01 August, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop!

Welcome to my day at the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop. A big thank you to Madame Samm (Sew We Quilt) and Carol (Just Let Me Quilt) for organising this fun hop.
 For my project, I thought I would give it an Aussie touch. Kookaburras! When we were kids, we would sing the Kookaburra song.
 
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry, merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra.
Gay you life must be!
 
For my international visitors, this song was written by Marion Sinclair in 1932 for an Australian Round Song contest being held by the Victorian Girl Guides. Her Kookaburra song won. (Those were the days when gay meant something else!).
We often get kookaburras in the trees around the house and I still love to hear them "laugh".
I've been wanting to make this stitchery for such a long time and thought this was the perfect opportunity to make it. I had thought about giving this hanging to one of my Christmas swap partners but I've fallen in love with it! So, sorry girls. I'll be making you something else! LOL!

Let's have a little giveaway to celebrate!
Two Christmas ornaments with an Aussie theme. If you'd like a chance to win just leave a comment below. If you are a follower or become one, let me know in a separate comment for a second chance. Everyone is welcome to enter. I'll draw the winner at the end of the blog hop. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project. Pop over to today's blogs to see some more fun Ho Ho Ho projects.
 You can see the full schedule here.
 
 

156 comments:

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I love the stitchery with the kokaburras!

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I'm a follower!

Kaisievic said...

Love your Kookaburras, Christine. As I am a fellow Aussie please don't count me in your giveaway this time - it would be nice if an overseas blogger wins, I think.

hugs, Kaye

Melody said...

I adore your kookaburra project and it is so very beautiful. I'm with Kaye, I won't enter the giveaway as I'd love to someone from overseas win the gorgeous prize.

Cheryll said...

The "Burra's" are wonderful Christine! And yes I think my luck should go to an overseas follower too! Love this blog hop! :)

Fiona said...

I think that stitchery is an all time favourite... I love the Kookaburra's... and you made it so beautifully.

hope you get lots of new visitors...
Hugz

retdairyqueen said...

No wonder you want to keep the kookaburra's They are cute

retdairyqueen said...

Iam a follower Thanks for the chance

shez said...

wow Christine i love this,we have kookaburra's everywhere here,we even have one that sits on our window sill tapping away grabbing the insects,i am with Chez if i win could it please go to an o/s person.xx

shez said...

Hi again Christine i am a very happy follower if i win could it please go to an o/s's entrant.xx

Libster said...

nice stitchery! I cant keep up with all your work.

Noela said...

Lovely stitchery. Did I see it in a magazine, so very Aussie. Your prize would be good going to someone overseas. Hugs......

madebymeinred said...

Your stitchery is beautiful! Yes, I've heard the song. You Aussies are known for your beautiful hand work and yours is tops.

Baa. xxx said...

That stitchery is so cool. The kookaburra's are perfect holding the little stars. You produce such lovely work.

Judy B said...

Your Kookaburra Christmas stitchery is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Judy B said...

I am a follower!

Sewgirl said...

Oh, such a sweet project. I have never been to Australia, but remember the Kookaburra song from Girl Scout days at camp!

jan said...

I love your Kookaburras.
xo jan@sewandsowfarm

May Britt said...

Beautiful stitchery :)

May Britt said...

Beautiful stitchery :)

agnieszkak said...

Very nice work !!!

Kristy said...

Very cute birdies! We don't have those here in California. Thanks for sharing. The ornaments are cute too. Thanks again- K-

Britt-Inger said...

Your Christmas stitchery is so cute. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Have à great day

Heleen Groot said...

That is a beautiful stitchery! I can see why you wouldn't want to give it away. I love it!

Sharyn T said...

Absolutely fantastic Aussie chrissie theme stitching Christine. Sharyn:)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a sweet and unique stitchery, just lovely Christine.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely give away - I am a GFC follower.

Judy said...

I was visiting your country with my husband some 20 years ago (gosh, time is flying!!!), we only did wild camping in national parks or somewhere in nowhere, and these lovely (but loud!) birds were often there wishing us a good morning! I always wondered how big they are, I love them! Your stiching is very nice, the buttons are perfect for your quilt, very nice! If you have time once, could you email me the shop where you buy your buttons, or your favourite shops site? that would be very nice!!
Greetings from sunny Switzerland
Judy

Judy said...

Oooh, I forgot, I joined your follower-list :-))
Judy

Sue said...

Great work! I can understand why you are keeping it!

Sue said...

I am a follower!!!

KaHolly said...

Very, very cute!

Briar Rose said...

Hi Christine ,
I just love your Christmas Kookas,So good to have Aussie themed designs.
I am a follower, but happy for the prize to go oversees.
Cheers R.

feltfree på Åsly said...

So lovely your Christmas birds are. And these ornaments I just love them. Thank you for sharing

charlotte said...

Love the stitchery! And you take me back. I was a girl scout leader when my girls were young and we taught them that song. I love it!

Donna said...

I love the Kookaburra(s)! I remember learning the song as part of a Christmas Around the World school presentation.

Suzan said...

Lovely handwork! I am jealous!!

JoyceLM said...

I can remember singing the Kookaburra song in Girl Scouts a long long time ago. Never knew the background. Thanks for sharing your cute project & thanks for the giveaway.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks again.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your Kookaburra stitchery is wonderful! Please leave me out of the giveaway...I just wanted to comment on how much I like your project!

Jeanie said...

Love your Kookaburra stitching! Even though I'm in the US, we learned this song in grade school. When I was a docent at our local zoo, the Kookaburra's would let me skritch their backs and were quite friendly. Thanks for sharing!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

lovely project...thanks for a giveaway

Carol said...

I love your kookaburra stitchery! We sing "Kookaburra" whenever we are at camp and have done so since we were kids. The song is fun and your stitching is lovely.

suz said...

Love this stitchery and don't blame you for keeping it! I learned this song in camp in New Hampshire. We knew it was about Australia because our counselor had to tell us what a Kookaburra and a gum tree were, but we never knew the whole story.

Dee D said...

Love the Kookaburras. I sang the same song growing up!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love this! And love the reminder of that song. :) Back when I was in grammar school we sang that song in Girl Scouts...my sister and I loved it so much that when traveling with our family we sang it over and over and over in round robins. I don't think my parents loved it as much as we did. :) blessings, marlene

Thearica said...

That is THE sweetest stitchery!

Madame Samm said...

ahhh is this where the term kooka bird came from ?
Love that you brought something to us about your country...I learn so much from you..your piece is a delight

Joanna said...

Such cute little birds and a charming song for them. Your stitchery is lovely. Australia is so far away from the U.S., but it seems like a very interesting country. Thanks for sharing a bit about it.

Marla's Crafts said...

Very cute. Love that little bird and do remember that song. Thanks for having a give away. They will look nice on someone's tree.

Marla's Crafts said...

I am a new follower. Thanks and will enjoy seeing what you make.

Mary said...

Your stitchery is lovely. Some how is do remember that song, and I am not from downunder. Those ornaments are so cute too.

Carol said...

Your stitching is beautiful on this piece and those little kookaburras are adorable! I remember this song for some reason, but I'm not sure how since I live in the USA. Must have had an Australian friend or teacher somewhere long, long ago. :O)

Cheryl said...

Your kookaburra stitchery is gorgeous Christine, and perfect for an aussie xmas

Cindy said...

Beautiful redwork! Thank you for sharing today :)

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Before I read past the first paragraph, I already had the Kookaburro song playing in my head, but I couldn't remember all the words - I learned in during piano lessons many years ago! Loved the stitchery :) now I know what a Kookaburro looks like!!

Cindy said...

I'm a new happy follower :)

Mimi said...

Beautiful stitching!! It looks like it would take a long time to complete.

Sherry said...

I'm a new follower. Looking forward to reading more.

Sherry said...

Cute stitchery. The little birds are perfect

Rosa said...

Love your Kookaburras,just gorgeous!

Vickie said...

Love your stitchery ! very cute !

krislovesfabric said...

This is great fun! Love it!

Lori said...

your stitchery is lovely. such cute birds

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Very cute stitches. I have never heard of a kookaburra so thanks for giving me a new bird to watch! Even if just in fabric.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely stitching piece.

Gill said...

I remember singing the Kookaburra song at primary school in the 1960's and singing it with my own children!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Debby said...

What beautiful stitchery. I enjoy seeing all the red work on today's hop. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

Karen said...

Well done, Christine. Great to see the Aussie touch!

Leah said...

Love your kookaburras! I remember singing that song at girls camp when I was a teenager. Great song and great stitches!

Linda said...

What a great stitchery! I learned that song in elementary school here in Texas way back when! I sang it to my boys when they were little.

Linda said...

I'm a happy follower, too!

apple blossom said...

lovely stitch work
thanks for the giveaway

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VickiT said...

What a cute stitchery. This will make you smile too. The second I saw the Kookaburra's it took me back to my younger years as a Girl Scout because even here in the USA we sang the Kookaburra song. I thought of that song that was the first thing that came to my mind.

VickiT said...

I am now following your blog also. Thank you.

JanesQuilting said...

What adorable Kookaburras, thank you for the story, I enjoyed reading it very much.

Robin said...

Aw, what a cute project!

Maria said...

Your "Kookaburra" Christmas Stichery is just adorable....

Just Quilt It said...

Great stitch work! Thanks for the history of the kookaburra--a popular round in the U.S., too.

Just Quilt It said...

I'm a new follower.

Sharon said...

I am partial to rework, so I am in love with your entry in the blog hop.

Jacque said...

Your birdies are so cute! Love your project. :)

Jacque said...

I'm a follower!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Is that just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Just love it!

patchouli moon studio said...

Sweet embroidery!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

I remember singing that kooaburra song when I was in grade school! Love your project!

Vicki B said...

Love the stitchery and the song.
tvbart@charter.net

rockgranny said...

Your Kookaburra Christmas stitchery is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Lou said...

Cute!!! Love the ornaments too! I have lots of Tx themed decorations since I live in Texas:) So neat to see other parts of the world and their decorations:)
Thanks for sharing!

CharlotteT said...

Love those little Kookaburas. They are a nice addition to the Christmas theme!

Sharon Dawn said...

That is one of my favorite songs from my childhood! We usually sang it at camps. I would love to hear them "laugh" in person! Your stitching is wonderful! Happy Stitching!
Sharon
forgetmenotstitches.blogspot.com

tink's mom said...

Lovely stitchery. My favorite part of blog hops is what I learn about the rest of the world. I know the kokaburras song but never saw one before, Thank you.

Cathy said...

Your kookaburras are just right for your stitchery! It`s wonderful!

Cathy said...

I`m a new Follower. You have a Happy blog. So much fun.

Kristen King said...

What lovely stitching!!! :)

pinsandneedles said...

Cute stitchery...I remember singing that song as a kid...hehe!

Kathy L said...

Love your kookaburras. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janarama said...

Your stitchery is adorable. I remember the Kookaburra song from when I was a wee tot and I grew up in Chicago ... never been down under.

BizyStitches said...

I'm now a new follower and looking forward to more fun.

BizyStitches said...

Very fun project and enjoyed your blog.

Joyce Carter said...

I really like your stitchery. The little birds are so cute. You did a wonderful job.

Sharon said...

Oh they are just lovely....Pretty stitches.....You did a great job.

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! What a darling stitchery!!! I remember the Kookaburra song from when I was a little girl, and I'm from the States lol. I don't know if it was taught in my school or what, but I remember it. Thanks so much for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya Christine!!! I am a new follower. Thanks so much for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

maggie said...

I love your Kookaburra stitchery! Nice job!
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

maggie said...

I am a follower of your fun blog.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

W Kruskie said...

Such a sweet story, I love your little Kookaburras

Leslie said...

Love the way you made this your own to reflect where you live.

FloS said...

What a great idea !!
Florence

Linda J said...

How sweet and the birds look just like the picture you shared! Clever of you to give your entry an Aussie flare.

Linda J said...

following your blog--thx for the giveaway chance. Enjoy your feature day!

cyndiofthevortex said...

I don't blame you for wanting to keep the kookaburra stitchery! It is too cute for words.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your kookaburra stitchery is gorgeous, such a cute picture! Lovely buttons too. xx

Lori said...

I remember singing the kookaburra song in girl guides here in Canada.

gpc said...

What a great project, I love your little kookaburras! :)

Judy said...

I love your stitchery!! I don't know if that is spelled right. LOL

Brandy Pettit said...

I have the song stuck in my head now!! I'm from Walla Walla, Washington and we used to sing the Kookaburra song in 1st grade :) I really like the ornaments and your stitchery of the kookaburra's holding the banner of stars is very nice. Thank you for the opportunity to have the ornaments!

Brandy Pettit said...

and an email to reach me if you like is brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

lauraluvsloons said...

I love your Merry kookaburra's.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Sweet stitching! As Girl Scouts,we learned the kokaburra song in USA.

I remember seeing my first real kokaburra when visiting Australia and singing the song (I think DH thought it a bit strange to have me singing to the birds!)

Thanks for sharing.

I am a new follower. (if you add "follow by email" let me know...it keeps me from accidentally missing a post)

Brenda said...

I remember that kookaburra song!! And enjoyed reading your blog!!

Patty D from NC said...

Lovely sticking. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda said...

What a great finish. Love the stitching.

sandra said...

I love those adorable little birds and also the song rings in my ears I think we sang it at camp. Thanks for sharing

evelyn said...

Beautiful stitchery. Wish we had kookaburras in Canada.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Super cute creation!!

Cecilia said...

I recognized that song. :-). Cute project. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Very lovely bird stitchery!

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

How cute!! I remember singing that song in Girl Scouts many, many years ago. Brings back memories of camping. Thank you for sharing.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

I am a follower.

Connie said...

Beautiful stitchery and those little Kookaburras are adorable!

Connie said...

I am a follower, thanks!

Annette Schultz said...

Kookaburras celebrating the holidays.... perfect. I know they are in every neighbourhood from my visit to Aussie a few years ago.thanks for sharing
in stitches

Editha said...


Lovely. :D thanks for sharing!

Emily C said...

Great redwork. love those wooden stars. Lovely little extra touch.

Linda Crosby said...

What a sweet Christmas project. I love redwork. Thanks for sharing

LJ said...

Cute. I've always loved the Kookaburra song and was glad to hear the history of it. Your stitching is adorable. Even though MacDonald's Farm doesn't have a Kookaburra, it should!!

Anna McCurdy said...

Christine,
I live in Western Canada and we learned the kookaburra song when I was a kid in music class. It is a fun round song.
Love your cute ornaments- they will look great on someone's tree.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for the chance to win your lovely ornaments.
Hope that you have had a great time at your quilt retreat.
Regards from Alberta, Canada,
Anna

Anna McCurdy said...

I am a new follower of your blog too.
Thanks for sharing the song. Enjoy the hop.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Mystica said...

Like the creativity of your work. Am enjoying the blog hop as well. Thank you for sharing a giveaway.

Gmama Jane said...

I always love your projects! I'm a loyal follower!
Gmama jane

Suze said...

What an absolutely adorable stitching and I love the plaid border! I am glad to hear that you are keeping it for yourself. I chuckled at your comment that in 1932, gay meant something else! My first husband has a brother who is gay, bi, something. One day something was said about it when our children were young. My son said he knew it meant happy, but what else did it mean? You are very generous to give away ornaments withan Aussie theme. Thanks for participating, giving us a history lesson, and great inspiration.

Suze said...

I'm a new follower. That is an great Christmas print behind the wonderful Aussie ornaments.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Love the kooka stitchery...I'm not surprised you couldn't part with it...actually I love the kooka stitchery so much would you let me know who it is by I may have to track down a copy, ta :)...I couldn't "read" the song, had to "sing" it *LOL*.

Fiesta said...

I love love your projects.

Pamela said...

Your wall hanging is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Christine,
I just love your little redwork birds, so pritty.
Thanks for sharing and the chance to win the australien christmas ornaments,
so cute ☺
xo
Bente

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love your stitchery of the birds. How cool! It want to hear one of them one day.

Kathy H said...

Very cute stitchery. I love the redwork from different areas. So cute.

Kathy H said...

I am a happy follower.

Teri said...

Love the stitchery.....the ornaments are darling.....what a great giveaway....thanks

Sallie said...

Very nice! Please enter me in your giveaway.

nicolesender said...

Love the ornaments! How cute!
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