Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Friday, December 30, 2011


I hope everyone had a wonderful christmas & is enjoying the post christmas relief that I'm feeling right now.
My family where all very happy with their gifts, so I did well this year...YAY!!
We also had a fantastic christmas day with  family & friends, we ate great food, played crazy games & just had an all round relaxed day, with lots of laughs to go with it!!

How was your chrissy this year?

Now I have also been rather privileged of late & proudly accepted a couple of blog awards from two of my favourite bloggers.
The first is The versatile bloggers award & it requires me to share 7 things about Christmas with you!!
I know, I know, I am a little late...

  The very talented cake decorating Katena from
Taylor Made Baking

has honoured me with this award so pop by & say Hi to her if you haven't already. Be prepared to drool on your keyboard when you see some of her home baked goodies.

 I thought I would share a few of my crazy Christmas secrets

1. I am obsessed with how my Christmas tree looks, it MUST be colour co ordinated with my gift wrapping. I let the kids help decorate & then once they are over it, I move everything until I feel like its perfect..... he he he!!

Everyone thought the tree in the last post was mine, but alas here is the real dream house tree, LOL!!

2. My son asked why I always get to choose the colour scheme for the tree & expressed his desire to take on this role next year. I happily agreed to this & silently prayed that I could have 2 tree's next year...his tree & MY tree. Obsessed....never!!!

3. I get so excited by the thought of my kids opening their presents on Christmas morning that I can't sleep. I am usually so tired on Chrissy day that I feel sick & never enjoy the food!!!
This year was a little different though as my kids slept in until 8:30am, are we the luckiest parents on the planet or what!

4.My husband & I rarely exchange gifts, we leave it all for the kids.

5. This year I almost managed  to resist the temptation to go back to the shops & add little extras to my gifts.I was so proud of myself until we discovered on christmas eve that Harvey Norman where offering a huge discount on the Xbox 360 game consoles, we have one that no longer works  so we decided to replace it & use it as an extra christmas gift. Needless to say we have the happiest son on the planet, but I did feel we went a little overboard.

6.I love that we get to enjoy the company of our family & friends, I can't imagine how lonely it would feel to not be lucky enough to enjoy this privilege.

7. I love boxing day, I get to sleep in, eat leftovers & the kids never complain of boredom, definately a relaxing day!!!

The next part of the award is for me to pass it on to four more bloggers!

I have left it a little late to pass this one on, so I hope you all had a merry Christmas.
   I think everyone should take this award!!!

I hope you have enjoyed my pics of my chrissy decos! 

Now I have been a little slow off the mark to post about this award & I didn't realize that my followers have snuck over the 200 mark. I was so proud to see I have over 200 friends YAY!!!!

The beautiful Mimi from
 has passed this along to me & here is what she had to say about the Liebster award.

Liebster is a German word meaning "dearest" and the award is given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  The award has a few stipulations:

1.  Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it you.
2.  Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.  Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4.  Hope that people you have sent the award to forward it on to their favourite bloggers.

So first & foremost a huge thank you to the beautiful Mimi for honoring me with this lovely award
Now to pass it on to just 5 bloggers is proving to be very difficult as I love literally hundreds, in fact I dont post as often as I should because I am to busy blog stalking to take the time out to write, he he he!!!!

Any way the award must go on so here are five lovely blogs that I think everyone should stalk...
Style at Home

B is building a house

Melli's Designs

Two beaches and a lake

Ledamae Design

Be sure to pop on by & say Hi to these lovely bloggers if you haven't already.

Trish xxx


Beautiful House said...

Thank you Trish, you are lovely. Your christmas sounds perfect. I love watching my boys open their gifts too.x

Farmers Wifey said...

ohhhh 5 more blogs to check know how I love this type of thing xxx

The Decorating Emporium said...

Glad to hear you had a great Christmas, Trish! I actually managed to stick to my Christmas list this year - unheard of. And, like you, was wishing time away so that I could see my little peeps open their gifts. How happy was I when I heard 'Best Christmas ever, Mum'? And that was before 7am and I still managed to smile!

Thanks for the Liebster Award, too!

Happy New Year!

B is building a house said...

Thank you for the

Unknown said...

Congrats on your award Trish. I loved your post and I love your tree and presents, the colours are gorgeous! Wishing you all the best for 2012. xx

Heather Johnson-Family Volley said...

Trish, what a fun post. Loved getting to know more about you. I have trouble letting go of those "perfect tree" feelings also. Haha. This is the first year I didn't rearrange after the kids helped decorate. I did do a lot of "directing" as they were putting things up though. A lot.
Also, thank you for your comment on Family Volley. I am really excited for the photo challenge also. I hope you will share your photos each week.
Happy Monday!

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