Under things……..!

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This is all practice toward making my daughter a swimming top, with underwire & all! We picked up some lovely designer swim wear fabric. There is a shop in the city that specialises in N.Z merino wool. As a bonus they stock end rolls from top designers. The designers latest swimwear one piece was advertised in last weekends paper for$298! The fabric was much much cheaper than that to purchase. Just have to make the thing!

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Personalised Christmas cards & handmade decorations

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Being making these skeletons with Santa hats to decorate the tree. The original pattern came from a site called thegraphicfairy.com. It was for a Halloween & the skeletons had top hats. I took the idea & changed it for Christmas. The site also had patterns for skulls. Thinking of adding Santa hats to them as Christmas tree decorations!

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Preparing for Christmas……51/2 weeks to go!

I’m just starting to think about Christmas. I’m having a dinner party next week for 12 people & decided to go for a Christmas theme. Thus got out the decorations.

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I love the combination of Christmas decorations set amongst vintage silverware. It saves time hanging the ornaments on the tree.

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On the mantle piece……. Hand made Christmas tree from recycling an old book. Last year I made a set of 3 in varying sizes.

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I’ve been collecting these retro apple Christmas decorations for a few yrs. I love making a “Christmas” tree from branches. The pink branches I painted & beaded my self last Christmas. For over ten years I’ve done a non traditional tree, using branches, 50’s white vases & even
bird cages.For many of those years I never owned a traditional tree. Some family members were worried friends would think us too poor to afford a “normal”tree. Now the the non traditional is popular I went out & purchased a huge traditional tree.( on special for $35 after Christmas sales last year. I like it but wonder what I was thinking!)
It’s here to stay now! I’ll just become creative over the next few Christmas decorating it in a non traditional way!

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