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December 2016 Newsletter

IT’S BEGINGING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

Great Hostess Gift ideas that aren’t Wine!

The family that plays together stays together!

Let’s decorate with Poinsettias this Christmas!

To all our clients and friends ….. Remember this Holiday Season Faith makes all things possible Hope makes all things work Love makes all things beautiful May you and your family enjoy all three this Christmas and into 2017! www.designalley.ca * email: louise@designalley.ca * address: Unit 5B –3160 Westwood St. Port Coquitlam BC * cell: (604) 374-2336


Decorative trays make fabulous hostess gifts. Bring along a cheese tray for your Christmas party or create a yummy cookie tray for a gift. Once everyone has enjoyed your Christmas goodies your hostess will get to add a beautiful decorative tray to their home. In the kitchen, a tray next to the stove to group all the essentials not only looks great but makes for easy clean up. Vintage tool boxes count as trays in my book and are perfect on a dining room table filled with fresh flowers in mason jars. I can never pass up an enamelware tray either. I like to have one on top of my washing machine grouping useful and pretty items alike. It makes for easy clean up of spilled detergent as well.

I like trays for keeping all my crafting supplies together, better then baskets. Sometimes a tray can be something as simple as a small platter on a dresser to hold jewelry and perfume bottles. My coffee table is a constant rotation of different trays or groupings. I have even been known to put decorative trays on the wall as part of a gallery wall.

Two tiered trays are fabulous for outdoor patio tables and for everything you need for your barbeque together so everyone can just help themselves. My gardening friends say that they love to use long skinny trays on their window sills for their potted plants. They just take the tray to the sink to water the plants and then return the plant tray to the window. Of course there is nothing like getting a romantic breakfast in bed served on a beautiful tray with a pretty flower vase. www.designalley.ca * email: louise@designalley.ca * address: Unit 5B –3160 Westwood St. Port Coquitlam BC * cell: (604) 374-2336


One of my family's favorite Christmas tradition is getting a new game under the tree that we all play together on Christmas day. We put away the video games and the Pokeman Go and sit together for some fun, laughs and conversation. Giant Scrabble is a wall mounted board with the original 1949 Scrabble edition. It comes with everything you need including a fabric bag for your letter-tiles and a chalkboard to keep track of your score. Instead of hanging art in your games room try this cool scrabble board instead. Love the look of this industrial chess table and game. Not only a fabulous piece of furniture that will work well in any room but a traditional game that everyone enjoys playing. Jigsaw puzzles are coming back in trend and a great way to enjoy time together with family and friends. Make them easy to work on by incorporating a fabulous game table that can add to your dĂŠcor and keep all your puzzle pieces in one place.

www.designalley.ca * email: louise@designalley.ca * address: Unit 5B –3160 Westwood St. Port Coquitlam BC * cell: (604) 374-2336


Poinsettias at Christmas Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as 'Taxco del Alarcon' where they bloom during the winter. The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that's why we call them Poinsettia’s). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taxco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens. There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas came together, it goes like this: There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up. 'Pepita', he said "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus happy." Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

www.designalley.ca * email: louise@designalley.ca * address: Unit 5B –3160 Westwood St. Port Coquitlam BC * cell: (604) 374-2336

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