Friday, November 15, 2013

Back & ARC Giveaway

I'm sorry I haven't posted here for a couple of weeks, but I'm hoping to get back to a regular blogging schedule shortly. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

I was never able to reschedule one of the series launch giveaways I had planned back in August, so I still have a handmade quilted and beaded Victorian tote on my hands. Yesterday I also received something new and fun to put in it, too:



If you'd like to win this tote, and the two print ARCs (which I will also sign for you), in comments to this post tell us your favorite handmade or homemade gift to give (or receive) during the holidays by midnight EST on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. I'll choose one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner the tote plus the signed ARCs. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet so please join in.

27 comments:

  1. My aunt is a most excellent cook. She had a catering business for many years. At Christmas she makes cookie/candy plates (platters?) for everyone near and dear. There are several varieties of the cookies and at least a dozen different candies. She's now 80, and still going strong...

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  2. Last year and this I painted miniatures to represent my kids' RPG characters. While I didn't make the models themselves, the painting was showcase quality and they loved it. Now I'm doing the same for the rest of her gaming group.

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  3. My mom crochets lovely shawls and afghans. I adore mine, though keeping my cat from kneading on them has been a challenge. :-)

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  4. Origami boxes that my Mom taught me to create from old Holiday cards. I put little gifts in them and used them as ornaments until I give them away to guests and /or family

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  5. I live to crochet afghans for family members but with arthritis in my hands, it is hard to do these days.

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  6. I love knitting and crocheting anything to keep people warm :-}
    I used to make quilts, but these days I need to keep that kind of project small. This year I plan to put together containers of Palouse soup recipe mix to give, just add water or broth and cook. Still trying to keep people warm (must be because I am from a cold area!)

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  7. I love to bake. So every now and then I'll make up a bunch of cookies or bars or sweets and make gift platters. They love it at work!

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  8. My favorite homemade treat to send out is Coffee Toffee (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/12/coffee-toffee/); it's wicked good stuff, and it ships well for cross-country care packages.

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  9. I enjoy giving friends homemade soups and jams with scones which I package beautifully.

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  10. I live to get my Mimi's fruitcake. Mmmm!

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  11. A friend whose talent is wonderful gave me a gift of her handmade jewelry, a bracelet which is unique and lovely.

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  12. I love when I get one of Grandma's homemade quilts. It feels like getting a treasure for Christmas!

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  13. My great aunt makes the most gorgeous blankets. I love receiving them. I love creating my own cards and food and giving them away as gifts.

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  14. I like making baked goodies for others for Christmas. Though the things I got the most complements for was when I made my own hot chocolate cones. You put the hot chocolate powder in a tapered bag, then add marshmallows and chocolate cookies before closing the bag.

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  15. My favorite handmade item to give away are my the knitted shawls. They are given to women who need a hug.

    SandyL

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  16. I enjoy giving small hand sewn items and wire crochet beaded bracelets. All fun to make and a delight to give.

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  17. My favorite homemade gift is food or drink. And the crocheted washcloths my mom makes!

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  18. Hello! One year I made homemade wrapping paper by using both a roll of brown paper and paper bags. I stamped holiday designs on them and created bows for them. I used the paper to wrap frames that I painted for each person (keeping in mind their decor and fav. colors) and I put in personal pictures that had been taken over the prior year or two. This was done before the age of digital cameras. I'm happy to say that I still receive complements and the frames are still displayed. [Either that or they take it out when they know I'm coming over! 8-)]

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  19. I love baking and giving my special Christmas Cookies. People ask me each year if I will still be baking and gifting.

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  20. I love when people give me books..or even voucher for books. And I like to give handmade things - anything with wool or fabric.

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  21. It depends on the recipient as to what they get. Sometimes, it's a quilt, a sachet, an afghan, baked treats...and what my hands can do at the time.

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  22. I always bake little banana breads for friends, but my favorite handmade gift to give is holiday aprons. I usually give them early, too, so that they might be utilized throughout the holiday season. I have several of my own, too, that I share if people come to my house to bake with me.

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  23. Just had to pop in and recommend the hand-decorated tote as a gift for yourself or others.
    Having won one before, I can testify. They are absolutely beautiful.

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  24. Definitely home made chocolate chip cookies.

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  25. Last year, my mom made me a writer's dairy where I could record wordcounts and notes and such. It's basically just index cards with the date (and no year, so I can reuse it for a long time) in a ceramic container and pretty dividers for the months. (It looks cooler than it sounds). I love it, and I will be using it for many years to come.

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  26. I try to knit at least one heart-shaped baby bonnet for every baby I know. Cute, fun to knit and keep the ears toasty.

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  27. I love to give handmade Christmas ornaments. The little hand sewn booties with special stitching and little decorations.
    I love to receive throw blankets. Not anything fancy, but I have a love of all things cozy. A friend of mine several years ago made me a beautiful purple fleece blanket that remains the most awesome Christmas blanket ever. :)

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