November 21 ~ Holidays at Home

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Happy Friday! It’s almost time to really decorate your home in earnest (or have you started already?!). Each Friday we focus on making your home cozy and festive for the holiday season (enjoy our previous Friday posts).

Also: Don’t forget to share your preparations with us, and be sure to check out Giveaway Day!

Make It

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Alicia from Posie Gets Cozy (have you fallen in love with her new book?!– Wonderful!) shares a Gumdrop Wreath Tutorial, hosted on Kiddley.
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Mason-Dixon Knitting, home of so many brilliant knitting adventures, brings us a Felted Ball Tutorial. It’s a great way to involve (even quite young) kids in a fun, decorating project. Make up the balls, let them dry and then string them into garlands!
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This Ribbon Wreath Tutorial was created for Halloween (hence the black), but we think it would look perfect for the holidays with some beautiful, red ribbon (or sewing scraps?!). Ellen from The Long Thread always has great ideas!
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Meg from elsie marley (and our board) created this Woodland Ornament Tutorial (pine cones, mushrooms & a sprig of holly) series with a PDF pattern download just for you! We’re already planning the fabrics we’ll use for our pine cones.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Holidays at Home Week 1, Holidays at Home Week 2 and Fabric Ornaments.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Meg’s choice Beth’s choice Lara’s choice
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Buy It

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Betz White’s Felted Wool Christmas Stockings sell out fast, so you’ll have to visit her Betz White shop on the 24th for her next update. In the meantime, however, you can snap up her many other felted pieces like beautiful scarves, journals and more.

Mix It

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Janelle from Talk of Tomatoes makes her Eggnog Recipe a priority, and you should too (it takes at least three weeks for the flavors to “marry and marinate”)!
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Lara, one of our board members, shared one of her Australian family holiday favorites: Pavlova! Find the details in this Pavlova Recipe from Exclusively Food.

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Win It

French General: Home Sewn
30 Projects for Every Room in the House

By Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala

Published in September, 2008
ISBN 9780811864039

8-3/4 x 8 in; 160 pp ; color photographs and illustrations throughout, 6 pattern pages and embroidery transfers for 30 projects in an attached envelope

From the publisher:

French General: Home Sewn — As the founder of the renowned crafts and notions store, French General, Kaari Meng scours the French countryside and Parisian flea markets for vintage treasures. Now, this beloved designer has gathered her favorite patterns into a charming sourcebook sure to be coveted by crafters, Francophiles, and home decorators. She offers 30 simple sewing patterns for French-inspired projects—a scalloped tablecloth, piles of pillows and bedding, a festive party garland, totes—and more. Lay-flat spiral binding and ready-to-use pattern sheets and embroidery transfers, plus step-by-step directions, gorgeous photographs, and helpful illustrations make it easy to bring the palettes and pleasures of traditional French living into any home.

Kaari Meng sells vintage and new textiles at her store in Los Angeles and to retailers in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She and her husband, photographer Jon Zabala, live in southern California.

We’re so excited that Chronicle sent us this beautiful book! The projects are absolutely gorgeous. Visit Chronicle Books for more information. Comment below for your chance to win . The winner will be announced next Friday. See the list of other prizes we’re giving away this month.

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19 ~ Grandparents
18 ~ College Students
17 ~ Girlfriends
16 ~ Dads
15 ~ New Parents
14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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348 Responses to November 21 ~ Holidays at Home

  1. Bethany says:

    Love it all!!! A book exciting!!

  2. Kristine says:

    Love the idea of the ribbon wreath. It would be so tempting to make one for each season/holiday or make mini ones to use as gift toppers. Quick and easy with no exotic supplies needed, thank goodness!

  3. ratty says:

    oooh! i’ve always wanted to make a candy wreath! this one looks much easier than others i’ve seen, thanks!

  4. Rhiannon says:

    I LOVE those pinecones!

  5. Mirjam says:

    Love the ribbon wreath. And I would certainly love win this beautiful book!

  6. Robyn says:

    this book is on my personal christmas list! my 6 year old son says he loves most at christmas drinking egg nogg in front of the fire(non-alcohol, of course.) he truly is an old soul! so this egg nog recipe… hmmm i might have to whip that up!

  7. Bronwyn says:

    Am loving Lara’s recipies! Love seeing some great Aussie favourites here. Am I too late to enter this giveaway? Wish French General was closer to home, so maybe this book would help with my growing appreciation of the delightful french country style.

  8. Marie says:

    i made the gumdrop wreath last night! it came out beautiful- thanks for another great idea!

  9. Michelle F says:

    I adore that gumdrop wreath! Last year, with my children, we made Hershey’s Kisses trees – I think this year we may do the gumdrop wreath! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Hannah says:

    Great ideas for the holidays!

  11. Anary says:

    Nice wreaths..I think I could make one for each season!

  12. Dallas says:

    I love the wreath ideas, especially the Halloween one. The bows are so simple, but very creative.

  13. Corry O says:

    Great projects! Would love to win the book.

  14. Tara says:

    That gumdrop wreath is amazing! How many hours would it take?!

  15. Limor says:

    I haven’t had pavlova in years. Maybe I should run to the store and make one this week.

  16. Doris says:

    Love your ideas! I’d love to have that Home Sewn book as well!

  17. Mmmm… eggnog time! And that desssert looks killer!

  18. Amy L says:

    I like the simplicity of the wreath. Each year I try to increase my holiday decorating in the most economical way and I have holiday ribbon waiting for the right decorating project. This looks to be like a good one.

  19. Susu says:

    I’ll take the gumdrops over the eggnog any day.

  20. Liz says:

    I would love it!

  21. Nani says:

    Cool book

  22. pam says:

    so cute.

  23. jill m says:

    Did I ever tell you the story of the gum drop garland I made for our Christmas tree one year? The one that my 3- and 5-year old girls nibbled away at while I set catch-and-release traps for the mice that I was sure was in the house? No?! Well, have a seat….

  24. Steph Wehrman says:

    That book looks amazing!

  25. Lynn says:

    Oooh, I missed the gumdrop wreath tutorial. It’s so cute!

  26. Crystal says:

    After reading the eggnog recipe, I no longer want to make it. I lasts a YEAR?

  27. Tracy C. says:

    I have been wanting to make a gumdrop wreath for years. I think this may be the year. Thanks for the reminder.

  28. The kids LOVE the gumdrop wreath.

  29. Christie says:

    My girls would love a make a gumdrop wreath – that’s going on our project list for sure πŸ™‚

  30. Nicolle says:

    The gumdrop wreath is tooo yummy looking! THe pavlova looks great too!

  31. Alicia says:

    The ribbon wreath looks like a great idea!

  32. judy says:

    i love the wreaths. i will be making the gum drop one with my daughter.

    thanks for sharing.

  33. Sunny says:

    Love it! All of it!

  34. Katie says:

    The wreath is beautiful and I love the book!

  35. Josiane says:

    The ribbon wreath is great! You are right, it would be an awesome use for sewing scraps!

  36. Debbie says:

    So many cute ideas!

  37. Linda says:

    I had every intention of making that black ribbon wreath for halloween but things got so busy. I still plan on it. If not for xmas for next halloween!

  38. Bree says:

    the fact that you have a Pavlova recipe on your site is the coolest thing I’ve seen in weeks! For the most simple Pav, just top with Passionfruit pulp, or to make it really tropical try Kiwi Fruit and Strawberries or Mango. YUM!

  39. Laura F. says:

    I’ve made the wreaths twice now with my children.They are really fun and so cute.

    I love the woodland creatures and the cute stocking.

    Thanks for another great contest!

  40. Louisa says:

    I look forward to all your posts, but the Friday ones are always my favorites!

  41. Denneen Peterson says:

    Oh, I want the book!! I want it! I also want the egg nog and the pine cones. Now to find pine cone fabrics! How cool.

  42. debra says:

    The wreath would be a cool decoration to make with the kiddos!

  43. Lisa Allbee says:


  44. mary says:

    I REALLY want to learn to make felt balls. Thanks for the tutorial!

  45. Heather B says:

    My kids would love the gumdrop wreath!

  46. mary says:

    That book looks fantastic! Thank you!

  47. Katherine says:

    HAHA The Gumdrop Wreath would be bare by X-mas…I’d eat it!

  48. Lauren says:

    I can see the ribbon wreath done in lots of bright, fun colors for the holidays– I might just have to try it, ya know, whith all my spare time πŸ™‚

  49. cet says:

    great ideas, thanks for the inspiration!

  50. Rane says:

    These are all lovely! I love the nature ideas~ we drilled holes into acorns that were
    dry and hung them with ribbon. The kids love them. If you drill very small holes
    into the lids and scoop out the “meat” of the acorns then drill small holes on either
    side about 1/16th of a inch. then thread the thin ribbon through top then from outer
    side of acorn the through center to outer side… then back through the bottom of the
    cap. two holes in the cap and two in the acorn… tie it and it is a small fairy pouch for
    you to wear around your neck. I made these with a small pom pom on the inner
    cap (with hot glue) then added powder glitter. I made sure the cap could still move
    up and down the ribbon. I used a small cork that I cut to fit each one and these
    were halloween gifts for my daughters friends. But this could be for hollidays or any day!!
    I hope that you could understand my directions…. of not post and I will try again,

  51. kelley says:

    the gumdrop wreath looks like a fun family project!

  52. Laine Odle says:

    the wreaths are fabulous!! So cute!

  53. whitney says:


  54. Kat says:

    Cute gumdrop wreath!

  55. amylouwho says:

    OH that gumdrop wreath is too cute!

  56. Libby says:

    What wonderful tutorials. Thank you.

  57. Suzanne says:

    I’m looking forward to making a gumdrop wreath with the kids!

  58. Leslie says:

    I just love the wreaths!!! So much more cute than the usual! Thanks for the tutorials!!

  59. June B says:

    Love anything and everything “French General”! woohoo!

  60. Mandi says:

    Can’t wait for all the wonderful ideas again this year! And I do so want that book!

  61. Lisa says:

    Thanks for more great ideas….

  62. Debbie says:

    My college age daughter is already in love with French country prints. I would love to have the inspiration of the French General book to surprise her with happies.

  63. Anja says:

    I love the pine cone ornament. So lovely.
    Oh and that book…

  64. Karen H says:

    I love the wreath and I think my kids would like that project A LOT! πŸ™‚

  65. Trina says:

    sewmammasew has never been so fun!

  66. Dawn says:

    The wreath is yummy!

  67. Dawn says:

    I love Bez White! I have been saving sweaters so that I can make all kinds of felty goodness! I love the idea of making stockings like is shown above.

  68. Julia says:

    The woodland ornaments are fabulous! – And so are Kari Meng’s books (I own. the previous one). I’d love to win a copy of ‘Home Sewn’…;o)
    Cheers, Julia

  69. Panamomma says:

    Thanks for all of this. I am enjoying the different links so much. I check them each day and bookmark the ones I want to go back to and make at one time or another.

  70. Katie says:

    I love the ribbon wreath and am so catching the vision!

  71. Christine Bolin says:

    The ribbon wreath took my breath away. Instead of black maybe silver or grey ribbon. Good job!!

  72. buebau says:

    Oh My… that gumdrop wreath is a To do thing!

  73. Sandy H. says:

    I cannot wait to see what is new each day. I’m putting together a file for next year to do lots more homemade gifts. Keep up the super work.

    Sandy in NJ

  74. Jackie says:

    I’m having a holiday party in a few weeks, I may just make some of those felted balls and let our guests help string them up and hang them around the house. πŸ™‚

  75. Natalie says:

    How do you manage to still find something I would love to try, learn, make, play with? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  76. Donette says:

    Love the wreath. I’m seriously contemplating the ribbon one, but I know my kids would request the gumdrop!

  77. Melissa D. says:

    I guess I better get started on that egg nog. I get to use our own chicken’s organic, free range, wondrously perfect eggs. You’re all jealous, I know!

  78. Christy says:

    I can’t wait to try the wreaths! Thank you.

  79. LisaAlso says:

    I’m loving the wreath tutes! Of course, i would probably EAT my gumball one, but hey! It’s all good!

  80. Brookiej says:

    Love it all…every day, I’m amazed by the projects! Thanks!

  81. Karla says:

    I love the ribbon wreath! I may have to try it with all the Christmas fabric I have.

  82. brittany says:

    yum! i love pavlova. and that wreath is so cute!

  83. Victoria says:

    Thanks so much for the great ideas!

  84. Linda T says:

    More great projects! Count me in your drawing too!

  85. Janellybelly says:

    Pavlova is a Christmas favourite with our family, especially when the weather is hot! we smother ours with lots of cream, strawberries and passionfruit πŸ™‚

  86. Harley says:

    Oh wow, that gumdrop wreath really takes me back!! And that ribbon wreath is so chic in black. Very pretty.

  87. holly says:

    I’m so in love with the little woodland ornaments, especially the holly! and the fabric wreath is now the next thing on my growing to-do list. thank you so much for all your great inspiration!!

  88. Viv says:

    I so love Pavlova.

  89. Mariana says:

    ohhhh I covet this book!

  90. Paige says:

    All of these projects and tutorials look so fabulous – I want to make them all!

  91. georgia says:

    I’m in love with my christmas wreath, but I might just have to make a gumdrop one! Cuteness!

  92. katie says:

    I’ll try again. That book looks fantastic!

  93. Amy says:

    I love the wreath!

  94. Sara says:

    I LOVE the ribbon wreath idea!! I know i have saved all those itty bitty scraps of fabric for almost 10 years for something! Yea!

  95. Shelly says:

    The gumdrop wreath would drive my kids crazy!

  96. Holy Toledo, that Pavlova looks both delicious and terrifying.

  97. Lisa says:

    I’m about ready to move on to the “buy it” options; I’m whipped from all the Christmas sewing I’ve done this week.

  98. Melanie says:

    I love the gumdrops. Can’t wait to check out Alicia’s new book.

  99. Jennifer says:

    I love that wreath! I am going to have to give that a go! Black is so classy- perhaps a black one with silver for the New Year!

  100. Lia says:

    I think I’ll make one of those lovely wreaths for our door. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great book.

  101. Julia in MI says:

    More great stuff. Thanks

  102. Emily says:

    MMmmmm, Pavlova! That would be a lovely holiday tradition! I love the wreaths, but don’t know if I have it in me to make any this year. It may be a plain ol Trader Joe’s special fir us this year. Maybe I could just a add a ribbon.

  103. anja says:

    Checked out the egg nog recipe–sounds quite yummy, thanks for the link. The book looks beautiful, I love all things French!

  104. Heidi says:

    I love the stocking and wreath, they’ve given me tons of ideas

  105. carrie says:

    I just love all these ideas.

  106. Amanda says:

    Love the ornaments!

  107. Jacqui says:

    Mmmmm those gumdrops are making me drool. I don’t think they would last long enough to make it onto a wreath in my house. I plan to make Christmas decoration through-out all next year so my tree can be a hand made one πŸ™‚

  108. Katie Mitchell says:

    I never would have thought of making a wreath out of gum drops.

  109. Holly says:

    Thanks for such great holiday inspiration. I follow along every day.

  110. Deanne says:

    I love that yummy gumdrop wreath! The Home Sewn book looks pretty yummy too. πŸ˜€

  111. Rebecca S says:

    Love the wreaths! I had pavlova for the first time this summer and I loved it!

  112. JenO says:

    I love the gumdrop wreath!!

  113. Mrs. H. says:

    I love the idea of making the ribbon wreath with sewing scraps. I have some red and cream toile that would look amazing.

  114. Anya T. says:

    Looks like a great book to win. Thanks for the chance.

  115. Jen says:

    LOVING the woodland ornaments and the stockings. But then, near as I can tell, Betz White can do no wrong!

  116. Betsy M says:

    I really want to make that wreath but there is NO WAY that my kids would leave that alone.:) There would be nibble marks all over! LOL Thanks for the cute ideas.

  117. Tiffany says:

    Eggnog? Yummy! πŸ™‚

    I’m totally getting inspired for the holidays…

  118. Karen says:

    love this wreath! I am definitely making that one.

  119. Nicole says:

    oooh, pretty. French. Fabric. oooh.

  120. WendyLou says:

    As if I don’t already have enough unfinished projects around the house!! This book would fit right in!!

  121. Mandy says:

    That gumdrop wreath is a great alternative to the $65 vintage Christmas bulb wreath I almost bought today at an antique store. Now we’ll just have to see if I have the patience to make it…

  122. Stacy says:

    Cute ideas!

  123. Lindsey says:

    I can’t believe that gumdrop wreath!m

  124. Cass H says:

    Oooooh, I love pavlova! I love the idea of the gumdrop wreath too!

  125. Grace says:

    That gumdrop wreath wouldn’t last 5 minutes around here. Oh, yum.

  126. Odette says:

    those gumdrops look sooooo festive !

  127. Karen says:

    Great ideas! I think I like the woodland ornaments the most, a mushroom on the tree, now that’s different! : )

  128. woodland ornaments??? A-DORABLE!!!!!

  129. Michelle says:

    The gumdrop wreaths are SO cute! I just might have to make some mini versions of that this year with my kids!

  130. Yvette says:

    Love the woodland ornaments – especially the mushrooms! Definitely going to have to make a little cluster of them – maybe a fairy ring????

  131. Caitlyn says:

    I’m not sure how long that gumdrop wreath would last in my house– but it does look fun!

  132. Emilee says:

    I’m going to have to make both of those wreaths. I love those wreaths!

  133. Yetta says:

    The fabric wreath looks very elegant. I think it will be pretty in metallic. Em….

  134. Christy says:

    I wanna give the felted balls a try. They look so cute!

  135. Alissa says:

    The gumdrop wreath is GREAT but I fear my cats would eat the whole thing while I’m away!!

  136. Nicole Newman says:

    Thank you so much for putting this all together! I am so excited about the gumdrop wreath–I just need to figure out where to hang it now!

  137. Lauren A says:

    I, too, love the wreaths! I need a new holiday wreath, and I already have the perfect fabric in mind! Thanks for yet another wonderful installation!!

  138. amy says:

    Love the gumdrop wreath! So cute!

  139. Marlene says:

    The ribbon wreath would make a great gift for Thanksgiving at the family. So personal and it would utilize my scraps! Thanks! I am going to keep that gumdrop wreath in mind for my kids birthday party. What a great door hang for guests to see when they arrive! YUm!

  140. Jodie says:

    Love the wreath!

  141. Page says:

    There are only 157 reponses so far so my chances of winning this goodie are over 1% (: I love everything French and haven’t seen this treasure before. I hope I win!

  142. Michelle says:

    Oh another wonderful sewing book. I love all these great tutorials. Thanks for posting them.

  143. Jessica says:

    What great ideas!

  144. Gretchen says:

    I think some little munchkins would make quick work of that adorable gumdrop wreath if it was hung in my home!! It looks too yummy to leave alone.

  145. Elle Doughty says:

    More felting…I must do this soon! And I really love the ribbon wreath – the seasonal and theme possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing ~ elle

  146. Rachel says:

    I love the gumdrop wreath! I would have a hard time not eating them!

  147. Ms. Cleaver says:

    I want to eat the wreath! (gumdrop, not ribbon)

  148. Junglewife says:

    Once again, more great ideas!!!

  149. Becky says:

    I think I need to make the ribbon wreath. It might be nice in colors to match my kitchen and one for Christmas as well. Its so pretty and simple as well.

  150. missknitta says:

    Pavlova is my favorite dessert πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  151. yvonne says:

    that book looks great!

  152. kelli says:

    Beautiful wreaths! I think my kids would gorge on so many gumdrops while we were trying to make a wreath, we would end up really short!

  153. Lynne in NC says:

    Yes! I’m definitely getting the itch to decorate. Love, love, love the gumdrop wreath.
    When we were in New Zealand I got a recipe for Pavlova from a real Maori. It’s delicious, just like the one described in today’s post. My hubby is ready for egg nogg, too.

  154. Kat says:

    I see a mushroom-ornamented holiday tree in my future…

  155. SarahB says:

    That gumdrop wreath is so fun! My girls would be over the top about it but I’m sure would find a way to climb up and eat the whole thing! I love the ribbon wreath–I think it’s just what our front door needs!

  156. betsy says:

    The gumdrop wreath looks like a lot of fun to make!

  157. Rebecca says:

    We just did our Christmas decorating this morning!

  158. Judi says:

    I think I need to try the ribbon wreath with some Christmas prints I have in my stash!

  159. odd dotty says:

    Love the felt balls!! What a fun project to do with kids! Thanks!

  160. Tammy :) says:

    The ribbon wreath is so cute!

  161. Sue Schoch says:

    Yum!! Gumdrop wreath! Can’t wait to try one of these.

  162. alisha says:

    I’ve never heard of pavlova, but it looks delicious!

  163. Sarah Kaeck says:

    I love the felted garland!

  164. jackie bateman says:

    thanks for more great ideas!

  165. Cindy B. says:

    Love these ideas

  166. Michelle says:

    Mmmm Pavlova!

  167. Nada says:

    pavlova looks delicious!

  168. Elizabeth says:

    I want to do the ribbon wreath.

  169. julia says:

    I am going to be making woodland ornaments now! -I love to make a handmade ornament for friends and family every year, I alredy started some birds, but these are perfect!!

  170. Michele says:

    I love the wreaths! So festive.

  171. Deanne says:

    The egg nog recipe looks wonderful – will get started on that this weekend.

  172. Jayme L. says:

    Both of the wreaths are adorable and they look fun to make with kids.

  173. oh man that gumdrop wreath is soo fab! my kids and I must make one!

  174. Fuji Mama says:

    Mmmmm, nothing beats homemade egg nog!

  175. Grand dad says:

    The ribbon wreath will more likely be made by me , but the pavlova really looks yummy also!

  176. Lourdes Lopez says:

    I’ve seen this book at the book store and it is great! Good luck to all trying to win!

  177. Shellyfish says:

    I just wrote down in my planner that I wanted to see some different wreaths to make – love the ideas! I’m so excited about the holidays!

  178. Margie says:

    Oh beautiful stuff today!! That wreath looks so yummy!!!

  179. Lalli says:

    Great Projects!! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  180. Kacy says:

    What an amazing giveaway today! I absolutey love sewing things for the home & appreciate all of your ideas!

  181. susan says:

    I love the ribbon wreath — I can see how it could translate to almost any holiday. Thanks for the link!

  182. mommymae says:

    the gumdrop wreath looks delicious!

  183. Amy Hodge says:

    I totally love that wreath! Would look really cute in tiny sizes on a tree as well. Thanks!

  184. and the great ideas just keep coming! thanks! LOVE the wreath ideas.

  185. Sam says:

    that eggnog sounds great and the felted balls are so easy! love those mason dixon ladies!

  186. Kate says:

    I ordered ribbon to make that wreath as soon as I saw this post!! I think I’ll make the gumdrop wreath with my nieces & nephews.

  187. Jacqui says:

    One of the best ways to start a fight between Aussies and Kiwis (other than underarm bowling) is to bring up the topic of who invented the pavlova! Regardless, it’s a great Christmas treat. Love all the projects and the book looks lovely. I’ve only just discovered your blog but am hooked already πŸ™‚

  188. Sue says:

    I am going to make the ribbon wreath. So sophisticated yet so easy!

  189. Rita says:

    ooo, I love this book!

  190. Rachel says:

    The Black Wreath would look great in different sizes and in gold and invory tones for the holidays!

  191. Ashley Ann says:

    I love the gumdrop wreath!

  192. Jodes says:

    Lovelovelove today’s offerings!

  193. Jessica says:

    3 weeks, wow! I can’t wait to try making that egg nog.

  194. Becky says:

    Those felted stockings are wonderful! And what a great book for a sewers bookshelf … or work table … or under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

  195. Jessica says:

    I wanna win I wanna win

  196. Julie Carpenter says:

    I find myself excited every morning to check your blog and see what the next craft ideas might be. This list is such a gift!!! Thank you for taking the time to make it happen.

  197. Melanie O. says:

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely love that Gum Drop Wreath! And it really does look easy to make…! The Felt balls are really cool, too!

  198. Tammy Wittig says:

    I can’t stand gumdrops, but that wreath looks really cute! I think I must make the ribbon wreath, though!

  199. Kate says:

    I’ve never made eggnog, I’ll have to give that a shot!

  200. Deanna says:

    I want to make felt balls in the Mason-Dixon house!

  201. Megan says:

    This probably sounds dumb, but i really like the jar that the eggnog is in!

  202. Karin says:

    3 weeks to make egg nog??? Why am I tempted? Thanks for the link!

  203. MommytoAva says:

    I just checked out this book on a childless evening at the bookstore. Amazing! It’s on my ever-growing wishlist. I have been thinking about gumdrops a lot lately too…could be because they were a favorite childhood treat at G’ma & G’pa’s…or because we just read Hansel & Gretel for the 20th time the other night. Either way, a gumdrop wreath (or mini version) is now on the list of things to do in preparation for the holidays! Thanks!

  204. Jessy Roos says:

    Ever since I discovered Stephanie Congdon Barnes I have LOVED woodland creatures and objects, so the little ornaments are right up my alley – thanks!

  205. Jen says:

    I love the wreaths!

  206. Andrea says:

    super wreath idea! I’ll definitely be trying that!

  207. Michelle says:

    Love the look of those colorful felted balls on the gift tags. Kind of nice that they’re all different colors, and not just limited to traditional Christmas-y green and red.

  208. Sarah says:

    Love the wreaths, how cute and what great ideas!

  209. shannoxx says:

    the bow wreath looks great!

  210. Sara R. says:

    I love the ribbon wreath. I think I know what I’m making this weekend.

  211. Avlor says:

    The gumdrop wreath sure caught my daughter’s attention. πŸ˜‰ Such cute ideas!

  212. I love those wreaths – The gum drops are so colorful.

  213. Carla says:

    The wreath is cool! Love it all.

  214. Jill A says:

    Thanks for the wreath idea – I have been looking for one that is simple and elegant, and this may be just the right one!

  215. Krista says:

    What great ideas! I hope to start decorating this weekend… Perhpas I will make the gumdrop wreath! Love it.

  216. Kristen L says:

    Excellent! I needed a wreath idea, too, so I’m excited for that one! Thanks.

  217. Charissa says:

    Ribbon wreaths, eggnog, fabric magnets…all so cute! The book would be GREAT, too!

  218. Fabric orniments are a great idea.

  219. Key says:

    These holiday craft ideas are amazing! Thank you for making November such an inspiring month!

  220. Whistlepea says:

    That book looks amazing!

  221. I love the gumdrop wreath. Bright and cheerful!

  222. Pamela says:

    Wonderful ideas, like usual!

  223. Amelia says:

    The woodland ornaments are adorable and look so easy. Ill be trying those for sure!

  224. Bethany says:

    I love the felted balls as even my little girls can help make them!

  225. Teresa says:

    I may have to try making some egg nog this year.

  226. Laura says:

    Love the ribbon wreath and the ornaments! I did the bird ornaments from “Last Minute Quilted Gifts” in an ornament swap last year.

  227. Amy says:

    Oh, I like the woodland ornaments πŸ™‚

  228. Christina says:

    ooo i bet the gumdrop wreath would be fun for the kids.. hmm now to make a shopping list πŸ™‚

  229. BethieB says:

    I’ve never heard of pavlova until just now, I’m off to do some googling on it. It looks absolutely beautiful and delicious, thank you for spotlighting it, I love to learn about new things.

    And Meg’s choice of fabrics is gorgeous. The wreath would look perfect as a year-round decoration in that fabric…especially in my sewing room, which is filled with all sorts of different shades of blue, lol.

  230. Jenn M says:

    That gumdrop wreath is so eyecatching and colorful! I love it!

  231. Ineke says:

    I like the wreath.
    I shall be starting to decorate for X-mas on 7th of December as on 5th December we have
    “Sinterklaas” in Holland.

  232. sonja says:

    The felted balls are nice..thanks for the tutorials

  233. Catarina says:

    I Loved the mushrooms! I think I might one for my Xmas tree.

  234. rebecca says:

    That wreath is a great idea! I need to make one!

  235. MaryL says:

    Opened eggs sitting in the fridge for three weeks……I’m afraid I will never be able to drink egg nog again! Perhaps a small prize would take awaysome of the pain (wink)of loosing egg nog.


  236. Deb says:

    I love the ribbon wreath and the woodland ornaments! thanks!!

  237. Shelley says:

    Cool idea for the ribbon wreath, I definitaly making one for the front door

  238. Liz says:

    Oh wow… that wreath is awesome. I can just see it in a variety of Christmas fabric scraps. So cute!

  239. Jocelyn says:

    Cute wreath!

  240. Joanne says:

    Love the wreaths!

  241. Water Works says:

    I am going to make a gum drop wreath with my kids this weekend. How fun!

  242. joy newman says:

    love the wreaths. how creative and cute (and easy!)

  243. Julie says:

    Love the gumdrop wreath!

  244. Jody says:

    The ribbon wreath is on my list of must-make projects. Gorgeous!

  245. craftytammie says:

    Great decorations! I’ve been eyeing that book online.

  246. Gail says:

    I love all of your ideas! I can’t make the link work for the woodland ornaments. I can’t wait to make them πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for all of the gift ideas!

  247. Kathy says:

    that ribbon wreath is great:)

  248. Hilary says:

    Lovely ideas – thanks for this list!

  249. Tina says:

    I was just looking at those fabric pine cones on another blog. Looks like a fun project to make!

  250. Valerie says:

    I’m loving all these tutorials! What a great way to get ready for Christmas-Thanks sooo much!

  251. Laura says:

    I am making one of those wreaths today! So lovely looking.

  252. Sarah S says:

    Great ideas! I love that ribbon wreath.

  253. Bunny says:

    How cute is that gumdrop wreath?!

  254. Kate Davis says:

    Wonderful! I just love these. The gumdrop wreath is super cute!

  255. méri says:

    These are great tutorials!!!

  256. Amy Bundy says:

    Wow, how gorgeous is just the COVER of that book?! Count me in!

  257. Laura Capp says:

    I actually spent a very long time paging through this book and drooling over all the projects. I love it! It’s full of amazing ideas — a bit beyond my skill-level at the moment, but gorgeous enough to give me incentive to learn quickly!

  258. Robyn says:

    Those mushrooms are so cute… I picture a whole smurf villiage!

  259. Toebi R says:

    Those ornaments look like fun, and that recipe for eggnog looks really good.

  260. Christina says:

    Love the wreath idea…I think this would be so cute with green and red fabric scraps!

  261. Betsy says:

    Happy Decorating!

  262. Lil' d says:

    I have all sorts of things that I SHOULD be doing, but all I want to do is sit around and make ornaments…

  263. Mirza says:

    Ok, that gumdrop wreath is too cute!!! I am betting my kids and I would have it all eaten up before Christmas was here.

  264. Erynn says:

    I would love those fabrics from the front of the book.

  265. Robin Hashimoto says:

    Those felted ornaments are a great idea! and they’re super-cute, too. We need some 14-month old friendly ornaments this year- I don’t think our old stand-by glass ornaments are going to cut it. I’ll have to make some up. I love that gumdrop wreath, too!

  266. beth says:

    i love thos mushroom and holly ornaments! and what is it about alicia paulson and her ability to make fantastic wreaths? i’m still digging the one from her blog a couple of years ago made of old sweaters and felt and vintage ornaments…

  267. Debra says:

    That gumdrop wreath is so cool, and colorful!!
    I haven’t started decorating my house but I am soooo ready!

  268. Kelli says:

    I LOVE every project featured today! The make-it’s are all things I could do with my little ones, the fabric choices are great and I love the felted stockings! The foods are amazing-looking and the give-away looks beautiful. Thanks for all the inspiration…y’all are awesome!

  269. Kendall says:

    so many fun ideas! My bookmarks are overflowing with these daily craft tutorials!

  270. Rebecka says:

    Pavlova is so yummy!

  271. Olivia says:

    I’d love to be entered for the book. It looks wonderful!

  272. Emily S says:

    Mmmm….. homemade eggnog!

  273. Beth says:

    I have been knitting a scarf that is turning out lovely. That gumdrop wreath is fantastic! I think I would find some gumdrops missing if it were hanging in my home.

  274. Teresa says:

    The Pavlova looks delicious!

  275. Bonnie says:

    I love the ribbon wreath, so simple yet elegant!

  276. Mariposa says:

    I’m going to try the ribbon wreath for Christmas!

  277. Heather says:

    The gumdrop wreath is so cute! I have to confess I’ve already started to decorate the house since we will be traveling in December.

  278. MegVS says:

    Oohh, all looks great. That pavlova looks scrumptious.

  279. Paula Gipson says:

    OH what a lovely book. What nice projects too!!

  280. Joy says:

    Love the gumdrop wreath! Very festive!

  281. Erica says:

    The pavlova look so yummy!!!!! French General looks like something perfect to read while sipping hot cocoa under a warm homemade quilt.

  282. alison says:

    love the gumdrop wreath!

  283. What wonderful ideas you share with us here, and what a FABULOUS book you are giving away! The quality of my life has improved dramatically since finding Sew, Mama, Sew! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  284. lorchick says:

    I started with a poinsetta last week, and last night I hung crystal snowflakes all over my livingroom using invisible thread… I did something similar for halloween and people really can’t seem to see the thread! lol.
    I am so ready for holiday decorating. Super excited and full of ideas. I am going to be so over-the-top this year! But hopefully not in a cheesy way. lol.

  285. Q says:

    I love that ribbon wreath! So easy to make and I definitely have the materials to make it ten times over. πŸ™‚

  286. valcatraz says:

    Ciao! I am a reader from Italy and I LOVE your site through which I also discovered French General , which could sometimes resemble Italian general. I wish there were more hours in the day to be able to make all the great projects that you send our way and if I were to win the French General: Home Sewing book I would be in heaven! Keep up the great work everyone and arrivederci!

  287. Katy says:

    Thanks for some wonderful ideas today… I can hardly wait to pull out the Christmas decorations, so having a few projects to work on is great!

  288. Anne says:

    Such great ideas – always wanted to know how to make felt balls – now I know!

  289. kara says:

    It’s great to see all of these ideas!

  290. joey says:

    That made me so hungry – no, not the eggnog or the Pavlova but the gumdrop wreath!

  291. Jane Bissell says:

    Love, love, love those felted stockings! Thanks for sharing.

  292. nettie says:

    i LOVE the ribbon wreath, and so easy. i’ll definitely make one for christmas.

  293. Kristine says:

    The felted balls look like fun potential Christmas tree decorations…

  294. Alana Jo says:

    That ribbon wreath is beautiful. If I had the gumdrop one, Id want to eat it.

  295. Marilyn says:

    Those felted ornaments are cute! and I love the book giveaway….

  296. Lindsay says:

    My friend is candy obsessed – she’d love the gumdrop wreath and I love how colorful and cheerful it is. Reminds me of Candyland.

  297. erin says:

    Pretty ribbon wreath!

  298. Jodie says:

    Those recipes made my mouth water! Thank you, as always, for the fabulous ideas. I may try that ribbon wreath in red, green, and gold. Happy Holidays!

  299. janelle says:

    Thanks for including my eggnog! It is so worth mixing! I just made mine for this year, and it is waiting for lots of holiday sharing and sipping! Love your site. Cheers, Janelle

  300. Sarah G says:

    Hi – Just found this blog and added your RSS to my NetVibes page. Look forward to new info popping up every day! Thank you!

  301. Sarah AJ says:

    I’m in love with the gum drop wreath! It’s so fun.

  302. Paula Lemos says:

    I would so love to have this book! I love the French look in home decorating.

  303. Robyn says:

    That gumdrop wreath looks absolutely delicious! How cute!

  304. Celeste says:

    Looks like a lovely book to win–and I’m definitely bookmarking the felt ball project for later!

  305. Jennifer N. says:

    I love the kid-friendly ideas. I’m all about the kids around here (I have to be – they won’t let me be any other way). Thanks once again.

  306. Samantha says:

    I don’t know whether to make the gumdrop wreath or the ribbon wreath first. And that book is just fabulous!

  307. Linda says:

    I am so inspired by all of the projects you have featured. Thanks.

  308. Crystal says:

    Am I the first to post? Hurrah! I think the eggnog souds great and we will probably be felting balls this weekend!

  309. Terri says:

    Would LOVE French General at Home!

  310. Southern Gal says:

    These are all great ideas. I have a gumdrop tree (plastic) that was given to me by my grandmother years ago. I think I’ll whip up the wreath with my little boy and display them both this year. Thanks!

  311. The wreaths are so cute, I love the gumdrops!

  312. christa says:

    I love both the wreaths. What great ideas!

  313. Dawn says:

    I think I will get started on the ribbon wreath today!

  314. Cathy says:

    I love the gumdrop wreath. It reminds me of gumdrop trees we made as children.

  315. Shannon says:

    but my husband would eat all the gumdrops! hee hee! great projects–just in time for my decorating blitz this weekend.

  316. Emily says:

    That book looks excellent!

  317. Rebecca says:

    The ribbon wreath would also be beautiful in gold ribbon. And the book looks good too *crossing fingers*

  318. Elizabeth says:

    Ooooh! My holiday party is going to be decorated in black and white, so that wreath would be totally perfect just as it is.

  319. Beth says:

    Beautiful projects. Thanks for the links!

  320. Lorene says:

    I love that wreath, it would be perfect for any season!

  321. Kate says:

    Beautiful wreaths! Now I have no excuse for not having a wreath.

  322. Sarah says:

    That gumdrop wreath is awesome. Definitely putting that one on my “to-do” list. Have you seen the fabric scrap wreath at Foothill Home Companion? Another wonderful idea from a wonderful blog… check it out here:

  323. Lori says:

    The ribbon wreath looks great.

  324. Liz says:

    Thanks for posting the tutorial about the ribbon wreath. I’ve got lots of scraps that will work great for that simple and cute craft. Can’t wait to get started!

  325. Tricia says:

    This sounds like a fantastic book.

  326. Samantha says:

    Eek! How exciting, I’m really looking forward to the festive season – loving the wreath idea!

  327. Jennifer says:

    I think I’m going to have to make one of those ribbon wreaths…

  328. Michelle says:

    addicted addicted addicted, that’s all I have to say, lolol.
    Every year I make the family old fashioned walnut toffee. The recipe is from the 1700’s and the my mom who has the sweet tooth just loves it.

  329. I’m always looking for fun things to do wth my girls. The felted balls look like they’re right up our alley!

  330. Jennie says:

    love the wreaths… gotta win that book…..

  331. tooticky says:

    HAHAH! I love the gumdrop wreath! Trouble is, it would last about 5 seconds in our house….

  332. Kristin says:

    hmmm…..I don’t think I could have a wreath made from candy in our house! It would start to look funny from little (and big) snitching hands. πŸ™‚

  333. I found an eggnog recipe similar to this one last year the week before Christmas (too late.) I am so glad you linked to this one as I really wanted to make it this year and was having trouble finding the same type of recipe!

  334. Judy says:

    The ribbon wreath looks easy!

  335. Katy says:

    Great ideas!

  336. Siew says:

    I love the French and how they can pull everything off, from fashion to home decor – with such flair. Thanks for the great contests.

  337. Tammy says:

    Thank you for another inspiring week. Would love to win the French General book, our library doesn’t have it and we’re on a lo/no budget!!

  338. molly says:

    That gumdrop wreath makes my teeth hurt. So pretty, though!

  339. Anne says:

    I don’t think that gumdrop wreath would last long in my house, because I would totally eat it! Looks very festive though.

  340. Carol says:

    Gumdrop wreath? I thought those were balloons! ja!

  341. Kathy says:

    wonderful tutorials as usual!

  342. Hannah says:

    That gumdrop wreath is fantastic,you can bet I will be making one of those!!

  343. Andi says:

    I love the ribbon wreath and think it would be fun to try one out of sewing scraps too! Thanks again for all of the great ideas – I am loving November!! πŸ™‚

  344. Joy says:

    I love everything listed today! How will I choose? I can’t, I’ll make it all!

  345. Rina says:

    We don’t do wreaths at home, but those are cute!

  346. CodeCrafter says:

    Yum, pavlova! I love the felt stocking and the gum drop wreath.

  347. Geri says:

    Love these ideas….thanks.
    P.S. I love Lara’s choice!

  348. Melanie says:

    I love the wreaths! The gears are already turning in my mind…. And the book looks great – I’m always looking for home sewing ideas.

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