Monday, November 29, 2010

November Giveaway Winners and December Question

Yum, yum, YUM!!  All of the recipes shared and foods mentioned for our November Giveaway sure looked tasty!  Isn't it a good thing we can't gain calories by reading about food?  :)  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  I have chosen at random - there is no way I'm going to try to pick a winning recipe! - three winners.  They are....

Pippirose
Mary
Stitched With Prayer

Congratulations!  You have each won a $25 gift certificate to Shabby Fabrics.  I have already sent an email with redemption details.


On to December's Giveaway Question....

Tell us about a Christmas tradition you keep, a cherished Christmas memory, or your favorite part about the Christmas season.

Remember, even if you don't have a blogspot account, you can still comment by using the "anonymous" option.  Just don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!


One lucky winner for December will receive a Colorful Christmas FQ Bundle!  This set of 24 fat quarters from Riley Blake is adorable, featuring penguins and snowmen, mittens, cups of hot cocoa, snowflakes, trees, and more!  




Our other two December winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate - some Christmas shopping for yourself, perhaps??  Speaking of which, now is the time to drop some hints to your friends and family members that all you want for Christmas is Shabby Fabrics!  Gift Certificates are available in a variety of amounts and are sure to bring lots of smiles.

52 comments:

  1. The best part of Christmas is having my daughters and family home to celebrate. I love to decorate for Christmas, and much to my husband's dismay, we put up three trees. One of them contains all the homemade decorations my daughters have made through the years -- a little tattered now, but dear to us nonetheless. Of course, that's the first tree my granddaughters run to and want to hear stories about "when Mommy was a little girl". Priceless memories!

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  2. Every Christmas we take our son, Hunter, to Bass Pro to get his annual picture with Santa! I love looking back at all his past Santa pictures and remembering how little he was!!!

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  3. Oh how sweet! Love those FQ's. One special Christmas memory was when I was 8 or 9. There was one present under the tree that was odd shaped (a dome) and I had no clue what it was. My dad kept telling me that if I told him what Mom had gotten him, he would tell me what it was. As much as I was tempted, I didn't tell him. Turns out it was a Barbie airplane! If I had told, the present would have been returned. Good thing I kept quiet! :)

    Sandy A
    PS...I won a couple of months ago, so if you don't want to include me on this draw, that is fine! :)

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  4. First I want you to know that though I would love to win that bundle of Colorful Christmas Fat Quarters, or even another gift certificat, I am really just leaving this comment to say thank you. Though I thanked you in an email I wanted to thank you here too. I was so delighted to be a winner because I needed the "OOPS Fabric" for the Quilt Aide blocks I am doing and I was able to get it thanks to your generosity. So because I won last month please don't include me in this months giveaway. It's tempting though, LOL. Thanks again so very much and Good Luck to Everyone and have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. Many hugs...

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  5. Getting together and doing stuff. My son does the tree and my daughters do the house! all three do not live at home now so its delightful when everyone is together.

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  6. I am so thankful for my 2 children and 3 g-kids and 4th one on the way. Christmas will be so much fun this year. Wold love to win fat qusarters for a baby quilt.

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  7. Our favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas eve. We always go to an early mass where one of my children have either sang in the children's choir or the youth choir. Then we go home and have our Christmas dinner. After dinner we all open a present from Baby Jesus. While we go to bed early to finish wrapping presents, the kids all have a slumber party downstairs watching their favorite Christmas movies. I have four children, with the oldest at 24. After 17 years this tradition still continues as I still have one at home who is a sophomore in high school. And I have been told that this tradition will still continue this year. I am truly blessed!

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  8. We always let our kids open one present on Christmas Eve.
    And I always made sure it was the present they gave each other.
    I wanted to make sure they learned the gift of giving and enjoying seeing each other open their present, without the mad rush of christmas morning.

    Debbie

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  9. MOST MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
    SWEET GIVEAWAY AS USUAL!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  10. A group of ladies at a church in our town make Cathedral Mice at Christmas. They are the cutest little felt mice, about 4" tall. I have been collecting them for about 19 years. They have a theme each year, and the mouse is only available that year. Mouse pickup day is always the first Saturday in December, and it also includes a bake and craft sale. After I pick up my annual mouse and some baked goodies, I'm always in the mood to come home and get out all the other mice and start decorating for Christmas.

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  11. Christmas Breakfast is our favorite tradition and memory every year.
    After the gifts, we eat a HUGE buffet of food and talk about the past year. Jammies are required, even if you came to the house from miles away.

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  12. my favorite part of xmas is getting out all of the decorations and christmas quilts and all of the memories that go with it. I lost my mom on valentines day this year so this a very hard time for me. I have really treasured the christmas quilts handed down to me. I am kinda new to the whole quilting world but i am starting to make my own quilts to someday pass those down to my own children. Lisa.. Lschmitzrn@yahoo.com

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  13. My fondest Christmas memory is my late father's last Christmas with us. The 2 little great-granddaughters loved to climb up into his "Big Man" recliner with him. The next thing, the 3 of them would be sleeping "like babies" nice and peaceful amid all the hub-bub of a house full of family. This year I have been busy making baby quilts, dollie quilts, and everything that grandnieces 5 and under like to have.

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  14. My favourite Christmas tradition is cracking open a fresh bottle of advocaat and making long Snowballs. It is a sure sign that Christmas is in full swing in our home! PS - I love, love LOVE! Riley Blake designs!

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  15. Love the fabric bundle. One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my two uncles, who are both gone from us now, bringing their guitars and gathering the family for a Christmas sing song. Was very special

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  16. Every Christmas Eve my boys and daughter-in-law come to my house for food and movies. We all have shirts with pictures from "A Christmas Story" that we wear while we watch that movie. I get a deli tray, salads, and desserts and we have so much fun. I am expecting my first grandchild in June so next year the little bundle of joy will have their very own "shirt" to wear.

    Sheila
    Godpleasr44@yahoo.com

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  17. Please enter me in your giveaway. Our favorite tradition is to meet early Christmas morning and open presents. The whole family gets together to start the morning.
    Marge

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  18. Christmas Eve was my favorite tradition. Just my husband and boys. It would be time for a special dinner, giving thanks for sacrifices made for us, and opening one gift. All followed by a fire in the fire place, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and cookies. Stockings would be hung on the mantel waiting to be filled.

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

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  19. Every Christmas we cut down our own tree. We take our two girls and our beautiful chocolate lab, Molly, go to the local tree farm, ride down on a wagon and pick a beautiful tree. We all wear Santa hats. One we pick our tree we head down on the wagon for hot chocolate and a bonfire. This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions!

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  20. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA

    I love Christmas time - probably for the reason you say - Traditions! Every year I place the same special tree topper on my tree. It is the last ornament put up. She is my Nuremburg Angel. When I was a baby, my grandparents lived in Germany for several years and brought a couple of these ornaments back with them. My mom had one and the other was saved for me until I got married. It has been on my tree for 26 years now! As I carefully take her out of the box and touch her delicate handmade features I reminisce about my Grandma. She died from Leukemia when I was six. She was a quilter too - she would have loved the wonderful quilting world we have today!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  21. When my two sisters and I were little we got to open our presents from relatives on Christmas Eve and then would go to church and come home to try to SLEEP. One year we were invited to friends of my parents home for Christmas Eve dinner and my mom said we could open one present before we left. Needless to say one led to another and soon they were all opened and we got to take one present with us. Of course we announced as soon as we arrived that we had already opened our presents which didn't please our parents and really rocked other family's children who always had to wait until Christmas morning to open presents. In 1981 our first daughter was born on Dec 15th and one of my students in second grade gave me a photo ornament and every year since I have added photo ornaments for our two daughters on a special tree with the other ornaments they have been given personally from family and friends plus ornaments they have made in school. Our first grandson is two years old this year and he has spent lots of time fingering and looking at his "momma" and his aunt Debbie in those pictures. Love that tree!

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  22. I don't have family close by, or they would be my favorite part of Christmas. My favorite decoration/tradition is a beautiful nativity set that I enjoy.

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  23. I dont know if this really counts but I love to watch the Christmas movies every year.

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  24. We have a Christmas Star that we use as a service star. Whoever takes the star first has to do something nice for someone else in the family anonymously and then put the star on their pillow and then that person has to do something nice for someone else and so on. It is great. i love how my boys who are 8 and 3 act and get so excited when it is there turn to do something for someone else in our family.

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  25. My Christmas fun begins with talking a very larg number of boxes and containers out of the attic to begin the process of building my Chritsmas Village. Every year it seems to "grow" and this year I have added a trolley set that is adorable. My village is becoming a favorite stopping place for my friends and co-workers.We host an open house so they can come and see it. The best part is the looks on the faces of their children who quietly and with great concentration check out each scene and character and are quite amazed by it all. It's a lovely new tradition in our family!
    Laurel Smith

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  26. Hi there, my favorite Christmas tradition is going to see a Holiday themed movie on Christmas Eve, then going out and looking at all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Always something I look forward to.

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  27. My favorite Christmas memory was the year my Dad worked in New York State on the Canadian border and we rented a tiny cabin(since it was temporary). There were other families renting these cabins and not much room to hide Santa presents, so my Mom and the lady next door hid each other's gifts. Imagine our real surprise Christmas morning when the gifts we were so sure we were getting weren't there! My favorite parts of the season are Midnight Mass and quiet evenings when the tree is lit and all the other lights are out - just listening to Christmas music.

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  28. Our church has a wonderful Christmas Eve Candlelight service & observes the Lord's Supper every year - it's wonderful b/c it reminds me what we are really celebrating!

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  29. Now that I'm a mother the best part of Christmas for me is watching my children's eyes light up - I love watching their amazement at all the lights & decorations and ripping through wrapping paper & bows!!!!

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  30. When my parents emigrated from Englandn to Australia (and then onto New Zealand) My maternal Grandmother gave Mum the beautiful green Depression glass, footed bowl that had orginally belong to my great, great Grandmother. I am not sure how many pints it would hold, but I always remember my Grandmother make an English trifle in it. One year, I think I was 7 or 8, she should me how to make the trifle and this is the recipe I always use. Sadly, not many of my nieces or nephews like trifle, so if I make this for Christmas, I make a smaller version, and use the large bowl for my paternal Grandmother's fruit salad. I also bring out another dish, a 2-tier glass & metal bowl set. The metal component is a large fish whose head is the foot and body is the support for the second bowl (top tier). It was a wedding present for her and Dad in august 1958. Mum gave this to me when she divided up her estate before she died. She knew her illness was terminal and wanted to sort out stuff before she died as she knew Dad would not know what to give to us girls, and she also wanted to make sure each of us received back gifts we had given to them and to her. This way, I can acknowledge those who are not with us to celebrate the holidays.

    xoxox Marian, sherwood_forest_maiden@yahoo.com

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  31. One of our favorite Christmas Traditions is setting up the Christmas Village. When my first daughter was born, I purchased a church that was part of the Mervyn's Christmas Village collection. I loved the porcelain church! With the lights shining out the window, it looked so pretty. The next year, I added a house. After that. it became tradition to add a new piece every year. The kids looked forward to to setting up "their town". We covered a big piece of plywood with a sheet and fluffy batting for "snow". Boxes underneath made hills. We had houses, churches, stores, bakery's, restaurants, tree's, ponds and lots and lots of people! The Village Clock was at the center of it all. Santa sat off to the side, ready to bring his toys. I loved seeing the kids faces when we'd turn out our lights, and plug in the village lights. It was so pretty sitting in front of the window with all the lights of the village twinkling. I kept adding pieces even after the kids moved away from home. I have almost 30 buildings in our village this year! Our family has grown so much, and even tho everyone isn't always around to help set it up, I always send pictures. For us, it signifies the beginning of the Christmas Season.

    The thing I'm most looking forward to is seeing the face of my 2-year old granddaughter when she see's it this year!! I think it's time now to start giving her a piece or two every year, some from the existing village, maybe a new one here and there, and let her start her own collection.

    Merry Christmas to all, and I hope your family traditions bring you much joy!

    LeeAnn (leeannterry@msn.com

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  32. My favorite Christmas memory was making a gingerbread house and my girls decorating it every year. There was always a mess but so much fun and laughter! My oldest daughter, Amber went to Heaven last year (she was 29) and my youngest daughter Jennifer carried on the tradition as hard as it was ... but we will always have the memories ...
    Merry Christmas
    Donna

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  33. Christmas Eve is finishing up all the pre cooking for Xmas day...wrapping last minute gifts...calling family members that live out of state to wish them happy holidays..Christmas Eve Mass at midnite...sleep..or try to...then have a beautiful Xmas morning (waiting for the kids..they have now all moved out) but they are there by 8:00am..It truly is a special day.

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  34. As a young bride I found myself far from home and the familiar Christmas traditions of the Midwest. In Hawaii there was no snow or pine trees. But the Christmas spirit was alive and well. New friends included us in all of the New traditions of Hawaii. For thirty years we enjoyed the Hawaiian style of Christmas and New Year. Now that I am back in the Northwest I know that Christmas is a special time of year no matter where you are.

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  35. A favorite Christmas tradition in Australia is "Carols by Candlelight"- and it always will be as I met my husband there over 30 years ago!

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  36. Sitting around the tree on Christmas Eve with hot chocolate and Christmas music playing and each opening one gift to get us through until the morning. We would either have a Christmas show on or Christmas music. Love it! Oh and then getting the Christmas cookies and milk out for Santa. Santa needs his strength to keep going to all the little girls and boys houses.

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  37. Thanks for chance to win beautiful fat quarter pack!! Woo Hooo!!

    When Kiddo's were little, used to put up tree & have hot chocolate & cookies, with just tree lit. All are grown & have own Familie's now............but now, make Christmas cookies w/Grandgirlie's! :) My Husband reads the Christmas Story still.

    Merry Christmas!
    Lori Morton
    bearpaws9@copper.net

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  38. I love the Riley Blake Christmas collection, and confess to having a wee bit in my stash already, but would LOVE to add to that collection! My family is very traditional when it comes to Christmas, so we have many annual events to look forward to: cutting down our tree, decorating outdoors, and setting up the advent calendar are just a few. But for me, it would not be Christmas if I didn't bake my holiday cookies. I make dozens and dozens, and though I have my favorites, I do try to add something new each year. Most of these end up in pretty holiday containers for sharing with neighbors, friends and coworkers. The smell of cranberry almond bars baking in my oven is Christmas for me!

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  39. When my children were small, they made many handmade ornaments for the tree. Each year a few new ones were added. Now they are grown with families of their own and their own Christmas traditions. But the handmade ornaments are still around and much loved by all. Thanks for the chance to win the cheery Riley Blake fabric giveaway.

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  40. THE CHRISTMAS THAT OVERWHELMS ME AND TOUCHES MY MY HEART,I WAS PLANNING ON SPENDING CHRIISTMAS ALONE WITH MY TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. MY HUSAND HAD LEFT FOR VIET NAM THE PREVIOUS OCT.CHRISTMAS EVE DAY IT STARTED TO SNOW WHICH I THINK EVERONE WANTS.I WAS WRAPPING GIFTS WHEN THE DOOR BELL RANG STANDING THERE WAS MY HUSAND ALL THE WAY FROM VIET NAM TO SEE HIM STANDING THERE.WHO COULD ASK FOR A BETTER CHRISTMAS.

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  41. SORRY FORGOT TO LEAVE MY EMAIL ON ABOVE POST.GLYNIS HESS JERRY50@CENTURYTEL.NET

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  42. This Christmas is going to be probably one of the best ever. My granddaughter turned 3 recently and is really learning what Christmas is. She and I have had so much fun decorating the tree and she had to have a blow up Christmas DORA in the front yard. It really brings you back to the realy reason for Christmas. I am so looking forward to spending the holidays with her and watching the expressions on her face and how excited she gets about all the lights and presents. It makes such a wonderful time of the year even more precious! michele@cheyenneranch.net

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  43. My favorite Christmas memory was the year my boys received a trampoline. Their Uncle Joe slipped out unnoticed while they were opening their other presents and when they thought they had opened the last package, they heard sleigh bells and a hearty "HO HO HO" coming from the backyard. They ran to the back porch and there was Santa Claus (aka Uncle Joe)complete with red suit and beard jumping on their new trampoline.
    Uncle Joe is gone now, but it is still one of our favorite memories!

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  44. The thing I LOVE about Christmas is watching how my own children are realizing the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving rather than receiving. Each year I am reminded just how blessed I am to be a mommy.

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  45. Hi There,

    My favorite Christmas memory would be the Christmas dinners at my grandparents house. My grandparents were from the East Coast, so Christmas dinner always started off with Shrimp Cocktail and ended with plum pudding with something my grandmother called "hard sauce", which had the consistency of really hard butter icing with rum extract. Shrimp cocktails and plum pudding are common enough, but I have never heard of anyone else making or serving "hard sauce". I miss it and have no idea how to make it. I'll have to search the web for a recipe!!

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  46. A tradition I always do is bring out the kid's ornaments and stockings that they made with felt when they were young. Now adults, they fuss when they are out but secretly I think they are pleased I hold them so dear. Margaret
    stitcher12@gmail.com

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  47. Our favorite christmas tradition is to do an advent basket with our daughter. We have done this every year since she was little. Instead of a calendar, she gets a basket filled with little presents, some very small like candy and some a little bigger, she opens one each day after we sit together and do a christian devotional and read bible verses that lead up the birth of our saviour. The story and verses never change and that is what makes it so special. It is just a nice way to take time after all the rushing around and the craziness of the season to be reminded of the true meaning and the real reason for the season.
    Blessings to all!!!
    bellesmommy10@yahoo.com

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  48. A lot of traditions have come and gone, passed on to new generations.
    However, my husband and I, both in
    our seventies, spend several days making homemade toffee for all the family and neighbors. It's the best
    stuff in the world. I would like to
    be in your drawing also. I love your
    fabric...almost as good as homemade
    toffee. Doris in Texas

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  49. I love the smell of lamb roasting in the oven. Our traditional Christmas meal with all the family sitting around the table together.

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  50. I was born December 25, 1966,
    I have so many beautiful memories,
    but the best memory is when my mother gave me my first sewing machine for my 21st birthday.
    Our Christmas tradition is to eat together on Christmas eve,
    then go to midnight Mass, then back home and discarded gifts.
    Angela

    angelapagot@yahoo.it

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  51. spending time with my family is the best part of Christmas and all of us remembering our many blessings - Merry Christmas! - Cindy

    cburt@sonicdrivein.com

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  52. Growing up, we never knew when Santa would come since we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day at my grandparents' house. My brother and I would wonder every night of the week before Christmas if that would be the night (and hoping it would). Sometimes, he would visit after dinner, other times we would wake up to a surprise. Even now, my Christmas memories bring a child-like joy to my heart.

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