Christmas eve eve party!

OMG! Today is Christmas Eve….can you believe that it is finally here? Last night me & WH (wonderful husband) went to our last Christmas party of the season, our bible study’s Christmas Eve Eve break-up party. So much fun, we laughed ate great food & got crafty!

We played this game where we were all given a piece of paper with a Christmas thing written on it that we had to create using craft supplies & other bits & pieces. I loved it! WH & the other two guys in our study group were alittle less excited. But I will say they did amazing jobs with their creations.

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WH’s Angel, he did such a good job!

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Baby Jesus in the Manger

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All ‘blinged’ out Santa

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My effort Santa’s sleigh

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Christmas cottage

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A wiseman

It was such a fun game! Though when all the craft supplies came out one item in particular caught the attention of the guys & we had some  serious motastic with it. Giant pipe cleaners!

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With alittle Jonny Howard (ex Australian Prime Minister) eye brow action

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Christmas wrapping

Well it has taken me a week but I have finished wrapping all of the Christmas gifts & they look wonderful all tucked under the Christmas tree.

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Side note: WH had his birthday at the beginning of the week his sister gave him this Dalek (Dr. Who character, best to Google then me trying to explain) Christmas decoration.

I decided to go with kraft paper (found one that is made from 70% recycled paper) & stamped pattern using a Christmas themed clear stamp set (which I think is from Kaiser craft, but I have had them so long I can’t quite remember). I used a stamping up ink set I have had forever (well since 2007 type forever), I love the colours they are kinda earthy but still have some bright punch.

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I am so happy with how all the presents turned out in the end, I especially like how the present for my WH turned out. Green is my favourite colour & this particular stamp looks amazing in person.

Each present is finished off rather simply with cotton string & a shipping tag that I stamped to co-ordinate with each present. They are all simple, colourful & I think alittle wonderful.

How have you wrapped & decorated your Christmas gifts this year? Did you go down the handmade wrapping route?

This might seem weird but…

I love doing laundry. Yep, you heard (read) right. I actually like doing laundry. And there are a few reasons, but it is mostly I am a routine girl. I love it when certain things happen at the same time everyday or every week. I find alot of comfort, especially when life gets hectic, when I have things I can rely on to happen exactly when & where I know there are going to happen.

Laundry is one of those routine events in my life. But there are a couple of other reasons that I like doing the laundry as well.

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This is me going to hang the laundry, yep I am that happy!

Probably the number one reason for liking doing the laundry is that I get to soak up how beautiful where we live is & how blessed we are to live where we do.

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How wonderful summer looks

The second reason is our washing machine, I do love our washing machine.

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I don’t love our laundry space, but I don’t spend alot of time there so it doesn’t bother me. This washing machine makes doing to laundry simple & stress free. It heats its own water so we don’t waste the hot water that we use for the house & it has a water saving setting that uses less water then a normal. Which is great for those of us who live on tank water & during dry spells every drop of water is precious.

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I think also it has something  to do with the fact that I am happiest when I am at home. Everything just feels right when I am at home, doing stuff for the home.

What are some strange things that you actually like or even love doing? Maybe you like laundry too?

Just one thing left

We are so close to being finished with our Christmas Shopping (Yeah!!), myself, WH (wonderful husband) and my sister made a trip down to the big city this morning after church to shop at a few places that we don’t have at home. We got two of the last three people crossed off, just got my sister to go (hard to shop for her when she was with us pretty much all day!).

Now that I am coming to the end of our Christmas shopping (yeah again!) and our tree is up and twinkling my mind is turning towards how to wrap & decorate each of our gifts. Usually I have already made this decision & wrap presents as they come into the house, popping them under the tree. But for some reason I appear to have forgotten to actually think about the wrapping entirely.

Thanks to Pinterest (yep I am a convert & probably slightly obsessed) I have been able to gather a few ideas.

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Looking at alot of the ideas I have been pinning I think I am feeling kraft paper with a hand printed or painted design. With maybe one of those too cute for words feather gift tags, they would go so well with the little owls I have made to adore each gift. I love the buzz when I start feeling inspired, can’t wait to begin creating!

How are you wrapping your presents? Do you go the handmade DIY route or are you buying cute store bought paper?

Christmas decorating

I’m back! Miss me? I have actually enjoyed my time away from my blog, it might have been abit of a forced break. But it was a good  break. Thanks for all the messages I got about my health (the reason I took a break from blogging), I had an endoscopy in the middle of November which answered some questions and didn’t answer any questions. We still don’t know why I get reflux or even why it has been worse in the last few months than in the last 5 years plus, but I have new medication & a new eating plan. No food changes, but I am decreasing the size of my meals but increasing the frequency of my meals. It does feel nice to have a plan, we will just have to see how it works.

I can’t believe that it is December! On the first of December we put up our Christmas tree & begin decorating. I said ‘begin’ because it takes me about a week to decorate the house for the Christmas Season. Today I finished (one week & a day), except for putting presents under the tree, that will come when I figure out how I want to wrap them. I thought that I would give you alittle tour of our Christmas decorating, we decorate our living/dinning/entry way area. We also do a light display outside put you’ll have to wait for those photos, we are experiencing some very heavy rainy weather so going outside isn’t going to happen right now.

Anyway, lets start with our front door.

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I like the simplicity of this large bow, I do like wreaths but I was drawn to the big bow when I was buying Christmas decorations when we moved in to this house.

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This is how we display the Christmas cards that we get given or sent. There is only one current card on this display, I like to keep particularly beautiful or meaningful cards from previous years and display them until we get given new cards then I just swap them out. This was also such a simple thing to create, just a embroidery hoop, some small clothes pegs, ribbon for hanging, a bow & hot glue.

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I love this nativity set, each character has a different name for Jesus. ‘King of Kings’, ‘Emanuel’, ‘Prince of Peace’, etc… I also like to keep a few little bits and pieces that you get from gifts & use them to decorate items that we have on display all year round. Here you can see our monogram letters got alittle Christmas spirit with alittle tinsel & holly.

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My parents gave us this Santa tealight holder in our first year of marriage, this year he is sitting next to our TV. I really don’t like wintery decorations (Christmas in Australia is in summer, no snow here!) but I love this guy very much.

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The shelf ontop of our TV unit got special treatment this year, we don’t have a fire place so don’t have a mantle. I use this shelf & decorate it like I would a mantle. The star garland I made the year before me & WH (wonderful husband) got married, I used it to decorate his Christmas gift. I also made the tree shaped Christmas count down. My favourite parts of this display is the framed verse from the bible (got it for free from here) & the two little snowdomes. The snowdomes have two of our previous Christmas card pictures.

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My WH (wonderful husband) was given this Rudolf red nose last year (or was it the year before?), I think it looks cute on the toy giraffe that we brought back from our NSW roadtrip in 2008.

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Our bookshelf doesn’t miss out on the Christmas treatment. Ontop we have tinsels & three glass jars filled with baubles & another cute Christmas printable. In the frame is a poem that I was gifted when the mentoring group I am involved with put on alittle Christmas concert of the elder members of our church. I loved it so much I thought it would look perfect framed & on display.

In a few of the shelves I have added a few little things I have collected over different Christmas’s. The little gold angle I found a few weeks ago in an op-shop, I got four of them for 50c each.

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Ontop of our landing strip (a bookcase near our back door) I have another framed art work, this one came from Becky Higgins & like the other printable artworks it was free! Click here to download your own. I made the little Christmas tree out of some scrapbooking paper & a toilet roll. There is a bowl with some  more Christmas baubles & the green jug has a Santa hat & is filled with tree shaped lights. The nutcracker is a 3D calendar is from Scout Creative, I have signed up for their free 3D calendar emails. They are so cleaver!

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And finally we have our tree, my WH (wonderful husband) bought this tree for his first Christmas living away from home (about 6 months before we got married). Most of the decorations were bought at the same time, I still love them! Every year we also add one ornament, it’s a nice tradition.

So there you have it. Our decorated house. Have you decorated your house, or are you just a tree decorated only type of person?