Friday, April 30, 2010

Mozi Christmas

'Mozi' is a Melbourne-based design firm that incorporates their amazing graphic designs on a range of beautiful products. These gift ideas were from their 2009 range. 'Mozis' flagship store in Hawthorn is well worth a visit if you're in the area. They stock their own signature range as well as other pastel-inspired products from around the world! Can't wait to see what they have in store for Christmas 2010!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Snowflake biscuits

How amazing are these snowflake biscuit cutters? They would be so perfect to use to make gingerbread biscuits at Christmas-time! They're available from the Cox & Cox UK website (mentioned the other day) & were also spotted on my visit to US homewares store 'Sur La Table' in 2009. Stunning!

Monday, April 26, 2010

St. Delia

Years back, I remember watching one of my favourite shows (The Vicar of Dibley) & laughing at how the lead character called UK food author Delia Smith "St. Delia". I guess the title is well-earned, considering Delia Smith has been writing about food for over 40 years. I've only seen Delia's book 'Happy Christmas' for sale once in an Australian bookstore & am now kicking myself that I didn't buy it! I'm sure it would have provided wisdom on how to prepare the most amazing Christmas feast with military precision. All hail, St Delia...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pudding Charms

A supremely talented & very creative friend of mine, Lisa L (or L2 as she's known!) just referred me onto the awesome 'Cox & Cox' UK website. Check out these sterling silver pudding charms! I remember reading 'Nigella Christmas' 2 years ago, enchanted at Nigella's mention that she had antique pudding charms. I'd never heard of the tradition of putting charms in puddings before this. At Christmas-time, here in Melbourne, my mother-in-law puts gold coins in her puddings which I suppose follows the same school of thought. Wish they sold these cute charms here in Australia!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Christmas Toadstool

How crazy is this Mushroom Pouf? I saw it for sale (online) at 'Anthropologie' (remember that amazing NYC store I mentioned I visited a little while back?). At 38cm tall I guarantee it's the largest toadstool you'll ever see! I think would make a great addition to some Christmas-time lounging around after a big lunch! Too darn cute!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

German Christmas Gingerbread

I remember going to this restaurant called 'The Cuckoo' up in the Victorian mountains with my family when I was 6 years old. The thing that struck me the most about the place (apart from the fact they had a giant grill-plate to cook 30 pancakes at once on!) were these big gingerbread hearts they had for sale in their gift-shop. They were amazing - brightly coloured & beautifully decorated. No matter how much I begged, my mum wouldn't buy me one. As an adult I found out they're called 'Lebkuchen' (my husband's dad is German). Apparently they're a national specialty. Must remember to buy one at a Christmas market when I visit Germany for old times sake!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

European Christmas Markets

I know I'm getting way ahead of myself but lately I've been looking into booking a trip to celebrate Christmas in Europe in 2011. It'll be the trip of a lifetime, so I'm busy putting the pennies away as we speak so I can afford to splurge when the occasion presents itself. For me, one of the highlights will be visiting the famous Christmas markets that seem to pop up in just about every European town during the festive season. The markets usually run from the last week in November right up until a few days before the big day. These images are from the Frankfurt & Stuttgart markets. Heaven!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Christmas Candy

It was in a Martha Stewart Christmas magazine about 7 years ago, that I first saw the idea of making lolly people & lolly animals. I couldn't get over how insanely cute they were! So simple yet so effective. Can you imagine how excited a child would be seeing these creations placed before them? I especially love the toadstools in this picture!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Happy Elf

This cute Christmas elf is from 'Bla Bla' - a US-based company that designs amazing knitted children's goods. The company employs a team of Peruvian women (who are highly skilled in handicrafts) to manufacture the items. In return, Bla Bla provides them with a decent wage & ethical work conditions, so they can support their families. I think theirs is my favourite website of all time; the colours & items for sale are so whimsical! They make me smile....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Christmas Fabric

Despite the recent boom in crafters out there, it's still pretty hard to find really beautiful Christmas fabric here in Australia. Most of the Christmas fabric I use at home or in my business, I import from the US. Having said that, I did stumble upon some great locally-made material the other day. This screen-printed Christmas fabric is from Sydney-based designer Kristen Doran. She's also created a make-at-home advent calendar kit. Her designs remind me a bit of the images in my 1918 book of Grimms' Fairytales.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Christmas Posters

When it comes to home-decorating, I love a good vintage poster & if it's Christmas-themed, then all the better! Here's a couple of my all-time favourites from a great overseas online store that I've ordered from before. I like how both posters depict the exact opposite of the traditional alpine scene one usually associates with Christmas.