My living Snow Globe plus a Giveaway!

We have a winner!  Congratulations to Raina for winning the Burlap Christmas Stocking and bunting!!

My favorite gifts are the handmade ornaments my kiddos make each and every year in school.

We had comments from all over the globe with wonderful memories of Christmas pasts (and some good ideas for Christmas future, eh?). Again, thanks to everyone for participating. I wish I could tell you face-to-face how much I enjoyed this giveaway and your memories. It was great.


I have friends who lament all summer about the heat and wanting scarf weather. Well, summer is over and we are in the midst of a white winter here in the middle of the U.S. It started on Thursday with snow coming down in a blizzard-y fashion that evening and continuing for 24 hours. The result was a beautiful snow globe of a world that kept us off the roads (hopefully, as the roads were treacherous). Schools closed. Businesses closed. Even MY workplace closed! So, my day was spent making sure animals were taken care of and our sidewalks were clear. In the midst, I  a wonderful cup of hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows. YUM.

Here are a few shots of what it meant for us here in southern Illinois the next morning:


This is my back yard, where you can see through the woods and up the hill. This is the ONLY time you can see through the woods!

A snowy gate into my garden

The door to our screened room belonged to my husband's grandmother. It was a joy to install it. The snow blew through the screen into the room. It's now my large walk-in freezer!

Can you see the bird tracks? It's like it said, "Uh, no thank you!"

One of our beautiful large pines that is a windbreak to our home

One way in. One way out.

This is the day after the snow had fallen. It drifted in many places, so the depth was surprise at every step


Are you still with me?

I want you to check out the Giveaway I’m participating in over at Sew Mama Sew! This event is AH-MAZING!

This is in the Handmade Category and I’ve made a burlap Christmas Stocking (or sock as some call it) with a velvety gold cuff. It’s lined with a muslin cotton and embellished with a pretty gold bow with a little bling. Inside, you’ll find that I’ve added a burlap bunting that reads Merry Christmas in red. You may even find a peppermint stick with other Christmas treats inside!


A beautiful Burlap Christmas Stocking and a Merry Christmas Bunting


Waddya think? It’s full size, measuring 14″ from cuff to heel. It will hold all kinds of goodies! The Merry Christmas bunting is 64″ from “M” to “S”. I hope you like them, I do!

To win, tell me, what is your favorite-est gift you’ve ever gotten in your stocking? Are stockings even part of your tradition? You don’t have to be a follower, but if you are, enter a second comment letting me know and that’ll count as a second entry. The giveaway ends on December 13th at 5 p.m. I’ll contact the winner and have it sent out soon thereafter. I am willing to ship internationally for this giveaway, however, I can’t promise it’ll get there by December 25th if an international winner is selected.

Also, make sure you head over to Sew Mama Sew and check out the other giveaways. It will truly make your head spin!!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you stopping by and visiting.

Merry Almost Christmas!