Thursday, December 22, 2011

my christmas 'decorating'...and hi from the slayer

Last week I told you that I'd show you my Christmas warned, I use the term very loosely I also said, if I remember correctly that you should be prepared to be underwhelmed. I'm not going to be at home for Christmas this year. Jess, Ben and I will be having a Christmas Eve dinner at Jess's home in Sydney and then we'll be making the road trip to and from Newcastle on Christmas Day to have lunch with my mum and dad and our rather odd, extended family! I say that lovingly J
Because of that, I haven't done much in the way of decoration in the townhouse, which is a pity. I've got an awesome black tree that looks fab with silver and pearls flung in, over and around it...but never mind. 
So this is it I'm afraid...a $4.98 string of plastic hearts (from Big W) draped over an embroidered velvet taj mahal cushion cover I bought in India...framed after I spilled something on it and it lost its appeal on the sofa...I do love it and its memories though...even if due to this wonderful gift it's no longer hanging there...things move quickly in the townhouse!
...last year's frou frou feather boa wreath with the addition of a $2 string of white lights (last of the big spenders I am!)...
and cherries...because nothing in my view says Christmas in Australia more than cherries. I do hope your hols are the proverbial bowl of them.
While it may not be Christmassy in the strictest sense of the word...this is probably good advice for this time of year. The 2011 birthday present from the first makes me smile every time I come home.
And it's hardly Christmas without the slayer now is it?  With lots of love from me and mine to you and yours....see you sometime after the face stuffing and afternoon napping has ceased. Not that it ever does where that cat's concerned! And as I'm on leave at the end of today, I may just do a bit of that myself!
And most those of you who are going through a hard time, who are unwell, who've lost people you love this year, who don't know what to do about something or someone, who are struggling...blessings to you xx
all photos by a tranquil townhouse


  1. Thanks for your kind thoughts this week - the slayer made me laugh! And I soooo want that mat. Travel safely and enjoy!

  2. blessings to you, dear kerry! i LOVE your boa wreath! happy christmas to you and yours!

  3. That last sentence is such a lovely way to end a blog post. I hope it helps someone. (Look at the tongue on the rogue cat! Too funny.)

  4. Your post cracked me up, especially the `last of the big spenders` line. My decorating is like yours, so it`s nice to see that I am not the only one!! Fun post and touching last paragraph and oh cute kitty!


  5. How fabulous it was to visit the townhouse this morning and delight in its festive feel.

    That juju is a gift that keeps on giving, loving the pink peacock centre piece - still haven't had a go at making my own, but know where to come for instructions if I do.

    Happiest of Christmastimes to you and all whom you cherish.
    Enjoy every single moment of your precious break - looking forward to stopping by for inspiration and giggles in the New Year.


  6. Merry Christmas Kerry. A bowl full of cherries is the best analogy for a happy Christmas. Drive safely. xx

  7. and a very Merry Christmas to you too Kerry! Travel safe, and I look forward to reading more of your adventures in 2012. Love your heart lights and cute kitty too. XxX

  8. Now be honest Kerry are the slayers eyes scrunched up in a drugged sleep or from sheer horror!!!!!
    Drive carefully, and I need to know from the first born where that absolutely delicious mat came from!! xxx

  9. Life is a bowl of cherries my friend, we just need to hope it doesn't give us the pips too often :) Have a wonderful holiday break, enjoy your time with your family and I'll look forward to the first instalment of ATT for 2012. I plan to take a leaf out of Buffy's book and spend some serious r&r time over the break, although I'm sure I won't look quite so cute and angelic :) xxx

  10. Oh my lord, still laughing at the slayer pic!
    Have a lovely break, my hard-working friend and yes, what a kind and thoughtful way to end your post.
    You are a blessing x

  11. I love the way you ended this post Kerry, it makes me feel all teary. I can't wait to see the end if this year, it's been horrible. I hope 2012 is much more kinder.
    What a sweet shot of the slayer, I just love it xx

  12. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and please, give the slayer a kiss from me !


  13. Kerri, I wish you, your family and all visitors to your blog a Merry Christmas. Take this opportunity to announce that January 02 Urbanascidades debut in 2012, the same ... but different.
    Paulo Bettanin.

  14. Love a bowl full of cherries and the last pic with sleeping(?) kitty :)
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year.

  15. Merry Christmas to you and yours Kerry. Special kind thoughts to the slayer.

  16. Ha ha, the photo of the Slayer is too funny! Merry Christmas my darling, will catch up with you in the new year. Love Rachaelxxx

  17. Hello.. (hear me yoddle from all the way up here in the merry and cold North..!)

    Popping in to wish you and your lovely bunch (incl Slayer!) a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

    How fun that you'll be in Sydney again. Though it is nice to have everyone come to ones own place, there is a nice level of deep relaxation and de-stress that comes with not having to cook for a cast of thousands! :)

    Darling - I think you are wonderful and I love it here. I want you to know that.

    Have a grand time away and a safe trip to Newcastle.

    See you in 2012.

    Warmest hugs and wishes from the top of the world!

    xx Charlotta

  18. The slayer looks wonderfully festive Kerry. I hope you have a very merry Christmas, and a lovely time with your family. Hope your Mum and Dad are both doing well too. Plenty of napping, a good stack of books, good food, wine and friends. Thanks for your lovely friendship this year!
    Amanda xx

  19. Lol.. I LOVE the photo of Buffy!! Too cute:) Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas my lovely friend! Thank you for your support, encouragement and friendship this year Kerry, it has meant the world to me! Enjoy your break ~ xx

  20. Looks fabulously festive Kerry - especially the Slayer - bless.

    Have a beautiful Christmas, and a fabulous new year x

  21. Thanks for that last line, Kerry. I appreciate it. Have a fabulous Chrissie and revel in your family time. J x

  22. Dearest Kerry,

    Great post with a thoughtful message for those that need it most!
    Read about your visit with Julienne. That was special too.
    Love to you from the other side of the world. You live in the continent where my uncle & aunt and cousins with their kids are.


  23. I love that Christmas in Australia is a big bowl of cherries!


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