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Christmas in the gallery

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With less than two weeks to go ’til Christmas an update of our gallery wall was well due. Every night over dinner I hear “we really need to change those* pictures” – I give it two weeks and one day until I hear it again!

*Those balloons and bubbles pictures.

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Pin of the Day: Lego party

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As well as planning for Christmas parties at this time of year I also have my birthday party hat on because Master W timed his entrance into this world to coincide with all things festive. So far we have thrown parties for him at the “half-birthday” mark, but I do like to mark the actual day in a small way too.

This year it’s just a supper at home. There’ll be cake but it won’t require a whole child-free afternoon like the last one. It’ll be a plain round cake with a fancy Lego number on it, because we’re all into Lego here and I happen to know he will be getting some more to keep us occupied!

Just buy a Christmas tree

I’m feeling a bit battered this morning…

But let’s start with a promising beginning!

One sunny Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago I was scurrying around the front yard tidying up here and there… I broke out my loppers on a tree stump that is supposed to be dead but persists with sprouting “branches”. I keep telling it to just give up but it’s not listening (maybe I should call it Master W the Second). Once I was done giving it a real good telling off the branches got put aside instead of joining the ever-growing heap of garden waste on the trailer. I had an idea you see…

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The first five minutes went well and things started taking shape quite nicely:

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I think you can see where I’m going with this…

Except as soon as I put my hot glue gun down it all turned pear upside-down-christmas-tree-shaped. Those little sticks just didn’t cut it for the base. Sigh… thanks to Andre for coming to my rescue and supplying a solid block of timber (not so pretty but it does keep that tree up the right way):

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I hummed and hahhed over the decorating thing for a couple of weeks then decided to keep it nice and simple. I had some red and white striped ribbon I’d been intending for another project… it got cut into flags. And more hot glue later we had…:

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… a sailing ship! Not quite what I had in mind so the flags/sails were barely on for two minutes before I ripped them all off again. Are you sensing a theme here? “Try, try and try again” maybe? Or “just give up now”?

The next night… out comes the hot glue gun (I opted for the first theme suggestion) again.

1207_5553And we have a simple stick tree! Thank goodness for that! Let’s call it done and have a closer look…

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Oooh pretty!

I got to enjoy it for about 36 hours before this* happened.

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I have to say this for it – at least it landed on its feet… well, foot. Perhaps it has a bit of cat in it and still has 6 lives left? Or shall I give up now?

*This being a boisterous almost 3 year old monkeying around on the sofa with the cushions.

Countdown to Christmas

With my almost 3 year old starting to understand the idea of Christmas now I have been wanting to do an advent calendar so he can join me in the countdown… BUT I didn’t want it to be associated with treats of any edible or dinky toy variety. I thought about tree ornaments but I am lacking the sleep motivation to get something like that organised this year.

An email from Baby Bites had some ideas so I took one of them and made it my own…

I had paper, card stock… all I needed was a few minutes and some white sticky dots. Managed to find both this morning!

If you want to print this off for yourself it’s right here. I just cut out santa’s head minus his beard, and the poem block and stuck them both on some silver card, but you could do it a bit different if that’s your thing… I also thought I’d help out Master W with a “beard guide” so he knows where to put the sticky dots, so I just did a pencil transfer of the shape of the beard straight onto the card (it’s very faint and invisible in the photo sorry).

Just waiting for December 1 now to get started on that length of sticky dots!

Anyone else excited for Christmas?!

Merry Christmas from the Duck Egg Blue family

We are having our own little party for 3 tonight so I’m feeling like it’s Christmas already!

It also helps that I’ve finished up with work and am free of a work cellphone and emails so the holidays, for me, are here already!

At least until the little one arrives to fill its booties (image inspired by this image on Pinterest):

I had grand visions of a mid-century styled Christmas tree like this one but time was of the essence, and passed me by. I have made do with decorating the fireplace with the handful of decorations found in the depths of a box behind the sofa, and a bunch of other things around the house in a general theme of red, white and black.

The behemoth on the left is a trike for the little one which my husband insisted on wrapping – it made him feel like he’d “got something” for our boy so while the red and white trike with some festive bows on the handle would have looked quite styley and in keeping with the theme, I let him wrap it up in newspaper. I guess the black and white print is still in theme! And I agreed it would be much more of a surprise than a bows on handles disguise. There is still at least one present to be wrapped and added to the stash, and as yet only one with my name on it (funnily enough it has my writing on the tag?!) so fingers crossed I don’t just have to play Santa tonight.

This Merry Christmas garland I made last year – it’s just cut out of photocopy paper and joined with red thread… and nastily sellotaped to the mantelpiece. Free but definitely not lacking impact!

I pulled out an old phone and candles, shifted a painting from off the sideboard and added some beads and ornaments to the mantelpiece to make it sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” (It used to sing “Groaning Under the Weight of Magazines and Dust”.)

On the other end is a little white frame into which I popped this Kikki.K card I had stored up (intended some day for a picture gallery on the dining area wall), and the painting is a student version of a Masterly painted depiction of Paris, purchased at Camden markets in London. We had grand visions of purchasing more paintings of various cities as we travelled but the only other one we got was of Shanghai on our way home. Funds… or lack thereof.

I purchased this Christina Re paper in January (on sale – how organised was I?!) and it has been useful all year due to it’s not completely Christmassy nature and is still going strong! The gift tags I printed myself and I think I  found them here, but can’t just spot them again now – if you know where they came from please comment!

I’ll be back with a few updates on things on the go around here, which have not yet made an appearance because they’re not yet finished. However, it’s time to stop dilly-dallying and just get ‘im up finished or not. Otherwise you could be waiting some time…

Naughty secret santa

We had a family get together last night for Christmas, and the adults participated in a secret santa gift-go-round this year.

I bought something I would use myself so if the opportunity arose I could swap a not so useful item for mine… oooh cheeky! Mum didn’t fall for it… as soon as she saw someone else open it she knew I’d bought it and could see what was coming…

I bought (was going to insert a picture but it appears to be missing from the website) a Nood picture frame in white. 50% off! It’s to add to my collection for a gallery in our dining area. A little like this one.

I also bought another present for my kitchen – this time a couple of white canisters, with bamboo lids and a chalkboard panel for scrawling a label, temporarily or not so. Also 50% off! Whoop whoop! Now our coffee (real for him, decaf for me while bubs is brewing) is housed a little more stylishly and tastes ever so much better!