Merry Christmas , deer

I’m so glad you could make it over to Hong Kong.

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My bottle brush tree collection is in front of the mirror by the entry way.   Under the glass dome is a bowl of reindeer poop and scoop so you can help yourself. You can see the entry way display reflected in the mirror. I taped wrapping paper to the wall above the cabinet.

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The living room is all tartan-ed up,  Mr Gingerlily requested we use the orange baubles for the tree this year and I added bits of fabric from the rag bag tied in knots. I had planned on putting on big tartan bows but didn’t have as much of the tartan ribbon as I thought I had so I tied what was left in knots too. Mr GL said he didn’t want a star or pointy topper this year  so I bought a gorgeous angel for the top ( he’s never usually bothered and is a bit bah humbug but he’s really jolly this year).

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She was much too big for the tree and I couldn’t get her to balance so she’s sitting on a side table. I couldn’t find a sensibly priced smaller angel (the big one was less than US$2) for the tree so I assembled one from a doll, some feather wings and ribbon taped on for her skirt. I really like her and think she’s going to be around next Christmas too most probably in a different ribbon skirt.

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This is my rein-deer cloud lamp I assembled under the cloche, it is just battery operated fairy lights in an upside down vase I covered with pillow stuffing and stood a deer on.

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Deerdre on the wall above is decked in Mr GL’s flat cap and best vintage tie.

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Our flora and fauna wall gallery. I just added a very fake mistletoe wreath and bits of holly on the frames. Don’t you just love the plug halfway up the wall. We live in an old house and it has many “quirks”. I think I’m going to put a frame round it.

The fantle this year is very simple.

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I’m so excited I have a real “tree”, it doesn’t seem to be making me sneeze, although I did suffer when I went to buy it, the flower market was full of various Christmas trees and very fragrant. I think there are some types of Christmas tree I’m more allergic to than others. The big fake tree behind the dining chair is there all year and every Christmas I hang glittery pears and a partridge decoration.

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I’ve yet to hang the stockings as I cant remember where I put them. Our doggy house guest’s  stocking is waiting on the chair.

The tartan wreath is a styrofoam wreath wrapped in a scarf and I’m so in love with my upcycled wreath I hung. I raided the rag and ribbon bags again and pinned on some vintage brooches. Draped over the mantel is Mr Gl’s cotton scarf and some ribbon. Mr Gl made the dried orange garland.

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For the dining table I used an old shawl over the table cloth and Mr Gl assembled the decoration by blue-tacking some twigs into the wooden thing and hanging his favourite bird ornaments.

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Oh deer, I should have ironed the table cloth before I put it on! It’s really difficult to photograph in this area as there isn’t much natural light.

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This deer is so cute, she keeps getting moved all over the house. She’s currently eating the green dining area rug.

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Opposite the table old and new greeting cards are taped to the wall with masking tape.

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The fake garland is hung in the same way as last year. I stored it away with the dried stuff in it and added twigs and dried flowers this year and I’m still loving it.

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More real greenery! This is making me a little sneezy but not much so it’s tucked out of the way on the stairs. Those are new glass ornaments in the bowl Mr GL bought this weekend at 90% off.

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On the stair ledge is the red glittery disco deer partying away under the big Bollywood poster.

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 Here’s our house guest. She came to stay with us at the weekend after she had a stroke as her owners apartment is up 2 flights of stairs she can’t manage any more. She’s still a bit wobbly on her legs but is improving everyday. She’s sixteen and we’ve pet sat her many times before so she’s very happy to stay with us.

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Help yourself to reindeer poop on your way out. The red ones are made by Rudolph ( it’s really dried cranberries and raisins, ooh sorry the chocolate ones are all gone).

Thank you so much for visiting and to The Nester for hosting this fun tour.

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