Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Fun For Everyone!


I love all things Christmas. Well, maybe not all things. For example, I hate wrapping gifts. When I was younger I really enjoyed it. My mother and I would have contests to see who could wrap the prettiest packages. Now that I have a million things going on every day, I find the task daunting. So for the past few years my husband has taken on the chore. He didn't mind because I did all of the planning and the shopping. The only problem is that he always waited until Christmas Eve to complete it. Santa was knocking on the door and my hubby was saying "WAIT, I'M NOT DONE!" So of course, Santa would have to come back later.

So I went out looking for some great things to do with the kiddos and found several things that anyone can do. It's literally fun for everyone! Just wanted to remind you also that I still have this great giveaway HERE for my child's size apron. Just follow my blog, recommend others to the blog and if you want extra entries, come over to my group on Facebook and follow me. That's it! But this ends 12/14.



I can honestly say that the first thing I think about when Christmas season comes is food. I love all of the baking, and better yet - the eating! Here are a few of my favorites this year. I plan on making these fabulous Grinch Kabobs by Raining Hot Coupons for my son's class next week!

http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/grinch-kabobs-recipe/


I'm so addicted to Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow/Reindeer Food (known by many different names) that I just hate making it now because I will literally eat an entire batch! Take this on a trip on the plane and don't worry if it's not Christmas. We've eaten it during the summer. I love the added touch of ingredients in this version from Lil' Luna.



This is so cute that I wanted to post it but when I figured out it was food, it made me even more excited! I couldn't believe someone had thought of making Party Crackers with cookies. We've always had these for the New Year's celebration but never like this. I just have to make these fabulous crackers by Julia Usher.

http://www.juliausher.com/blog/more/holiday_Party_crackers


My son has been asking me for a Santa hat and I haven't been wanting to buy one. They are unbelievably expensive for something that may get worn a handful of times. So this free pattern and tutorial is perfect! Fleece Fun makes it so simple by breaking things down.

http://www.fleecefun.com/santa-hat-how-to.html


Fleece Fun also has this fantastic FREE pattern on how to make the most adorable hat! This is definitely on my to-do list! She has included sizes from Baby through Adults! I can just see the custom made holiday ones now!

http://www.fleecefun.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/free-fleece-hat-pattern-fleece-ribbon-hat-pattern.jpg


Okay, so I'm curious why Patchwork Posse couldn't have come out with this tutorial and pattern a few years ago when our Elf came to visit. Could have had some seriously customizable ones. I'm thinking long hair for my daughter and short hair for my son, maybe even some freckles for the both of them? I've decided that I just HAVE to make these because it would be a crime not to!


I love Christmas patterns and love to sew. What I find to be really daunting is quilting. It's really easy to do with the exception of all of the fancy stitching on top. Well not anymore! The Crafty Quilter  has a great table topper with detailed photos explain how to do things. Love the simplicity!

http://thecraftyquilter.com/2013/06/christmas-once-a-month-seeds-of-winter-table-topper/

And last, I think we need a place to put those fabulous crafts in order to gift them. This simple bag over at Positively Splendid fits the bill for that! If you need a larger one you can adjust the measurements. Pretty simple!


I don't know about you but I see several things on next year's list and some that can be done between now and this Christmas. May your week be merry and make sure you come back and bring a friend too!

~Denise




Monday, December 8, 2014

New products, New group, and New Contest!

I've been a busy little sewing fanatic who's ready to pull out her hair and run down the street screaming "take me to the loony bin!" Ha ha! Not really but I have been starting some new things up. I created a group on Facebook that I'd love you to join. I'm showing off my designs and would even love to see some interaction from newbies who are just learning how to sew. I'm all for offering advice - even the bad stuff. Hee hee! Once you've requested to join, I'll add you. I want the group to remain private so until I can figure out how to get followers added automatically, I have to approve individually. But I approve everyone so don't worry.

I went to a craft/vendor show over the weekend that was just so wonderful. I had the opportunity to attend a much larger one but since I'm still working on my first year at these shows, I decided the smaller ones would be better. I spent time at a local church that had 400 women attending. They asked me for a percentage of my sales and even provided me with brunch and the chance to hear the most inspiring speaker I've heard in a long time. It was such a wonderful experience that I've decided I want to do this show every year! The only part that I found to be frightening was the feeding frenzy of 400 women swarming my table! I think I would have made a lot more money if I'd brought someone along to help. Next year!

 I've been doing some custom orders for Snuggle Bags too. When my children were young we used square blankets and wrapped them in what we called a "burrito." I saw how the nurses were wrapping them and asked for help to do the same. However, I found out recently that not everyone asks and not everyone is shown how to wrap the baby. So enter the new trend of Swaddling Bags and you have a great fix for even the most uncoordinated parent (like me). It's like a little sleeping bag with flaps to put around the arms. I also found out that parents are loving the idea of combining babies with camouflage. I never thought I'd see something like that but received a request for one. Then I made it and fell in love! It's just the cutest thing ever!



It's not only functional and cute, it's warm and cuddly. If you're in the market for one of these great bags, just come over to my group and order one or use the contact me form on the right side of this blog. Just let me know what kind of pattern you're looking for on the outside and I'll see what I can find.

In addition to these bags, I made such a cute apron. This is my own pattern! I've decided that this year it's too late to sell the patterns so that's on my list for next year. However, I will be making these for the next few weeks. If you're interested in one, go to my group or use my contact form and I can get it out quickly for Christmas! They come in sizes for children, teens, and adults. Just let me know which size you need and give me a day to ship it out!



Contest!

So how would you like to win one of these? I'm giving away a child's size Santa apron.These are perfect for children up to the age of 12. How do you win it? All you need to do is follow me here on my blog and follow me in my group. Recommend your friends. For every friend that you recommend, have them comment with your name and you will get an extra entry. That's it! This contest will end on the 14th of December because I want choose someone and get this out to you before Christmas. You will even receive free shipping. This contest is open to all U.S. addresses, APO/FPO and even our Canadian brothers and sisters.