Thursday, December 2, 2010

Designers Project Parade Day 2-My Project!

We have a winner!
Congrats to BillieBee (Billie Mick)
You won the loot!

Today's Designer Line up: Moi, Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilts.  Thought you might want to know what I look like because I rarely post my picture anywhere!

I am offering 2 design ideas, because one is not really a design, more of a fun thing to do for the kiddos.  So read on, they follow the intro's.

Also-- you must read on because I am having a giveaway too.  And then there is the great grand prize of oodles of HG fabrics at the end of the week.


During the holidays is also the celebration of my birthday on the 5th of December.  Growing up we had several traditions that were based on the holidays and my birthday.  In our family everyone else was born in February or July, so it made mine a little different and was probably challenging for my Mom.  It's got to be hard to buy gifts for a child for a birthday and then also for Christmas without letting either over shadow the other.   Mom always made me a really fun cake.  Some years it was a Snowman cake with coconut on the icing to look like snow, a few times I got a bunny rabbit too.  The rabbit had coconut for fur, licorice for whiskers, and gumdrop eyes and nose.  Those are the ones I remember and they were so good! Another thing mom always did was to purchase an ornament for me each year that she gave me on my birthday.  I still have them, and they go on the tree every year.  That made me feel very special because she didn't do that for my brother and sister.  In the picture above is the ornament Mom bought me this year.  It is hand blown glass and I may just hang it in my dining room window for the whole year.  

The tree usually went up right before or right after my birthday.  Then I got to hang the new ornament on the tree.  I grew up in Oregon, so we always got a fresh tree each year to decorate.  And always, the week of my birthday sometimes the day before, my Dad and I went outside in the rain and put all the lights on the outside of the house.  I loved hanging out with my Dad, so that was fun for us.  We never got electrocuted due to rain by the way.  I still love to hang out with my Dad, but he lives in Oregon and I am in Utah so we don't put lights up together anymore!

My husband and I get both of our daughters ornaments for the tree each year.  Now my sister gets one for each of them too and sometimes one for me as well.  I get my sister's son an ornament each year too.  I love that because it is as if a tradition my Mom began continues on for all of us still.  Thanks Mom!

Here are a few other ornaments Mom got me through the years.








My cats always find this little guy and play with him.  He is made from a half of a walnut shell and a felt Santa hat.  He hangs on the lowest branches and they get him off and knock him around the house.  He looks a little roughed up, but he has survived the attacks.  He has been on my tree every year since I can remember.






These are the other ladies in Day 2 of the Project Parade be sure to go see what they have to offer! 

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  She is simply adorable and Rosie her dog is too.  Did you notice we share a name? yep we are the "2 Carrie's of Henry Glass" except mine is spelled different.
and Amy Hamberlin of Katie Cupcake  She is adorable too- you can tell by her company name-- but also her patterns and designs are wonderful and of course adorable like her.

Rudolph's the name, lighting the way is my game....Rudolph is my "special" word that you will need for your giveaway entry.



In honor of Rudolph, here is a recipe for Magic Reindeer Food:This helps the reindeer keep their strength all night and helps them fly!
2 Tablespoons Oats (not sure if the reindeer like the flavored kind- but it should be dry not cooked!)
Generous Sprinkles of Glitter
8" square of Christmas fabric Plastic Wrap and ribbon to tie it with.
Print up the Tag here
Place a tablespoon of oatmeal and a few sprinkles of colored sparkles on the plastic wrap. Twist the Plastic Wrap tightly and place in the center of material. Twist and tie together with a piece of ribbon. To each attach the tag. Remind the parents to let their children sprinkle the "food" on the lawn before putting the children to bed.  If  you get snow at Christmas, take a broom out later when the kids are sleeping and mess up the snow a little.  The broom handle stuck down into the snow in several places makes it look like hoofs were stomping about.
PDF version with tag

Along with the Magic reindeer food recipe I came up with this little idea.



Inspired by the ridiculous amount of snow we have received here in the last 3 weeks, I have been feeling a little "snowed in".  So I called this candle mat the Snowed Inn Candle Mat- and because I think it is fit for an Inn somewhere cold and snowy, with fireplaces roaring, and candles lit in case the power goes out.   That was quite a run-on sentence, but I think you get my vision.

Here is the link to the instructions.
Snowed Inn Candle Mat 


Still looking for the giveaway info?  You found it.  Hopefully you enjoyed my offerings for the Parade and my ramblings on holidays past traditions.
For my giveaway one of you will receive my Jolly Stockings Block of the month Pattern, a pack of Clovers Black Gold Applique needles-- these are divine needles that glide through the fabric so nicely, and a Flower Frill Template from Clover. 




















 Frill is the newest offering from the people over at Clover and they have provided me with one to try and one to giveaway.  My first attempt at it is not worth photographing.  It was really a user issue, the template works fine.  So I need to play more with it, but it is as easy as pie to use!  It makes really cute embellishments and is a nice alternative to making yarn pom poms.  Clover has a few free pattern ideas that are downloadable for the Frill on their website.

So leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition-- we all love reading these!  That will enter you, but leave me a way to contact you.  If there is no way to contact you I will have to choose someone else.  Follow me on my blog, Twitter, or Facebook and get another entry, but let me know you follow me and where.  I am only giving a max of two entries per person--otherwise I get too confused to keep up!  

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Karen in Tucson said...

I love ornaments and have them from around the world when I travel and friends who bring them to me. Love all your Christmas/birthday stories.

Lynn Osborne said...

Making cookies is our favorite tradition. Thanks for the chance to win.

CJ said...

Two favorite traditions - decorating sugar cookies with my kids and getting an ornament for each of them that is a memory for their year.

Pat S. said...

Hi Kari, I enjoyed visiting your blog so much I signed up to follow you on a regular basis!

Pat S. said...

Hi again!
Thanks so much for the recipe and pattern! And thank you also for a chance to win one of your great giveaways! Happy holidays!!!

Melissa said...

One of my favorite holiday traditions is snuggling on a couch with my husband after the kids go to bed on Christmas eve while we wait for "Santa time." The anticipation is so fun!

Melissa said...

I'm following your blog now!

Beth said...

my son shares a birthday with you. we celebrate St. Nicholas Day December 6th, so we always hung stockings up on the night of my son's birthday. the kids were always excited to see what little treasures they would find, but they always went looking for the carrot stubs left behind and the sparkles that St. Nick left in his wake. traditions add more depth to our holiday gatherings. thank you for sharing!

Cynthia said...

LOVE your project & "throw"...my mom gave ornaments to me each year also. Love that tradition.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Bobette said...

Fun traditions! My favorite was having a Christmas Eve talent show.
BobetteDavis@hotmail.com

Bobette said...

I am now a follower of your blog.

luvtoquilt said...

The best part of Christmas for me is having my two little granddaughters visit. We will definitely make the reindeer food! Thanks for the great ideas!

Sharen said...

Love your holiday sharing and the candle mat is so cute and different!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Love those Black Gold needles. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sharen said...

Love the sharing of holiday memories and adding new projects. The candle mat is so different and will be a wonderful early Christmas gift.
Thanks for sharing!

Marcy said...

I love the idea of Reindeer food and what a wonderful new tradition to start with the kids.
Marcy

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

When our kids were small, to keep them in their rooms a little longer, I would hang their stockings from their door knob so they could get into them~ when we heard the rustling, we knew they'd be up soon~ sometimes it was 5AM! Yikes! Of course, afternoon rests were great too. ;-)

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I'm a happy blog follower! :-)

Nicki Lundeen said...

I'm sure mine is nothing too original, but I read the Night Before Christmas every year. Also, we cook swedish meatballs on Christmas Eve, and I always have to bake pumpkin bread and hugs! nlundeen at catt dot com

Martina said...

Thank you for the cute pattern! In our family we celebrate on christmas eve sit around the tree and sing christmas carols together!I love this time together!

Mama Pea said...

My favorite tradition was always decorating the tree with my parents and drinking champagne while we did it (when I was older, of course). Thanks for the nice giveaway!

The quilting Cat Lady (Kattarkonan) said...

Oh how fun to read about your birthday and traditions around that. My daughter has a birthday on the 5th too and since she was born I always made sure we had put up all the Christmas ornaments and lights before her birthday, not the tree that was always put up on the 24th and my daughter, and later all my kids helped put the ornaments on that while they waited for the clock to be 6 when we had our Christmas dinner and then they got to open the gifts. I always gave 1 ornament to my daughter on her birthday and she has them all, she is 25 now. Hope she will continue to cherish them.
Love the snowed in candle mat, maybe I will make 1 for my daughter and me.
Alda, Fl

Cindee ;) said...

Our tradition has been to have a ornament collection for each of my children. Some handmade and others are gifts. Each child (well...now they are adults!) puts their own ornaments on the tree...and of course there is also eggnog involved!! Enjoy your traditions this year also!!

MoeWest said...

We go for a walk or drive to see the Christmas decorations on Christams eve. We also open one gift each on Christmas eve. Thanks for sharing your traditions with us and have a Happy Birthday.

MoeWest said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the stockings quilt pattern.

Quiltjane said...

I am a humble follower

Quiltjane said...

Our Christmas tradition is to be all together for Christmas and go to Christmas Eve mass.

Linda Vera said...

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ornament collection!
Our "favorite" all time Holiday Tradition! Having all the grandchildren (usually 9 out of the 11)(now ages 8 to 22) come for Christmas Eve...The Two Main Attractions are: ONE the "Slide to the River" it is quite the "trek", the Hill is very Long and Steep! What laughter to is heard as they "fly" down on their Saucers :) After a couple of Hours of whooping and hollering, Number TWO: the Hot Chocolate is served...Along with the traditional Clam Chowder and Broccoli Cheese Rolls! We are Blessed :)

Barb said...

My favorite holiday tradition was playing Scrabble with my mom and my grandmom after Christmas dinner. I never won, but it was special girls only time.

rose jeter said...

Oh My gosh,reindeer food, that was my kids favorite, I had forgotten all about it, I will have to make some this year for old times sake. Love the clover Frill!

hannah said...

I loved the reindeer food idea -- how cute!! Enjoyed reading your blog and loved your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

as far as tradition goes, I would have to say that we always try to make of point of getting together with the extended family right around Christmas itself if not on the day, which is hard to do as we are spread out and work gets in the way for traveling :) Love your candle mat and especially love that snowman! I am a collector and this is one I would have definitely bought ... love the green scarf and hat. Thanks for participating in this blog hop ... it has been fun to read all the stories and collect the projects.

Marija said...

What a lovely candle mat pattern! And how did you know I LOVE and collect Snowmen too - so perfect!!
Loved reading your holiday story, specially since I do the same for my kids!! All three of them get ornaments each year and this year, the oldest son, who just got married in August, gets to take his for their own, first Christmas tree - we are picking it together this weekend!YAY!!
Thank you for a wonderful pattern and giveaway too - happy holidays!!

Lin S said...

Love everything about your post.

shishie said...

Reading Twas the night....making cookies....making homemade ornaments and decorations for the window, I love your site! Makes me feel at home.

Györgyi Varga said...

Our favourite Xmas tradition is baking gingerbread ornaments together to the tree. All of my kids are enjoy to make and of course decorate and eat them.

Marcia said...

Our tradition is to gather as a family (4 generations) at my mother's (we live together) around Christmas time, exchange 1 present each, watch the little ones play, eat a wonderful meal, and sit on the porch and talk. We have a very low key and casual celebration.
Thank you for this lovely giveaway.

Marcia said...

I already follow your blog.

Gentrie said...

OH! Patsy Cline brings back sooooo many memories from child hood. I automatically think of my Mom, she used to sing her songs around the house all the time! Cute pattern BTW. Thanks!

Benay said...

We have a new tradition this year called "Elf on the Shelf." It's a book that comes with a little elf that watches to see who's naughty or nice then reports to Santa each night. The kids are LOVING it.

I feel corny saying this, but we met at market. It's great to see all that you do. Great ideas.

Jo Anne said...

We make gift baskets of fruit, nuts and baked goods for all the neighbors. jonesjo at gmail dot com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Food wise my favorite Christmas thing to do is cooks Mom's Chocolate pies and peanut butter candy for her.....hmmmmmmmmmmm good. She'll be 90 on the 20th.

Kathryn said...

I love giving Christmas ornaments also - to my nieces. I hope they will remember this tradition and think of me in the years to come when they are grownup and celebrate Christmas with their families. Kathie L in Allentown

Anonymous said...

My favorite tradition is making a new ornament for my kids each year. Started when they were small. Now they are grownup and have children of their own. The grandchildren get their new one each year too. So now the ornament count is up to 17.

Darlis

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Our family tradition is to make overnight caramel rolls before we go to Christmas Eve services. Then on Christmas morning we pop them in the oven, get into the presents and when we're hungry, the rolls are all ready...delish!

Christine said...

Thanks for the free design and the chance to win your Stocking pattern ... it looks adorable. At Christmas I like re-discovering all the Christmas projects I've made over the years. I alway forget about some and have a nice surprise finding them again.

Linda said...

Our whole family gets together to make a different (simple) craft for Christmas in lieu of cookies. And my other tradition is to find some quiet time by myself to sit by the tree late at night and thank God for all the wonderful things he's given me.

Shannon said...

I am a follower. I am following you through Google and blogger.

Linda said...

Your candle mat is the best - very 3-D. One of my traditions is to make a christmas craft for 2 of my aunts and your candle mat is going to be next year's.
Thank you.

beth said...

Our favorite tradition is to play christmas eve football.!! We have a blast. Thanks for the cute pattern.

Colleen said...

Mom sister and I still get pjs Christmas eve to wear for Christmas day! We take turns buying them for each other!

Colleen said...

I am a follower!

Tori said...

Our favorite tradition is just being together. We eat, play games, bake, decorate, eat more, do puzzles ... everything together. I love it!
Thanks for the darling pattern, I am a new follower. Happy Holidays!
Tori

Jen said...

Thanks for the cute projects! My favorite holiday tradition is christmas music! All day, every day. Luckily, myhusband love christmas music too. Actualy, it's the only music we can agree on! thanks for the giveaway chance!

Susan said...

In our family it's a tradition to make Monkey Bread for breakfast on Christmas morning. My children are all grown (almost!), but they still want their Monkey Bread on Christmas morning! ;)

Mary said...

I'd forgotten all about Magic Reindeer Food...thanks for the darling tag, recipe and reminder. It will be fun to make for the little ones we know in the neighborhood. Love the candlemat too. Thanks for sharing your talent and traditions.

Michele Hester said...

Thanks for sharing you stories - it reminds me of the most important reason for Christmas - Jesus birthday! My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas stockings - they always have the best presents!

Michele Hester said...

I am following with Google friend connect. Thanks!

Smith Family said...

Thanks for a chance to win your darling quilt pattern. My favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas goodies with my children. Each of them have a favorite and I love working with them.

Ruth B said...

The snowed in mat is adorable and I have many sizes of the yoyo makers. They are wonderful and now I need the flower maker you showed us. Too cute!

SheilaC said...

Thank you for the great pattern! And the reindeer food recipe is cute :)

Merry, Merry!

SheilaC

VickiT said...

I started the same tradition as your Mom with my own three boys from the time they were born. Sadly, for one reason or another this somehow got interrupted and I've not continued again. It makes me sad this has happened and I keep thinking each year that I should start it again. I did buy one for my granddaughter each year since she was born and I will hopefully continue that with her.

Your little candle mat is very cute. Thank you so much.
Have a wonderful holiday season.

vburr at charter dot net

Carol in E TN said...

I am enjoying reading about all the designers. What a great tradition with the ornaments! Thanks too for the giveaway.

bonniequilt said...

Waking up to 3 very excited kids and watching all the fun!!..Now I have to wait for the to get up or come over (they moved out on their own). I liked it better when they were younger!!

Holly said...

My mom has been giving me an ornament for my birthday for years (December23) and I have started giving my children an ornament at Christmas also.

Anne Walizer said...

I love the idea of ornaments as gifts. My sister-in-law does that for her kids - so they'll have a decent set of ornaments when they move out. Meanwhile, I raided my mom's stash of ornaments when i moved out, giving her the opportunity to buy new ones! Thanks for the candle pattern!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Three favorite people! I was just looking at the Katie Cupcake patterns today! You are all so talented. I admire all of you.

My favorite tradition is bingo. We play at thanksgiving and christmas. We wrap presents, some good, some boobie prizes and play for fun. Of course the food is always a great tradition too. Fun stuff Kari.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

was I supposed to say rudolph? I follow you, btw.

glader said...

I enjoyed reading about your traditions. Mine involve making many of the gifts. either quilted or hand knit socks or baking. I wish you a merry Christmas. I am leaving an email as you said to leave a method of contact. glader@ridgeviewtel.us

Kathy said...

One of my favorite traditions was to make each of my children an ornament each year. They have quite an eclectic collection now, based on what craft I was into each year!

Kathy said...

I just signed up as a follower too!

Shannon said...

This hop is really fun...I enjoy reading about each designer and looking at the projects they have shown. I really like that snowman candle mat. Its really cute! Thanks!

corinne said...

Our favorite traditon is watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation". We know the movie lines by heart. Thank you for the giveaway and the table topper pattern

QuiltinGram said...

Christmas stockings always have a new ornament for my daughter and now each grandchild. Also, dinner doesn't start until everyone cracks open their Christmas cracker and puts on their paper hat. We now have 3 generations (26 so far)attending dinner.

JaNeanne said...

My husband and I are starting a new tradition this year for our grandson by giving him an ornament for his first Christmas and plan to give one every year. Thank you for the project pattern. Happy Holidays!! I'm a follower.

Dana B. said...

Oh, it's hard to pick just one tradition! My husband and I buy our kids an ornament each year and it's so fun to find just the right one. I also love decorating together. So many good memories! Thanks for the pattern - very cute!

Nancy said...

I also have a December birthday,so I know how that feels! Mine is the 16th, and my Mom always made sure my cake was not decorated with Christmas colors. Even when I was 40-something she had them change it to make sure I had a special day. One of our favorite Christmas traditions is having Chicken Ala King for dinner. It started the year I was born, 2 months early, and quite a surprise to my parents! They had Chicken Ala King for dinner that year, and we have had it every year since then! Thanks for the chance for the great give away!!

Nancy said...

oops-forgot to mention that I am a new follower of your blog, too. Thanks again!!

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern for the candle mat. I will enjoy making it. My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Tree Breakfast we have every year. Me, my sisters and their families meet the first Saturday in December at a local tree farm. We cut our trees and come back to our house for breakfast and ornament exchange game and an afternoon of crafting, usually an ornament.

Sherry said...

oh, and I forgot to mention that I am a new follower of your blog.

sue said...

My favorite holiday tradition is being with my family - including my sister and brother. I'm very proud of the fact that I'm 55 and I have been together with my sister and brother at Christmas 55 times!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love watching the little ones open their presents.

Kathy said...

We have given our children ornaments every year, too! Hard to pick a favorite tradition, but I remember as a child putting out a plate of cookies and glass of milk for Santa near the fireplace. How fun it was to check the plate and glass in the morning and find that the cookies and milk were gone and only a few crumbs remained on the plate. This is another little 'ritual' we carried on with our kids when they were small. Thanks for the cute pattern and chance to win!

Jody said...

At my MamMaws house we would always go on a "treasure hunt" for our present. She would write clues that sent us all over the house. So much fun!
jlbgeorgia(at)yahoo(dot)com

Becky said...

My favorite holiday tradition is reading a Christmas novel each year. Sometimes reading more than one. I also love looking at holiday magazines. Many thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Our favorite holiday tradition is to go to church together on Christmas Eve! It's a great way to celebrate the season.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I follow your blog.

4dreamsr said...

Started following your blog. Thanks for a chance to win.

4dreamsr said...

Favorite holiday tradition is simply being with family. We are all so scattered that it's just good to be together in one place, catch up & eat. Again thanks for a chance to win.

martinmosaics said...

Great give-away! I absolutely love the Christmas stockings Block of the Month pattern!! So adorable! I love the ice skate!

My favorite holiday tradition...hmm...we have so many. One is that we drink eggnog and listen to Christmas music while decorating the Christmas tree.

My oldest daughter is a Christmas Eve baby (that will be 20 this year!!) We have a Christmas/birthday tradition that every year we go to a movie in the afternoon on the 24th. Then we go out to eat at the same restaurant every year. Barely anyone is there so we get treated extra special. What ever family is here for Christmas also go with us to the movie and dinner. We started this tradition because the girls were often so antsy/hyper that the next day was Christmas (and that day was Hannah's birthday!) These activities distracted them and we have such fun. Mom also gets a break from cooking.

We have Hannah's birthday Christmas Eve, then Christmas (Jesus' birthday), and on the 26th it is my husbands birthday!!! We are pooped by then. :-)

Kathleen said...

I am a follower.....

Kathleen said...

a tradition I started with my daughter was making cookies or something new for that Christmas season...we don't really do it now since she lives far away...sniff...sniff....but they are great memories...

mollybgood said...

I collect Santas commenorating events in my son's life. He spent 10 weeks in Japan this summer and I just found two Kokeshi Japanese Santas. I love them!!! They are a wonderful addition to my collection. I'm a following on fb.

kshackabq said...

Loved reading about and seeing your wonderful ornaments. Because we live in New Mexico, my favorite tradition is putting out luminaria--that's the paper sacks with sand in the bottom to hold them in place, and then lighted votive candles. It's a lovely tradition. Thanks for the drawing. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!

Laine said...

From Thanksgiving (even before this year) my husband and I love to watch the Christmas movies and shows on TV.

I really like your tradition of giving the holiday ornaments. What a great tradition your mother started.

By the way I really enjoyed listening to your music on you blog while I was reading and looking around.

lsandes@comcast.net

Beth Upstill said...

Kari, I can relate to the Birthday and Christmas situation. My birthday is tomorrow. Oh, and I have the same silver bear ornament you have!
Beth

Janet said...

It has always been a tradition to make and decorate cookies together for Christmas. I'm enjoying the blog hop.

Patty D from NC said...

On of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating gingerbread houses. I cheat and buy the premade ones at Target - 3 of them. My 3 kids (oldest now 17) do all the decorating. They look great sitting on the counter. They are allowed to start eating the candy come Dec 26. Have a wonderful holiday!

Patty D from NC said...

I follow your blog - entry # 2

Patty said...

cute little table mat.

Peaceful Piecer said...

Candlelight service at church with my family is my favorite tradition. Thanks for a chance to win!

ytsmom said...

Many years ago, I mad Magic Reindeer Food for my cousin's little boy. Sadly, he is pretty much grown up now, but is a great kid! I love that frill maker, looks like a lot of fun!

schmidt1016 said...

That's a really cute pattern, Kari.
My son's birthday is the day after Christmas, so it was always hard to find ways to make him feel special. Probably his favorite holiday tradition was to go out shopping on his birthday to spend his birthday and holiday money while the stores were still stocked up.

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Patchwork and Play said...

Even though some of the instructions seemed to be covered by your clover ad, my favorite holiday tradition is definitely trimming the tree!

lovetostitch said...

I am a new reader of your blog - I can tell I'll be back often!! Thank you for your projects, so cute. In recent years - 13!! - my daughter has been having a cookie exchange, so that is one of our traditions. Of course we have the usual of decorating the tree, etc, however we are going away so no tree to undo when we return - yay!! No little ones here either, so they wont be disappointed.

A Plain Path said...

Loved reading about your birthday, holiday memories. Your mom sounds so sweet and thoughtful to make your birthday special this time of year.

Our traditions include cookie baking, always getting a live tree, and my daughter and I going to see The Nutcracker ballet! Love this time of year!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

I loved your ornament tradition, and I, too have done that with my children (now grown) because that was something that my Grandma did with us. Anyway, my favorite "new" tradition is probably only 8 or ten years old, but it is a "Pizza buffet-Ping Pong-Chocolate Making Party...I invite 6 to 10 couples, order in pizza and make a salad, served buffet style; after dinner, the guys go out to the barn to play ping pong, and the gals all start making up scrumptious chocolates - cream filled, peanut, coconut, dried fruits, anything you can dip into chocolate. Then we package them up real pretty and divide them up and that way we all get our nice home-made gifts all ready at once. The guys come in from the barn and try a few "samples" of chocolates, and help us clean up. And we get to visit with each other, laugh and share. It's wonderful!
So, that was long and involved, sorry. Anyway, thanks so much for the chance, I love the giveaway.
And I LOVE Henry Glass fabrics.

stichnRN said...

i guess my favorite tredition was getting the tree when we still had a real one. we had a bay window 12 feet long and 8 feet high with a 9.5 foot ceiling. the tree had to fill the space. my DH would take the kids and go cut the tree while i got the room ready. we had the bigest tree stand we could buy then put a big wooden base to make it more stable. the tree went up then we had to tie it to the curtain rods to keep it from falling over. even with the rope ties the tree was always beautiful.
JoAn Godfrey stichnRN@aol.com

Laura T said...

My husband and I purchase a Christmas Ornament together each year and I've always purchased ornaments for my kids usually tried to ty it in with something that happened during the year. Very fun to look back each year on the ornaments. I love Clover items. Just saw the Black label needles. Bought their .4mm glass head pins for quilting (actually my husband bought me two packages) as I love them! I had to call over for them and he went and picked them up for me at Nancy's Sewing Basket on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. He is an awesome husband:)
Laura T

Kare said...

Our tradition is to collect ornaments from our travels. Thank you for the Reindeer food recipe and the candle mat!

Laura T said...

I now follow you! I forgot to mention Happy Birthday to you on Dec 5th! My birthday is Dec 17th so I know how it goes:)
Laura T

stichnRN said...

i am following your blog. couldn't find a public site to follow you in facebook.

Jane said...

My favorite tradition is baking cookies with the family. Yes it's messy, but the kids love it! Thanks for the give away!

Bonnie said...

Traditions -- home made suger cookies. And, special ornaments for our now grown kids. New traditions to start with our new grand baby. What's not to love about Christmas. Thanks for the candle mat pattern. And, the wonderful items in your give away. Bonnie

quiltmom said...

Kari,
Our favorite family tradition is holding a tree trimming party with good friends. Once upon a time we held it on Christmas Eve but now we usually have it a few days before Christmas. We always get a real tree and have nice appetizers and sweets on the table. It is a celebration with friends and usually a very pleasant evening.
Thanks for the opportunity to win such nice prizes as well.
Regards,
Anna

Cindy said...

Our family tradition is pretty non-traditional! :) We have fondue for Christmas dinner! Been doing it for 30 years.
yayaquilter@hotmail.com

Alice said...

Enjoyed by visit and your blog. The opportunity to visit new creative people is great.

DebG said...

Watching 'A Christmas Carol' before bed is something I've done since I was little! Back then, it scared me!! Thank you for sharing your traditions. I love your idea for reindeer food!

Diana said...

What great projects and prizes today. We have also bought or made ornaments for our children and they also received ornaments from friends and family and they now hang on the trees in their homes. Have started getting our new grandson ornaments, he will get his 2nd one at Christmas.
Happy early birthday!!

Big Rig John said...

I also have a weakness for collecting ornaments - they all have great memories attached to them.

Cindi P. said...

I love yo yos so can hardly wait to make the candle mat...thanks

Maria said...

Love your ornaments!

Beth said...

Each year my husband and I make each other ornaments. It's so much fun thinking about something we can make to "showcase" something that happened during the past year!
Beth olsoncieslak@msn.com

Jansie said...

Hi there, I love all your ornaments. My grandmother did the same for all us grandkids every year, and now I do it for all my nieces and nephews. Such a great tradition!!

Jansie said...

Oh, and I'm a new follower! :) Love your candle mat, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Favourite Holiday Tradition? In our family, it's more New Year's Eve than Christmas (that's just us - hubby and I, kids, spouses and grandgirls for dinner/day). New Year's Eve, we make Oliebollen (we are Dutch) - sort of a dumpling/doughnut filled with apples and currants, deep fried and dipped in icing sugar. So gooood!
Thank you for doing this bloghop - it's a great way to learn of new-to-me designers - and thanks for the patterns, too.
Gerda in Alberta
omax2@jwvantuil.com

Lynn Weathers said...

I also received an ornament each year growing up. I love to get them out every year and now I tell my child the story of each ornament as we decorate our tree. I am trying to pass on the tradition and make my nieces and nephews an ornament each year.

Wendy said...

I too get my children an ornament each year. They're 26 and 27 now. My tree is loaded :) Thanks for the pattern. Very cute

Sue said...

Cute candle mat - might be the only snow I see this Christmas. I still continue the tradition of putting up stockings, even though its just dh & me. Happy holidays!

Sue
sashaquilts@centurytel.net

Karen said...

One of our holiday traditions for our Summer Christmas is to give water pistols and have a water fight/play after the meal is over. The children love it and look forward to it every year. A bit different to your snowy Christmas.
Thanks for the lovely projects.

Wendy said...

I, too, purchase ornaments each year for my daughters ... a tradition I started when they were born.

Wendy said...

Totally am a follower of yours! Blog, Twitter and Facebook ... love ya! Thank you :)

KMSC said...

Our extended family tries to get together to make popcorn balls during the holidays. We make great memories even though some of us don't eat them!

Joyce said...

Making gingerbread houses with my 5 grandchildren has been a tradition for the past 16 years. I also give each of them an ornament every Christmas. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects - our four year old granddaughter will be fascinated with the reindeer food. Have a Happy Birthday and a great Christmas!
jyoung@goinet.ca

Deb said...

One of favourite Christmas traditions is that I fill a stocking for my two children who are now adults. I always put in a pair of socks and underwear. Then I put in small useful or silly stuff. They would both be disappointed if the didn't get their socks and underwear. I also make or buy an ornament for them each year. Thank you for your lovely pattern but I will probably do it in red and green instead of white since it doesn't snow here in Australia.

Janet said...

Christmas does bring back memories of those traditions our families have shared through the years. Thanks for sharing yours! Your Jolly Stocking BOM is whimsical and delightfully fun. I'd love to try those Clover Black Gold Needles as well as the Flower Frill Templates. There can never be enough bling in our lives! Almost forgot, I use the Clover yo yo makers a lot and absolutely loved your candle mat. Thanks tons for the pattern.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

I just love that Christmas tradition...both my sisters and I have occasionally done it.

It does bring fond memories, both my son have ornaments I have made them :)
HUgs, Sharon

Stimpson Family said...

I love the stocking blocks! Sign me up for the give-a-way!

Pam in Texas said...

So many cute ideas...and such a fun holiday giveaway! I am loving this! Thank you for all the creative projects!

ShadyB said...

Love your ornaments - too cute! Our big tradition is to watch the parades on t.v., and just generally hang out with the family.

Mary Jo said...

Love the pattern and Rudolf food...I have given my children an ornament every year for Christmas and when my son got married I boxed them up so he could hang them on his first tree. We always put on Christmas music and hang the decorations and then have hot cocoa in front of the tree! Merry Christmas!!

maryjo@thequiltbear.com

Christie said...

What an adorable candle mat. Could have made it last Christmas when we really were "snowed in". Needless to say, last Christmas, our traditions were foiled! We did have the usual potato soup supper, but, did not go out in the blizzard to go to Christmas Eve church and drive around after to view light displays. We did open presents, but then, our kids tried to get home before they got completely snowed away from their own homes. Thanks for sharing your adorable mat. Glad to have found you. Will be following your blog and will friend you on Facebook. Merry Christmas and HUGS... and stitches

the girlfriend gap said...

If this is a repeat post sorry, I just tried to post and I don't think it took. Favorite traditions are giving a new ornament each year and worshiping Christmas Eve Candlelight service with my family. may your days be filled with love and joy Merry Christmas! janita

deserae said...

My favorite tradition is eating waffles with strawberries and whipped cream on Christmas morning before we open presents!

deserae said...

I follow your blog

Potpourri said...

I love the Christmas Dinner and all the accompaniments. Every year they are the same, even if we celebrate a Christmas in July. I also have special ornaments to put on the tree , all with memories.

crickets said...

We have some of the same ornaments - very cool! Love your projects, thx so much!

trudys_person said...

I think reindeer food might have to be a new tradition in my family - so much more fun than leaving carrots for them! Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I have boxes full of ornaments from the same kind of tradition. I love them all.
Diane P bluedove@vtc.net

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the snowed in candle mat. I love making these. Favorite holiday tradition is to get together with family and enjoy the day. Deb Austin

Lisa said...

Hi! Our favorite tradition is celebrating St. Nicholas Day on Dec.6. We set out the shoes at night and St. Nick fills them with candy if we've been good. The kids look forward to it every year...their first bit of Christmas!

Marge said...

We always put out milk and cookies for Santa and we put oatmeal on the front porch for his reindeer. The next morning all the oats were gone. Amazing
Marge

butrfly2200 said...

Happy birthday for Dec. 5. Hope you have a great day.
Wonderful giveaway. My favourite Christmas tradition is the church service Christmas eve and getting together with family.
I am a follower of this blog.
:)Carol
www.butrfly2200.blogspot.com

Nancy Sue said...

I love going out at night and driving around in the car, rolling the windows down for the full effect, and driving slowly through the surrounding neighborhoods looking at holiday lights. Hot chocolate is a must during the "tour of lights", with a radio station that plays holiday music. When I lived in Orlando, I had to crank up my A/C in the car to "iceberg" setting and keep the windows up, to get the same effect.
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Nancy Sue said...

I am a follower through GFC. Happy Birthday, Kari!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. I love looking at all the ornaments from my childhood through my kid's childhood.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE driving around and looking at Christmas lights! Thanks for the giveaway! ~robin welchrobin@hotmail.com

Shirley in Canada said...

My favorite tradition is filling the stocking for my kids, even though they have kids of their own. Thanks for a wonderful blog

AnnieO said...

I love Christmas ornaments and have to resist mightily adding new ones every year to my already groaning tree. I have some walnut ornaments with mice inside! My aunt still buys my now grown children ornaments every year, a wonderful tradition. My favorite holiday tradition is the stockings--The kids always knew they could creep downstairs and take their stockings to their rooms before their dad and I got up. Then we have breakfast and open our gifts.

Cathie in UT said...

Hello from another Utahan in AF!
We have many traditions but one that I love is to have an advent wreath that we light as the season of Advent goes on until we reach Christmas. It is a tradition from my childhood in NC.
I am adding you to follow and can't wait to see what you share next!

MJ said...

Great blog... and Happy Birthday! My favorite tradition is the baking of the goodies.. then sharing them with all the neighbors and friends.
Thanks for the chance to win!!

MJ said...

oh.. I'm a follower of your blog too!

Kim G said...

Great Bloghop! Always go to my parents on Christmas Eve and the supper is barbeque, oyster soup and texas potatoes, love it!

bountiful quilter said...

The reindeer food tag is so cute and fun for kids. Thanks for the cute candle mat project too. Have a great holiday. westielover1890@yahoo.com

Marianne said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies and then sharing them! After all, I shouldn't be the only one getting plump!

Marianne said...

Following you on Twitter, I'm @quiltygirl.

Quiltsmiles said...

Our favorite tradition is the candle light church service on Christmas EVe. Oh yeah, the concerts, music, stockings hung on the mantel, tha Santa quilt hung over the back door,... I guess I have way too many favorites but I do so love Christmas. I just become a follower too. Jane

Knititall said...

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating the tree. I love its foresty smell and unpacking all the little ornaments we've had since I was little. Some I even made myself as a kid, some were made my parents... it just makes me feel like a child again, eager for Santa to come.

Knititall said...

I'm following you on twitter - @Knititall

Joanna said...

Thanks for the candle mat pattern. It looks like something I could do. So pretty.

daisydeb said...

love your candle mat...something I'd make for myself and gifts. Thanks so much:)

ckkkkzh said...

I enjoy your blogs. My birthday is the 25th of Dec. My mother would give me a pair of shoes and one would say happy birthday the other would say Merry Christmas. I had to wait until I had a family to get two presents. this is from Freida my first blog.
ckkkkzh@yahool.com

Mama Spark said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!!

Mama Spark said...

OOPS, I guess I forgot to leave a tradition. We always decorate the tree together and we bake the same Christmas cookies each year. We can try new ones but the kids always want the same ones too so our list always grows!!

Shelley said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. We love driving around looking at Christmas lights after attending Mass on Christmas Eve.

Shelley said...

I'm a new follow too! Thanks again and Happy Holidays!!

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