Friday, November 30, 2007

Belinda's Christmas Tree

Sorry, I just came in to check my Christmas swap partners answers and saw this.

Our Christmas tree is already up. It is in our foyer 'lounge' room (doesn't get used as a lounge room though - just an oversized foyer). It is in a corner against a wall and the lower half of the staircase. We have one stocking that hangs off one of the rungs of the staircase. James' Christmas sack will probably go under the tree. James loves the tree and sometimes asks for the lights to go first thing in the morning..
I might post a picture on my blog.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Tree Placement

Our Christmas tree will go up in the corner of our loungeroom by the front window. We will probably have the blanket box in front of it to keep the baby out of the presents (if we had a playpen, that would go around it instead to keep it safe). Also the kids stockings are left at the ends of their beds for Santa to fill up :)

Marie's tree placement

Our Christmas tree is nestled in a corner right next to the lounge and off to the side of the large bench near our kitchen.

Last year I had the sack on the tree! But I need to find a good spot to hang them this year. Somewhere around the tree probably.

Christmas Tree Placement - Andrea

Our Christmas tree has previously gone in Ellyse's playroom, but now she has so many toys there we are not sure it will fit! This year we are thinking of putting it in our teeny tiny lounge room. The kid's stockings used to hang on the wall next to the tree, this year will probably hang on the wall as you walk in our front door.
Hope that helps

Christmas Tree Placement

Well we usually have our tree in the lounge room but we are currently thinking of what we can do this year as Lucy will definitely attack it. The santa sacks go into the kids room empty when they go to bed and then Santa fills them up (very quietly of course).
Cass

Christmas tree placement

I have been debating this with DH for the past few days but I think my tree will be in the lounge room near the window so that you can see the christmas lights from the street.
I have just finished making the kids christmas sacks for this year which will be left under the tree on christmas eve and be magically filled by morning (no presents under the tree before then cause I cant guarentee that master 2 wont unwrap them before that)
Hope this helps my partner if they were wondering!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Where oh where is your Christmas Tree!

Without giving too much away I would like to make something for the children of my Swap partner - only problem is - I need to know where you place your Christmas Tree. Is it in the lounge, the front room - the verandah (well anything is possible - this is Australia!) Oh and where do you leave there stocking or sacks for santa to find??? In there bedroom, under the tree etc

Many Thanks Kylie

Friday, November 9, 2007

Suzanne's Swap Ideas

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Of course, I'd love something handmade, but I understand if my swap partner doesn't have the time

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I've come back to red as my favourite Chrsitmas colour. Before kids we did blues and silver, all very sophisticated, but since having the girls I've come back to the traditional stuff.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? We used to just have a tree, but each year our decoration grows a bit more. We'll have to go all out with outside lights this year too - it's a bit of a tradition in our area, and we don't want to be the stick in the muds. We were forgiven last year as it was our first year.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Not really. Our family are all interstate so often in the past it was just us and we'd do seafood and champagne on the beach. But this year all my family are coming up!

What sizes are your children? Louisa's a size 5 and Elizabeth's a very skinny 2.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I'd love the time to do more elaborate projects, but at the moment, quick is best.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Hmm, I do like anything blue and white for the kitchen, and of course fabric.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Olivia's SS answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Sure, i love the uniqueness of homemade! But if my partner hasnt the time, no worries.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love gold and silver. Not nescisarily together

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just part! We put the tree up and something on the front door. Fingers from little ones wreck too much.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Hmmm..... Dinner at my mums christmas day. Dinner or lunch with DH family before christmas sometime. With my girls we get up, and open presents in our pj's.

What sizes are your children?
Abi is a 4 and Bec is a 3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like quick projects! I dont have the time usually. Also i am very fidgety and want things made or done NOW

Is there anything that you like to collect? I collect cookbooks, full body aprons, fabric, notions, placemats.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Belinda's Christmas Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? - Only if the sender has time. I don't to stress anyone out.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? -I change every year. But when I decide, I follow through with everything. The Christmas cards, the wrapping paper and the decorations (to a certain extent- I don't go out and buy all new decorations, just emphasise the colours of the year). Generally includes Gold, with either Red and Green, or with Purple.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? -Only part of the house. Whichever room the Christmas tree is in. This year it will be the foyer.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? -Not really, does going to my parent's house for lunch every year count?

What size is/are your child/ren? -James is in size 2

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? -Short-medium time frame projects. Anything too long doesn't get finished these days....

Is there anything that you like to collect? -Fabric..... sad isn't it!!!

Thanks!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Corrie's answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? not fussed

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? mmmm I love red and green or silver and blue

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?just the living areas, hallway and front door

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? just the usual xmas tree, opening presents, an advent calender and going to church christmas morning

What sizes are your children? Keira is a 2... she's my big baby

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?quickies

Is there anything that you like to collect? vintage sewing and knitting patterns and I also love ric rac and trim and I'm really into crochet trims at the moment but don't have any........yet

Natalie's Secret Santa Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? only if my partner has time otherwise any sewing related goodies would be wonderful!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Yes, I love red, green, gold, silver, purple (pretty much all the christmassy colours hey!)

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Each year we do more - always have a hugely decorated tree, string tinsel around the celiling in the lounge room, dining room and family room. Last year the boys wanted some in their room too. We have also started getting a decent collection of outdoor lights too. This year we are having both mine and Steve's family over for a big traditional lunch, so will probably decorate even more!

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? We always spend christmas eve going on a small drive around the neighboring suburbs to look at all the christmas lights around. Then we come home and sprinkle magic reindeer food on the front lawn to help them find our house easily. Out the back we leave out some water, carrots and apple for the reindeer too and of course some milk and cookies for Santa on the table next to the tree. Of course we also have "the Night Before Christmas" as our bedtime book too. (Then Steve and I end up staying up for the next 4 hours or so wrapping presents and finding presents that I've wrapped and hidden over the last few weeks too!) then try to fit them all under the tree ;)

What sizes are your children? Jai is a size 4 and Jordan is a size 9 (sometimes a 10 in the top if it runs on the small side)

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I prefer quick projects, but do usually have one longer project on the go (I have half a knitted wrap stashed in my bottom drawer at the moment) When I was pregnant with Jai I loved working on a cute cross stitch for him (that is still awaiting a frame so I can hang it in is room!)

Is there anything that you like to collect? Not really. I did used to have a candle obsession, but then I had so many I stopped buying them - but have finally used those all up so am back to buying them again (currently addicted to lovely scented soy candles!) I'm not a "knick knack" person, I think the boys make enough clutter. I do have quite a growing colletion of very cute buttons I find that I think would look great on the boy's clothing, but then don't get around to using them as they are "too cute" lol!

Hope that helps! Looking forward to this swap, will be great to see what everyone comes up with!
Natalie
xx

Toffle / Michelle's Xmas Swap Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift? Yep! Have an ever growing collection of handmade decorations.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Silver

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? This is my first Xmas with a mobile Daughter I am hoping to do a tree! (And keep it up LOL)

Do you have any Christmas Tradition? Eating too much :P

What sizes are your children? DD is in a size 1

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? Quick or I get frustrated!! Also notorious for not finishing things.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Not really I just have heaps of stuff!!! Sorry that doesn't help but it is true!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Kerry's secret santa answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Love homemade so im easy


Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
Not really into red i like the colours as well as gold and silver

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
The lounge room and a few lights outside as well as the tree

Do you have any Christmas Tradition?
Each year the kids get a really good ornament in their stockng for the following year to be put on the tree, we also make a family ornament yearly.


What sizes are your children?
Paige is a small ladies
Logan is in size 12
Kye is size 9-10
Charli is size 5-6
T'keyah is size 3-4
Rona is size 2-3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like both.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Material LOL also love dragons and fairies

Kerry

Ingrid's Secret Santa Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
I love handmade!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love all the silvers at Christmas time. I am not a huge fan of the gold and red, but I like most colours.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
We do the tree, and a few other things around the house but don't go too overboard.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
On Christmas Eve we go driving around looking at all the Christmas lights and searching for santas sleigh in the sky. We always do some baking together as well in the week before. There's nothing like yummy Chritmas cookie smeels filling the house.

What sizes are your children?
Big monster is small mens
Lottie is 5-6
Little monster is 2-3

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I like both.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Vintage everything! Fabric, books, kitchenalia, anything cute kitsch and retro will be well loved in my home.

Ali's SS answers : o )

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my swapee has time but understandably this is a busy time of year. I would be happy with anything that is chosen for me
Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love all Chrismassy colours, we don't have a set colour scheme for our decorations
Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?Mainly the tree but we also put up little decorations through the loungeroom
Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
What sizes are your children?August and Imogen are a 5-6 (august is petite for her age) Spencer is a 1-2 and Fletcher is 00-0 (prob more 0 though for length)
Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?A mixture of both although atm whilst bubby hardly sleeps, quick projects are good
Is there anything that you like to collect? Apart from fabric, patterns, notions etc , Nothing :)


Merry Christmas :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Jacqui's Secret Santa Answers

Thought I post Jacqui's answers here for her as I think it is easier for people to find them than in the thread - hope that is okay Jacqui...

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
It does not bother me.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
No. Our tree is a rainbow of colour.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just the tree and a few bits and pieces around the walls.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Not as yet.

What sizes are your children?
Abby size 0 to 1, Rebecca size 3 to 4.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Quick projects.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Nope.

Heids Secret Santa Answers

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Absolutely - but only if you feel inclined, sewing goodies would be equally appreciated - happy just to receive a surprise whatever that may be!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I love deep reds and greens and white and silver. Not really a gold person.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
DH loves to cover the house in tinsel and paper chains! I love paper chains but am generally just a tree decorator.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
We alternate between families and this year will be with my M&D here in Darwin at their place. We always go to Midnight Mass and always read the nativity story in the morning under the tree before we do the Santa thing. I am defintely a real meaning of Christmas person rather than the commercial side of things.

What sizes are your children?
Miss Grace is in size 2 these days.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
I am defintiely a one night project girl - if I can't finish it in a night it is probably going to take me months (...or years!!)

Is there anything that you like to collect?
I used to collect heaps of things but have been rationalising in recent times...but I always love angels

Helen's SS answers.

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Only if my swappee wishes to make something. I'd be happy with a few Fat Quarters!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
No. Our tree is a rainbow of colour.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
Just the tree and a wreath on the door.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Just the usual, stockings out for Santa, check out the neighbourhood lights, Santa photos, etc.

What sizes are your children?
I'd like a pressie for me not them, they'll be getting enough stuff as it is! LOL

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Being a quilter, loooong projects are the norm here!

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Just fabric. :)

Karen's SS responses

Thanks Leah for getting this organised and Kylie for the questions, now on we go...

Would you like something handmade as a gift?
Always very happy to get a handmade gift, but I also understand if this is not possible with the lead up to Christmas being what it always is!

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour?
I tend to lean toward traditional red and gold for the tree.

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it?
I like to have a door wreath and a small tree on the hall table, the tree and that's been it to date, though I'd like to do something on our new deck this year.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?
Hmmm not really - maybe now we have a family of our own that will start. We spend each alternate Christmas with DH's family and mine as they live a fair distance apart.

What sizes are your children?
Both girls are wearing size 2's now, but when I make anything I make it longer by about 4cm as they are both above average height - Alice even moreso than Lucy.

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer?
Depends - I can sit and do embroidery that will take weeks to finish, though now I tend to do more sewing with quick results.

Is there anything that you like to collect?
Ummm - fabric, fabric and fabric!
I'm getting into the retro cartoon-style Michael Miller prints, coordinating fabrics for tiered skirts, I love red and blue patterns for the girls as much as pinks and girly colours, and I'm not really into things that are too tissy or frilly IYKWIM!!

Hope this helps!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tiger Filly's Secret Santa Q&As

Hi there - can you believe this is my first post on the group blog!

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my SS would like to make something (and has the time), that would be great.
Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? I love crimson and snow white together and this blue and silver together.
Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Well DH has worked Christmas Eve until after midnight and Christmas morning until at least 11am every single Christmas for the 14 years we've been married, so basically on Christmas Day the kids and I get up and go to church, we come home, then DH comes home and we open pressies, then DH goes to bed. I get lunch ready while he's asleep and we eat about 2.30pm after he's had a rest. I always used to love watching Carols from Kings on TV on Christmas Eve but last year it wasn't on (bah ABC!) My other Christmas tradition is forgetting to put the roast in the oven so lunch gets pushed back another hour LOL!
Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? Usually we just put our tree up and that's it for decorations.
What size is/are your child/ren? Snugglebunny is wearing size 2 this summer - she is a chubby little thing with a cloth bum. Tigerboy is size 6 in pants and 7 in shirts. Glamourpuss is size 8 in clothes I make her, but I often buy size 10 in shirts from the store. Technogirl is size 12 or 14 and impossible to please.
Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? Quick is good :)
Is there anything that you like to collect? Um, unfinished sewing projects ;) We seem to be collecting bibs and hair clips, both of which get are popular and useful and seem to get lost just as quickly.
What's your fave Christmas Present? I actually really and truly prefer watching the kids enjoy their things, I wouldn't be worried if I didn't get anything. My mother used to say the same when I was a child and I used to get so annoyed with her and think it couldn't be true, but it is.

Cass's Secret Santa

Would you like something handmade as a gift? If my SS would like to make something (and has the time), that would be great.

Do you have a favourite Christmas Colour? Not really but I like the silver, purple, blue combo's out there

Do you decorate the whole house or just a part of it? DH has started doing the balcony but otherwise mainly the tree.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Spend Christmas morning opening presents and then alternate lunch/dinner with my family and DH's.

What size is/are your child/ren? Charlotte 6 (even sometimes a 7 in tshirts), Lucy 00 or 0 (she's my skinny minnie)

Do you like quick projects or things that take a little longer? I prefer quick. I like seeing the result quickly.

Is there anything that you like to collect? Books - vintage Dr Suess, Golden Books and Enid Blyton (especially Secret 7)