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15 Stylish and Simple Christmas Ideas

15 Stylish & Simple Christmas Ideas via Adore Re Mi

We are already busy with family and work, and it's no wonder we stress so easily during the festive season having to buy presents, decorate the home and cook for the family! Ideally we would like to make everything look perfect and nice so I am giving you a heads start with 15 stylish and simple Christmas ideas you can use. Just remember the golden rule, keep it simple and easy!

I was trying to keep it to 12 ideas but there are so many I had to add another three.

I saw this simple idea and made it with neon coloured paper, grass green ribbon and wash tape. Kids will love to help out too!

Via Kickcan & Conkers

How easy is this! I did this for my wedding using ribbon and craft glue, I wish wash tape was available 8 years ago!



You don't always have to buy Christmas themed wrapping paper. I always buy brown or white wrapping paper and dress it up with left over paper with ribbon or twine. Print out these cute labels via Tomfo

Christmas decoration found in Buzznet

gift wrapping via Boxwood Clippings

Beautifully wrapped and photo worthy. It would be ashamed to open them up.. Nah! You can use your signature colour to personalise it. via Boxwood Clippings


Although it might be messy with the glitter, it sure looks cute to make. Decorate your tree or use it as a present/gift label. via Creature Comforts

Martha Stewart, Holiday jars

Martha extends her holiday jar idea to make it look more effective using wire lights to light it up. You can do without the lighting and use the salt as the snow and an ornament. via Martha Stewart

NordicElvesFeature by Nadine Reeves

Love being able to recycle/re-use. Buy felt & craft glue from your local craft supply shop and write a message for these cute Nordic feel advent calendar idea designed by Nadine Reeves

christmas-tree-napkin-fold-collage by Handimania

This is such a great idea. Make the napkins your main feature on your table, this emits so much clutter on the table. I know because I get carried away decorating mine! How to fold instructions via Handimania

ChristmasTableSetting_thumbYour napkins will look great on an uncluttered Christmas table. It's quick and simple especially when your time should be used hosting your guests or cooking! Vases and extras can be bought from your $2 shop. via Finding Home

Watermelon Christmas trees

Our national summer fruit is the watermelon (we love mangoes but it's a little tricky to make shapes.) Use a shaped cookie cutter. The kids, and big kids too will devour it. found in What About Watermelon

Sweet Scarlet

This Holly cupcakes don't look too hard to decorate, as long as you get to kiss a boy or girl. via Sweet Scarlet

Hot Mama's Cake via FB

You have the cupcake touch, maybe these cute cupcakes can inspire you to get creative. It's the trickiest to do but I had to put this cute designs on the list. Check out her FB page via Hot Mama's Cake

Better Home and Gardens

Another easy to do decoration on your cookie or cupcakes via Better Homes and Garden

Raspberry Limocello ProseccoAnd lastly, we can't have a festival season without a refreshing drink (perfect for the Southern hemisphere.) This easy to make drink  recipe is by Damn Delicious.  Non-alcoholic? Homemade raspberry/strawberry lemonade here

I hope I set your creative bug off with the 15 Christmas ideas,. The idea is to see something you like and interpret it your own way and to have fun. Have a good week and I see you on the next post- wrapping gifts inspiration mood board by me!

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Fun Halloween Party Ideas

Fun Halloween Ideas by Adore Re MiSince I was a kid I was and still fascinated with all things spooky. I love reading witches and ghouls, ( zombie eyes I hate since watching the movie 28 days Later.) When you grow in a friendly haunted house you become used to the sounds, personally I thought it was the house creaking but my mum thought differently. She heard someone walking through our hallway, even our visitors felt a strange vibe. But my mum made me feel safe and not to be afraid. I grew up 'too fond of the stars to be afraid of the dark' (Galileo). So I haven't actually seen a 'ghost' but I believe there is more than our presence existing.

Halloween is a memorable time of year for me, dressing up in character and visiting your neighbours for treats. My parents never celebrated it but allowed me and my friends to have fun. Last year my daughter and I dressed up for halloween along with our American neighbour and her two daughters. We didn't go trick or treating as the children were too young so we went to our local pizza restaurant. She told me how the Americans celebrate it and I am certain I will visit America during their halloween festival and to Mexico to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos too.

I did this mini photo montage of halloween crafts that are easy and some simple to do from my collection of all SPOOKY things here. You will find lots more inspiration..

Credits and info:

Top: Banana ghost and mandarin pumpkins, found on Princess Pink Girl.

Small top: Ghost Cookies using an upside down tulip cookie cutter made by Make Me Cake Me.

Small bottom: Halloween hand treats using a clear disposable glove tied with a ribbon created by The Queens Card Castle.

Middle: Halloween door, great way to make a spooky impression and inviting too! Photo by Tara Donne via

Bottom left: Frankenstein marshmallow pops, easy to make and you can change the character according to the theme of the party. Tutoril and created by Craft-O-Maniac.

Bottom right: Pumpkin lanterns, you can buy lanterns, craft paper from the dollar shop. Easy and quick to do. Via Martha Stewart.

This is my final third Halloween post. If you missed the first two, you can check it out here and here . Hope you all have fun and be frightfully good. Happy Halloween to all! Adore Re Mi.


Want more ghoulish ideas, I have spooky stuff from my friends who enjoy halloween as much as I do, check it out!

Boiled Eggs & SoldiersBoiled Eggs & Soldiers decorated her home with mummy poppers, ghosts and pumpkins. She has lots more ideas from halloween too. Look here

Pink Post It Note Recipes To SaveDeliciously creepy Spider Choc Chip Cookies and read up about where halloween began via Pink Post It Note Recipes To Save.

Buy these from Sugar StationIf you love visiting candy/lolly shops as much as I do then you must check out Sugar Station. You can purchase Bertie Bott's Beans and Bean Boozled!

Mummy mason jarsMum Of Five Girls has more great craft ideas like the mummy mason jars, check it out here.

A kid-friendly Halloween party by Stay At Home TerritoryStay At Home Territory has planned and organised a halloween party for her kids. Lots of great ideas! Check it out here





Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Firstly, here is my suggestion. Gather up all your old bead necklaces in a box, un-thread it to re-create a one-off necklace. Don't have many? I will tell you where to some a little later.

When I heard my daughter's daycare carer was leaving the centre, I thought what gift can I make for her. A necklace! These days jewellery are easily disposable as there are many inexpensive franchise stores, pumping out mass produced jewellery of the latest designs. I have my fair  share of necklaces hanging and collecting dust and I know I won't get much money in return, so the idea to keep them and make new necklaces came up. Now, where do I buy my necklaces/jewellery to re-design? You wonder.

  • boot-sales
  • monthly markets
  • garage sales and my favourite,
  • charity shops.

Let's get started. Here are the supplies I used to make this QUICK GIFT IDEA:

Quick Gift Idea supplies by adore re mi.

Since it's been so long I've made a jewellery piece, I didn't have stringing materials or clasps. You can buy these supplies at a jewellery supply shop, it's like a candy store for the crafters! Instead I used twine to thread through the beads. I normally use cotton or leather cord depending on the size of the bead hole or beading wire for the smaller holes.

But let's keep it simple, and use what you have at home.

I placed the beads on a round plate to see the pattern of the design. To keep the beads from rolling around like a roulette table, I stuck blu-tak on the plate.

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Once happy with the pattern, thread the beads through with the twine or string, tying knots to keep the middle in place, this is optional. Now tie the ends with a knot, no clasps were used, I kept it simple and easy.

Here (as shown in the picture below) I used a piece of thick cardboard and cut 2 slits on the top to slide the necklace on to see how it hangs before I try it on. The cardboard gave me an idea...

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

What supplies I used to make a necklace display...

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

I changed the thick cardboard to a thinner one to be able to cut it out easily. I drew up the shape and cut it out. To make the shape pop, I used a black marker to draw the boarder. A nice way to display the necklace without it being tangled up. Oh! What about the stapler? I stapled down the necklace to keep it flat on the display. This makes it easy to wrap it up without the necklace sliding off.

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Also I taped the necklace to the back to secure it. I couldn't believe this photo came out great, Miss 3 took this photo with the heavy Canon camera! A photographer is born. Not bad hey?

So here is the final product.  I was happier to re-used the stuff I kept. What do you think?

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Now the fun part. Wrap it up and don't forget a card.

Quick Gift Idea via adore re mi.

So the idea is here, it's up to you to gather up your bits and bobs and re-use it. I hope it has inspired you and to create something out of your old jewellery.

Adore Re Mi.

Easter Inspirations

When there is children about, you can't help being apart of the Easter celebrations like the great easter egg hunt. But you don't have to have kids to enjoy easter, you can gather close friends over a brunch and create a lovely floral centre piece or bake cupcakes for work.

To get you inspired, I collected 6 of my favourite easter creations from my Pinterest boards (want more ideas, check out my Pinterest boards here).

Have a wonderful easter holiday and hope you get to nibble on lots of chocolates!




Happy Easter from Adore Re Mi.

Clockwise: Torie Jayne- bunny jars, Does Meadow- curious little bunny pots, Moje Wypicki- bunny face cupcakes, B-Movie Star- floral arrangement, Everything Emily- Miffy treat bag, Pillsbury- bunny butt cookies.