Apart from the whole meltingly hot aspect of an Australian Christmas, I love the idea of this candy wreath from skip to my lou. Tho' why cut the sweets/lollies/candy off? Eating by unwrapping one end would leave a fluffy silver-papery wreath.
Make your own paper Hermes Kelly gift bag with downloadable patterns (from the Hermes site).
'Tis the season for making the annual Christmas piñata in my household. Last year a rather mangy cat kept the niece and nephew and the neighbours' kids amused for a long, long, l-o-n-g time (maybe fewer layers this year...). And then there was the supplementary just-in-case one, the 'piñata of shame', covered in pictures of people who well deserved to be whacked with a stick. This year, thanks to instructions in the local paper on making a papier-mâché piggy bank, I think I'll try a big pink pig piñata. I think the paper may have pinched the 'recipe' from here.
An Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Life of the Day in August featured 'The Mouseman of Kilburn', Robert Thompson (1876-1955) whose signature was (and is) a carved mouse: see here. Images here and here.