Whether you’re a stickler for tradition or like to embrace contemporary interpretations of festivity – Christmas 2020 is offering up many a take on a time-old holiday aesthetic.
Wendy Lamont has been operating Mickey Raes in the Boulder Point Precinct for almost three years but she has been turning her talented hand to all manner of exquisite handmade crafts for 30 years prior – so she knows her business!
There’s just about everything you could ask for at this crafters’ paradise; the store stocks everything from craft, sewing and knitting supplies, through to fabrics and haberdashery.
The delightful Diamond Dotz crafting kits are an increasingly popular way to unwind and Wendy has already stocked up on exquisite Christmas fabrics.
If you’ve been struggling to get hold of wool and fabrics due to Covid-19 shortages, you’ll find plenty of that here, too!
With giftware galore and Christmas just around the corner, you can start your gift shopping right here and enjoy free gift wrapping with purchase.
Pick up a gift for someone’s big 21st or grab your wedding accessories – from car ribbons and flower arrangements to horseshoes and garters.
Heading to the Hanmer Springs Fete on Friday 30 October? Why not make a day – or a weekend – of it; head to the Boulder Point Precinct, grab a bite to eat and shop to your hearts content.
Three words; multi-purpose games lawn. The new space includes two Pétanque courts and lawns for games like badminton, volleyball, and croquet.
But it does not end there. In collaboration with Garden City Helicopters, customers can purchase a package that takes them from the airport to Melton Estate for lunch via helicopter – only to land on the new games lawn.
In true form of out with the old and in with the new, a brand-new vineyard has been planted next to the games lawn growing chardonnay and pinot grapes, two of Melton Estate’s signature wines.
Make the most of your event this summer by choosing Melton Estate. The new lawn can be booked as a part of your conference, wedding, or Christmas event.
For more information contact Philip Caunter on 021 350 531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I cannot believe we are already in February with the Christmas rush and holiday now a distant memory.
We are now fully launched into this new decade and I believe we, as a city and region, are ready to own it.
The last 10 years were tough on our city and our people, but in true southern style, we rose from that challenge and showed the world what we are made of.
“It’s a new city built for a new era and we should be proud that we are ready for all the opportunities it will bring.”
We started the new decade on a positive note with Christchurch landing a spot on the New York Times prestigious travel list, which is a fabulous accolade to our rebuild efforts thus far.
There is a positive vibe amount the business community for the new decade, with some large-scale projects being completed this year, including the Convention Centre and new-dedicated Cruise Berth in Lyttelton… and hopefully a decision on the long-awaited multi-use Arena.
It always surprises me to hear that some of our people have only just ventured back into the city centre for the first time in years but heartened they enjoyed the experience.
It’s a new city built for a new era and we should be proud that we are ready for all the opportunities it will bring.
2. Depending on your taste, minimalism is always a good idea, so the table isn’t overcrowded. Decorations can be hung from the ceiling above the table to save space.
3. Co-ordination is key. Pick a colour scheme – three colours is ideal. Silver, white and green; red, white and gold…
4. A linen tablecloth in a single soft colour, such as khaki or dark grey, makes for a practical canvas for decorations. Offset this with crisp white linen napkins folded underneath polished cutlery for a clean, elegant look.
5. Natural materials give a rustic touch, and they’re sustainable too. Try strewing the table with branches and pinecones – metallic spray paint can jazz these up. Consider utilising items you already have, or buy decorations that won’t date or can be reused.
6. Little fairy lights or candles give ambience – even in the middle of the day. A popular idea is to stuff strings of thin fairy lights into jars and dot them down the middle of the table.
7. Make sure your flowers align with your colour scheme nicely. Pohutukawas give any table a festive Kiwi touch, while foliage intertwined down the middle of the table offers a pretty, rustic feel.
8. If you’re going to put flowers in vases, make sure the height is just right. You need to be able to see and talk to the person sitting opposite you.
9. Make sure cutlery, glasses and other utensils are the same for a flawless finish.
10. We recommend keeping food off the table and serving from the breakfast bar/bench instead, in order to keep the table from getting too messy.
This issue, she simply wants to wish all her readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
“Enjoy the break with your family and relax!” she says.
“It’s been a fabulous year and I thought I would inspire you all with some images we have worked on.”
If you’re looking for something special for friends this Christmas, there’s plenty of options at Armstrong Interiors. “Come in and see what we have,” Angelique says.
“We also have some special works in from ceramic potter Kim Henderson if you’re looking for a one-off, original piece.
“In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, from the Armstrong Interiors team.”
Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd
Find Armstrong Interiors at 27 Papanui Road, visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd
So we’ve put together some fail-safe tips to get you through the silly season.
Prepare the festivities
It’s time to free up the freezer and make space for those holiday goodies. Pack in plenty of party ice. Stock up on artisan canapés and satiating savouries to pop in the oven for hungry
Pre-freeze what Christmas fare you can. Christmas-coloured frozen berries make instant smoothies, sorbets, desserts, and cool off a glass of bubbly fast.
Borrow or buy a handy bar fridge. Fill up the pantry with extra food – it is better to have unperishable surplus than to run out. Ensure your herb garden is abundant.
Snap up the home baking with Christmas bows from the farmers markets and fairs. These Christmas treats can double up as last minute gifts for surprise visitors, or someone you’ve forgotten.
Thoughtfully have the likes of gluten free, vegan and low-carb supplies on hand. Bowls of cherries top the list!
Rolls of cellotape; slippery little things… they go missing just when you’re wrapping that extra parcel – so plant some around the house.
The same goes for scissors, gift tags, bows, pens and other such items that grow legs and play hide and seek.
Make sure you know where the spare sets of keys are hidden. The silly season rush catches up with the most organised among us – and Murphy’s Law often rules.
There’s just no time to hunt. Have extras – like batteries, cell phone chargers, top-up medication, bottled water, or any essentials that you often run out of, or misplace – on hand.
Last minute dashes to the store battling the queues, only interferes with the tick tock of the to-do list.
Post-it notes – they can blend in with the Christmas decorations quite easily, especially if you choose the creative variety.
No amount of technology can replace these bright, cheery, in-your-face reminders, especially when our holiday brains are jumping around like reindeers.
Keep lists on your phone, on the fridge, beside the bed, anywhere. Just be sure to check them twice!
Drag out any fun-filled activities, games and silly season Christmas-themed anything. ‘Tis the season for lights, bells and whistles of a frivolous, festive nature.
Dedicate an area of the home for crazy chaos, and forget the vacuuming here. Remember the playful pets too – or your decorations may be toast.
Are there enough glasses, crockery, water jugs and other utensils for an extended family visit?
Invest in plenty of festive serviettes – they add to the occasion as well as save on washing up for that nibble or slice of cake.
Wine glass tags are a savvy additional to banish that ‘is this glass mine?’ mix-up for good.
Organise extra seating for the dining table or lounge if you need to, and be prepared for indoors and outdoors.
There might be a few spills among the thrills, so enrobe the new couch with a colourful throw.
Make more room for gatherings, and store away any extraneous items that clutter the festive home, or block the runway for excited little elves.
Health and safety
As the party season sizzles, so does the summer heat. Give the pets extra large bowls for their water.
Remove any fire hazards from the property, such as trimming trees away from the house. Check the first-aid kit and have extra suntan lotion on hand.
Double check the wiring on last season’s fairy lights.
The more organised the home is for Christmas, the extra warmth it will exude – and it will spell vamoose to any stressful vibes. Create an organised haven for relaxing merriment and there’ll be extra time to spend with those that are lonely during this joyful time.
Be an angel and give family, friends or colleagues the luxury of time-out at Beauty Progress. Cult brand Gernétic skincare products created in France combine with the expertise of Director and Gernétic specialist Wendy Barker and masseuses Anne and Orn to provide wellbeing, relaxation and wonderful results for your skin.
Gift vouchers at a special price are available for combined massages and facials. “We want to help people relax after a busy year, and get the most out of Christmas celebrations and summer breaks,” Wendy says.
Beauty Progress is offering a one-hour back, neck, and shoulder massage, along with a facial treatment for $99, down from $157.
Wendy selects from the incredible range of therapeutic products to create a facial tailored to your skin and its issues. Gernétic skincare products work at cellular level, stimulating the skin’s natural healing capabilities.
“We find it is a really appreciated gift for people who have never had massage and facial and who wouldn’t buy for themselves.
It’s a little luxury escape in itself to come here, with the addition of little aches and skin issues addressed.”
If a glamourous holiday is on the horizon, the team can help you prepare with skin treatments, pedicures, manicures and waxing.
The Gernétic sunblock is very refined and so easy to wear on your face. Available in SPF50 and SPF30, it can be used as your moisturiser too.
Beauty Progress is open throughout Christmas and New Year, just phone to book your appointment.
Finally leaving her desk at 2:30pm, she still had to do the shopping, change into her party clothes, and be back in town in 90 minutes. Thankfully, she knew exactly where to head. Her first stop was Coco Gifts, located right in the heart of St Albans, just a few blocks from Merivale Mall.
Finding a park outside was easy and, while the shop was busy when she arrived, friendly staff were on hand to help with gift selection. There was something for everyone, including popular brands, like French Country, Citta Design, Beau Accessories, Four Corners, Helga May, Babu, and Moana Road.
Exploring the beautiful range around her, Phillippa was soon ticking items off her shopping list:
• Secret Santa – tick
• Gift for the woman who has everything – tick
• Gift for a candle lover – tick
• Gift for a male – tick
• Gifts for little people – tick
• Gift for a jewellery lover – tick!
Next thing, the staff were busy wrapping the gifts and, as she went to pay, a bonus $20 loyalty voucher prints out from the Coco Gifts VIP club. Tomorrow, she can come back and treat herself. At 4:05pm, Phillippa arrives at the Christmas party with the best gifts for all her favourite people and, most importantly, the experience was a breeze.
To make your Christmas shopping simple this year, pop into Coco Gifts at 63 Rutland Street, or visit
After you’ve enjoyed a slap-up pub lunch, wander through to the original dining room and delight in the quality retro, vintage and antique wares at Done and Dusted. Owners Jay and Barbara will give you a warm welcome while you browse at leisure. Marvel at the World War II Bombardier compass, a rare military piece for that special person. For dining/kitchen gifts, you can’t beat Kiwiana classic and collectable Crown Lynn, or maybe some fine Royal Doulton or exquisite crystal ware for the lovely ladies in your life?
Admire the antique brassware and beautifully bound books; imagine those wrapped in some gorgeous vintage linen and presented as a gift. Unsurpassable! There’s furniture – from Retro to Rococo – to feast the eye, and cabinets and pottery that are definitely worth an inspection.
Don’t forget to check out the barn (circa 1864) that’s part of Done and Dusted. Here you will find gorgeous garden bric-a-brac, stuff for the Man Cave… and maybe even something for the She Shed! As you head back to Christchurch with your car full of presents, try not to look so smug!
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4:30pm. Find it on Facebook or visit Done and Dusted at the Cust Hotel, phone 021 025 14694.