Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snowflakes! and a giveaway

congratulations Stiletto, you have won the giveaway!  Please e-mail me your address and I will send you your snowflakes :)





NO! it is not snowing in the tropics - our highs this week are up in the mid thirties (Celcius that is, ..... about 100*F)  with humidity to match!  So I have been sitting in the air-conditioned evenings crocheting snowflakes to put on our little Christmas tree.
  I showed them to my daughters over skype (they have real snow in New York) and they both like them and ordered some to be sent over to spread the Christmas cheer around the world.  I have three different colors - A beige, which would go so well with the color scheme a lot of people are using this year of natural white and red.  It looks a bit orange in this photo.  The photo above is more of a true representation of colour.

 Then there is the traditional white which shows up so well against the green of the traditional Christmas tree.



And lastly funky pink - this is my younger daughter's choice.  She had a pink tree at one stage, but says it got left behind in the last move. They all need to be starched and blocked but I will do that at the end.

So for all my lovely readers - worldwide :) -  I am giving away a set of three snowflakes.  Let me know if you want one of each colour or three of the same!  I will draw a name out of the hat on Monday the 10th, so that you can hang them on your tree before Christmas.  (I know it is cutting it fine)

I am linking to Fiona  who has been featuring a different home-made Christmas gift each week.  I used the patterns from this lion brand website.  Two different patterns, but I prefer the pattern I used for the white and red. The great thing about these is that they are light and so can be popped into a Christmas card and sent overseas, or even be hung on the outside of a wrapped gift as a decoration that can be used over and over again.

My great Aunt Ellen taught me how to crochet (and tat) when I was eight years old.  I think she was eighty at the time.

22 comments:

  1. Very nice Gill. If I was the lucky one, I would have trouble deciding because they all look great so I would have one of each colour. Crochet is great, much quicker than knitting.

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    1. Tracy,
      It is way too hot here to ever think of wearing anything knitted, so I am glad to re-discover the joy of crocheting with cotton.

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  2. It would be nice to have a gift from you, done with your own hands. There's nothing like a personalised home-made gift, failing which, giving us the design for this snowflake will do nicely.

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    1. Stiletto,
      that is the joy in hand-made gifts, and I am loving all the ideas popping up this year in blogland - will have to get an earlier start next year!

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  3. They are so cute Gill. What a lovely home made Christmas present. I like the white ones.

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    1. Sami,
      The white ones do show up nicely on the tree.

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  4. They are so lovely. I love homemade Christmas decorations.
    I'd love the chance to win and if I am lucky enough too I'd be happy with any colour. Maybe 3 different colours or your can surprise me. x

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    1. Sarah,
      they are definitely putting me into the Christmas mood.

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  5. I remember that my momma used to crochet snowflakes. :-)

    It sounds like it's definitely summer at your place. ;-)

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    1. Kathryn,
      Oh it sure is, and here most people have never actually even seen a real snowflake... :)

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  6. My Mother inlaw and I were just talking about tatting, no one does it anymore, and I would love to learn. Want to come and visit SC? ;)

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    1. Tracy,
      Oh yes! I really must get out my tatting shuttle and give it a try again - I haven't done it for years. I guess I better find some young ones to teach...

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  7. I bought two sets of these crocheted snowflakes (12 different patterns in each box) from Lilian Vernon years ago. Mine are lily white. I use them every year to decorate my tree. They are gorgeous when the lights are on and the tree is revolving.

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    1. Virginia,
      You have a revolving tree? How awesome, I always think the decorations at the back of the tree are wasted, a revolving tree would fix that!

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    2. It's actually a revolving tree stand that I use for my tree.
      It was pretty pricey, but I found mine on EBay a few years ago....a very good investment since it is so delightful to watch the tree moving slowly around showing off its beauty from all sides. The night time is the most spectacular for me.

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  8. You are so clever! They are beautiful! I'm surprised you can part with them.

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    1. Linda,
      thank you - you are very sweet.

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  9. Thanks for linking up again. Your snow flakes are lovely. I would be happy with any and the pattern to go with it : )

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    1. fIONA,
      I actually changed the pattern from the link quite a bit so I will post my favourite.

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  10. I would love to win any of the colors and hang them on my tree in New York. They are beautiful.
    Lisa Williams
    Leelee624@aol.com

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  11. Did you get my email with a link for more patterns??
    If you didn't please contact me and I can send it again.

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