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Nearly Instant Ornament Idea for the Knitters on Your List - Including YOU!


If you need a quick little gift for a knitter - grab that bit of leftover yarn from one of your recent projects and wind it into a ball about 2" in diameter.

Cut two wood skewers 4" to 5" long.

Glue a bead on the end of each skewer and you are done!

Easy ornament gift for kids to make for teachers, grandparents, aunts ... and for you to make for mothers, sisters, and friends!

And a great little ornament for your own tree - make one for every project you have done this year!

Yaaaay! December Has Arrived ! Time For The 2010 STOCKING GIVEAWAY

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Yay! The 2010 Stocking Giveaway has officially begun! I have been so excited about this particular giveaway I thought December would never get here!

I will tell you all about my own stocking and a little about it's contents in a minute! But first, be sure to pop over to Robin's post on Rsislandercrafts to get a list of all the participating blogs! Every participating blogger is giving away a stocking with goodies tucked inside! On December 8th, each blogger will select a winner for their own stocking from the comments left on their own post. So, if you enter more than one giveaway, you have a better chance of winning a stocking!

Robin is giving away three stockings!


And here is my stocking to be given away to the lucky winner!

The contest begins on December 1st and ends on my own blog at 6:00 PST on December 8th. Winner will be announced shortly there after!

International entries are welcome on my giveaway as well as Robin's.  Check with the other's for international status.

Enter by leaving me a comment on this post! Tell me the best surprise you ever found tucked inside your Christmas stocking!

I can't begin to tell you how excited I have been about making and stuffing and giving away this stocking!

The pink plush stocking is embellished with a Kanzashi which is only pinned on so that you can remove it if you wish and either add a pin back and make it into a pin or add a yarn tie and use it as an ornament. Or - just leave it on the stocking!

You can see three items peeking out of the top! Yes - that is a Matryoshka! And a Yarn Star.

Hiding inside are treats with which to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucy Day, Las Posadas, "Angle Day" (my own little celebration on Dec. 10th), 2 craft kits to assemble, and other secret stuff!

Go visit Robin so you can visit the other giveaways and ... good luck everyone!

Craftypod Online Class Gift Certificate Giveaway!


I am so excited about this giveaway! A gift certificate which entitles the winner to take any one of Diane's 2011 Online Classes offered on Craftypod.

Pop over to Diane's class schedule to view the classes offered. Then click on each class listed to learn more about what is covered in class and what to expect.

I loved taking her "Craft Blog Tune-Up" class - not only because I personally learned many new things that I found very useful, but also because I got a huge kick out of watching the transformation take place in many of my classmates blogs as they put to use the lessons and tips Diane gave them. (My follow-up post featuring some of my classmates here.)

"Write, Publish & Sell Your Crafty Ebook" is another class I have taken and would highly recommend to anyone thinking about creating a crafty Ebook. In addition to her thorough and clearly presented content, Diane provided links to so much information that I created a whole new file in my bookmarks - and it is full!

And there are the live chats which Diane schedules to take place twice each week so that classmates can share directly, in real time, with each other. I usually sit there in stunned silence as I watch the flurry of questions and answers fly by! I don't know how in the world you guys process so fast! But I get a huge kick out of the chats and the best part is that Diane posts a full transcript of the chat for people like me and for those that were unable to attend.

Diane is offering two brand spanking new classes in early spring 2011! "Creating and Presenting Online Classes" and "Making a Crafty Podcast". Be sure to follow the links to find out all about them.

The lucky winner of the giveaway can choose any one of the classes listed - including the new ones!

All you have to do to enter is to go to the class schedule page and then leave me a comment telling me which class you would take if you win!

The giveaway is open to everyone - including international readers!

Giveaway will end at 6:00 pm PST December 8th.

And don't forget - the gift certificate can be a gift to YOU or a gift to a crafty friend! In fact, a gift certificate for one of Diane's online classes would be a great gift for any one of your crafty friends or relatives. All you have to do is to give Diane the recipient's name and she does the rest!  No shopping! No wrapping! And they will love you for it!

Thank you Diane for being so receptive to my great idea when I called you and said - "Diane, I just had a thought! I would like to hold a holiday giveaway for a gift certificate!"

I know! I know! I have had a lot of giveaways lately on Gingerbread Snowflakes!

What can I say? It's the holiday season! And of course the great giveaways sponsored by Plaid added to the numbers! Yup! Way more than is usual around these parts!

But isn't if fun?

Gallery Glass Winner!


The Random Integer Wizard has chosen a winner of the Gallery Glass Giveaway sponsored by Plaid Enterprises and Amy at Mod Podge Rocks!

And the winner is:

Number 13! Susan Spies!

Susan has a couple hanging lamps she wants to transform using Gallery Glass! Now she will be able to finish them in time for Christmas!

Congratulations Susan. I will be sending you an e-mail shortly!

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared a little about the projects they would make if they won! I always love hearing about all the amazing and creative ideas my fellow crafters dream up!

And one more thank you to Amy for giving me the opportunity to experience products I might not have ever tried! I now have a whole palette of Folk Art colors on my craft table and ventured beyond the Russian dolls to make a gourd Nutcracker for my son! Stiffy has become a "must have on hand" item in my crafty tool box. And I am looking for the perfect lamp - the old fashioned hand held lamps that held a candle - for my next Gallery Glass project.

But first - got to finish a bunch of Christmas presents!

St. Nicholas Eve Cookie Recipe Swap: A Reminder and How It Will Work!


It is almost time for the St. Nicholas Eve Winter Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!

On December 5th - St. Nicholas Eve - Gingerbread Snowflakes is hosting a Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap by means of a linking system called inlinkz.

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