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Don't Miss the Heather Ross Fat Quarters Giveaway on Spoonflower!


Spoonflower is having a fantastic giveaway! Don't waste a minute! Go now to sign up!

Spoonflower is giving away a set of 17 fat quarters of quilting weight cotton - one fat quarter of each design in the new Heather Ross Macaroni Love Story line.

They are giving away two sets on Thursday the 9th, Friday, Sept 10th and Monday, Sept 13th.

Go. Go. Go!

Crafty Hearts and Hands Playing at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest


Watching children and adults alike in the act of creating and making makes my heart happy.

And I had a full day of "happy heart" yesterday (Labor Day) while at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest .

My sweetie and I set up a free craft table of farm related crafts every year and everyone is welcome to sit and play! This year we taught gourd painting, making wheat brooms and making house blessing ornaments.We went through over 100 gourds and bunches of wheat!

I hope you will take a few minutes to join me in remembering the day!

(And locals, mark your calendars to join us on October weekends at the Pumpkin Patch for pictures. We will have a photo booth set up every Sat and Sun except the 23rd.)


Faces were very popular this year!


I thought when the artist got this far she was done! NOT!


Love it!


Grandpas even got into the act - this one using a bit of "practice shell" I had laying on the table.


This one was asked to draw on a face and he seemed to relish it!


Dads shared a little crafty time with their kiddos while Mom shopped.


This little artist got the idea immediately!


I'd say he is definitely a budding artist!


A couple of real artists just getting started! Below - their beautiful finished gourds!




My sweetie and I watched this young man for an hour as he applied bits of every color on the table to his gourd.


P1080179 We get the biggest kick out of watching couples as they sit side by side, saying not a word, intensely focused on their work.




Hers! (Just started) I missed seeing her completed drawing but I bet is was lovely.


Grandma helped out braiding a house blessing ornament. They ended up making two - one for each of them to take home.


Wheat brooms were a huge hit!



My sweetie's hands in the upper left corner helping with floss ties.



I loved the ways crafty hands decorated their brooms.


And look at this one! I learned so much about embellishing harvest brooms! My tutorial for making harvest brooms here.

And now, I'll just leave you with a few last shots of happy hands at play.









Spoonflower Giveaway Winner


(Above fabric - Flea de Corps designed by Allison )

Our Spoonflower contest winner is # 36 - SASHA!

I used the Random Number Generator, but I haven't a clue how to only print out the generator without the whole page!  So you will have to trust me on this! (Added a little later - HA!  I think I have it figured out!  To late - but not for next time - and there are lots of those coming up!)

Sasha is a blog pal of mine in Sweden that I have introduced you to previously because I am fascinated with all the creative ways she comes up with to entertain and play with her children. I also love joining her family (handsome sweetheart and three lovely children (soon to be four) on many of their excursions to museums, parks and learning centers in Sweden.

You can visit too,  right here! Hurry over because she is in the middle of showing her kids something called masking tape painting! It is the first in a series of water color painting techniques she is teaching them.

The gorgeous, colorful Spoonflower fabric Sasha chose, designed by Nadja Petremand is her favorite because it is - in her words - "beautifully colorful and stylish"! It certainly makes MY eyes happy! You can check out other designs by Nadja on the Spoonflower site right here.

And checking out Sasha's choice led me to Nadja's blog (Dans Mon Bocal) which you absolutely must visit! Her blog is beautifully designed and she has a whole side bar just pack to the limits with "coloriage gratuit" (free colorings) and other wonderful free downloads. I love this set of dolls for an advent calendar and these beautiful free holiday tag downloads. OMG and recipes! I am doomed. I may just sit here parked on her living room sofa and never leave!

And her blog content! Well you just have to visit. So much inspiration!

This was supposed to be a 5 minute post!  Ha!  I got sidetracked at Nadja's house and here I am an hour later!

I can't find a translator bar on her site - that could be my fault. But I used the translator on my Google Reader! Yay for Google Reader! Google Reader Rocks!

Congratulations Sasha! And thank you for introducing me to Nadja! And thank you to Kim and Steve at Spoonflower for making this giveaway possible!

Today is FREE SWATCH Day at Spoonflower! Don't Miss It!

P1070427 Hey everybody! Just had to pop in and tell you that today is free swatch day at Spoonflower!

You can get a free custom fabric swatch for 24 hours between noon EST, Thursday August 26th and noon EST on Friday, August 27th.

Read all about it and get the details to order your very own free Spoonflower swatch - your own design or one of the lovelies already in the shop - right here!

And don't forget to enter the one yard giveaway here on Gingerbread Snowflakes! Entry deadline for entering the giveaway is September 2nd - one week away!

I love Spoonflower! And I have been blown away by the enthusiastic responses from everyone entering the giveaway. Apparently I am not the only one who just can not narrow her fabric choice to one design!

Now, pop over to Spoonflower and claim your very own free swatch!

End of Summer Giveaway - Spoonflower Fabric!


You might remember this adorable Spoonflower fabric I used to make a simple sun dress! Allison, the designer of Flea de Corps, has been very generous in allowing me to share the image of her fabric with you!

If you love it as much as I do now is your opportunity to order a yard of Flea de Coprs or any of the other Spoonflower fabrics for free! Or if you have the skills, you can design your own!

Now, most of you who know me, understand that my computer skills are pretty - well - basic! I most likely will not be designing my own fabrics at Spoonflower any time soon! But I love to shop there! And I have the idea that most of you would too! So I contacted Kim at Spoonflower and this little giveaway was hatched!

And just so you know, right now I am planning to order Gnome, Alaska by ceanirminger because I am a big sucker for 'shrooms and gnomes and snow! And I am ordering Stained Glass Rose Window by sammyk because the design and colors just plain make my eyes happy!

If you are new to Spoonflower here are a few links to help introduce you to one of the coolest DIY companies around!

Spoonflower was founded in 2008 by two "internet geeks" who wanted to make it possible for crafty minded people (and their wives) to design and print their very own fabrics.

Visit the Spoonflower flickr pool to view some of the designs created and being used by over 70,000 members of the Spoonflower community!

And I highly recommend you take a minute and sign up right here to receive a weekly news letter that allows YOU to participate in selecting a winner in the fabric of the week contest and links you to the Spoonflower Blog.

Ok Ok Ok!! The giveaway details! I know you are anxious!

The winner of the Spoonflower fabric giveaway will receive one yard of Spoonflower fabric! And the winner can choose to either select a fabric from the Spoonflower shop; or the winner is welcome to design their very own fabric and Spoonflower will print one yard free!

If you are planning to design your own fabric, you will need to become a Spoonflower member. Design and uploading information is here.

If, like me, you want to order your fabric from the shop, you may choose to become a Spoonflower member and simply place your order. Or, if you prefer not to join Spoonflower, I will place the order for you and they will ship it directly to you.

A little note: not all the fabrics shown in the shop are for sale so be sure that the fabric you select has an "add to cart" button!

To enter the contest for one yard of Spoonflower fabric, leave me a comment telling me your favorite fabric in the shop. There are a lot of fabrics in the shop so you may want to take advantage of "browse categories" on the left side bar.

Contest will end two weeks from today on September 3rd. at 6:00 pm PST, and is open to anyone, including international readers.

I can't wait to see your favorites!

Good luck everyone!

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