Christmas at my place

Last year I had a my first real (and artificial) Christmas tree. I was thrilled.

I’d still like to get one every year… nothing beats a REAL green Christmas tree! I think if you gonna have green, get a real tree – after all, it only costs $60 here from Oxfam! Artificial trees should LOOK artificial…

I have spent nights looking for what I really want: a pink Christmas tree. Inspired by this candy-pink one I saw on Martha Stewart last year.

But of course, it’s like Australia went on pink-tree-strike! BigW did come out with a dark purple one… and a black one… and as designer-y as that sounds… I really don’t want a black tree.

I could have gotten a white Christmas tree, but all my ornaments are WHITE!

Plus we’re moving interstate 3 weeks after Christmas so I didn’t want to have to buy one and dispose of a real Christmas tree… so I looked to Flickr, Martha Stewart, blogs and of course, my inspiration files for ideas.

I did find the oh-so-gorgeous tree of Flickr user, two_little_pumpkins:

two_little_pumpkins informed me that this tree was from Target last year, and intended to be an outdoor Christmas tree. I’m going to have to check out Target Australia to see if they have anything similar, though I HIGHLY doubt it.


I did stumble across a Christmas-y project that I could see myself DIYing:

LED lights behind a canvas, via Martha Stewart

LED lights behind a canvas, via Martha Stewart

So I did my own version of Glow-and-Behold

And I didn’t want to buy more fairy lights, opting instead to use the cool-white *yuck* LED lights (they were only $19) we already had.

My version of Glow-and-Behold

My version of Glow-and-Behold

(Side note: now I know what an awl is… and have my own!)

And from the foyer/entryway…

My Glow-and-behold seen from the entryway

My Glow-and-behold seen from the entryway

It’s not perfect… I had to almost hand draw this whimsical Christmas spiral tree and then using an awl, punch out holes slightly smaller than my LED lightbulbs.

Merry Christmas tree :)


I like making gift tags myself. This year, the gifts are boasting my custom-made Christmas tags; quite different from my custom-tags last year!

Paint chips with rounded corners and a small hole punched for a ribbon.

Paint chips with rounded corners and a small hole punched for a ribbon.

By the way, did you see the perfect PINK TREE that Nicole from making it lovely got from Treetopia???

Pink Treetopia Christmas tree at Nicole's from Making It Lovely

Pink Treetopia Christmas tree at Nicole‘s from Making It Lovely

4 December 2009
8 December 2009



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    5 December 2009

    Ohh you are a clever thing. I love your tree and gift tags!

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    7 December 2009

    that's pretty for the tree.-addie

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    8 December 2009

    Oh my, I love those gift tags…. you should SO Etsy your christmas gift tags btw. And the tree!!! I SO want a tree too :/ -aggie

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    8 December 2009

    @viv :) thanks hon :))@addie: thanks, cheap and *not so fast*!!!@aggie: it's just paint chips, some rounded corner punches, a hole punch and ribbon :P YOU could do it!

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    23 November 2010

    Ok, so now I've been spending my time checking out your blog instead of packing boxes/sleeping etc and I stumbled upon this entry – LOVE your paint chip gift tags, thankyou for the great idea, we are having a very easy Xmas this year with minimum gifts but I might just have to steal this idea for my family's gifts. I am a sucker for fantastic wrapping. Now i know what to do with all of those paint chips i seem to collect as I get sucked in to the lovely colours. Will post this idea on my blog if ok (when I get time – aarrggghh!)

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    23 November 2010

    Hehehehe I really loved getting this message! You made my day LOLThanks for checking out my blog! I try to make it interesting and personal, not just post the same stuff everyone else is re-posting… so nice to know someone is reading old posts too!Yes the paint chip tags were soooo easy to make and everyone loved receiving their oh-so-individual colours :)Please do post on your blog, give me a shout out and I'll come visiting :)Thanks again Kate (have you checked your email?)


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