a gift for you!

I had so much fun doing the Sew Mama Sew give-away, that I thought I’d continue sharing the love and give you all a little early Christmas gift – holiday gift tags! All you need to do is download the PDF file, print it out on some nice card stock and attach them to all the fun Christmas goodies you’re going to be giving out! (FYI – the colors of the tags are showing up quite a bit brighter on the web than they actually are, for an accurate viewing you’ll need to download the file by clicking on the link below…)

Holiday Gift Tags

gift tags

J and I are getting ready for a fun evening of baking Christmas cookies with one of his professor’s daughters… It should be a blast and I promise to post some photos of our creations along with my absolute favorite sugar cookie and frosting recipes, compliments of my mother-in-law. They are amazing!

and the winner is…

Hi everyone! Wow, what a fun day give-away day was! Many thanks to all who stopped by my blog to participate – I hope you come back again soon.  If you get the chance please read through all the lovely comments on everyone’s Christmas traditions. I had such fun reading about all the different traditions and am inspired to start a few more of our own!

Now let’s get to the really exciting part, we have a winner (by random drawing)!

Amber from one shabby chick has won my Christmas give-away! Please pop over and check out her great blog! She wrote:

Amber on December 3, 2008 at 11:16 am 

One of our Christmas traditions is to give the kids new pajamas on Christmas Eve and then they wear them to bed that night.
What a cute giveaway!

I so wish I could give away a special Christmas gift to everyone that came by and posted such wonderful comments… But that is not to be, so instead I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite holiday poems. (This is only the first stanza, read here for the poem in entirety.)

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by Edgar Allan Poe

 Hear the sledges with the bells —
         Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
       In the icy air of night!
    While the stars that oversprinkle
    All the heavens, seem to twinkle
       With a crystalline delight;
      Keeping time, time, time,
      In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
   From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
          Bells, bells, bells —
  From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

give-away day!


Hurray, give-away day is finally here! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today… And thanks to Sew Mama Sew for coming up with this fun idea! All you need to do to enter for a chance to win this fun little hand-made bag (pattern by Amy Butler) and other holiday goodies is leave a comment sharing your favorite Christmas tradition. Then, at the end of the day I’ll randomly pick the winner from everyone that left a comment on December 3rd! Sound like fun? Good. I thought so too.



a little holiday cheer…


One of my favorite blogs during the holiday season is over at Sew Mama Sew where they celebrate the upcoming Christmas season by sharing a month of tutorials and wonderful gift ideas with their Handmade Holidays. This year they have also come up with a great idea for a collective blog give-away day. I love any excuse to spend extra time crafting, and what better time to have a give-away than to kick of the start of my new blog! Definitely a win-win all around.

Anyway, in the next few weeks I’ll be posting the project I’ve been working on for the give-away – I think you’ll really like it! For now, here’s a sneak peak of some of the fabrics that I’m using… Stay tuned and be sure to check back on my blog on December 3rd to post a comment and be entered into the give-away!