Thursday, November 23, 2017

Give Aways & Beyond

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To be included in the draw for  one of these 3 "Hamper" of my  creations leave me a comment on the blog 
BY Monday 27th dec 2017 
The first hamper is just fun & as I had enough in my box for 2 smaller hampers.....
open to international also.

 This is the view of the carded buttons in first hamper as is the one above
 This is one of the 2nd prizes
 as is this

This is Christmas & a time I give back to my customers and followers ......
The Hamper gave me that memory of the HUGE Christmas Stocking raffled in the street of my home town when I was a preschooler...
How I dreamt of winning that stocking...it filled many a hot night as I drifted off to sleep.
More Christmas memories 
again I was a pre schooler & I realised too late ...
I had not written my letter to Santa
 I was a bit distressed... Santa wouldn't know what I wanted & I may get nothing..
I had found my parents on the back verandah with a friend ....
quickly covering & making some story of the little doll's bed I spotted.

That Christmas I had this lovely handmade wooden bed.....with clothes lovingly knitted for my resident doll.
My mother used to knit this layette set in gorgeous design after I was in bed...
Mum was not a keen knitter... so this from I think from a magazine pattern.
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In times in later years I would have hand crafted  & bought toys....
Many years later in the early days of the Woodcutter's Daughter in the height of country decorating that was now leaning slightly to primitive more simplistic decorating...
My brother would make 100's of smooth perfect cinnamon buttons & dry orange slices for me & my customers...
I would open a box in Canberra sent from Cohuna & the smells were Christmas....
The house in Cohuna would be overwhelmed with the aromas of cinnamon & orange.

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Is it any wonder I still play Christmas decorating .....
from the paper chains.... made from was it newspaper & clag & the tinsel that came out each year & it was all so special...
Today .... not much has changed in that spirit of Christmas.

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Some families bake for weeks prior to a feasting day...
This was not the tradition of our family.& it has never been mine...
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My cousins & aunt arrived around this time to spend a month of long summer days under our huge willow tree.... during the day it was myself & my cousins playing & in the evening it was a more sedate time with the parents in charge.
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So my giveaways bring with it memories of that elusive Santa who rode the night sky with his reindeers on Christmas eve & I had the imagination then to see that in the night sky before I was 5 ....
They'd lock adults up for that nowadays .LOL ...but much of the imagination was fed with tales our parents wove & had, I guess, been passed down from their parents.