Saturday, November 30, 2013

Join In A Holiday Celebration & Giveaway

Since tomorrow is December 1st, I'd like to start off the holiday season with a giveaway.  So please join me for this holiday celebration.  On Dec. 8th I'm going to give away  2 Tour des Jardin kits.  This is my latest BOM created from my new fabric line, Tour des Fleurs, from Henry Glass.   There are two colorways - red or blue.  Just write a comment any day between now and Dec. 7th and I'll choose 2 winners on Dec. 8th.  Tell me what you love about the holidays or anything else you'd like to share.
 

Maybe you'd like to comment on this picture of me from Christmas 1951 .... hard to believe they had cameras that long ago.  My Christmas present was this adorable Hop-a-long Cassidy cowgirl outfit and cardboard horse.  You could climb inside the horse and ride all around.  Of course, you have to understand this is in Los Angeles so there isn't snow.  It was a lot easier to ride a horse without snow.
 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm going to post some more Christmas pictures over the next few days so please come back and let me know what you think of them.  It doesn't hurt your chances to comment more than once.  And please join the party at Henry Glass Fabrics - they are doing a Naughty or Nice Christmas Party.  Just go to www.henryglassfabrics.blogspot.com.  There will be lots of fun there too!

121 comments:

  1. I enjoy getting together with my family for the holidays. Thanks

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  2. Love the horse. Very cute and fun present.

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  3. Love the outfit and the horse! I have never seen the cardboard horse before!

    Thanks for the great give away, too!
    Sandy A

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  4. I love everything about Christmas. Probably the highlight is living close enough to family to share so many traditions together: baking, decorating, and yes, even gift shopping! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I love that picture. What a nice Christmas gift. I was only one at that time but I can see how that gift goes with the times. So much has changed and it seems all kids now are so into electronics that they would laugh at such a cute gift.

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  6. Love the fabric and the pattern! Red my favorite :) I wish people could do this all year and I'm sure there are a few but I love the fact that at this time of year people like to pay it forward. If you've never heard this before here is what happened to me - I went to Starbucks drive thru on black friday and when I got to the window I went to pay for my order and the person in the car in front of me.(who I didn't know) did an act of kindness and paid for my order. It was an amazing feeling with such a small gesture. I then "paid it forward" to the couple in the car behind me. I talked to my kids at lunch yesterday and told them to make it their goal to do one nice thing each day. Help someone with their groceries, pick up something for someone that drops something, just an "act of kindness". Thanks for an opportunity to win your act of kindness. :) Happy Holidays to all.

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  7. My favorite holiday tradition is family baking day. We get together and spend the day creating cookies, cakes, candies and pies. Such fun. The house smells so wonderful afterwards.

    Love your picture. I remember a cowgirl outfit from a long ago Christmas. Mine was blue.

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  8. I love your Hop Along Cassidy outfit and horse.

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  9. I love the holidays because the entire family gets together. The family has grown to include 2 sons in law and now 2 grandchildren. Always fun times. Do love the cowgirl outfit. Hop-a-Long Cassidy was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid.

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  10. Oh what a beautifully simple Christmas gift Hop-a-long! Love it... Thanks for the awesome giveaway... Just adore that red color way. Have a wonderful holiday. Karen on Keuka

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  11. One can certainly see how a little girl would love that costume and she even gets a friendly horse to ride. I love the house and tree lights over the holidays. Sitting by the fire with only the tree lit is the best.

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  12. I love the pic of you on your horse - I've never seen such a thing,what fun!
    The best thing about Christmas for me is having all my family home!!

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  13. I think my favorite thing about the holidays is the scents--cinnamon and pine! I always wanted to be a cowgirl too. That horse was a pretty cool gift, but probably would have to be an indoor toy in Minnesota!

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  14. Hop-a-long Cassidy...WOW!!! brings back many happy memories! Love the picture! and the giveaway!

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  15. I love family get togethers, love my family

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  16. What a fun post and beautiful fabric too! Of course I'm partial to the red bundle as it would work in my home anytime, but also perfect for the holidays.

    Cute picture of you and your Cowgirl outfit. Hard to say which is my most favorite memory of Christmas, but I think it was generally a sense of all the colors, decorations and smells combined with time to visit with family and friends. Truly a special time of year.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  17. The best part of the holidays is making stuff and then sharing it with family. So I guess the best part is family, or the making part just wouldn't be fun! Thank you for this opportunity to share and win!

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  18. I love your picture! I had the same outfit but we were poor--no horse for me. Good memories.

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  19. What a great photo and memory of fun times for you! thank you for the lovley giveaway!

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  20. I love the older black and white photos! I really enjoy looking through older pictures. Makes me wonder what people from the next generation will do without famil photos. They are all on their computers!

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  21. I love your cardboard horse! I was just telling my mom and daughter that one of my favorite toys as a kid was a cardboard barbie house. It opened up and had a patio, kitchen, bedroom and living room with fireplace. It was ruined one year when our basement flooded. I was (and still am) heartbroken about that. LOL

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  22. Just adorable! Incredible how little it took to make us so happy back then. Do you thing a cardboard horse would work any more? Thank you for sharing :)

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  23. Cute picture! I love the red quilt! I love baking Christmas cookies. It's just such a fun thing to do, and time to share with family.

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  24. We had a big family celebration for Thanksgiving as that's when the most people could attend. It was a whirlwind of activity and fun! That's the best part of the holidays for me -- family get-togethers. Love your old photo -- what a great memory!

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  25. First of all, congrats on your latest BOM and fabric line. That must be exciting for you! Hmm, what I like about the holidays is Christmas Eve get-together with all the kids. The traditions is going out to dinner and watching a movie and then we come home and open presents. So, do you light up the Palm trees in sunny CA? Snow or no snow, surely there is still a beautiful lit tree, yes? Thanks!

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  26. Ooooh, such fun! My favorite thing about the holidays is the music. Love, love, love Christmas music!

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  27. How much enjoyment you would have had from such a wonderful gift.

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  28. I love the lights and decorations for the holidays, seems to put everybody in good moods and retrieve so many memories from childhood. And love watching the children and grandchildren who still believe in Santa

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  29. I commented and it is gone. Hmmm,. Let's try again! LOL My best memories of Christmas are when I was a little girl. The excited of getting presents and enjoying every minute of Christmas. Now I love to make Christmad special for others. What a great give away! Thanks for asking about our memories and offering such great things to win! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  30. Merry Christmas Mary Jane. I pray you enjoy every part of this season.Thank you for the chance to win `Tours de Fleurs `BOM. I love working on these. My colour way is red. I love Christmas time spending this with family and friends. I stitch ornaments for them plus bake our favourite slices eg `Traffic Lights`. My youngest daughter would have loved `Hop a long Cassidy ` horse and really enjoyed her rides around the lawn as it is Summer here in December. You do look so cute. Happy Stitching,Clare.

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  31. I love the photo of you with your horsey! I was born in '52, so you're only a bit ahead of me. The style of photo looks so much like ones I have. I'll look forward to seeing more pictures.

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  32. I love having our kids home for a bit and enjoying time together. You look so cute on your little pony! :-) Thanks for the fun!

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  33. I love all the family activities, sitting with just the Christmas tree lights on. I love the soft glow of Christmas tree lights.
    bveinotte at juno dot com

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  34. I love getting together with family over the holidays. Even though my children can't all be together Christmas day we do get together sometime during the holidays.

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  35. HELLO, YOU ARE A PRETTY CUTE, LITTLE COWGIRL!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  36. I love being with family for the holidays. I love playing games together and eating and laughing. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  37. Your Hop-a-long Cassidy outfit looks familiar .... I think we must be similar in age.
    Isn't it wonderful to have these photos and be able to reminisce!

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  38. My favorite part of the holidays is pulling out old decorations and ornaments and feelings years of memories surround me.

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  39. Love the cowgirl outfit. I grew up in the northeast where there was lots of snow, so I had a indoor rocking horse.

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  40. that picture of you is adorable. I've never seen a cardboard horse before. I have seen one on a broomstick. :0) Merry Christmas! thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. I love getting together with our Daughters and their families.We now have 6 grandkids and it is absolutely great to see their happy faces on Christmas.

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  42. Many of my Christmas trims are hand made by relatives and friends who are no longer with us, so as I unpack my boxes each year, its a time to reflect on those dear ones and how they influenced my life.

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  43. I enjoy being with my husband, children, and grandchildren during the holidays. We have been putting together aChristmas puzzle every year for the last 24 years. I'm amazed that we haven't lost any of the pieces. Your picture is cute, I've never seen a cardboard horse before. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. I love decorating for Christmas and I love baking and just being with the family!

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  45. I love the pictures from the 50s, takes me back to some special Christmas memories. I actually remember when a neighbor got a color TV.

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  46. I LOVE the picture of you and your cardboard horse!!! it's amazing that we were happy with such simple things when we were little!! I love your quilt kit: I've been wanting to do a house quilt and this one is just lovely: I like the blue one!! Have a great holiday!!

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  47. I love spending time with family and especially celebrating the true reason for the season, Christ's birth! mrscwatson81(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. There is something quite nostalgic about black and white photos! Adorable!

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  49. I love being with the grandkids for Christmas. To me, the commercial side of the holiday is all about kids... and for us adults, it is the religious side.

    Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

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  50. That is something every child should have a chance to enjoy, what a great gift

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  51. i remember watching romper room with my daughter and they had all kinds or cardboard vehicles and animals. my favorite tradition is i hand piece and hand quilt lap quilts and one goes with each food basket my church gives to needy families. but with an income of less than four hundred dollars monthly on disability. i cant afford fabric and other quilitng essentials to keep paying it forward. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  52. One of my favorite things to do is to make and decorate sugar cookies! I love to remember the reason that we celebrate Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. I love your picture!

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  53. It's funny but my best part of Christmas is all the decorations in the stores and on the houses. I try my best but will admit I don't have the gene for it.

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  54. The horse is adorable...but the rider is the most adorable!! lol I looooved Hop-a-Long Cassidy when I was lil' Kiddo too!! What a special Heart Memory you have!!!

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  55. My kids are grown now, we don't do Christmas much. I miss the old days...

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  56. It's all about spending time with my family especially granddaughters for the holidays. baking, wrapping and that trip to whisper in Santa's ear! Thanks for the very generous giveaway. As a child of the 50's too I remember those simpler gifts, my favorite Betsy Wetsy Doll and carriage especially.

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  57. Cute picture! I love the holidays as it is a time when family and friends get together. Life gets so busy through the year, be we always make time at the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. I have the best memories of Christmas Eve over at Grama's - it was magic.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. My Favorite Thing For Christmas Is Time Spent With Family And Friends A Very Close Second Is Making Items For Family.

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  60. oops.. PS - my favorite part of Christmas is watching the smiles on our grandchildren's faces when they open their gift at our home... They range from 3 to 15 years in age and they are always so much fun. Thanks so much for the memory -- can't wait for Christmas! Karen on Keuka

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  61. Every year on Christmas Eve, I would get a Venus Paradise Coloring Set. And, all of my cousins, brother and sister would sit around and color pictures. Now you have to understand, they are all around 10 years older them me. I could not understand why they would want to color (they were "adults" to me). These are great memories and we still joke about them coloring. It is a fun tradition that my parents created for us.

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  62. Love the picture, I also had a cowgirl outfit and would wear it constantly. I remember playing cowboy and Indians with my brother. A much simpler time but so much fun. I have an aluminium pom pom Christmas tree with the original decorations and color wheel that my mother had. Thanks for the chance at one of your great kits, love the red but then again that's my favorite color.

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  63. Christmas to me is about family. I love sitting around the table with all of my children and their spouses and now the grandchildren. It is so exciting to watch the kids open up their gifts,

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  64. I love your photo. I have an old photograph of me as a girl of 3 or 4 years old, wearing a cowgirl hat and holster and pistol. I didn't have the horse, though!
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane and thanks for the giveaway!
    k.castanette@hotmail.com

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  65. Cute! Love Christmas and all the family times.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. Love your picture! Those were the days when we had to use our imaginations along with our toys to play...love it!

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  67. Such a cute little cowgirl! ;-)

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  68. I love the extra time I spend with my daughter making Christmas gifts for family and friends. I am a little jealous of your outfit and horse. I would have loved to have had one of those for my little brother back in the "old days". He would have been in cowboy heaven and I would have been in big sister heaven. I believed then and still do, that he deserves it all. Thanks, Jackie

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  69. This brings back memories of when my 2 brothers and I received cowboy outfits for Christmas. I was not allowed to play cowboys with them because I would not stay dead when they shot me with the cowboy guns!

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  70. The picture of you on the horse takes me down memory lane. There's one of me quite similar from the 50's. Hadn't thought about it in years, and have no idea where it ever ended up!! Great give-away. Thanks for the opportunity to enter and thanks to Henry Glass for the heads up!

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  71. Love old pictures like these. My daughter was just asking to go through the old pictures of her & her 4 brothers growing up, so they can do some re-creation pictures. Can't wait to see them.

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  72. I love Christmas Eve midnight church service the best. It is my favorite!

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  73. What a wonderful gift you got! My favorite thing about the holidays is being to be able to relax and visit with family and friends. Thanks.

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  74. Love the horse. Thanks so much for sharing

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  75. I LOVE Christmas time best of all. I LOVE the DECORATIONS, the EXCITEMENT, and the FAMILY TIME.

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  76. Hi Mary Jane...I was born in 1950...sEw long ago, how picture taking has changed since then...now you can take pictures with your phone, who would have thought that would ever happen. Christmas is a time when I get to see family that I don't get to see very often...I've moved a lot...I miss my husband's family, we don't get to see them very often, back in the 70's, 80's and 90's we always got together, now we are spread out across Canada and even in the USA. I love the good old days...singing Christmas carols around the piano. Great memories!!

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  77. Great picture! My favourite part of Christmas is the turkey!

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  78. I just like getting together with family and I like seeing all the Christmas lights, thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  79. I'd love a pattern for the cardboard horse! Reminds me of the pictures of me as a kid. All black and white. Color came along when I was a little older.

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  80. I love looking at the old black and white photos, brings back a lot of memories. Now we are making memories with 6 grandkids ages 7 mo to 7 years.

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  81. Holidays means FAMILY time - that is what I live for!! I am so lucky that all our grown children live in the same city and are so good to me to indulge me still in many holiday traditions - like coming to our house to trim the tree with us, as they did when they were kids! Lucky, lucky me...
    Getting into holiday spirit with all these quilty inspirations is wonderful - thank you for a great giveaway!

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  82. My favorite thing about Christmas is spending the time with family. Your cowgirl outfit brings back memories of two schoolmates that had the same cowgirl outfit just in different colors. One was red and black the other was blue and black and I wanted one of those outfits. I never did get one but it is still a good memory whenever I think of those outfits.

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  83. I adore that picture of you in that cardboard horse...what a wonderful idea! My favorite thing about Christmas is the lights and the music. Having the kids all come home is the best.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  84. The horse bring back so many memories! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love spending time with my three-year-old granddaughter during holidays.

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  85. I love your child photo in the horse. It's too cute! Aren't you glad someone took your photo and saved it? My Mom had so many photos of me and my siblings that she gave each of us a photo album of our child photos organized by year. It was the best gift ever.

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  86. We no longer host Christmas at our home but rather we go to my oldest son's and it is wonderful. I do miss the hubbabaloo of getting ready but it is nice not to be so tired. And to be with the grandson makes it even better. Thanks for a chance to win your gorgeous quilt kit. What a cute Hop A Long you were, I had something similar to your but my marvelously talented mom made mine.

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  87. Your pattern is great. I'm just getting started with my holiday decorating.

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  88. I think Christmas is such a pretty time of the year due to all the decorations. It helps the landscape not be so bare after fall.

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  89. I love the small child that still "believes", the wonder and excitement on Christmas morning from that child is worth more than any gift I could receive.

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  90. I love the picture. When I look back at some of me when I was young, I just have to shake my head and giggle. If I look back to my kids , I think how cute they were. My favorite thing about Christmas is the tree. Love just looking at it in the dark with a glass of wine and thinking back.

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  91. I like spending time with extended family. It looks like your 'horse' made your day. Brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing and for a chance at your giveaway.

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  92. I love your outfit and the horse. That looks like good old fashion fun!

    mabear29@ymail.com

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  93. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  94. We are probably of the same vintage. I remember Hoppy very well, but Roy Rogers was my favorite. I had a red corduroy cowgirl vest and skirt with white fringe and a white hat. Although I grew up in New York City I was convinced I was a cowgirl. I would have loved a cardboard horse like yours

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  95. I like your picture! My family has this same photo from late 60 s or so with us and cousins in cowboy hats and real ponies! It takes me back, thanks for the memories reminder! I would love, love, love one of your quilts!

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  96. So many things to love about the holiday season: lights, excitement, anticipation, foods... Most of all though is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

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  97. Memories - I love the ones I have and the ones we'll be making during the holidays!

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  98. love the red colorway quilt ... thanx for the chance to win it. love your cowgirl picture ... back in the forties, we had broomstick horses, cap guns and real lariats, lots of bruises and rope burns!

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  99. Just enjoying the family. Food and family go hand in hand around the Holidays.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  100. I look forward to seeing friends and relatives at Christmas and going to the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Hoppalong Cassidy used to come to my elementary school every couple of years and entertain us with rope tricks and such. I was fortunate to meet and speak with him at the Rose Parade about 20 years ago -- the last parade he participated in before he passed away. He was a very kind man with a great smile and twinkly eyes. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  101. I love having my whole family sit down to the dinner table and enjoy a meal together... I love my family!

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  102. I love that picture of you as a cowgirl with her pony! My favorite thing about the holidays is getting together with family and friends to cook, share food & wine and play games. Such a great thing to do in the darkest time of winter!

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  103. I love spending time with my family for the holidays. Decorating for Christmas is so fun and I love to keep them up as long as I can. I just haven't had the chance to get started yet this year. Your picture as a cowgirl is great!

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  104. I love getting together with all the family, cousins, aunts, uncles.

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  105. I love being around my Grandkids during the holidays and taking them to see the Christmas lights! You kit looks awesome! Thank you!

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  106. My favorite part of Christmas is the music. A lady at church sings `Mary, Did You Know` and it sounds so fantastic. I really love it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  107. I really enjoy hosting all of our immediate and extended family during the holidays! Many have moved to different parts of the country and return to celebrate Christmas. It is such a wonderful time to be together!

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  108. My favorite part of the holidays is having my kids home for Christmas dinner. This year my youngest will be missing...she's working at Disney in Florida and won't be back in NJ until the first week in January. So, we'll have a second Christmas then!

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  109. Love being with family and looking at all the Christmas light decorations. It gives off such a warm cozy feeling.

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  110. I love visiting my grandkids at Christmas. Children make the season special. You sure are a cute little cowgirl!

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  111. I like Henry Glass fabrics ~ I would put your fabric line in a quilt block if I win!! Thanks. We are going to our daughter's 10-1/2 hours away for Christmas ~ we know there will be snow there too and a game or two of Scrabble across the table from each other! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  112. Beautiful quilts! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  113. I am a teacher, so I enjoy preparing all of the projects and lessons during December.

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  114. Love the horse. Thank you for sharing the picture.

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  115. I love the spirit of Christmas. Can't really explain it, but I love the magic of giving someone the perfect gift. I love thinking up something really fun to make for others too.

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  116. You and your horse--how adorable!
    While I do hate Christmas shopping, I love the "homey" preparations for Christmas. The simpler things. Making handmade ornaments, decorating the house and tree. Baking cookies! :o)

    pippirose59@gmail.com

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  117. I love getting together with my family during the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway ksmith8@emich.edu

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  118. I love the music, the lights, the decorations and getting together with family and friends.

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  119. I love your pictures! My favorite part of the season is getting together with family.

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  120. I love everything about Christmas especially celebrating with friends and family.

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