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.


12 comments:

Martina said...

It is really interesting what memories stay and what we keep on doing as adults. I remember cutting paperstar for the windows around the kitchentable starting the time of advent. I sill do this with our kids, even though they have grown up now. It is always fun and often there are not just stars buut funny cut outs hänging on the windows all over, lol! Wondering what our kids will keep on doing....
Have a wonderful start into these special weeks and days with lots of precious moments!
Be blessed, Martina

theodora said...

Thanks Martina for sharing your lovely memories of your Christmas.... & I have included your name in the giveaway draws... Barb xxx

Linda said...

HELLO,for a long time now I have drooled over your beautiful projects!Love reading your Blog+Thank You for sharing! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

theodora said...

Thanks Linda that is such a wonderful comment for me to start my day, thanks you ! Good luck with the giveaway...Barb xxx

Julie Bastin said...

Barb
I remember years and years ago the huge big almighty santa sacks that stood about 10 -15 foot tall.... never won it
Julie 😚

theodora said...

Hi Julie,
Yes but the hope it gave us to wish we might just win it this Christmas !!! Barb xxx

simplestitches said...

Barb your buttons are so gorgeous!
Childhood Christmas memories are the best! One of the places that Mum and I used to shop at had one of those giant Christmas stockings too...always filled to the brim with exciting things.

Gudrun said...

Love to read your memories of Christmas.It´s not always easy to be a small girl and have to wait sooooo many hours that my parents should close our shops and spent Christmas with us children. Once I couldn´t wait,the gifts already lay under the Christmas three and I couldn´t wait--I took a gift and opened it. It was a piano book .At once I was very ashamed.This memory still follow me,so I think it was a very good lesson:-)).
Thanks for your lovely Give away!!
Hugs Gudrun

theodora said...

Hi Simple stitches,
I am loving the stories that the childhood memories of Christmas ....how lovely to have that stocking filled to the brim & I bet your Mum had such joy collecting things for the stocking & you do the same today ? Love Barb xxxx

theodora said...

Hi Gudrun,
You have that tiny bitter sweet memory of Christmas...it would have been so hard to resist & many of my friends would search the cupboards high & low for the santa gifts days before !
Our santa came in the night of 24th & we were awake say 5am on the 25th to see what Santa had left under the tree. My Dad used to be so excited when we were little & he'd wake us up at 5am to see what Santa had bought,. Love the stories Barb xxx

Meredith said...

Love your wonderful memories of Christmas...I still have some of your cinnamon ornaments/buttons made by your brother, still in their little box...I made cinnamon ornaments with my Kindergarten and Year I students every year..the classroom smelt divine...

theodora said...

Hi Meredith< I have so loved the memories people have shared. It is very special.
Oh wow the cinnamon buttons live on, how amazing. I will pass that onto my brother.
Great the classes got to make something that smelt so good & I bet some of those carry those memories now...LOL Barb xxxx