Christmas crafts: Christmas Clothespin Ornament

Almost everybody has pegs at home. Why not use them as part of your Christmas decoration this year? For today’s Christmas DIY we made some Christmas star ornaments with pegs, Masking Tape and a plastic circle. You can also just use a circle of cardboard and stick the pegs onto it.

Today's Christmas craft: Christmas clothes-peg ornament

Today’s Christmas craft: Christmas clothes-peg ornament

A first glimpse at the Christmas lights in Hong Kong

Even though Christmas is not a very big thing for the people in Hong Kong the whole city is covered in Christmas decoration. And as Hong Kong likes to entertain its people, the Christmas lights and installations are usually gigantic and quite impressive.

We passed a big plaza in the busy Tsim Sha Tsui district the other day and can already show you a glimpse of what Christmas decorations look like over here. All the skyscrapers surrounding the plaza are covered with colourful lights and light up everything as soon as it gets dark. We’ll look out for more Christmas installations to show you, because there all kinds of Christmas decorations to be found here.

A cute light installation with Christmas bears

A cute light installation with Christmas bears

There are so many lights thta it is almost hard to find Santa Claus in this picture

There are so many lights that it is almost hard to find Santa Claus in this picture

A nice contrast to the neon lights: Christmas lanterns

A nice contrast to the neon lights: Christmas lanterns

150 Days until Christmas

Is it shocking that we bring up the Christmas topic in the middle of summer? You better get used to it, because from now on we will do that regularly. And it’s only for your best. Because Christmas always comes faster than you think and especially if you want to be create or make a gift yourself, you need time. Our Christmas countdown starts today, where you still have all the time in the world to prepare. Every couple of weeks we will remind you in a blog post that the holiday is slowly approaching, provide you with gift ideas for advent calendars, suggest some christmas decoration and christmas craft ideas or talk about Christmas gift ideas for Mom, Dad and the rest of your family.

But as it’s still summer, we thought we might start gently and not give you the whole “Santa Claus – Christmas tree – snowman” package yet. So check out some of our ‘neutral’ Christmas items first, which somehow have a Christmas look, but can also be used for non-Christmas projects. And enjoy the rest of summer ;-).

pale pink Washi Masking Tape deco tape with snowflakes

pale pink Washi Masking Tape deco tape with snowflakes

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with diamonds

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with diamonds

olive-green Washi Masking Tape deco tape white pattern

olive-green Washi Masking Tape deco tape white pattern

cream Riley Blake fabric with dots & stars

cream Riley Blake fabric with dots & stars

maroon Riley Blake fabric with stars and circles

maroon Riley Blake fabric with stars and circles

Free samples *yeah*

I have to admit, I couldn’t overcome the temptation to order some samples for myself at the trade fairs I visited the last weeks. There were so many gorgeous Christmas decorations, useful household items etc. So I pretended that I am interested in their products and ordered some samples. These days I received a few parcels containing some really beautiful candles, silicon baking forms and some ceramic knives (Alan plans to do some business with them though). Sometimes it is really useful to have a company he he…

Another trade fair visit

These weeks many trade fairs are held in Hong Kong. They are just in time for companies ordering for their Christmas business. Alan and I went to a Houseware Fair and we could see lots of Christmas decoration. I must say I LOVE Christmas and seeing all these decorations, Christmas trees, Christmas candles etc. made me really looking forward to this year’s Christmas. Like every year, we will fly to Austria and celebrate Christmas with my family. Can’t wait to see them again and lots of snow and Christmas decoration.

Now, back to what I wanted to write about: We checked out that trade fair because we wanted to see if we can find anything interesting and maybe get a 2nd product range for our business. It is always wise to not just stick to one product range but to extend it and maybe even find a totally different product range for your business. I have a colleague from Germany who is exactly doing this. He is selling ducks (the ones for the bathtub) and he has another online shop selling cherrystones and other natural products.

We found 2 interesting products: One is a factory producing stickers. Stickers aren’t anything special, but they have wall stickers which can be stuck on a wall or any other big surface. It is great to decorate your room. They have designs for children rooms, adult bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen and so on. Some examples of designs: gorgeous flowers, Buddhas, Asian inspired themes and many more.

Wallsticker

I also found a factory who makes 3D stickers for decorating bathroom & kitchen tiles, cups, glasses, fridge, MP3 player, PSP, iPhone, iPod, mobile phone and many more. They are really cool because the quality is amazing and after sticking it for example on a tile it looks like it was printed on it, not just a sticker. And the 3D effect is really amazing too. We were totally surprised that a sticker can look like a print. With these stickers it will be easy to change your bathroom, kitchen or any of your decoration within seconds. You don’t need to spend huge amounts of money on new tiles, glasses or whatever anymore. The stickers are even removable, so you can change the design as often as you want. Here is a photo of some examples, unfortunately you can’t see the quality:

3D Sticker

I hope we can find a way to produce and sell these products very soon. We can even make custom made designs. So anyone interested, please contact me by e-mail.

I have to admit I couldn’t resist when I saw all these gorgeous candles and ordered some samples for myself. That’s one of the advantages when you have a company, you can order free samples for yourself, but don’t tell anyone. ;-)