Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Welcome to all of you who are coming through from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day post.  I love being able to participate, especially when I remember ahead of time.  Feel free to scroll down to the bottom to see the details of the giveaway!

I'm mostly an art quilter, with a love of crafts and bag making thrown in.  I try to blog as often as I can about my works in progress, and I'd love it if you'd stop in again!  My work in the last couple of years has been broadly divided into two groups.  The first is an ongoing series of quilts inspired by the style of illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy, and depicting parts of the Episcopal liturgy.
In Nomine Patris

Gloria Patri

Peace be With You


The other "category"  is really just a catch all for everything else.  I'm a scientist in my other life, so some of my quilts are based on my research or other scientific themes and some are just whatever I felt like making at the time.

The Dogs

Winter In Lincoln County #1: The Orchard

Ring Around the Mole


And now for the giveaway!

This year I'm giving away two packages.  Each of them contain a handmade ornament, half a yard of Lotta Jansdotter fabric (from the Bella line), a quilt-in-a-cup kit, and a book.





The books are Pat Nickels and Sue Holly's Stitched Raw Edge Applique and Joan Ford's Cut the Scraps: 7 Steps to Quilting your Way Through Your Stash.

The quilt-in-a-cup kits are a super fun project for making your own quilted travel mug.  They contain all you need to make the project except scrap fabric (so you can use whatever fabric your want).

Finally, the ornaments are perfect for your Christmas tree if you're a tree household, and can also be pinned to a bulletin board or wall for a bit of winter cheer if you aren't!  I made them while playing around with my embroidery machine, something I don't do often enough.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite holiday activity is!  Make sure you're not a no-reply blogger or I won't be able to contact you if you win.

Good luck to all, and I'll randomly select 2 winners on the afternoon of December 16th.

Thanks again for visiting and to Sew Mama Sew for hosting!

UPDATE:  Please please please check to see if you are a no-reply blogger.  If you are, I'll have no way to contact you if you win, and two of the first three very kind people who commented are no-reply.  If you aren't sure, check out this post.  If you'd like to stay a no-reply blogger, please put your e-mail in the text of the comment.  Thanks!!  I'd hate for someone to win who I couldn't get in touch with!

150 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday activity is baking! And tasting what I bake! Thanks for a chance to win this lovely package.

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  2. I have to pick just one?? I love baking and decorating and making gifts and watching my favorite Christmas movies and specials. I love it all!

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  3. Amazing giveaway!Love decorating tree with my daughter,making cookies together,watching holiday moovies,crocheting new ornaments,stay cozy,magic is in the air.

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  4. My favorite activity is when we have the kids over to decorate our tree.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite holiday activity is definitely opening presents under the tree. The excitement on everyone's faces to see what Santa brought is priceless.

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  6. What a lovely giveaway, thank you! My favourite holiday activity is crafting with my two young nieces - what else?!

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  7. I love to lock myself away and sew!

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  8. I love making snowflakes with my girls!!

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  9. My favourite activity is needle felting a new set of teddy bear ornaments each year.

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  10. Oh my GOODNESS I am in love with your quilts, especially the calligraphy! I will be following you now that I've found you, lol.

    Anyway, to answer the question, I love decorating and spending time with my girls!

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  11. I love to relax with a cup of hot cider, a quilt and a movie =) Thanks! PS--your quilts are so lovely. Your illuminated textwork is truly breath-taking!

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  12. Joan's book looks like a fun one! I love re-watching all my favorite holiday movies! Winter in Lincoln County is breathtaking!

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  13. wow very cool work........My favorite christmas activity is sewing potholders for all my friends instead of giving cards...............happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  14. My fave activity's enjoy the weather, because it's really nice outside :)

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  15. Really beautiful projects you have done. Looking at all the Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve. So pretty and very creative. You have am amazing and generous giveaway package. Your handmade ornaments are very personal and thoughtful. Thank you for being a part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day and the chance to win this extraordinary Christmas package. Happy Holidays to you from Sonora, CA.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  16. My favorite part of the holidays is listening to Christmas music.

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  17. I love your quilts!! My favorite holiday activity is the giving of gifts.
    rtgandy at gmail

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  18. In December we always have family time on a Monday night and we all sit close together on the sofa watching Christmas films and eating chocolates. My teenagers ares till happy to do this and it is my favourite time of the week. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

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  19. My favorite holiday activity is decorating the tree with my family. We all enjoy spending that special time together. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. My favorite holiday activity is going to the mountains with the whole family and cut all of our own Christmas Trees. We have a picnic lunch, hot chocolate and lots of sledding.

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  21. Thanks for a great giveaway. My favorite holiday activity is preparing the house for the season - putting up the lights, hanging the stockings, and going out to cut down our own tree :)

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  22. Having family dinner with lots of food, fun and laughter. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite holiday activity is going to the park to see all the Christmas lights and decorations.

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  24. I love baking cookies with my family. Thanks!

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  25. Your quilts are amazing. I love the decorating at Christmas. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  26. Mom and I make annual trek to the neighbouring town to wander the mall, have dinner, natter and put the world to rights.

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  27. Wow! Love your quilts. We make homemade eggnog each year. My husband is the master coordinator for this project. It's so much better than the store bought stuff. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  28. I love buying and making gifts for my family and friends!
    H.

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  29. I love the decorating and putting up the tree!

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  30. I love baking (and eating) all kinds of Christmas cookies! Your quilts are amazing (Gloria Patri - wow!). Many thanks for sharing with us.
    emyerly(at)outlook(dot)com

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  31. Oh my goodness, your illuminated manuscript quilts are amazing! (I'm an archivist with an interest in medieval books and manuscripts - I'm massively geeking out right now!)

    My favourite holiday activity is doing not very much! I tend to be really busy so it's so good to have a few days to relax and recharge. I also volunteer at a homeless shelter every year.

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  32. Wrapping presents is my favourite activity - and watching them being opened!

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  33. Relaxing though not much this year as the kids are home and then off to work at the Hospital

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  34. Right now singing to Christmas Carols in my car where no one else can hear me

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  35. My favorite holiday activity is probably looking at Christmas lights!

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  36. Reading Christmas stories with my daughter under the lights of the Christmas tree!

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  37. Watching my family unwrap the gifts I give them

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  38. My favorite holiday activity is visiting with my family whether in person or over skype.

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  39. I love watching Christmas movies with my family!!

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  40. I enjoy wrapping the gifts and watching the grandkids open them.

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  41. I love putting the lights up on the tree!

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  42. Watching Love Actually with my daughters....

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  43. Looking at the Christmas tree all decorated from the couch with a cup of coffee.

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  44. my favorite activity is eating chocolate! thanks for the chance!!

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  45. My favorite activity at Christmas is putting the tree up with my kids - they love doing it so much!!

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  46. I love decorating the tree with our boys...and watching The Polar Express on Christmas Eve.

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  47. I love baking the cookies and I love making gifts for people.
    ramona_murrayatcomcastdotnet

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  48. I love making clay dough ornaments (kat-gray@hotmail.com)

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  49. Staying home and relaxing...and visiting with family and friends.

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  50. My favorite holiday activity is baking cookies with my girls. We do it every year. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. My favorite holiday activity is spending time with my kids who are grown and live far away.

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  52. My favorite holiday activity is curling up with the kiddos and watching our favorite holiday movies... Elf and It's a Wonderful Life.

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  53. I've been hosting pre-holiday baking evenings for two years - it has been so fun to taste test new recipes and share the evening. I'm trying to figure out how to do it more often! Thanks for the chance.

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  54. I love going out to find a tree and decorate it.

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  55. Hello! Wow! Your quilts are stunning! I love the latin and I the dinosaur that is your header photo- really spectacular!!! I really LOVE Christmas- so there is nothing I don't love about it! But I really love to sit and enjoy the tree lights after a nippy walk- and catch up with friends and drink some hot chocolate or egg nog. I also do enjoy wrapping (hmmm...and UNwrapping!) presents. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! (also great explanation of no-reply bloggers....I wasn't sure where I stood on this,but now its sorted!)

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  56. My favourite quilty activity this year has been taking off on some retreats. I get so much done. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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  57. I'm starting new holiday traditions with my family, this year an elf is leaving gifts in our fabric handmade advent calendar. grecomara at gmail dot com

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  58. My favorite holiday activity is spending Christmas Day in pajamas and having a quiet day at home with my family!

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  59. being with the family and watching them open their presents

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  60. Cooking & baking this time of the year...very beautiful giveaway.

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  61. I make lots of cookies and candy. Then I give it all away.

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  62. My family always has a big Christmas party which is lots of fun!

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  63. I just love the family gathering :) Thanks so much for this great giveaway!

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  64. Beautiful ornament! One favorite activity is decorating gingerbread houses - kids are all teens+ but we still do it together!

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  65. I think my most favorite thing to do is bake the cookies wrap them up and deliver them to friends and family.

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  66. Such a beautiful ornament and quilts!
    My favorite holiday activity is decorating the our home with family and do the route of Nativity scene and go to downtown to see the lights.

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  67. Thanks for the great giveaway! I love wrapping gifts!

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  68. I love to go shopping for gifts! I take a lot of time to pick out just the right gifts for everyone!

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  69. My favourite holiday activity is making new decorations n decorating my house :) priza_7@yahoo.co.in

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  70. Wow! your quilts are works of art! I love making crafts with my kids and baking and sewing...

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  71. Playing board games with my family.

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  72. Baking cookies, all dressed in my Christmas apron, and listening to Christmas songs in the background is my favorite holiday treat! duchick at gmail dot com

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  74. I absolutely love wrapping presents. When we were young kids, we (all five of us) kind of held an informal competition to see who could be the most creative.

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  75. I signed up to follow you by e-mail from your website. I hope that the e-mails contain the same information as your posts.

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  76. My favorite thing to do is Christmas shopping with my sisters. We get a hotel for the night and shop and laugh for two days. 3bakergirlsgo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. I love watching all my favorite Christmas movies!

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  78. My favorite activity is snowshoeing!

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  79. I love setting up our advent calendar for the kids. :)

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  80. We enjoy driving through the neighborhoods that put out luminaries on Christmas Eve.

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  81. SHOPPING!! Not really! Love listening to Christmas music and making cookies. Going to Christmas Eve services and playing "Santa".

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  82. My favorite Christmas activity is making gifts for people, and watching my kids open presents Christmas morning.

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  83. I love baking with my kids! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  84. Wow, your work is just stunning!

    My favorite holiday activity is when my sisters and I all stay up too late when we're at my parent's house for Christmas. Can't get home this year, so I'll miss that :/

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  85. I love baking Christmas cookies with my daughter! :)

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  86. My favorite Christmas activity is picking out our tree!
    rose(dot)minn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. My favorite holiday activity is spending time with my grandsons! I also enjoy all the good food, decorations and music!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  88. I love setting up our christmas tree and looking through all the ornaments we've collected over the years!

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  89. My favorite is probably watching my cats enjoy the tree--I put all the cat-safe ornaments on the bottom and they pull them off.

    livingincolorblog (at) outlook (dot)com

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  90. I loved to bake with my son when he was little, Now I bake to send him care packages at Law School!

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  91. M favorite holiday activity is hanging around in comfy lounge wear with my kids drinking hot chocolate!

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  92. Spending time with my family. Evenings together, laughing, reminiscing, enjoying being together. Thanks.

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  93. We live far from our family so my favourite holiday activity is catching up with everyone at home, sisters, nieces and nephews, grandparents, cousins, etc.

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  94. I love to watch all the Christmas movies on Hallmark channel. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  95. My favorite holiday activity is using our Christmas dishes for all our meals in December and January (well, they have snowmen on them) Your quilts are awesome. Hope that you have entered them in quilt shows! Wow! Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

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  96. Since my retirement my favorite Christmas activity is hosting a Christmas luncheon for my former co-workers.

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  97. I love baking. Your blog is inspirational, thank you for the giveaway.

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  98. Making cookies with the kids

    clemonssarah7 at gmail dot com

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  99. I love driving around and seeing all the light displays. I just love your quilts, new follower. Your ring around the mole just blew me out of the water. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  100. I love making - so any excuse to make stuff is good for me and mostly quilting/sewing but lots of other crafts and baking too.

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  101. I love to bake and usually fit in some shopping also!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  102. I love decorating the house and baking Christmas cookies.
    Thanks for a chance to win! julia(dot)glotova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Hi Shannon and thank you for amazing give away! During the Christmas days I love to read, watch Christmas movies. Greetings from Greece! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. We have family story every night. The whole family snuggles under quilts and reads a different Christmas story for the entire month leading up to the big day!

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  105. I love making baked items, looking at the lights, and doing the shop & strolls they have around here.

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  106. Drinking Hot chocolate with a peppermint stick. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  107. I love your liturgical Latin quilts! I'm a Latin teacher, and have a special fondness for Christmas choir music, in Latin of course!

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  108. I love to look at lights! LeeAnna at not afraid of color leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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  109. Knitting hats for gifts!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  110. I love making gifts for Christmas. I sew, while my hubbie bakes, and we play Christmas music to listen to.

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  111. 1st, let me say that your quilts are GORGEOUS! I've never seen anything like them! My favorite holiday activity is decorating the house and also cooking Christmas dinner. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  112. Your work is amazing, true artistry! I just love to drink wine...putz around...no pressure!

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  113. Just love hanging with family and chilling out for a while.

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  114. Lovely! I love to bake and sing carols! One year I'm going to do up fruitcakes in September so they are ready for the holidays :)

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  115. Walking thru the neighborhood gazing at all the beautifully decorated yards and homes.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. I love to bake. acbeier71@gmail.com

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  117. Favourite holiday activity? Wrapping presents!

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  118. My favorite holiday activity is making cookies and ornaments with my kids.

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  119. Oh, your illuminated quilts are exquisite! I can't imagine the time it took to create them.

    Thank you for participating in the giveaway. Your offerings are so fun.

    At Christmas time I love to cut and decorate our tree and bake cookies.

    Thanks again,
    Nancy (ndmessier @ aol.com)

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  120. My favorite holiday activity is decorating the Christmas tree. Thanks for the great giveaway! bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  121. I enjoy making and decorating sugar cut out cookies.
    Holly

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  122. every year we go to live theater to see the nutcracker

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  123. I love to decorate the tree with my kids <3

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  124. My favorite holiday activity? Decorating...the tree, the walls, the cookies, candy...everything! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  125. I love baking, seeing Christmas lights, and decorating.

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  126. I love to walk around after dark and see all the lights. We've been known to ride around on the bus looking at them as well. You can't really look around when you're the driver and the bus is higher up than a car.

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  127. My favourite activity is lightening candles around the house. Just love this!

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  128. my favourite activity is going and looking at christmas light displays

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  129. My favorite holiday activity is hanging out with family, watching movies and eating yummy cookies! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. exchanging gifts =] i am being honest
    aagatta(at)gazeta(dot)pl

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  131. Shopping and eating!! kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  132. I love planning the holiday menu. I also love watching cheesy christmas movies. And I just discovered that book and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  133. We make loaves of bread for teachers & neighbors. The house smells so good!

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  134. I love spending time with my kids.... baking, making hand made gifts and all the in between.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  135. I love to bake cookies with my kids over the Christmas holidays... I may enjoy eating them too! LOL! Merry Christmas!

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  136. One of my favorite holiday activities is participating in the children's Nativity program at our church. I also love driving around with my family looking at all the lights. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. Putting up the Christmas lights is one of my favorite activities with my family. :)

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  138. I love decorating and listening to Chtistmas music!

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