Monday, September 27, 2010

It really IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Happy belated Rudolph Day to all of my Christmas friends! I am so excited to be sharing these festive pictures that I took when out shopping.....that's right, Christmas decorations are starting to hit the stores Down Under!

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

There were so many beautiful displays and decorations I couldn't stop taking pictures!

Christmas decorations Down Under

I loved the decorations this year in the Myer department store. There were a variety of themes and trees were decorated with themed ornaments.

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

This theme was "Enchanted Forest" and there were lots of nature-inspired decorations. The owls were so cute!

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

This "Jingle Bells" tree was one of my favourites as it was decorated with old fashioned ornaments that looked home made.

Christmas decorations Down Under

Isn't the Christmas tree gorgeous? I bet a crafty blogger would be able to whip one of those up in no time!

Christmas decorations Down Under

Christmas decorations Down Under

I love this idea. It was just made with a variety of buttons, some wire and some glue. Easy!

Christmas decorations Down Under

Santa Claus featured in all of the displays...he was everywhere, in all shapes and sizes!

Christmas decorations Down Under

Mrs Claus wasn't forgotten! She had a tree named after her! It was very pink and very stylish indeed.

Christmas decorations Down Under

Even though Christmas Down Under is hot and Summery there is no harm in dreaming of a "White Christmas"!

Christmas decorations Down Under

It REALLY is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Best Christmas wishes,

Natasha


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Friday, September 17, 2010

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe

Hello dear Christmas friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365.

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


This week I have been baking for the holidays. Baking batches of Christmas cookies is a wonderful tradition in the USA but it isn't a such a big Christmas tradition here in Australia because it is just too hot to have the oven on all day! I do try to make a few cookies at Christmastime,though. as they make wonderful gifts. This year I was thinking of making a big batch of these Eggnog cookies and packaging them on Christmas plates as gifts for my family and friends.


Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


They are really delicious and so easy to make. All you need is:

1 c. butter

3/4 c. sugar

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. rum extract

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 cup custard powder

2 tsp. nutmeg (fresh if available)

1/4 tsp. salt

Powdered sugar

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Cream butter, gradually adding sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and rum extracts. Sift together flour, nutmeg and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to cream mixture. Shape into 1 inch balls or put mixture through a cookie press.

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Place on cookie sheet (ungreased) and bake in a preheated oven (180/350 degrees) for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from sheet and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

I enjoyed mine with a nice hot cup of Chai Latte served in a Pottery Christmas mug that I bought in London.

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Yum!

Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


Christmas Cooking ~ Eggnog Cookie Recipe via Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

I hope you give this recipe a try. They are delicious any time of the year but they are fabulous cookie for the
Most Wonderful time of the Year!!

Happy baking and best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Natasha


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Home Made Ornaments the Martha Stewart Way!

Hello sweet Christmas friends! Have a look at these lovely ornaments made out of inexpensive aluminum cutters!

Thank you to Martha Stewart for having the most fabulous ideas for beautiful and unique home made ornaments this Christmas!



She suggests using patterned papers, scrap booking paper or color-photocopy pictures and gluing them onto card stock.



Just trace cutter on top and then cut out. Dab white craft glue along cutter's edge, press the paper in place and then let dry. Then all you need to do is thread narrow ribbon through needle, poke it between the paper and the cutter and then wrap the ribbon around top of the cutter. 




As a finishing touch, slip a bead over ribbon's ends and secure with a knot.




How gorgeous are these? 

I also love her idea of transforming last year's Christmas cards into this year's ornaments!


To make a glittery card ornament, cut out a circle from a card and punch a hole for string; add glue around the edge and sprinkle with glitter.


How easy is that! 


You can hang your new ornaments with card garlands or you can make use them as environmentally friendly gift tags, just like these ones from Christmas Projects.com.



My favourite Martha Stewart decoration is this gorgeous Jingle bell wreath.



Shape some wire into a circle (Martha suggests that you use 16-gauge wire but you could also recycle wire coat hangers!) and then make a closed loop at one end with some needle-nose pliers. Then thread some bells onto the open end and when the wire is full of jingly bells twist the unlooped end into a hook and fasten it onto the closed loop.


To finish, tie a piece of ribbon into a bow and then secure it to the bottom of the wreath with 24-gauge wire.


Here are a few different versions





From here

and here.

Make sure you save some bells so the kids can make their very own doorbells out of egg cartons, bells, glue and yarn.


Just cut the cone-shape pieces that separate the eggs out of a cardboard carton and then paint each divider. Let them dry and then apply glue along the edge of the divider, all over the outside, or wherever you like, and sprinkle with glitter!

Then just thread an embroidery needle with yarn through a bell's crown, and pull yarn through partway, slip a jingle bell onto the end of the yarn and then tie a knot above the jingle bell. You can tie several bells around a doorknob, staggering the lengths of the yarn.


Now, don't worry if you buy too many jingle bells; you can make some gorgeous Christmas vignettes with the left over bells. Just look at these festive Pottery Barn ideas!





One last Martha moment before I go!



Have you seen Martha in the Macy's ad?



Thank you to Martha for these great ideas!



Happy hand-made 
Christmas decorating!



Best Christmas wishes,

Natasha


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Red and White Christmas Tablescapes.


The warmer weather is here in Australia  so for me that means that it is time to start thinking about Christmas!



I love the traditional reds, greens and golds of Christmas but I think this year I might have lots of white with accents of red for a festive pop of colour!



These ideas from Jo Malone are great-this is the sort of look I am aiming for this year.




I think I might also borrow some of these gorgeous Christmas tablescape ideas from Eddie Ross!






This is so simple but totally stylish and very beautiful. 






By working with a monochromatic palette, scattering fresh greens around the house, and  arranging some traditional treats and sweets on the table,  Eddie Ross has taken traditional Christmas decor to a whole new level!




I think this settles it- I am definitely going to decorate with red and white this year but give with a modern twist by adding some silver and green accents.







































I am definitely dreaming of a red and white Christmas...





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Blessings and best wishes,
Natasha.

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