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Home Living : December 4th 2012
Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org GINGER DELIGHT Take the hassle out of baking the real gingerbread house by getting a decorative one. It's a great addition under the tree. nochintz.com LIGHT GUESTS' WAY Create the perfect pathway for guests with solar-powered, environmentally friendly ground stakes. bunnings.com.au COOKIES MADE EASY Now baking your own Christmas goodies is easy with Savannah's clever cookie press. At: Howards Storage World and King of Knives stores. BRING A REAL TREE HOME NOTHING LIKE PINE FRESH Janita Singh CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Selecting a tree can be a festive event in itself by taking the family and a camera to capture all the fun. TREE TIPS Take care when cutting a fresh Christmas tree, making a straight and sharp cut, says Leo Demasi (above) of the Dural Christmas Tree Farm. After bringing the tree home, place it in a stand with water. The tree will absorb more water so the container should be big enough to hold extra. Check water level daily. If water drops below the trunk, the trunk may seal itself and not be able to absorb water and will need to be cut again. Yates communications manager Judy Horton advises to display your Christmas tree in a cool place, away from the heat, sunlit windows and fireplaces, which can dry it quicker. If properly cared for, your real tree should last at least four weeks before drying out,'' she says. Details: yates.com.au; duralchristmastreefarm.com.au THERE'S nothing quite like a real Christmas tree to enhance the festive ambience in a home, with its fresh pine fragrance. Start your hunt now and con- sider these tips to ensure you bring home the real deal. Timing and freshness are im- portant, says Leo Demasi of the Dural Christmas Tree Farm, who has been supplying real Christmas trees in Sydney for over a decade. Mr Demasi also suggests taking the whole family along. ''Take your camera to the farm to capture your family choosing their fresh Christmas tree and interacting with the real reindeers and other farm animals,'' he says. Yates communications manager Judy Horton says cut trees should be bought closer to Christmas -- at least three weeks away. ''Visit a Christmas-tree farm to select and cut your own. Keep the cut base in water in a bucket, and top water as necessary,'' she says. When selecting a fresh Christ- mas tree, make sure the leaves look fresh and the branches are intact. Many people use the lifting and dropping method. This should not result in a shower of green needles if the tree is fresh. You should also be able to smell the pine freshness. Local nurseries and even hard- ware shops stock real Christmas trees. Shopping online is another option. But remember to order from reputable growers. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND SAVE $$$ We supply • Carports & awning kits • Metal roofing • Guttering • Flashings & all roofing accessories METAL ROOFING PRODUCTS PTY LTD We service the whole Sydney Metropolitan Area 82 Glendenning Road Glendenning Ph 9675 5622 www.zammitroofing.com.au AMMIT 2076851 27/11 NO OBLIGATION FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Spring sale now on Ph: 1300 960 047 www.amazingimprovements.com.au "You will be amazed by our Service, Quality & Price! " • 15 Years structural warranty • 100% Australian owned • Highest quality Bluescope Steel • Best price guaranteed • No hidden costs • FREE Quotes, Call 7 Days A division of Westside Awnings Pty Ltd Colourbond Garages, Carports, Awnings, Glass Enclosures, Screened Rooms, Timber Decking. Flat Roofs, Pitched & Curved Roofs. 2056453 11/9 Slash Your Power Bill Now! Get A FREE Quote for a Solar Power System Today! 1.5kw Systems Installed From 02 9709 4972 Victor: 0470 155 121 C7/101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona Website: www.spacesolar.com.au Email: email@example.com Contractor Lic: 239987C • High Performance Panels • Premier Inverter • 5 Years Replacement Warranty For Inverter • 25 Years Guarantee For Panel Performance • Meter Not Included 3kw Systems Installed From $2999* 2130637 23/10 $899* MENTION THIS AD FOR AN EXTRA 5 YEAR WARRANTY *Conditions apply BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40
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