A Christmas in July gift from my Josee Reblooming Lilac!


Lilacs in July!

And more to come in September!

We ordered a lovely new hybrid lilac bush last summer because it is a re-blooming lilac and because it doesn't mind living in containers.

It actually bloomed twice last summer - first year in the ground! And including the spring bloom in May, I am expecting three blooms this year.

I love the fragrance of lilacs. I can step outside right this minute and stick my nose in one of ten spikes in full bloom.

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 Plum and Cherry Cake


Diane (Sister Diane of  Craftypod fame) has just featured my "Christmas in July Plum Pudding Cake" recipe in her current newsletter. If you are not already signed up to receive her newsletter, sign up on her blog so you won't miss another issue!

Winner of Christmas in July Giveaway #1

Joanies Stitch Villige

The winner of Joan Gorman's fabulous e-book "Stitch Village" is:

P1070716 Number three from the bottom - Christephi. (I discounted Joanie's comment because she probably doesn't want to win a copy of her own book!)

My sweetie said to be sure to tell you that his eyes were closed very tight when he selected the winning number!

Christephi writes a delightful blog called Sprouting Flowers. And if you will take a little look at this recent post for making the cutest mother pig in the world with her tiny brood of precious baby piglets, you can see that she will no doubt put Joanie's e-book to good use!


If you didn't win the giveaway, you can still order a copy of Joanie's lovely e-book right here! I have learned so many new tips and trick that have made my crafty so much easier than ever before. I know you will love owning a copy.


Thanks to all of you who entered and shared your plans for making gifts for holiday giving. I hope you will send me pictures.

Be sure to drop back by on July 20th for Christmas in July giveaway #2.

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!

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