Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop Day One-

Day one of the Holiday Blog Hop begins!


Welcome to the Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party! We are so glad that you're here to celebrate the holidays and to join in on all of the fun that we are going to have. There will be giveaways, stories and lots of inspiration.


This is how the blog hop will work:

Visit with each designer. You'll find her wonderful holiday post and a special design that she's made for you.
Here's the exciting line-up:

November 13, 2011 Fresh Cut Quilts and Jillilly Studio
November 14, 2011 The Noble Wife Jacquelynne Steves and Lizzie B Cre8ive
November 16, 2011 Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup and Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched
November 17, 2011 Leanne Anderson and Brenda Pinnick 
November 18, 2011 Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of the Buggy Barn and Renae Allen of RGA Design
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage 
November 19, 2011  Linda Lum DeBono, and Chelsea Anderson

Each day the designers of the day will post on her site. Click on the links above to go to the designers' blogs some holiday fun. In each post you will find each designers'  secret holiday word. Collect all of the words and post it on the Henry Glass blog  from November 19-24 and we will draw a name to win the grand prize.

What's the grand prize? Lots of fabric, of course, and each designer will be sending you something special.

I have been asked to answer a few holiday questions so you can all learn a little more about how my family and I celebrate our holidays.  So here goes.



1. What is your favourite holiday food?  I love roasted turkey on Thanksgiving and because my husband's family is British they also serve roasted chestnuts which I have grown to love!  For Christmas, I think it could be anything that is served and I would enjoy it just because it is such a wonderful day to be with my family.  But the one thing I remember and miss the most at Christmas is my Mom's Ambrosia Salad.  She always used fresh fruits that were not necessarily in season, walnuts and handmade whipped cream in it.  I think she may have added vanilla and some cinnamon to the whipping cream sometimes too, but I can't remember.  It was the best part of Christmas dinner to me.
2. Does your family have a favourite holiday tradition?  My Mom always made a big pot of Wassail each year which was our version of Hot Apple Cider.
3. Did you like or hate sitting on Santa’s lap? I don't really remember sitting on Santa's lap.  But my kids look forward to it.  My oldest almost didn't do it last year and I don't know if she will this year.  She thinks she is too old!
4. Was there a gift that you really desperately wanted? Did you get it?  I wanted an Easy Bake Oven in the worst way and one year I got the Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven-- my big sister was green with envy!  We had lots of fun with it though.  My Mom didn't like the mixes much, so when she baked a cake or cookies she would give us a little batter to use and cook with.  We thought we were geniuses in the kitchen!
5. What’s your favourite holiday movie?  I have a couple of favorites that I never like to miss watching each year.  The Preacher's Wife (the original with Cary Grant), Miracle on 34th Street in black and white of course, and It's a Wonderful Life.  
6. Favorite holiday song? Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee is my favorite holiday song.  

7. Do you make many holiday presents? What do you like to give?  It really depends on the year.  Some years, I get very ambitious and make gifts and some years I don't.  I have made quilts for family members in the past, but don't do it each year.  Some years my girls and I make ornaments or a craft while they are on Christmas break.  Last year it was a gingerbread house, I swore I would never try that again.  If I do it will be with a hot glue gun to keep the walls up!
8. Would you prefer a large fully decorated tree or one like Charlie Brown’s tree?  I grew up in Oregon, so each year my dad would find a Christmas tree vendor selling trees out of his truck on the side of the road for $5.00 and bring one home.  We never went to the lit up parking lot vendors to get one.  Some years it probably looked a little sparse in places, but they were always pretty and stayed fresh forever.  Now we have an artificial tree because in Utah you just about need a loan to buy a fresh tree, and my oldest daughter has allergies so it is easier on her.
9. If you could go back in time, when would you say was your most favourite holiday memory?  My favorite holiday memory is each of my kids' first Christmases and every year after with them.
10. Do you like a big family gathering at the holidays or do you prefer a small dinner followed by hot chocolate by the fire? When I was little none of our extended family lived near us, so it was always quiet and at home.  I prefer to keep it just my little family nice and quiet, by the fire.  That is not what I get though!  We have a huge gathering of my husband's family at someone else's house.  Someday though, it may be different and I may long for those loud, huge family gatherings!

I made up this Mug Rug in hopes that you may find it useful for making your own holiday gifts.  This along with a mug and maybe some APPLE CIDER mix, or Hot Cocoa mix is sure to please anyone on your gift list!



So now you need to go see my friend Jill over at Jillily Studio

and tomorrow you need to go and see my other friends Jacquelynne from The Noble Wife and Liz and Beth at Lizzie B.

(For those of you who need extra help finding the secret word-- look for the word in BOLD, plus the theme of my mug rug is a huge hint to that.  The word is in my post twice in bold lettering.)


117 comments:

natioradison said...

Hi Kari, thanks for a splendid post. I'd love to make up some mug rugs they are always welcome..but I don't think the link hot spot or link is working..yet!

Lee said...

Thanks for the post. I have only made one mug rug. The link is not working - but I will come back for sure to see yours! thanks!

Lee Ann said...

Nice post! I'd love to see the mug rug; but, the link isn't working? I'll come back later and check!

Ruth said...

I look forward to seeing the mug rug when it is available.

Martina said...

Lovely mug rug! A very cute gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cindy said...

Really cute mug run. I'm so into stitcheries these days. Glad that the pattern is finally here!

Donna said...

I'm loving the blog hop. I am so enjoying the wonderful memories of Christmas each of you is so sweetly sharing.

I have allergies like your daughter so my Christmas tree is artificial these days. Happy blog hopping.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thank you, lovely!

chefpa said...

Do you have a secret holiday word? I read through the post a few times, but didn't see it. At any rate, thanks for participating...it's so fun to read other people's holiday memories (and see their fantastic creations!)

Marilee said...

This is different. I'm a sucker for red and white.

Kd said...

Cute little mug rug, Kari! Thanks for the great Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Hop Post. Kd ~ www.KdQuilts.com

Anonymous said...

APPLE CIDER is a must on my list and now, thanks to you, i have a wonderful pattern to make for my delicious APPLE CIDER. This is just the beginning of a fun Jolly Holiday Blog Hop.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Beth said...

Cute mug rug! I need to make some of thoise up fpor my best buds.

Lynn said...

I enjoyed the HG Hop last year and all the fun patterns and designs. Thanks for the cute mug rug pattern.

gmp said...

You really have made my day! Redwork embroidery with giant rick rack, a mug rug and APPLE CIDER...it doesn't get any better than that! Thank you so much for sharing this adorable pattern with us.

Rosa said...

Mice mug rug,thanks for sharing.

Donna Joy said...

That is a cute and quick Xmas project. I'll start that one right away. Thanks.

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Cute little Christmas gift. Sorry you had some computer issues this morning and were finally able to get your blog up.

Just Ramblin' said...

Love the mug rug. Thanks for sharing the pattern. So glad you got your blog up as I couldn't get it this morning. Nola

Debbie said...

Thanks for the lovely patter. I can't wait to make it!

Staci said...

The mug rug is very cute! Embroidery is becoming a big deal again, and I love that! Thanks for sharing!

Dorian said...

Thank you for the lovely mug rug pattern Kari. I love these blog hops, they are so much fun.

Carissa said...

Thanks bunches for the free pattern :-)

Had fun getting to know you
Carissa

Debbie W. said...

I love the redwork mug rug. Too cute! Thank you for sharing.

Celine said...

lovely mug rug, thanks for sharing. I might had a few to my list to make for Christmas.

quiltmom said...

A very pretty mug rug- thanks for the pattern and for participating in this very fun blog hop.
Regards,
Anna

Cindy said...

What a darling mug rug! Loved reading your answers to the questions.

JustPam said...

Cute mug rug. I have one that was gifted to me. I have not made one of my own yet.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the mug rug. I think they make great little gifts. Thanks!

Joan said...

Thank you for sharing the lovely mug rug. It will be a great gift. I am enjoying the blog hop.

Patty D from NC said...

Thanks for a fun post and a cute mug rug!

DebrafromMD said...

Thanks for the pattern. I'm just getting back into embroidery and this looks doable to me.

Judy1522 said...

Thanks for the mug rug pattern. I have been looking for one for a Christmas gift. Yours is perfect.

Mary Jean said...

I am a big fan of redwork so thanks for the mug rug pattern. So cute!!!!

Mary said...

That's a really cute mug rug! Which part of Oregon are you from? That's where I live and raised my girls.

A Plain Path said...

Grrrr... It lost my comment. Haha!! Here we go again. Thanks for the pattern. And I love Brenda Lee's Rocking around the Christmas Tree!!

Mary said...

I enjoyed reading your comments and love the mug rug. Thanks for being a fun part of the blog hop.

ritainalaska said...

enjoyed reading your post! really like your pdf pattern ... love mugrugs - this one's so different, with it's rickrack border and redwork. thank you!

VickiT said...

It was fun reading your answers to all those questions. I never knew there was anything but the Easy Bake Oven so that surprised me about you saying yours was the Holly Hobbie.

Great looking mug rug. I used to do hand embroidery years ago and thankfully kept all my threads. Well, at least I kept what my boys didn't use. I taught all three of my sons to do some handwork gifts that were fairly easy. They had fun making gifts for Grandma. Thank you for your pattern and great instructions for the mug rug.

Jill Finley said...

Hey Kari! Great post. I love your mug rug, that is soooo cute.
Happy hopping!

Deb said...

I love blog hops! Thanks for an interesting post! I collected your WORD!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the use of the BIG rick rack with the mug rug - very cute finish.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very cute mug rug! Thanks so much for the pattern.

Colleen said...

Cute pattern.

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing your family traditions and love your cute little mug rug. Thanks for the BIG hint!

Marsha said...

Very cute mug rug! Thanks for the pattern.

Pat V. said...

Thanks for sharing this cute project!

Barb said...

Hearing about the traditions of others is a great way to get in the holiday mood. Your mug rug would be fun to make as stocking stuffers.

Peggy said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

cute mug rug

Laurie said...

love the mug rug :) I'm making several as gifts this year too - laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

evelyn said...

Kari, thank you for sharing your Christmas past. I love your mug rug. I have made one, and plan to make more in the new year.

Debbie said...

Thanks for being on the jolly holiday blog hop. I love the mug rug. Thanks for the pattern.

Karen... said...

A quick gift project! Thanks, Kari! Already printed it.
Looking forward to having my Cali kids home for Christmas this year. Hope yours is merry and bright!

TINA said...

Love the mug rug. I might mooch it for my quild gift. Thanks.

mblittle5 said...

Love the little mug rug. And thanks for the hint!!

Julie in WA said...

We are kindred spirits...I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, too! But I never got one. Growing up on a Christian School teacher's salary meant meager gifts and Charlie Brown trees! But we know that is not where the meaning of Christmas lies...

paulette said...

Thanks for the sweet mug rug pattern!!
Paulette

Karen said...

Thank you for your lovely mug rug pattern. It looks great.

Florence said...

Thank you for the pattern.

gill said...

I'm glad to hear that you like roast chestnuts - I love them!! Do you roast your over an open fire!!
Thanks for the mug rug pattern!

Betweens said...

Love warm apple cider the magic word! that mug rug would be perfect under my cuppa. Thanks so much for the pattern.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love your mug rug. I recently learned how to embroider so this "hits the spot" for me. Thanks again

Pamela Nees said...

Your mug rug is very cute!! Glad to see you in this shop hop!

Vickie said...

Thanks for sharing! I love the mug rug!

Nancy said...

Cute pattern. Thanks for sharing.

JCnNC said...

Trouble with all these links - thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and really love your mug rug. Judy

Lin said...

cute pattern

Nancy said...

Morning Kari, Thank~you for the Mug Rug pattern, it is adorable!! Love the combination techniques you used!!

Huggs, Nancy

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Very cute pattern, thak you. I in the mood for Apple Cider now

Kathy H said...

I just love mug rugs and had not made one with embroidery yet but now I have the perfect pattern to make one. THanks so much.

Jean said...

A free mug rug pattern, Brenda Lee singing, and your memories, great reading with the extras. Thank you!

Carrie P. said...

Fun post. I have not ever had roasted chestnuts.
Thanks for sharing the mug rug pattern.

krisgray said...

What a cute embroidery pattern - thank you!

Tara said...

AH! Yay! Another mug rug - I love these quick and easy projects, thank you!!

Tam said...

Tis the season for a mug rug. Thanks, Kari!

Needled Mom said...

Cute mug rug!!!

LesQuilts said...

Hi!
Thanks for the great pattern!
Take care, Leslie

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Kari! I loved your post and thanks so much for the stitchery mug rug pattern. I love stitching projects that I can work on in the evenings when I'm not at the sewing machine. This will make great gifts. Hugs...

Kaye M. said...

Your mug rug design is very pretty and the embroidery makes it extra special! Thanks for a great pattern tkmattson@hotmail.com

Mrs.Pickles said...

Great post..love love love the mug rug!

Dana Gaffney said...

Thanks for the pattern for the mug rug, so cute.

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing your creative works - your stitching is gorgeous.

lisa said...

cute mugrug, and thanks for reminding me what I need to look for!

iluvmybugs said...

Adorable mug rug!!! TFS
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Stacy Lindblom said...

I'm into stitchery right now so your mug rug is perfect for me! And adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Snoodles said...

Enjoyed your post so much, and I hope to make a set of those mugrugs - thanks for sharing the cute pattern with us!

Barbara said...

One of the best things about these blog hops is dicovering new blogs! I'm looking forward to visting yours regularly! Thanks for the cute pattern!

bairdmtn said...

Two of my favorite things to do-quilt and redwork!! Mug rugs are way up on my list of things to give for Christmas this year, because everyone can use one!! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! It will be VERY well-used!!

Philopolis Designs said...

Love it and the "vintage" look!!

Judy said...

Fun pattern and blog!

Judy Torgerson

Evelene S said...

Thank you for such a cute pattern for the mug rug and I love Apple Cider.

Nancy said...

Your mug rug is so cute!

gymo said...

Cute mug rug. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jodi said...

Thanks so much for sharing alittle about yourself. I love the mug rug. I'm doing alot of embroidery this year and I'm loving your pattern. Thanks so much.

Becky said...

Thank you for sharing this cute mug rug with us! Happy Holidays!

Sharrieboberry said...

I loved Holly Hobbie as a kid! I received some awesome long-sleeve shirts when I was in the 4th grade. But it wasn't a surprise that Christmas--my mom couldn't wait and showed me in November! Bummer.

Mom can never keep a secret!

Aggiequilter said...

Oh I loved my Easy Bake oven too ... it was SO COOL!
Thanks for sharing your great mug rug design!

Myquiltypleasure said...

our local quilt group just launched a mug rug fest so I will be adding my version of your design to this, giving credit to you of course. I believe the rugs will be sold at a christmas fete to raise money for our chosen charity this year 'help for heroes'. Something dear to the heart of both our nations. Thank you for the opportunity to win x

Robyn said...

Thank you for the pattern. I love stichery

Kim said...

cute pattern, thank you for the fun.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

What a cute little mug rug! I think these will make great gifts for friends!

Sherry said...

I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you so much for the Mug Mat design. I have some friends who would love one of these.

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for the great post. I would like to get the pattern for the mug rug, yet google is still giving errors. Will try again tomorrow. Enjoying this blog tour!

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FIONA said...

Hi Kari, Thank you for sharing the gorgeous pattern! I am a new follower of yours and have enjoyed reading your blog! Thankyou!!

Fleurette said...

Thank you for the lovely mug rug pattern.

Caroline said...

Thankyou for the gorgeous mug rug pattern!

Katie Paxton said...

Thanks for the mug rug pattern, very cute.

Linda V said...

Thanks for the mug run pattern. I have never made one.
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

sewnana said...

Thanks for sharing the mug rug Kari, very nice. Great Blog Hop... enjoying doing it.

SewLindaAnn said...

Your mug rug design is adorable, thank you!

Kathy MacKie said...

Thanks for the pattern, cute.

Kath said...

A very cute mug rug pattern.

SoozeM said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a gorgeous pattern with us, I really appreciate it!!

Nana Jo said...

Very cute mug rug. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop.

Monique said...

Dear Kari, thank you só much for sharing this pattern with us.
Would you please be so kind to come over at my place and see what I made with it?
All credits to you!

Love from Holland