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Reduce, Re-use and Recycle Christmas Decorations
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Bookshelves bursting with ideas

It's almost Christmas time again and Rainy Day Books in the Basin has gone all out with its window display which includes some wonderful gift ideas.

With the motto of "reduce, re-use and recyle", Rainy Day Books is displaying articles made from wood and natural products. Having dressed the window last year with only recycled paper it seemed a natural progression to use other natural products found around the bush and in backyards for this year's window.

The cost of using recyled products is minimal but the effect is always a success and a conversation piece among locals as well as visitors to the area. Rainy Day Books is one of those select little bookshops that cater for those people who seek hard to find and rare books, and so it's not unusual to find regular visitors from far afield, who make the day trip especially to pick up a bargain or two, or even three.

This year there is a huge wreath of dried gum nuts and Australian flowers that almost takes up one window.

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Christmas Wreath

Looking carefully through the wreath one is able to gaze upon a lovely old Father Christmas.

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Father Christmas

Bark from paper gums and lemon gums, pine cones together with sprayed Nandina flowers complete the natural but festive look. There's also a hidden Ringtail Possum in the display.

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Australian Dried Flowers

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Dried Flowers and Books

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Gumnuts and .....

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Various Barks

The outstanding wooden Christmas tree was made by Clive (with a broken arm!) and the twig star by Meryll. Call in and ask Meryll to explain how to do the same for your ecologically friendly decorations. The wooden ornaments are the only items that Rainy Day Books purchased for their display this year.

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Tree and Twig Star

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Wooden Decorations

Decorations also include handmade paper bird hangings complete with beads. The cost is $10 - only available while they last.

In the hustle and bustle of today. a small wooden Nativity scene reminds everyone of the true meaning of Christ-mas.

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Nativity Scene

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Christmas Story and Figs

Of course there are a few specially chosen books for gift giving in the bookshop. Take a browse and you're sure to find something that will suit someone in your family or your friends.

There are also a number of new books that include fashion, craft, cookery, classic novels and Jane Austen boxed sets. There's also a comprehensive book on horse breeds, for horse lovers. The Velveteen Rabbit, a beautiful children's story as well as Christmas stories for the young ones, provide encouragement for them to read in a quiet reading spot on Christmas Day.

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Quilts with Nandina

This month marks the 10th Anniversary of the "Best Little Bookshop in the Hills", and everyday brings new people, new requests and much fun for Rainy Day Books. Join those who have already discovered this little bookshop in the hills.
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Phone: (03) 9762 0862
Where: Rainy Day Books at corner of Forest Road and Mountain Highway, The Basin.
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