Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Think Christmas!

Treacle Says "Think Christmas"

Morning Think Christmas Blog Hoppers and welcome to my day on the Think Christmas Blog Hop.  This is the second hop I have taken part in and had so much fun in the first one, the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop, that when Madame Samm announced this, being hosted by Lesley at The Cuddle Quilter (what a great name for a blog!!!) I had to join in.

I think I was a bit laid back with this hop, the first one I had it all done, prepared and photographed for weeks before and this I thought oh I have loads of time, but I forgot the Boys were going to be at home!!!!!  To say it has been a little rushed is an understatement!

Here goes and I hope you like the block I have chosen.

A Christmas House with an appliqued Snowman
I have seen on a lot of blogs recently these houses being made especially with Homespun fabrics and quite a bit of applique on.  Now this is only my second attempt at applique and it is getting easier each time I do some.

Having enjoyed making this block, I had some more fabric left so :



And I had still more fabric left so :


And more fabric left so :




I now have a Christmas village, well almost!!!!!


 This is what I have done with them  :




I ran out of time to put the binding on but will get it done and then show you a picture!  The blocks are 12 1/2  inches square before the borders.

The brief was to use Red, Green and White fabric and you can see the way I have used them, which I am pleased to say all came from my stash!  Lesley loves Santa's but I only had snowmen, sorry Lesley!

I really wanted to try making these houses and was pleased to see how easy they are and along with the log cabin blocks I have been making are now one of my favourites.  Again I could do lots of things, I just need more time!!!!!!
I had to put Santa on for Lesley!

 Giveaway

Here is what I am giving away :

A Moda Winter Wonderland Charm Pack by Ingrid for Moda

All you need to do is follow my blog, if you are new, and leave me a comment to say Merry Christmas and to let me know you are a new follower or if you are already a follower just let me know you stopped by.  I will ship Internationally and please make sure you are not a no reply person.  If you are not sure, leave me your email address in your comment.  I will get the Random Number Generator to pick a winner on August 6th, the day after the hop finishes.


Christmas has always been my most favourite time of the year (sorry I don't like New Year!!!).  When I lived at home we used to go to my maternal Grandparents for Christmas.  We used to leave on December 23rd and spend the whole of Christmas and New Year with them and my Great Grandmother Jones, who lived with them.  It was a lovely family time with lots of preparations for Christmas Day and last minute bits of shopping and craft making.  

My Grandad and Dad would be making sure there was enough logs for the fires over the holiday period, my Grandma and Mom would be getting the food prepared and wonderful puddings and mince pies made and I would be putting the finishing touches to the Christmas trees.  

Christmas Eve dinner would be early at 5.00pm and when I was little, scooted off to bed, but it was so difficult to go to sleep as I knew Santa was on the way.  One year I actually heard the sleigh and reindeer land on the roof and the sleigh bells ringing.

As I got older I was allowed to help with the preparations and every year before the big day one of my jobs would be to collect the feathers as my Grandma plucked the goose for Christmas dinner.  She had a small sitting room off the kitchen and all the doors and windows were closed and the room would be filled with feathers as she plucked and I had to pick them up, as they were used to fill the new pillows for the sofas.

Christmas Day was a magical day, opening presents from Santa in the morning around the Christmas tree in our PJ's and a light breakfast, with the goose already cooking.  Grandma always made me hot chocolate and the adults had coffee with a tot of rum in, especially if it was really cold!

Dinner was always at 2.00pm, after a visit to Church, and then gifts were opened from under the Christmas tree.  In the evening board or card games were played with a light supper being served at about 7.00pm.

Boxing Day was a completely relaxed day walking the dogs in the morning and hopefully playing in the snow, if it had snowed.  Lunch was a cold buffet and dinner in the evening was only the adults, usually with friends and other relatives visiting us.  

As my Grandparents got older my parents took over the hosting of Christmas, but continued with all the traditions and I helped out more and more.  Sadly it all changed as my Parents and Grandparents died, but I have tried very hard to build our own traditions around Christmas for DH and The Boys.  We don't have a goose anymore (none of them like it) but we do have turkey or chicken but it does come undressed!!

I hope you have liked a little insight into my childhood Christmases.  Thanks to Madame Samm for suggesting this and to Santa Lesley for hosting and organising us all (hope your back feels better soon Lesley) and Thanks to all of you for visiting my Blog.

Merry Christmas!


Don't forget to visit the other ladies hosting today on Think Christmas Blog Hop.  They are :

Tuesday, July 31 
Susie's World (You are here)






 

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138 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! Your blocks were awesome thank you for sharing them with us, hope you have a wonderful week!
    Lv2 sew 2011 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway! Susie x

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  2. Oh my goodness, Susie Q...you made me laugh, giggle, and cry with this wonderful post. I adore your houses, and love the snowmen, especially how you change their position in your little quilt. It is gorgeous, and you were right to choose snowmen instead of Santas...but I sure do love the picture of Santa you provided for me...he is just so cute! The icing on the cake was your story of past Christmases....thanks so much for sharing your delightful memories! Also so nice that you like my blog name...you make me smile!

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  3. with the weather as it is we need Christmas to look forwards to !! lol x

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  4. Hi Susie
    Merry Christmas - though the weather isn't very seasonal here today!
    Thanks for a great giveaway! I love your house blocks - my very first quilt was a house quilt, I love them!

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  5. Merry Christmas...I am a new follower!

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  6. Thank you for the Christmas Village which already have snowmen. Merry Christmas & thank you for the 'present'. I am a follower from RWB Hop but here is my zuzanzap (at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Zuzan

      Thanks for coming back and having a look at what I have been doing for Christmas and Good Luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing today. Your project is fabulous! I became a follower. Thank you for the chance.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your Christmas Village blocks. Memories are so very special..It sometimes helps us remember the importance of creating memories and traditions for our families! I am a follower who is enjoying your Olympics each night!

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  9. Merry Christmas in July. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories. Love the houses & Treacle. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new follower.

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  10. Good Morning, Susie, great home block...very appropriate for reminding us all that our passion can be found right there in our homes...much blessings.!

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    1. i returned with a hot bran muffin right out of the oven and a cup of joe to sip...your traditions, brought back many lovely memories with my grandparents too..i guess sometimes we dont see their value till we are grown and they are gone...but their hearts live within us and those memories keeps us going....thank you for sharing your heartfelt story with us....

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  11. What a good idea to put them together to make a village! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, I would have gone on and made a few more but ran out of time!!! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  12. I enjoyed your Christmas story. It reminds me of my childhood (except the feathers). So nice that you are continuing traditions for your boys.

    Your houses are sweet and make a perfect little village.
    I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Merry christmas to you! I start following your blog with bloglovin. Your block is great, love the little snowman! Hope to see you on my blog on sunday for my turn, have a giveaway too! hace a nice day and thank's for the chance to win

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  14. Good Morning, Great little house blocks! Thanks for being part of the hop, have a great day.

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  15. Wow house blocks are just wonderful.....nice job..I love the little santa in the corner..thanks for sharing.

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  16. Your house blocks are very nicely done. I like the little details that make them unique. Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us. I am a new follower.

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  17. I love how the snowman "walks" to a different spot in each block...how fun! Good to hop with you!

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    1. Ahhh Kris.. thanks for pointing that out..I missed him lol

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  18. Merry Christmas! I'm new follower #67 on GFC. I loved reading about your Christmas traditions - how meaningful to pass on family traditions to our children. Your Christmas blocks are adorable!

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  19. Happy Christmas! I am a new follower. My personal tradition is reading A Christmas Carol and seeing as many versions of the movie as my family can stand.

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  20. Merry Christmas to you from a new follower. I am sure you are going to have a lot more new followers before the Think Christmas blog hop is over. I have enjoyed seeing your log cabin blocks with the cute Santa. Good job. Thank you for sharing your childhood insight with us and giving all of us a chance to win the Moda Winter Wonderland Charm Pack. Someone will be making Chritmas Quilt soon.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Hi Sandi, thanks so much for stopping by. I love getting new followers and meeting new people, even if it is over the web! Really enjoyed making the blocks. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  21. Thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us all. I enjoyed it. Your village is very charming and festive. Well done.

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  22. Merry Christmas,Susie. I'm a new follower and enjoyed your Christmas tradition story.

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  23. Your little houses are so cute and I love the little snowmen! I am a new follower too.

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  24. What cute little cottages, and the snowment are gorgeous.

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  25. Love your little neighborhood with each house sporting a snowman out front! Love how he is in different locations at each house! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Merry Christmas! I'm a new follower! Thank you for sharing your sweet little house blocks and telling us about your childhood Christmas memories. You must have grown up in part of the UK. It sounds just magical!

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  27. Your blocks are wonderful, and the snowmen out front are so cute! Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories with us, too. I'm a new follower, and I thank you for the chance to win!

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  28. I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing your blocks and the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Kimberly, thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  29. Merry Christmas .I am a new follower.Houses are so much fun to piece and at Christmas we can use our Christmas fabrics on them.Thanks for sharing your memories.

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  30. Merry Christmas to you. Love the Christmas houses. I am a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Thanks so much for sharing about your Christmas traditions and their basis in your parents and grandparents, I love hearing stuff like that! Your blocks were so cute, what great Christmas-y options! It's my favorite holiday too and ditto on the New Year's Eve bit!

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    1. Hi Aiah Thank you so much for stopping by, I really enjoyed this Hop and thinking about Christmas already, it will soon be here. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  32. Early Merry Christmas to you too! LOVE your house blocks. One of my favorite things to make and now I have another house block to inspire me! Thanks for sharing your Holiday.

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  33. Thanks for sharing your traditions and your blocks.

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  34. Gorgeous blocks.Thanks for sharing your memories.Merry Christmas!!.

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  35. I love your house blocks. I've been thinking about trying them myself. I am a happy follower now.

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  36. Hi just become a follower and Merry Christmas in July (not that it feels like it here in the Uk its been an awful year weather wise)So it feels more like Christmas than usual.

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  37. Thanks for sharing your lovely blocks and Christmas memories. I am a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

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  38. I love your blocks and that snowman is so adorable. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful childhood Christmas memories. I have always wanted to try Goose probably because one of my favorite Christmas stories is "A Christmas Carol". I have been following your blog since the Red White and Blue blog hop.

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  39. I am now a follower of your blog. I love the house blocks and will definitely copy this idea. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Cokie K thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I loved doing these blocks. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  40. Love the block. It is gorgeous and so much fun. I am a new follower

    Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Bonnie thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower, good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  41. Great house blocks and snowmen!TFS

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  42. Great house blocks...and I love snowmen!!! New happy follower and thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  43. Wonderful house blocks, and I like the addition of the snowman, too!
    Thanks for hopping along with us and for sharing your Christmas memories.
    I'm already a follower... Karen

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  44. Hi! I love your house blocks - was hoping for a tutorial!
    I am a new follower - thank you for having such a wonderful blog to follow :)

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  45. HELLO! NEW FOLLOWER>LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    NEAT HOUSE BLOCKS. THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Linda thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. Glad you liked the blocks. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  46. Merry Christmas! I love your house blocks with the snowman. :) I'm a new follower.

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  47. Merry Christmas! I am a new follower. I love the little snowmen around the houseblocks - that turned out really sweet. Thank you for sharing a bit about your Christmas with us.

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  48. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    I'm a new follower via GFC.

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  49. I like your houses with the snowmen, you did a wonderful job! Your blocks are so festive!

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  50. Cute houses and I love the tiny snowmen! Merry Christmas and I'm a new follower.

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  51. Great looking houses thanks for sharing

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  52. Sweet little village! I have never made a house and this gives me the inspiration to make one. Love your little snowman in all the different spots. Adorable! I am a new follower and Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas...Judith, Texas

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  53. Love your houses! Merry Christmas Susie. I'm a follower (though not a new one!)

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  54. Hiya Susie! I love the snowmen and the houses, SO CUTE!!! I am a follower, enjoyed your wonderful work with the Red, White and Blue hop too. Sounds like you had wonderful Christmases growing up, I did too. Big families and lots of love. I hope you have a lovely holiday season this year, but I will wish you that again as it gets closer. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Pam, thanks for your kind words I had great fun making the blocks and planning to do lots more things for Christmas, time now where to get some more! Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  55. Plucking a goose? Wow! It's so much nicer to just pick up some poultry at the grocery store. :O) Anyway, I love those little houses! I've been wanting to make some, but just haven't. I need to add that to my list of to-do things. Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop!

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  56. I love your house blocks and how the snowman appears to move around! Thanks for sharing your memories of past Christmases. I'm a follower. Merry Christmas in July.

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  57. Hi, This is the first I found your site, but promise to come back often. Your boys, I must say are very handsome. Thank you for your story on your Christmas's past. It was always my favorite time of year. Now that our children are all grown and all over the states, my husband and I now spend the Holidays alone. But we have fond memories, and hopefully put fond memories in our children's memories. I also want to thank you for having the giveaway, God Bless.

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  58. love your village and it sounds like fun to do. aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Aurea Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower, the blocks were fun to do. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  59. I'm a new follower. Thanks for inviting us to your blog. I love your "houses" blocks.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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    1. Hi Peggy, thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  60. im a new follower thank you angchappell@yahoo.com

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  61. im a new follower thank you angchappell@yahoo.com

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  62. I'm a new follower. I loved reading of your past Christmas memories. Your house blocks were great.

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  63. I am a new follower. I adore your blocks.

    Thank you for sharing.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  64. Your growing up holidays sound make a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing them and your cute houses. Your piece will look lovely when it is finished!

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  65. yes I am a follower in my Google Reader. Thanks for the great ideas! I just love those houses!

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  66. Merry Christmas Susie! Loved your Christmas story. I've never had goose. We have ham that DH cooks all night the night before. It is delicious. I am a new follower, and loved your houses. They turned out so well!

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  67. Merry Christmas!! Reading your post has really put me in the Christmas spirit! :-) I LOVE your Christmas village-- the snowmen in the yards are adorable-- you have inspired me! :-) Thank you for the chance to win some of that beautiful fabric!!

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  68. I'm a new follower. Great little Christmas houses.

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  69. MERRY CHRISTMAS, SUSIE!! (I am a new follower.)I loved reading your blog about your Christmas with your parents and grandparents.It was very heart-warming and really put me in the Christmas spirit. It is really nice to have a lot of treasured memories from the past.
    The snowman at your little houses are so cute. I think I like them better than a Santa. You did a great job making them.
    Thank you for a chance to win some beautiful fabric.

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  70. I love your houses. I follow your lovely blog. hugs

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  71. I love your blocks! Thanks for sharing your past Christmas celebrations with us. I really like the snowman too. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm already a follower.

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  72. I love house blocks, and have a quilt with houses in work. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway! tubakk@online.no

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    1. Hi, thanks so much for stopping by and becoming a follower. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  73. Merry Christmas to you. Your Christmas houses turned out so cute. I am a new follower.

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  74. merry christmas i have followed you for a while thanks

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    1. Hi Barbara Thanks for coming back to see what I have been up. Good luck in the Giveaway

      Susie x

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  75. Love your house blocks, makes a nice village and a beautiful quilt. The appliqued snowmen are just the right touch. Sounds like you have happy memories of the holidays. I grew up in Alaska and have wonderful memories of family and fun in the snow. I tried as well to keep some traditions with my children and DH like you but living in California, Christmas just doesn't have the "winter" feeling. hehe. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us. I'm already a follower.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. I just got an early Christmas gift - finding your blog! I am a new follower thanks to the blog hop. Love the houses with the snow men. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories - I love having tradition to carry on from grandparents and parents. We still continue ours and my niece is now doing some of them at her house.

    Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to seeing your future posts.

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  77. Hi, I'm a new follower. Merry Christmas. I loved reading your childhood holiday holiday memories.

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  78. Susie, I so enjoy your writing ... your stories are worderful and I thank you for sharining!! Great job on you blocks!!

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  79. I am a new follower and I LOVE YOUR BLOCKS....you are too cute! :) MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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    1. Hi Sao Thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a follower. Good Luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  80. Love your house blocks. What fun it would be to add embellishments and decorate them for the holidays too. :-) It was sure fun to read about your holidays growing up. And lastly, now just who are those handsome young men on your blog header!!

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  81. Merry Merry Christmas!
    Love your house blocks :)

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  82. I love your blocks!! The little embroidered Snowmen are so cute!! Thanks for sharing with us! I`m a new follower!!

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  83. I love your little house blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great Christmas fabric. Winning the fabric would really be motivation to sew something Christmas themed during the summer. I am trying to complete projects from a shop hop I went on in June.

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    1. Hi Nellie thanks so much for stopping by yes we take on all these projects and then see something else we want to do, time, time!!!! Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  84. Love your house blocks, but want to give Treacle a big smooch for all that cuteness!
    xx

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  85. Susie, I love your house blocks, and can I say Snowmen are my very favorite part of the holiday season. Thank you for sharing your story of Christmas's past. Beautiful memories you have.

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  86. I love your village. So Christmasy. The snowmen are a super addition.

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  87. A Very Merry Christmas to you! I am a new follower.

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  88. I love your house blocks. I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. Merry Christmas!Thanks for your Christmas Village tutorial.
    I am a new follower.

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  90. Merry Xmas from a follower for some time now. Thanks for the giveaway,

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  91. New Follower!! Merry Christmas!! Loved your little village and thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!!

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  92. What a cute block!! I'm a new follower! Merry Christmas to you! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  93. Merry Christmas! I am a new blog follower - from Australia! Your Christmas village blocks are too cute. I especially like the added touch of the snowmen.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail. com

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    1. Hi Deborah, and welcome from DownUnder!!! Glad you liked the blocks they were so much fun to do. Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  94. I like your Christmas house block. I joined your site, I love your dog, reminds me of my dog.

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    1. Hi Wanda Thanks so much for stopping by and becoming a follower. Treacle is a real character. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  95. Hi Susie, I have joined your site also. I really enjoyed reading about your childhood Christmases. I think tradition is so very important in family life whether it is an old tradition or a new one you create with your own family. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Vicki Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. Love Christmas and everything that goes with it, even the shopping! Good luck in the Giveaway Susie x

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  96. I'm new to your blog. I'm happy to have found you as your blog is very entertaining. (I'm a new follower) Those boys in your header are so darn cute! I did enjoy the your childhood Christmas stories. Christmas traditions do change and people pass on, & I'm like you, I try to keep some of the traditions and make new ones that work better for the family. Love the little houses in Christmas fabrics!

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  97. Your house blocks are lovely and look wonderful all sewn together into this topper .I am a new follower and enjoyed my visit today . Thanks for sharing :-)

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  98. I love house blocks- they are always so fun - your wallhanging will look great at Christmastime.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from western Canada,
    Anna

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  99. I just love your blocks, they are so cheery, so an early Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for sharing.
    I am now a follower of your sweet blog.
    I love reading about your childhood Christmas. It sounds lovely
    Cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Maggie, thanks so much for your kind words, stopping by and being a follower. Good luck in the Giveaway. Susie x

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  100. Cute idea to put snowmen in front of the houses! Thanks for sharing!

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  101. Hi Susie! Love your Christmas houses. What a great idea.

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  103. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad from Texas! Your houses and snowmen are so cute. Thanks for sharing them with us and the chance to win!

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  104. I'm a new follower too, enjoying the hop!

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  105. Christmas is such fun! I am a new follower and pleased to meet you!

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  106. Hi! I am a new follower. Love your blog! And it seems that we have similar tastes in books also! Am really enjoying the blog hopping!

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  107. HI! LOVE YOUR BLOG+POST TOO!
    NEW FOLLOWER VIA GFC.
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  108. I am anew follower! Merry Christmas! Luv the Xmas houses-cute!

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  109. Great little village. I love the way the snowman moves to different locations around the houses. Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories. It made me think about my own grandparents. I'm already a contented follower.

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  110. Thanks for the chance. I'm a new follower. Merry Christmas lol

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  111. I'm a new follower! I think the little houses with the snowmen is a great ideal! thanks!

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  112. What a great Christmas village....and a great childhood holiday story!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop...happy stitching!!

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  113. I absolutely love traditions shared by others! Brings back lots of memories for me as well!

    Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  114. Hi Susie - I love your neighborhood of houses! I have wanted to make a house block of my house but my house is more complicated than your blocks LOL Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing

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