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Submitted by Pam on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:25
Father Christmas Dolls I put out every year on November 1. Hand made gifts from Diane.
Three whole years! Three years since my sweet daughter - most of you know her as Sister Diane at Craftypod - finally succeeded in talking me into writing a blog.
She started in on me VERY EARLY IN 2008 and I would always say something like "no way, thank you"! And then, as many of you already know, she figured out how to get to her mother - suggesting a blog about Christmas that would only last for two months!
Well, it worked - clever girl! And three years later Gingerbread Snowflakes is still a happy and rewarding place for me to be! And hopefully for you too!
Of course, being that this is November 1st, my blogiversary ushers in the Winter Holidays! The next few days, there will be posts designed to share why I spend such a long time celebrating Christmas and the Winter Holidays, upcoming blog events and favorite places to shop for hand made Holiday gifts!
Next week is the first of two full weeks filled with tutorials for making holiday crafts and decorations, and tips for surviving the Winter Holiday Season!
November is mostly centered on making and December is mostly about celebrating! I will be joined by several lovely friends who will be sharing holiday customs around the world. Doing all the research for the December posts has really put me in the holiday mood! I have been humming holiday tunes for weeks now!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to give you a little tour of my site.
Diane installed some pretty little hearts at the top of my sidebar recently. The orange heart on the left will take you right to a page where you can subscribe in your own reader. The red heart in the middle takes you right to my Pinterest page! And the white heart take you to flicker.
We have had so many requests for e-mail feeds that Diane added the option to receive my blog posts by e-mail!
You will see lots of colorful pictures of crafty goodness below the "about me" message. Click on any one of them to go right to the tutorial.
Below that - last year's cookie recipe exchange and direct link to the Stocking exchange page. More about them in a couple days.
Now this is the feature I really want to clarify! "Join My Flickr Group!".
Gingerbread Snowflakes at Play is designed to accomplish two things. One of course to create a display of seasonal tutorials from the Gingerbread Snowflake files. I change them every season. Click on any image and it will take you to the flickr page where in comments you will find a link to the tutorial! Sort of like an instant guide to seasonal tutorials.
The other purpose is to give readers a place to share pictures of their own creations made using tutorials on Gingerbread Snowflakes. And what is my hope is that in comments you will share a direct link to your own blog.
Diane has set this feature up so that it constantly rotates the most recent images so that your contributions will appear right there on the side bar and readers can then link right to you through Flickr. I am hopeful, more of you will take advantage of this feature so other readers can visit your blogs easily.
And now that all the business has been attended to - it is time to celebrate with Blogiversary Giveaways! There are THREE!
I am following this post with three separate Giveaway posts so you can leave comments on only those giveaway items you are hoping to win! Or enter all three! Just leave a comment. Why you like the holidays, gifts you are making, your favorite cookie or a love note to me! Whatever you want!
I asked Diane about a year ago why it is that so many of my long time blogging buddies don't enter my giveaways and her reply was that she thinks it is because they want to give others a chance.
Well, just so you all know, when I offer a giveaway it is always offered with everyone - including my friends - in mind! So don't be shy - put your name in the hat. Three times if you like!
AND THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR BEING A PART OF THESE LAST THREE FABULOUS YEARS I HAVE SPENT IN THE BLOGIVERSE!