12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5, HERE, and Day 6 HERE.

DAY 7. A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present

Wow who knew posting a picture would be so hard for me?

Here are a couple of snaps from this year.
The first one is our Christmas tree. Mum and I decorated it together, and, as you can see, it’s got a fan in front of it because our air conditioner broke and it was incredibly hot!
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And here is the group photo of me with some other volunteers from a school and church Christmas Carols evening the other day.
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(Please excuse my fat face, I was eating a chocolate cupcake!)

Feel like sharing some of your Christmas photos? Share them below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: All my new followers on Instagram!

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE.

DAY 2. Favourite Christmas tradition new or old

For as long as I can remember, we have done the same thing every Christmas, and I love it.

  • (When we were younger) When us kids went to bed on Christmas Eve night, mum would put the presents under the tree. We wouldn’t get to see presents under the tree until we were all together on Christmas morning.
  • Morning church service. Nothing revitalises you more than church; especially on Christmas. There is lots of singing, praying, and coming together.
  • Breakfast and chat at a local cafe. Usually Gloria Jeans.
  • Back to the house for opening presents. We open one at a time and go in a round (usually oldest to youngest).
  • Buffet lunch. For many years we had lunch at Sizzler (not cooking and cleaning!) but this year we’re going somewhere else because they renovated and it didn’t feel too nice last time.
  • Back home where Grandma opens her Christmas presents.
  • Hanging out, playing games, and watching TV.

The rest of the night is just normal.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas tradition new or old? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: Affyyia, HunterGame1216, and Elissa Lynch.

Quilling By Kath – Hand-Made Items

*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*

Quilling By Kath

I’ve told you about Australian hand-made businesses that sell candles, frames, and assorted homewares – all of which I love – but Quilling by Kath’s stock definitely stands out from the crowd.

I heard about Katherine Wigraft through a Facebook group for Australian Hand-made and Local Products (HALP), and thought I would check out what she had to offer.

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Look close enough, and you will see that what makes up her designs are small, carefully folded, pieces of paper. Called ‘quilling’ Kath gives her customers unique and beautiful wall-art pieces.

Having never heard of the term ‘quilling’ before, I spoke with Kath to hear more about it, and about the story behind the business.

“I’ve always been a bit arty farty,”she said in good humour, “and have done lots of different crafts over the years. I’ve done jewellery making, mosaics, and then I found paper quilling.”

She continued. “I absolutely love it. It is my outlet; my time when I just switch off from everything and go into a zone.”

Her business started like many others before her, making pieces for family and friends. Before she knew it, she was getting requests from everywhere.

“I mainly do it at night (after my 4 1/2 year old daughter is in bed) and a lot on the weekends.”

Just looking on her Facebook page, I couldn’t believe the designs that could be made. Kath felt the same, saying: “You can do pretty much anything with paper quilling, from simple designs to very intricate ones.” I, personally, found even the simple ones to be incredibly beautiful.

“All of my work is made to order, so that the customer gets exactly what they want. I’m based in Croydon North Victoria, and have posted a lot of pieces all over Australia, with some customers then sending pieces overseas for gifts.”

If you would like to check out Quilling by Kath, you can find her Facebook page HERE.