Lots of Links to Crafty Goodness for the Winter Holidays



Your eyes deceive you not! Sunday - Halloween - Antonio, Sophia and I dressed up in our costumes and made Christmas ornaments!

Winter Holidays Begin with a Happy 2nd Blogging Anniversary Giveaway!


Goodbye Halloween!


Hello Winter Holidays!


And Happy 2nd Blogging Anniversary to me!


And happy Gingerbread Snowflakes second anniversary to YOU! To celebrate, you are invited to leave a comment and enter the giveaway drawing for a Chocolate House Kit like the one Diane and I put together here! The kit includes pre-formed  chocolate walls, roof, chimney, door and shutters, a base and "glue" (magic chocolate)! The pink modeling chocolate is not included, but you can decorate your house with your favorite candies or make your own modeling chocolate - recipe here from House on the Hill.  Peggy sells the modeling chocolate in multicolored packs here.

Diane and I have made lots of gingerbread houses together, but I think we had the most fun assembling our chocolate house using a Chocolate Craft Kit.

It is the time of year to think about extra special holiday projects and activities, and I encourage anyone living in the Portland area to consider visiting the Chocolate Craft Studio. Peggy will have all kinds of fun chocolate holiday projects for your family to enjoy as you sit in her cozy studio surrounded by the delicious scent of chocolate!

You don't live in Portland? Don't despair! Peggy will ship a kit right to your front door. So, if you don't win the giveaway, you can still order a chocolate house kit and surprise your family with a very special day making a chocolate house!

The giveaway will end on Saturday, November 6th at 6:00 PST. I am sorry but I can't extend the giveaway to international readers. Too much risk the chocolate could be damaged or melted in transit.

But I have another giveaway next week that will include international readers.


Now, won't you all join me as I begin my annual celebration of the Winter Holidays!

Making Springerle to Celebrate 60 Days Til Christmas


Almost 60 days until Christmas! And I am celebrating by baking a "old world" cookie that originated in central Europe sometime during the 1600's - Springerle!

Once Springerle is baked, the cookies must be stored in an airtight container for about 4 to 6 weeks prior to eating so baking them in celebration of "60 days until Christmas" makes sense! Right?

Don't Miss Carina's Christmas Stitches Class! Sign Up Now.


photo by Carina - Carina's Craftblog

Carina is teaching a fabulous on line embroidery class! Sign up for Christmas Stitches right here! And if you sign up before October 22nd, you will qualify for a $5.00 off discount! Get more details about the class and the discount here!

Carina has put together a merry collection of holiday fun including ornaments and mittens and the shisha stitch for adding a small mirror to an embroidery.

The class is for everyone, beginners are welcome, and includes 11 brand new Carina designed embroidery patterns along with instructions and tutorials for making every project!

The class begins October 25th and will last four weeks - so by the end of class you should have every one on your gift list covered! All you will have left to do is wrap 'em up!

Something Special for Your Children, Grandchildren and Your Inner Child


I love this little book! "All the Seasons of the Year" written by Deborah Lee Rose, illustrated by Kay Chorao and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers.

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