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A "This Moment entry from the Archives!


I ran across this image the other day - Diane and Mike as I found them one afternoon in 1974 while playing with one of their favorite toys - card board boxes!

I thought it would be a fun image for my "This moment" series.

"This Moment - a moment to pause, savor and remember"

"This Moment" was begun as a Friday ritual by Amanda Soule. Her Friday Moment this week in case you missed it!

Picking a Winner for Christmas in July Giveaway #2!


It is July! My Shasta Daisies are in full bloom. How else would I choose a winner?


16 people entered. I am counting to 16 over and over until the last petal.


Almost there!


I do not believe it! The last petal is number 1! Lolly! You are the winner!


A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you who entered and joined me in celebrating Christmas in July!

Christmas in July Giveaway #2


 Since so many of us seem to love collecting ornaments, Christmas In July Giveaway #2 is a collection of ornaments made just for Gingerbread Snowflakes holiday posts these past two seasons.

And to give them a little more "history" they have already been a part of Christmas celebrations at our house.

Christmas in July Giveaway #1


Just finished! My very own, "Gracie Doll". Designed by Joan Gorman - Nini Makes.

She is here to announce the first of two Christmas in July giveaways taking place this month.


But before I get to the announcement, I just have to let you know that making my little dolly was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Added 7/8/10  Just to be clear - this doll is Joanie's Gracie Doll!

Not only are Joanie's instructions perfect and easy to follow, but she shares so many additional tips that make the whole experience very doable! Tips and tricks for face painting, tools that will make your entire sewing life easier, and a complete how-to for making and attaching hair.

And since I have been having so much fun making projects featured in Joanie's e-book, I decided that I just had to share by adding a second giveaway to my Christmas in July calendar!


"Repurposed Spotty Storage" and the "Gracie doll" are just two of several projects included in Joanie's e-book, Stitch Village. You can read more about the book on the Stitch Village site, about my own Mushroom's here and my review of Joanie's book here.

Joanies Stitch Villige

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive a copy of one of my favorite e-books - "Stitch Village" by Joan Gorman.

To enter the giveaway drawing, leave a comment on this post and tell me how you plan to celebrate Christmas in July. If you aren't celebrating Christmas in July, tell me which project in the book you want to make first!

This giveaway will close on July 15th at 6:00PM PST. The lucky winner will be announced on July 16th.

And good news - this giveaway is open to everyone in any country! Just be sure to let me know how to reach you!

Good luck, everyone!

Christmas in July Has Begun at Gingerbread Snowflakes! And a Call for Help!


You may remember these from Christmas 2008!  They have been a part of the past 35 years and are among my most treasured tree ornaments. They are made of whisper thin wood strips.

I have two reasons for sharing them today!

First, to officially declare it Christmas in July at Gingerbread Snowflakes!

Second, to put out a call for help!

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