Christmas give away

15 Dec 2007


Well the tree is up. This year we had decided to put it in the lounge room in front of the window...


...right where that trunk is now. But after moving all the furniture several times we realised it was the tree or us. It could not be made to fit.
So it has been set up in its usual place, near the window seat in the playroom.
This meant we had to move a small but very sturdy and heavy cupboard that I had been using to hold various doll supplies. It has gone into the hallway and that has opened the room up nicely.
The trunk from the hallway has gone into the lounge room under the window and will provide emergency seating as well as being a store for Kate's knitwear.


It took us ( Andy, Kate and me, the other two were playing tennis) the whole morning to rearrange , disarrange and rearrange again. We decorated the tree after lunch.


As usual it looks beautiful. The decorations are a mixture of child made, home made and gifts. Aren't Christmas trees a wonder? Such a marvellous thing , to bring a tree into your home and decorate it with all kinds of gorgeous trinkets.


All our tinsel died last year so we bought one new strand and Kate made some paper chains out of old Christmas cards.


Late this afternoon, when I should have been baking,I started work on this doll from my Tilda book. It feels like I have been waiting forever to make this doll.


She might be for me or she might be a gift.


Speaking of gifts I am having a little Christmas give away.

While we were op shopping yesterday I found a great copy of Festivals, Family and Food by Diane Carey and Judy Large. It was only $1 and I just couldn't leave it there.
I thought there would be someone I could give it to but when I thought about it, everyone I know who would be interested in the book already has a copy so I've decided to give it away for Christmas.

It is a wonderful book with lots of ideas, traditions, foods and stories for celebrating the year's passing seasons and festivals. It does have a northern hemisphere focus but there are still plenty of ideas for us southern hemisphere dwellers.

So if you would like the chance to win the book just leave a comment on this post anytime until 18th of December and then I'll draw the lucky winner. Obviously it won't reach you before Christmas but it can be a gift for the New Year. I don't mind posting overseas.

34 Responses to “Christmas give away”

  1. oh your tree looks beautiful and the new doll will be a nice addition to your home
    I would love to be in your draw please
    Hugs Beth

  2. Delurking to say your tree looks wonderful. I love a tree that has a combination of handmade, child created and assorted other decorations scattered all over it. Would love to win a giveaway.

  3. What a precious looking doll! I must say I am envious of your doll-making skills. I always wanted to have one of these dollies for my girls, but never did.... and now, so sadly, they are getting too big.

    Well, there are always grandchildren, right?

  4. love the beautiful ornaments on your tree! my kids would love to make handmade items and sadly, i have no idea what to do. i sure do appreciate blogs like yours. you all are so creative.

  5. Oh, wow! I loved this post! It is always a pleasure to see what others have on their trees. Christmas ornaments can be so very sentimental! I would love to be in your draw...

  6. At the risk of being the bah humbug one, I have to say I think your collection of needles and wool is just as beautiful as the tree, and provides a year round decoration/source of joy.
    Have a lovely Christmas and please keep blogging.

  7. So glad that you got your tree up and decorated. It looks lovely! Please enter me in your giveaway.

    God bless,

  8. Ooo! Would love to be considered for the book!
    Cute angel doll, too. I need to make something like that with my daughter.

  9. Jenny,

    Love your blog, been reading it all this week between working away on the computer at home. You have a wonderful knack at taking pictures too :)
    Hope you have a great holiday.

  10. Wonderful, what a thoughtful giveaway! Please enter me in your drawing and I really look forward to seeing your completed doll, it looks like it will be beautiful!
    Have a great weekend!

    My Cup Runneth Over...

  11. I don't know what a Tilda book is? The doll is very sweet, I will check back for other pictures of her.

    Please enter our family in your drawing, it would be a wonderful book to add to our shelves.

    Have a wonderful day!

  12. I too love the knitting needles and wool. The tree looks gorgeous, this year i let our children decorate the tree on their own, and while it's not quite how I would have it, they are so proud and it still looks great. Just a 'little' too much tinsel for me! You do have a gift for photography too, your pictures always leave me wondering what is just out of view.

    cheers Lenny

  13. Your tree is so pretty, I love the close up photos of the hand made ornaments. We put our tree up today too. It is always a fun family activity here.

    I would like to put my name in your drawing hat.

    Thank you for offering :-)

  14. I do so enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing your eye for beauty.

    And please enter me in your giveaway! Thank you!

  15. I always feel peaceful and relaxed after reading and looking at your wonderful everyday pictures on your blog. Your new doll looks great,good luck with making her.
    Bev C

  16. Hi Jenny,

    I love your blog ! Because of you and your beautiful dolls you make I tried myself making a doll as a christmas present for my little niece. Not as beautiful as your dolls but not so bad for my first attempt ;-). Thanks for all the inspirations...
    Please, I would love to be in your draw,

  17. I adore the Tilda doll. Make it for yourself, Jenny. : )

    I love the knitting needles, I have similar bunches, and I really like your tree and how it's decorated. It's like a patchwork tree with all colours, patterns and shapes fitting in well. Much better than a starched perfect tree.

    Please include me in your draw for the book. It looks so interesting!

    While I'm here, I want to thank you for the pleasure you've given me through your blog this year. It's one of my favourites. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas.

  18. Hi I'd love to be included in your draw. The Christmas tree looks lovely.
    Sally from Sydney

  19. Great tree...

    We have that book, and just love it. We also have The Children's Year, and A Child's Seasonal Treasury. Between the three books, we have verses, games, crafts and food recipes for all sorts of festivals and seasons. I know your lucky winner will enjoy it!

    I love your pink walls! We have space issues in our house as well, so putting up the tree always requires arranging and disarranging and rearranging to get it just right... of course, we could just make it simple and do the same thing each year, but we always feel we have to try something new just in case it would work better.

  20. I would love to have a copy of this book, Thank you for the chance.
    Sincerely Pam Watts

  21. You are a dear to say you don't
    mind posting overseas! Thank
    you for that and put my name in.
    Merry Christmas to you!

    Charlotte, NC

  22. Your tree is of course quite lovely, your so right they are such wonderful things, all those glorious memories coming out year after year. Love the new doll your working on and am looking forward to seeing the finished result, even if she turns out to be a gift I think that you should have one for yourself no matter what.

  23. I'm not wanting to be in the draw, as no littlies now, except g/kids who are who are in the US and that book is a well thumbed staple in their house.

    Thought since you were talking Christmas trees you might like to look at my daughter's blog, she has a lovely post about tramping the snowy fields to collect their tree, then the fun of decorating.

    She's new to blogging and gets a bit disheartened as it seems no-one (except good old mum) visits.

    I enjoy your blog too, it's my favourite read while i have that first morning cuppa.

  24. I enjoy your blog everyday but have never commented. Merry Christmas!


  25. I have the same dilemma with my Christmas tree this year - I think I am going to have to rearrange the lounge room a little - including moving my own chair! Your tree looks lovely.

  26. Lovely house and lovely tree. Don't put me in the draw though, I have that book already.

  27. how fun! the book looks wonderful. i love the doll your working on. looking forward to seeing her finished.


  28. Wow, what a find in an op shop! I always have a quick check in op shops and second hand book shops trying to score a steiner/waldorf inspired book- hasn't happened yet! I'm starting a collection of these books at the moment, as my 17 month old daughter is on the move and in need of entertaining...& I'm resisting kids TV shows :)

  29. Posted yesterday inviting a visit to my daughter's blog.......and forgot to give her blog addy....been doing that a lot lately!!

  30. I just want to tell you that I love reading your blog and seeing your doll creations. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  31. Thank you for a great site , which I found via Rhonda at down---to---earth. I particularly like to see other peoples Christmas preparations. I love to pick up new ideas. Please include me in your draw.

  32. I love your blog as well and visit it weekly. What a fun giveaway.

    Your tree is lovely!! Happy holidays!!

  33. I have been catching up on all of my blog reading. All of your posts are wonderful. Merry Christmas


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