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Futuregirl Inspires "Snow Alice" - Newest Member of My Soft Toy Snowman Family!

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I almost let Christmas in July go by without officially introducing you to Snow Alice! You have seen her peaking out from the background here and there these past months, but you haven't been officially introduced.

Last July you got to meet the first member of my snow family. At that time, I believe I told you I was making several more to share in November!

Celebrate Christmas in July with Gingerbread Mango Shortcake

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There is nothing I know that says Christmas better than the heady fragrance of gingerbread baking.

When I saw this recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce in the current issue of the Penzey's Spices catalogue, I decided it would be the perfect treat to celebrate Christmas in July!

Christmas in July Giveaway # 2

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I am so excited about this giveaway!

The winner of the Christmas in July giveaway #2 will receive this beautiful Rosie and Bear embroidery pattern designed by Helen at Bustle and Sew.

I ordered one for myself and at the same time I ordered one for one lucky reader who wants to embroider along with me!

Helen describes her pattern: "A Christmas Gift shows Rosie meeting her new Bear in front of the biggest Christmas Tree ever!"

The pattern includes two mirrored transfers, stitch and color guides, applique template for the borders. And included in all her Rosie and Bear patterns is a guide for stitching fur.

So now I am asking a special favor of anyone who is entering! Since you read my blog and put up with me and Christmas in July, you are probably open to celebrating in one way or another during the whole year - or at least part of it!

In addition to religious traditions, what part of Christmas most enriches your celebration and touches your heart.

The giveaway is open to everyone, internationals are welcome; and will close at 6:00 Pacific time July 31st.

Good luck everyone!

Oh! And if I haven't posted a winner by Monday evening will someone please remind me!  Sigh.

Making Dala - A Journey

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Making Dala has been a journey - a journey filled with learning new skills, wrong turns, flashes of insight, mistakes and successes.

Dala was a challenge and it is the overcoming of that challenge and what I learned along the way that I am sharing here. It is a long post. It really is. In fact - you might consider it a free e-book! But hopefully, anyone wanting to make stuffed toys be they Dala's or frogs, will find it and the resources within useful.

Christmas In July Giveaway

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It is not too early to start gathering books to read to your children, grand children or your sweetie or even to yourself during Christmas Advent season. Here is a peak at part of my own collection.

As you know I am a huge fan of setting time aside every evening, beginning December first, to read stories and poems that are only read at this time of year. They can be Christmas stories, fairy tales, or other favorite books that might have enchanted you in your childhood.

The key - they are saved only for the most magical season of the year!

You might remember that although reading special books during the holidays has been a tradition in my own family, the idea of creating an Advent reading library belongs to Bethany at The Paper Pony. When I first saw her little basket filled with books, I decided at once to spread the word!

So, in the spirit of spreading the word and getting families started on the process of gathering special books for the winter holidays - here is a little Christmas in July Giveaway

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Remember this one? All the Seasons of the Year written by Deborah Lee Rose and illustrated by Kay Chorao. You can read my review right here if you like.

Leave a comment telling me what you think of the idea of creating an Advent reading tradition to have a chance to win this beautiful book.

I realize it is written for young children, but whether or not there are young children living in your home, most of us do have a young child in our lives - a friend, a grand child, a niece, a neighbor. Why not start an advent library for them?

The giveaway is open to all including international readers and entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm Pacific Time July 23rd. The winner will be announced on Christmas in July Eve - July 24th!

Good luck everyone!

GIVEWAY IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.

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