I found this pattern, at Hook, Yarn, and Pattern, to be very easy to follow, and was obviously enough fun for me to crochet THREE of them!
The pattern suggests adding pom-poms as decorations, but I didn't have 24 red pom-poms on hand. So I proceeded to play with buttons and beads, and I just didn't like any of it.. I'm thinking perhaps I prefer them just the way they are!
The finished size of each tree is approximately 21" from top to bottom, which is a nice size, I think, to decorate any wall or door. One of these trees will be packed away for myself, but the others will be gifts each my sister, and sister in law for Christmas, 2010!.. I hope they'll like them as much as I do!
Thinking back, having to move to a new home this past year was anything but fun. We never did get to really decorate, or even celebrate Halloween at all.
The move was hard, physically and emotionally. Things were broken, lost, misplaced.. Often conditions demanded I get rid of some things, when I really didn't want to, because there simply wasn't room for them now. Still, we got through it. I just had to be tough about it, as best as anyone can, and move on from there!
Christmas was much nicer, as it at least helped to make the place feel a little more like "HOME". But as I was getting the Christmas tree set up, and unpacking the ornaments, I discovered that not all the ornaments were here. Some were missing! I thanked God that all the kids' ornaments were here and accounted for!.. but mine were gone. It's so hard to even write this, as some of these ornaments were mine from since I was a child! Some were Hallmark collectibles, some were handmade, some were given to me from friends and family. You can just imagine the sentiment I felt about most of these ornaments... I looked frantically for them, but I never found them. I'll never really know, but I'm still only guessing they must have been misplaced, or mismarked, in the rush and pressure we were under to get out and moved according to schedule. As a result, my ornaments were probably thrown out with the trash. It broke my heart. What more could this "big-bad move" do to me?!!
Well, of course, we still decorated our tree, and yes, plenty of wonderful, even the best of memories still adorned our beautiful tree! My kids have all their ornaments from since they were babies, including photos, etc... However, it wasn't long after, I found someone was having a giveaway on her blog, called Suzie Button Creations. Suzie had made some very pretty beaded snowflakes, so I signed up to enter, and just hoped maybe Lady Luck was shining on me! I really didn't think I'd win... Well, in reality I would call it far more than just Lady Luck shining on me, when Suzie wrote me to say I had won the giveaway!
For today, I thought I'd join in with Claudia, from Dipity Road, to participate in "Finding Beauty Friday", because this is one of the most beautiful things that has happened to me most recently!...
Now to continue, the original deal for the giveaway I speak of, was to pick out 3 snowflakes out of the eight she had made. But I was so thrilled to have won these beautiful snowflakes, because to me, it was as if God had stepped in for me, showing me in a way, how one door seemed closed/lost, but another one opened. I told Suzie about the terrible loss I felt losing my ornaments this year, and that her beautiful snowflakes helped to not only fill the gaps on my Christmas tree, but filled my heart even more! Well, next thing I know, Suzie writes me back and tells me she will be sending me ALL EIGHT of her beautiful snowflakes!! Here they are, in the photo below. I only wish my photo could better show their true color, shine, and sparkle!
This was truly a beautiful gift to me... a beautiful kindness and act of generosity, that I just had to share today! Thank you so much Suzie! This may have started out as just a "luck of the draw" bloggy giveaway; but in the timing of how things played out this past year, to me, you really were a kind and generous friend.. An angel, with a truly beautiful heart, sent from God! May God always help me to remember to pay such kindness forward!