100 posts! Let’s celebrate with a giveaway…

So, I made it to 100 posts… er, actually 101, but who’s counting?! When I first started this blog back in June, I never though I’d make it a month, let alone nearly 6 months! Thank you to everyone who’s visited, commented, provided suggestions & inspiration, and taught me new techniques. I truly enjoy hearing from everyone!

Now on to the giveaway… I put together a package for one lucky winner. You’ll receive two handmade potholders (my two favorites, in orange and green)

As well as a set of handmade napkins… I haven’t made these in a while, but if you look way back in my posts (like here), you’ll see that I was really obsessed with napkins and especially vintage cotton rick rack. This is a set of 6, made out of two coordinating pink Jennifer Paganelli fabrics with some nice gray cotton rick rack.

I’ve also included two reusable produce bags. I posted about these here. I use my set all the time for veggies, but when I sent some to a friend of mine, she said they were too nice for produce and decided to store her jewelry in them instead. So I guess it’s up to you what you end up doing with them…

And lastly, simply because I love fabric scraps, you’ll win the fabrics seen below (the 2nd photo shows the same fabrics, just stacked instead). These are smallish pieces, but would be good to incorporate into a variety of scrap projects (like those potholders or towels) or even to include in a scrap quilt.

Now for the rules – simply leave a comment telling me what kind of handmade gifts you’ll be making for the holidays (or handmade gifts you’d like to receive!) What do you think is a great handmade gift idea? (even if it’s not something you’re actually going to make!)

Want a few extra entries? Post about this giveaway on your own blog and you’ll get 5 extra entries. Please just provide a link to your posting when you leave your comment.

This contest is open to everyone (yes, even my family members!) I’ll pick a winner on Sunday and will post the winner on Monday.

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160 Responses to 100 posts! Let’s celebrate with a giveaway…

  1. 1
    Alicia says:

    So far I have made a scrapbook filled with pictures of me and my two sisters for my mom, I have started a scrapbook for my younger sister, and I am about to start sewing up a quilt for my mom (my second quilt!).
    I love handmade gifts. I would love to receive any type of handmade gift, but would adore a quilt from someone!
    Happy 100 posts!! I need those towels!! I love them and they would be a perfect start to decorating my undecorated kitchen.

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    rachel crisman says:

    I like to make christmas ornies using old clothes ins to make reindeer.

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    Jenny says:

    I love the produce bags and need them to go with my cloth shopping bags. πŸ™‚

    Right now, I have been making aprons for Christmas. I have some cloth napkins and placemats that I need to make too. And, I’ve got a new idea that I’m still mulling over in my mind. I’m also trying to work up the courage to make the Amy Butler checkbook clutch from In Stitches.

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    Shannon says:

    I have been trying to figure out how to make reusable produce bags.
    I made a set of cloth blocks for a friend’s baby, I’m working on plush dice for my baby, and I’m making some handprint ornaments for her grandparents. I’m also making napkins for a different friend and a fairy crown for her daughter. And I made a scrapbook of the first 6 months of my daughter’s life, but that’s being published by Blurb, so I don’t think that counts as handmade.

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    Mary Jenkins says:

    I love handmade gifts! I tried to knit someone a scarf and my baby girl unraveled it. I have gotten a bunch of handmade gifts for stocking stuffers already: little handsewn bags, hats, pincushions, barrettes for my daughter and homemade soaps.


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    trina says:

    Oh! I love a giveaway! Even though I have never ever won one. I said I wasn’t going to make anything for Christmas this year. Yeah, right. I am making a quilt for my nieces, a crochet shawl for my mother in law, flannel boards for various kids and potentially some fabric covered notebooks and aprons and potholder/dishcloth sets. Bless my mother for asking for electronics. And in the midst of all this, they want me to teach a quilting class at church! I’m thinking of using your potholders for the project. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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    Jenna says:

    I’ll be making lip balm as stocking stuffers. Love receiving fabric and paper goodness. πŸ™‚

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    Sarah says:

    I’m going to make some aprons for all of the wonderful women in my family. A pretty apron inspires me to get into the kitchen and whip up a masterpiece!

  10. 10
    Beth says:

    I have been making tons of quilts for my family and for our friends I plan on putting together a basket of kitchen goodies with some embroidered aprons and dishtowels.

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    amandajean says:

    oh, pick me, pick me! what a fabulous prize package!!!

    I am planning on making a bunch of little presents….needlebooks for the seamstresses in my life, probably some zip pouches (which may double as gift bags), storage boxes, etc. and some of your fabulous kitchen towels using scraps! I loved that idea.

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    Michelle says:

    I’m just starting to quilt.. I’m in the process of making two baby quilts.. so that fabric would be awesome!!! I’d also love to receive a handmade quilt.. pot holders, table runner.. anything really!

  13. 13
    Jessie says:


    I’ve been busy making aprons for a few women in the family, a gnome themed bag, a few quilts, knit hats and mittens, handwarmers, and a few toddler outfits (love you, Oliver + S!)

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    Carrie says:

    What a generous giveaway! I need to make some of those reusable produce bags myself. I’ve made 5 quilts for our nieces and nephews, and another for my parents. I also made some embroidered tea towels, oven mitts and aprons. Handmade holiday all around. Happy 100th!

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    Allie says:

    Great giveaway! I love your pile of fabrics.
    This year for Christmas gifts I am making a couple of quilts, a skirt or two, and *hopefully* a scrapbook!

  16. 16

    I’ve made an apron for my mom, and tote bags for my sisters. Also making a couple of smock-type tops for myself from stash fabrics, and maybe a skirt, if I have time. You’ve inspired me to try making potholders, too… oh, wait, it’s mid-November already and I have a ton of non-sewing things to do. Probably I won’t get to more than one new project before Christmas.
    Linked here: http://venusdehilo.blogspot.com/2008/11/give-away-simplicity-2957-2963.html

  17. 17

    So far I’ve started some marker rolls for some kids on my gift list. And I’m working on a holiday dress for my daughter…

    That’s quite a giveaway…hope I win!

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    Woody says:

    I have made an oven mitt, skirt, key fobs, pencil roll, Little Artist Drawing cases, coasters…….
    Blogged at http://bakeandsew.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/making-skirts/

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    Nichole says:

    I’d like to do some pot holders and some purses. Your potholders look great. They give me motivation to do my own!

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    Violet says:

    I’ll be making a cloth doll a la Hillary Lang for my daughter and a little girl that I watch during the day, some wooden peg people for my daughter’s birthday ring and a baby quilt for my newest nephew.


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    Erin says:

    Love your blog! I’m making my nephews a crayon roll and my nieces a doll quilt. Thanks for the chance!

  23. 22
    Ellen Banerjee says:

    I’m making quilts, ornaments, napkins, potholders, bibs, patchwork scarves and baking mini loaf breads and spritz cookies. Congratulations on your 100 posts! I’ve been enjoying reading your blog for awhile now. Happy Holidays!

  24. 23
    Allison says:

    Congrats! I’m making some tablerunners for mom and mom in law, as well as qulits for my boys for Christmas. Let’s hope I get it all done. Ha!

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    Rachel says:

    Oh, man I would love to win! I have made three quilts and am going to try to make a felt book. Hopefully I will be able to get it done in time!

  26. 25
    Serena says:

    I’m making all sorts of things for the holidays: a doll, pajamas, slippers, cloth grocery bags, hats, dishrags…you get the point.

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    Lisa says:

    Congrats on 100! I am on a big handmade Christmas this year, my first since I started sewing. My to do list includes a quilt, table runner, napkins, bag for my son to start daycare next year, and some wristlets. I’d better get a move on!

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    Karla says:

    What a great giveaway! Congrats on 100 posts!

    I’m planning on doing quite a few handmade gifts this Christmas. I too was bitten by the “Go Green” bug this year, so I’m making homemade cleaners for my sister in laws. I would love to have those produce bags as well. I’m also planning on making oven mitts for my mother in law, and crayon/colored pencil holders for my nieces.

    I will be posting about this on my blog as well! http://www.sewinginthepurpleroom.blogspot.com

    Fingers Crossed!

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    Vone says:

    Love your ideas – very inspiring.
    I’ve made hot pepper jelly, relish and salsa from veggies from my garden for Christmas gifts. I’m also going to be making with help from my 3 year old – alphabet flash card using photos my daughter has taken for her friends.
    I love making gifts.
    I’ll be posting on my blog – http://www.howtodosomething.blogspot.com

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    Kanina says:

    Ohh lovely give aways! I’m making a tv/couch quilt for my sister, some coasters and place mats for my brother, and some more coasters for whoever I have squeeze in!

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    Kat says:

    Yay! I love free stuff! I’m making these cool little knitting needle cases for a few of my craftier friends. I’m also making a metro bag for a Secret Santa gift exchange. The person who I was assigned has political aspirations, and she’ll need a trendy bag to put her heels in when she’s traveling too and from work!

    Blogged here…http://rippingoutseams.blogspot.com/2008/11/take-that-cynics-there-really-are-nice.html

    Congrats on the milestone!

  32. 31
    Jessica says:

    I’m making my roommate a quilt. Thats all I have time for, especially since I started on it less than a week ago. Haha.

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    Tara says:

    This Christmas is my first handmade Christmas and I am so excited!! I am making quilted wallets, pot holders, dish towels (last two inspired by you!) and I’ll probably end up making more things but they aren’t in my brain yet!

    I LOVE fabric scraps. For some reason I am deterred from cutting out of my fabric yardage (I’m so weird and frugal) so I hope to win some more scraps to add to my collection! And I can’t wait to go back and read everyone else’s comments to get more ideas πŸ™‚ yay!!


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    Diane says:

    What great stuff!

    I’m knitting socks and fingerless mitts, sewing up aprons for the older ladies on my list, and making snow globes for the little ones. I wish that someone would knit me some socks. Or fingerless mitts. Or make me an apron. But not a snow globe. Or maybe I will win this giveaway and that would make me happy, too…

  35. 34
    Amber says:

    So cute! What a fun giveaway!
    I just blogged about it too – Congrats on 100!


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    N. says:

    I think we are going to make some goats milk soap for holiday gifts and then I always bake a bunch of different things to send in care packages to friends.

  37. 36
    abcgirl says:

    i was thinking about making some of those bulk food bags, but maybe i’ll just win some! or maybe i’ll buy some off of etsy….

  38. 37
    terriaw says:

    Wow, congratulations on your 100th post! Very exciting. This is quite an amazing giveaway you are doing.

    I am hoping to make household/kitchen items for gifts this year, but I really wish I could find time to make the homemade lip balm and soap kits I have. I love getting homemade things, especially for the kitchen. Oh yeah, and homemade ornaments are great too!

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    Janelle says:

    So far I’ve made coasters for the in-laws and an apron for my SIL. I’m going to make pajama bottoms for my kids, a knitted French-press cozy for my husband, and hopefully some homemade lip balm for just about everyone.

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    Michelle says:

    Saw Amber’s blog post (#35 comment), so I came on over. For Christmas, I’m planning on making a few things…hobo purse for my cat-sitter, table runner for the stepmom, messenger bag for my mom, dishtowel purse for MIL and grandmas… Oh boy, I should stop blog-surfing and get to work! πŸ™‚

    Cute stuff!
    Blogged here: http://dlphn.blogspot.com/2008/11/more-giveaway-fun-ness.html

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    Amy says:

    Congratulations on 100 posts. It took me twice as long to get there as it took you. Thanks for the help with the napkins this afternoon. I guess we both have napkins on the brain.

    I’m knitting some mittens and gloves this year and also making a few neck-warmers filled with flax seed and lavender. I’ve got some bags in the works and somehow, it’s still not going to be enough!

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    Stacy says:

    I’m trying to make all of my Christmas gifts this year. I made a quilt for my mom, knit a purse for a friend, made jewelry for some other friends, and am knitting a scarf for another friend now. Homemade gifts are the best!

  43. 42
    Lauren says:

    I’ll be making aprons, place mats and oven mitts in bright, contemporary fabrics. By the way, I’ve seen your work on Flicker and love the things you make.

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    Cami says:

    Happy 100th post. I was planning on making dish towels and photo blocks for christmas presents this year. That was the plan until I sliced my finger off on my rotary cutter. I’ve spent the last 6 weeks recovering, so no homemade gifts this year. I guess that just means that next year will be full of homemade stuff.

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    Julie says:

    I’m making a scarf for my niece, and will be baking some goodies for the neighbors.

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    I am going to be making a few purses this year for the holidays. I bought my first crochet hook yesterday and I desperately want to learn to crochet slipper….but i am not sure if i will make it in time =(

  47. 46
    Alisa says:

    I am making a quilt, a winter coat, pyjamas and a table runner, so far.

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    Sue Cahill says:

    I always make someone in the family a Christmas wallhanging, most of my siblings, inlaws and kids have one already so I’m working on some for the grandkids now.

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    Jody says:

    I’m leaning towards coasters and table runners for extended family this year. For the kids … handbags and skirts for the girls, no great ideas yet for the boys.

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    Mandie P. says:

    I’m not very crafty, but I hope my mom will be making more homemade clothes for my little one!

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    Maggie says:

    Happy 101! I’ll be giving a few quilts; homemade mittens and scarves; handbags; and belts. I’d love to receive some boxes to organize my fabrics and on-going projects.

    Best of luck with the giveaway!

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    MichelleB says:

    Those pink napkins with the gray rick rick are WONDERFUL! I love that color combo.

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    Jessica says:

    Even though I only found your blog yesterday when getting up the courage to quilt my first something, I feel compelled to join the fray because I found your posts on the potholders and flour towels to be so inspirational, that I whipped up a Christmas potholder out of fabric scraps as a tutorial project. Your color pallet is so cheerful and crisp — all your projects make me smile. :o) Thanks!

    For the holidays, I am knitting fingerless gloves for my sis-in-law, a Tudora for my mother-in-law, and if I can figure out the intarsia-in-the-round conundrum, my husband will have an MST3K hat. We’ll see where my new quilting obsession takes me, but I will at least make a pillow case for my son.

    Our holiday staple is homemade peppermint bark. The relatives get very testy if we even think about thinking about mixing it up somehow one year.

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    Kristin says:

    I have lots of plans, including flax heating/cold packs, little ones shaped like bears for my boys, and tool belt for my boys also.
    Congrats on 100 posts! I think I’m almost there too. πŸ™‚

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    Allison says:

    Cute stuff, I love your ideas! I used your kitchen towel idea, and linked to your giveaway. My blog is cluckclucksew.blogspot.com Thanks, Allison!

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    Lindsay says:

    This is my first year for handmade gifts, but I’m making some cute tote bags for my husband’s little sisters and mom. We had a blast taking them to the store and helping them pick out which fabrics they liked. And a queen-size quilt for another sister in law, if it gets done in time (doubtful).

    Congrats on 101 posts!

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    beth says:

    wow congrats on 101 posts
    I would love to be in the draw for your goodies
    this year I have made one placemat one little wallhanging and a book cover for christmas gifts
    I hope to do some pencil rolls as well
    hugs Beth

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    Tricia says:

    I am going to give a lot of Thanksgiving gifts this year…I work so hard on handmade presents that I don’t like when they are lost in the glitz and glamour of store-bought stuff. And, I think it gives extra meaning to Thanksgiving to say “thanks” and “I appreciate you” on that day with a cute stuffie or Oh Fransson’s Modern baby quilt or mrmonkeysuit’s Traveling Art Show.
    Great giveaway!

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    Selina says:

    I am hoping to make bags. Lots of different bags! I’m getting quite good at them now!

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    I’m not sure exactly what I will be making for Christmas – that’s a problem, I should get on it! I have a tree skirt in process though πŸ™‚ I would love fabric for myself, or gift cert’s for fabric – those are good.

    Congrats on 100 posts – it’s amazing how fast it can come up!

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    Vivie says:

    I am going to make a christmas tree skirt and a few decorations for the tree in the same fabric (stars and stockings).
    And maybe some presents: a bag and some kitchen towels.

    Thank you for all the inspiration you give us in your blog. I don’t know it for a long time but I like to come often now.

    Love from France.

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    wendy says:

    Great giveaway. I am busy making a bunting for my cousin from dutch print fabrics, she is Great Brittain for some time now and will not be home for Christmas. I am also sewing small stringbags to fill with spices to make Dutch speculaas (cookies) along with a recipe and a speculaas board ( in between a cookiecutter and a stamp) I plan on sharing these with family, and when i am done, i will be making some felt tree ornaments…

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    Dorothee says:

    I will make coasters and may try my hand on your potholders. I’d love to see your potholders “in person” … and congrats on 100 posts! And I blogged about your give-away here: http://quilt-o-mania.blogspot.com/2008/11/potholder-et-al-give-away.html

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    Nanna says:

    I haven’t don anything yet, but planning on making a bag (a sewed one) for my mum, and a scarft (a knitted one) for my grandpa.

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    Dana says:

    Quilts!! I have one made and need to make one more.
    Love your blog. Congrats on 100!

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    Beth Menna says:

    Hi there – I found your blog through oneshabbychick…. it is lovely and yes please, I’d love to enter the giveway. This Christmas I am making aprons, brooches, wrist cuffs, pin cushions and some dolls. Ooh and some dress up clothes and napkins. Wow, I sure am making a whole load of stuff! Good luck drawing a winner πŸ™‚

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    Jackie says:

    Happy 101!

    Handmade gifts for the holidays(though I think that I’m giving mine for Thanksgiving too) – a cute pair of watermelon socks for my mom and scarves for my sister and mother in law. I’ve just started quilting but I’ll probably make doll quilts for my neices. I’ve been wanting to try potholders too! The best handmade gift to receive to me would be supplies for me to make stuff with or my mother giving me another one of my grandmothers quilts (she died when I was 8 and she is the reason I’ve always wanted to quilt).

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    Lynn Osborne says:

    What a cool giveaway! Thank you for promoting “handmade.” I don’t have enough time to make a handmade gift for everyone at Christmas, but every year I make 1 or 2 really special ones. This year will be a quilt as a gift for a Shriners Hospital for Children fundraiser and microwavable rice bag slippers made out of University of Kentucky fabric for my friend who is a huge UK fan.

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    Congratulations on your 100 posts πŸ˜€
    Isn’t it fun to be online and have lots of internet friends!
    I am going to make aprons and chef’s hats from colourful fabrics for my nieces and nephews this year, and give them along with little baking sets (a small dough roller and some cookie cutters).
    Also me and my husband are going to make some chocolates together, decorate them and give in home-decorated boxes. Yummie christmas for our friends πŸ™‚

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    Chris says:

    CONGRATS!!!! It’s addicting, no?

    This year I am making dolls and quilts and toys for my kiddos. Trying to be as homemade as possible!

    You’ve put together a great collection to giveaway!

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    Chris says:

    PS- I blogged it at fuzzysheepknits.blogspot.com

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    Amanda says:

    I will be making 4 baby quilts to give to my nephew, a cousin, and best friends.

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    Kelly says:

    I’m embroidering this year for Christmas gifts. Kitchen towels for my mom, cloth napkins and placemats for a friend, ornaments for a swap, and whatever else I can think of.

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    Rebecca says:

    I am making felt blocks for my great nephew, felt star ornaments for my mom, a felt crayon roll for my nephew, and crocheting a blanket for my mom too. I would like some cloth napkins, a quilt, or anything handmade. Happy 100th!

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    Renee says:

    I am making Burlap stockings and some ornaments so far!
    I hope to be able to make more, but we are moving in a few weeks!
    I LOVE the PRIZES!!!!

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    Amy says:

    I made my sister a Weekender Bag (see it at http://amyalamode.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/second-times-a-charm-orchristmas-in-september/) and my mother a Blue Sky Hat (see it at http://amyalamode.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/rockin-the-christmas-gifts/). I’m currently working on a quilt of my own design for some friends. After that, I’m planning to make a picnic blanket for the beach for some other friends who live just a block from the beach and visit it all the time.

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    Jennifer says:

    I love your blog…and that stack of scraps? Yum! I’m making strip quilts based on your earlier post for my teenage nieces, a couple more Vegbee peasant shirts for my daughters and a Spool bird mobile for my mom-and myself πŸ™‚ Congratulations on 100 posts!

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    Jennifer says:

    wow I love my fabrics with the grey ric rac totally fab!!

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    mommymae says:

    i’m glad i found you. you have some gorgeous things here. i’m making a ton of stuff this year! my girls are in love with some fancy dresses from boden and i’m going to make them instead. also refashioning a horse head costume into a stick pony for my boy and making a fabric teether for my little lady.

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    turtlewon says:

    I always think I’m going to make things for the holidays but my inspirations seem to arrive in my clogged brain too late to actually carry them out in time. So, like many I resolve to do them next year. Who knows, maybe this is my year! I love all that’s in the giveaway and since I missed the trip to Italy, maybe I’ll be a winner this time!

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    turtlewon says:

    P.S. Congratulations on 101 posts!

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    jacquie says:

    congrats on 101! i’m making pillows and quilts, and potholders and placemats and table runners…yikes it’s getting overwhelming making the list. if i win, i won’t have to make potholders for myself. yeah!

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    Sameday says:

    I am going to be making a wall hanging for my sister and her family, the tweleve days of Christmas. It is just a panel and backing that I bought from Keepsake Quilting, but they look good when they are finished.
    Thanks for the entry

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    Gaileee says:

    Hmm, well I’m trying to make some holiday dress and pants for my daughter.
    Probably will make Christmas fabric gift bags to put the holiday gifts into.

    I might need to make a tree skirt for the tree this year….last year the skirt
    was on its last turn!


    is where I posted about your giveaway….Hope I win!!

    yogawithgaileee at gmail dot com or gaileee at yahoo dot com

    Happy Holiday!

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    Natalija says:

    I have stitched some postcards and honey cap for Christmas presents. Hope to do some more.
    Posted on my blog about your giveaway: http://natalijaskomare.blogspot.com/2008/11/film-in-fridge-100-posts-celebration.html

    Really hope to win, because your giveaway prize is very generous πŸ™‚

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    Rossie says:

    I am making a quilt for my mum, a bag for my cousin, and a painting for my best bud!

    rossiebug — yahoo —-com

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    elbowyoyo says:

    Great giveaway!

    I’m making some fabric yo-yo throws for Christmas : )

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    Ashley Ann says:

    I’ve made some totebags for presents. I’ve also been working on zippered pouches. I think it would be fun to stock them with lip gloss and earrings. I’m going to work on some pot holders too. Everyone could always use more of those!

    I posted your give away on my blog here:

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    Alli M. says:

    I have seen many a give away but I am dying over yours. Love every item! I am working on making a softie doll and accompanying doll quilt for my little girl. Fun, girly and not too complicated.

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    nettie says:

    i’m making doll quilts for the nieces and maybe some hotpads (inspired by you!). man this is an awesome giveaway!

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    amylouwho says:

    Amber sent me over and I can’t wait to see what else you are up too. I love those napkins, I just bought some red rick rack to trim a candy cane pillow in.

    I’m making bags and pincushions for Christmas gifts. Probably an apron or two as well!

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    Alissa says:

    Oh my gosh so many comments! Well I add another! What a nice give away – so nice of you! I will be making a bag or two for Christmas gifts I think… I need to sort it out since it’s all coming along so quickly! And I posted about this give away on my blog! here: http://handmadebyalissa.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/a-tote-and-some-chit-chat/

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    Michaela says:

    I am in. Great package you put together. Thanks for being so generous.
    I am making probably 90% of all my gifts this years. Quilts, placemats, coasters, toys for little ones, onesies, table runners, pillows. Oh my, I am running out of time.
    I also blogged about your giveaway here. Well, it’s scheduled to show tomorrow over here:

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    Audrey says:

    I am making a quilt for my mother-in-law (if it is finished) and potholders(!) with some matching kitchen towels for several people, a purse for my mom and sil, a pillow for my niece, some table runners, placemats, and I am sure I will think of more without the time to do it!

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    Handmaiden says:

    will be making placemats and matching napkins, felt brooches, an art smock and library bag and if I have time some fabric bags. Will be posting on the weekend about yr giveaway

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    Anjie B. says:

    This is a great giveaway! I will be making a tutu for my daughter that matches the Sleeping Beauty Tiara and Shoes Santa is going to give her. That is as far as my handmaking skills can go! As much as I wish my sewing skills were awesome enough to quilt, or make kitchen towels etc. they just aren’t good enough!

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    Cassy says:

    I have made everyone I am buying for this year homemadfe quilts!I love to have a quilt for my house as well.Please pick me!!

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    Sandy says:

    Aprons, quilts, table runners, and crayon rolls…oh my. When I write it out like that, it seems even less possible!

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    Patty says:

    Each year for Christmas I make goodies. I like giving chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate dipped pretzels, fudge, peanut brittle, caramel corn and party mix. Making homemade treats is inexpensive and a gift that is enjoyed by all no matter your age.

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    Jenny says:

    Hi! I just discovered your blog tonight and what a lucky duck I am! Absolutely fantastic quilt ideas! I was planning on knitting some variegated bowls to felt for holiday gifts but oh my gosh I’m running out to buy some flour sack towels now. The patchwork on yours was adorable. I haven’t been this inspired to bust out my sewing machine in a loooong time πŸ™‚

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    Alana says:

    I’m almost done a quilt for my mom, I made a couple of aprons for the ladies in my life, as well as some matching pot holders. I would love to receive some pillows, tote bag and even a super cute pin cushion!

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    Katherine says:

    WOW! I am making an array of gifts for the holidays, Purses, totes, wallet/change purses, crayon keepers, Maganents, Crayon Keepers, Capes, Doll quilt, Quilt, Dog ID tags for the family pets(Shrinky Dink Plastic), and on and on and on….Lets hope I can get it all done :0) Off to post about this giveaway on my blog…Thanks!! http://www.handmade-oholic.blogspot.com

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    Chasley says:

    Wow, I’m loving reading what everyone is making because I’m always looking for some more ideas. I’m going to try and make a bunch of stuff too and looking for ideas for gifts for all the men in my life. I plan on making some garbage bags for the car, PJ pants, guitar quilts, aprons, chef hats, and some other things but now I can’t think of what they are…. I love your blog and you are very talented.


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    Marie says:

    I just ran into your blog and so far love your ideas! I’m making mittens (knitting), coasters (quilting), and small notebooks made from recycled paper. Also on my list are a bunch of “holiday projects” that i want to get done for my own home…busy season!! Thanks for the give-a-way!!!

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    Christine says:

    Please enter me for the giveaway- what a wonderful prize!!

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    Christine says:

    Oops! I forgot to write about what I’m making for the holidays! Well, first I made a crochet sweater for my neice, then I’m making crochet scarves for 2 teachers, sewing tote bags for 2 other teachers, making necklaces for the 3 dance teachers, bookmarks for my work friends, and PJ’s for my kids (matching ones of course!) and also a sweater for my nephew, and some mitts with matching scarf for my sister in law, and a scrapbook for my dad…. and something for my sister, either a vest or top, and that’s about it. Oh yea, and 2 baby quilts for January babies, which aren’t holiday gifts, but they are gifts that I’m making right now.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to win πŸ™‚

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    Jeanine says:

    I’d like to make some of those bird ornaments from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts. I will be knitting
    some cowls and maybe a hat or two.

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    Liz says:

    I’m getting behind already, but I’m trying to make the bulk of the gifts for my 3 and 6 year olds…
    So far I’ve got the little fabric houses made (http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-dollhouse-tutorial.html) , working on the little stuffed rabbits to live in them. Hoping to make the little rabbits some tiny quilts and pillows to sleep with. I’ve also finished the bean bag frogs (http://www.purlbee.com/storage/purl%20frog%20pattern.pdf), but am still working on their “ponds” that they “jump” to and live in when not in use. I’ve put together a few skirts for the girl (http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/photos/ruffled_skirts_tutorial/step1.html)- love this pattern it is so cute and easy. Of course there are a thousand other things…so far so good.

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    I have started making clothes for my family. A dress is completed so far and a shirt has already been cut out, too. I am going to try to get in a few knitted hats from my latest book purchase: Boutique Knits. Posted on my blog about your giveaway at: http://knitters-delight.blogspot.com/2008/11/give-away-more-sewing.html

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    I am knitting hats like a mad-woman. I think my needles might be permanently attached to my arm now.

    I also sewed a set of coasters though πŸ™‚

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    Shelly says:

    I’m knitting a baby blanket and hope to sew something like a tote bag or maybe a baby barn I saw on another website. We’re in the process of moving, though, so my sewing machine is packed away. =(

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    Marissa says:

    I have a long list of gifts to make. Some of the things I’m making are Christmas themed kitchen towels, a magnetic go fish game that I saw over at sewmamasew, a quilt for my 22 month old, and a few others. I think a great hand made gift idea are those crayon and colored pencil rolls I’ve seen in the blog world, or lounge pants for me…ohh yeah that would be great. I also posted about your give-away on my blog (its new as of October) so come over and say hello at: whiteplumsews.blogspot.com/2008/11/give-away-from-film-in-fridge.html

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    Kim says:

    Holy cow there are a lot of comments!

    I don’t know if I will be making anything, but I sure hope there is some Ashley created masterpiece in the Yankee swap since we will be in attendance!

    I do always like to buy gifties on etsy.

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    Rebecca says:

    I’m hoping to make a purse, keyfob, tissue cover, and change purse for one of my sister’s (I got her name in our family gift exchange) and I want to make matching pajamas for my girls and nieces and hoping to have time to make pajama pants for my nephews too (but that would be 11 in total so I’ll see how far I get).

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    angela says:

    I’m making ornaments for everyone and makeup bags or large zip pouches and I might even try a few gratitude wraps from soulemama’s blog.

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    Alana Jo says:

    Wow. What a giveaway. This is fantastic!!! Thank you so much for being so generous. Now, pick me! I wanna win.

    Im going to be making hand made lap quilts for my family members this year. Ive got several on my blog already, if you would to check them out.

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    Janine B says:

    I’ve been making some scrappy stockings. They have turned out so cute that I had to make one for moi as well! Have also made some little felt trees and decorated with tiny buttons. Would like to make some coasters – they look cute.

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    Congratulations on 101 postings. I’m up to,umm, 17? I’m making little fabric baskets this year. I found the pattern at Pink Penguin. I always prefer a hand made anything over a store-bought anything, except for maybe “raw” materials like fabric! Good luck to everyone!

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    Jill says:

    Wow that’s a lot of posts! Congratulations on 100! I’ve already started a few gift projects, vintage embroidery on tea towels to go with a new tea pot, several listmakers (JCHandmade pattern), a lap quilt, sock monkeys and that’s only the beginning……now I feel a little overwhelmed….think I need a nap! :0) (going to blog about this before napping)

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    Jill says:

    Whew! Alright, its posted. Took me long enough, darn kids! πŸ™‚

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    Kat says:

    I’ve made a huge batch of chutney – something to use up rather than clutter. Sewing a few things though – skirts for my baby niece, pillowcases for my mum.

    You know what I’d like to receive the most? Time….

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    nanann says:

    What a cool bunch of stuff!

    I am making my little 30-yr-old sister a quilt, but its not really for the holidays. Its to celebrate her making a year past her stroke, which was last Dec. 23rd. It’s a handprint quilt signed by everyone in our family. I have to get busy!

    Beyond that, thinking of stitching up some crayon rolls for my daughters and their friends.

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    Kama says:

    This year I am making cute little aprons for my family and friends for Christmas (the girls that is). They are really cute! I think quilts are awesome handmade gifts and I don’t have one yet. I would love to learn to quilt and plan to take a class!

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    Kama says:

    You have some AWESOME stuff on this blog. I just went and checked. So I added you to my blogreader and will make the towels or napkins for the people I don’t finish the aprons for. So cute!

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    Fernanda says:

    What a generous giveaway! I’ve been crocheting and knitting since forever it seems. This year I am crocheting mittens, a hat and a scraf for my 3 year old for Christmas. I hope to get more into sewing in 2009!

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    Kim says:

    I’ll be covering canisters with paper and ribbon and then putting chocolates inside

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    Becky says:

    I am going to try to make some necklaces and bracelets for friends this year. This is my first attempt at handmade gifts so hopefully it will go well!

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    Shawna says:

    For my girls for Christmas, I made tutus, am in the process of making rag dolls and baby doll quilts. I also have material to make them Christmas stockings, I just need to get a better pattern. I am making handkerchiefs and little bags to keep them in and a purse for friends and family. I hope that I didn’t take on too much for this Christmas!

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    Eva says:

    I love handmade gifts! The pink ones I like most, I will post it on my blog.
    http://evastickt.blogspot.com/. EVA

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    hazel says:

    I absolutely love the quilts that you have been making! This season I am making pajamas for my little ones, an apron for a friend, and lots of potholders! My scrap bag is getting smaller by the day.

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    I’m making 5 softies, a sweater, pieced placemats and coasters, 2 messenger bags, 2 pencil rolls, gocco calendars, and if I say any more I’ll just scare myself with how much there is to do.

    Love those potholders and congrats on 100 posts!

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    I think the best gifts are the ones that can give back in some sort of way. Currently I am making 7 gift cards boxes from a tut on http://www.heatherbailey.typepad.com/ to put $10 wholefoods or tj gift cards into, I’ve made 7 hand bound journals to write down all the love received, I’m making hand mixed organic body soaps/lotions/powder/bathsalts to keep the body lovely and lastly I’m making 7 small gift tote to put it all in. The theme is a chocolate and robin’s egg blue winter wonderland!

    What I would love to receive this year is anything upcycled and handmade!! I’m in need of new SLIPCOVERS for my rot iron dinning room chairs (no one makes those anymore) with back pillows, stackable ikea ottomans, and throw 26×26 pillows *PINK and GREY is the theme*. Also anything made from vintage handkerchiefs would be amazing.

    This time of year reminds me of the happiness you get from truly giving of yourself freely!

    Tamika LaShelle

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    Rita says:

    Congrats on 100+ posts! I love all your quilted creations! I’m making some quilted pillows and fleece scarves for my family and friends.

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    Natasha says:

    Happy 100 posts! This Christmas I am busy making some quilts for the new arrivals in our fmaily plus some softies for my daughters. I would love to make more but I don’t have enough time!

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    Jenni Mac says:

    This is my first year to make a handmade gift for the ladies in my family, so WISH ME LUCK. I’m nervous to see how it turns out. I’m making grocery bag dispensers. Who couldn’t use one of those, right!?

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    Jennifer says:

    This year I’m making blankets like my grandma used to. I’m making 5 total – 1 for my nephew, 1 for my boyfriend’s niece, one for his nephew, and one each for our two daughters. They may not be perfect, but I’m just going off my memories from watching my grandma when I was a child. My sister will surely appreciate the blanket more than my nephew as my grandma had to stop making blankets long before our kids came along, so none of them have one. It’s a little slice of our childhood for them. I decided to start making the blankets despite my lack of sewing skills because I didn’t want something that was so special to be lost and never have my kids experience it. (Yes, I’m mushy about blankets. I still have my dirty tattered last blanket from my grandma tucked away in a tote.)

    Linky to my blog .. πŸ™‚

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    Julie says:

    What an accomplishment!!! I’ve found your link in your siggy on diaper swappers and have been following you ever since. This year, I’m making my little sister, who travels all the time, three drawstring shoe bags and a matching make up bag-if I can figure out how to do zippers. My nieces and nephew are getting portfolios with a tablet on the right side and colored pencils on the left. For my sisters-in-law, relaxation baskets with free candles and made by me rice/corn bags. I’m making my daughter a taggie blanket and some super absorbant bibs. If there’s time, I may even attempt some of those ornaments you posted. I like to incorporate a little something into the wrapping of each gift. THANKS for all of your hard work and dedication!

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    Lindsay says:

    I’m making lots of tote bags for my sisters-in-law, mom, and mom-in-law. I had them pick out the fabrics they liked for this “mystery project/gift” and that was probably as much fun as making them!

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    Bronwyn says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity! Happy 100 posts to you! I always love your fresh fabric photos – I plan on using some Midwest Modern ‘sampler strips’ for some really easy placemats – just sew pieces of the 1/8 strips together (4 I think), fill in with batting and bob’s your uncle – easy peasy and will look great too.

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    Nicole says:

    We are making nativities using clip art, wood, and Mod Podge.

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    Alexis says:

    I’ll be crocheting scarves and baby blankets and I’m also going to break out my Gocco and make some pretty prints. I love getting homemade stuff as long as it’s not fruitcake!

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    jill says:

    I am making scrappy coasters for the adults and also dvd’s of video clips of the grandkids for my parents and in-laws. My sons are getting felt dinosaurs and I’m making them a playmat quilt with roads and trees and signs appliqued on. Then I’m going to quilt it with big buttons, and make little quilt buildings with button holes. That way they can button the buildings on wherever they like. It will also have a little side flap with two pockets — one for the buildings and one to hold cars so we can take it with us on trips and to outdoor events. I also have a new nefew, so he will get a simple one patch flannel quilt.

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    Robbie says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’m making the no-sew tote bags from One Pretty Thing and knitting some mug cozies for friends.

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    Rachel H says:

    I’m going to make some quilted Christmas wall hangings for my grandparents and hopefully will be able to (finally) finish crocheting an afghan for my stepdaughter before the holiday.

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    Teresa says:

    I’m making a quilt, belts, diapers for my daughter’s doll, and a drawstring backpak. My sewing list is pretty full!

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    Bethany says:

    I’m making everyone tri-fold or 5-fold envelope crafts with scrapbooking embellishments. I love to get pottery made by my cousin who was an art major in college.

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    betsy says:

    oh, count me in. For christmas I made coasters, picnic bags, kitchen towels and a quilt!

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    Zach says:

    I’ll be …. um …. making rum balls and putting them in the little decorated jars Kim is making (apparently). And then I’ll be sending them to my cousin. Ya, that’s it!

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    Kristen says:

    I’m making my sister a quilt!

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    Jody says:

    Congrats on your 100th post! I’d love to win! Thank you for being so generous. I’m making my Mom a quilt – and lots of knitted hats for my 7 month old daughter…maybe even a little felted lamb to play with. I love handmade gifts!

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    ikkinlala says:

    I’m knitting socks and baking cookies this year.

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    Mary says:

    Handmade bracelets and embroidered towels is what I am making for Christmas.

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    Diane Broekhuis says:

    I would love to win – I am making canvas bags with yo-yo flowers and ric-rac trim for stem. I am having fun. The fabric would work for my yo yo flowers. Thanks for such a fun giveaway.

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    karissa says:

    oooo, I love those napkins!