AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Friday, December 24, 2010

Poinsettias at Christmas

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ These Christmas table mats I first used when my children were young.
That is about 30 years ago.
The poinsettia featured in the bottom mat is a common Christmas symbol in Australia.
Many shops sell living poinsettias as a Christmas gift!
Friday My Town Shoot Out

Symbols of Christmas
Glamorous poinsettias
Australian colours

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ These are my non-living poinsettias edged in gold glitter.
I place these in a vase.

Friday My Town Shoot Out is hosted by Sarah


Madeleine said...

I ahve some artificial pointsettas and a table cloth with them on as well. Lovely! Merry Christmas :O)

Anonymous said...

Memories, good ones ;-)
I hope you and your loved ones may get some peacefully Holidays!

Doreen said...

I am impressed that you still have the place mats from 30 years ago. very special indeed!! Poinsettias are symbol of Christmas here also.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Suz said...

Merry Christmas

Jama said...

I have the same crocheted table cover I did many years ago.

Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas celebrations!

Marja said...

30 years That's a long time. I came to wish you a very merry christmas and a fantastic 2010
Arohanui marja

Leovi said...

Thank you very much for sharing your great creations on his blog. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes. Leovi.

Genie said...

Merry Christmas, Gemma. Sorry I have been in absentia this past month but hope to be back up and online. after Christmas. I adore your 30 year old place mats. They remind me of my childhood in Florida. Take care and stay well. Hugs...Genie

Kerry said...

I like those old crocheted table mats! Merry Christmas!

spiritsoflena said...

Your poinsettias and mats are very pretty. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ann said...

A good table cloth lasts a long time. I was telling my daughter my tablecloth came from Oz. My sis-in-law gave it to me twenty years ago.

Merry Christmas.

Pauline said...

I love family Christmas traditions! Your place mats are lovely! Poinsettias are a beautiful symbol of Christmas.



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