Friday, December 16, 2011

Secret Santa Arrived!

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
 ~Annie Gottlier

I am now sure that I have a screw loose some place in  my head.  Whoever thought it would be fun to run two giveaways at once?!?  Well, me, of course.  I never expected to receive almost 600 comments between the two giveaways.  I'm still working on responding to each comment left plus I have comments to respond to left for me on my Wednesday post.  Now don't get me wrong.  I'm glad to have so much participation in the giveaways and I love reading all of the comments but talk about overload.  Whew!  Never again will I have two giveaways going at the same time.  And you know what?  I have another giveaway to run next week for the Traveling Stash.  Sometimes I never learn.




Some parts of the country have already seen snow this year. Others will soon be watching fluffy white flakes drift from the sky.  I won't be one of those lucky ones.  We only receive snow about once every seven to 10 years and so far it's been much too warm.  Here are some interesting facts about those little beauties:
* Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different than all other snowflakes.
* All snowflakes have six sides.
* Snowflakes aren't always white. Years ago, when coal was used in factories and homes, snow was often gray. Why? Because the coal dust entered the air and was absorbed by the clouds.
* The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana. The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.  (Can you imagine?)
* The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass in Washington State. Each year, the average snowfall is 430 inches.
* In Prince Edward Island, Canada, where the soil is red clay, snowflakes often look pink. Why? Because red dust from the soil is blown into the air and absorbed by the clouds
* The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour. (5 kilometers)
* People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.
* Billions of snowflakes fall during one short snowstorm.
* Snowflakes are made up of ice crystals



In October I signed up to participate in the Secret Santa Soiree being hosted by the Coloradolady.  Tuesday a package arrived in the mail......

hmmmmm......only a return address (Colorado) - no name.  Now my curiosity got the better of me and I just had to open it........

Look at all those goodies!  And isn't the button and thread tissue paper adorable?  But do you know what I first noticed?  The wonderful scent of cinnamon!  My favorite!!

Ten little gifts in all!  WOW!  And the cutest little card letting me know these were from my Secret Santa.

WOW!  My Secret Santa did a wonderful job and must have done some research on me.  She knew that my favorite Christmas decoration is snowmen.  There is the most darling snowman with the green fleece hat and scarf and real buttons down his front and a cute  little snowman ornament with blanket stitching on his hat.  There was also a pretty ornament made from ribbon and scrap fabrics (far left), and a darling knitted or crocheted pincushion that looks like a cactus.  And there is what was giving off the wonderful scent of cinnamon - two Holiday Cinnamon candles.  SS also included four fat quarters - two white on white (they didn't really show up in the picture) and two Christmas prints (designed by Sweetwater).  Also included was a set of 6 handmade note cards that have two different hexagons sewn to the front of each card.  I'll use these for special notes to very special people.  And last but definitely not least is a Bordeaux bar from See's.  My absolute favorite and it was quickly devoured soon after its arrival.
Thank you, my Secret Santa, whoever you are!!!!  And thank you to Suzanne for making the Secret Santa Soiree a huge success!!



I have entered my Christmas quilt in this week's Quilting Gallery contest. 

The title of it is Christmas Mystery.  When you go to vote, if you choose to vote for mine, be careful because there is one that looks just like mine.  Mine is NOT the first one.  Mine is the 9th quilt down.  There are loads of gorgeous entries this week with a grand total of 67 submissions from 14 different countries!  Please take the time to look over all the gorgeous entries, and if you see fit, please cast a vote for my Christmas Mystery by going HERE.



I recently completed a block for one of the hostesses for Let's Bee Together in December.....

Marta sent out Christmas fabrics for us to work with and requested a star block - any star block.  I finally decided on Go Along Block #2 and changed it up just a bit.  Instead of making the points all the same color, I alternated between the two prints.  She also requested that we write our name and state on the block, which I did before it was mailed.



Hopefully today I will finish responding to all the wonderful comments left in the giveaways!



Tattered Garden is having a giveaway.  You could win  enough Apple Cores to make your very own Apple Core quilt.  This giveaway ends Saturday, December 24.

Sew Kiki is having a giveaway.  You could win an Aurifil sampler pack!  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 21.

Canton Village Quilt Works is having a giveaway.  You could win 10 beautiful fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Sunday, December 18, at 10:00 pm EST.

All About Applique is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of A Year In The Life Of Sunbonnet Sue by Christine Porter and Darra Williamson.  This giveaway ends Sunday, December 18, at 7:00 pm.

Hawthorne Threads is having their weekly giveaway.  You could win a Joyful Garden fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends  Wednesday, December 21.

Thru The Red Door is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Tilda's Christmas Ideas, a fat quarter of Christmas red felted wool, a pack of charm squares by Sandy Klop for Moda, some spotty red and white ribbon, Cosmo 2 strand thread and Cosmo hanks in Christmas reds and greens, and some lovely red fabrics as well as fat quarters of delicious green linens.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 21, Melbourne time.

Quilt Story is having a giveaway.  You could win a $40 credit to Five Monkey Fabrics.  This giveaway ends Monday, December 19.

Just a quick reminder to enter my giveaways if you haven't already.  Go HERE and HERE to enter.  They end very, very soon!




Maria said...

WOW you sure do recieve lots of interest in your giveaways and your posts are always so enjoyable to read.
Loved the info about the snowflake.

Gorgeous gifts from your Secreat Santa and love the block.

Sallie said...

Thanks for the holiday tip - LOL!

Coloradolady said...

OH, you did receive a fantastic package!! I love all of your goodies!! How fun and that tissue paper is simply adorable!!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for participating in the SSS this year.

Jessica said...

So cool about the Secret Santa gifts! I admire you, Linda, for responding to all of those comments. I tried responding to all the ones for my Sew Mama Sew giveaway and even at 100 I just didn't have the time. I feel bad because I ALWAYS respond but I hope people understand!
I hope you enjoy your week leading up to Christmas!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Such cute tissue paper - never saw that before. Wonderful secret gifts. Will certainly go vote at QG. You don't need to reply to me.

Needled Mom said...

15" in diameter??? OMGosh! I can't imagine.

Your secret Santa box is delightful. You really did get some nice goodies and I love that tissue paper.

Pretty star block, Linda. It would be pretty in a full quilt.

I'm off to vote! Good luck.

Sarah Craig said...

Great post, but I keep going back to 15" snowflakes!! Incredible! Don't worry about responding to this - sounds like you've got enough to respond to right now!! Merry Christmas!!

Neabear said...

Love the tissue paper your gifts were wrapped in! Awesome gifts you got from your Secret Santa. I know you will enjoy those. I see you already enjoyed the candy! :)


Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely block you made and the gift you got is pretty neat too

Connie said...

Love your secret santa box and I voted for your beautiful quilt Linda. Your blog is always so much fun to read so it isn't surprising that you have so many people entering your giveaway!

Polka Dot Classic said...

Pretty cool secret santa box you got !!
And I love my star block :)
Thank you for make it for me and Thank you for hosting a great bee
Have a wonderful pre-holiday weekend

Talin's Corner said...

Your secret Santa was very good to you. I really like the the tall snowman in the back of the picture. Is that a wooden spool?

Barb said...

What fun gifts....and love your quilt...I want to do one just like it.

Belinda said...

Ok....I'm just gonna say I really like your Christmas of luck being a winner!

There is no need to respond to my comment here....sounds like you have plenty.....I just wanted to come over and say HI!

Anonymous said...

lovely post Linda and i have just gone over and voted for your quilt,its lovely,well done

Val said...

Good job you only had two giveaways. I love the Bee block you made. I voted for your quilt and I entered some of the giveaways on your list. Thanks again for the links.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Love that last tip. Very good to know!!! LOL

Barbara said...

Lovely gift, from the best Secret Santa ever! I do love that tissue paper, but the gifts are truly special. Beautiful quilt, worthy of many, many votes. Off I go...

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