Christmas at bijou kaleidoscope

Thought I’d show you a few snippets around our home with its modest Christmas decor.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree

Okay this is going to sound quite pitiful… but stay with me…

Since young, we have celebrated Christmas every year. Church, presents, food, caroling… the whole thing.

But this will be the first year I will enjoy a real Christmas tree at my home!! (Can’t get real pine trees in Malaysia.) It’s lovely having the smell of pine in the living room.

I thought of decorating the tree very simply… while it looks great, I sometimes shy away from too busy Christmas trees. Gets a bit overwhelming. I thought of just white ornaments. Can you believe, I get to start collecting Christmas tree ornaments??!!!

Our first real Christmas tree 2008

Our first real Christmas tree 2008

Yeah… we got a tree with a crooked top.

I’ll need to get an ornaments organiser… how do you organise/store your delicate ornaments?

Christmas Cards

I was inspired to make a move on finally realising one of the things that I’ve always wanted to do… play with high quality stamps, good quality blank cards and high quality inks. So I thought I’d do it this Christmas. I normally make my own tags/cards but this time, wanted something more elegant and luxurious. I love Crane & Co papers and found some for a good price… and got all stampy-like.

I made some sweet Christmas using some yellow stamps and my best handwriting!

I made some sweet Christmas using some yellow stamps and my best handwriting!

The only thing I will say is that this requires a cool room for me (in Australia, this time of the year means air conditioning), cuppa tea and comfortable seating. That way, my handwriting will be my best. I’m one of those people whose handwriting is affected by my mood and comfort level.

Presents

Zero-budgets for wrapping the few family Christmas gifts we have has made me look around my home for wrapping supplies.

Inspired by an image that has been stash away at the back of my mind:

Martha Stewart used a doily to wrap a gift. Makes such a statement!

via Martha Stewart used a doily to wrap a gift. Makes such a statement!

And I’ve just found that Martha Stewart has a Christmas version from Dec 2004 issue:

Doilys during Christmas makes snowflakes patterns on plain gift wrapping, via Martha Stewart

Doilys during Christmas makes snowflakes patterns on plain gift wrapping, via Martha Stewart

I grabbed me some of my oh-so-luxe plain brown packaging paper and some oh-so-even-luxe dollar paper doilies (we don’t seem to have the array of doilies you guys seem to get in the USA!):

Simply wrapped gifts in browns, doiley tags and red ribbons

Simply wrapped gifts in browns, doiley tags and red ribbons

Not as swish as some other pretty packaging but to spend $0 on packaging, I think I did pretty well!

17 December 2008
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5 Comments

  1. Reply

    KCitN

    19 December 2008

    If you have small ornaments, egg cartons are very helpful. But yeah, a box with partitions is the best for decorations and lots of tissue paper. Just use the same stuff every year.

  2. Reply

    la la Lovely

    24 December 2008

    Merry Christmas! Your tree looks great and love your cards- goregoues.. and Your wrapping ..so pretty.. love the doilies!

  3. Reply

    midcenturyjo

    24 December 2008

    Merry Christmas Drey!

  4. Reply

    drey

    28 December 2008

    kCItN: egg cartons sounds like a great idea! have taken that on board for sure!la la lovely: thanks :) thanks and thanks :)jo: you too!!!!!

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