If you’re new here, I live in Australia, where Christmas falls at summertime. The cons of this? We don’t get to experience the cosy thrill of chestnuts roasting on an open fire… or walking in a winter wonderland… or sleigh bells ringing. The pros? Prawns on the barbie, drinks by the pool, backyard cricket, the kids on summer holidays, and ice-cream cake for dessert.
Let’s talk about that “Joy” sign, shall we? It’s the star of the room – a real show-stopper. Wire lettering on walls is very on-trend right now, so I hit on the idea of using rope lights in the same manner to spell a word directly onto the wall.
My original plan was to write “Light of the world”, as I really wanted the focus of the Christmas décor to be on Jesus’ birth. Then I quickly realised that concept was waaaaaay too ambitious. Just the three letters in “Joy” took me an hour to assemble on the wall, with an extra adult set of hands to help out. That could be because I’m OCD, or because I’m uncoordinated. Actually both.
Worth it though, right? I’ll be giving you a simple tutorial for how to make this sign in an upcoming post.
To the palm in the corner, I added a garland of paper stars. So pretty all aglow at night.
And nothing says “beach Christmas” like starfish and baubles.
Swing your head to the left, and this is what you see next…
Since my “Light of the world” idea didn’t pan out, I was on a mission to find a similarly meaningful statement about the true meaning of Christmas. I was thrilled to discover these beautiful prints at Etsy shop Salt & Wood.
So gorgeous, right? I had them printed on gloss paper and used double-sided tape to affix them to the frames I already had hanging above my buffet. Once Christmas is over, they can be easily taken down and stored away for next year.
I’m completely in love with the prints from Salt& Wood (you can see why, right?!) and so I jumped at the chance of
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I even tried my hand at making some DIY Christmas trees using wool (yarn) dipped in watered-down glue and wrapped around a polystyrene cone. These were so much better inside my head.
Yeah…. kinda worked. Sorta.
Back around to the other side of the room, where I dressed our Christmas tree this year with some new ornaments to fit the blue and silver theme. ($10 for a bulk pack from Big W – bargain! The expensive ones can wait till the post-Christmas sales…)
So that’s our Christmas living area.
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