Friday, January 15, 2010

Trees, Snowflakes, and an Angel!

I had hoped to have these posted yesterday, but other matters screamed for my attention, and I simply was not able to finish them till last night. The original idea was to have these ready for this PAST Christmas, but "the big bad move" made sure to get in the way of THAT good intention! So, as I set my sights this year to make at least one gift a month towards Christmas 2010, AND despite my excitement to jump into some Valentine projects with pinks and reds, I decided that now was still a good time to keep my green yarn out, and get these Granny Square Christmas Trees done!

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!

~Beansie~

18 comments:

claudie said...

So so happy that you won Suzie's give away. It sounds like you were chosen out of all the girls for a very special reason. Congratulations.
Happy FFB
Love Claudie
xoxo

Faith said...

you are a lucky duck....they are beautiful...
and a little pick me up too...Good things do happen...and should to you all the time..'cause you are way cool Lucy '

Ethyl :)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Thank you sooo much for sharing such a lovely story-- So glad you were the one who was selected!

I believe that what we put out there we get back! :) sooo there you go! Good for you.

Again-- thanks for particpating -- just what i was hoping for in finding beauty-- you never know where you will find it and focus on.

Claudia

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

I'm so glad you won those beautiful SnowFlake Ornaments. We moved two years ago from a BIG House to a Smaller House and so many things had to go. I have still not found all of my Sewing Stuff...embroidery cards, CD's and Hoops to my Janome1000. I'm getting ready to do some embroidery and I've got to find that stuff or else! Thank you for including the pattern website for the Christmas Trees. They will make neat gifts and a quick project. Yours turned so nice!

Leann said...

What a great giveaway! So full of color and fun!

Have a wonderful giveaway!
Leann

Terry said...

Congratulations on winning the giveaway. They are so much fun.

How cute your granny square trees are, I would of never thought of doing that.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Oh, I am so glad God put his hand in the jar, so to speak, and drew out your name. I know it had to be heart breaking to lose all of your precious ornaments. What a generous thing for Suzie to do. Hope you get settled soon and life gets less complicated for you in 2010.
Thanks for dropping by my blog. Come back and visit often.
Molly

ellen b said...

The snowflakes really are pretty. I'm so sorry about your lost ornaments...

Suzie Button said...

I love your trees you crocheted, so cute! I knew how to crochet years ago, I'd have to relearn it all I think! I'm so glad the ornaments were just what you needed! You're just the sweetest! Suzie

Nancy said...

Tina: Congratulations on your win! These are so pretty. Suzie Button is a sweetie! (course she lives down the road a bit from where I lived before my BIG BAD move!) LOL!

Your trees are delightful and finishing up a project a month for Christmas is such a good idea. I don't know what I am going to do with all I make...maybe go down to Texas once a month to sell them since there are no people here.

We have moved about 10 times and things get lost and broken. I will tell you, though, nothing has been as awful as moving to Vermont. The people I see occasionally are unfriendly, no one smiles (and I understand why not, it sucks here) and certainly there is no hope of friendship outside of my online friends.

This has been SO bad, we would gladly walk OUT the door with JUST the dogs, get in the car and drive south. For three and one half years, I have been sitting alone most of the time and NOTHING is as important as a human being to me now. (not to mention that Vermont is so expensive that we can't afford to do anything other than work)

So, if you have family and friends nearby, I think you are lucky. BUT, I never would have known this myself until we moved to Vermont so I totally understand how your move could be a BIG BAD move! :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love your crocheted trees. They are wonderful! I'm so glad you won.. thank you for the wonderful story, it touched my heart..thank you for swinging in, pop in any 'ole time. hugs ~lynne~

skoots1mom said...

Suzie sending those ornaments @ the very time you NEEDED them following your loss of your precious ones...well, that's just God going and being creative again!! awesome...
love, love, love your trees, just the way they ARE!
I'm going to share that idea with my prayer shawl ministry...they'll love them too!
thanks for sharing...
nice to meet you :)

mbkatc230 said...

What a heartwarming story. Until I started blogging I would have had a hard time believing that a group of "strangers" could be so generous, or become so close without ever meeting. I'm so happy that you won these, and at the perfect time. And I love your trees. I like them with just the red bows, very cute! Kathy

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Those beaded snowflakes you won are just gorgeous.

Sorry to hear about the loss of the childhood ornaments...maybe they are in some box tucked away? That's a long shot but I hope so...

Keri said...

I can only agree with the thoughtful comments written before mine. It is so true that when a window closes, God always opens a door of opportunity. Hang in there, Tina. You are so strong and brave. Keri

CC said...

I'm so happy you were chosen and thank you for opening your hear and sharing all the things that were happening. I wish you had been able to find your ornaments..I know how much some things mean to me..with such an act of love with these new ornaments, you have new and special memories. You're such a sweetie..I so hope that everything has smoothed out for you now...Many hugs from Texas..CC

Mary said...

Hi Tina, I love the crocheted Christmas trees. I bookmarked the pattern to try in future. Thanks for sharing it - yours turned out great :)

Caroline said...

Love the granny x-mas trees! I like the bows instead of pom-poms, it makes 'em classy! So sorry to hear about the loss of your ornaments. I'm like you and have saved every ornament any one has has ever given me. I have a lot from special students and friends that I have moved away from. Hugs to you.....
p.s. The snowflakes are to die for!!!!!