December 7, 2011

Merry Moda Blog Hop!

Or it could also be called the "Moda Jingleblog Hop"? Nah, that might turn into "Jingleblop" which just doesn't have the festive ring to it that Head Elf Lissa was probably hoping for when she came up with this sweet idea. Hmm, how about "Moda Claus Is Coming to Town"? Anyway, no matter what you're calling it, i hope you're having fun visiting everyone and collecting all the block patterns and yummy recipes that have been shared. The blocks would make a really cute sampler quilt (i can say that now that i actually know what one is), or pick a few and make a wall hanging, table runner, pot holders, pillows...the list goes on.

The block i designed for you is called Parfait and you can download it here along with a recipe that was given to me many years ago from a very dear friend. She called the recipe The Perfect Cupcake and it definitely lives up to its name — especially if you pile on the ganache frosting. But if you do that, you might want to change the name to The Disappearing Cupcake. Hope you enjoy them both! Here is what the quilt block looks like in
some prints from Terrain.
sorry for the poor-quality after-midnight-up-too-late photo
I would like to thank Super Elf Lisa Christensen of Three Kids Designs for her help in writing up my block design instructions. As much as i try to take this step, she always makes it look so much easier than i can imagine — and in fewer steps, too! I would also like to thank you for making my world so much happier and brighter by sharing your amazing handmade creations with me. It is a joy and blessing that lasts all year long.

And since not many opportunities come along where you can segue into a chat about parfaits, i just have to share this with you now. I was on Etsy recently and came across a shop called SouZou Creations. You have to see it to believe it! I am dying over some of their jewelry. Sofia gave me permission to show off this adorable parfait ring:
how cute is that?
And these strawberry jam filled cookie earrings:
love!
Ok, moving right along...

Around here, we're starting to have a merry little Christmas. It started with this merry little tree that we put up last weekend.
It has filled our living room with the sweet smell of pine, and brightened the evenings with its soft twinkling lights. I probably don't even need to tell you how happy Franny and Lou were that we brought a tree into our home...just for them of course. And then once we started decorating it, they were so excited to have a whole tree covered in new cat toys! One of my favorites happens to be one of their favorites too: the fuzzy puffball snowman head.
I should have guessed.
But luckily, we were smart enough to put our very special ornaments close to the top and out of paws'-reach. This is one of our most treasured. It was hand-painted by our dear friend Melissa. Not sure if you can see it, but there is a clothesline circling the ball and on one side are Santa's coat, pants and mittens...
art is ©Melissa McNamara
...and on the other side are his socks and undies!
Speaking of Santa...when my sister and i were kids, my Mom and Dad...er...i mean Santa really got creative with the whole stocking tradition. They would find zany things that looked like they might be from other countries — like a book written in Japanese, or tiny ceramic painted clogs from Denmark, or candy from Germany — and my sister and i delighted in imagining how Santa must surely have picked these things up and tossed them into his giant sack as he travelled the globe in his sleigh. It was a magical adventure to sort through the trinket-ie treasures and a memory i will keep forever.

**Update: My Dad just emailed me to say, "What about how Santa would knock over the firescreen and then leave his footprints in fireplace ashes all over the rug?" I guess that must have been his favorite part! See? Memories for everyone. Thanks for reminding me about that, Dad. Love you.**

So in honor of this tradition, i'd like to give away some fun surprise stocking stuffers! I don't think you'll want to miss out on this...cough, cough Good Fortune...cough Terrain. Please just leave a comment below and I'll pick a few winners over the weekend. (Some of you were so quick and left comments before i revised this part! So if you renamed the blog hop, or told me your favorite holiday tradition, don't worry...you'll still be entered in the giveaway!) 

Please remember to visit these designers who are also posting today:
And if you've missed anyone along the way, you can go back this post for a complete list of designers to visit. Thank you for stopping by!
xo,
kate

472 comments:

  1. HHmm - the "holiday blessings blog hop" is a nice, appropriate name. Your tree is very pretty.

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  2. I would call it Christmas 2011 Moda Blog Hop.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I am kind of a fan of the Jingleblog Hop name, although I can see how it could be mixed up. ;) But my favorite Christmas tradition is definitely tied between decorating our tree (love all the twinkling lights) and watching my kids faces as the see everything Christmas morning. Thanks for the great giveaway and the great block and recipe. Merry Christmas!!

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  4. I like the "Jingle Blog Hop" but I can see why you didn't pick it...

    My fave Christmas tradition is our feeding frenzy spread among my whole extended family. We jam 3 Christmas's into 1 day, and eat a whole meal at each one.

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  5. My favorite tradition would have to be all of us going to church on Christmas eve, then gathering with family to open presents.

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  6. I think hanging stockings was a favorite. As we enlarged the family thru marriage and births, more stockings were hung. Most in laws had not hung stockings but quickly got int the whole idea!

    I don't know that I would rename the blog hop. Something descriptive and short maybe. Moda Holiday Blog Hop......blah.

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  7. 1. I'd call the blog hop.. Moda's Merry Blog Hop.
    2. I'm working on a quilt called Jeweled Wedding Rings.
    3. Our tradition is to make the Christmas cookies together.

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  8. Moda Merry Christmas Blog Hop

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. My favorite tradition is orange rolls for breakfast Christmas Morning. What I would call this blog hop. . . hmm. . how about the Marvelous Moda Blog Hop

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  10. How about "In the Christmas Moda" Blog Hop? Moda substitutes for "mood" or "mode". Sounds corny, maybe that's why they didn't really give it a name!?!

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  11. My favorite Christmas tradition is reading "The Night Before Christmas" just before going to bed on Christmas Eve. We've done this since the kids were small and it always brings back fond memories, especially of when they were learning to read.

    Thanks for the block and recipe and the chance to win your goodies!

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  12. Yay for good fortune and Terrain!!! Thanks.

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  13. Thanks for the yummy looking recipe and quilt block! My favorite Christmas tradition is making lefse with Mom on Christmas Eve :)

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  14. 1. I really like your idea, the Moda Jingleblog Hop, I'm Dreaming of a Moda Christmas Bloghop, nah, yours is better!
    2. I am working on a Christmas table runner.
    3. Favorite Christmas tradition is picking out the tree.

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  15. I am working on a quilt top variation of your Flurry Present quilt pattern. It has little stars as the sashing cornerstones. I am making it in a mix of your 12 Days of Christmas and Flurry lines which I love dearly! Thanks for the chance at some of your other lines :).

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  16. ooh - I would love to drop some fun fabric in my mom's stocking for Christmas!!

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  17. I'm not sure what the blog hop SHOULD be called but I call it FUN! Hehehe, thanks for the chance to win some fabric! Merry Christmas!

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  18. What a fun post! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I am loving the Moda blog hop and all of the blocks that everyone is giving out.

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  20. Fabric is a perfect gift for any quilter!! My mantra!

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  21. What a fun tradition! I have several projects I'm working on right now that involve your fabrics. I'm an addict!

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  22. I'm a fabric junkie & your's are lovely.

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  23. Favorite Christmas tradition: Making Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies along with Mexican Coco and of course Tamales!
    Love the block thank you!

    Merry Moda Christmas!

    Merry Christmas
    Tee

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  24. love those two "Santa's Laundry" ornaments. Very cute and original. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  25. Love this blog hop. It has so much fun to collect blocks and recipes along the way. Thanks!

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  26. My daughter and I love your designs we actually bought a group of them.. Keep up the good work love it! Your blogs are inspiring! thanks and Merry Christmas! angie

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  27. Thank you for sharing and all the inspiration you give me. Merry Christmas

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  28. I just love the idea of having items in your stockings from other countries. How creative! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!! Hope Santa remembers something special for Franny and Lou:)

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  29. Ah the holiday cat toys, we must decorate in the same style or we find decapitated Santas and snowmen throughout the house.

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  30. I'm ready to make those cupcakes. Yum! And I need me some Terrain or Good Fortune to make some colorful fabric ornaments!

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  31. You can't imagine how much I'd love it if Moda Claus came to my house. What a dream, can I make him a Chistmas list? Thanks for making me smile this morning. ;-> Toni Anne

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  32. Merry Christmas and thanks for all your creations. Your fabrics are sew sew beautiful. One of my favorite traditions is making maple cream candy.Yummy....

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  33. Love,love,love Terrain and Good Fortune! Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

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  34. I am thinking of making some special stockings for my family this year. I know I'm running out of time, but our store bought stocking are looking quite sad.

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  35. What a fun Christmas tradition. Thanks so much for being part of the blog hop. It's been so fun. I think it should become a Christmas tradtion ;-)

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  36. Thanks for the pattern and the recipe. I'm eager to try the cupcake recipe because I'm looking for the perfect one.

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  37. How fun! Merry Moda Blog Hop to you and all! We our daughter was growing up she was allowed one gift to open on Christmas Eve of OUR choosing. It was new pajamas for her Christmas morning pictures! Love your block and going to try those cupcakes! Happy Holidays All

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  38. Christmas Moda Style! Love it
    Shawn In Michigan

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  39. Beautiful block, Kate! And here's a tip from back when I had cats - if you'll hang jingle bells on the bottom branches of your tree, you will be able to tell when they start climbing the tree to get to the more delectable goodies you've hidden up high!

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  40. Love your decorations and love Moda. jillfroelich@yahoo.com

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  41. we have to put kitty friendly ornaments on the bottom of the tree as well! Can't wait to see your giveaway!

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  42. What a fun thing to put in your stockings! Thanks for another fun blog hop. I like your block! and MMM, cupcakes, love them!

    Merry Christmas!

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  43. Love the tourist stocking tradition, so clever! Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays!

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  44. Love this Christmas blog hop!It is such fun to visit all you blogging designers and your sites, to see Christmas trees and new designs. Thanks for the chance to possibly win Terrain or maybe I will have the good luck to win Good Fortune!!

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  45. The stockings are the best part of Christmas morning!!

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  46. What a great tradition your parents had of the stocking stuffers from foreign countries! Can't wait to try the cupcake recipe. Thank you!
    ~Debbie

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  47. I love the creativity of you blog ideas. I also enjoy hops as I have just finished one and starting another one on 12/9 come see... Happy holidays to you and yours I love this post...

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  48. What a great stocking tradition! I imagine all kids would love that kind of thing! And it must have been fun for your parents, too!

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  49. Happy holidays! love the idea of gifts in your stockings from all over the world how fun! Love the block pattern, thanks! =)

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  50. I love doing these blog hops. I could spend all day looking through them. Thank you for the give away. Happy Holidays

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  51. LOL! I bet those kitties are having a great time with the new toy! One of our kitties was 8 months old last Christmas. She decided to take a flying leap and jump into the tree. Our 6 pound kitten knocked over a fully decorated 7.5 foot Christmas tree! Yep, her name was MUD for a couple days! This year she's all grown up and so far has contented herself with just making the ornaments she can reach swing gently. Fingers Crossed!

    Love the story about the stockings! What fun people your parents must be!

    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the block pattern and the recipe!

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  52. What a great Christmas tradition! Love your fabrics and Terrain is so beautiful!

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  53. I love your stocking tradition. What a fun idea for kids!

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  54. Enjoying so much making a project right now with your 12 Days of Christmas fabric. I love it!

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  55. Improve on a name like that? How could I? It's perfect. Merry Moda Holidays to you too! Count me in for the draw and with all the others who are thankful for the pattern and recipe.

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  56. Love the fuzzy snowman head! I can just see the kitten merriment if that were to, say, "fall" to the floor.

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  57. Jingleblop? Jingleblop!!!!! I'm sorry - did you say something after Jingleblop, because I've been chuckling about Jingleblop all the way down your post...

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  58. I love Terrain and can't wait to see your next line.

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  59. Thank you for the block and recipe. I love your fabrics!

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  60. Love the stocking tradition. I'm going to use that idea for next year for my grand nieces and nephews - they would be so excited. This year, they are enjoying an online advent calendar with a London theme, and I hear that they come home from school every day asking if it's here yet. :-) Thank you for the block pattern and recipe. Merry Christmas! :-)

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  61. My cats are also thrilled about having 2 trees full of cat toys. I have a cute little fabric snowman that my great aunt made years ago - no matter where I put it on the tree, they get it! I don't even want to know how they manage that maneuver!

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  62. What a clever idea by your parents!

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  63. I love hearing about family traditions and I love the one your Santa(s) did for you. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year :)

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  64. sadly I think that I'm not going to put up my tree this year. My cat chew on it, chews on the lights, pulls ornaments off, jumps into it, tries to climb it, etc. So I've all but decided not to do battle this year. My apartment seems so plain without it though, like Christmas isn't coming!

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  65. Thank you for the block pattern and the yummy recipe. Happy Holidays!

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  66. Oh, the stockings! What a fun tradition. I am sure that was one of things you couldn't wait to dig into.
    Merry Christmas.

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  67. I like your fabric and your pattern! Thank you so much for the giveaway. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  68. I love the stocking stuffers from your parents. What a great idea! Thanks for all your happy designs!

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  69. Your cats' favorite ornaments have me laughing! Our local radio station did a call-in on pets and tree decorations, and it was quite funny!

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  70. Ha, I can totally relate to the cats thinking your are the greatest kitty mom EVER for putting up this awesome tree with so many toys just for them lol.

    Love your stocking tradition - how fun! Your block pattern is great too. I don't know the actual name of the blog hop, but it's loads of fun. And I'm not entirely sure if I'm supposed to list my own favorite tradition, but since I am going to be becoming a step mom next year, which will be my first experience with children of my "own", I am looking forward to coming up with new traditions for our family.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

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  71. What a great idea for stocking stuffers! I can't wait for Good Fortune to show up in shops! Thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

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  72. Blogs are my guilty pleasure, moda does it best. Thanks for the pattern and recipe. Merry Christmas to all.

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  73. My family and I just started doing stockings last year. I'm always interested in other people's traditions so we can fine tune our own. Thanks for sharing! Stuffers from "around the world" is such a cute idea! Thanks.

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  74. Thank you for the pattern and recipe. Loved the story about your worldly stocking stuffers. Filling the stockings is my favorite part.

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  75. I just love taking a hot beverage and walking through the Christmas Lights.

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  76. How coincidental is it that I am sewing a Disappearing Nine-Patch with Terrain right now? I chose the hot pink for binding and a green for contrast colors. Thanks for the chance in the give-away.

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  77. Growing up we always got an apple, orange, nets and candy.
    My kids got the orange and candies when young and now some fun things. We now have the traditional can of Spam, fun new food items like mustards and socks

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  78. Thanks for the pattern and recipe, have a wonderful Christmas!

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  79. Your story reminds me of one of our family traditions. Since we live in the Southwest and we figure Santa has probably had his fill of milk and cookies by the time he gets here, we leave him chips and salsa and an nice cold beer. It is after all, the end of his trip and he can use a little pick me up.

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  80. That's such a pretty pattern! It fits terrain so well. And I love that idea about the stockings - I'll have to remember that one for the future!

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  81. Love the block pattern and the fabric! Reminds me of my favorite treat....orange sherbert....looks good enough to eat!

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  82. That's really fun, the way your parents, er, Santa, did the stockings. I like clever people. I especially like when clever people have things to give away. :)

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  83. SUCH a cute ring-- and love the earrings! Now, you've given me an idea! One of my daughters is a polymer clay artist and makes adorable little sugar cookie magnets-- I'm going to request some Christmas sugar cookie earrings! :-) Thanks you for this wonderful giveaway! The blog hop has been such fun and I've saved some wonderful blocks and recipes along the way!! :-) Crossing my fingers-- !!!!!Terrain!!!!!

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  84. What a sweet stocking tradition. Thanks for your blog hop.

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  85. Great stocking tradition, Moda Claus! Ha!Ha! Thanks for the cupcake recipe & pattern!

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  86. Love the block pattern - mainly because it's in Terrain which I love!
    My children always had an orange in their stockings when they were small - these days it's a Terry's chocolate orange!

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  87. The stocking stuffers tradition sounds great. Always fun to give some type so silly little gift to family and friends along with the good stuff!
    Happy Holidays!

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  88. Love the block. Thank you. The tiny parfait makes me think of the donkey in Shrek.."Everybody loves a parfait" My family still cracks up everytime we see the word on a menu. Merry Christmas!

    Joanne
    Gogojojo.moore@gmail.com

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  89. Thank you for another make-me-smile post and fun giveaway!

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  90. Oooo, better get some good fortune cookies to go with your hot tea for that cough ;-) Thanks for sharing such a nice Christmas memory!

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  91. Oh goodness do share with your folks those delightful childhood memories.....they'll want to know how special they are for you :0).

    thanks so much for the chance to win.

    Happy Sewing and Merry Christmas

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  92. I love "santa's" stocking idea! What a wonderful holiday memory for you and your sister. That's what the season is about - wonder and memory-making :)

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  93. The Moda Elves Blog Party...where they travel over the internet terrain to spread good cheer to all the quilters on the Merry Web!

    When I was a kid my dad and I would watch The Grinch who stole Christmas and he would root for the Grinch and I would cheer on Whoville!

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  94. Having to place your favorite ornaments near the top of the tree reminded me of the Christmas I decided to make large gingerbread cookies and hang them on the tree. However, I didn't take into consideration our dog Sooner, an alaskan malamute. After waking up one morning and seeing lots of missing cookies and parts of gingerbread men still hanging on the tree, I decided that foodstuff would not be a part of our Christmas traditions! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  95. clever stocking idea! our stockings had an orange in the toe followed by peanuts and a small christmas candle which we lit by our brunch plate at the table. the oranges were hard to come by during the depression (where this tradition started in my mom's family) so it was a real winter treat and who doesn't like a little candle light in the dark of winter?!

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  96. One of our holiday traditions is to have my husband read the night before Christmas on CHristmas Eve. My kids are all grown now but if they are home, they have him read it again.

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  97. Thanks SEW much for the chance to win your wonderful Give Away!! Have a fantastic Christmas!
    Paulette

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  98. How very nice of you to put up a tree just for your kitties!! --- and fill it with kitty toys!! I love all of your fabrics - especially Terrain and Good Fortune - thanks for the chance to win some.

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  99. Nothing says Christmas like the smell of fresh pine through the house -- enjoy your tree. I look forward to our family Christmas Eve buffet. Merry Christmas! Lana D.

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  100. We have kitties that love our tree too, LOL. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  101. When my cats were little ones they were climbing in the tree and laying on the branches ... now they're grown up and don't do this anymore, sad! One of your favorite christmas traditions is to eat cookies out of a ceramic star dish!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Greetings from germany
    Hildy
    hildy@ebertzeder.de

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  102. Stockings are a big tradition at my house. I started with the Bucilla kits when my kids were young and now I have made 12 to include spouses and grand kids. So I look for stocking stuffers all year long.

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  103. We just decorated our tree last night. I let my girls do most of the work....difficult for the control freak that I am. I love your quilt! I'm almost done with my Terrain quilt (still have Fangdango and more to do but would LOVE LOVE LOVE me some new Kate Spain material!

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  104. Our Cats don't seem particularly interested in the ornaments, they just like to gnaw on the tree :-)

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  105. What a sweet tree!!! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  106. Oh how fun and the block actually looks doable .I had a cat named Buttons who would just sit and stare at the tree and I think it mesmerized her. She has gone to greener pastures and is missed very much.Would love to win some of your Terrain!! I want to use it in a project I have in mind. we shall see I do not think I have enough. I want more .... LOL Merry Christmas to you and yours
    quilter000

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  107. The tree is up and decorated, but the house needs some housework!! Oh well, think I'll go shopping! I really like Flurry and Terrain and wish I had some to play with. Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas!!

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  108. For me a holiday tradition is to go around where I live and take a look to all the houses lighting, then go to church, and have Christmas dinner (on the 24th). Next day we have Christmas lunch with all the family, open the presents etc.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  109. Oh Kate...my eyes teared up reading about what your dad did for your Christmas stockings. And looking at your special tree with the ever-so-meaningful bulbs...You really know what the true meaning of Christmas is...memories.

    Thanks so much for the recipe and pattern.I love them both!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours...
    Love,
    Mary

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  110. I have homemade stockings hanging up and down my steps on the railing.....There are only three of us in the house, but there are at least twenty stockings......and Santa is very good about filling them all.

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  111. I am always fascinated with what parents do to add to the excitement of Christmas. Santa tore his jacket in our fireplace one year and left a wet paint footprint on the hearth another year (he apparently touched up the paint on the dollhouse at the last minute).
    Thanks for the block and recipe.

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  112. I wish we could put up a tree this year. But even with the delicate ornaments high up, I'm worried what our 4 month old kittens would do to the tree. This year I'll just have to enjoy everyone else's.

    Thank you for sharing your's.

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  113. Loved reading about your family's stocking tradition. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  114. Love your story about Dad. I mean Santa. Sweet. Your block is wonderful as is Terrain!

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  115. Thanks for the giva way, love putting up old ornaments and remembering who and where they came from. always takes a long time to trim the tree because we have to tell the story behind each ornament.

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  116. What a beautiful tree and I just love your block !

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  117. I love the quilt pattern. I'm a new quilter so I like the simple stuff.

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  118. I have hand knitted stocking for everyone in my family and they all look forward to "opening " their stockings and some of the kids are over 50. Thanks for the chance for the give away.

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  119. Thanks for taking part in the Holly Jolly Moda blog shop hop.

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  120. I'd love to have some Kate Spain fabric in my stocking - even though I put it on my list for my Honey, I'd be happy to stick it in there myself if I won. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. Thanks for the block & recipe! I look forward to trying them.

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  122. What an fun giveaway pattern! Santa sounds like he may have enjoyed your traditions as much as you and your sister did :)

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  123. I love stocking stuffers! I think the stockings are the most fun part of Christmas morning. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  124. Kate, I love your cheerful designs and colors you use on your fabrics

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  125. I always enjoy filling the Christmas Stockings at my house. My hubby has become an expert a filling mine and I love that part of Christmas morning. It would be fun to have some of your fabric in my stocking this year. Thanks for the block design and recipe.

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  126. I am right there with you. Full of memories and wonderful traditions. It seems this is the season for them. Thanks for the block and recipe!

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  127. We have an ornament on our tree just for our kitty. It is made of felt, has a jingle bell attached, and is only loosely hung from one if the bottom branches of the tree so that the slightest bat at it will knock it off. We imagine that this whole scheme entertains the cat and distracts her from the rest of the tree that we don't want her to play with ;-). Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. What a great pattern - thanks!I love the holidays and a blog hop was a great idea. I renamed it - We wish you a Moda Christmas and a Bog Hop New Year!

    Stacy

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  129. Whoops - it was supposed to be a BLOG Hop not Bog Hop - sorry!

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  130. Oh, I just love the foreign trinkets in the stocking idea! The sooty footprints may have been dad's favorite part, but I'm guessing mom was none too pleased...

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  131. Ooh would love to win, happy holidays to my favorite designer!

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  132. Thanks for the block and giveaway. This blog hop has been so much fun.

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  133. Your kitties are beautiful and really crack me up! Love the Santa ornament too!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

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  134. I just ordered a fat quarter pack of Good Fortune from GreenFairy Quilts---so excited--can hardly wait for it to get here! My favorite tradition is watching the classic Christmas movies while decorating the tree-which will be tomorrow. Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life (and in that order too. cnd2821@blackfoot.net

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  135. Oooh. Cupcakes, a lovely block AND stocking stuffers! Life is Good. Merry Christmas to all!
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  136. Love the quilt block. So cute, like everything you create! Thanks for sharing your memories. It's so fun to hear other's traditions and memories.

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  137. What a fabulous idea little gift from other parts of the world. I just loved leaving out the mince pies and glass of sherry...never crossed my mind how drunk Santa would have been with all the glasses of sherry left at all the houses!!

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  138. Stocking stuffers from around the world? Sounds like a lot of fun! That must've taken some planning.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  139. Breakfast with my family every Christmas morning - great tradition we all look forward to.

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  140. thanks for the story, block and recipe, have to give it a try

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  141. Thanks for the memories and the chance to win. Merry Christmas

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  142. Hooray for fun Christmas memories!
    One of my favorite memories is sleeping under the Christmas tree with my siblings.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  143. I think the ornaments are the most special part of Christmas - finding our favorites and the ooohing and aaahing as we take out ornaments we haven't seen for a year. I love the old ornaments from when I was a kid, cough, cough,(a few years ago!) and I even have 2 of the glass birds (without their filament tails) that I clip on the branches with their little spring clips. I think it takes us back to a simpler time.

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  144. I love to hear about other Christmas traditions, and wonder what my grown children will do when they start having their own families - I love the idea of items from around the world! Our kids always got a chocolate orange in their stockings, along with a real one! We would then juice their oranges to serve with Christmas morning breakfast!

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  145. Great memories you have.
    Thanks for sharing and also a chance to win your fabric.

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  146. I would love to win whatever you are sharing! Your christmas memories are sweet!

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  147. Thank you for sharing your family traditions - your parents must of had as much fun searching for such unique treasures as you had receiving them.
    I really like your quilt block, think I'll give it a try (after Christmas, hahaha)

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  148. Look forward to making the cupcakes and block. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  149. Kate, thank you for making my world happier and brighter! I love your block and your fabrics. I'm currently working on a Kate Spain quilt, well, it's a little sidelined due to the holidays! My new tradition with my DGD is to make an ornament each year. I'm having fun!

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  150. This year we have a new addition to our family. My daughter is six months old this year for christmas and your stocking story really inspires me. Your parents were pretty awesome and creative.

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  151. It was amazing to me how Santa knew what I needed and wanted even before I did! Sure do miss that Santa!

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  152. I love creative stocking stuffers. Thanks for the block, recipe and the giveaway.

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  153. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE TRADITIONS AT CHRISTMAS IS CAROLING AT OTHERS HOMES! THANKS FOR SHARING>HOPE IT IS 'TERRAIN'! MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  154. I love your block! My favorite Christmas ornament is also hand-painted: a scene from my favorite spot in Hawaii :)

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  155. Love the block you made up, Kate. It looks so good with your fabrics. Thanks for the fab giveaway, and also for sharing your wonderful Christmas memories.

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  156. My tradition was singing Christmas carols while decorating the tree with my children and sipping on Hot Chocolate. Now that the children have families of their own they have continued the tradition.Thank-you for the wonderful recipe and block. Hope to win.

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  157. Such a great idea, to leave presents from around the world in a stocking! I might steal that idea when my little guy gets older.

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  158. Love the ornaments you shared! I like adding an ornament each year that represents what we did that year. Merry Christmas!

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  159. Brr! The weather is cold, good excuse to stay inside and sew away the day :)

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  160. Thanks for sharing your stories, recipe and block. It was fun visiting with you.

    Happy holidays.

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  161. We don't have a tree this year 'cause last year, my cats were always under it fighting/playing spreadind the thorns everywhere. My mother got tired of it and the tree when outside !

    Thanks for this giveaway :)

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  162. My favorite Christmas Stocking memory is the fruit that was always there. The fresh orange in the toe every year.

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  163. Merry Christmas, Kate! I love your special ornaments and the block and recipe. Hope your little kitties are enjoying the holidays, too. I'm getting my quilted Christmas stocking ready for some of your great "stuffers" right now! Kd

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  164. I love what your parents did for your stocking! It must have been so much fun to open them all. And the cupcake recipe will definitely be doubled. Or more. I used to have a cat who would climb the tree and bat the ornaments off to our dog - who chewed them up. After that, my husband built the cutest white picket fence to put around everything the tree. That saved a whole lot o' tears!

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  165. I enjoyed your column today, Kate. Christmas memories and traditions are what keep the spirit going.

    I'm looking forward to using Good Fortune in a project. The gingko tree is a favorite of our family.

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  166. What wonderful memories. My hubby and I always wrapped our kids' gifts from Santa in paper that wasn't used to wrap any other gifts, and the extra paper was kept hidden. Our kids later told us that they were convinced Santa had brought their gifts because he used different wrapping paper. :-)

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  167. It was a delight to read and without all the memories and traditions of Christmas, well, it wouldn't be the same. Thank you for the pattern and the disappearing cupcakes.....

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  168. Love your sweet little tree. We'll be out on Sunday, hiking the fields of the Christmas tree farm, searching for the perfect tree. Every year, we tell the story of when Julia was little and jumped into a partially frozen little garden pond at the nursery!

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  169. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  170. Thank you Kate for the lovely Christmas memories. Made me think of some of mine.
    Thanks for the giveaway. HOHOHO

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  171. I like the name that you chose - and not that it really matters, what matters is that it's so enjoyable to go visit everyone!!! Thanks for all the time and effort that you all put into it!!
    Thanks for the recipe and block and the memories that you shared. And, thanks for the chance at some great gifts!

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  172. Your adorable tree makes me want to get one! I decided not to get a tree this year since I will be gone for the holidays, but you post makes me want to come home to that pine smell:) mmm!

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  173. I really enjoyed you story....what a wonderful childhood memory!

    Thank you for this Giveaway.

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  174. I love your ornaments! THanks for the giveaway!

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  175. I love your Dad's contribution to the memories - priceless. We always got to open ONE present on Christmas Eve and it was ALWAYS new pajamas so we looked nice on Christmas morning. I continued that tradition with my children and now my son's family does a variation. They get the new pajamas at Thanksgiving when the Elf on the Shelf shows up.

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  176. I am so enjoying this blog hop - such great blocks and stories - since I'm on a diet the recipes will have to wait - at least it's not a fabric diet - a girl's gotta sew!
    Lisa
    Lalexander733 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  177. A kitty Christmas tree. And I thought I spoiled my cats. Merry Christmas and that you for sharing your Christmas memories.

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  178. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories, tree, and ornament with us!
    Love ALL your fabric lines!

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  179. I love the Santa laundry ornament. A touch of whimsy is always a good thing.

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  180. What an adorable idea to fill the stockings that way. My daughter is 3, and I think that that is an amazing tradition. Merry Christmas.
    Nicole
    be_happy15@hotmail.com

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  181. Now that she is a young adult, my niece has picked up the tradition of filling our stockings,, which is great because that's one thing I always forget about. She finds all sorts of fun little treasures, like the little BlackBerry candy holder, sheep stitch holders for my knitting, and anything with sock monkeys (family joke). It's a really sweet touch for the holidays.

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  182. i love going out thanksgiving weekend and getting the try with my dad and sisters.

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  183. Xmas traditions are great. Even as my kids have grown into men, they still want the stockings. It is getting harder to find stocking stuffers for 30 year olds. Help any ideas. Oh and thanks for sharing your memories, it is a delight for me to read. Thanks for such a fun tree and the giveaway.

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  184. Thanks for sharing your memories, your tree with the neat ornaments and your talent.

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  185. Your stocking stuffer sounds great! No doubt Mrs. Claus was delighted with the ash foot prints! What a fun memory! Neat international stocking too.

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  186. Enjoyed reading about your Christmas memories and the ornament is really cute. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. Merry Christmas.

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  187. I'm enjoying all the different blocks on this "hop". The week after Christmas is for starting new projects!

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  188. My new tradition is a thin pencil tree decorated with my collection of miniature schnauzer ornaments for my dog, Murphy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  189. a neat twist on filling stockings! love it. can't wait to have some time to try out these wonderful blocks as well.

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  190. A favorite holiday tradition has to be tree decorating and or baking with carols on and the kids helping.

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  191. I made my family large needlepoint stockings years ago and every year I go all out finding stocking stuffers to fill them -- Merry Christmas!

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  192. Holiday traditions...putting up the tree and remembering the memories with each ornament...and seeing if we break any :( SO far so good this year!

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  193. They sound like fun christmas memories and traditions!

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  194. Ashes on the carpet? Your Mom is a saint! Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood.

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  195. One of our favorite holiday traditions is having SPECIAL Ramen noodle soup on Christmas eve. This is no package dump. Easy and scrumptious. Santa always get cookies and hot chocolate left by the fireplace.

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  196. I love the idea of Santa leaving things from other countries!! Very creative Santa at your house!!

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  197. Thanks for the direction on the block and the opportunity to win some stocking stuffers!

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  198. Oh I love all the things you described. We did the ashes on the carpet for our children. My favorite now is to give all the neighbor children packages of magic oats to scatter in their yards. They love the idea of it! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  199. I love the creativity of your Dad. How special.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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