4 sleeps ’til christmas {december blog giveaway}

If you think that’s exciting, how about a giveaway?!

I meant to get one on here earlier in the month, but got overwhelmed with my own holiday decoratingplayingcrafting, and gifting.

So, here we go…

And, as I promised, a happy elf

To enter, please answer the following question(s) with a comment below:

What is a favorite Christmas/holiday tradition that you grew up with?

And, if you have kids, how are you sharing that tradition with them?

For (4) additional entries you can:

{to be official, please mention each additional entry in a separate comment to count}

Deadline is Friday, December 23rd at 9pm Pacific.

Winner will be announced on Saturday, December 24th!

And, while the winner will not receive the package until after Christmas, there are goodies you can use year round, and others you can look forward to using next year!

{there may even be a couple of extra goodies in the package}

home is…giving joy to others.

the happy elves

One of the traditions I have at Christmas is to give everybody in our immediate and extended family an ornament.

Some years I buy different ones for each person.

Some years I buy similar ornaments and personalize them with their name and the year.

Some years I make them.

Some years the kids make them.

Some years I forget to give them.

This year I was inspired to give handmade ornaments.

I just finished the last ones up today.

This was my inspiration…

Source: memoriesoncloverlane.blogspot.com via Stephany on Pinterest

Although we have a backyard full of pinecones I opted to go a bit of a different route with my “merry and bright” color scheme.

In general, I used these instructions from Martha Stewart,which make these elves…

Source: marthastewart.com via Stephany on Pinterest

Instead of using pinecones I used plastic ball ornaments and instead of using wooden beads for the heads I used model magic clay.

I also changed the shape of the shoes.

I drew the faces on with Sharpies, but would love to find a different way to paint the faces. And, I used white model magic clay…in the future I would use something with more of a skin color tint to it.

Other than that I am more than pleased with how they turned out!

My elves can’t stand up on their own, but they hang on a tree just fine.

Each ornament is unique for each person in our family…all 21 of them!

Four elves are hanging in our tree, 12 elves are on their way to New York, and 5 elves are still working on getting packaged up to get sent to Colorado!

I took some photos of the 9 that are still here at our house last night…

taking a joy ride in one of our Christmas decorations

and on the kids toys

and just hanging out in the playroom

and helping with the Christmas decor finishing touches!

Tomorrow, I will be posting a giveaway including one of these elves and some other holiday goodies.

home is…having a little holiday fun.

*linking up with…

Todays Creative Blog

tatertots and jello

my first {november blog giveaway}

Here we go!

My first ever blog giveaway!

Here is what I have for you…

I want to let you all know that I am thankful for you, and this giveaway revolves around giving thanks.

1. happy harvest wood block set;  2. wooden “N” I found thrifting; 3. turkey dessert plate; 4. paper pennant banner (these will be in my etsy shop);  5. glass hobnail votive candle holders;  6. gratitude journal;   7. silpada designs turquoise necklace

Thanks for reading my blog, and thanks in advance, for checking out my Etsy shop once it is up and running!

I am hoping to get colton+cadence up and running in early 2012. This giveaway, and (if all goes well) future giveaways, will showcase some of the things I will be selling in my shop.

colton+cadence will be a little bit of everything…a little bit handmade, a little bit found, and a little bit vintage; it will be a little bit for you, a little bit for those you love, and a little bit for your home.

To enter please do the following:

Answer the following question as a comment on this post.

What are you thankful for?

For (4) additional entries you can:

{to be official, please mention each additional entry in a separate comment to count}

Deadline is Tuesday, November 8th at 9pm pst.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 9th!

home is…having a lot to be thankful for.