Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's giveaway time!

Welcome to my third giveaway, and a special welcome if you are new to my blog. I hope you take the time to have a good look around. Feel free to comment on anything that catches your eye, I'd love to hear from you and always reply! I've been working hard in my sewing attic these last couple of days and I hope you like what I've created to giveaway! It has my daughters seal of approval so I think I've got it right.

Okay enough of the chit chat lets tell you what's up for grabs. Firstly I've made the above shopping tote from some pure cotton Balinese batik fabrics. It is fully lined with a large pocket inside and perfect for those farmers markets or for any shopping expeditions.

Next up is a matching shopping list pad cover complete with shopping pad and pen plus another pocket for perhaps your cheque book.


And it has a smart button enclosure to keep everything safe.
And last but definitely not least is 3 fat quarters of pure cotton fabrics. I will also add some other sewing goodies for you to be creative with.


Now what you have to do to be in the draw is to tell me in your comments what your favourite "Christmas family tradition" is in your home. It might be something that you do each year with your children or something that you make or a place that you always visit, what ever it is I would love to read about it.
This giveaway will be open until December 6th and I am happy to send internationally. You can check out all the other Sew Mama Sew giveaways over here. Good luck!!

Don't forget to leave me a way of contacting you too.

200 comments:

Jo said...

Love the shopping list pad idea^^

Bec said...

What a beautiful farbic you have used. My favourite Christmas family tradition at the moment is that we have no tradition. I am married with no kids and my husband is often overseas with work for Christmas, so we have not been making a big deal over Christmas. However the moment a bub comes along everything will change and there will be traditions galore I think! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Tanya said...

Oh my, you have been so busy spending your time making a giveawy for us! Thanks. ANd I will have a 'poke around' while I am here.
I love making Christmas decos with my kids each year, we label and date them and so far have a few years of 'progressive' ages of artistic ability!

Andrea said...

Our Christmas tradition is making tamales to share with the whole family

apeak AT hotmail DOT com

Mare said...

Love all those fabrics! My favorite tradition, and we do have many, is that a few days before Chritsmas we bake cookies with my two boys and my mother, this year my two nephews will be joining us. We live in Chile so we bake in the sweet summer!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

What a beautiful giveaway! We have a fairly new tradition and that is making kugelhopf for Christmas breakfast. We went to Europe a couple of years ago and had it there and it is such a pretty pastry that it became our Christmas tradition.

Rafael's Mum said...

What a fantastic giveaway Catherine! I love the batiks you have used for the bag and shoppinglistcover especially. First class work!

We have no special christmas tradition nowadays (other than making and opening presents) but when I was little I remember us going to visit friends in Germany for Christmas and going to the midnight mass to a very picturesque church in the middle of a small village in the mountains. Giant trees around and lots of snow.. I never forget the atmosphere... I was of course very little (maybe that is why those trees were so big!) but it has made a big impression on me.

Thanks for the chance to win in a fabulous giveaway!

Karina said...

beautiful giveaway. well, we usually doing decorations with kids for new year eve

isabel f. said...

we always do the decorations with the kids :)))please count me in!!
and go to my blog
http://rosaechocolat.blogspot.com/
I’m hosting this giveaway too :))
HUGS from Portugal :)))

carmel said...

we calebrate chanuka so i like making things with my kids or for my kids
just all kinds of holiday toys and decorations..
its nice!

adriane said...

That batik bag is so beautiful! I would love the have that beauty on my arm at the grocery store!
Thanks!

ladmquilter said...

Thanks for a great giveaway love the bag we all bake cookies together it is great fun.

Michele said...

Love your giveaway! That bag is the bomb! Our Christmas tradition is opening all the gifts before the big day. Aren't we terrible? The only thing the kids have left on Christmas day is their stockings. I know, I know...mother of the year.

Nutsy Coco said...

What a generous giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is baking goodies and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle said...

What wonderful items! One of our favorite family traditions is our Jesse Tree. My own personal tradition is making a new ornament every year. I tuck one away for each of my children as well!

Grace said...

Love this giveaway!

We love to do a gingerbread house - so fun.

ktb38 said...

What an amazing giveaway! That bag is stunning! My favorite tradition is yelling at my dad for eating the raw cookie dough. Every year, he sneaks into the kitchen and grabs a hunk of it. He used to do it when his grandmother made cookies too.

The Sewing Dork said...

My favorite tradition is providing unexpected little gifts to people in need. It really puts a smile on someone's face.

Lauren G said...

Love the fabric. Our favorite Christmas tradition is decorating our christmas tree together. We put on Christmas music, have snacks, and decorate away.

Normatika said...

our favourite christmas tradition as a family is to take part in Operation Christmas box programme. Each one of us fills a shoe box with gifts and toys for an overseas child in need. This year the boxes went to Fiji.

Anya said...

What a generous giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses! thanks for the chance.

Melissa said...

This is so fun! My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Christmas story and setting up the nativity. Thanks so much!
ruthiesmom16(at)yahoo(dot)com

Needled Mom said...

Oh wow!!!! What a fabulous giveaway. That will come in so handy for shopping and all else. Wouldn't we impress everyone if we carried that to the store?

Thanks for participating in the Giveaway.

Annette said...

A generous giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is packing up our four teens, cutting a tree, tying to the top of the mini van and driving home. We all feel so Griswald-ish. =)

tribalgrl AT gmail DOT com

andrea creates said...

Super cute fabrics!
We always have a chocolate filled advent calendar-gotta love the chocolate :)

simplymodernmom.com said...

i love it all! happy giveaway day! here's my giveaway http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/
simplymodernmom(at)gmail

redzshadow said...

I LOVE this bag!

My favorite tradition is watching the kids (the ones in the extended family) open up gifts. They open them and want to play right away. So, I indulge that urge! I love acting like a kid on Christmas. It is so much fun!

Betsy said...

The bag is amazingly beautiful!

I love tree-trimming as a tradition, and getting up on Christmas morning and having coffee/juice/breakfast!

Mama Lusco said...

Awesome prizes! We love to go cut our own Christmas tree. We live in beautiful Eastern Oregon and live 3 miles from the National Forest.
alusco@centurytel.net

cathy said...

My family always goes out for Chinese on Christmas eve.

MichelleM said...

My family Xmas tradition is taking turns opening presents one by one so it lasts as longgggg as possible. Love your site and the giveaways!

Tea Over Coffee said...

My family tradition is eatting a big breakfast before we open gifts!

grendelskin said...

How pretty, thank you for being so generous! My favorite tradition these days is the tree. We go out as a family to tag a tree on Thanksgiving weekend; we wander the whole farm debating the merits of each possibility before making a final decision and hanging a tag near the top. Then, the weekend before the holiday we go out, once again as a family, to cut it down and bring it home.

Jenna H. said...

My husband and I always go somewhere, where ever we are, to see x-mas lights. It's our tradition because it was our first date 3 years ago. Thanks for the giveaway!
jmhamlin826 AT yahoo DOT com

Sarah said...

We do Advent with our kids, both candles and chocolates. They love it.

Kat said...

I love opening one present on Christmas Eve. Everyone gets to open one and it's a nice time with just my parents and me.

Joan said...

Beautiful giveaways. When our children were little, my husband and I would exchange our grownup presents late on Christmas eve when the kids were asleep. Now that they are 24 and 22, they don't ever go to bed earlier than we, so we wait until Christmas morning...

Rachel said...

Fantastic items! Good work. :) My favorite tradition is going to pick out the Christmas tree on my husband's birthday (the 10th). His mom started the tradition when he was a kid and he looks forward to it every year! It's so sweet.

sommerkind said...

The best traditon is cookie baking and eating. Better than anything else.
Your giveaway is great.

Angela said...

Christmas Family Tradition
Every year when I was a child my mom bought my brother and I a "Special Ornament", an ornament that reflected that year. Now that I am grown and have two children of my own (Hannah 5 & Aiden 3) I carry on that tradition and find it heart warming and fun to pick out that special ornament for my children.
angie.huffman@gmail.com

Susan said...

Approx 9:00 every Christmas Eve, the kids put cookies out for Santa and still feed his reindeer. I look forward to this every year.

Great giveaway!

gill said...

hi
decorating the tree as a family is something we still do every year even though our children are all in their teens!
gill x

ikkinlala said...

What a gorgeous tote!

My favourite Christmas tradition is our crokinole tournament after dinner.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

Since our children were born our new favorite family tradition is making ornaments with them to give to their grandparents.
a_heart4home(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jenny said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is that we always wait to open our stockings together...some years it is the first thing, sometimes last...but always fun. Your giveaway is lovely, thanks for my chance.

Erica said...

Each Christmas my children are given one package to open on Christmas eve and each year it is a new set of matching pajamas. The kids love wearing these as they anxiously snuggle in to bed that night.

adelantegirl said...

gorgeous! we always put out a wooden nativity scene but leave baby jesus out until Christmas eve. then everyone gets together and sings silent night while the youngest child puts baby jesus into the manger.

Teresa C said...

My favorite tradition is the music. Listening to it, singing it, caroling, and bringing out my Christmas china, making tea in the pot and using the mugs all month long.

I fell in love with that bag the second I saw it, to me it is my favorite giveaway that I have seen, I would love to win it.

I love Erica's comment, we did that for years, my kids would get matching pjs that I would make, a Christmas book and an ornament, the intention being they take the ornaments when they move out for their own trees. Now that they are young adults they come home and we still do the pjs and ornaments. They don't always match, but we look forward to it every year.

Lauranie said...

Such wonderful things...thank you!! Our Christmas tradition is gifts of PJs Christmas eve...breadmaker cinnamon rolls and coffee/hot chocolate while we open gifts..then loading up the car still in our new PJs and driving an hour and a half to my parents house for more gift giving/opening then a FABULOUSLY delicious meal of Fried turkey, baked ham, and ALL of the trimmings...yum...I am ready for THAT part...but not finished with ANY of my gifts yet...AACK!! Have a great giveaway!!

free indeed said...

We have so many things we do that mean Christmas to us. Guess the most important one is the special cookies we make and then have a decorating party. We've made thses cookies for over 40 years!

Dee said...

Our Christmas tradition is staying up late, Christmas Eve wrapping presents while watching White Christmas!

Thanks for such a fun giveaway and the chance to win!
Merry Christmas!
mayhem5@softhome.net

RetroGirl said...

Christmas cookies and singing carols in the car on the way to town!

kynaroyal(at)yahoo(dot)com

Leigh said...

I love the batiks!!! I love our new traditions with having Christmas at our house - it's only been 3 years, but there's nothing like having it at your own house!!! Sitting down before the kids get up, drinking a cup of coffee and listening to Christmas music - peace and quiet - a little bit of heaven!

supermedic said...

i love the bag and the fabrics. hope i win

sewfunky said...

We do santa on December 6th - Saint Nicholas Day. :)

Hi fellow kiwi! Please enter me in the draw!

GloJoeSews said...

Lovely bag! Christmas tradition used to be going to grandma's house but she passed away this summer. Instead, my family is coming out to california to be with me and we're going to celebrate what would have been grandma's 90th birthday this month. Now, we'll have to create a new tradition. But, whatever it is, grandma would want it to be fun for us...and it will be!

Sarita said...

i saw your first giveaway and went "OOH!" and then i scrolled down to find there was another gorgeous one... and then there was another beneath that! i can't decide which i'd like more... maybe the shopping tote, just because i've been recently keeping my eye out for a good one to make.
our family christmas tradition includes three separate celebrations: christmas eve at our home with my mum's family, christmas morning with just my nuclear family, and christmas brunch with my father's family. it;s been that way as long as i an remember... except for last year, when we got so much snow that christmas was effectively cancelled... boo. Crossing my fingers for snow in January this year.
thanks for helping to make giveaway day as awesome as it is! :)
cheers
sarita0818 at comcast dot net

CaughtInYourGrace said...

I love the tote! It's super cute.

I'd have to say my favorite family Christmas tradition is reading Luke 2 on Christmas morning. We get up early, but before we unwrap gifts we spend some time remembering what Christmas is really all about...Christ's birth! :)

mocha said...

Every year we visit the parade of lights at our local botanical garden. Its normally a drive thru thing, but there's one night you can go and walk thru with your dogs. Its not Christmas till we do that with our little mutts.

Love the tote. Blue batiks are my favorite :)

Jessie Lathroum said...

We exchange gifts on Christmas Eve night instead of Christmas Morning. Its dark and candles are burning and we eat baked goods and laugh and play with the kid-os and drink wine. Its perfect.

Holly said...

My son is only 2, so our family's traditions are just forming. My husband and I discovered that our dad read us "Twas the Night Before Christmas" from the same exact print of the book, and we're continuing it with the copy from his family.

(hollybu(at)gmail(dot)com)

Ellyn said...

what beautiful fabrics you used! Anything that encourages me to shop is a great giveaway! One new tradition since my kids are all teens is that we draw names & each fill one other person's stocking. It's way more fun now that I don't know what everyone is getting!

Sandy in Buenos Aires said...

Hi Catherine !!!
I love all of your gifties !! And the tote bag is super gorgeous !!!
We love to have icecream with hot chocolate syrup as a dessert for our Christmas Dinner and toast with apple cider !!!
Come check out my giveaway too !!
Hugs,
Sandy-

Marie said...

the gifts are great. in my family we have a chestnut pudding for dessert on Christmas. thanks

SueAnn said...

I just love the bag.......tradition is celebrating Christmas in the morning and then in the afternoon we celebrate my son's birthday. One year I was so over whelmed that time ran out and we had a birthday pie instead of cake. He still remembers the cake from year six...it was a Black Forest Cake (made from scratch..I must have been crazy)

Sally said...

Your gifts for the giveaway are awesome! My favorite holiday tradition was always making hard candy the day after Thanksgiving. My mom and I, my aunt and cousins, and my grandma would all get together and work on it and mix each flavor together in a huge bowl. Then, after it was all finished, we would package it up in baby food jars with decorated lids to give away to friends, neighbors, bus drivers, etc...

Susan W said...

What a lovely giveaway! i think the bag is so beautiful, thanks for the opportunity :)

We always loved opening our stockings first, then breakfast - I would always not look at the tree and the presents until after breakfast - so I could be surprised!

Thanks again - susanwesthoff at gmail dot com

Llamabean said...

We make homemade pizza for dinner on Christmas Eve and snuggle on the couch and watch movies. Just a fun evening.

Ingrid said...

A tradition that is only about 4 years old but VERY popular in my family now is our Christmas Eve white elephant exchange. We play the trading game with gently used, found gifts. It's become a huge contest to see who comes up with the most creative gift.

Brenda said...

Love the beautiful fabrics.
We open gifts with my children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve, because Christmas Day is so hectic.

Joanna said...

Your items are so nice, I love them. The fabric is beautiful. I hope I win. One of my favorite traditions is to attend the craft fair at the local high school. It is pretty big, very spirited, and everyone is in a good mood, going from booth to booth. It's this weekend, so I'll me there with some friends.

mframe said...

What beautiful things you are giving away. My favorite tradition is that my mom always gave us something handmade. I am trying to do the same for my children.

Betty Rollins said...

My mom always gave or made us pajamas to wear on Christmas eve. I now give them to my grandkids. You have wonderful give aways

Desiree said...

A new tradition I am starting is making a birthday cake for Jesus. Thank you for the chance to win. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. -dez
simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail(dot)com

mama221999 said...

My parents always gave my sister and I pj's to open Christmas Eve. I've carried this tradition on and have add a Christmas ornament for the kids to put on the tree after they're in their pj's. This year I'm going to try and make them pj bottoms and applique a t-shirt.
Happy Holidays
april_wharton@hotmail.com

roadside said...

Gorgeous items.....thank you for the giveaway! Our favorite annual tradition is the making of cinammon rolls on Christmas eve....then we heat them up the next morning and its the best!
roadside@cybernet1.com

Crystal Hendrix said...

What a wonderful giveaway!!!

We go every year to a festival of trees that we made by people all over Utah. The public can bid on them and buy them and all the proceeds go to a children's hospital. It is fun to look at all of the pretty things!

Julie in WA said...

Your giveaway is very generous!

For years and years, we have made homemade ornaments for each other in my family. I don't know exactly when it started, but I was still living at home, for I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom, making ornaments. If you visit any of our homes (mom or siblings) you will see the same decorations on all our trees! (This year I am making fabric birds, designed by Linda Lum Debono.)

Artkat said...

In Decemebr each night the characters from our nativity set move somewhere different through the house. Mary and Joseph start walking from the far end of the house towards the stable and then the shepherds and kings follow. The kids are always excited when they go hunting for their new location

SheilaC said...

Great giveaway!!

Our tradition is to watch Its a Wonderful Life before Christmas day... (usually the weekend before)

Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

SheilaC

shecarita(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jessica Jo said...

i like christmas cookies...

Paper Tiger said...

What cool batiks!

allison and gareth said...

we always bake cookies while watching oldie but goodie Christmas shows like Rudolph and Frosty.

Great giveaway!
Allisonbright@gmail.com

Jessica said...

What an awesome shopping set! My favorite family Christmas tradition is that we each get a Christmas ornament each year - and we get to open them on Christmas Eve . . . which we spend at my Grammy's house eating open-face avocado sandwiches (with pepper and lemon, yum!) - what can I say it's California, there's no snow but there IS an avocado tree in the front yard!

Thanks!

Becky said...

Fav Christmas tradition is going to the holiday Zoo lights, and this year will be the first with our new baby!

Carol in E TN said...

We like to read the Christmas story in Luke 2 before opening gifts. The bag is just gorgeous! Thanks for a great giveaway!
Merry Christmas!!!

Heather said...

We always go to a Christmas eve service as a family. Then we go home and pig out on food. I lvoe the service because it helps me unwind and remind me what Christmas is all about.
Happy Holidays!
h_freund@Hotmail.com

Jessica said...

Super cute! I love opening one present christmas eve to get you in the spirit. The catch ... the present is always new pj's to wear that night! Thanks for a chance to win.
curry(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What an awesome giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

One of my favorite traditions is that each family member puts stocking stuffers in the others' stockings. We started this tradition about 35 years ago and still carry on with it as adults. Lots of fun all year long finding little oddities that'll fit in our overlarge stockings for Christmas morning.

c'est Moi! the tink-n-frog said...

What wonderful prizes. Wow! It's silly but my family always has pizza when we decorate the tree. Then we watch A Christmas Carol.
http://tinknfrog.blogspot.com/

Vacuum Queen said...

Every year we trace one foot and two hands from each kid (we have 3) and arrange them as reindeer. Fun to see how they grow. They're just construction paper, but last year I made them into felt pillows. I have pictures somewhere on my blog.

crazyestonian said...

I love the colors of your bag!
We always go on carousel rides in December. There is a special holiday carousel, with old horses and carriages and lights that is brought out only at holiday time. We take special trips to just ride the carousel downtown :)

Mama24Monkeys said...

What a generous giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
On Christmas Eve we let the kids open one gift each before bed (true the gift is a pair of pajamas to wear to bed) They love getting to open something and than being able to wear it to bed makes it fun. True my kids are still little so I am sure the novelity will wear off one day, but until then we all enjoy it.
kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

jaaverill said...

What beautiful fabric !!! My husband and I go every year and get a live Christmas tree. I just love the smell of them. Thanks.
Julie - jaaverill@aol.com

Abbington said...

My son insists that we make gingerbread decorations to hang on the tree every year - a tradition which started because early on we only had a few Christmas decorations, so I needed something to go on the tree!!

kidletsmum said...

Oh wow, what a generous, wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter!

My favourite family Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve-- we make a big bowl of popcorn and read The Night Before Christmas, then set out cookies and carrots for Santa's reindeer.

kimmieluwho at yahoo dot ca

baukje said...

The fabric is amazing!!!! We always eat 'kerststol' I made it myself
My giveaway is here
http://busybeefree.blogspot.com/

sarah in the woods said...

Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity.
I love making Christmas cookies with my kids every year.

Jodi said...

I like the shopping list. That would come in handy. My favorite tradition is spending time with my Mom and kids baking cookies.

Marianne said...

My favorite tradition is baking cookies.

Can't Believe I'm Sewing said...

I love the evening we spend putting up the Christmas tree. It makes it officially feel like Christmas is here!

ILuvBNaMom said...

What beautiful items you have selected for giveaway day! Our favorite family tradition is a big Christmas Eve dinner we have every year. We invite all of our family, godfamilies and friends. There are tons of kids running around, lots of laughter and of course yummy food and sweets! It's a good way for us to celebrate what is important at this time of year.

Jane said...

I love taking out all the Christmas decorations and watching my children place them around the house, decorate the tree, etc. It is always so much fun. The bag is simply gorgeous -- thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

J-me said...

I love that bag and the matching shopping list how celever!!!!

My favorite tradtion is when my three sisters and I, as well as my Aunt, Visit my uncle Jimmy's grave with a wreath or something with ribbion, to put on the stone, or in the ground. It is a sad occasion, but we always have fun trampling through the snow to get to him. and we always joke about how he always makes us do that.

Oboed@aol.com

Amber said...

My grandma's ham is my fav part of christmas!

Lisa B said...

All of our traditions that we are starting with our little babies are my favorite. From the movies we watch every year to putting up the christmas tree and baking together.
BTW - Gorgeous giveaways!!

Katie said...

Beautiful bag! My favorite holiday tradition is sitting down and getting the holiday cards out. This year, we're making our own cards, so it should be even more fun!
katie.benedict(at)gmail(dot)com

corvustristis said...

I realized this year, as a young adult, that all my childhood traditions have slipped away and I've yet to build new ones. Thus, finding some fantastic traditions is a goal- I'm thinking an annual December nighttime snowshoeing trip.

Oh. Except for cookies. I still make and decorate cookies every year.

Your sewing is beautiful!

corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

Gin said...

I go to Spain to my mam s, who lives some 7000 km away from me, every year. I love cooking Christmas dinner with year after year :)

thanks for the giveaway!

patriciaconesa@gmail.com

Cassie said...

A family tradition, huh? Well, our family just got larger with the addition of Ava (who will be two soon). We have started a tradition of making our own Christmas ornaments. Last year we did pinecones, and this year (with her being a little bigger) we made stars, birds, and little houses out of fabric!

I added your blog to the ones that I frequent! Great giveaway!

cassandra.pendergraff (at)gmail(dot)com

The Mangerchine's said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is to visit the Dollar Store every Christmas Eve with my husband's family. My father in law gives us each enough money to buy a $1 present for everyone. We sneak around the store dodging each other and then go home and exchange our sometimes gag, sometimes practical gifts.

shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

Sara said...

Awesome giveaway...

Favorite tradition: go driving around to see the Christmas lights and then grab some hot cocoa somewhere!

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

yawkar618 said...

first time stopper-byer ;) but definitely a lifetime reader now! i love your blog :)
my favorite family tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation is making "grophens" which came to the US from austria from my ancestors. they are a breaded delight and i'll be making them without my mothers help this year so hopefully the pictures i put up soon won't disappoint!
thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway! you're quite talented!
yawkar618 at yahoo dot com or stop on by my blog sandandstarfish.com
thanks again and happy holidays!

Megan Presley said...

What a lovely bag! Thanks for doing a giveaway! For Christmas every year, I like to make a special coffee cake that we eat for breakfast Christmas morning (sometimes before presents and sometimes after!). sales4mp@gmail.com

Wrongtree09 said...

Oh, to have a whole attic for my projects... Love the batik bag. I have a particular weakness for Balinese batiks. Our only Christmas tradition is to go for walks to ogle neighbors' light displays.

Shirley said...

Nice bag! We make some kind of gingerbread house every year, though this year it might be a tent!

Brooke said...

Our fav tradition so far is traipsing through the woods to pick out our xmas tree.. our kids are still little... sure there will be many more traditions added!

Lisa said...

Mu husband's family has a tradition to have cheese fondue for dinner on Christmas night. I love cheese fondue!! Love your bag, too!!

Wendy D. P. said...

We love to put up the tree together - going through all the old ornaments bought at special places or moments in our lives always brings back fun memories!

Birgit said...

Oh, wow, what lovely prizes -- thanks for the chance! :)

One of my Christmas traditions is to visit my father's grave. He passed away when I was little, so it has been a tradition for as long as I can remember.

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit
swappinghowdies@yahoo.de

Charlotte said...

our advent calendar is by far my favorite holiday tradition

C-Joy said...

I love this bag! One of my favorite holiday traditions is the last day of school before Christmas with my students: I plan lots of special craft centers and we spend the morning crafting, singing, and playing. I didn't realize how special it was to me until I realized I might not be able to be there on that day! Fortunately, things worked out so I won't miss the big day. Thanks for participating :)

Valerie said...

some time ago, my aunt gave us a green aluminum pickle ornament. The idea is to have an adult hide it somewhere on the tree, and the first kid to find it gets a prize. Its been something we've been doing for years. Even though we don't get prizes for it, us kids (even the grown ones) love to hunt for it :)

omashee aka Barb said...

We always enjoy caroling, especially for the nursing homes.
I love this bag! The fabrics are to die for!!! What a most generous giveaway!
Have a Merry Christmas!
omashee at msn dot com

Lynn Osborne said...

What a wonderful batch of goodies. Our family has many wonderful traditions. If I had to choose just one, it would be making special cookies that use an old family recipe. Thanks for the chance to win!

Punkinhead said...

we have several traditions, but the first that come to mind are visiting the town square that has been lit entirely with colored and white lights for the holidays. second would be the candies my mom always made called Martha Washingtons. I never cared for them, but she made them for my brother and sister every year. She passed away in August, so I'm secretly planning to make a batch to send off to the sibs in mom's honor. :)

Her Royal Highness said...

opening one present on christmas eve. It's a little tease before christmas

Erica said...

My favourite Christmas tradition is making and decorating a gingerbread house with my littles :)

Fiesta said...

Having both kids over at the same time is my new tradition. They both work and go to school so this has become quite dificult but we accomplished it on Thanksgiving so I am hoping we can do the same on Christmas
Thank you for the opporunity to win. Happy holidays

britt said...

searching for the perfect tree with my mom. last year it took two weeks!!!

Maricou said...

Great giveaway I love both the bag and the fat quarters
As many people in France our xmas tradition is to make our own Foie Gras

Marie-Noëlle

pattynubs said...

Our family tradition is to have a raffle for a quilt. Since there are eight siblings my mom did not know who to give her latest creation to so she decided to raffle it off. Last name out of the tin is the winner. Mom has since passed, but I still make a quilt with some of her stash to keep the tradition going. paltier at rpj-aps dot com

Sofia ;) said...

Hello! I love the fabrics!!!!Our tradition is to have dinner all the family together on the second day of Christmas at our house!!

Megan said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! My favorite traditions are orange danish rolls as we open gifts and a big dinner on Christmas Eve.

Now, off to look around your blog! And check out my giveaway if you have time!

Lis said...

Oh wow, what a stunning bag, I love it. My family Christmas traditions are a candlelit Christmas Eve buffet, then midnight mass. Love your blog, have become a follower :)

rheawhite said...

That bag is beautiful! Our favorite tradition is the dinner we host for 12th night. It is the perfect end to the season for us.

Rebecca said...

We have an annual tradition with a bunch of friends. We take all our kids on a train ride through an outdoor light display and then come back to our place for hot chocolate and socializing while the kids watch a Christmas movie downstairs.

Hilda Siemens said...

I think my favorite tradition is the opening of gifts and eating of good food on christmas eve with the whole family.

by Daisy said...

these are absolutely gorgeous!!! thank you for your generosity. you will be making someone really happy!
my favourite family tradition was inherited from my inlaws when i got married (my family didn't have many traditions so i was glad to finally gain some). at midnight everyone takes one shoe off and we put our presents for that person around her/his shoe and they do the same around our shoe, and so on. everyone is hoping around with just one shoe on and it«s really funny!

Anne said...

Love the bag! Thanks for a chance to win! My family loves to drive around and look at the Christmas lights with hot chocolate in the travel mug. :)

Cal said...

I love the shopping list pouch idea, it would be very useful no doubt, shopping list on one side with the coupons on the other.
We don't yet have a firm Christmas tradition in place, my daughter is 3 years old, and this is the first Christmas she is really aware of what is going on. She picked the tree, and insisted on the smallest one available, because it was "little just like me".

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Great giveaway, great blog! I love to make Xmas cookies and decorate them with the kids.

Lil Bean said...

Being a young married couple with two under 2, we're just starting our own traditions! I'm excited to see what they'll all be... I try to bake Christmas baskets for family and friends, and neighbours that have helped us out in the year.

My favourite things about Christmas: Singing all the Christmas hymns and carols in church. Being warm and toasty inside while there's blankets of snow outside and the wind blows. Visiting with family and friends. Seeing Christmas greenery everywhere! Pepernoten, speculaas, chocolate letters (traditional dutch holiday treats).

Jennifer said...

My favorite holiday tradition is taking my son around town to admire all the beautiful lights and decorations. It's so much fun to hear how delighted he gets at seeing all the festive decor.

sy said...

thanks for hosting the giveaway! we don't have any christmas traditions in the family, except eating a large meal. i always have a great time going home and spent christmas with my parents

CMEH said...

My favorite tradition and really the only one we had was when I was younger. We would go to Midnight mass and then over to my great aunt's house for food, presents and family.... It was the best part of christmas because I was an only child and so was my cousin so this was then the entire extended family got together and it was always fun. The family has all passed on but I think of them fondly this time of year!

Mary Anna said...

Adorable! Thanks for being part of the giveaway. I don't know that I have any real traditions yet as an adult (and mommy!). As a child, I loved going to my grandmother's to help her bake for our family's huge Christmas Eve party. We'd make fruit cake cookies, Martha Washingtons, chocolate-covered pretzels, spiced pecans and all kinds of other goodies. On Christmas Eve, we'd all go to the Candlelight Communion service then head back to her house. She'd play the piano and we'd all sing along, eat those yummy treats and exchange gifts with our cousins. Then, we'd stand outside and see who could spot Rudolph guiding Santa's sleigh over her house (it was really an airplane flying overhead but we were amazed nonetheless!!!). As a mom, we now make Reindeer Food for my boys' classmates and sprinkle some on our lawn after we get back from the Christmas Eve service at church.

Michael and Rachelle said...

My kids and I have been having a fondue party as a birthday celebration for Jesus. It is so fun and a little unusual. We also love to drive around and look at all of the beautiful christmas lights.

Helena said...

What great stuff.Every year we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas, as we want the kids to know the true meaning.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

WOW! Is this Every Cute! You're very talented; thanks for the giveaway and please include me.

Artemis said...

Oh lovely.... family tradition, I'm away from family and its become having a tree-decorating and crafting party with friends :)

MM4ver said...

I love going to the candel light christmas service with my family
Megan

itsgottabeodin said...

My family always drives around and looks at Christmas lights on Christmas eve. I look forward to it every year.

luke and pamela said...

wow, great prizes! we began a great tradition this year - we get Christmas childrens books from the library and read one each night until Christmas. Fun for getting into the season.

Joyful Quilter said...

Wonderful giveaway! Thanks! Every year my BFF and I drive down to Monterey and Carmel to shop, eat and stick our toes in the ocean (quickly, the water is cold - lol).

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

A beautiful giveaway - those fabrics are just gorgeous! I love to attend my church's Carols by Candlelight concert every Christmas eve; it's so much fun and full of beautiful music :)

Djaj said...

what a great giveaway !
One of my favourite tradition is to put lentils in wet cotton on the 4th of december. If the plants have well grown on Xmas, it will mean prosperity for the coming year... It's a tradition from the south of France, you can plant lentils or wheat !

Liz said...

Such a beautiful bag! I would love to own it!!

My favorite Christmas tradition is reading a different Christmas book with my children each day leading up to Christmas. Every year we buy a new book. This book is opened and read on Christmas Eve.

Christy said...

our fave christmas tradition is baking christmas cookies! thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Morgan said...

Oooh great giveaway. We always have a big southern breakfast - sausage, biscuits, gravy, etc on Christmas morning (or at noon...or whenever we get to it). :)

Megan said...

Oh, you're offering such lovely prizes...thank you for the opportunity to win. I'd have to say my favorite tradition this time of year is driving around and looking at the neighborhood Christmas lights. We pile in the car, turn on the Christmas music cd and drive around town until we've had our fill of festive lights. Then we stop for ice cream on the way home.

rockgranny said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cakes and spending time with family.
Thanks for a generous giveaway!
Kind regards,
Simona

hippychix29 said...

hi from the uk.my favourite christmas tradition is putting the decorations up that my children have made each year at school from an early age each one has lots memories.thanks for the fab giveaway! georgie
g.lidgard@btinternet.com

Bunny said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

When I was little and we were still heating with wood, my father and I would put my letter to Santa in the wood furnace, in the belief that the smoke would carry it up the chimney and away to the North Pole. :)

quiltmom said...

What a fabulous bag you have made- I love the batik inside- some very pretty fabrics too.
We have an annual tree trimming party where we invite friends to come and help us decorate the tree.
I make some Christmas special foods and we enjoy the camaradrie of good friends helping us decorate . It is always an enjoyable evening.

Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway- your winner is going to be very excited to have been chosen.
Warmest regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

BixiandGoxi said...

We have a "I love you" advent calendar, where we exchange little notes with the kids in which we write down why we love each other.
Greetings from Germany!

FibreJoy said...

Wow... what lovely gifts you are offering! I love them all.

Christmas tradition? Making handmade stuff and giving it away to loved ones.

Thank you so much for participating in this giveaway!

Cheers,

FibreJoy

Amy said...

What an amazing giveaway! My famous Christmas tradition is tonight--we leave shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies. St. Nicholas Day is tomorrow, hooray!!
Amy
ajh15@hotmail.com

Lynne said...

Wow! Beautiful bag! My favorite tradition has always been decorating the Christmas tree. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Cary said...

I love the color on the shopping bag. I would probably use it for school, as it just seems to pretty for shopping! Maybe for both! :) Thanks

Cary said...

I forgot my favorite Christmas tradition. Hmmm... there are so many. When my boys were young we used to go out in the field and cut down a cedar tree to decorate. Now we usually buy a more "refined" tree from a tree farm.

Rhonda G said...

Beautiful fabrics and love the finished tote with matching note pad cover. My honey and I started buying small tree's that are potted ea. year. Then we plant it and watch it grow each year. Our first tree was a small colorado blue spruce which is now over 10 feet tall. We moved a couple years ago, but I got to see it when we were visiting back near the old place. Once we get settled perm. we plan on picking up this tradition again to watch our little forest grow.
rl.gillette @ gmail . com

Jessica said...

My little family has only just started so our traditions have yet to grow, though my favourite from my own family home would have to be putting up the Christmas tree. I loved going through all the decorations and seeing all the old favourtes come out, especially the ones that had been handmade by us.

cafeeclectic said...

my daughter just turn one month old so we don't have any traditions yet. our old one was that hubby and i will go cut down a tree at the local tree farm the day after thanksgiving. our new tradition will be getting a small live tree so the tree grows with our daughter. I'll be making a handmade ornament for her each year.

marcela said...

We have few traditions. We have christmas dinner on the 24th in the evening. Wake up to homemade cinnamon rolls, read Santa's letter and open the stockings. Have breakfast, open some gifts and play. Have a snack, open another present, lunch, naps, continue. It lasts all day, we take our time, enjoy each other, we are PJs and have fun with our new toys.

We walk around to see Christmas lights, the Zoo Lights. Go up to the woods to get our tree (from a place they'd be cut anyways), get out ornaments and tell stories about where each one came from.

Make gingerbread house, make cookies, make our gifts, have fun together. I just love this time of the year.

Thanks so much for your wonderful giveaway. Thanks for sharing.
markymarcela(at)hotmail(dot)com

TxWoods said...

Travel out of state to see family

Libby said...

What an awesome giveaway ! We have a tradition of going and picking out our Christmas tree every Friday after Thanksgiving.

Mama2KBR said...

What a beautiful giveaway!! Thanks so much for having it!

One tradition that ended some time ago was when my paternal grandmother used to make us homemade cinnamon rolls and bring them to us. She didn't have the money to go shopping for "gifts" but made those every year. Even with the recipe, we can't top what she did. It was never Christmas until we had those rolls! Man, I still miss them.

Grace Wong said...

sweet!
Every year, my family always eats chinese food!
shou.milk@gmail.com

Lucie said...

our christmas tradition is to eat fried carp. so yummy...
Lucie (contact at LAupperlee@sheppardpratt.org)

kleiosbelly said...

A favorite tradition is the treasure hunt that we do at my parents' house. You can read about it here:
http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/christmas-07-redux-part-2/

Happy holidays & happy crafting!
maradroganATverizonDOTnet

Holly said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is observing Advent. In our home, we use a stocking/calendar and a wreath. It really helps to prepare us for celebrating Christmas Day.

Corinne said...

Our family kicks off Christmas eve by going to church after dinner. When we arrive home, we watch a movie together then bake some homemade pizza. Shortly before midnight, we give out our Christmas presents then stay up till about 2-3 am.

Thanks for this great giveaway! Hope I win!

Suze said...

What a generous giveaway! Our family goes out to breakfast on Christmas day.

♥Lola said...

Baking with my mom is my favorite Christmas tradition! :)

http://thelifeofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com/

Virgínia said...

Greetings from Portugal!
The tradition here is all about the food we're eating on Xmas eve... althought it is not as yummy as when it was my granny's cooking...

thanx for the giveaway! I'm having one too, you might want to look at it!

Peach Rainbow said...

lovely!
Thank You So much!

Jenny said...

Wow, lovely! May favorite family Christmas tradition is breakfast on Christmas morning, its always a wonderful happy meal!

K. Anne said...

my favorite christmas tradition is making christmas cookies with my three boys and doing the advent calenders with them every night all through december.
thanks!
~Kim
(ksknitchic@yahoo.com)

Lu said...

This is a great giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses. Thanks for posting.

Max. H said...

Beautiful giveaway!
My favorite family tradition is sitting around the tree on christmas eve, sipping hot apple cider, and getting to each choose 1 present to open!

mc.crafty.bunny(at)gmail(dot)com

pippirose said...

What gorgeous fabric!
My favourite tradition is: the boys and hubby getting a tree from our property, bringing it home, where it's always WAYYYYY too big. Watch hubby chop it shorter...skinnier...lop off more branches...until it FINALLY fits in our living room. Then, my daughter and I decorate, with all homemade ornaments.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

FlowerMomma said...

My favorate tradition in the past few years has become crafting and creating with my family to make most of our gifts and decorations.

I hope I win! It's my birthday this week! ;)

Breanna S. said...

awsome bag. Our favorite tradition is selecting a tree at our local tree farm.

Amanda Pedro said...

we have some of the usual traditions here, but this year, I'm hoping to start a new one. Now that my 5 year old can play some Christmas carols on the piano, and my 3 year old can follow the rhythms, we will have some caroling music jams with the kids playing the instruments. I'll chug along with my ukelele and my husband on the guitar. Looking forward to it.

lovely gifts you are offering. thanks for sharing

Susana said...

Great giveaway. My favorite tradition is making and enjoying a cup of mulled wine with my kitchen assistant (mother, really) before going to my granny's for dinner and lots of people. Cook's privilege.

Justine said...

Great giveaway!

jwong626@gmail.com

Sian said...

great giveaway! every year, my husband and I make decorations for our tree (the kids will join in when they're old enough.) We make one for each child and one for the whole family, all matching. We hope to give our children 18 or so ornaments to take when they leave home, which will match with some of ours, and hold precious memories. We hope!

StephanieS said...

Our family tradition for the last 5-10 years has been going out to the movies on Christmas day. But this year we have an 8 month (i guess he will be 9 months then) old son, so we are needing to come up with something new. Thanks for the chance to win!

Alisa said...

We love walking through this really fancy neighborhood and looking at the incredible lights. I think they have a contest and try and outdo each other. It is always a wonderful night. Thank you for the give-away

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