Sunday, December 15, 2013

Free Pattern and a Give Away

There is something about this time of year that makes my fingers itch to make little pretty things. Do you know that feeling?   

 

We are having a pretty low key Christmas this year but I just couldn't help but make these little ornaments. 

The pattern is in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy , but you my dear blog friend, you just click HERE for your FREE DOWNLOAD.

 

Now the only problem I have with these two, is we don't have a tree to hang them on. The story behind that goes like this...


We bought a tiny but beautiful little spruce for our first Christmas in Australia. It sat in its little pot and I had great aspirations on its behalf of it one day, growing up to become a big beautiful Christmas tree. We cared for it and watered it, kept it in the shade and managed to keep it alive despite the not very Christmas tree friendly climate that we live in. One day, our sweet little boy then aged two came upon a pair of secateurs and decided to help with a bit of gardening. The first thing to go? Yes, you guessed it - the top of the Christmas tree! Following that we got a tree that would pack away neatly in a box. I don't know about you, but there is something about trees that pack away into boxes that is not quite right. It did the job but I never liked it. So last year I swore it would be the last time it ever went up, thus we don't (yet) have a tree this year. 

 

GIVE AWAY

Since the ornaments have no tree to hang from at my place – what about at yours? 

* I am giving them away to a good home, so if you think they will be happy on your tree, or somebody you know needs a bit of cheering up, leave a comment below. 

* Since we are so close to Christmas and I would like for the ornaments to arrive at their new home before the 25th so we have to make it snappy. I will draw the winner on the morning of Wednesday 18th December (Aust CST)    

* I will announce the winner on Wednesday, so keep an eye out. If you win, you will need to contact me asap with your shipping information so that they can be posted as soon as possible.


Good luck and have a lovely week.
Anna x

 



44 comments:

  1. They are beautiful! Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win them!

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    1. Thank you for your comment - Have a lovely Christmas.
      Anna x

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    1. You are welcome Elaine, Have a lovely Christmas.
      Anna

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  3. Thank you so much for the patterns! My sister never has a tree up but they hang ornaments on ribbon all over the house. It looks very pretty and festive and she leaves them up year round.

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    1. Sounds like a fun house to visit all year round. Have a lovely Christmas,
      Anna x

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  4. Haha, we've just gone from a baby pack-away tree to a lovely tall one! The plastic trees do seem to handle the Australian Christmas without too many issues - apart from the scratchy construction. Thank you for your lovely gift of the free download - simply lovely ornaments. PS I think your fairy lights on the white branches are a gorgeous decoration.

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    1. Ahh, those hot Aussie summer Christmasses - we are in for a beauty this year I think. Have a nice Christmas Ellaine. Anna x

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  5. My husband and I moved into a tiny old cottage on a big block of land last year, and then were (very!) surprised and blessed with the birth of our daughter earlier this year. We don't have room for a Christmas tree, so until we are able to build a bigger house on our land in the next couple of years, my mission is to create and hand make my own decorations for the tree we will have at some stage. Your lovely decorations would be most welcome to join in the fun! If I don't win, thank you for the pattern. Merry Christmas!

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    1. We did the 'small-house-while-we-build' thing five years in a tiny house with two teenage boys - no room for Christmas trees then. Enjoy this first wonderful Christmas with your baby daughter. Anna x

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  6. G'day, the pattern is a darling and perfect for rush time do-able.
    Good luck in the draw everyone...especially me! : )
    Thank you Anna and a safe and happy Holiday Season to you and yours.

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    1. I would love to see your version of the Starry Night if you get time to whip some up. Have a lovely Christmas,
      Anna x

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  7. Hi Anna,
    I don't have a tree to hang your decorations on either! I wanted to tell you I think they are gorgeous. Thank you for the patterns. Best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.
    Dianne

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    1. Thank you Dianne, I am glad you like them. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas to you too. Anna x

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  8. Lovely ornaments, Anna! And will be fun to make a couple before Christmas. I plan to suspend them from our mantel where a lighted garland is already in place. For the giveaway, if my name is chosen, please gift them to someone on my behalf - a family in need of a little Christmas cheer or a senior citizen who is a bit alone during this season, maybe? Your ornaments "made my day".P.S. Am just now finishing up the Tulipa pincushion pattern - it has been so enjoyable to stitch!
    -Sharon in France

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    1. Thank you Sharon, I would love to see a picture of them hanging over your mantel. I am glad to hear you enjoyed stitching the Tulipa pincushion - I think that and the bird panel are among my favorite projects.
      Have a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  9. thanks for the free design! I still have not put up my tree this year!

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    1. My pleasure Wendy. I am so glad I am not alone in getting the decorations up very late this year. Have a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  10. I saw these in your flickr stream and fell in love. How exciting to have the pattern...and a chance to win an original!
    Our tree went up last week and although I hate it...it's out of a box and yet much simpler than having to worry about watering a real one.

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    1. Yes the watering thing and dropping of pine needles everywhere is a bit of a pain. Have a lovely Christmas Anna x

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  11. Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern, I hope I win it, since I am trying to fill my tree with handmade ornaments for a few years now, my tree is still half naked, this is so lovely it would be a beautiful addition to it :)

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS you won! Hopefully the ornaments will get to you in time to help trim your tree.
      Anna x

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  12. Beautiful as always Anna….now I really don't need any more ornaments but I just thought it was rather fortuitous as Dec 18th happens to be my birthday!! (horrible time to have a birthday I might add!!) Have a wonderful Christmas and I will catch up with you in the New Year xx

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    1. Thanks heaps Michelle and happy Birthday for yesterday. I will look forward to catching up in the new year. Have a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  13. Thank you for all the fabulously lovely comments - GOOD LUCK everyone.

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  14. Oh my family and I would love these! Our decorations are mostly red and white so they would be perfect! :) Thank you for the chance.

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    1. I loooove red and white decorations - pretty obvious, I guess LOL. Have a wonderful Christmas, Anna x

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  15. Oh, lovely! I am in Texas/USA, but I have an Australian friend who is greatly in need of some cheer, so if I win, I'll give you her address :)

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    1. That would be such a lovely gesture - I hope your friend feels better soon. Have a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  16. I am in the UK so probably too far to post but thank you for the link. i was admiring these very ornaments yesterday on the Flicker Embroidery group and wishing I had the pattern. Unfortunately the link doesn't seem to work but perhaps you could investigate this. I would really love to make these Starry nights. Thanks. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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    1. ETA Now that I have posted my comment it works. Perhaps I had to log in to my Google account first. Anyway, thank you.

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    2. I love sending stuff all over the world, so perhaps another time - these are heading to the States. If you get time to make some, I would love to see pictures. Have a wonderful Christmas, Anna x

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  17. Thanks for both the chance to make them and win them! Your work is beautiful. Thanks!
    Elizabeth
    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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    1. My pleasure - have a wonderful Christmas, Anna x

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  18. Hallo Anna , two years ago after Christmas I took down our tree decorations and put them into a bin bag and left them on the table to put away later on ....... yep.....someone threw them out with the rubbish ...they weren't on the table , so I forgot about them ...until too late...the bin men had been and gone ! : ( There were some such sentimental thing in there ..so sad . I feel sad now with nothing nice to hang on my tree . May be I am too late and also from England. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and good luck ! : ) Daisy Debs England x

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    1. Oh noooo that is terrible! My sister did a similar thing when she moved house. I hope you find some nice things to put on your tree. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  19. Andy Lloyd WilliamsDecember 19, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Came across your blog quite by chance: thank you so much for the free pattern of the red work - one of my favourite things. I am presently making a red work quilt with 4" squares - all with different birds or leaves on, so I am addicted! I am also in England. Andy LW

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    1. Welcome to my wee blog, Andy! I think it is the graphic simplicity of red on white that makes it so appealing. Have a wonderful Christmas, Anna x

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  20. Beautiful! I would love them on my tree.

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    1. Thank you very much. I hope you have a lovely Christmas, Anna x

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  21. I'm hopping over to you from Feeling Stitchy. LOVE your ornaments. I'm sure I am too late for the drawing, but I thank you for offering your pattern as a gift. Lovely.

    ~Jody

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  22. These are so beautiful! I shared the link with a friend whose daughter wants to learn to embroider. Good first project.

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  23. Your ornaments are gorgeous! I greatly admired them on your Flickr feed and was thrilled to find your feature and Feeling Stitchy today and discover that you're sharing the pattern as well :) Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

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  24. Lovely pattern Anna. Thank you for all your hard work and friendship over the past few years. I will look forward, with great interest, in seeing what you will be doing in the future. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

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