Located in the beautiful Derwent Valley, Tasmania

Sunday, December 23, 2012

my family Christmas spirit with bonsai and baking

My family has spent the last few days getting into the Christmas spirit.  Not only did we decorate a life sized tree last night, we also decorated one of mum's (aka bonsai queen's) bonsai trees! 

Look at the handmade little stockings hanging from the pot, are they not the sweetest? 

I am not sure if Santa can fit many goodies into this little stocking!

Under the tree are these miniature deer, grazing in the moss!

Santa's lost reindeer, perhaps?

We also did a little Christmas cooking for friends including these little miniature plum puddings.  These are inspired by a recipe of Nigella Lawson.  The custard is actually white chocolate and the berries and leaves are snake lollies cut up. 

 Ttraditional bite sized shortbread in the shape of stars cooling on a rack.
We don't normally make fruit mince tarts but thought they would be a nice addition to our cooking day this year.  We also made orange and macadamia nut biscotti, rum chocolate truffles and coconut ice.  We spent the whole day baking!  But what better way to talk and bond as a family?

We packaged our sweets into little clear bags and noodle boxes...

using stitched ribbon from our new store Flywheel, of course!  It is very useful having a stationery store to raid at Christmas, I must admit!

And our own letterpress gift tags, I love the message of this tag.  This is exactly what Christmas is all about (plus "eat, drink and be merry", also a good message).

Rachel hand stamped decorations onto the recycled boxes, which had been covered in brown paper.  Now the boxes are to be delivered just in time for Christmas! 

Until next time,


  1. Merry merry Xmas darling.....love from me ...enjoy these days.....thanks for your friendship.....love you ...Ria...xxx...

  2. Hi Tammy,

    Your baked goodies look wonderful. There's nothing nicer than homemade!

    I've missed the last couple of posts and have caught up with them now. Congratulations on your new store, it looks wonderful. Love the different papers hanging from the ladder and the draughtsman's table.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and you manage to have some time to yourself over the break.

    Thanks for all the wonderful posts. Look forward to more in 2013.

    Take care

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