Monday, December 24, 2012

Gifting a Merry Christmas

The last gifts for friends have been bottled and labeled. It's homemade Madagascar vanilla that volunteer instructors, neighbors, and a favorite gate attendant are being gifted. I learned how to make this from Stephanie


During the next few weeks, this is what I'll be working on. It's the MQG's Madrona Road challenge using Michael Miller fabrics. I have piecing, a little hand applique, and lots of FMQing to do.

We're spending Christmas here, opting not to travel into snow and cold weather which we moved away from six months ago. Though I dreadfully miss not being with our Kansas City family, it's very nice to have our other little family only 90 minutes away.

To Iowa friends who are seeing a 10-inch deep white Christmas;

To Australia friends who are not seeing a white Christmas;

To international friends in Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand and Canada;

And to US blogospheric friends in Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Georgia, Connecticut, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Texas, West Virginia, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania;

I wish every one of you a warm and blessed Christmas.

Christmas is when we remember that Jesus was born, given by God as a Holy Gift to express His love for us. May each of us find joy in extending that love to those around us.

Love, Linda

20 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas. Hope your day is fabulous. Hugs,

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  2. Love your vanilla bottles! We made vanilla for gifts last year. It was a fun gift! Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday!

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  3. Yay, they came out great!! It's on my list of things to do once the holidays are over. Merry Christmas, Linda!! Happy New Year!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you too ; )

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  5. Merry Christmas back at you, Linda!

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  6. Merry Christmas to you as well. We made some vanilla this year too. I haven't had a chance to use any of it yet, so I hope it turned out okay!

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  7. Merry Christmas Linda from a very sunny and warm Christmas day in the very south of New Zealand.
    Hope you have a lovely day.

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  8. Merry Christmas Linda to you and your family, I hope that you enjoy your first Christmas in the sun. Blessings from Sandra in Canada.

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  9. The vanilla will be very much appreciated. I love your labels. Merry Christmas.

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  10. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    Your house looks wonderful, by the way. Love the "tile" on the lanai! :-)

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  11. Thank you for your warm wishes Linda, and I wish the same for you. Your friend Sue from Auckland New Zealand, where the weather is very warm, very humid and wet. :-)

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  12. Thank you for your warm wishes Linda, and I wish the same for you. Your friend Sue from Auckland New Zealand, where the weather is very warm, very humid and wet. :-)

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  13. Merry Christmas Linda to you and your family. You are having a very warm Christmas, just like us down here in New Zealand.

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  14. And Merry Christmas to you, too, Linda and to your whole family. Thanks for the lovely greeting. Enjoy!!!

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  15. Best wishes to you and your family. After a year of great change I wish you a quieter 2013. Or do you want to keep the pace and have a busy one? Either way I wish you a very Happy New Year.

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  16. What a wonderfully useful gift your vanilla is, Linda! Everyone uses vanilla, but not everyone likes to eat cake or sweets so I'm sure your lucky recipients will really appreciate your handmade gifts. Christmas Day in Sydney was - very unusually - wet and a little chilly. However it made for comfortable conditions for those of us who enjoy a hot Christmas dinner. I hope your day was cheery and relaxing. Lots of love. Xxx

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  17. See I haven't died.....it was just a rumour!! Been busy checking out all of your posts I've missed over the months, and just want to say Merry Christmas, and Hi all at the same time.

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  18. I'm curious which recipe you actually used for the vanilla and how it turned out? We made it once, and it was kind of so-so, and I'd love a reliable recipe. Thanks for linking to Tuesday at the Table!

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  19. I hope you are enjoying the Christimas festivities and are not missing your families too much. Sending all good wishes. Vreni x

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  20. Thanks for the vanilla recipe. I went to Madagascar in 2007 and brought back lots of vanilla extract. Didn't know I could make it myself! I'll have to order some beans and make some. Got plenty of vodka!

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