up to. And look what I found! These super cute DIY centrepieces for the Christmas dinner table. I’ve got plenty of pine cones, and you can buy beeswax sheets for the candles on Trade Me. Like them too? Click here and here for step-by-step instructions.