Thursday, 21 November 2013

A Handmade Christmas Giveaway { Closed }

It's funny how the older you get, the more appealing handmade things become to you. I remember childhoods of asking Mum to buy us tomato sauce, biscuits, bread and cakes from the supermarket. All the packet foods were way more appealing than all of our homemade stuff. And nobody ever wanted to swap recess with me at school. But, looking back, I realise how lucky I was, in so many ways, to have that diet while growing up.

Now, I love all the homemade things. Food, jams, sauces, craft. Watch out church markets and the old ladies in the back selling all their best recipes. I will make a beeline for your stall and buy up big. But now that I have my own children, I truly appreciate the value and importance of homemade things. Especially, for family occasions such as Christmas.

Growing up, both my Mum and Nanna sewed, cross-stitched, quilted. And in the process, created many special items throughout our childhood, that are still just as special, and still used today. Our Christmas stockings being one of them. All handmade, and hung by the fire every year. Whether we're at home for Christmas or not. First filled with lollies, small toys and gold chocolate coins when we were younger. Then as we were that bit older, filled with a small envelope containing a little bit of money. 

Nowadays, with the big department stores selling items for $4 and other ridiculously low prices, it's easy to go overboard with all things Christmas. You could have a different stocking or Santa bag every year if you wanted. And you might just need to, as low prices tend to come hand in hand with poor quality. But I can't help but wonder, where's the family tradition and sentimentality in that. While my stocking might be a little daggy in comparison to some of the new styles selling now, it is more special to me, then anything I could replace it with.

This year, my daughters, were lucky enough to be gifted a beautiful Christmas stocking each. From a lovely friend of mine at Love Roy. Handmade and personalised, just for them. To celebrate the start of all things Christmas, she has kindly made me two more to offer as a giveaway today.

Made with the same material as the stockings above, but personalised with your own choice of names. Each stocking is worth $40.

To enter, you can either 
1 } comment here on my blog, or,
2 } like my page on Facebook and also comment below the image, so that I know you have entered.
3 } Or do both, and double your chances at winning.
The winner to be drawn on the evening of Wednesday 27th November.

If you live outside of Australia, I'm more than happy to still post to you. And if you are unlucky enough not to win, but are still interested in owning one, than you can ask very nicely here. The stockings are made to order at this stage only, due to the time, effort and material involved.

Good luck!


  1. Beautiful stockings. Super blog. I live in Poland but I love red dust and beautiful landscapes Australia. You live in Telfer ?

  2. They are such beautiful stockings!! Something that I still haven't gotten around to getting for my two kids yet! These would be absolutely perfect!! What a clever friend you have! x Karen

  3. Wow, these are so beautiful. I love how the fabric pieces are striped in a slanted way. We grew up with a lot of handmade things, too. We had handmade stocking and they were great! Always filled with small toys and gold coins, too! I didn't appreciate handmade until I got to be seventeen or eighteen. I remember seeing a lot of handmade looking stuff or stuff that I knew my mom could just make in Free People or Anthropologie (like a quilt, or fingerless gloves, or a peasant skirt), then I started getting into. Now I appreciate the care, work, detail and obviously thought of handmade. I attempt to give people mostly handmade things for holiday, but it doesn't always work that way. This year I'm giving everyone photo prints that I've taken over this year because that's been my "handmade journey" of the year. Also, I know people forgot about all the photos I took from months ago, so it will be a nice surprise for them!

    Every year I also make handmade peppermint patties, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but this year I want to do a whole variety of cookies in a pretty tin.

    Do you ever make handmade?

    Again, beautiful stockings. Would love to have one for Roman and Amelia! Liking your Facebook page, as well :)

    PS. that's so funny that you also have an Amelia (though I see yours is spelled with an 'e' at the end) too cool! It's not a very popular name here, kind of old fashioned, but the only name that my and my boyfriend could agree on!

  4. Wow, these are beautiful I would love to win one for my newborn nephew


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