Christmas in July Giveaway # 2

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I am so excited about this giveaway!

The winner of the Christmas in July giveaway #2 will receive this beautiful Rosie and Bear embroidery pattern designed by Helen at Bustle and Sew.

I ordered one for myself and at the same time I ordered one for one lucky reader who wants to embroider along with me!

Helen describes her pattern: "A Christmas Gift shows Rosie meeting her new Bear in front of the biggest Christmas Tree ever!"

The pattern includes two mirrored transfers, stitch and color guides, applique template for the borders. And included in all her Rosie and Bear patterns is a guide for stitching fur.

So now I am asking a special favor of anyone who is entering! Since you read my blog and put up with me and Christmas in July, you are probably open to celebrating in one way or another during the whole year - or at least part of it!

In addition to religious traditions, what part of Christmas most enriches your celebration and touches your heart.

The giveaway is open to everyone, internationals are welcome; and will close at 6:00 Pacific time July 31st.

Good luck everyone!

Oh! And if I haven't posted a winner by Monday evening will someone please remind me!  Sigh.

"All The Seasons of The Year" Giveaway Winner!

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The giveaway! I was so focused on all things Dala that I completely forgot to pick a winner and post!

I am so sorry. Supposed to do this on Sunday!

You all touched my heart and made me so happy, sharing your stories! I had no idea so many families already practice this tradition of a "reading Advent calendar". This was great news! There just is no replacement for the warm, intimate sharing that reading together brings, not to mention that reading a story to a child (or adult for that matter) is a great way to build imagination muscles! Thank you to all who took the time to share their stories. And thank you to all who have shared that they love the idea and will start a reading Advent tradition in their own families.

So! The winner!

Random Number Generator selected number 16!

Theresa N you are the winner!

I will e-mail you soon!

Happy Christmas in July everyone! And again, thank you for participating and sharing your beautiful stories.

Come back soon!  I have another Christmas in July Giveaway coming your way!

Making Dala - A Journey

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Making Dala has been a journey - a journey filled with learning new skills, wrong turns, flashes of insight, mistakes and successes.

Dala was a challenge and it is the overcoming of that challenge and what I learned along the way that I am sharing here. It is a long post. It really is. In fact - you might consider it a free e-book! But hopefully, anyone wanting to make stuffed toys be they Dala's or frogs, will find it and the resources within useful.

Celebrating Christmas in July with a Dala Craftalong!

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Happy Christmas in July!

I have been so excited for this day to arrive as I am sharing the celebration with three friends who love Swedish Dala Horses as much as I do.

It's Almost Christmas in July!

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Almost here! Christmas in July!

And you will definitely want to come back on July 25th for the best celebration ever!

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I also wanted to remind you that it is not too soon to start thinking about Christmas cookies!

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