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- Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 16:41
The winter holidays aren't over yet! We are in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas which began on December 26th and will end on January 6th.
A perfect time for a little giveaway! A signed copy of Diane's beautiful book, Kanzashi in Bloom and a Kanzashi ornament made by me! (That is it - almost finished - in the picture! And, Diane has agreed to make up a kit like this one so that when your book arrives, you can begin making Kanzashi right away!
To enter simply leave a comment telling me your very favorite memory from this past Christmas season. The giveaway is open to all - including international readers. Entries must be submitted before 6:00 PM Pacific Time on January 5th so that Befana will have time to prepare to announce the winner on the morning of January 6th after she delivers presents to all good children in Italy.
"The Land of Unmade Ornaments"??
Well, you know......... that's home to all those lovely handmade Christmas ornaments (and decorations) that didn't get finished - or maybe even started - this year! I have seven ornaments wandering around, hopelessly lost, in the Land of Unmade Ornaments.
So, I am declaring January "Making Unmade Ornaments Month"! I welcome anyone who wishes to join me! Why not make those Unmade Ornaments now - after all it is still winter all the month of January and think how much fun it will be to make holiday ornaments without the pressure of the Christmas holidays approaching at breakneck speed!
Diane is going to help me set up a Flicker pool so I can share mine and you can share yours!
Now - to the rescue!!
- Submitted by Pam on Thu, 12/24/2009 - 18:09
Christmas card Diane sent to me from college, December 1986.
Just to let me know how much she was looking forward to coming home for the holiday break.
I always had cookie tins and jars filled with goodies lined up on the buffet awaiting her arrival. And immediately upon arriving home, and after giving me my big hug, she made a beeline for the buffet - opening each one and blissfully sampling the contents, rolling her eyes and making happy, contented little sounds. Still to this day, one of my favorite Christmas memories.
- Submitted by Pam on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 18:45
Margit has decorated her tree this year with glass balls and nature related ornaments she has designed herself. According to Margit, her tree is quite untraditional but I love her idea of untraditional!
Before continuing, let me apologize for "disappearing" for several days! It could not be helped, but I am very happy to be up and around and back to myself again!
- Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 04:40
- Submitted by Pam on Sun, 12/13/2009 - 16:02
I hope you are joining me in a breakfast of Lucia Bread and gingerbread cookies!
My advent calendar image for Santa Lucia Day!
- Submitted by Pam on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 05:49
- Submitted by Pam on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 20:02
My friend, Avital, who lives in Israel,sent me this beautiful photograph she took a couple years ago of a simple Menorah and I asked her to allow me to share it with everyone today. Thank you so much Avital.
One of the things I love most about this image is the reflections of the candle flames - to me it is almost as if they are extending back in time - as if they are a connection to previous generations. And check out her beautiful image of Hanukkah street light decorations in her city
- Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/09/2009 - 07:28
My favorite feast on December 12th, the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe, is a big bowl of Green Chile Stew and a basket full of pipping hot Sopapillas. I am sharing my recipes for both.
We start with Sopapillas.