Gingerbreadsnowflakes is One Year Old Today!

And I am celebrating with a give-away!

But before I get to that...

I wish to extend a heart felt THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have joined me in this blogging adventure.  Your comments, your kind words, and  your support have meant more to me than I could ever express.  So many of you have gifted me with your friendship - I am overwhelmed and humbled. 

And a huge THANK YOU to my daughter Diane - Sister Diane of CraftyPod - who inspired me to reconnect with my "creative center", and then proceeded to not only encourage me to write this blog but also to teach me (very patiently) every single thing I needed to know to do it!  Believe me when I tell you she started with literally "nothing"!  I had just barely learned to manage e-mail and a little internet searching when this journey began.

Thank you, Diane, for your gifts of all the incredible experiences, creative opportunities and inspirations, and treasured friendships this past year of blogging has brought into my life. 

Now - about that give-away!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment!  International entries are welcome! Just be sure to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you for mailing information.

Entry deadline is midnight Monday, November 9th.

Now that is done - let's get to the goodies in the give-away: "Vintage" Christmas fabrics and Wheat Straw Christmas Star Kits!

NOT part of the giveaway because they belong to Diane! But you may recognize these - the ornaments Diane and I made for her  Advent Calendar when she was in high school.  I still have bits of the fabrics in my fabric stash!


 
And these that we made for mine - about 20 years ago!  (Also NOT part of the giveaway because that would leave four pockets on my calendar empty!)

Since I still have bits and pieces of the fabrics we used,  I thought it would be fun to share part of our advent calendar "stash" with the lucky winner of my anniversary give-away!!

PICTURED BELOW ARE THE FABRICS AND  STRAW STAR KITS IN THE GIVEAWAY!

These four scraps range in size from 6"x18"  to 10" x 18". 

These have always been our favorites, and as a result the small pieces I will send are the very last bits I have on hand.  They are all small, irregular shaped scraps,  the smallest (and most loved) being the sweet little heart and flower fabric third in from the lower left corner -  5"x5". 

Since some of these are small, I have offered a few links below to crafty tutorials designed for using small scraps of fabrics!  But you could use them to create ornaments for your own Advent Calendar just as we did!

BUT WAIT!  That's not all!

I am tucking in this little piece of gingham left over from Diane's college days. We made all our own wrapping out of brown paper stamped with red and green apples (we used real apples). We tied the packages with this gingham "ribbon". 

Cut into strips, pink the edges, and use it to wrap a few little gifts this year!

BUT WAIT!  There's more!

Since most of you can't shop at the Knittn' Kitten in Portland, I picked up these two half yard pieces of Christmasy fabric to include in the give-away.

BUT WAIT!  Two more!

One of each of the two wheat straw Christmas Star kits I sell at the Pumpkin Patch gift shop.

Here is the other one

I will be posting a tutorial for these pretty little tree ornaments in a few weeks.  But I thought the lucky winner would appreciate having all the material gathered, measured and ready for assembly!

SO! THERE YOU HAVE IT!  MY FIRST ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!

NOW AS PROMISED, LINKS TO GREAT IDEAS FOR USING SMALL SCRAPS OF FABRIC! 

The list includes some really great ideas for using up all those little fabric  leftovers, so definitely take a peak at the links whether or not you decide to enter the giveaway.

1.  Of course the first thing I thought of as the perfect use for small pieces of fabric - your guessed it -make Kanzashi! 

Follow the link to check out Diane's recently publish book "Kanzashi in Bloom"!  I am making a couple Kanzashi ornaments this year using the very last little bits of "advent fabric" I have left.  One for Diane's tree and one for mine.

The book is not part of the giveaway - but check back on December 26th when we begin the 12 Days of Christmas!  A perfect time for another giveaway don't you think?  And this book will be the prize.

There is a little video here featured by Woman's Day if you don't have the book yet because it is still on your Christmas wish list!

2.   Why not try Diane's  Stiffened Fabric Flower Brooch or Stiffened Fabric Pendant . Both would be perfect in these Christmasy fabrics for wearing during the holidays. Or... make them into ornaments!

3.  Why not make your own Christmas cards using one of these tutorials:

      "Cheater's Patchwork Quilt" card  - Joanie  shows us how on her blog Nini Makes.

       Fabric Post Cards
featured on CraftStylish  

       - Fused Fabric Cards which Diane shared on  DIYAlert.

 4.  LollyChops has just posted the coolest tutorial for making fabric Smooshy Stack Christmas Trees and another for these adorable little owls which would make perfect Christmas owl ornaments.

5.  And Sew, Mama, Sew has just posted a tutorial for patch work napkins that is just a much fun as the tutorial posted earlier this year for patch work kitchen towels.  I am making the napkins with my half of the Knittn' Kitten fabrics!

6.  And speaking of the "Kitten", Susan Beal's project sheet for these adorable pin cushions will soon be available (as well as all the other projects featured at the Kitten) for you to download. Wouldn't you like to have a couple in Christmasy fabric to keep your crafty holiday mojo going? Keep an eye on Crafty Pod or West Coast Crafty for the announcement.

7.  I love this Patchwork Star Ornament by Linaloo that I just found on Rachel's  incredible guide to the crafty universe - One Pretty Thing.   I will definitely be making one of these very cute star ornaments - maybe several!  They would be adorable tied on a package.

8.  I wish Diane and Michael were little again so I could make them a bunch of shirts, skirts and jackets using this technique for frayed applique.  Liz comes up with some pretty cool ideas on her blog The Quilted Turtle, but this one is one of my favorites!  I am thinking the frayed applique idea could translate to Christmas ornaments, Christmas shopping bag embellishments, or Christmas tees or sweatshirts.

9.  And one more!  A  fabulous new e-book titled Crafty Tree Trimming : Six Festive Ornaments to Make.

Diane is one of six collaborators.  This e-book is absolutely beautiful! You are definitely going to love it! And the ornament project by Kayte Terry is perfect for small, vintage  Christmasy fabric scraps! 

How do I get a copy, you ask??  Follow this link to the Crafty Pod Shop - that's how! 

I hope you find some inspiration for using small bits of Christmasy fabric among these ideas!  If you have others, please feel free to share by including them in your comment.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

Wow...what a great giveaway!

Wow...what a great giveaway! congrats on your first year of blogging!

What a wonderful blog!!

What a wonderful blog!! Thanks for the opportunity to win some wonderful fabrics for ornaments!

Happy Anniversary!!

Happy Blog Birthday!!!! I

Happy Blog Birthday!!!! I just found you today also, through your wonderful, artistic daughter's blog. The fabric is wonderful. I would love to have it. :)

scarlet93 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks, Lynn

I just discovered your blog

I just discovered your blog through a link to your fantastic advent calendar. It's wonderful! I'm very much looking forward to reading it in the run-up to Christmas

What an awesome blog you

What an awesome blog you have! I'm glad I found it today!

Happy First Anniversary! I

Happy First Anniversary!

I love those little stickhorse ornaments, that's given me some really good ideas!

Happy First Birthday! I just

Happy First Birthday! I just celebrated mine too, on November 1! Today is the first time I came across your blog (through the advent calendar post), and I look forward to browsing through to see what else you've done!

Happy Blogiversary. I

Happy Blogiversary. I stumbled across your blog from another blog and am just soaking in all the great ideas. I cannot wait to get started on all our own Advent and Christmas projects. Congrats on the anniversary. Love the blog, I have a feeling I'll be a frequent visitor from now on.

I started following your post

I started following your post over the summer and just love your beautiful projects. Thank you so much for providing such amazing inspiration to us all. Happy blog birthday!
~~~Anne

Given that my name is Holly,

Given that my name is Holly, of course I love the Holly-print fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I've been

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I've been away from blogland but glad I checked in just in time to send you good wishes, can't believe it's been a year already!

Although your contest is full of gorgeous gifts I'm really commenting to thank you for giving us all the gift of your craft and your friendship, you're a real gem.

Best wishes for many more years of your fabulous blog to come.

Joanie x

I've been meaning to order Diane's beautiful book, thanks for the reminder!

HAPPY ONE YEAR!! AND, many

HAPPY ONE YEAR!! AND, many more.....

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

((HUGS))

Congrats on your one year!

Congrats on your one year! So much good stuff here and a fun blog for inspiration. You rock!

thanks for the

thanks for the giveaway!

maryadams@gmail.com

So festive! I just found

So festive! I just found your blog and am psyched to be entering the holiday season with it!

--Emma

http://www.emmanemhandmade.blogspot.com/

Hey Pam! A very happy

Hey Pam! A very happy blogaversary to you and your fabulous blog! What a wonderfully generous giveaway you have to celebrate! Craft on!

Eileen
http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com

Hey Pam, Congratulations on

Hey Pam, Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Thank goodness you joined the blogspere as we would miss you terribly if you weren't here!
Keep up the awesome job!

WOW! I love all the history

WOW! I love all the history of the items in this post, it's fabulous! Not to mention all the crafty ideas! Congratulations on the one year, here's to many, many more!

I just discovered your blog

I just discovered your blog today and am already inspired...
Congratulations on your anniversary!

Happy Blogaversary! Love

Happy Blogaversary! Love those fabrics & can't wait to see them in person (hint, pick me!) :)

Now, I'm off to become inspired to actually do something productive today. Your links are just the thing to get my hands stitching and crafting. Thank you!

Oh how much fun!!! I love

Oh how much fun!!! I love your blog - happy one year birthday :0) keep up the great work!!

Wow! What a neat giveaway -

Wow! What a neat giveaway - all those fabrics make me nostalgic for my childhood. They look just like all the little Christmas things my mom made :) Happy Anniversary!

Since I'm from Mexico, I'm

Since I'm from Mexico, I'm probably not eligible for the give-away, but I do want to Congratulate on your Blog Birthday. May you have many, many more!!!
¡Felicidades!

I'm so happy that I met you!

I'm so happy that I met you! Congratulations on your first birthday. What a great giveaway. xo

Happy Blog Birthday! And

Happy Blog Birthday! And thanks for the great links!
(Just wanted to say that, but not enter the give away.)

Thanks for always being inspiring & unique. :)

Happy Blog Anniversary Pam!

Happy Blog Anniversary Pam! Can you believe it's been a year already? You are such a sweet and talented person and we are so lucky that you share those talents with all of us out here. Thank you for that and your friendship over the past year. :)

wow - got to your blog from

wow - got to your blog from craftypod.
Your darling ornaments remind me of some I made from felt many many years ago in high school. I still have them in a special box among my ornament collection.
And here's to another great year of blogging for you!

Happy Anniversary! I visit

Happy Anniversary! I visit your sweet "home" every day to get that warm cozy feeling and inspiration for the holidays. I even used your frozen apple pie idea and feel better that at least one step is done for the holidays! Even though I do get to the Knittin' Kitten, I would still love to get your stash of "vintage" Christmas fabrics. I have so many ideas for Christmas, it would be a fun way to kick off the season.

Thank you and keep up teh beautiful site!!
mly

Happy first birthday!! May

Happy first birthday!! May you have many, many more.
I love your site!

OOOhhhhh!!! My fingers are

OOOhhhhh!!! My fingers are itching to make tiny, Christmasy things.

Happy Blog-a-versary!

Happy Blog-a-versary!

HIPPY HIPPY HOORAY. ps- now

HIPPY HIPPY HOORAY.

ps- now tear up my entry- I just wanted to say yay. xo

You've made a comfy place to

You've made a comfy place to visit and learn something new with each one.

Happy bloggy-birthday!

Holy Granoly!! Heavens to

Holy Granoly!! Heavens to Mergatroid! Gadzooks!

I can't believe it's been a year. Seriously. WHAT is going on? I know we moved the clocks back, but did we also jump forward several months?

This stash of goodies is too grand, too generous, and too festive. I mean, unless I win, then it's perfect.

HA!

it really is amazing that you're offering up your last scraps. You're a brave, generous woman.

Thanks for your year of inspiration, which has been so full it's like two years of inspiration! Happy Happy Blogversary, Pam! And many many more.

Congrats on your one year!

Congrats on your one year! You've done an amazing job so far, I hope you have many more years of blogging ahead of you :)

Happy birthday to your blog,

Happy birthday to your blog, it is always a beautifull place to visit.

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm doing

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm doing the dance of celebration for you.Just came back from Summerville S.C. They had a shop where everything was handmade.One whole section was devoted to Kanzaski.I thought of you and Diane.Keep on blogging you have much to share.

I just wanted to say "Hi" and

I just wanted to say "Hi" and happy blogaversary. I found your blog through your daughter's podcast - I loved the story you and she both told, of making gingerbread houses for Christmas. I love your blog too.

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY Pam! Gee,

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY Pam! Gee, I can't believe it has been a year already! You have had so many beautiful and instructional posts in that time. And I have learned so much.

But most of all, I loved making and keeping a friendship with you!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy blogiversary Pam! This

Happy blogiversary Pam! This giveaway looks super inspiring-please count me in!

Pam - a happy, happy blog

Pam - a happy, happy blog birthday to you! It's been so nice getting to know you over this last year. Big hugs - Sarah (P.S. I just realized I still haven't sent you that recipe...I will do it right now!)

Happy Blog Birthdy, Pam!

Happy Blog Birthdy, Pam!

This Blogging thing is not just about you, it's about us, too. By that I mean, we get to read wonderful stories about you and your family, your creative journeys and you share great ideas and mini tutorials with us. That's just the surface.

We also feel we've gained a friend who is part of the greater blogging community. But in some cases a real friendshp developes. Speaking persoally, I feel I have come to know you in such a way, tha,t I tuly feel enriched in my life for knowing you. We share similar interests and pursuits and we help each other grow. For me having a friend to share ideas and thoughts and so much more is the truest gift of all!

Thank you for You!

Happy 1 year!!! I just love

Happy 1 year!!!

I just love all those holiday fabrics! Advent calendars are so much fun. I think I enjoy them more than the kids do lol.

Happy Blog Birthday! and if

Happy Blog Birthday! and if you ever lose this blogging gig, I foresee a great future for you in infomercials! "But wait, there's more!" Oh, and enter me in . . . sparky (at) eyesaflame (dot) com
Hugs, Bridget

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