Twelfth Day of Christmas Celebrations!

The winter holidays aren't over yet!  Not for me!

And not for my friend Debbie, who also still has a tree standing in her living room! And lights shining from the trees in her yard!

I don't know why Christmas must be over on December 26th!  Read Debbie's post!  You might decide to join us for an extended holiday next year!

Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas! Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Giveaway Kanzashi ornament!

I love that two Kanzashi attached back to back become so three dimensional!  This fabric, by the way, was found at the Knittn' Knitten!

The little ornament, (made by me!) is included with a copy of Diane's book Kanzashi in Bloom and -

this fabulous Kanzashi kit that Diane made especially for this giveaway!

To select the winner I decided to go something a little different using my Advent Calendar! 

You might notice that there are more than 24 ornaments on the tree!  That is because I missed my morning ritual of placing an ornament on the tree so much, that I decided to extend the tradition throughout the twelve days of Christmas!  I had exactly enough spaces along the bottom  and at the tips of all the branches for 12 more ornaments!  As most of you know by now, finding 12 ornaments was NOT a problem!

I wrote the name of each person who entered on a little card and placed the cards in the pockets!  Then I talked my sweetie into selecting the winner!

Congratulations Heather!

A big thank you to all of you who participated and shared your favorite memories.

Twelfth Night Giveaway from the Land of Unmade Ornaments!

The winter holidays aren't over yet!  We are in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas which began on December 26th and will end on January 6th.

A perfect time for a little giveaway! A signed copy of Diane's beautiful book, Kanzashi in Bloom and a Kanzashi ornament made by me! (That is it - almost finished - in the picture! And, Diane has agreed to make up a kit like this one so that when your book arrives, you can begin making Kanzashi right away!

To enter simply leave a comment telling me your very favorite memory from this past Christmas season.  The giveaway is open to all - including international readers.  Entries must be submitted before 6:00 PM Pacific Time on January 5th so that Befana will have time to prepare to announce the winner on the morning of January 6th after she delivers presents to all good children in Italy.

"The Land of Unmade Ornaments"??

Well, you know......... that's home to all those lovely handmade Christmas ornaments (and decorations) that didn't get finished - or maybe even started - this year!  I have seven ornaments wandering around, hopelessly lost, in the Land of Unmade Ornaments.

So, I am declaring January "Making Unmade Ornaments Month"!  I welcome anyone who wishes to join me!  Why not make those Unmade Ornaments now - after all it is still winter all the month of January and think how much fun it will be to make holiday ornaments without the pressure of the Christmas holidays approaching at breakneck speed!

Diane is going to help me set up a Flicker pool so I can share mine and you can share yours! 

Now - to the rescue!! 


Merry Christmas

Christmas card Diane sent to me from college, December 1986.

Just to let me know how much she was looking forward to coming home for the holiday break.

I always had cookie tins and jars filled with goodies lined up on the buffet awaiting her arrival.  And immediately upon arriving home, and after giving me my big hug, she made a beeline for the buffet - opening each one and blissfully sampling the contents, rolling her eyes and making happy, contented little sounds.  Still to this day, one of my favorite Christmas memories.

Come, join me and Margit as she tells us about a Danish Christmas


Margit has decorated her tree this year with glass balls and nature related ornaments she has designed herself.  According to Margit, her tree is quite untraditional but I love her idea of untraditional!

 Before continuing, let me apologize for "disappearing" for several days!  It could not be helped, but I am very happy to be up and around and back to myself again!

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