With Christmas only a few days away I thought I’d share this Easy Upcycled Christmas Stocking Gift Pouch idea that was inspired by some recycled paper stockings that my friend Jodie made. She used old magazine pages, but I had a ton of wallpaper samples laying around from my kitchen renovations, and thought these stockings would be a great use for them. I’ve made these gift pouches to fill with little gifts for my pen pals, they are sturdy enough to post, and are a super fun and festive surprise to receive in your letterbox. They also make great little last minute gifts for friends, neighbours or even your postman, just add some inexpensive treats, homemade cookies or other small handmade gifts inside.
One of the wallpaper samples was this colourful parrot print which I love, but was quickly vetoed by the Mr, we settled on yellow polka dots for our kitchen wall instead. I’ve made the most of the quirky parrot design and managed to cut out one parrot for each stocking. If you don’t have wallpaper you can use strong gift wrap instead. You could even use some of your kid’s artwork to make a special gift for a relative.
I know many of you readers are big fans of The Lucky Draw Project that has been running by subscription for a little while now, so as a treat, I thought it would be fun to have The Lucky Draw Project Christmas Special. I mean all the old TV shows have Christmas Specials so why cant we?
One of my favourite artists and friends, Madeleine Stamer from Little Circus Design has created an exclusive colouring page for us this Christmas with a festive Australiana inspired design. It would look gorgeous coloured in, but I quite like it in black and white too.
You can print your own copy right here – just download via the link Christmas Special Colouring Page
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I’m back from Dubai and missing the place already, especially my little oasis in the desert, the Shangri-La Hotel. You’ve all heard the phrase “Never judge a book by it’s cover”, well this really sums up my experience at the Shangri-La Dubai. On the surface it’s a mild mannered business traveler hotel, and to be honest if I was making the booking myself I may not have chosen to stay here because what the Shangri-La excels in cannot be shown with a few pictures on a website. In the days of style over substance, it was refreshing to stay in a hotel that felt like home when you walked through the door. So many little details that other hotels take for granted were well and truly covered at the Shangri-La.
Hi there it’s Michelle here and it’s that time of the year again! Almost time to deck the halls and all that jazz.
Here’s a quick and easy little crochet project to brighten up your day.
You can make these little crochet Christmas tree decorations as single ornaments to hang from your tree or attach to a gift or why not make several and turn them into a festive garland. I’ve also included instructions to make the mini pom poms to embellish your little Christmas trees.
When the Nuffnang team told me we were going to Dubai, the first vision that came into my mind was the sun setting over the Arabian Desert, I’m just a hopeless romantic and a dreamer. I’m still pinching myself that I’m here with the most wonderful group of people and my dream of walking on the warm desert sands has come true.
Yesterday we were whisked off by Platinum Heritage to experience their Heritage Dinner Safari. This was the Crème de la Crème of desert safari tours, and is unique in Dubai. It’s like stepping back in time and experiencing Dubai as it was 50 years ago. No ordinary cars for us, we were driven over the desert dunes on a stunning journey in a museum quality vintage Land Rover. These vehicles were extensively used in the 1950s and since then have become part of the UAE history. The cars were beautiful and the ride exhilarating to say the least.
‘Wow’ is the only word that can describe the whirlwind of sensory overload that was our first day in Dubai. After a long 15 hour flight I was grateful to check into the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai and sneak in a tiny nap before the group set off on our big adventure in Old Dubai.
Our first stop was lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding a non-profit organisation established to increase awareness and understanding between the various cultures that live in Dubai.
The other day at the supermarket I noticed how similar the candy canes looked to my Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine, especially the sections with contrasting dark and white fabric. So in the spirit of all things Christmassy, I decided to make some red and white fabric twine to look just like candy canes. It’s perfect for adding a handmade touch to gift wrapping, team it with brown paper for an old fashioned retro look that Santa would be proud of. You can use any old red and white fabric scraps, I’ve used some remnants from my scrap bag and strips of old bed sheet. Read on for Candy Cane Fabric Twine instructions…
After making some Fruity Christmas Stockings last week to celebrate a summery Christmas, I thought it was only fitting to make some fruit themed decorations for our Christmas tree. These Fruity Christmas Ornaments have a vintage vibe and were inspired by the simple graphic shapes of vintage advertising posters and illustrations. I can’t wait to put up and decorate our tree to show off these delicious looking baubles.
These fruit ornaments aren’t a quick project to make but are certainly worth the effort as I think these decorations are really special and will become a cherished part of any Christmas decoration collection.