I am a true believer in Gooseberry Patch. LOVE their recipes and cute Holiday ideas. So I was quick to jump on the giveaway bandwagon when I saw that Jenni over at Beautiful Nest is giving two lucky readers a copy of Gooseberry Patch's Christmas recipes/idea booklet.
So go here. If you win, send it to me. Got it? GO NOW.
**If you still want to get in on the Nativity Block giveaway, go here to enter before December 15th!**
Tony has a really wonderful office. And because we live so close to where he works, I get to go visit every little bit to say hello and check up on things. And to fill Tony's candy dish. A few of the paralegals and attorneys also go to the same spin class that I go to in the mornings and let me tell you, you form a bond with people that have seen you with bed-head and sweating profusely. So this year, I made up some goodies for the legal office. I used these leftover 3" square acetate boxes and the the red and white baker's twine I used for s'more kits in September. I used a green stamp pad and stamped this cute vintage greeting on self-stick paper, cut them out and added them to the top of the boxes.
I made the truffles in batches because they freeze so well. I used a basic truffle recipe for two...one rolled in chopped pecans and one rolled in coconut. I also used a mint truffle recipe for one and my sister Megan's recipe here for Cookie Dough Truffles. Have mercy.
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chips with milk. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Chill for two hours. Shape into 1" balls (I used my smallest Pampered Chef scoop) and roll into desired coating. Chill for at least one hour or freeze.
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped Andes mint pieces powdered sugar
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chips with milk. Add mint pieces as you remove from heat and stir until melted. Chill for two hours. Form into 1" balls and roll in powdered sugar. Chill or freeze.
Back in July before my dad got too sick to travel, my parents came to our house for a visit. My mom and I went to Michaels to look for some paper for our family's Christmas cards and we came across a scrapbook paper with the most darling Nativity scene across the bottom. I know y'alls must think I'm nuts, but I bought a bunch then and squirreled it away to do something with for Christmas gifts for our visiting teaching sisters. This past week, I bought a board at the wood shop here on base that was about 6 inches wide and an inch thick. The nicest man in our ward manages the wood shop and he cut the board down to 12 1/2" pieces and then routed the edges for me. I painted, sanded and stained each board and then cut down the scrapbook paper to size. A little Mod Podge and a little patience and this is how they turned out.
I was just at Michaels last night and they still had this paper available in the store. I also found it online here. If this is something you'd like to do (and you don't have access to a fabulous wood shop manager like I do) Home Depot and Lowe's will often cut wood for you for $1 a cut as long as it is over 12 inches long. So you still have time to whip a few of these together for your sisters.
But because I've gotten such wonderful support for my visiting teaching ideas on my silly little blog this year, I am going to do a little giveaway to say thank you. Leave a comment between now and December 15th telling me what your favorite Christmas song is and you can win one of these nativities for your Christmas decoration collection. You probably won't get it until after Christmas, but it will be all ready for next year. If you don't have a blog or your blog is private, please include an email address.
And the lucky winner of the Florentine Chemisette is Sharlyn!
But I must say, I LOVED reading all your ideas for a name for my new sewing machine. I think I decided on Astrid and I'll tell you why. One, it is a fabulous Viking name. Two, it TOTALLY reminds me of The Office episode when Jan brings her new baby (whose father is NOT Michael Scott) to the office for a baby shower and Michael gets the M&M's with "Asturd" on them instead of Astrid.
I got lucky that when I picked such a wonderful husband that he turned out to be a wonderful father as well. Tony has always been a hands-on dad and it is obvious the love he has for these kiddos. I love how he is the perfect mix of love and discipline...something I am still learning to master. He is encouraging, kind and ever so patient. Yes, my kids are so blessed to have Tony as their daddy.
And just a quick update on my dad this Father's Day. He and my mom are currently in Reno, Nevada receiving treatment at a wonderful clinic there. He is active, sleeping well, and sounds strong and possitive. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers on his (and our family's) behalf.
My mom is an amazing seamstress. And when I graduated from college, she presented me with a great Singer sewing machine. It was totally rebuilt, probably about as old as I was, heavy as all get-out and split pea green. And I loved it. In fact, I sewed the poor thing into the ground so hard that after about 8 years, my sewing machine guy threw in the towel and told me he couldn't fix it anymore. Thus began my love/hate relationship with Singer. I have owned two more new Singers and have hated them both. Hated. Had nothing but problems with them and because of it, I had just about stopped sewing altogether. Well, Mom was having none of that and she offered to buy me a new sewing machine if I did the research and decided what I wanted. And this is what I decided on. It's the most basic Viking, but I.Love.It. And I've been sewing non-stop for the last 4 weeks.
These are some of the projects I've been working on: Moose On The Porch Quilts is having a Quilt Along and every two weeks comes out with a new quilt block designed by a talented quilter. I've had a stash of patriotic fabric tucked away for years so instead of using jellyrolls, I'm using my stash. It will be pretty amazing when it's all done! These are my first six squares.
And about 3 weeks ago I was introduced to the most delightful little fabric shop called Buttercuppity that has the cutest fabric, the most darling patterns and the nicest owner. So on my maiden visit, I bought some fabric and this pattern. I made up a Gathered Chemisette for myself and had enough fabric left over to make a Florentine Chemisette to giveaway!
So here's the deal. If you'd like to win the Florentine Chemisette, leave me a comment and tell me what you think I should name my new sewing machine. Link to this post on your blog and leave me another comment letting me know and you'll get another chance. If you have never left a comment on my blog before, come out of lurking and leave me another comment and let me know and you'll get another chance. If you don't have a blog or if your blog is private, please leave me your email address so I can let you know when you win!! I'll use my random selector (aka Joshua) to pick a winner on Tuesday night, June 22th. Good luck!!
I have just consulted with my random picker, a.k.a. Anna, and she selected ROSANNE as the giveaway winner!!
I'll be getting your loot in the mail to you after the Holidays. Thanks to everyone who played along...even during the busy crunch of the season.
And just a funny photo before I take the next few days off to enjoy Christmas with my family. I found this little blue bin on the floor in the basement and obviously Josh had gone through our big bin of plastic animals and picked out all the zebras. The kids a collector.
I talked to my Scentsy lady yesterday and the warmer I chose to giveaway was back ordered, but should be delivered tomorrow. Thus, the giveaway will be extended to Wednesday morning. All other rules still apply. Go here to enter!!
So, my big exciting news may really just be exciting to me. But it is. Tony and his mom arranged for a 5-day trip for me, all by myself, where I get to fly on an airplane to someplace warm. And Joan is coming up to stay with the kids. I get to relax. Renew. Read. Sleep in. And thaw out. I can't wait.
But I made a promise to myself that I would disconnect from the computer while I am gone, so there will be no blogging, emailing or blog visiting. Sorry. But I'll catch up when I get home and I hope this giveaway will make up for it.
On Monday, December 21st, my impartial 6-year-old will draw a winner of these:
A new Classic Scentsy Warmer (IN CREAM) with a block of Snowberry wax. Yum.
And this Christmas doorhanger made (with love) by me.
Now on to the rules. You can have up to two entries by doing the following:
1: Leave a comment on this post and then say something nice about the person that commented above you. If they don't have a blog or it is private, make something up. :-) (Thanks for the GREAT idea, Laurel!)
2: You can become a follower if you aren't yet and would like to be OR you can link directly to this post from your blog. Let me know in your comment and I'll add your extra entry.
**Well, we got our computer back today and it seems to be humming again. I've been a little slow in spreading the word about this giveaway, but better late than never. More to come from me tomorrow...**
My talented friend Amy has just started a new blog and is giving away this darling turkey (which she designed, might I add). So if you'd like to get in on this terrific turkey Tuesday giveaway, head over here and leave a comment to win! Let Amy know I said hi...
As I was perusing Anna's work that she brought home from school last week, I came across this worksheet. I can only guess that they were supposed to cut out the things that started with "f", glue them on the left side of the page and then draw a picture of something that also begins with "f" on the right side in the frame. Because Anna is already reading and writing, she is supposed to also write the word that corresponds to the picture she drew. And out of all the "f" words in the world, this is the one she chose.
And a little child shall lead them...
**"F" is also for feedback and free stuff! The mother of a friend of mine just started this website about women's health and nutrition. If you are so inclined, check it out and then visit this page to leave a comment about the site for your chance to win a large Pampered Chef stone. Good luck!**
Usually, one of the first places I find in our new community after we move is the closest Target. Seriously. The kids call it "the pretzel store" for good reason...we often passed a lazy afternoon wandering the aisles, searching for good deals and snacking on pretzels and popcorn. But because the base here is quite a ways outside the city limits of Spokane, the nearest Target is, well, far away. TOO far away. Especially when I am used to having a Super Target right up the road. So...in celebration of being back online, I'm having a little contest. I measured, in miles, how far the nearest Target is from my door to theirs. The person who gets closest get a little box of fun Washington stuff. So leave your best guess (and NO cheating) in the comments and I'll tell the answer on Monday night and announce the winner. It's open to everyone...except you, Mom. I already griped to you about it.
And the winner of the lovely Tres Jolie earrings is...Kim!! Please shoot me an email with your address and we'll get your earrings on their way!
Thank you so much to all those who participated. For those of us who didn't win (sigh) make sure to visitTres Jolie and take adveantage of the additional 10% off they are offering my readers. Just enter Amber10 in the discount box at checkout. Just in time for Mother's Day!!
Last year, some great friends of ours purchased a jewelry company that sold exclusively in Norstrom stores. Although you can still get pieces at The Rack, this gorgeous jewelry collection is also available in other stores now and online here. Très Jolie jewelry is hand crafted from the highest quality materials including Crystallized Swarovski Elements, Bali Sterling Silver and the most beautiful semi-precious stones from around the world.
Laguna Beach Classic Bracelet Austin Classic Double Twist Bracelet Bali Silver raindrop Post Earrings And now, on to the good stuff! Tres Jolie is offering this gorgeous set of Bali Silver hoop earrings (they regularly retail for $58.90) as a giveaway this week to one of my lucky blog readers. All you need to do is leave a comment between now and Friday night and we will announce the lucky winner on Saturday morning. But want another chance to win?? Link to this post on your blog, let me know about it, and we'll give you another entry. As always, if you don't have a blog, are private, or your profile is not enabled on Blogger, please leave an email address so we can contact you if you win.
And as if that's not enough, just in time for Mother's Day, Tres Jolie is offering an additional 10% off any purchase for my readers. Just enter the code Amber10 at checkout to adjust your total to show your discount.
**UPDATED!! The link to Tres Jolie's website was broken, but I think it is up and running now. Go check out all of their great stuff after you enter the giveaway!**
Amber, I never enter these things, but I cannot help myself this time. I've seen your stuff first-hand, and it's perfect. Thank you for the opportunity!
Well, you got lucky this time, Martie!! Shoot me an email at amberntmac(at)hotmail(dot)com with your address and I'll get it in the mail!
And for all of you out there who wanted to know about the pattern, it is from a book by Nancy Halverson called "Forget Me Not" that was published back in 1997 and which I can't seem to find online anymore (sorry!!). It was originally a calender wall quilt that detailed the birthdays of the month in a block next to the cute little quilted images. I just made them into individual quilts. I also redesigned March and December to make them a little less tedious. If you click here it will take you to Nancy Halverson's site...she has some amazing books and patterns that are similar to what I did here.
And for those of you who didn't win (or chose not to enter), you'll want to check back in on Monday. I'll give you a hint: giveaway. I'll give you another hint: jewelry. That's right, some friends of mine own a jewelry store and are offering a GORGEOUS set of earrings as a giveaway. So we'll see you Monday!!
...if you're tempted to call CPS after seeing this sad, sad picture of our little man. He fell on the edge of the fireplace today while we were doing a visiting teaching visit thus ensuring two black eyes and a cut on his nose and right eye. But just because he did it to himself doesn't make me feel any less sorry for him.
Hence the puff blanket, the favorite chair, the chocolate milkshake and Little Einsteins.
**Today is the last day to enter the Handmade Gift Giveaway. We'll be drawing for a winner after Survivor tonight which will be 8:00 Central Time. So check back for the winner and another HUGE something that you'll want to get in on...**
Several months ago, I took the challenge to make and send a homemade gift to the first five people to comment on my post. Well, these gifts went out last week. But the fun news is that I made an extra SIXTH set to offer as a giveaway! So if you would like a chance to win this mini-hanger and set of twelve quilted wall hangings, one for each month of the year to display in your home, please leave a comment here before Thursday night. A winner will randomly be selected on Friday morning. If you have a private blog or your profile is not available through blogger, please leave your email address in your comment.