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It's time for a giveaway!

It's that time of year and I just feel like giving!!  

It doesn't matter how old you get or what your family traditions are, this time of year you just have to get in a good mood.  It seems like the perfect time for an Extraordinary Giveaway!!!! 

Up for grabs is a "Making Memories" Needlepoint Kit. It comes complete with all the threads, supplies and instruction packet to make one book. The book is bound with blank pages and is suitable for photos, scrap booking, sketching, recipes---whatever you can think of.

So for this Giveaway, you can enter any or all of the ways below:

1. Comment on your very favorite holiday tradition.
2. Go to my blog : ornadesign.blogspot.com and start following me. It's a great way to learn about classes, workshops, new designs and really great sales!
3. And finally, visit ETSY and make my shop a Favorite! It's chock full of small kits, canvas, Ultrasuede, and equipment to help you with your Needlepoint! 

If you do all three you can consider yourself entered three times!

Please be sure to keep checking back--and if you win, send us your snail mail!!
(We promise not to use it for anything else).

The deadline for this contest is December 7th, 2010 @ noon.

Dolores  – (December 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM)  

There are so many holiday traditions but I think one of my favourites is listening to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' Christmas tape. It is always played several times a day. Not only do we have the tape, we have the CD and the LP.

Robin  – (December 3, 2010 at 3:44 AM)  

My favorite part of Christmas actually comes *before* Christmas -- Advent. We have a wonderful wrought-iron Advent candle stand that we put on the dining room table and a wreath that goes on the sideboard. Both serve as a reminder that Christmas is also a time of reflection and inner joy.

MNStitcher  – (December 3, 2010 at 4:52 AM)  

I love the holidays and all of our traditions like cookie baking and the Santa key, but as the kids get older I just love the time we get to spend together when they are on winter break.

Jennifer  – (December 3, 2010 at 5:32 AM)  
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Jennifer  – (December 3, 2010 at 5:34 AM)  

My favorite holiday tradition these days is going to my Dad & Stepmom's house for Christmas Eve. It's fun to be able to spend a relaxing evening with family.

Jennifer  – (December 3, 2010 at 5:35 AM)  

I made you a favorite on Etsy.

Donna  – (December 3, 2010 at 6:10 AM)  

Favorite holiday tradition is banning my husband from opening gifts on Christmas Eve. We have this "discussion" every year. I always win!

Tina  – (December 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM)  

I have a favorite tradition, I make my daughter a pillow case every year and either make or purcahse PJ's. I wash both the new pillow case and the PJ's and wrap them, she opens the gift on Christmas eve and has something new for her Santa Dreams!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure  – (December 3, 2010 at 7:58 AM)  

Favorite holiday traditions? I make Christmas fudge every year for my family, friends and co-workers. It is the most delicious and fun tradition I do now that life is very complex and other traditions are too time-consuming to keep up. Besides, it tastes great!

stitcher12@gmail.com –   – (December 3, 2010 at 8:10 AM)  

Every Christmas, I decorate with ornaments and stockings that my kids made when they were young. They are horrified when they see them come out of the boxes but secretly I think they are pleased that I place such a high value on them. Margaret

Anonymous –   – (December 3, 2010 at 8:28 AM)  

My favorite tradition is, the hanging of the Christmas bells. My mother started the tradition of giving us a Christmas bell the 1st year we were married, she gave us one each year until her death and now we keep the tradition alive.
Every year my husband gets out the bells, polishes them and hangs them on our bookcase (a bookcase he made). When the bells are hung, it is the Christmas season. He also watches the musical Scrouge (his favorite Christmas movie).

BFromM  – (December 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM)  

I think my favorite is decorating the tree, while having Christmas carols playing. My kids are old enough now that they can all put ornaments on

Annette –   – (December 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM)  

We have several traditions that are my favorites. The first one is buying a special onrament that symbolizes the year. It could be an ornament that we bought on vacation or one that reminds us of a person. The second tradition is making fruit cake. My grandmother cut out the recipe fron the Detroit paper in the 1940's. She made it for years, then my mom took over the task. Several years ago my mom decided that she would pass on the job to me. It is a simple, but very tasty spice cake that we overload with fruit and nuts. We use 2 to 3 kinds of nuts, 3 to 4 kinds of dried fruit, and 4 kinds of candied fruit. The candied fruit is home-made so it tastes much better than store-bought. The whole process, from candying the fruit to baking the cake, takes about 5 days, but the flavor is worth it! Of course, I send some to the rest of the family.

Orna Willis  – (December 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM)  

So far, reading the traditions you all have, I think I want to be adopted into your families!

Suztats  – (December 3, 2010 at 7:32 PM)  

Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I'd love to win all that thread!
My favourite tradition is to make gingerbread houses for the family, while listening to Christmas carols. Since I usually make quite a few ( I think the most at one Christmas was 11) large houses, complete with decorations, this baking/building/decorating time is usually spread over several weeks.
It always gets me into the Christmas spirit!
I'm a follower, too!

NCPat  – (December 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM)  

My favorite holiday traditions are twofold: Making cookies requested by the family and spending time with them to eat them!

Kate  – (December 4, 2010 at 6:47 AM)  

Holiday Traditions are changing in our household. My son now has a two year old boy and life is hectic. We have tried to simplfy things. Lighting the advent candles and involving him in this is a joy. He marvels at the candle for now but in the future he will understand the meaning of the tradition.

Z  – (December 4, 2010 at 7:47 AM)  

My favourite part is getting just the right present for someone, and taking the children to choose just the right thing too.

I also love looking at all the lights.

Debbie  – (December 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM)  

My favorite part of holidays is having meals with lots of relatives together for the holiday.

Debbie  – (December 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM)  

I have become a follower. I used the general link on the very top of the page, but it would be easier for people to follow if you put the widget on the sidebar of your blog.

Debbie  – (December 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM)  

I made your Etsy shop a favorite in My Etsy favorites.

BTW, this kit looks like a lot of fun, to make a book!

renata  – (December 6, 2010 at 6:17 AM)  

My favourite tradition is preparing the table with the centerpiece that my mom embroidered, on which I place a small jar containing water, a sprig of rosemary and a new candle. We light the candle and await the arrival of our priest. He will take the sprig, dip it in the water and bless our home. We then put out the candle and keep it for Christimas Eve when the youngest memeber of the family will light it again and place it on the windowsill.

Liz  – (December 6, 2010 at 8:29 AM)  

No matter hwere I have been sent by the military, and for as long as I can remember, "Santa" has always given me a brand new 8 pack of Crayola crayons, a Santa coloring book, and a 4 pack of Play Doh. And I'm 50 !One year as a teenager, Santa gave me nail polish. I complained, and next year, it went right back to normal.

eduardo –   – (December 6, 2010 at 8:36 AM)  

Holiday tradition is making the stockings with the family together :)

Knititall  – (December 6, 2010 at 8:49 AM)  

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating the tree. I love its foresty smell and unpacking all the little ornaments we've had since I was little. Some I even made myself as a kid, some were made my parents... it just makes me feel like a child again, eager for Santa to come.

Knititall  – (December 6, 2010 at 8:52 AM)  

I've subscribed to your blog as well. Your work is so lovely!

Wendy  – (December 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM)  

My favourite has to be decorating the Christmas tree. Christmas Eve is so special to us as we got engaged on 24th Dec 2008 so we always decorate it that night and have a bottle of champagne!

Knititall  – (December 6, 2010 at 8:56 AM)  

I faved your etsy shop - such lovely things!

Paula  – (December 6, 2010 at 9:17 AM)  

There is nothing quite like latkes, hot and fresh from the frying pan, and lightly seasoned with salt,

Paula  – (December 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM)  

You are one of my favorites at Etsy - actually I didn't previously realize that you were at Etsy and I am so happy to find you!

janab  – (December 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM)  

My son gets a new ornament each year that we put his name and the year on. He's now 20 and we're still building his collection. Some are handmade and some are picked based on his interests. It will be fun to see them on his own tree some day.


janab  – (December 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM)  

I always give my son a new ornament each year. Many are handmade and always reflect his interests. He's now 20 and it will be fun to see them all on his own tree oneday!


Amanda McMillen  – (December 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM)  

My favorite tradition is holiday baking! As gifts we bake everyone their favorite treats.

m.o.M.  – (December 6, 2010 at 11:18 AM)  

My favorite part of the holidays is making gifts and ornaments for friends and family. I like working on them and thinking about the person I'm making the item for!

Mary  – (December 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM)  

Every year, until last year when I lost my dearest husband, we would spend the holidays with either his family, mine, or both. It was crazy. No matter where we were, Christmas Eve morning we would sneak away and go to Cracker Barrell for breakfast. We would just sit there talking quietly, holding hands, and enjoy being with each other at such a special time of year.

Mary  – (December 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM)  

I have marked your Etsy store as a favorite.

Mary  – (December 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM)  

I am following your blog and your beautiful work.

Terri.  – (December 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM)  

My favorite traditions is decorating, especially the tree, unwrapping all my ornaments and finding the perfect spot for each one and baking my first batch of cookies for the season and we sit with a bunch of cookies and milk and admire my tree.

Terri.  – (December 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM)  

I follow you blog.

Amanda  – (December 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM)  

My favorite tradition on Christmas morning my dad dresses up like Santa while handing out our gifts! Always an amazing time shared with my family. (I follow your blog and I added your shop as a favorite on Etsy!) Thank you for this great giveaway!

Singtatter  – (December 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM)  

My favourite is going to the Pantomime, if they stage one!

Jillian  – (December 6, 2010 at 6:47 PM)  

My husband and I MUST watch Home Alone 1 and 2 during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

lindaschiffer  – (December 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM)  

My favorite part of the holidays is the Christmas carols and music - I love to sing and know most of the carols by heart. I always enjoy the music of Christmas.

:) Linda

stitchkat  – (December 6, 2010 at 7:54 PM)  

My family loves jigsaw puzzles. For more than 35. years now, I have purchased a new Christmas jigsaw, which we start on Christmas Eve and finish on Christmas Day. In all that time, I thimk there has only been one puzzle that we just didn't want to finish. It brings back wonderful memories of my Dad, who taught us to love puzzles. We always feel like he's with us, even though he's been gone for 15 years.

Thanks for this opportunity-its a wonderful prize and thanks for the memories!

Katherine M.

Anonymous –   – (December 6, 2010 at 8:23 PM)  

I think my favorite tradition is going out to find our Christmas branch. The whole family goes. We find a sort of largish branch that can hold all our ornaments, and we bring it home and decorate it.

Chic'n Joy  – (December 7, 2010 at 2:45 AM)  

My favorite Christmas tradition, is one we use to do in my family: the older man of the assistance on Christmas eve receive a carrot! Most of the time it's the grand father who got it, in my memories gran'pa is always happy with is carrot like a kid, cause having the carrot means your are the sage of the family. Well don't be sad gran'pa have a great real gift too, but later.

Anonymous –   – (December 7, 2010 at 5:26 AM)  

I will follow your blog---
But haven´t one of my own--yet.
Ingela :)

Anonymous –   – (December 7, 2010 at 6:59 AM)  

When we were very young, our mom found a recipe to make "Christmas candles" from pineapple rings, bananas, and cherries. She says when we got a little older, she decided the candles were too childish for Christmas breakfast, and we questioned her why we didn't have them. We've continued to make them as we got older, moved out, and now have a new generation of kids in the mix.

mommy2luke2008  – (December 7, 2010 at 7:36 AM)  

Baking cookies and candy...and decorating the tree!
maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

mommy2luke2008  – (December 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM)  

I added your shop as a favorite on Etsy (mommy2luke)
maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

rosemaryschild  – (December 7, 2010 at 8:23 AM)  

We all listen to our collectopn of Christmas songs. My favorite is "O Holy Night" by John Berry!

rosemaryschild  – (December 7, 2010 at 8:30 AM)  

I am noe following Orna Design blog!

PuebloMom  – (December 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM)  

One of the favorite traditions is with my fiance and our kids. We set up the Christmas tree (this year we got an artificial 12 foot pre lit tree) and then once it is all set up, we wait until evening and then turn on the lights and lay under the tree looking up the center at all the lights.

BillieBee (billiemick)  – (December 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM)  

Eating chocolate pie and peanut butter candy.....hmmmm


vwestermeyer  – (December 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM)  

christmas lights ... dinner by the lights

Andi Lia  – (December 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM)  

My favorite holiday tradition is definitely cooking something special for the family.


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