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Warty Pumpkins Make Me Happy Hello, everyone- this is Diane popping in for a moment. I've just set Pam up with email subscriptions for this lovely blog, and this little post is a test of that new system. If you'd like to get Pam's blog posts sent to your email, just enter your email address in the handsome form in the sidebar there. Happy October!

Gorgeous Dala Horses to Keep Your Eyes Happy While I Am On a Break!


A beautiful surprise from Sweden!

My sweet friend Sasha sent me the most gorgeous Dala fabric in the whole wide world!

It arrived about two weeks or so ago and I am still just in awe every time I look at it!

The very minute Halloween is over, this beautiful fabric will be spread out on my dining table so I can enjoy it every single day.

I still just can not believe Sasha went to all the trouble to send me this amazing gift. She has her hands full with four beautiful children and her blog Squashed Tomatoes where she shares all their most excellent adventures.

Sasha's primary purpose in writing her blog is to create a journal, a scrapbook if you will, of family adventures so that her children can return to it as they get older and enjoy the fun they had all over again.

As a result, her writing is from her heart and the adventures shared are real life adventures. I love her blog even though my children are all grown up!

Anyway - back to the fabric!

I am taking a little time off from Gingerbread Snowflakes. We are very busy with our October activities at the Pumpkin Patch and I have lots to do to get ready for November 1st when I officially begin the Winter Holiday Season.

My THIRD Blogiversary is November 1. So be sure to check in as I have THREE prizes to give away to celebrate!

I may or may not pop back in with a post between now and then - right now i don't know.

But I am leaving you with these delicious images of my Dala Horse Fabric to keep your eyes happy til I get back!


"Leksand" design: Carola Bengtsson-Malmstrom ARVIDSSONS TEXTIL, Sweden


Don't you love the flowers too?


I can't get enough of looking at this fabric!


See you soon!


Bustle and Sew Christmas Issue Giveaway Winners!


We have been at the Pumpkin Patch all weekend - sorry to be late with the winning numbers for the giveaway for the Christmas issue of Bustle and Sew Magazine.

The winning numbers are

#4 Kathryn

#5 Silvia - Madame Renard

#9 Andrea

I will forward your e-mails to Helen at Bustle and Sew on Tuesday morning and she will be sending you your very own copy of the Bustle and Sew Magazine Christmas Issue shortly thereafter!

Helen's e-mags are available right here and at only $4.50 each they are an amazing value.

And be sure to read this recent post on her blog - all about a brand new e-book "Top Tips for Stitchers" FREE to everyone.

And she has even more exciting news to share and if you are a subscriber to her magazine, you are going to be receiving a very special gift next month so be sure to check Bustle and Sew for all the details.  Subscribe by following the link on her sidebar.

Thanks to all who entered. 

OK now I am going to take a long, hot soak and then put my feet up and veg. 

Giveaway to Celebrate 90 Days til Christmas!

mouse cone 1

Photo is from Bustle and Sew Magazine, Christmas issue 2011

The Christmas issue of Bustle and Sew Magazine has just been published! And as a subscriber who has just peeked into her own issue - it was definitely worth waiting for! I love it! And you can just bet that there will be a little mouse sitting in a hexie cone on MY tree this year!

Inside the Christmas issue you will find the patterns and instructions for making this adorable mouse and the hexie cone! There is a beautiful advent calendar - one that will be an heirloom to be enjoyed from year to year. Lovely Christmas poem and a Christmas story. New original patterns by Bustle and Sew. Crocheted penguin pattern and an adorable knitted reindeer pattern!

YOU CAN PREVIEW the magazine on-line right  here!

The issue was published a little past "90 Days til Christmas" but nevertheless, I am holding a "90 days til Christmas" giveaway and giving away a copy of the Christmas issue of Bustle and Sew Magazine to THREE lucky winners!

The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!

And all you have to do to enter, is to leave a comment right here on this post!

Entries must be posted by 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, Saturday October 8th.

I wish I could send a copy to everyone!  But if you are not a winner, you can order your own  copy here or better yet subscribe to Bustle and Sew Magazine and receive a free printable retro Christmas bunting!

I have already printed my bunting and I love it because (and maybe I shouldn't admit this)  some of my childhood gifts were wrapped in this very paper!

Good luck everyone!

Holiday Gift Making Begins at Make One! And Other Good Stuff About Knitting!


Another delicious visit to Make One! With Melissa's help and guidance, I left her beautiful shop with a couple bags of yummy, soft, scrumptious skeins of yarn destined to become Christmas presents!

After all, September 26th is a big important day - 90 days until Christmas - and it is definitely time to get crackin' on hand made holiday gifts!

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