Winner of Christmas in July Giveaway #2

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Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway and shared holiday magic.

We have a winner!

"Dell" Congratulations!

I will contact you by e-mail and tell you how to receive your pattern from Bustle and Sew.

And I hope you will send me a picture when you have completed Rosie and Bear Christmas Gift.

Futuregirl Inspires "Snow Alice" - Newest Member of My Soft Toy Snowman Family!

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I almost let Christmas in July go by without officially introducing you to Snow Alice! You have seen her peaking out from the background here and there these past months, but you haven't been officially introduced.

Last July you got to meet the first member of my snow family. At that time, I believe I told you I was making several more to share in November!

Celebrate Christmas in July with Gingerbread Mango Shortcake

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There is nothing I know that says Christmas better than the heady fragrance of gingerbread baking.

When I saw this recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce in the current issue of the Penzey's Spices catalogue, I decided it would be the perfect treat to celebrate Christmas in July!

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!

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