Monday, 15 December 2014

Advent Calendar Blog Hop Day 15

Hello everyone and welcome!  It's the 15th of December and my turn to open a door on Jo's Advent Calendar...


Let's have a look what's inside...


My first ever ornament finish!

This is Snowy Birds by Country Cottage Needleworks from last year's JCS Christmas issue. I was pretty pleased with how this turned out! I haven't made many ornaments since and this is still my favourite.

I have lots of things waiting to be finished though!

Jo has asked everyone taking part in the blog hop to blog about our best ever Christmas present. The one that sticks out in my memory was one I received from my parents in 1983 when I was 11...my very own record player! It had a turntable and a needle which jumped if you tried to dance near it (if you are under the age of 35 and don't know what I'm talking about, please ask a grown up).

It seemed magical to me that I could choose what music to listen to rather than waiting for my favourites to be played on my parents' radio.

Unfortunately the only disc I received from Santa that year was Cliff Richard's 25th anniversary LP but it wasn't long until the shops opened again after the Christmas break and I was able to spend my voucher on a Wham album!

I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Justine

33 comments:

  1. A very cute post! You did a wonderful job on Snowy Birds. I stitched that one too : ) I certainly remember record players & those needles jumping around if you got too close ... lol! I loved them though & truly believe the sound of a record is far superior to that of a CD or anything else. Have a wonderful Christmas Justine!

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  2. Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar. Your ornie is lovely, it was a very popular one from that issue. Because I live by the sea the birds remind me of seagulls!
    We had a family record player just like that. For Christmas 1983 I believe I got one of the Axe Attack compilation albums. Much to the disgust of my younger sister who was a Wham fan like you!

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  3. Cliff Richard and Wham, that brings back memories. Merry Christmas!!

    CJ

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  4. Such a beautiful ornament! I love the feathers. Merry Christmas! :D

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  5. Wonderful ornament... its really pretty :)
    Ah ha a record player.... I never got one, but used my parents one! Ha ha Wham, oh that brings back many happy memories!
    Merry Christmas :)
    Smiles :)

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  6. Haha...I know what you mean by the needle jumping. Lovely ornament too. Xx

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  7. Beautiful ornament. Merry Christmas!

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  8. "if you are under the age of 35 and don't know what I'm talking about, please ask a grown up" <- That gave me a good belly laugh. My dad was very big into his audio equipment, so he used cinder and solid wood to build the cabinet for the record player, so it never skipped, no matter how rambunctious. Earthquakes were another story, though (I grew up in the Bay Area).

    I love the finish - The way the feathers are used is just fantastic! I would have never thought of doing that! Clearly, I should start taking a peek at magazines again!

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  9. Oh I love that ornament. Love the tails. So pretty! LOL I laughed at your under the age of 35 comment. I'm 35 and I know exactly what you are talking about so you guessed a number correct. I never owned one but I've saw my share of them. My son used to think records were just really small tires. He always asked me what type of car they went on.

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  10. LOL Justine!!!! That got me chuckling!!! If I said I had no idea what a record player is, do you think anyone would believe me? :D :D
    Your ornie is adorable! Love the use of the feathers as a tail! I would never have thought of that!

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  11. What a lovely ornament :-) Ah, yes, I remember record players. I loved to listen to Dolly Parton on mine, and at Christmas time I had an LP of Mickey's Christmas Carol.

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  12. Now now I may only be 28 but I know what a record player is lol. I even had a Fischer price one when I was a kid

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  13. Pretty ornament Justine. I still remember my first record player all those years ago. Early 60's.

    Linda

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  14. I'm not a lot older than you and still have a record player and a collection of LPs not yet released onto CD. I love listening to the crackles on a record - it just gives it an air of impurity rather than something which has been digitally perfected. And as for Cliff Richard - I have an eclectic taste in music but his concerts are by far and away the best I have ever been to - live music, no miming and no screaming teenagers!! :)
    Nice ornament, by the way!!!!!

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  15. Lovely story Justine thank you for sharing it with us xx

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  16. Fabulous ornament. Sadly, I am old enough to know what a record player is, I had one that was in a lovely case and could be taken round to my friends house when my parents were fed up with us listening too loud lol.

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  17. I guess we are kindred music loving sisters years apart however...both loved our record players.

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  18. I know what a record player is! But I do not know either of those names haha.

    Those feathers are totally fabulous on those birds. I don't know how you managed to keep them fluffy through storage! It would definitely have to be a top of tree ornament in this house or else I know a few felines who would gladly solve a feather storing conundrum.

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  19. What a beautiful ornament.
    We still have a turntable and use it regularly. One of the biggest cons perpetrated on consumers in recent years is the belief that digital sound is somehow better

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  20. Beautiful and unusual ornament. The record player made me smile as I remember my parents buying one and several pop record which my brother and I practically wore out before we could buy more.

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  21. It's a very pretty ornament ") You should definitely stitch up a few more to compliment this one!
    Merry Christmas*

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  22. What a beautiful ornament Justine.

    Oh your post brought back happy memories of the record player my parents had at home. I used to love using it.

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  23. Such a pretty ornament, Justine and I can remember my sister and I dancing away to her small record player when were kids, too.

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  25. Love the feathers on your ornament, what a great idea.

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  26. Beautiful finish. I have made a note of the way you added the feathers as I would love to use this in a suitable piece.

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  27. What a creative and lovely finish Justine!! I stitched this ornament but yours takes the cake with those feathers!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  28. Great finish, your ornament looks great. Wham! Bam!

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  29. very nice ornament! like it a lot. enjoyed reading your blog too!

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  30. A very nice ornament finish.
    Record players are making a new appearence right now but I still have my old one from many many years ago. And yes, I still use it, very often listening to my favourite record, a Rolling Stones one.

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