Friday, 8 October 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Christmas!!!  she says, singing like an old bat.  Am I the only one who gets a little bit excited when she realises Christmas is just a couple of months away?  The first week of October is now over so that must make it... about ten weeks away!!!  How exciting is that???  Oh gosh, I hope I haven't freaked anyone out!

Now that the warm weather has arrived in little old NZ, I have been spending the odd hour outside sorting the garden out.  My goodness it's got away on me.  I thought it was about time I watered the Christmas tree and got it into shape for the festive season.

The nursery was paid a visit this morning and these glorious red and white Petunias made their way into our boot.

And how could I go past these red delights?  I do love a pretty dahlia.  There are so many buds on this plant, so hopefully it will flower right into Christmas.  So our front door area is looking like a Christmas bomb has hit it.

And Mr Red Gingham's Pohutukawa is doing very nicely and completely covered in red blooms.  This one is a very early flowerer.  Usually they flower in the summer and put on a lovely show for Christmas. 

Aren't the flowers so dainty with their little golden tips?  They do make a mess a couple of days afted being picked unfortunately.  Little bits of dried redness all over the place.

And I seem to have left this decoration out all year.  How could I put away such a lovely heart? 

My Red Gingham banner garland has made itself at home in our family room.  I think it looks very pretty up there.  Maybe we'll have a spotty and ginghamy Christmas this year?  Although we have had those two themes separately in previous years.

I don't know about the different colour schemes some people do these days.  Could you do pink or blue really?  I'm sure it's not big in the UK with the traditional Christmas such a reality.  But over here in the Summer it's tempting.  Why is the wintry Christmas such a big thing for us in the heat anyway?  We just can't stay away from it.  We love the idea of having a cold Christmas Day.  Heck, the shops spray fake snow on the windows!!  How ridiculous is that?

I often mention doing a different theme but it just doesn't excite the family.  Perhaps we could do red with hot pink?  It would combine both seasons.  I think a little fabric shopping is needed for inspiration.  I need some stuffing for my bunnies anyway.  Plenty of time really, aye?

21 comments:

crafts@home said...

This will be my 1st Christmas in blogland, it'll be fascinating watching everyone's traditions, especially on the other side of the world. I remember once deciding to do a themed Christmas, it just doesn't work in this house, I like too many different things! bright , sparkly, gaudy, childrens makes,etc. Oh, you start Christmas 12 hours before us as well. he he! so yours arrives sooner

winnibriggs said...

We have tried the blue, pink, purple Christmas here (having a daughter with an art degree had something to do with it) but we seem to have stepped back in time to green and red now. A real traditional Christmas. 8 foot real tree, jugs of holly and home made and vintage decorations. Only thing that spoils it...it's usually damp and dismal not cold and crisp....but we can hope! Don't know how you can get in the'spirit' in the heat!

Jak said...

The garland is very pretty and I can understand you not wanting to put it away. Spraying snow on the shop windows - now I think that is pretty funny. Thanks for popping by. I too would be heartbroken to see all my work unravel. I wash my blankets on a delicate wash, with a fast spin. I then line dry them outside, but folding over the washing line to give support and then finish them off in the dryer. Hope you have a great weekend.
Jak x

Wendy said...

Pink and blue are very trendy in the UK, I don't think very many people do traditional Christmas these days, not younger people at least. We don't have a colour scheme as we collect special decorations each year, and have a whole load from years gone by so they all go up regardless of colour scheme or theme! My Christmas cards usually have a colour scheme, I did pale purple and silver last year, I'm thinking of blue this year.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

We call the Pohutukawa plant, 'Christmas Bush' over the Tasman, Sarah, isn't that funny? But as you say they do flower at Christmas time...they are quite popular over here also!
Funny I was thinking about Christmas colours the other day, I am ever so slightly leaning to white decorations this year...but I just think you can't beat red!
I'm just not into the purple and silver I've seen around - perhaps I'm a bit more a traditionalist than modern! LOL

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

oops...I just saw the post from Wendy about the purple and silver...sorry Wendy!

Nikki said...

I love Christmas... I was looking at the decorations in the shops today... I was very tempted to buy a few :)
Last year we had a silver and blue theme.... the decorations were a beautiful icy blue. The year before we had silver and pale pink... it was beautiful too. The year before that we had red and cream. The year before that we had cream and gold. Are you picking up a pattern here? Yes, I change my theme every year. Not sure what my theme is going to be this year.... silver and ? Stay tuned :)

Leonie said...

I am a self confessed christmas addict - I love getting ready for christmas. But this year, haven't even bought one single christmas gift!! weird....
I am loving aqua and red for christmas although our decorations tend to be a mish mash of colours with all the kids beautiful creations!
Loving that little pohutakawa - too cute.

Itch2stitch.com said...

Lovely flowers Sarah! Nope, I couldn't do a blue or pink christmas, it has to be red, red, red for me, and Ilove the idea of a spotty gingham one! Also there are chrissie decorations here which have stayed out all year as they are too nice to put away, just like your gorgeous heart! Susie xxx

Willeke said...

The red flowers are beautiful. I'm not sure about the Christmas tree..
My favorite Christmas color is red. Not so very innovative.
Red with gold and (tree)green and cream/white. I have tried other colors (dark blue) but that did not work for me.
Since I am blogging and reading Kiwi- and Aussieblogs and magazines, I wondered why Christmas is a Winter issue over there. But I don't mind, this way we all celebrate Christmas in the same atmosphere.
Oops, long comment, I hope my english text is correct.

Joan said...

I use "red and green" but it's really more like burgundy and deep forest green. My great room walls are painted a cranberry color, and true primary red and green look awful in there. Our tree ornaments are rather eclectic since we get one as a memento wherever we travel. I have a miniature, "gold" guitar from Nashville and green, yellow, and black flip-flops from Jamaica (their flag's colors).

debbie said...

Red and white are my Christmas colors. I used red gingham bows on my tree last year and LOVED it. It is funny associating petunias with Christmas :). We are usually buried in snow!

janjan said...

Okay, so now my loved ones and friends and neighbours think I'm stark staring mad. There I am pegging out the washing singing, its beginning to look a lot like christmas.......... Christmas in this house doesn't usually start till around 3 hours before the shops shut and I'm running around like a scalded cat.
Though cruising round blogland it seems lots of you are making a head start, perhaps it will inspire me to get myself organised this year.

dutch sisters said...

Christmas is not on my mind yet.. until now! It's great to see your lovely flowers and decorations.... the tree needs a little growth manure...(lol) before it can be decorated.

'Joyce' said...

Hullo Sarah, oh Christmas, I do so love the season. Oh not for the shopping craziness, but for the decorating and making and candles and pretty lights we put up and the music. *sigh* love it. As for colour themes, yes, yes, yes, we choose our colours, the last few years the boys have chosen blue, orange and silver/white. We make our own decorations, and it's so pretty. I am thinking we are in need of a change this year, and I would like to vote pink, blue and silver/white. This way we can still use the blue and silver/white combo and it won't cost the earth.

RebeccaMom said...

I adore your little tree in the red pot, and your flowers are gorgeous! I am looking forward to Christmas myself :)

Tabiboo said...

Lots of beautiful redness creeping in I can see and I love your birdie garland.

I'm still trying to get my head round the fact it's almost Halloween - eeeekkk!

take care,

Nina xxx

Pink Princess said...

LOL I have to admit....I do the PINK Christmas and have been doing that the past 3 years. LOVE IT!!!! I have hot pink, pale pink and everything in between. YES also off white, so pink and off white is my theme.

Hugs from the other side oif the world, the Netherlands

Minara said...

stick to red, suits your blog!

Heidi said...

Do you sell on etsy too? because if you do I'd like to link you to my christmas list.
again I loved that quilt I had to stop by before I commented to have another peek. Have a wonderful weekend.

I loved all your red and green blooming plants!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Sarah, I also love Christmas but am freaking out about how quickly it's coming. Even though it's 2 months away, the decorations go up in about 6 weeks. Eek. Time to get sewing.