It's a rainy Friday night. Everyone is tucked up in their homes here in Amsterdam reading each other poems, opening gifts, and munching on handfuls of pepernoten. Why, you might ask? It's sinterklaas here in The Netherlands. And this is (apparently) what they do today! For some reason this was a tradition that did not travel with my oma & opa when they moved to Australia. Although the best part of the tradition, in my opinion, did - each year my great grandmother came to visit us in Australia and brought each of her great grandchildren a large chocolate letter - the letter being the first letter of one's name. So, every year I delightfully received a chocolate "P" and boy, did I love that tradition!! I still uphold it - just the other day I bought myself an organic chocolate "P".
Hmm after that little story, I'm ready to start decorating the (blog)house and the (blog)tree! Are you with me? First up are those gorgeous recycled wood sock and stocking forms from Baileys (£18 and £24 each), and recycled glass baubles (£6.50), also from Baileys. So beautiful.
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5. paperboat press (aka the lovely kylie johnson) have a fabulous collection of handmade holiday ornaments, and these ceramic christmassy circles are just part of it! AUS$12.95 each, available online through biome.
8. I think these German wool felt ornaments would look equally great on a traditional tree as well as a white one or even a branch. Or strung along on a ribbon as a garland. They come from filz felt. set of 4, $20. Boston.
I'm off to bed now. But I'll be back on the weekend with some holiday art and finishing up the enhance the everyday holiday guide with an awesome gift wrap selection on Monday! But before I go, I have a little treat for you: The lovely danielle from room service cleveland has so sweetly sent me this special gift for each and every one of you...