One of the best things about Christmas is the opportunity to catch up with friends and family. It's been a busy week of preparations, punctuated by joyful interludes with welcome visitors, the delivery of newsy letters from faraway friends and many phone calls with long-overdue chats.
It was while engrossed in such a phone call that my daughter nonchalantly threw a large white envelope onto the bed - today's post. Barely glancing, I continued with the phone conversation and when that was done, went off to do something else, having forgotten all about the envelope.
It wasn't until later in the day that I 're-discovered' the lonely plain white envelope.
(Surprise no. 1: "Aah! I wonder what this could be?")
As I picked it up I could feel something heavier than a brochure, not as thick as a book. I racked my memory quickly to try and think of what the contents might be. I was sure there were no outstanding pre-Christmas postal orders to be delivered.This was very intriguing.
It never even crossed my mind that it might be related to a competition entry earlier in the month - after all that competition had closed on the 16th and the winners were going to be notified by telephone on the 17th and nobody had notified me of anything in any way on that day. (I remembered the date because it is shared by a loved one's birthday.)
So, there I was, totally dumbfounded as to what might be inside the mysterious envelope and then I ripped it open to discover I had won a prize! What a lovely surprise! (Surprise no. 2!)
I was quite chuffed because according to the competition rules, entrants had to write something in 25 words or less and the winners would be chosen "based on the skill and creativity of their entry". Now, I never win those sorts of competitions and I am always in awe of the talent displayed by the winning entries, but for some reason I still entered and I'm glad I did.
The prize was a new craft booklet from Australian Country Spinners, called "Crafty Christmas". It has some great projects for Christmas decorations, with a real mix of crafts - sewing, knitting, crochet and general crafting that even the children can do. Pets are not forgotten either.
So if you are especially fond of crafting for Christmas, you will love the fun things to make. Here are links to...
Australian Country Spinners website: http://www.auspinners.com.au/
The ACS "Crafty Christmas" booklet: http://www.auspinners.com.au/products/new-book/panda-crafty-christmas.aspx
the Facebook competition page: https://www.facebook.com/auspinners
Do you like crafting for Christmas? Do you like receiving hand-made items? If so, what are your favourite crafts and hand-made things? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below.
May your Christmas be full of happy hand-made surprises! Seasons greetings!