Monday, 7 December 2009

Old Friends

When you unpack your Christmas decorations and treasures, do you sometimes get a lovely surprise because you've forgotten some of the things you'd packed away last year?

And they bring back lovely memories of flaming, brandy-soaked puddings and the kids' delight at having their own special Christmas plates.

Then there're the figurines that grace the mantlepiece and who only joined the household last year.

The results of your own crafts from a few years back:

Here's an item I bought a few years back from a charity shop. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The decoration is spoiled, I think, by having been sewn on off-white aida, but I bought it because of the work that had obviously gone into sewing it:

I've always kept it in the Christmas box because the cross stitch is so festive, but I've never really known what to do with it. Actually, I don't even know what it's for. It measures about 3 1/2 feet by two and it only has a frill at one end. Some red tatting:

So I doubt if it's a table runner. It seems too large to be a chair back cover. I just couldn't bear the thought of someone's hard work being left in the charity shop.
Anyone got any ideas what it might be?




  1. These are the things that REALLY make Christmas, aren't they? Love the heart on your previous post.

  2. awww yes i agree, i didnt realise what treasures were packed away! a whole year passes then u open the dusty bags and box's and realise the joy! your hand made coushions! fab!!...and the pudding plate!
    beautiful blog ;0)x

  3. Ooohh festive goodness! I'm one too for forgeting what decorations we have & it's a lovely surprise to find them!
    Perhaps your mystery item is for popping on a sideboard or dresser top for the festive season. I can imagine it on such with bowls of sweeties & nuts on top ~ just an idea.

  4. It's wonderful to come across lovley things you've forgotten about. It's almost like finding them for the first time when yur heart gets that little skip. Enjoy them all.


  5. Opening the Christmas boxes is an occasion for reminiscing, isn't it? I think about all the life that's gone on in the year between the opening of the boxes - the laughter and tears.

    I hope your December is full of joy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog,

  6. What a lovely festive post! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog! suzie. xxx

  7. Hi there! I do that every year! I unpack the decorations and find ones I'd forgotten about or forgotten I'd made!
    I'd love to know what the piece of cross stitch is for, I quite like the colour, it makes it look aged and vintage style! :0)


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