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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hostess Gift

Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you! Image If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m imagining a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream or maybe some espresso vodka?  YUM!  Couple it with your favorite creamy drink recipe and some sweets?  Wouldn’t that be a super sweet gift?

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This quilted Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial is easy enough to whip up… and it’s so cute in this ‘in from the cold’ fabric by Kate Spain… remember I used this fabric in my Merry KrisMoose Pillow?  I told you I was hooked (confessions of a fabric hoarder!)  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it (merry Christmas to me) and it came with some stocking panels… who knew? happy surprise bonus!

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The mug rug is made from a 9″ eight pointed star and measures 11.5″ square when finished with border and binding.

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I printed the cutting directions in EQ7 – you can also print most block cutting instructions with the FREE ‘Block Fab’ App right on your phone/ipad/tablet.  First cut your star pieces using the mug rug star cutting instructions.  You should have the following pieces cut:

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Now piece your blocks.

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Make your rows.

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Piece rows together and add a 1.5″ border.  Make a batting sandwich with fabric right sides out.

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Add binding to finish.

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Easy as Pie!  sherri

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hostess Gift

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Merry ‘KrisMoose’?

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Merry ‘KrisMoose’?

Remember last year when I posted about starting my first embroidery pattern? No?  Well, you’re not the only one who forgot… I did to!  Oh as usual I had good intentions of stitching right along but, I got busy and you know how that goes!  I finally got back around to it and it’s FINISHED!  I ordered a 2.5″ charm pack go around the embroidery and make a pillow – the fabric line is called ‘In from the Cold’ by Kate Spain – I absolutely love it!!!- matter of fact I’m making a mental note to get more!

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My very dear friend, and Swedish American Artist, Karen Forsman Wakem did the Artwork for this design.  I’m IN LOVE with my KrisMoose!

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And let’s not forget my Swedish Santa!  How much fun is he!!

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I had so much fun with this pattern… sometimes I forget how relaxing it is to stitch by hand.  For me it’s the perfect time of year in New England… with the nights getting crisper and soon, a fire in the fireplace and the smell of Autumn in the air  – I feel so cozy just thinking about it!  I am itching to start the next embroidery project!

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You can find the pattern for my ‘Merry KrisMoose’ on Craftsy!

sherri

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How to make a kissing ball

A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house.  It kept catching my eye.  It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic!  It just made me plain old happy!  I like feeling happy!  So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it!  And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too!  Yippee!!!  I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up?  How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)

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Kissing Ball

Bottom line was, I had to make one.  I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one…  The Christmas Kissing Ball.

Good news is – You can start one too…  Here’s what you need:

32 – 4.5 oz cone cups

1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored

1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon

32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″

stapler

glue gun and extra glue sticks

15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)

Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together.  Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)

 Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.

 You have now completed 1/2 the ball.  Make another half identical to this half.  Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.

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Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights.  Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are.  Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible.  Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed  and to keep cords from poking out.  Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.

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Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups.  Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside.  Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup. 

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 When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in.  I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here.  If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland.  You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments.  There are no rules here!

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When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step!  Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.

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Now… Light it Up!  And test it with a KISS of course!  Magic. 

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Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…

This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…

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And another one with traditional Christmas colors…

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SO SO SO FUN! 

I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings!  The sky is the limit… 

Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!

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Another Giveaway!

I couldn’t resist! Because as you know…

I have lots of wool… and this giveaway is for a SWEET wool mini wreath!  It’s all of about 7″ wide – just the sweetest!  All made from remnants of my ‘mitten factory’.  Sweet!

 

 TO WIN

subscribe to RebeccaMaeDesigns at the bottom of this blog post and comment that you did

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook, twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

Sorry but this giveaway is shipped to US addresses only…

You can also win a pattern from my store!  Enter Here…

When you’re done click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER ELLEN  M. WHO WROTE:
I already subscribe!  Such an adorable wreath – thanks for the chance to win it!
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Giveaway Day is Here!

Yippee!!  December 3rd is the start of Giveaway Day!  Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway!  I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one already???  Giveaway Day is so much fun with so much to see that it now lasts a WEEK!   All giveaways start today at 6 a.m. PST and close December 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners will be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 9

This year I’m giving away any pattern of your choice from my shop!  I just love giveaways!  I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways myself!

Here are just some of the patterns the winner can pick from:

Cool coupon bag…

coupon organizer bag / holder

 

or a nice cover for your ipad…

or maybe a fun quilted hot water bottle cover… I love this!

maybe a pattern for a cosmetic case?

or a mug rug…

or some fun mittens..

TO WIN

 subscribe to rebeccamaedesigns at the bottom of this post 

comment that you did and tell me what pattern shown here is your favorite?

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook,twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

You can also  enter to win a wool wreath from me ~ Enter Here

When you’re done, click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew…

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!

 

 

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Craft Market Series @ Sew Mama Sew

If you’ve been to my blog you know I love mittens!  I’ve made a ton of them and you can see them all here in my Mitten Gallery!

Mittens from felted wool sweaters

I’ve also been to a lot of holiday fairs ~ selling mittens!

Sew Mama Sew (one of my favorite sewing sites – btw) is offering a ‘Craft Fair and Market Series’ beginning today and I get to kick things off!  I’m really excited to be part of this.  After being ‘on tour’ selling my mittens I’ve got it down to a science.  Those first few shows were so stressful exciting – and now I’m here to share my market ‘toolkit’ and advice! 

From Getting your Cash Box together…

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To Marketing Materials…

Marketing Supplies

Find out what’s in My Booth Tote…

What’s in your wallet booth tote?

Don’t forget you’ll need to package your items…

Easy packaged up Mittens!

It you’re gearing up to get your show on the road – get on over to Sew Mama Sew to read the entire blog and print out my toolkit list!

sherri

 

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