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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

December 2, 2009

Welcome! I’m so glad to have you here! I hope you decide to stay and check out my blog, maybe even subscibe. But even if you don’t, I’ll still let you enter. πŸ˜‰ My name is Kristin and I’m a wife of a super-smart and sweet computer guy and mama to 3 precious, mischievious, and fun boys. I love to sew pretty much anything, though with more success on some things than others! I have an Etsy shop and also enjoy making things for my boys. WARNING, Blatant self-promotion coming: I have some great gifts for saleΒ right now.Β Okay, enough of that!

Now on to what you’ve come here for! I’m offering up the winners choice of 2 yards of County Fair fabric by Denyse Schmidt (my choice which ones) or a FRE of scraps, whichever you would prefer. I’m also going to include some handmade goodness, but I haven’t decided what i want to make, so it will be a surprise. I might even wait until a winner is chosen and make something based on that. We’ll see! The giveaway will close on Sunday night or Monday morning, depending on when I get to it!

To enter, just leave a comment…if you want, please share an idea of something I could put in the pocket of the advent calender I’m STILL working on! For extra entries, Tweet, Facebook, blog, etc. Just leave an extra comment for each extra thing you do. Sorry…USA only, unless you want to pay for the extra shipping. Two giveaways in a week leaves me pretty tapped out on shipping costs!

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  1. Carissa permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:39 am

    You certainly have sewn some neat things! Thank you so much for sharing in the giveaway, that’s so generous of you! I’m not sure how big the pockets in your advent calendar will be, but could you put in a puzzle piece or two a day, or Legos, cards with fun activities planned (making cookies, driving around to look at lights, etc.). I hope you find some neat ideas!

  2. Jessica permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:49 am

    I’ve just recently started to sew and I’m loving it. I found your blog and love your stuff, thank you so much for sharing!! I am behind the eight ball this year, but I was thinking of making an advent calender and every day having a chocolate or special treat. Our boys aren’t given sweets often so this would be something special and exciting to them.

  3. December 2, 2009 5:52 am

    What lovely fabrics. I’d love to win the 2 yards. I’d have so much fun with those.

    I see you are follower of Stellan’s McMamma. Me too!

    What to put in the advent calendar. How about a new ornament for the year? We have bought our boys a new ornament every year and dated it. Someday, when they marry, they will start out with a nice collection.

    Merry Chrismtas!

  4. December 2, 2009 5:55 am

    hi! I’ve been subscribed for a long time!

    As for the advent calendar – what about a hunk of shrinky dink material that they can cut into ornaments and decorate?

  5. Christin permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:02 am

    Candy never seems to fail in our calendars:) Lovely prize!! Thanks!
    christinbanda at yahoo dot com

  6. modernjax permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:06 am

    SO pretty!

  7. December 2, 2009 6:16 am

    hot wheels car?

  8. December 2, 2009 6:17 am

    What a fun and inspirational blog you have! What to put in the Advent calendar? Rubber bugs? Rocks to decorate? Erasers?

    Have a fun Christmas!

  9. December 2, 2009 6:21 am

    Small cookie cutter for the advent calendar?

  10. Claudia permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:22 am

    I love your blog just starting to follow it. I made an advent this year for the first time… we did activities for each day. Last night we had hot chocolate and marshmellows and read by the fire. It was great family time for everyone!

  11. December 2, 2009 6:32 am

    I love your site! As for the advent calendar, candy never fails, but you could also do those mini transformers or the hot wheels!

  12. December 2, 2009 6:34 am

    Very sweet of you to offer such amazing stuff!
    I fill my advent calendar with pictures (taken of the family throughout the year) and supply the photo album on Dec. 1 to fill up. ~H

  13. penguins permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:39 am

    You make some great stuff. I really like the picture of the girl looking over the fence while standing on the green lawn litered with fall leaves!
    Stuff the pockets with something from nature, flower, grass, leaves, and then talk about the beauty God created.

  14. December 2, 2009 6:40 am

    You could put a rock…because He is the Rock of our Salvation! Or a candle because He is the Light of the World…or a piece of sweet bread because He is the Bread of Life!

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!
    Merry Christmas!

  15. December 2, 2009 6:41 am

    Count me in please! I love Denyse Schmidt.

  16. December 2, 2009 6:42 am

    We generally use a hard candy, any leftover mini halloween candy. The favorite from my childhood was a set of jacks. and then i couldnt wait till the next day to get the ball πŸ™‚

  17. December 2, 2009 6:43 am

    How about a little holiday pin?
    Wow, scraps or 2 yards- so much fun with either. 2 yards would make an adorable little dress!

  18. December 2, 2009 6:43 am

    What a great giveaway! I’d be inclined to make a little puzzle, so each day a different piece could be found and by Christmas you’d have it completed.

  19. Catherine permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:44 am

    Great fabrics! My kids always vote candy! I say coupons for treats/time with Mom. My 3 kids love to be in the kitchen or creating with me.

  20. December 2, 2009 6:45 am

    Love the fabrics. I would use little minature chocolates in the advent calendar.

  21. December 2, 2009 6:48 am

    What a great giveaway!

  22. December 2, 2009 6:57 am

    Love this giveaway πŸ™‚ As for the advent calendar, maybe a lip balm? I’m always giving my nieces flavored lip balm and they love to pretend it’s lipstick. Don’t know if it will fit in the pocket, though…

  23. December 2, 2009 6:58 am

    such pretty fabrics. I’m typing when I should be getting ready for work, but had to join in!

  24. December 2, 2009 7:00 am

    i was thinknig thesame thing about what to put into the pockets, as I dont want 25 days of candy first thing in the moring. you could check targets dollar section, and fill it with small toys, or little packs of crayons and paper. you can also put a little slip of paper with something special to do that day, like put up the tree, read an extra bedtiem story, or a special trip to the park with just mommy. i hope that helps!
    thats for the lovely giveaway!

  25. December 2, 2009 7:01 am

    Such a nice giveaway! The fabric is lovely!

  26. December 2, 2009 7:01 am

    I always loved it when my Mom would put the little round star mints in the pockets of our advent calendar. Sometimes she would hide a quarter or small toy in it too.

  27. December 2, 2009 7:02 am

    fruit leather

  28. December 2, 2009 7:04 am

    OOO how about making hot chocolate on a stick? Have you seen it at the Giver’s Log? Too cool and fun for the whole family! πŸ™‚

  29. Katie Campbell permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:06 am

    I’m loving the idea of putting a different activity in the pockets for each day. We just started doing something similar, and each night we turn off the lights and light candles for our family time. My two little ones LOVE it.

  30. Janimal permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:21 am

    Ooooh, I’m sewing up little dollies like mad these days for my little girl. I would LOVE some fabric.
    Also loving all the ideas for the advent calendar all your clever commenters left. I’m Jewish, so no advent calendar for me. But it’s got me thinking, maybe we could do a birthday countdown calendar?!? My husband likes to make a big deal out of birthdays and I bet he would get a huge kick out of one for our daughter – probably more than her!
    Thanks for your generosity and for the ideas!

  31. December 2, 2009 7:39 am

    Ooh, gorgeous fabric!

    I just made our advent calendar last night, so I’m full of ideas – but all of mine were little activities, not actual gifts/goodies. I just made 24 slips of paper, each with an idea for something we would do that today. Today’s is “Make (and drink) hot chocolate.” This will be our first hot chocolate of the season (we’ll make it when they get home from school) and my boys are very excited.

    Other slips of paper included:
    – drive around town looking at Christmas lights
    – family movie night with popcorn
    – play a Wii sports game together
    – everyone do something Daddy wants to do (I did one of these for each family member)
    – buy foods kids like for our church food drive
    – bake cookies together
    – make Christmas cards
    – tell everyone in the family something you love about them
    – paint each other’s toenails

    Etc. It was fun coming up with the ideas, and the boys are really excited to see what we’re going to do each day!

  32. December 2, 2009 7:40 am

    Love the fabric! I always thought cookie cutters were adorable! And then you can use them to make cookies that day.

  33. December 2, 2009 7:46 am

    I have ideas for your advent calendar! I’m having a bit of trouble thinking of things myself … I’m sure there will be pockets that get filled the night before … but this is what I have so far:

    peppermints, candy canes, chocolates (obviously)
    candy coins
    gum (gum is a BIG deal at our house)
    small origami animal (you can find easy instructions all over the internet)
    half dollar (you can get these at most banks but some how they always seem a bit magical)
    paper toy (
    a β€˜ticket’for a special activity (driving around looking at christmas lights, making gingerbread house, decorating sugar cookies)

    I also added some fake tattoos in ours since I had them sitting in the cupboard and was short on ideas.

    and also . . . I would really like to be entered in your contest Thank you!

  34. December 2, 2009 7:47 am

    I’d love 2 yards from Ms. Schmidt!!! Advent backup for us is chocolate, a quick good deed or chore (give a hug, feed the dog), or a craft…

  35. sharon permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:50 am

    inside an advent calendar

    CANDY! preferably wrapped chocolate

  36. Sue Cahill permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:57 am

    I love scraps, especially other people’s scraps.

    How about little plastic animals or dinasaurs or christmas figures. If you have access to a dlooar store you can get lots for a buck.

  37. December 2, 2009 7:57 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much!

  38. December 2, 2009 8:01 am

    Not sure how big your advent box/cubby/hideaway is. I saw some neat idea on the blogosphere to put a book or a piece of paper of family activity. Like one night, it says “Play family board game” or something. Or have a list of family activities to choose from and just put the piece of paper saying “Family activity” and the family get to choose which activity is fitting for the time frame you have that day. That way you get to do a few advent days with “family activities”

  39. December 2, 2009 8:02 am

    How wonderful! Thanks for the chance.

    Candy cane reindeer are always cute!

  40. December 2, 2009 8:08 am

    What a great giveaway! I have some of the patchwork Country Fair and one of these prints would be perfect to inspire me to do something with it!

    I finished my nine-year old daughter’s advent calendar yesterday. I bought wind-up toys from World Market, lots of super dark chocolate (her fave), holiday pencils and pens, little notebooks and sticky pads, silly putty, Christmas ornaments, Santa soap and erasers, candy (of course), packs of her fave sugar-free gum, a Kazoo, lip gloss, magic cards, candy canes, glitter lotion, Pez, keychain things for her backpack, etc. I think I go a little overboard, but she loves it!

  41. December 2, 2009 8:10 am

    How wonderful of you to offer this giveaway! I’d love to have two yards of the fabric. πŸ™‚ being a fabric hoarder and all!

    I like the idea of including special activities in the advent calendar, like bake cookies for the neighbor, look at Christmas lights, and such. Or find some old fashioned candy to pop in there, to give them a taste of something different.

  42. December 2, 2009 8:11 am

    such pretty fabrics! you could always put a note in the pocket with the promise to do something fun (like ice skating or making cookies).

  43. December 2, 2009 8:17 am

    No ideas, just wanted to say that in my late 20s, after having been married two and a half years, my mom still fills my advent calendar!


  44. Jenni permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:21 am

    Hi! I’d love to be entered! For your advent calendar, I’d put in little Hershey kisses or lip glosses or a little bell. Happy holidays!

  45. December 2, 2009 8:23 am

    Matchbox cars?

  46. December 2, 2009 8:26 am

    Fun fabrics and yardage v. scraps is a tough choice! I vote for coupons in the calendar.

  47. December 2, 2009 8:26 am

    Such a great giveaway! I just found your blog through a friends page, and I’m SO excited to browse through your posts! I only just started sewing and it amazes me all the incredible things sewers can make with just needle, fabric, and thread!

  48. December 2, 2009 8:27 am

    Oooh, Denise Schmidt rocks!
    hmmmm, for your calendar… pencil toppers, hot wheel cars, stickers, super bouncy balls, tiny container of play-doh, gift card to an ice cream shop

  49. December 2, 2009 8:37 am

    2 yards of country fair, please ! have a great day !!!

  50. December 2, 2009 8:40 am

    hi there! i love all of that fabric! you could put a little picture of something that represents Christmas in each pocket!

  51. December 2, 2009 8:49 am

    fun give away. what about little lego people in your advent calendar? not really sure the ages of your boys, so this might not be age apropriate. but it would be a fun alternative to candies.

  52. Elaine permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:50 am

    Hmmm – the coupons are great ideas. Or how about chocolate coins? We used to love those at Christmas time.

  53. Vicki permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:52 am

    So happy to have found your blog! Love the advent calendar idea, but have no boys….. Love your fabric choices too. Off to visit your shop.

  54. December 2, 2009 9:02 am

    i love those fabric choices! it’ll be hard to choose only 2! happy giveaway day! here’s my giveaway

  55. December 2, 2009 9:06 am

    A little gift certificate for something small, like a hug or a free pass for a chore might be nice to find in the advent calendar.

  56. December 2, 2009 9:09 am

    I’d love the fabric! I checked out your shop too. You have some nice stuff!

  57. December 2, 2009 9:19 am

    Thank you for this great giveaway. You have such lovely things in your shop. I’m not sure about what to put in advent calendars. We never did them as a kid.

  58. Kimberly permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:26 am

    What great fabric for a giveaway. I love giveaways. Thanks for hosting this one.

    As for the advent calendar, in ours we plan on having (as it is not finished yet either, oops) a different scripture about Christ in each to be read that night to keep our focus on the Savior.

  59. December 2, 2009 9:27 am

    Yay for giveaways! What a great prize!

  60. December 2, 2009 9:27 am

    I’d put chocolate in an advent calendar πŸ™‚
    Love the Denyse Schmidt fabric-great prizes !

  61. December 2, 2009 9:28 am

    You’re things in your shop are adorable! I would love 2 yards of fabric!

  62. December 2, 2009 9:30 am

    Thanks for the great prizes.

  63. December 2, 2009 9:35 am

    beautiful fabric, and beautiful projects! I’d suggest the tiny wrapped chocolate bars they just started selling at Trader Joe’s. They look yummy, and no mice would be tempted because they’re wrapped…

  64. Melissa permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:38 am

    I would love that fabric. One of my favorite advents that we do has a note with a different Christmas activity to be done each day. It can be as elaborate as making cookies and delivering them, or as simple as reading a favorite holiday book. My kids love that.
    Thanks so much!

  65. Melissa permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:40 am

    Tweeted about it!

  66. Melissa permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:41 am

    Blogged about it!

  67. Leanna permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:53 am

    Super fun! And love the Advent Calendar idea. Target has these coin gift cards they’re offering this year in $5 denominations…might be fun to sneak in there.

  68. Kerri permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:56 am

    We are doing an advent activity at night with a jar full of questions. You could fill some of yours with questions. “What is your favorite Christmas memories” or one of our favorites was to have someone hum a christmas carol and everyone tries to guess which one it is.

  69. December 2, 2009 9:59 am

    That fabric is absolutely gorgeous! I love the red on the far left, and the small blue square flower pattern in the middle.

  70. Beth M. permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:10 am

    What about little people and animals for a nativity set? As you get closer to Christmas the set will get closer to being complete, and then it could end with the baby Jesus on Christmas morning.

  71. anne permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:14 am

    Tiny super strong magnets! thanks for the giveaway op!

  72. December 2, 2009 10:15 am

    Maybe a little pinewood derby car (like for cub scouts). You could even put the wheels in a different day so that they get the car body first and can decorate (or even carve with supervision) and then make the car later.

    I made all my family on my husband’s side personal advent calendars made from gum packs (2 twelve packs = 24 days) for Thanksgiving this year. We aren’t meeting for Christmas, so I also put in gift cards or movie tickets for their Christmas gifts. So a gift card might be fun, or even better. Movie tickets. Put in one movie pass a day until you have enough for the whole family and then you can all go to the movies together.

  73. megan permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:17 am

    i love that fabric line. the blue is such a perfect blue. thanks for the chance to win!!

  74. Betsy permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:20 am

    Lovely fabric!

    For the advent calendar, what about a cloth bookmark (could be folded/rolled up if needed), or a folded up recipe, or a folded up “certificate” for a treat (ice cream cone, extra trip to the park, etc)?

  75. meggie permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:35 am

    oh, cute! i don’t know about your calendar…all i can think of is candy, really. πŸ™‚

  76. Angie Spendlove permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:35 am

    Love DS fabrics, you have a darling blog. When I was a little girl I loved the advent calendar my mom did, for some reason there was a little, tiny ornament of a wood figure skiing. It was my favorite, so little ornaments! Good luck!

  77. delitealex permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:39 am

    great giveaway love the fabrics i’m going to check out your shop i have boys too i’m looking for good ideas of things to make for them

  78. December 2, 2009 10:58 am

    Oh, these are some of my favorite fabrics, thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I’ve made my kids some little tiny books out of scrap paper and cardstock, with a little fabric on the binding to pretty them up. Technically they were meant for the advent calendar, but I never did get around to making that….

  79. December 2, 2009 11:09 am

    This is a beautiful giveaway! I love the fabric!
    I’d say…maybe “coupons” for a hot cocoa with marshmallows by the fire or to go out in pajamas and ride around looking at christmas lights one night…

  80. Michelle Magary permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:14 am

    You could put nail polish in the pocket. I love the fabrics!

  81. December 2, 2009 11:14 am

    mmm… yummy fabrics!

  82. Amy permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:15 am

    Great giveaway! I just got a playmobil set that is going to go piece by piece in the advent calendar. Candy always works as would ornaments, matchbox cars, legos, art supplies, money, stickers, tattoos, socks, jewelry…

  83. Sarah permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:18 am

    Oh, I lust over a few fabrics in that collection – especially those dots πŸ™‚

    Advent calendar gifts: oragami animals, tops, sea shells, finger puppets …

  84. Sarah permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:18 am

    Beautiful fabrics!

    Sarah @

  85. Jamie permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:23 am

    Thansk for the generous giveaway! Candy’s always good for little treats, but I love the idea of doing little fabric covered button magnets– they could be personalized for each family member by fabric choice or even some embroidery… Fun idea, now that I think of it. Just what I need, more ideas!

  86. Kat D permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:33 am

    Thanks for your giveaway! I used to get things like colored pens of special candy in my advent calendar.

  87. Jenna H. permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:44 am

    Lovely prize – thanks for the giveaway!
    jmhamlin826 AT yahoo DOT com

  88. December 2, 2009 11:44 am

    Great fabrics! Thanks for the chance! I’m working on an Advent calendar (will have to be for next year; I’m slow!) and we brainstormed a list of activities–some stuff we’d do anyway (get tree), some stuff we love to do (Messiah sing-a-long), and some simple things (read a fav. Christmas book).

  89. Rachel permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:55 am

    I always find finger puppets to be a big hit, and they’re really small and easy to make with felt or fleece… hope that helps! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! πŸ™‚

  90. Melissa H. permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:57 am

    Great fabric choices!

  91. December 2, 2009 12:04 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity, as I love the fabric offerings (and have many ideas as to how to use them!).

    We always used candy with our advent calendars as a kid!

  92. Shelley C permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:05 pm

    Hi, thanks for participating and making this event so fun for all of us! As to the advent calender, I’d be sure to put a cross in one of the pockets to show why He came in the first place…He came to die for us. Great learning experience for kids and adults alike to reflect on our faith and His Greatest Gift!

  93. Ann permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:05 pm

    Yay, such gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  94. Cori Lewis permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:07 pm

    legos would be great and maybe a piece of the directions so at the end you have something completed.

  95. Stacy permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:11 pm

    I really like your etsy shop πŸ™‚ I’ve never made an advent calendar so I don’t have any ideas for you but good luck with it.

  96. December 2, 2009 12:11 pm

    Be sure to include a gingerbread man in your calendar! And maybe a sugar cookie too, a tree or star shape!

  97. Pearl permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:24 pm

    Would love to win some fabric!

    And for your Advent calendar…I have 2 boys here in my house and I think their vote would be for all things cars and trucks…and some candy. =)

  98. December 2, 2009 12:27 pm

    Beautiful fabrics! The only advent calendars I had growing up were filled with chocolate. Nothing else, just different types of chocolate, so I’m guessing that’s not what you’re going for.

  99. December 2, 2009 12:29 pm

    beautiful fabric. would love to win!

  100. Lin permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:31 pm

    I like whats in your etsy shop. I’ve got my eye on a couple of things. Sorry not sure about the advent calendar as I’ve never made one.

    Thanks for the chance to win that wonderful fabric you go there.

  101. jennifer permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:37 pm

    I would put: coins, chocolate, beads, a ring, …. probably these are not original
    Would love to win!

  102. December 2, 2009 12:38 pm

    great fabric! chocolates are always a favorite around here, but you could also slip in a piece of paper with an activity on it, or a picture of something in the house (or your yard, town, whatever) that they need to find to find their ‘treat,’ or each day include one part of a simple-ish craft they can make on the third or fourth day. πŸ™‚

  103. December 2, 2009 12:42 pm

    great giveaway!

  104. December 2, 2009 12:50 pm

    THanks for the wonderful prizes! How about putting a quarter in one day?

  105. December 2, 2009 12:50 pm

    Thanks for a chance a wonderful give away. Did you add quarters? My boys love quarters. Thanks Cynthia

  106. December 2, 2009 12:56 pm

    That sounds really neat! It would be nice to get a new 2 yards of fabric.

  107. December 2, 2009 1:01 pm

    Fun giveaway– thanks for the opportunity!

    For the advent calendar…how about those small pocket flashlights from the dollar store?

    secretcake (at) yahoo (dot) com

  108. Gwyneth permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:01 pm

    love it! thanks!

  109. December 2, 2009 1:11 pm

    I’d love to win the fabric. I’m of no help in the Advent calender department since I’m Jewish πŸ™‚

  110. SueAnn permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:14 pm

    Oh sewing is so much fun!! Weather for boys home or GIRLS!!!!!

  111. Angie permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:17 pm

    great giveaway! I love scraps, I find all sorts of things to make that I wouldn’t cut up yards for! For the advent calendar, ours has tiny boxes so I also struggled with what top do. I alternated little candy treats and slips of paper that have things like, ” have a treasure hunt today,” or “make Christmas cookies” Some other papers have, watch a holiday movie, make an ornament, build a whole room fort, etc. Good luck and have fun!

  112. December 2, 2009 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize! For your Advent Calendar… I’ve seen some beautiful felt doves with sequin and ribbon embellishments, as well as hand embroidery on them. Snowflakes and crosses could be very beautiful, too!

  113. Suzanne permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:24 pm

    Wow, 2 yards would be fun! I can think of several projects I would want to do. We put little notes in our advent calendar of things to do- hang stockings, decorate tree, read christmas book, bake cookies, write letter to santa, find salvation army kettle to donate to, etc

  114. Angela permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:29 pm

    Beautiful fabrics!! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  115. December 2, 2009 1:35 pm

    I found some small vintage ornaments recently. Our local thrift stores seem to have lots of those — might be worth a look.

  116. December 2, 2009 1:39 pm

    Maybe favor sized containers of play-doh or matchbox cars.

  117. December 2, 2009 1:45 pm

    Great giveaway, i love to win. i am in France but will pay the shippingcosts

  118. emilyflippinmaruna permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:49 pm

    Great giveaway! My kiddos love wind up toys, so that’s what I’d put in the advent calendar.

  119. Kit Hughes permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:49 pm

    What about a lego figurine? or seeds? I also like Suzanne’s idea of a note. You could even plant a clue for a mini scavenger hunt!

  120. Mandi permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:54 pm

    I love making stuff for my boys too. Thanks for the blog and giveaway!

  121. Aileen W permalink
    December 2, 2009 2:08 pm

    i’m new to sewing, so i’m definitely down for free fabric! πŸ˜‰

    i’m personally not into advent calendars with sweets. how about scripture verses having to do with Christ’s birth and the events leading up to it?

  122. December 2, 2009 2:09 pm

    hi there! for the advent calander, i have seen many good ideas on the internet, that have a family activity or something else in the pockets. we do things like watch the grinch, go sledding, help a neighbor etc. thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  123. Aileen W permalink
    December 2, 2009 2:11 pm

    i just subscribed to your feed!

  124. December 2, 2009 2:16 pm

    You know, this time of year is crazy enough- I’d stick with chocolate kisses in the pockets πŸ™‚

  125. December 2, 2009 2:28 pm

    whoops, I just commented on the previous post! I love those fabrics! If you crochet you could make little amigurumi dolls or animals in the pockets of your calendar!

  126. December 2, 2009 2:30 pm

    I love county fair – great giveaway!

  127. December 2, 2009 2:32 pm

    I’m in Canada but I would totally contribute to shipping for such beautiful fabric.

    As for advent calendar suggestions:
    -baking brownies/cookies together
    -snuggling up and watching a fave xmas movie with hot chocolate (Muppet Christmas Carol FTW)
    -going together to make a donation to the food bank
    -making a favorite meal for dinner

  128. December 2, 2009 2:37 pm

    I love those fabrics. Thanks for the designer name~ πŸ™‚

  129. hana permalink
    December 2, 2009 2:46 pm

    I’ve never done an advent calendar myself so I don’t have any original ideas. Maybe going shopping for something like Toys for Tots and being able to give that away and feel good?

  130. December 2, 2009 2:59 pm

    We put ornaments on our advent calendar. So I always use the same ones. Thank you for the chance to win. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. -dez

  131. sugarbug permalink
    December 2, 2009 3:15 pm

    Great fabric! I always go with the Ghirardelli Chocolate squares. Yummy!

  132. December 2, 2009 3:25 pm

    chocolate is always my favorite!

  133. Sandy permalink
    December 2, 2009 3:44 pm

    What a generous giveaway, thank you! You could put mini ornaments in the pockets and decorate a tiny tree.

  134. Shannon F. permalink
    December 2, 2009 3:45 pm

    My husband and I decided that we would start writing our favorite memory of the year and put it in one of the boxes/slots/pockets. Every year we can re-read them!, I’m hoping it becomes a tradition and it’s great for your kids too!
    And I’d love your scraps!

  135. December 2, 2009 3:53 pm

    Lovely fabric and I’d love a handmade surprise from you! For the advent pockets I think a new little ornament to add to the tree is always nice.

  136. December 2, 2009 4:01 pm

    oh Denyse Schmidt is one of my faves! Love her fabric!
    You could put “christmas notes” in the pockets, kind of like fortunes from a fortune cookie. That way you could change/update them each year.

  137. December 2, 2009 4:05 pm

    oh, forgot to add — i’d put in a little hershey’s kiss in the advent calendar just because i love chocolate. πŸ™‚

  138. Erica permalink
    December 2, 2009 4:05 pm

    Would love to win this one! Thank you!

  139. Michelle permalink
    December 2, 2009 4:07 pm

    Yay for fabric giveaways. I will totally pay the extra shipping to Canada if I win!

    For your advent calendar, I like the idea of putting ornaments inside each day so that you add a new piece to your tree as the month goes on!

    Or you can write sweet little notes about holiday things to do “Watch Elf” or “Bake favourite cookies”, “Go caroling” etc.

    Giveaway day is awesome.


  140. December 2, 2009 4:10 pm

    Not sure about the advent calendar. I only know the usual candy, quarters or tiny toys. I’m not much help, am I?

  141. December 2, 2009 4:11 pm

    I love all things DS!!! I would love to win your giveaway:) As for treats in your Advent calendar….what about a mini keychain with family photos in it or a little tiny scrap/brag book with tiny photos….

  142. December 2, 2009 4:14 pm

    I’d love to sew a new outfit for one of my daughter’s with that beautiful fabric!

  143. Laura permalink
    December 2, 2009 4:18 pm

    Inspiring quotes on giving or living life to the fullest…bond to be a book out there with such, that could be checked out from your local library.

  144. December 2, 2009 4:25 pm

    Love this fabric! I admit I already have some in my stash! Always could use more though! How about some chocolate coins in memory of St.Nick in some of those pockets?

  145. December 2, 2009 4:37 pm

    My boys would so love this!

  146. cherie permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:02 pm

    So pretty!!! Would love these!

  147. cherie permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:04 pm

    I tweeted you too! πŸ™‚

  148. December 2, 2009 5:04 pm

    How about a crocheted mini oreo cookie in the Christmas Eve one? I have an amigurumi book with one in it!

  149. December 2, 2009 5:08 pm

    Candy! We still give our adult kids Pez:) Thanks for the great prize opportunity!

  150. Nikki permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:09 pm

    Such great fabrics! For the advent calendar pockets, perhaps a stamp to send a letter to Santa?

  151. December 2, 2009 5:11 pm

    advent calendars are so much fun. my family has had one since i was born, but we’ve been slowly filling the pockets until we have enough to make another advent calendar for my sister. our uses little ornaments attached to safety pins, and those pin onto a velvet christmas tree (i know there are myriad different kinds of advent calendars, and i’m not sure what kind yours is). we find little ornaments at after-christmas sales, garage sales, thrift stores… but we’ve also made most of them. we attached gold string to a giant mother-of-pearl button, and that’s one of our favorites. send the kidlets on a scavenged hunt around the house for tiny little things into which one might insert thread. also little things that show the personalities of the people using it — i found a dollhouse-version of the wizard of oz record for my sister, who loves the wizard of oz… little grecian urns from a rummage sale (as i study ancient greek), and old earring without a match but that you have fond memories of… etc.
    thnaks for the opportunity to win your beautiful fabrics! πŸ™‚
    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

  152. December 2, 2009 5:16 pm

    What beautiful fabrics!! So glad I had the chance to visit your blog! Thanks for your generous giveaway! Aloha from Hawaii. πŸ™‚

  153. Michelle permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:22 pm

    Love that fabric!!

    stickers, gum, little notes to make them smile

  154. December 2, 2009 5:24 pm

    Fabric giveaways are my favorite,…. I am kind of new to sewing and i need to expand my stash and these are some fabrics i would LOVE to add. πŸ™‚ M&M’s, quarters, chocolate coins, small felt pieces (candy cane/tree/ornament etc.), mini light bulbs from a light strand, for the pockets…?? πŸ™‚

  155. leah permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:34 pm

    beautiful fabric! thanks for the giveaway…
    as for something on the pocket –
    i don’t celebrate xmas . . .
    but how about something multi-cultural
    or something saying merry xmas in other languages?
    who knows!
    i do know – i’d love to win!

  156. December 2, 2009 5:34 pm

    My daughter and I are making fabric covered button magnets…woudl definitely fit into an advent calender, but they are very addicting…we just can’t stop ourselves, so everyone we know is getting one! super stong magnets from Michael’s are affordable with coupon! really brighten up our fridge. Thanks for the generous giveaway!!

  157. December 2, 2009 5:42 pm

    Great giveaway fabrics! For a pocket of your advent calendar — how about a little yo-yo ornament with a fun button in the center? Please stop by my blog — I’ve got a giveaway going on as well!
    — michele

  158. Susan permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:45 pm

    Beautiful fabrics – thank you for the opportunity! I have an advent calendar my grandmom made me…it has an angel, a candlestick, a jaack in the box…lots of neat things!

  159. December 2, 2009 6:01 pm

    I cannot pass on a fabric giveaway! Pine-cones, snowflakes, needles from different species of pine, holy, tiny candles, pretend cookie.

  160. December 2, 2009 6:18 pm

    lovely fabric.

    my grandma always used quarters.

  161. Lindsey Gent permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:31 pm

    lovely fabric!! a little wooden person, perhaps?

  162. Holly U permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:32 pm

    Can’t be any help on the advent calendar, sorry. Haven’t participated in one since I was a kid. Maybe when my boy’s a little older? I found your blog not long ago — wish I could remember where, so I could give credit — and I am SO GLAD! I’ve been in a creative drought since my son was born a couple of years ago and I’m just recently awake enough to find my way back. Your blog and many of the wonderful ones you link to are now providing me with tons of inspiration to get back at it. I have missed my creative time like crazy so THANK YOU!!!!!

  163. December 2, 2009 6:36 pm

    Nice giveaway! How about a spinning top in your advent calendar pocket?

  164. Megan permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:41 pm

    Those fabrics are lovely! I am adding you to my blog reader.

  165. LauraB permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:46 pm

    For our advent calendar, my mom put in the nativity scene so we got to pull it out part by part. I always tried to work things out so that I got to pull out baby Jesus to put him on the manger! Thanks for doing the giveaway. I love those Denyse Schmidt fabrics!

  166. Lavina Dee permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:51 pm

    I just finished my advent calendar last night and I am using a stick for our place marker I haven’t worked out a marker yet. I put one scripture in each pocket and in a few pockets (1 a week). I put a handwritten scrap of paper saying read this book and do this activity. Example: Read J is for Jesus and eat a candy cane. I don’t want to fill each pocket up with treats because I don’t want the focus to be on the payoff.

  167. Michelle permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:58 pm

    I love those colors. My advent calendar has small wooden ornaments that we hang on the tree. They are of the manager scene and we always talk about each part of the manger scene.

  168. December 2, 2009 7:02 pm

    Great fabric. Love your blog. thanks

  169. December 2, 2009 7:16 pm

    That fabric is lovely! Great giveaway!

  170. Kristen permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:22 pm

    hmm…. are you looking for physical things or activities? here are some activities: bake sugar cookies, visit a lonely friend, sing carols, make ornaments, write letter to someone serving in the military, take turns telling each other what your favorite things are (or what they love about each other), make mangers out of popsicle sticks…..

  171. Silka permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:23 pm

    Thanks for having a giveaway. I love advent calendars, you can always put in a note saying your going out for ice cream or to a movie. If you don’t mind getting glitter everywhere I’d put little packages full of glitter in a day and have your boys rip them open. Glitter everywhere but it’s usually good for a laugh.

    silkaphyllis at

  172. Joanna permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:33 pm

    I would like the 2 yards of fabric. The fabric that is shown is beautiful so I know you would chose well. Thank you.

  173. December 2, 2009 7:37 pm

    You pick me a fabric! I am easy on myself with the advent pockets, it is either little wrapped chocolates or these sweet little rhinestone jewels I have lying around.

  174. December 2, 2009 7:48 pm

    Super cool! Put Chuck E Cheese tokens in one of the pockets! πŸ™‚

  175. December 2, 2009 7:48 pm

    Hi! Lucky me… I just found your blog today! I would love some free fabric. πŸ™‚ Who wouldn’t, really… Can’t wait to look around more on your blog (and your etsy shop).

    Let’s see… something to put in the pocket of an advent calendar. What about a note with the first clue to take them on a scavenger hunt around the house. It could end with some cookies, a new DVD (from the cheap section at Target of course) or maybe a bowl of popcorn with a “family date” to watch a Christmas movie.

  176. December 2, 2009 7:55 pm

    great giveaway! I love that fabric!!! ideas for advent calendars… I’m still working on mine… all ornaments with the names of God on them.

  177. December 2, 2009 8:04 pm

    You could put an assortment of teas in your advent calendar and have a cup every day to count down.

    LOVE the fabric!

  178. December 2, 2009 8:18 pm

    When I was little each day of our advent calendar was part of the nativity. As the month went on we added figures to the scene. It was fun to see it come together.

  179. December 2, 2009 8:21 pm

    Love your give away. Maybe little hot wheel cars or stickers for the calender, chocolate, little notes. thanks for such a great give away.

  180. Loree permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! What great fabrics πŸ™‚

  181. Sheila permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:24 pm

    How about Christmas activity cards with ideas written on them… “bake cookies”, “sing carols”, “make cards”, etc. Family time and count down at the same time!

    Great giveaway!

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter.


  182. December 2, 2009 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. I love that fabric, it would make a sweet skirt (if spring ever comes)! As for your advent calendar, how about Tic Tacs?

  183. December 2, 2009 8:41 pm

    in my family pretty little rocks would be awesome in an advent calendar.

  184. Anne permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:44 pm

    I don’t know why, but we have a thing for thimbles around the holidays in my house…

  185. December 2, 2009 8:48 pm

    Wonderful fabric, perfect for my little boy too. And if you can find them, MicroMachines are always fun for the advent

  186. Andrea P. permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:57 pm

    My boy would say matchbox cars, but I’d prefer little puzzles or jokes.

  187. December 2, 2009 9:00 pm

    oh pretty fabric! I’d love the yardage! I put candy in our advent calendar & my teenagers seem to enjoy it!

  188. Sarahe4e permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:00 pm

    For the Advent calender pockets. Why not scatter a few IOU slips into a few, each promising a trip to a park, maybe just a walk, how about an hour spent during the month or the next one with each child, and my favorite, read them a special book. Of course you can think of many others that take no cost or little cost except time.
    Would love to win the generous give-away. Thank you.

  189. Elizabeth Daming permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:07 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    If I should happen to win, please let me know – elizabethdaming(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  190. amanda permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:15 pm

    Ooh yes please! Hmm, a little something… a little pie, perhaps? Sorry, I really like pie… πŸ™‚

  191. December 2, 2009 9:25 pm

    I think you could put some wrapped candy in one day…

    I could never decide between 2 yards or scraps…hmmm…

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  192. December 2, 2009 9:31 pm

    Oooh 2 yards! You’re very generous!!! Hope I win! Thanks for sharing your D. Schmidt!

  193. December 2, 2009 9:40 pm

    Two yards would be awesome! I saw an advent calendar recently with a Christmas activity in each pocket. It wasn’t big deal things, just watching a Christmas movie, hanging stockings, etc.

  194. Laura Bozzolo permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:48 pm

    For your advent calendar, how about small toy animals? My daughter LOVES those. Or marbles?


  195. December 2, 2009 9:53 pm

    Beautiful fabric! My brain is already spinning with ideas!

  196. Heather permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:55 pm

    I would gladly pay the shipping difference for this fabric! It’s hard to find this stuff up here in Canada. Sound please count me in on this giveaway!
    Thank you so much.
    Happy Holidays!

  197. December 2, 2009 9:56 pm

    Two yards is a great give away! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    Growing up our advent calendar always had activities as well – like making cookies, setting up the nativity, getting the tree, plus smaller stuff like watching our favorite movies. It was so exciting!

  198. Julie in WA permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:05 pm

    I have not unearthed our Advent calendar yet! My daughter always likes candy, but sometimes I would put in a dollar bill, or a note for a treasure hunt, with something special at the end!

  199. December 2, 2009 11:03 pm

    Ooh…I just saw an advent fabric calendar and inside each pocket was one of those yummy ghiradelli dark chocolate squares that you buy at the counter at Michaels! I thought it was brilliant. In mine this year, I have my kids take turns (3 kids) and there’s a candy and a numbered poker chip in each pocket. At Christmas, one of the chips will be drawn (numbers in a hat) and that child can be “Santa” that morning.
    Corny but sounded fun when I made it. The kids each have a little stick of 2 chips by their beds.
    BTW…I SO love that line of fabric. I really really really would like to win. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for hosting this!

  200. December 2, 2009 11:07 pm

    Super Yummy fabric!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  201. December 2, 2009 11:17 pm

    How about an ornament in each pocket?

    Thanks so much for entering me in your drawing.

  202. December 2, 2009 11:44 pm

    hmmm… how about adding a star of David. It would be nice to talk about the background on that one. Gorgeous fabric, by the way. Hope I win! =)

  203. crazyestonian permalink
    December 3, 2009 12:09 am

    I just spent about 4 hours on November 29th filing my dd-s calendar with ideas. I tried to go for low prep and easy ideas that bring no extra toys to the house.
    — One easy thing is eat dessert before dinner (this would be the day to have fruit salad as dessert, then it is still qualified as food, lol)
    — and another real easy no prep is to have an extra book at bedtime (for us it is two extra books because my dh reads in English and I read in Estonian).
    — We also have cutting paper snowflakes and hanging them in the house,
    — making truffles,
    — going out for coco and cookie,
    — going to listen caroling,
    — picking out a present for giving tree and another day wrapping it up and dropping it off (I picked a little girl the same age as my dd this year)
    — leaving a cookie for Santa on the last day,
    — going to see trains on store window (we always spend at least half an hour watching)
    — making popcorn garlands,
    — decorating a bought gingerbread house,
    — making a present for her teacher,
    — watching a Christmas movie,
    — going to Christmas Fair (at waldorf school)
    — going out to buy a special candy cane to eat right then.
    — we might go and paint pottery one day as well.

    I also strongly suggest filling your own calendar with the activities so that you are prepared, i.e. can check the night before if anything needs to be switched out. I find it very handy to have my own paper with everything written down, that way I can see at a glance if we have anything elaborate on any given day and whether we can fit in something on a certain night.

  204. December 3, 2009 12:14 am

    oh i love your blog πŸ™‚ you’ve done wonderful job πŸ™‚ good thing my grandma lives in New Haven, so I can get things sent there πŸ™‚ and I do hope I win :)…never too lucky in games

  205. December 3, 2009 12:27 am

    I LOVE Denise Shmitz designs! Wonderful and generous giveaway!
    It was fun to discover your blog!

  206. Karie permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:37 am

    Love your Etsy shop. You use wonderful fabrics.
    My favorite things to add in advent calenders is activities like making hot chocolate, going out for ice-cream, making cookies, family game time, choice of dinner, trip to the dollar store or evan craft supplies they can use that day.

  207. December 3, 2009 1:40 am


    How about some fake mustaches/spy/detective things. A little (washable) ink pad for taking suspects finger prints? πŸ™‚


  208. December 3, 2009 4:17 am

    Candy…candy…candy in the pocket, of course! 2 yards of fabric? Yummmm…like candy!

  209. Joy permalink
    December 3, 2009 5:43 am

    I could make so many thing with 2 yards of fabric! Decisions, decisions. . .

  210. December 3, 2009 5:57 am

    Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity.

  211. December 3, 2009 6:11 am

    Goodness! I love the county fair fabrics! We never did advent calanders so I have no good input there, sorry!

  212. December 3, 2009 6:24 am

    What a great giveaway! I really look forward to browsing your pretty blog… about the advent- in years past, we have done little love notes or “coupons” for little treats that the recipient would really like. Thanks for the chance to win!

  213. Wendy D. P. permalink
    December 3, 2009 6:30 am

    You have such cute things! I will definitely be a new follower! When I was small I had an advent calendar with little ornaments in the pocket for each day – I remember being so excited to add each ornament to our tree.

  214. December 3, 2009 6:58 am

    Nice giveaway. Thanks for the chance

  215. Erin permalink
    December 3, 2009 7:17 am

    The fabric would be great!

  216. December 3, 2009 7:29 am

    These are just too beautiful!

    Christmas advent calendar: you can put in little whined up toys from Michaels, some jacks/ball, a jump rope, or a new pack of crayons. Good luck!

  217. December 3, 2009 7:33 am

    hi! My mom always put small candies in our advent calender, like kisses, as well as a scrap of paper with a Bible verse on it (to read parts of the Christmas story).

  218. December 3, 2009 8:03 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks! I am also a mom to all boys — for the advent calendar pocket, how about 3 little bouncy balls?

  219. December 3, 2009 8:24 am

    Great giveaway! I love fabric.

  220. Sarah E. permalink
    December 3, 2009 8:32 am

    Beautiful fabric! thanks for the chance!!

    sarah8914 at gmail dot com

  221. mommymae permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:00 am

    what a great giveaway! you could put gold dollars in the pocket. my kids tink gold coins are the bees knees!

  222. Erin permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:05 am

    That fabric is lovely! As for the advent calendar… my favorite year for the advent calendar when I was young was when my folks interspersed things they loved about me in the calendar. Later, my mom admitted it was because they were tired of looking for little things to put in the calendar, but it was the most meaningful gift I’ve ever received.

  223. December 3, 2009 9:28 am

    i would LOVE two yards of that fabric! yikes!

    i also facebooked about this on my account and on my shop’s fanpage..

  224. December 3, 2009 9:40 am

    For your kids, I would put in a treasure map! Have it lead to… something they love whether it be a picnic of their favorite foods or a simple toy.

    neeliarose (at) gmail (dot) com

  225. Karen H permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:41 am

    I don’t have any experience with advent calendars but it looks like you’ve got some great ideas already! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway.

  226. Sarah G permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:54 am

    Awesome giveaway! For your advent, maybe putting in a small toy? I know I always loved candy though πŸ™‚

  227. December 3, 2009 10:03 am

    You could put an angel in the pocket of the advent calendar.

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. I am also doing a giveaway. I have two blogs, and

    My 9 year old daughter is having a giveaway on her sewing blog as well,

    Hope you’ll stop by and have a look around and enter our giveaways.

    Have a blessed day.


  228. Sara permalink
    December 3, 2009 10:04 am

    I love those fabrics – but I love scraps more. Nothing I love quite as much as scraps. πŸ™‚

  229. Elizabeth permalink
    December 3, 2009 10:18 am

    Oh pretty fabric, I love you so! If it’s for the boys you should put in one of those “grows in water” toys. Our Dollar Tree had Spiderman ones, my son loved it!

  230. Claudia permalink
    December 3, 2009 10:29 am

    How about a bunch of rubber bands to make a rubber band ball?

  231. Lisa permalink
    December 3, 2009 11:10 am

    Very cute!!

  232. December 3, 2009 11:16 am

    Your blog is so lovely! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  233. Marla permalink
    December 3, 2009 11:24 am

    Fantastic give away!! Thank you for that! Maybe Mommy-coupons! Good for one bonus story, good for one smile when mom is upset, etc?

  234. December 3, 2009 11:37 am

    ooh, much love for that fabric! I’d be so happy to win that! As far as little pocket stuffers, I vote for little magnets or stampers! chocolates always good too.

  235. December 3, 2009 11:49 am

    What about some pipe cleaners? You could roll them up to fit… lots of great patterns for pipe cleaner ornaments out there!

  236. December 3, 2009 11:58 am

    I’ve never put anything in the little pockets of our advent calendar…. but I have a lot of great ideas now!
    I’d love some more fabric… thanks for having this giveaway!


  237. December 3, 2009 12:29 pm

    Oh what cute fabrics! I’d love to be entered! I can’t wait to hear what the surprise is! πŸ™‚

  238. December 3, 2009 12:35 pm

    Beautiful fabric for a giveaway – Schmidt is fairly new to me but love her stuff!

  239. December 3, 2009 12:39 pm

    Wow, I would love the 2 yards of fabric! My vote is for chocolates… one can never have enough chocolate!

  240. Shelly permalink
    December 3, 2009 12:51 pm

    Great fabric! I admit I’ve purchased some of this line in the past and loved it, so I could use some more! Our advent calendar only ever had mini ornaments in it (which were actually just buttons on little safety pins) and we pinned them on a felt tree. I’m not sure what real advent calendars are or how they work… πŸ™‚

  241. Rachelle permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:13 pm

    My kids love to have their own chapstick, or stickers, or bouncy ball, or gum.

  242. Linda permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hello, Lovely fabrics – thanks for participating in the giveaway.

    For your advent calendar I like the idea of a small piece of candy and a slip of paper with a message to do something to sweeten someone else’s day.

  243. Kristina permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:33 pm

    I would love to win 2 yards of that fabric! How fun!

    Advent calendar idea: A ticket to go around your local city looking at Christmas lights while enjoying hot chocolate!

  244. December 3, 2009 1:46 pm

    Oh my! Fabric is my secret love! don’t tell hubby, although I think he’s starting to notice my drooling over the fabric when we shop ;o} I just love to sew and am always looking for new prints to try out. Would love to win this one!

    As for something to put in the pockets? How about some homemade ornaments to hang around the house on a tree…specifically made for each boy by mom. It would be something special that you could do every year. Be creative and use a different theme each year.

    Have fun!

  245. leigh7911 permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:59 pm

    What great fabric! For the calendar, I’m pretty boring – you can’t go wrong with candy!

  246. December 3, 2009 2:00 pm

    Ooh, beautiful fabric!

    I made an advent calendar for my son this year. The gifts: matchbox cars, stickers, temporary tattoos, little books, animal figures, glow sticks, bubbles, play-dough, etc.

  247. December 3, 2009 2:01 pm

    Love the fabrics! Chocolate never fails in an Advent calendar.

  248. December 3, 2009 2:15 pm

    Cute fabric, dollar store should have plenty of goodies for you calendar

  249. December 3, 2009 2:31 pm

    What about a Korknisser? They are oh so cute.

  250. December 3, 2009 2:36 pm

    love the blog – love the fabrics!

  251. December 3, 2009 2:53 pm

    Definitely candy!

  252. December 3, 2009 2:58 pm

    Fun giveaway! What about taking a picture of some activity or item and cutting it up into puzzle pieces so each day you get a new piece and at the end you see your big prize when the puzzle is completed?

  253. December 3, 2009 3:00 pm

    Wow I love that fabric! And advent calendar… some slips of paper with fun things to do. like go caroling or make pumpkin spice lattes! ahaha

  254. December 3, 2009 3:44 pm

    Wohoo! Can’t wait to see what the surprise will be, even if I’m not the lucky recipient. Although, I would love me some Denise Schmidt fabric! Polka dots make me swoon.

  255. December 3, 2009 3:48 pm

    Love your giveaway… fabric is always appreciated!
    Advent calendar… I have been thinking of this myself…. depending on the age of your boys… maybe some art supplies, aka shaped crayons, or special eraser… something beside candy!

  256. December 3, 2009 4:11 pm

    That is a wonderful giveaway that you have there. I think candy is a must for the calendar but maybe to make it a little more fun you could get little toys from the dollar store like silly putty or matchbox cars.

  257. Julie M permalink
    December 3, 2009 4:24 pm

    wow- advent calendars; it’s been a long time for me, my boys are 17 and 18 :).

    little mini mind/hand puzzles was something I always looked for.

    love the fabric colors!

  258. Amber permalink
    December 3, 2009 5:15 pm

    for the calendar i would write on pieces of paper a service you could do as a family.

  259. Jessica permalink
    December 3, 2009 6:31 pm

    Oooh, those hazy blue prints are beautiful! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway. Some ideas for non-candy advent stuffers: plastic compass, measuring tape, mini highlighters, fabric covered button magnets, felt barrettes, extra privilege coupons, or a monogrammed hanky. I know my daughter would love these things if we had a pocket calender. With a second baby on the way in less than a month, I can’t possibly imagine adding another project to my to-do list at this point πŸ˜› Blessings to you & yours!

  260. December 3, 2009 7:39 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway. Please enter mine too!

  261. emtdlb permalink
    December 3, 2009 7:40 pm

    Most of the calendars have little candy canes, angels, sheep, cows, little people or a little manger at work. Love the fabric and choices. Thank you so much for the chance!!!!

  262. Freda permalink
    December 3, 2009 7:47 pm

    I love those fabrics. I would go with a favorite candy for the Advent calendar. Or maybe a small puzzle.

  263. Rachel permalink
    December 3, 2009 7:51 pm

    Love the fabric. and cute site. my kids love crafty things, so i would maybe look through my rubber stamps for a small star/christmas tree/candy cane/christmas one for them to use.

  264. December 3, 2009 8:41 pm

    Pretty fabrics! I’d take the yardage to make clothes or a bag with.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  265. Unity permalink
    December 3, 2009 8:49 pm

    I would suggest putting a candied nut or two per child in a home made advent calendar.

  266. December 3, 2009 8:57 pm

    Lovely! I’m not sure what size it is, but you could put in stickers or rubber balls.

  267. Nicole Lamb permalink
    December 3, 2009 9:51 pm

    You could put the name of a favorite Christmas song to listen to in a pocket, maybe make it into a treasure hunt. Put a clue in each pocket for them to find something that day.

  268. December 3, 2009 10:17 pm

    Lovely fabrics! Stickers are always a good standby prezzie :).

  269. December 3, 2009 11:04 pm

    Ooooh one of my favorite fabric lines!!! Along with the usual candy and trinkets, we put activities in the advent calendar pockets: Christmas light drive, movie night, bake cookies, etc.

  270. December 3, 2009 11:51 pm

    The fabric sounds so nice, and such big pieces! Some advent ideas:
    movie tickets, coupons for activities like a movie night or driving to see holiday lights, bouncy ball or tiddlywinks, silly putty, bath bubbles or toys, a clue to help them find a bigger object hiding somewhere else, a coupon for a date night….

  271. December 4, 2009 12:08 am

    You certainly have a great blog! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  272. December 4, 2009 4:36 am

    It’s a Sewingmama! It’s nice to see you got a long list of tutorials πŸ™‚

    Could you put a few “coupons” in the advent calander.
    “Good for one snuggle on the couch with a book of your choice”
    “Good for two cups of hot chocolate and my complete attention”

  273. Laurie K Green permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:50 am

    leave a clue written on a slip of paper that will lead the finder to the real little advent calendar gift

  274. December 4, 2009 6:07 am

    What a super generous giveaway! Beautiful fabrics!


  275. December 4, 2009 6:08 am

    I’m following your blog now too – I have a feeling I’ll be spending all morning looking at your tutorials!!


  276. December 4, 2009 6:21 am

    for my kids, decorating the tree is their fav part of the holidays. so how about a little ornament for each day, and a tiny tree they can hang them on.

  277. December 4, 2009 7:17 am

    Such cute fabric. Great stuff in your shop too. As far as what to put in your advent pockets, I say activities to do with family. Paper snowflakes, popcorn garland, make Christmas cards for nursing home, create/draw tags for gifts.

  278. December 4, 2009 7:44 am

    Wow! A fabric giveaway! I love it!

  279. Emily permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:57 am

    What about jacks? My son asked for some for Christmas this year. You could spread them out over a couple days. Some tiny fruit would be fun too, like kumquats.

  280. December 4, 2009 8:11 am

    That fabric is just so sweet…love it!! In an advent calender how about something like a matchbox car, or a dime they can put in their banks….my boys would love that kinda stuff!!

  281. Natasha permalink
    December 4, 2009 8:36 am

    Not many advent ideas, but my daughter got a ribbon belt that I made, and a wooden clicker from the dollar bin a target. πŸ™‚

  282. dearmrsreese permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:14 am

    My girls are very young so this year we just candy in the advent calendar, but as they get older, I plan to put little pieces of paper with tasks written on them. I plan to include things the girls can do for others, such as make a handmade Christmas card for Grandma or go visit someone in the nursing home or bake cookies to take to a neighbor. I want the things to be fun, but I also want to focus them on doing for others instead of just gimme, gimme, gimme.

  283. Kim K. permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:17 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’ve only seen sweets or small toys go into an advent calendar… my nephew really likes those sponge animals (they come in a capsule and you throw them in water and they expand) πŸ™‚ Happy holidays!

  284. amanda permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:01 am

    Fantastic give-away! I’d def. take the 2 yards of fabric. For the advent calendar – how about tiny animals – like these

  285. Elizabeth permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:17 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. . . something to tuck into the advent calendar. . .hmm . . .my favorite thing growing up was pieces of chocolate! Who doesn’t love some candy!

  286. Becky permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:31 am

    Unless you do something edible, I would do a smattering of a bunch of stuff, so you don’t end up with a zillion of one thing floating around. That ups the element of surprise too- you never know what you’re going to get!

    Man, I would love some of that fabric. Denyse Schmidt is one of my absolute faves. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  287. Grace permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:32 am

    Oh lovely fabrics! For the calendar: a note about what to do as a family or where to find a hidden treasure πŸ™‚ Happy holidays!

  288. Anne S. permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:39 am

    Maybe tiny bottles of bubbles for the Advent calender. Like the kind they hand out at weddings? I think you can get them in the wedding section of Michaels or Walmart.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  289. December 4, 2009 11:40 am

    Kids love those “sticky hands” that they get when they win at Chuck E. Cheese or you get at party stores. They always choose them first!

    thanks for the tutorial list!

  290. Libby permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:48 am

    2 yards ! Very generous ! You can make matching games (like the Memory game ) with fabric and interfacing and put images on top of the front of each card using fusible web. Just search for matching game on etsy and it’ll show you ! You could put a set in each day’s pocket.

  291. Tanya permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:01 pm

    Candy always goes over well … πŸ™‚ … how about matchbox cars or coupons for a free Sundae at McDonald’s?!

  292. December 4, 2009 12:17 pm

    I have a felt advent calendar with lots of things in the pockets: mug of cocoa, candy cane, reindeer head, star of bethlehem, mouse, wreath, like that. Thanks for the giveaway! Fabric is my only addiction.

  293. December 4, 2009 1:14 pm

    Oh, I wish I had known about your maternity skirts when I was pregnant! You’ve been hearted in case the stork comes to visit us again…

    As for the pockets of your advent calendar, I’ve seen people use polymer clay to form little symbols of the Christmas story. You could also find toys (like a toy hammer to remind your kids that Jesus and Joseph were carpenters, etc).

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  294. Jennifer permalink
    December 4, 2009 1:15 pm

    For your advent calendar, I would use a small cookie cutter.

  295. December 4, 2009 1:19 pm

    Great blog and would love to win some of that fabric!!!

  296. December 4, 2009 1:20 pm

    What a lovely, generous giveaway. Thanks for hosting. My brain is fried trying to do Christmas gifts. I have no idea what you can put in your advent calendar. Good luck!

  297. Kristen permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:13 pm

    Great fabrics! I put the following things in our advent calendar for my daughter: coins, individually wrapped candies/chocolates, play jewelry (bracelets and necklaces are cheap at the dollar store, and the stretchy ones scrunch up very small), stickers, notes/clues for something larger that won’t fit in the box/pocket!

  298. Jiaying permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:26 pm

    Finger puppets for the pockets! My daughter loves those.

    Lovely fabric!

  299. Jiaying permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:30 pm

    Became a follower!

  300. December 4, 2009 2:51 pm

    thanks for hosting the giveaway! i think ornaments would be good for the advent calendar.

  301. Lisa permalink
    December 4, 2009 4:06 pm

    I’d love that County Fair fabric! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  302. Allison S. permalink
    December 4, 2009 6:08 pm

    You should get some of the chocolates wrapped up to look like gold coins. I LOVED those when I was a kid!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  303. December 4, 2009 6:58 pm

    Perhaps you could put a bouncy ball in one of the pockets… I don’t know how big the pockets are. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  304. December 4, 2009 7:13 pm

    These are fabulous fabrics! For your pockets – have you thought about creating a little ornament ‘kit’ with all the pieces to craft a simple ornament in the pocket? That way your kiddo will have both the little gift and an activity on that day!
    jinglesells at gmail dot com

  305. December 4, 2009 7:34 pm

    So nice!!!

  306. December 4, 2009 7:39 pm

    I love that fabirc and your tutporials are awesome. What about a few M&M’s with the M&M christmas poem

    M&M Christmas Poem

    As you hold these candies
    In your hand,
    And turn them,
    You will see.
    The M becomes a W,
    An E, and then a 3.
    They tell the Christmas story,
    It’s one I’m sure you know.
    It took place in a stable.
    A long, long, time ago.
    The E is for the East,
    Where the star shone so bright.
    The M is for the Manger,
    Where Baby Jesus slept that night.
    The 3 is for the Wise men,
    Bearing gifts, they say they came.
    W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name.
    So as you eat these candies,
    Or share them with a friend.
    Remember the meaning of Christmas,
    It’s a Love story that never ends.

    Written by Pam Ridenour

  307. December 4, 2009 7:44 pm

    Thanks for entering me in your Giveaway Day! Candy is what we always put in the Advent calendar. But I guess you could find some little things at the dollar store. Pens, notebook, stickers etc.

  308. Carrie permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:45 pm

    This is gorgeous fabric! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  309. Megan permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:49 pm

    Love the fabrics, as for the calendar I’m a big fan of candy πŸ™‚

  310. sarah c. permalink
    December 4, 2009 8:04 pm

    love the fabric! i would put a kaleidoscope in an advent calendar pocket!

  311. jodie permalink
    December 4, 2009 8:04 pm

    pieces of a nativity for the advent calendar? Just add enough animals to equal 25 days! haha (okay, I’m only half serious). πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

  312. Llamabean permalink
    December 4, 2009 8:09 pm

    sweets are always good or small ornaments to hang on the tree (or a mini tree). Good luck, I am sure you will come up with some great ideas.

  313. December 4, 2009 10:17 pm

    what pretty fabrics!!
    thanks for the chance to win!
    ps-check out my blog for a vintage goodie basket giveaway!

  314. December 4, 2009 10:20 pm

    love your fabrics and your tutorials!!!

  315. Candace Henderson permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:25 pm

    Such wonderful stuff…. I am seriously keeping my fingers crossed.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  316. December 4, 2009 10:30 pm

    What gorgeous fabric! I have loved looking through your blog, I know I will be back!
    The advent calendar we had growing up had felt (If I remember they were stuffed) objects in each pocket that were related to Christmas somehow, a present, a gingerbread, a star, a tree, etc. You took one out and pinned it on the felt tree above the pockets. That’s an idea I want to use.

  317. December 4, 2009 11:59 pm

    I am really working on my fabric stash…i would love to win!

  318. December 5, 2009 6:20 am

    Great giveaway! I love the fabric.
    Let’s see, something you can put in an advent pocket – how about some learning items – crayons (you could even make them in letter or other shapes using cookie cutters after melting them down), tiny clocks, tiny books, erasers, pencil sharpeners…?
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  319. December 5, 2009 7:27 am

    Love those fabrics! Advent calendars are so fun! You can put in slips of paper with activities for the whole family to do together like a hike or go drink cocoa and skate…

  320. December 5, 2009 7:29 am

    I would love a chance to win some lovely fabric.

  321. Robin in New Jersey permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:00 am

    A peppermint? A hershey’s kiss?

    I have bookmarked your site to come back and read later. πŸ™‚

  322. December 5, 2009 8:21 am

    Count me in! How about movie tickets?

  323. Danielle permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:55 am

    love those fabrics!

  324. Grace S permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your blog and I will certainly be a frequent visitor from now on. Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

  325. Kristi permalink
    December 5, 2009 9:06 am

    Love the county fair fabrics! Favorite tutorial – I think the legwarmers!

  326. December 5, 2009 10:31 am

    This is a great giveaway, I would love to get some of the larger fabric. I thought about making an advent calendar this year but haven’t gotten around to it. Oh well. You could put in those little army men with parachutes that you used to get from quarter machines. Those were always lots of fun to toss off the balcony.

  327. Leah permalink
    December 5, 2009 11:39 am

    This fabric is perfect! For the advent calendar, what about small pictures of your boys with a note about why they are so great? Love notes are fun to get too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway. leahclaireh(at)

  328. December 5, 2009 11:54 am

    What a generous giveaway! Love the fabrics.

  329. Amy permalink
    December 5, 2009 12:00 pm

    Beautiful fabric! How about symbols of Christmas with a little story for each one? Candy cane=shepherd’s cane, etc. Your blog rocks!

  330. Liz B permalink
    December 5, 2009 12:07 pm

    I made an advent calendar for my niece last year and filled it with rather a lot of different things. I put little messages and things for her to do in each pocket, with a basket of wrapped extras on the table beneath it. I wrapped a jar of homemade jam and put a little note in a Sunday pocket to use it on her pancakes. I printed some very basic Christmas cards and included stamped, addressed envelopes for her grandparents, so she could color in the cards and sign her name. On one of the days I put a note that said to think of five people she loved and call them to tell them so. I like things like that better than just a little piece of chocolate. Good luck with your calendar! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

  331. December 5, 2009 12:25 pm

    Lovely giveaway!

    I say put a little note in one or two of the pockets that says something like ‘family game night’ or ‘read Christmas book together’. Something super simple and cheap that gets the whole family hanging out together!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  332. megd permalink
    December 5, 2009 2:04 pm

    we’ve done pictures of loved one before– it’s kind of sweet to think about that person an extra bit that day and then the pic goes on the tree! Thanks for the chance!

  333. December 5, 2009 2:05 pm

    Just found your site and will subscribe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  334. Lori Kay permalink
    December 5, 2009 2:32 pm

    Hershey’s kisses or scratch tickets. My kids would love either!

  335. Angela permalink
    December 5, 2009 4:51 pm

    I am new to your blog. I like it. I am looking forward to reading more!

  336. Lynn Osborne permalink
    December 5, 2009 5:01 pm

    Wonderful fabric. I would put a tiny angel that could be hung on the tree. Thanks for the chance to win! lynnosborne[at] verizon[dot] com

  337. Judea permalink
    December 5, 2009 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway

  338. diane permalink
    December 5, 2009 6:24 pm

    what a great site. It gives me inspiration and encouragment. I love all the links and blogging…..Thanks

  339. leah permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:17 pm

    tired tonight – lots of snow –
    would love to win!

  340. Deanna permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:36 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  341. December 5, 2009 7:48 pm

    Candy is always nice for advent pockets but I love putting in little notes with “something” special that the kids get to do that day. Like making cookies with mama, or build a gingerbread house, watch a special movie with daddy!

    great giveaway!

  342. December 5, 2009 7:55 pm

    Great giveaway, beautiful fabric. You have some interesting tutorials as well. I am happy I found your blog. For the advent calendar: toy cars, bubble bath, baseball/hockey cards, paints, markers, mini wordsearch or crossword puzzles, tic tac toe games, a deck of cards…

  343. December 5, 2009 7:56 pm

    thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  344. Carol permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:08 pm

    Loving the blue fabric! How about a pic of Baby Jesus! I think you would have to make your own!!!!!
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  345. Cinnamama permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:26 pm

    I am always at a loss as to what to put in the advent calendar. I have a bag of Hershey’s kisses and a few ornaments but I haven’t even put mine up yet! But I have to say I love love the idea of writing a note on a slip of paper. What a great way to avoid consumerism but make it fun!

  346. December 5, 2009 8:27 pm

    What a great give Away. Thanks for the chance to win.

    If you have time stop by my blog for a mystery Christmas apron give away πŸ™‚

  347. Mary permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:37 pm

    I’d love the yards of fabric! Great for stashes.

    We always had a little felt stuffed animal in our advent calendar with a little candy.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  348. December 5, 2009 10:08 pm

    I’d love to enter! πŸ™‚

  349. Megan permalink
    December 5, 2009 11:15 pm

    I love those fabrics. So gorgeous! What about some Silly Putty in the advent calendar? It makes a great fidget when kiddos have to accompany you to the market, on errands, and even in class (teacher permitting!). Thanks for the great giveaway!

  350. Sofia permalink
    December 6, 2009 2:44 am

    I looove the fabrics!!! I’d love to win the fabric!! I’m new to sewing and I got so many ideas from blogs around.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  351. December 6, 2009 3:12 am

    I just love your blog! I would say put in little notes or coupons for special time with mom. πŸ™‚

  352. December 6, 2009 7:05 am

    I will definitely be subscribing to your blog! What beautiful creations you’ve made. I love the idea of a service advent calendar. EAch day (or once a week) have an idea for some service you and your family could do together. Example: serve at a soup kitchen, carol at a hospital or assisted living, give anonymous gifts to a family in need, clean dad’s car, let the kids do something for each other…

  353. December 6, 2009 7:11 am

    A star. Very nice giveaway!

  354. meghand permalink
    December 6, 2009 7:59 am

    Great giveaway! We fill our advent calendar with a different activity for us to do as a family each day. For example, one night we’ll take a wagon ride through the neighborhood to look at christmas lights, another day we’ll bake Christmas cookies, another one we’ll donate food to a shelter, etc.

  355. December 6, 2009 8:30 am

    Our grand kids still like candy, but being teens they thought the calendar with candy was for babies as they put it. So this year I filled the drawers with lip gloss, nailpolish, jewelry and other girlie things, this they thought was way cool. Good thing Grandpa had mad the boxes a good size and if the item is to big I put a note in the drawer and they exchange the note for the treat.

  356. Jenny permalink
    December 6, 2009 8:47 am

    When I was younger I always looked forward to the chocolates my Mom put in our advent calendar, and since there were three of us we only got candy once every 3 days πŸ™‚ Not as unhealthy!

  357. Katie permalink
    December 6, 2009 8:57 am

    Thank you for a chance to win! I’d put little candies in an advent calendar, but I’m afraid I’m not too creative πŸ™‚


  358. December 6, 2009 9:34 am

    Hi, I’m so happy to have found your blog! Thanks for participating in giveaway day, this is a lovely selection of fabrics. I’m add you to my Google Reader. πŸ™‚

  359. December 6, 2009 10:41 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!! I think a little thing of gold, frankincense, and mere would be good, since that’s what the three wiseman brought.

    Happy Holidays!!


  360. Alyssa permalink
    December 6, 2009 11:28 am

    How nice 2yrds of new fabric would be!!! I hoped to make an advent calendar this year, didn’t get to it though 😦
    I was planning on just having simple things like read a christmas book, dance to the christmas music, watch a christmas movie, make cards/draw, or have a small ornament to hang on the tree.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  361. December 6, 2009 12:49 pm

    great fabrics! i love advent calendars with activites to do as a family – ice skating, baking cookies, volunteering together, etc. have a great christmas!

  362. December 6, 2009 2:15 pm

    merry Christmas!

  363. December 6, 2009 2:15 pm

    Beautiful fabric! Thanks for posting. Sorry, I’m clean out of advent ideas!

  364. Valerie permalink
    December 6, 2009 2:22 pm

    Super cute fabric, hope I win! P.S. Love your blog πŸ™‚

  365. December 6, 2009 2:25 pm

    Thanks for a giveaway- how generous! Candy is always a welcomed treat around here. How about tickets/coupons for a small extra they can cash in. For example, one extra book at bedtime. Thanks again.

  366. Misty.Creek permalink
    December 6, 2009 2:32 pm

    We have scriptures and nativity pieces in our advent calendar, but you can put a service in there your children can do–make a card for an older, lonely person or make cookies to take to the elderly.

  367. December 6, 2009 2:35 pm

    What great fabrics! Thanks for being so generous!

  368. susana permalink
    December 6, 2009 3:58 pm

    I love scraps! What’s an FRE? I’ll take it anyway. For your advent calendar: cookies are always the best. And miniature things: playing cards, notebooks, sewing kits, baby silverware, flashlights… Also IOU’s for meals or activities, depending on the recipient.

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  369. Amy permalink
    December 6, 2009 4:47 pm

    Love the fabric! We always got little candy in our advent calendars as kids…I still don’t know why my mom did that!

  370. December 6, 2009 5:05 pm

    Love the fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

  371. Joy permalink
    December 6, 2009 5:40 pm

    We do the usual: candy, ornaments, coupons for things/activities. My husband still raves about the one I did where I gave him “space” – I cleaned out a junk section so he could have it to store HIS junk πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  372. rae permalink
    December 6, 2009 6:05 pm

    a small cookie cutter on a day that you will bake cookies together. we focus our calendar on activities and family time together. this is our first year celebrating with an advent calendar and we are having fun! πŸ™‚

  373. Stephanie permalink
    December 6, 2009 6:51 pm

    Great giveaway…thanks!

  374. December 6, 2009 7:09 pm

    What to put into the pocket of the advent calendar? How about a special poem or note about your love for your family/what it means to you, etc. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for letting me enter.

  375. StephanieS permalink
    December 6, 2009 7:42 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. My mind is so tired right now, the only thing I can think of to go in a calendar is candy. But you may not want to give that to 3 boys.

  376. aSprinkling permalink
    December 6, 2009 7:58 pm

    So…what do you make for your boys? I always have a hard time coming up with things for mine.

  377. Bonnie permalink
    December 6, 2009 8:36 pm

    you could check the dollar section at Target, they have some cute Christmas socks and little pens and stickers

  378. Shelley permalink
    December 6, 2009 8:58 pm

    I have bookmarked your blog! I was so caught up in reading it that I almost forgot about the giveaway! As for the advent calendar – good luck! Maybe a small origami animal? Thanks!

  379. umma permalink
    December 6, 2009 10:44 pm

    Oh, I am so excited about this contest. I totally missed out on your last one because it said USA only so, I didn’t post my fabric toy box tutorial – I never mind paying shipping for a bit more Fabric!

  380. Alisa permalink
    December 6, 2009 11:27 pm

    i think i’d pass out if I won this one. Thanks for the chance. Your blog is lovely and your work is wonderful

  381. Dusty permalink
    December 7, 2009 7:09 am

    Super cute fabric! Advent calendar ideas, hmmmmm…..a “ticket” or “coupon” for extra TV time or an extra story?

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