Sunday, December 18, 2011

teacher presents and gingerbread houses...

Although our mondocherrry work has slowed down considerably as we prepare for Christmas, it hasn't stopped me from stitching, beading, cutting and wrapping as I prepare some little Christmas thank you gifts for the wonderful kindergarten teachers that have taught my children this year. I created the packaging by folding baking paper and stitching up the sides to make a little envelope. I love wrapping with baking paper as I adore the sort of semi-see-through effect it creates. The little birds tags, created from recycled vintage illustrations, also look great hung from a twiggy branch in a vase. You can purchase these from our website if you are interested!

Feeling well and truly in the holiday spirit I decided to attempt my first ever gingerbread house yesterday from scratch, after lots of pleading from my son. An epic fail!!! The gingerbread was too soft, the icing wasn't sticky enough and the walls caved in....those things are tricky! I would love to hear any tips you have on gingerbread houses for if I am feeling brave enough to attempt one next year!

Off to the Christmas carols tonight to take time with my family to stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.


Friday, December 16, 2011

my Christmas table...

With my Christmas shopping done and dusted, I thought it was time to give some thought to the food and table setting for Christmas lunch. This year, I am extremely happy to be sharing Christmas day with my parents-in-law, and maybe even Clare and her family if I can drag them away from their unpacking! I wanted to keep things really simple so I can enjoy spending time with my family - some pretty napkins, a neutral tablecloth and a bit of greenery I can gather on the day from my back garden. I am really happy with how it is coming together.

Tablecloth from Dandi (love this as it can be used all year round.
Beautiful napkins from Bungalow (I may be one of their best customers!)
Cute little tags from Capital Kitchen
Drinking glasses from Country Road


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a very different Christmas...

Joy's house is looking very festive now. Her tree is decorated in soft pastel colours which tie in so beautifully with her existing artworks (mondocherry of course!), cushions and decor.

Joy's two children have been busy 'crafting up a storm'. How cute is this little Rudolf?..

"Santa and Tree" by Harvey aged 5...

My home, on the other hand, is decidedly un-festive. There is one little Christmas touch on the shelves in the dining room...

But most of my house looks like the photo below except worse! The removalists arrive this morning to pack up the contents of our house for our move down to Melbourne and I have been scurrying around doing all those last minute jobs that seem to take so long. All my good intentions of being completely organised (so unpacking the other end would be a breeze) went out the window long ago!!

Even my poor Kitchen Aid (usually given the workout of its life at this time of year) has sat alone and ignored in the corner of the kitchen...

We get the keys to our new rental home in Melbourne on Wednesday the 21st and my kids are insistent that the first thing that must be unpacked is the Christmas tree. Even if we are still surrounded by boxes, we will still be celebrating. Santa does have his work cut out for him though as I have heard through a very reliable source that he hasn't started the Christmas shopping for my crew of 6 yet!

Friday, December 9, 2011

merry and bright...

We are packing our wares and heading off to the Twilight Market at Portside Wharf, Brisbane tonight. Why not come and do some Christmas shopping in the cool night air? We will be there form 5pm to 9pm, so you even have time to have dinner, put the kids to bed and then sneak out! The fairy lights will be twinkling and we will be having a merry (we love meeting our customers and fellow bloggers) and bright (we will be surrounded by lots of colourful artworks and cushions including our new 'watermelon red' colourway) evening!

Don't forget that we will also be at the Boutique Christmas Markets this Sunday, 11th December from 8am to 3pm.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

relaxing by candlelight...

I love to light a few candles once the kids have gone to bed, and sit down with glass of wine or cup of tea (depending how the day has gone!) for a few moments of complete relaxation. My collection of Moroccan glasses make beautiful candle holders for little tea-lights - the pretty colours and delicate patterns cast such beautiful shadows.

They look just as beautiful by day too!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

gift wrapping on elladore...

It was lovely to see the doily gift wrapping we blogged a couple of years ago featured on the French web magazine, elladore. Thanks Anouk! It is part of an article on creative wrapping ideas for Christmas, and if you are looking for some inspiration to make your gifts stand out under the tree, pop on over here and take a look.

We have been experimenting with coloured doilies this year - don't they look fresh and pretty tied onto white presents?

Have a look at some of the other gift wrapping ideas we've blogged about over the last few years (some obviously well before we got our good cameras!!!)...