Don’t Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle – we’ve got some fun decorating ideas using Australian small businesses !

Here are are couple of decorating ideas in the lead up to Christmas all made by Australian designers. 

Karin at The Fair Door Store sells THE cutest little Elf doors and accessories., to excite your child’s imagination in the lead up until Christmas

Another lovely idea, which we have on our tree is personalized star ornaments made by Paper Boat Press. The kids hang their own on the tree each year and love seeing theirs come out of the decorations box!

And last but by no means least, have you considered a RED Damask Lelbys chair just for Christmas. It can be positioned around the Christmas tree, while they unwrap their presents! And they are half price too! A veritable Xmas bargain.

 Happy decorating one and all, more from me in December,

Ho Ho Ho,

Lesley (Lel)






Lesley Gordon
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5 Fabulous Stocking Stuffers

How did it get to October already? Honestly this year has rally flown by for me and probably for you too. And now it’s almost the silly season and things will start to go crazy with Christmas. 

I guess it’s time to think about stocking stuffers. Small things we put in our Santa Sacks that are both value for money and not complete JUNK.

AND let’s support small Australian businesses at the same time and give unique little things, that will make the person behind the brand smile when you order!

1/ Balloon Balls by Daju

Daju also make elastics – remember the school yard game we all played? YEP – they’re back at Daju too – another great stocking stuffer.

2/ Color Me Art – colouring book marks!

They also make colouring in books and poster packs too if you want to give as a bigger present.

3/ Now that Summers pretty much here why not pop in a pair of kiddie sunglasses in the sack? They are $20 each from Babiators. Great value, Australian owned cool sunnies for your kids. AND they have a 12 month guarantee to repace them if they are lost or broken within the first 12 months!!!

4/ Vinyl Design – make the cutest wall decals for kids! Dress up their rooms cheaply with a Robot wall sticker ($16.50) or pink bunnies ($30) oooh so cute.

5/ A little LELBYS owl and it’s my gift to you for the month of October.

Use the Code HOOT and you will receive TWO free owls when you buy any full priced chair or bag (from Oct 1)

Not one but two!  

Valued at $34, that’s absolutely Hoot Hoot Too Cute!



Lesley Gordon
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Over the past 9-10 years since I founded Lelbys this one question has been asked more than any other. HOW DO I FILL THE CHAIR?

I understand that for many busy mums this is a drawback to purchasing beanbags and chairs. But it isn’t so hard I promise!

Hobby fill and beans are available at all Spotlight stores, and who doesn’t like a trip there? It’s like Bunnings, you go for one thing (beans and hobbyfill) and leave with Christmas decorations, Tupperware, a new throw rug and party supplies. I know I do. 

Once filling has been bought, you’re pretty much ready to go to get a beautiful piece of furniture for your child which will last for years and years. 

You Only Need To Do This Once!

Yep, just the once. One time only. Then it’s done! Iron the outer sleeve first, this is crucial to getting your chair look like the picture above – all perfect and pretty. THEN rope in your husband, child, family member or friend because like many things, it’s more fun together. And here I am, with my hubby, who gets roped into all kinds of LELBYS chaos he really doesn’t want to do (like setting up for trade shows, doing taxes, delivering chairs to stores…)

It’s so simple when you know how!

1/ Firmly pack hobby fill into the armrests and back rest of the chair into the calico liner. The firmer the better – use all of the 1 kilo bag.

2/ Then pour the beans on top. Pausing a couple of times to push the beans firmly in.

3/ Then put the outer sleeve on and voila! The bean chair is ready to be enjoyed over and over again! The perfect little children’s chair for the nursery, playroom or kids bedroom! 

For more updates AND A FREE TEDDY with your first purchase of a chair or bag subscribe to LELBYS mailing list. 

Until Next Month,


Lesley (Lel) Owner LELBYS

Lesley Gordon
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