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Pillow Giveaway for Your Christmas Memories
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Pillow Giveaway for Your Christmas Memories

Handmade Christmas stocking

Handmade Christmas Stocking or Door Swag

Christmas stockings and pillows are heaped up in every corner of the studio with trims and tassels trailing behind me down the hallway.   Fun Christmas memories keep me working at warp speed getting ready for Christmas shows and seasonal shipments out to my retailers.  It’s seven weeks until Christmas and I’ve always loved the “getting ready”…

Christmas Elf Stockings

Christmas Elf Stockings

Unlike my brothers and sisters, I never learned to be a proper Christmas elf. I was the youngest and always too little to do anything except polish shoes. In European tradition, every December 6th, Saint Nicholas filled our polished shoes with candy.  A lot of pressure for a little kid…a lousy job would have resulted in Black Peter (St. Nick’s helper) filling our shoes with coal.

Handmade Christmas Stocking

Trimmed Christmas Stocking

Growing up, my memories of Christmas preparations started with my sister Kay secretly stitching fabric scraps for Barbie clothes while my eldest sister Em stood guard in the kitchen over sheets of cooling peanut brittle.  My brother  hiked into the  bush with an axe  and scouted out our Christmas tree and cedar boughs for the wreaths that Mom would make.   My eldest brother, hunched over a wobbly table with an old, dented, goose neck lamp and recessitated  clocks, watches and radios he’d collected during the year.  Left over pieces, and there were always a few, joined the other dead and missing mechanical parts in a box under his bed with which he was always creating something new. He was a steampunker way ahead of his time.

At night I listened for sawing and hammering from Dad’s  shop.  I desperately tried peeking through the keyhole hoping to preview doll beds and skateboards drying on the bench.

Ahhh… I can almost smell Mom’s almond, crescent shaped cookies…

Enter this week’s pillow giveaway … What do you remember about getting ready for Christmas?

Recycled Jeans Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings for Mommy, Daddy and Baby - Jeans Recycled

Up to 3 entries to have your name in this week’s draw for a decorative throw pillow or a Christmas stocking (up to $40 value) in my Etsy store.  Winner will be by random draw, next Friday evening November 12.  Canada and US shipping included.

1) Tell us in the comments what your best getting ready for Christmas memory is.

2) Tell us in the comments that you subscribe to this blog by email or  “Google Friend”

3) Tell us in the comments that you “Liked”  PillowThrowDecor.com Facebook  Page

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and  a truly Merry Christmas.

18 comments… add one
  • Maureen November 5, 2010, 6:36 pm

    I knew it was time to start celebrating the holidays when my mother would ask that I bring out my German Nutcracker collection. I still get ready for the holidays this way. I have added to it since I have gotten married too. The nutcrackers are put up on a shelf overlooking the main room of our down stairs. I also then start to put out other decor. I also get the Christmas cards in order and decide who I will be sending them to.

    • PillowThrowDecor November 5, 2010, 10:09 pm

      Wow a German Nutcracker Collection!!! Eye candy for a child and adults too! I’m glad to hear your mom is still keen about Christmas. It is often exhausting for seniors to decorate so I need to remember to give them a hand. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kelly November 5, 2010, 9:58 pm

    Your memories of Christmas are so wonderful 🙂 Mine aren’t quite as romantic, but they’re still special to me 🙂 On Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to wake up my mom & dad till 7:00. Seeing as I always woke up at 3:00, that meant I had to occupy myself for 4 hours – UGH! I’d open my stocking, read a book, go through my stocking again, read some more, go through my stocking again… you know, it never once occurred to me to sneak downstairs and check out the gifts under the tree!

    Anyway, when it was FINALLY 7:00, my brother and I would run into mom & dad’s bedroom with our stockings and yep, go through them AGAIN! Then my dad would go downstairs and get his movie camera ready to film us running down the stairs. It always seemed to take forever. And when the bright light from the flash lit up the staircase, it was time to run down the stairs… and the beautiful tree surrounded by presents always made our jaws drop!

    *Sigh* I really miss those Christmas mornings.


    P.S. I’m having a giveaway too – hope you’ll stop by an enter 🙂

    • PillowThrowDecor November 5, 2010, 10:14 pm

      Kelly … you’re hysterical… At least 4 times emptying your stocking!!! You must have worn it out before you left home. Maybe you can win another one here! I’m going right now to check out your giveaway!

  • Kelly November 5, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Just signed up to follow and subscribed 🙂


  • Kelly November 5, 2010, 10:01 pm

    And now I like Pillow Throw Decor on FB 🙂


  • Kelly November 6, 2010, 4:40 am

    Thanks for letting me post my giveaway link on your blog 🙂 The prize is an original painting by Fifi Flowers:


    Thanks for tweeting it too 🙂

    Luckily, my stocking was pretty sturdy – I think I still have it tucked away in a box in the basement 🙂 I should try to find it…. although if I win a new one, then I won’t need that one 😉



  • Sandieleem November 6, 2010, 11:34 am


    I’m following you/subscribed

    Sandie lee
    sandieleem (@)gmail(dot)com

  • Sandieleem November 6, 2010, 11:34 am

    I like you on facebook

    sandie lee

  • Sandieleem November 6, 2010, 11:36 am

    My favorite part of Christmas growing up was carefully unwrapping Mom’s antique ornaments and placing them on the tree…

    Sandie lee

    • PillowThrowDecor November 6, 2010, 2:02 pm

      LOL… My Mom had some of those special ones too especially the spire that went on the top of the tree. That was always the crowning finish! Thanks for stopping by Sandi!

  • bison61 November 12, 2010, 2:56 pm

    as a child-we always chopped down our tree and my Dad would have to try and strap it to the car! The smell of the tree in the house would be wonderful

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

    • PillowThrowDecor November 13, 2010, 5:25 am

      So nice to hear from you bison61! I agree… you can’t beat the smell of a fresh Christmas tree 🙂

  • bison61 November 12, 2010, 2:57 pm

    e-mail subscriber

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  • PillowThrowDecor November 13, 2010, 10:08 am

    Congatulations to Kelly! She’s this week’s Pillow Giveaway Winner.

    Kelly… make your selection and then email it to me with your address… PillowThrowDecor(at) gmail(dot) came.

    Ps Another pillow draw is coming!

  • Mary Marcus Elam November 15, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Wow first let me say what beautiful pillows and stockings you’ve showcased! Second-sorry I missed this giveaway! Darn! Well maybe next one! Luv the rusty orange pillows below in the next post! FESTIVE!! 🙂


    • PillowThrowDecor November 16, 2010, 7:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words Mary! There will be another giveaway shortly… I’ll let you know 🙂

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