29.12.12

45 Moving on, and a mini giveaway or two!


We kept the seasonal decorations simple and natural this year: leafless branches from the garden hung with antique white and pewter grey glass baubles; sprigs and swags of mistletoe and ivy gathered locally; and a plethora of candles the colour of the mistletoe berries. The bedecking wasn't properly begun until Christmas Eve morning, and the present wrapping wasn't finished until late on Christmas Eve afternoon. It felt right, a simple marking of the end of Advent and the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas. We think we'll make a habit of it.

I'd show you how elegant a combo it is but I'm still sans camera, so this knitso' archive image, of Erddig closed up for the winter, will have to suffice as representative of the colour palette, minus all the green of course, and the myriad points of light. I'm loving how it all looks, and will be leaving everything exactly where it is until the morning after Twelfth Night, but I'm also struggling to stay focussed on the last days of 2012. It's been a year where little has gone to plan*, a year I won't be sorry to move on from. 2013, I've decided, shall be the year of going with the flow!

How about you? Was 2012 kind to you? I do hope so, though I know many of us have had quite a tough time. Here's hoping 2013 will be good to us all, and I'll be popping back on New Year's Eve to shout that!

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On a cheerier note I have two mini giveaways for you.

I think I may have raved about Hand/Eye Magazine before, but you might like to read the publication's mission statement. Issue 10 includes features on Krochet Kids International, Jude Hill's Magic Feather Project, embroiderer Surayia Rahman, and much, much more. Happily, I find myself in possession of a spare copy, which I'd be glad to post to the first person whose name is pulled from the hat on January 5th.

I also have a pre-read copy of the novel The Fine Colour of Rustthat's come to me from Wendz of 15 Coast Road, via Sharon in the USA, as it wends its way (if you'll pardon the pun) from blogger to blogger. It's a simple, feel-good story, not normally my kind of thing, but I read it from cover to cover on Boxing Day afternoon and wasn't sorry to have done so. The only condition of entry here is to agree to similarly pass the book on when you are done with it. Again, I'll post to the person whose name is first out of the hat on January 5th.

If you'd like to receive either item just let me know before next Saturday, and as always I'll post to anywhere in the world.


* See the postscript to my last post for news of the latest knitso' calamity!

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45 comments :

  1. hello Annie, it would be great to enter your give-away, I have just finished a book and am looking around for my next read! Happy new year to you! Heather x

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  2. Oh, get the photos uploaded- the decorations sound fabulous.
    Happy New Year to you,
    Ax

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    1. Sadly, without a camera to my name at the moment - one lent to a friend, one being repaired - I haven't been able to photograph them yet :( Hopefully both cameras will be back with me in the New Year though :)

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  3. Your simple decorations sound really lovely, and you know what they say, less is more. Let's hope that 2013 is a fantastic year all round, we all deserve it, I think. I'd love to be entered in the draw for the Hand/Eye magazine please.

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  4. Hi Annie ... I hope you have a truly wonderful 2013 ... I love the sound of your decorations ... simple, elegant and grown up ... I would love to be included for the magazine ... thanks for the chance ... Bee xx

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  5. It seems that all fits into place without a plan, doesn't it? I really like simple decorations and yours sound very charming.
    I'd love to enter into the draw for "The Fine Colour of Rust"! Happy New Year, just around the corner! Sandra

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  6. Wishing you a blessed 2013, I'm so excited for the new year I can barely sit still, a new thing for me!
    I'd love to enter the giveaway for the Hand / Eye magazine, it sounds amazing! <3 I don't know if you need our emails for it, but just in case here is mine: genkimania@hotmail.com

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  7. Hello Annie, I'd love to enter please! Looking forward to seeing your festive pictures and getting to know you through your past posts.

    Love Claire, your new follower!

    Xxx

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  8. Annie, your 12 days of Christmas sounds positively cheery and the simplicity evokes images of humility and joy with all the candle illuminations. Our camera started messing about the other day and I ranted somewhat thinking that "I couldn't cope without it"... until Andy calmly reset it for me and I realised what a ninny I can sometimes be about such small rather insignificant events in the bigger scheme of things! Its funny how we become dependent on technology, here's hoping your camera's are back in working condition rather swiftly.
    I like the look of the Hand/Eye magazine so please pop my name in the hat for it.
    I am really looking forward to putting this year well and truly behind us, it hasn't all be difficult though, there have been some immense rays of sunshine in the moments of darkness too xox many good wishes to you and yours this New Year, I look forward to keeping up with your bloggy life that you share with us, it's been great getting to know you with each post posted xox Penelope

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  9. Nothing wrong with simplicity, my brain only seems to process simple these days! Please pop my name in, that crafty mag has intrigued me! :) x

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  10. I'm with you on decorating Christmas Eve and leaving things up until the 12th day of Christmas. That's what we did growing up. Nowadays it seems everyone is in such a hurry. First to get to Christmas by putting up their tree before they finish carving the Thanksgiving turkey. Then, bam, on Dec 26th Christmas is over and the tree comes down. Wow, I'm getting old and grumpy, aren't I?

    I'd love to be entered in the Hand/Eye drawing. The book doesn't really sound like my cup of tea, so pass it on to someone else who'll enjoy it more. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  11. With your wonderful description I have imagined the beauty and simplicity of your holiday decorating.
    I'd like to wish you and yours a splendid New Year and though I discovered you late in this one I look forward to your delightful posts for 2013...
    And may the world get back on its feet economically and the promise of prosperity return.
    Susan x

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  12. Putting up decorations on Christmas Eve is what I do too. It makes the day feel more special and gets me in the mood for Christmas. And I don't feel guilty about accompanying it with a glass or two of something along the way. Love the sound of your colour scheme, so get the camera back soon! Jx

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  13. I didn't decorate until the eve of Christmas Eve - we had the tree up with the lights on, and that was it until late Sunday night, when I suddenly realized company was coming the next morning so I'd better scatter some decorations around. (I love a tree with nothing but lights and could happily have left it that way. Some year I shall.)

    2012 was a very up-and-down year for the Micawber menage. Lots of family-related sadness, but a bit of joy too; much spending, and not as much earning; plenty of disappointments, but also a few very satisfying achievements. I hope that 2013 is kind to us all, and may we all go with the flow!

    So glad to know the whippet survived the mincemeat.

    P.S. I will skip the drawings as I just received your lovely package from the last one.... :)

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  14. Each year seems to get a bit more challenging as I get older and this one has had it's emotional ups and downs. I'm hoping for a more even year next year.
    I was shocked to hear about the mincemeat and glad your whippet is OK.
    I hope 2013 is smooth sailing for you Annie x

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  15. I love the sound of your simple decorations Annie. Please put me in your draw. Going-with-the-flow sounds like a good motto for 2013! May it be a good year for you.

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  16. I love the tradition you have begun....and it seems to fit exactly with what the holidays should be all about.....simplicity, focused on the change from advent to 12th night. I just adore this. I'm dying to see your decorations...hoping camera gets fixed before Jan 6th!!! I'd love a peek.

    Two great giveaways!!! Oh, please, put my name in for both!!! Happy 2013.....we're all looking for a better year!!!!

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  17. Every year I used to go mad with decorations, bringing in lots of green and something in every room. Now things get more and more simple and I love it for that. Your decorations sound beautiful. Like you I am without a camera & I have just discover that mi e isn't worth fixing so I will be on the lookout for a new one. Am making do with my phone but the quality isn't that great really. Miss a camera though.
    I wish you a wonderful new year Annie, I hope this one brings you much to relish and little to worry about, with love, Karen x

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  18. I kept it simple this year too - only one tree and only stuff we made ourselves with a few exceptions for historical pieces. I like the look of that magazine so gladly put me down there :)

    viv in nz

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  19. I'm in as you are so kind to post anywhere :) I must say 2012 has been the start of good things in my life, not that my life previous to this has been all horrid, but this year has seen me happier in myself and in a job with co-workers that I like and who like me and tell me they appreciate me and the work I do (never before) I feel 2013 will be a very good year for people who deserve it to be so.
    xox Sandi

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  20. My 2012 was not good either, bereavement, family upsets, work stressful. So I see 2013as a new start. The magazine would be lovely addition to this new start. I never win a thing, perhaps 2013 will change that too.

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  21. Simplicity is what winter is all about . If nature does it why should we not follow along .

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  22. I think that your way of 'doing' Christmas this year was just right! Sometimes all the putting up of decs and preparations get lost. The wonder of Christmas ceases to be a wonder!
    I would love to be entered in your give away for either. Happy New Year to you and ours. Joan

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  23. Glad all went swimmingly Annie. Great when new traditions are born as change can make us feel quite invigorated don't you think?

    You without a camera doesn't seem a good thing at all so let's hope the situation is quickly remedied. I for one would love a decent camera once more and to learn how to use it properly as what I can do with my camera is frustrating me. Perhaps a treat before we worry about the heating (or lack of as we've got this far through the winter).

    Happy New Year to you and here's to a 2013 full of goodness.

    Lisa X

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  24. I hope the camera quest doesn't take too long, Annie; we need to see what you're seeing. Roll on 2013 and better things.

    HandEye sounds like an interesting read. Could you possibly put my name in the hat? That would be great. Thank you.

    xxx

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  25. Hi,
    So pleased you spent a happy Christmas. 2012 started badly for me- learning to write a blog helped me over things and life picked up. I have a real sense this year of the years changing, 2013 will be good!
    Your decorations sound more meaningful, maybe it's the simplicity and the thought needed..
    I'd love to enter both your gorgeous giveaways if I may please, and of course the book would be passed on as intended..
    Enjoy the rest of this mid winter time, Cathy x

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  26. Put my name in for both giveaways... just found your blog today and love it!

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  27. I passed on The Fine Colour of Rust after I read it in March (It had come to me from another blogger). I never followed what happened to it after I passed it on so I'm curious now and wondering if it is the same copy! Would love a chance to read the Hand/Eye magazine though! Happy New Year to you Annie... I'm ready to go with the flow in 2013.

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    1. I think it might be Gina! It had come to Wendz from Maggie at The Reading Corner, no idea where it had been before that.

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  28. Like knutty knitter we keep it simple, just a lovely tree. The material world is more apparent in December ans sometimes like this year it makes part of my heart shrivel............
    The mag looks interesting, plse put me in the hat ofr that.

    Karen A

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  29. Please enter me into your giveaway - both look enjoyable. Life rarely goes to plan I find - trying to plan a little and be open to 'going with the flow' works best. Happy New Year to you.

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  30. Seasonal greetings from snowy Niagara, Canada!
    I'd be delighted to win either of your two giveaways, so please count me in. Otherwise, all the best for a very happy 2013!
    Cheers,
    Sarah

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  31. Dai Stiho, please enter me into your giveaway. many thanks,

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  32. Our decorations were subtle this year, not really by choice as I am afraid when it comes to Christmas, I am not a classy lady, I like brash, gaudy and sparkly....this year, not so much! We had an undecorated tree until a couple of days before Christmas, despite putting it up on the first.....Christmas this year has been far from, normal, and it is not going to be our new tradition....look out Christmas 2013, I may well be unbearable!

    I am so glad your dog fared ok after his thieving, vets have been on our list of expenses this Christmas too, although not to the extent of yours by the sounds of it.


    I would like to be entered into the giveaway for the travelling book please, I need to read this year, I keep threatening it, now is the time!

    I hope that 2013 is everything you hope for, containing lots of living, loving and laughing.x

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  33. Hello. Found your blog after reading the Knit Now item, and am liking it already. I like your mention of the end of Advent as a definite marker. It seems very hard these days to keep Christmas hype out of Advent, and I need to make more effort to do so, so thank you for your words. Best wishes for 2013 and please put my name in the hat for book or magazine.

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  34. It might be nice to write who has read it in the front of the book at it makes it's journey blogger to blogger.
    Hope the universe sends a new camera your way soon and I'd love to read either the book or the magazine. Thank you.

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  35. Going with the flow certainly sounds like a good plan for 2013. I hope the flow for you is gentle and meandering and that there are no whirlpools or waterfalls. Happy new year to you and yours Annie x

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  36. Just popping by to wish you a happy new year. All the very best for 2013.

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  37. I hope you have a very peaceful and prosperous 2013! Love, Tammy xx

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  38. You decorations sound lovely.Annie, and I so agree about keeping them for the Christmas season proper. We're now halfway though and the decorations feel as fresh and enjoyable as ever, instead of tired. I do hope 2023 is a better year for you.

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  39. I would love to be part of the giveaway. I wish you a happy new year filled with fun and laughter.

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  40. Perhaps too late for the "give-away", but the book and magazine look wonderful! It could so live at my house! Happy New Year ~ look forward to seeing what's new with you, as always.

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  41. Love the idea of reading the book and passing it on. I would definately do that if I won with our Monday Night Knitting Group. I just read your blog about the buttons. I know NOTHING about restoring them, but hope that you will let us know how the story of Ida's buttons turns out.

    Happy 2013.

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  42. Oops 111pm on the 12th day of Christmas here and decorations still up and probably will be for several more days yet! Just discovered your lovely blog! Love the idea of a floating book - how fantastic!

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  43. Hi Annie...Just slipping in at the last moment from your latest post to say I would love to be included in your generous Giveaway please..I need a new bedtime read!
    Fingers crossed!
    Susan x
    P.S I hope you sort out your 'sans camera' situation very soon!

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