Time for Typo

The time had definitely come to check out Typo for its Christmas looks and clever finds. I think I might have gone a bit too early and found myself trapped between their Mermaidobellia and their Hallowen push. However, on venturing past the zombie looks and the mermaid tails, I found the first fresh shoots of Christmas goodies and […]

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Say Yes to the Dress

I watch reality television. I am not ashamed of saying it. But I do have some very strict rules around it. I only ever watch one current/latest release reality show at a time. Rushing home to catch the first airing of more than one show seems like cheating. At the moment, I am watching The […]

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Ribbons steal the show at Costco 2016

I needed to time my 2016 visit to Costo just right. Not so early that the Christmas stuff wouldn’t have arrived but not so late that the good stuff would be gone. You snooze you lose in the wrapping game. I settled on the last week in October and that is why I came to […]

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Women’s Weekly Wrapping

There’s few of us who haven’t seen a Women’s Weekly Recipe Book. They have been around for simply ever with titles to suit every type of occasion and cuisine. Many of us made our first (and often last) children’s birthday cake with the help of the Women’s Weekly and a significant number of spearmint leaves. There’s a […]

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The Halloween Scene

Those who know me will attest to the fact that I am not a big Halloween person. I don’t quite get it and having been abused by teenage Trick or Treaters on more than one occasion for not having any sweets to give,  it will take a bit to win me over. However I am […]

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DJs nails Baubles, Berries and Bon Bons

Today my quest for the best Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and embellishments took me to the venerable David Jones. I once was a shareholder at DJ’s – the first shares I ever bought – but since they were bought out by the South African Woolworths, I no longer have any interest in the company, therefore  I […]

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Little Boxes

I love little kraft boxes. They used to be a bit hard to find but no excuses now as quite decent ones are available in the chain stores in sensible quantities. Little boxes look fabulous en masse and all the same. Don’t limit the little kraft box to boutonniere or party favours – goodness no. They are a […]

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A very Ikea Christmas

First up in my review of Christmas looks and embellishments is Ikea – the place that seems almost too overwhelming to visit and yet inexplicably….you do. Christmas has come to Ikea but you have to put in the hard yards to get to it. There are a few very stylish Christmas tableaux sprinkled throughout the […]

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Clever finds & the Christmas Countdown

We’re on the countdown to Christmas. No doubt about it. The new season wrapping paper and the decorations are appearing in the shops complete with piped carols that seem particularly out of place in early October and the social media posts featuring Will Ferrell updating us on how many shopping days or Fridays or Saturdays till […]

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