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Nisse Love, Happy 4th Blogiversary to Gingerbread Snowflakes, and a Giveaway!
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:20
Arriving just in time to help celebrate my 4th blogiversary - my very own (straight from the hands of a Norwegian craft artist) Nisse couple!
My friend Gill found this totally adorable (and obviously still in love) pair at a craft fair in Norway and decided they needed to travel across the sea to live with me!! I love them to pieces! They sit next to my bed nestled next to a big pile of yarn that is being crocheted and knitted into Christmas gifts!
At night, when I am feeling a bit tired, they remind me I that there is no rest for me until those gifts are done! And first thing in the morning, their sweet little faces always bring a smile!
I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to celebrate the beginning of winter holidays on Gingerbread Snowflakes than to share my beautiful Nisse with you!
And to celebrate Gingerbread Snowflakes' fourth blogiversary!
Yes! Can you believe it - four years? And today, I am beginning my 5th winter holiday season!
I've got lots planned! Starting with a week of Advent Calendars next week followed by lots of ornaments and even a couple easy holiday card ideas - all before Thanksgiving!
I like to get my tutorials mostly done in November because once December arrives - well there isn't much time left to be making stuff!
In December - my friend Jet, (remember the snowflake window coverings) is sharing the real story of Sinterklaus to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, the EtsyItalia Team will help me celebrate Christmas in Italy, and we will visit Christmas celebrations in Austria, Finland and Switzerland!
And - I am sharing my secret recipe for the most yummy quiche, an easy peasy how-to for a paper "punched tin" angel ornament and again joining Kathryn at The Pickled Herring for Scandinavian Christmas!!
Christmas Mouse and fall leaf candle by Leslie Juliet
But before we begin the celebration, I want to take a minute to appreciate all the lovely people who read my blog.
As you may have noticed lately, the blog-scape is changing (read more about that here on Craftypod) - blog readers are getting their "info fix" in different ways and as people try to keep up with the massive information overload, they are choosing to comment less. Most bloggers are noticing a dip in public comments these days.
I am no exception!! However, I just have to send out a huge hug into the blogisphere to all those kind, and lovely readers (more often than not readers who are not bloggers themselves) who have taken their time during this past year to send me lovely, warm and personal notes of appreciation.
And readers like Leslie Juliet, who ordered a copy of "Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style", used a pattern in the book to make Christmas Mice for her sisters, and took the time to share the picture above of her first Christmas Mouse. I especially love that he is fashioned from a felted tartan kilt that belonged to Leslie's late mother.
And all my blogger friends who have been faithful from day one - like Chris who has already left "happy blogiversary" wishes today before this post even went live!
I can not begin to tell you how much it means to me to know that all the hours and thought I put into Gingerbread Snowflakes is found to be useful and appreciated and enriching by so many.
I deeply appreciate and thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for both your personal notes and public comments.
And now - as promised! A Fourth Blogiversary Giveaway!
Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of "Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style".
After my sweetie draws the first name out of the hat (winner of the book), he will then draw three more names from the hat and each of these three "second place" winners will receive a copy of the brand new beautiful issue of "Scandinavian & Stitches".
I ordered my own copy the very minute it was available and I absolutely love it.
(If you enter and are not one of the winners, do yourself a favor and order your very own copies of "Christmas Craft Scandinavian Style" and "Scandinavian & Stitches".) You will be glad you did!!
The giveaway is open to all - including international readers. Entries must be posted by midnight PST on November 7th.
Good luck everyone and again, thank you for being a part of Gingerbread Snowflakes these past four years!