Only two more open weekends before Christmas……we’re calm and relaxed about Christmas here at the farm this year.

Dear Everyone……

Our Christmas display and shop is open for two more weekends and then its Christmas!  

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11thDec THEN 17thand 18th Dec
10am-4pm each day.

WHERE: 1770 Ponga Road, RD4, Papakura. 

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Christmas Shop Opens on ….? Here’s the dates AND my solution to the “2016 Wreath Crisis”.

Happy spring! Great news……This year’s crop of new decorations / wreaths / garlands have arrived and we’re almost ready for our open weekends- but first things first……here’s dates we’re open this year…….

26th and 27th November, then each weekend in December up until 23rd December (sorry we’re not open Christmas eve or Christmas day- there’s family stuff going on).

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Merry Christmas - it’s here, so ……..FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!!!!

Dear Everyone

Yep - Christmas is here and what got done, got done, and what didn’t …… didn’t! Of course, its nuts….. we knew it would be - and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s Christmas Eve! …. I’ve actually got time for a few last minute thoughts, since I’m pleased to report, I followed my own advice and wrapped my gifts early!…. I promise to keep this short, ‘cos there’s celebrating to do!

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Some things done and some promises made…..and a free gift.

This post is slightly philosophical and contains some recent deep thinking (perhaps too much!) but sometimes it’s good to get these things out.

Speaking of getting out…. If you pop out to see us* this weekend (21/22 Nov; 2015) we have a free gift waiting for you! If you bring a friend- we’ll give them one too- honestly!

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I heard there’s drama with the tree lights!…and “Blinging up” the front door….

Dearest readers

Oh my….. the mere mention of Christmas lights last week sent some of you into pre-Christmas spasms! Although most of the stories were hilarious, there was definitely an underlying grrrrrr about the light thing……So, Christmas decoration tip #2 is all about “Surviving Tree Lights”.

As well as needing about 100 lights for every foot of your tree's height, you also need a bit planning and a good dose of patience- (yes Ann- don’t try and do this at 6pm when guests are arriving at 6.30pm!). So- in no real order, but definitely saving the best idea for last....

DO: Switch the lights on BEFORE you put them onto the tree. You can see where you’ve missed and where you’ve put too many.

DO: Buy white lights that are the same “colour”. Learn from my mistake! A quick spritz with gold paint will transform BRIGHT WHITE LEDs to WARM WHITE. I’ve heard that you can paint them with nail polish too- Really????? If I get time to “nail-polish” anything it’ll definitely be my toes not my lights, but to each their own!

DO: Put the lights on the tree first- Not AFTER you’ve hung the deccies.

DO: Wrap the branches with the light string, don’t “maypole” up the trunk or from branch tip to branch tip. The whole tree glows and you can’t see the strands of lights so much.

DO: Use the light string as its own fastener. If your light cable has twisted strands, just separate them and slip the loop over a branchlet near the trunk. Pull the string taut out to the end of the branch, then work back towards the trunk, wrapping the cable over and over the branch. Separate the cord again by the trunk, pop the loop over the branchlet , then carry it over to the next branch….. and so on and on and on…. No loop? just twist a branchlet over the light strand to hold in place. Want subdued lighting? - do this every 2nd or 3rd branch- Want the tree to be seen from outer space??- do this for every branch. Wine definitely helps make this process into a party!

DO: Occasionally step back from the tree and look at it with your eyes crossed, or squint until the tree is blurry. Wherever you see dark holes on the tree, rearrange the lights as necessary to fill in. The wine helps with this too!

DO: Add the lights as you assemble your tree (sorry “real” tree lovers- this one’s not for you!). Install the largest section/bottom row of branches, ADD LIGHTS; attach the next section/row ADD LIGHTS and so on. If my tree is going into a corner, I only light the “front”- I don’t waste precious lights on a part of the tree no-one will see!

DO: Consider leaving the lights on the tree permanently. You can do this if you have one of those artificial trees that comes in sections with branches that open like umbrellas…….. (sorry everyone else!). Just be sure to light each section with a separate string of lights! This works great for the bottom two sections of my tree- I take the lights off the top (smallest section) when I pack away.
All of this still too much? OK- then you have our total approval to just ball up the lights and put them into a bowl (possibly with some baubles)! I love stuff in bowls! One day we may chat about my bowl thing in a bit more detail…..
Enough about the lights!……Check out the pics of two of the wreaths we made this weekend…….. the front door will look pretty spiffy this year!

See you next week.
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Our Christmas shop is open AND look what we made at the weekend…… “Birds of a Feather”

Hellooooo! Yes, it’s me, finally getting back to you at long last- I have no excuses for the delay, nope, nada, not one! So to try and make it up to you- I come bearing a gift- a freebie!…. It seems like the right thing to do since we’ve officially started being christmassy- Oh yes – proper christmassy, with trees, baubles, glitter, lights, holly, bells, reindeer, wreaths! Promise I’ll get back to the freebie in a tick- But I MUST tell you that we officially opened our Christmas shop on Saturday!

What fun it was and SO. MANY. PEOPLE. CAME! It was fantastic to see all you crazy beautiful christmas fans, totally happy to get into the spirit so early. You can now drop in to in to see us every Saturday and Sunday till Christmas (between 10.30am and 4.30pm) at:

1770 Ponga Road, RD4, Papakura.

Not sure if you know, but every Saturday we do a demonstration in the shop (it’s really our house, but shhhh- it thinks it’s a shop!). We start the demo about 11.30ish and repeat it as often as anyone wasn’t to see it! And- Pssssst……. It’s FREE! And Psssst……’s a different thing every week.

Anyway, back to the birds So- last Saturday we made these felt birds……. They’re simple and can stand for a lot of decoration- we saw some CRAZY creativeness in the ones that were made, but they were all awesomely gorgeous ….. Next time, I WILL take pics! Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

We’ve just started stocking some amazing wool-blend felt- there’s masses of colours so we just had to make something- thus….the birds were hatched……. Check out the legs…. I know!

The bird bodies are just folded circles, but getting the sizes right took a bit of old school geometry, a compass and plenty of luck. You can make your own pattern if you like- You’ll need: old school geometry, a compass…..- haha- only joking! To get your free bird pattern you can drop me a note via the Contact page- I’ll email you the leaflet right back. Head over to check out the amazing felt…only $4.50 for a huge piece about 30cm x 46cm (18” x 12” in old money). I think you’ll love it- just sayin’.

So….. Now I’m off to make something (gorgeous things arrived in the post today- I’m almost choking not being able to show you yet…… but on Saturday all will be revealed)…… More next week.

Have a happy week

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