Christmas Gift Guide 2015

This week I’m holding my first Christmas Shopping Night in store. I’m looking forward to celebrating with some of the great customers I’ve met over the last three months, and meeting a few new ones too! Many of the retailers in Long Jetty are participating, so you can have a lovely wander round the area, have a bite to eat and get some of your Christmas Shopping done. And better yet, if you spend over $75 at Paisley Vintage you will get 10% off! If you’d like to come along, please do! It’s starts from 6pm, and finishes around 8.30pm.

HAPPY holidays

So to get you started on your Christmas shopping I thought I would share with you some of my favourite gift ideas that are available in store… so here’s the 2015 Paisley Vintage Christmas Gift Guide!

Wishlist from Paisley Vintage1. These canisters from Habitat 101 are such beautiful colours I could just take one of everything! I love gifts with a multitude of uses – these have a seal so are perfect for tea or coffee, but are equally beautiful for a bathroom or bedroom. Prices start at $13.95.

2. I love the cool look of cement, and these geometric clocks can be used on the wall or shelf. And of course, you know these can be painted! These are $59.95

3. I’ve fallen for these pine cones. I know… it’s a little strange to feel this way about a wooden decorative item, but I just love them. They sit in a basket in store and make me smile whenever they catch my eye. On a sideboard or as a center piece these are perfect. They’re $39.95.

4. There are a great selection of cushions in store, including these beauties from Marmoset Found. The green is so beautifully fresh, but there are styles and colours to suit most decors. Starting at $59.95


5. Did you know we have gift vouchers? Available in any value you choose and valid for six months, a gift voucher is a perfect option for someone who might be hard to buy for… Or better yet, if you’ve got a friend dying to try out Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, or one of our Workshops, a voucher is a great way to get them started.

6. If your friend or family member is a die hard Annie Sloan fan, why not get them some paint? Or better yet, some brushes? The better the quality of your brushes the better the quality of your finish. Many people start out using brushes they have at home, so why not treat them to something you know they’ll use? Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan starts at $21, and brushes start at $24.

7. The colours of these vases are devine, and their organic shapes are right on trend. There are three colours and sizes to choose from, starting from $19.99.

8. Adult colouring books are THE present of the year – they are so popular and there are different styles to suit everyone. Starting at $12.99, these are a great Kris Kringle or Teacher gift.

design inspiration

9. I love interior design books, and there’s a beautiful selection in store. By everyone from Annie Sloan to Sibella Court and Megan Morton, these beautiful books offer amazing inspiration and tips for anyone who loves decorating their home. Starting from $24.99.

10. I never have enough beautiful serving bowls, and these from Marmoset Found come in some lovely pastel colours (the soft mint is definitely my favourite) and their organic shapes are beautiful. From $38.

11. These atriums are perfect for candles, decorations, even a succulent! I love filling these with Christmas baubles for table decorations. From $29.95.


So there’s a few Christmas ideas from me. What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Catherine xxx

PS – Got a partner / hubby / wife that needs pointing in the right direction? Send them in with your wishlist and I can them them out!




Making Christmas Ornaments

We’ve been slow to get Christmassy here – with Emma’s birthday and a procession of birthday parties to attend I’m only just starting to get into the spirit. But better later than never right??

So we’ve started with a few Christmas ornaments, Emma and I picked up some clear glass ornaments from Spotlight, some paint and metallic ribbon and got started…

paint filled ornament

Once you’ve got the top off the ornament you really can put anything inside. These first ones are simply coated with red acrylic paint I already had. I used a small plastic funnel to tip in the paint, and then Emma slowly swirled the ornament to get a good coverage. We then sat them in some plastic cups to drain away the paint for a few hours, replaced the top and hung them on the tree. So… Emma is looking particularly serious here, but I promise you it was fun. And remind me to tell you one day about Emma and head gear…

Metallic Ribbon Bauble

With this next one I simply cut lengths of metallic ribbon in two different colours, curled them with scissors and then Emma pushed them into the ornament.

Both of these were great projects for Emma and I to do together. If you’ve got a crafty little person at home, some $5 ornaments and bits and pieces of Christmassy craft, these are perfect. I found them easy to do with my 5 year old with just a little instruction and assistance. And being able to come back a few hours later and put them all up on the tree together was lovely.

Here are a few other ideas that are on the Christmas ornament to do list…Ornaments

1. Love the wreath from The Long Thread. And yes, it’s a Halloween wreath, but I think it would look just as lovely for Christmas!

2. These vintage inspired ornaments from Cass Can Sew are lovely, especially the doily ones đŸ™‚

3. Red and white are my favourite colours for Christmas, and this wrapped bauble is the perfect combination!

4. Shelly from The House of Smiths shared this great ornament gift idea – what a beautiful present for the family.

5. The Ornament Girl has so many ideas it was hard to pick one, but I like the idea of hand painting ornaments, and especially thought this was something that my daughter would love to have a go at.

6. I’m not saying you will have a whole bunch of bottle tops laying around… but if you do, these bottle top snow men are so cute đŸ˜‰

Do you do Christmas craft in the lead up to the big day? If you’ve blogged please share!

Thanks for stopping by…


DIY Teacher Christmas Gifts

All I want for ChristmasDo you do teacher gifts? Last year was my first go at these, and I went with a very safe, and I’d say boring, gift of homemade cookies. That’s not to say they weren’t yummy, or that the teachers didn’t seem to appreciate them, but they just weren’t very imaginative. So this year I wanted to try something a little different!

With Emma at preschool she has four teachers this year, and with a tight budget (well, any kind of budget really) movie tickets or individual presents costing $20 or more each are just out of the question. So, I came up with a DIY option, and found a few other options I thought I would share.

I’m a fan of clipboards; I shared a fabric covered one here that I use for my calendar, and I thought blackboard paint would be perfect too. With this I simply painted one coat of undercoat, two of black board paint and then hand painted the writing. If you’re not keen on hand painting you could use stickers or a stencil.

clipboard 4

While working on these I came across some other great, cost effective ideas for teachers gifts…

Teacher Gifts

1. This spotted canvas bag by Say Yes to Hoboken is lovely, and you can never have too many of these can you? I have something like it in my handbag, a couple in the car, and this DIY is really easy… in fact, it’s something nice for the kids to do too. You can pick up plain bags at Spotlight.

2. Chalkboard notebooks by Kojo-Designs. Really. They are so cute… and you know I’m partial to a bit of chalkboard, paint or fabric đŸ˜‰

3. These Vintage style bookmarks by Andrea Singerella have been on my to do list (ie Pinterest) for ever. Just gorgeous.

4. I’ve seen these book planters and wondered how on earth I’d make one. You can see how at Green Wedding Shoes.

5. Neon dipped planters from Hello Bee. I love the succulents, but you could use anything and it would look lovely.

6. I have actually made a bunch of these key chains from Prudent Baby and I love them. I did think one made out of denim would be perfect for a male teacher… or a great Fathers Day gift…

So, do you do teacher gifts? What are you doing this year?

Thanks for stopping by


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