Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . Ho Ho Ho

Wow, it is August 9th already! So hard to believe. Today is the last day of the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop and I want to thank you all for hopping by! Greatest of Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, our Cheerleader for this hop, and to Mdme. Samm, for all her inspiration and well wishing!

I had to travel to Colorado in June (and July) for work and visited a quilt shop in Golden (Golden Quilt Company). While there, I saw the cutest little Party Slippers made up and decided this was what I would make for the Blog Hop.

When I was young (I know, that was a very long time ago, but it seems like yesterday), my Aunt and Uncle  would buy all of my brothers and sisters and I (there were 6 of us) a pair of flannel pajamas for Christmas. Mom and Dad would let us open up their gift to us on Christmas Eve so that we could wear them to bed - while we dreamed of dancing sugar plums. (Trust me, we didn't ever sleep much on Christmas Eve!)

My kids like to have "new" things to wear on Christmas Eve also, but we have gotten lazy and usually end up doing toe socks or fuzzy socks.
Because we live in Phoenix, this is the PERFECT Christmas Slipper:





 This is the underside with the non-slip base

The pattern I used is called "Party Slippers" by Aunties Two. When I showed my first slipper to my sister, she decided to pull rank (she is older) and let me know she could give me suggestions to make it better. By the time I made a third slipper, I knew the improvements were perfect. If I can do this, anyone can!

NOW for the GIVE-AWAY!!!
I have made up a kit for one lucky winner to make a pair of their own Christmas Slippers. It will have the Jason Yenter - In The Beginning - Winter Wonderland fabrics shown in the top pair (one fat quarter of each fabric), the slipper gripper stuff on the bottom, and the pattern. I will also include the little tips that were helpful to make these slippers great.

Just leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite Christmas Tradition. If you follow me, you may enter a second time and let me know you are a follower. On August 14th, I will randomly choose a winner so those who are behind in their hopping will have a chance to win.
Good Luck All!

Now, don't stop here, hop on over to check out what these other ladies have made!

August 9

129 comments:

  1. Now this is a cleverly, wonderful gift I would not have thought of. These are so cute, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Delicia de presente!e ainda aquece os pés...acho que quero vários.Obrigada por compartilhar e parabéns.
    Sou seguidora



    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  3. Adorable...and I love Yenter fabric, but what if I don't win???? How will I be able to obtain a pattern to make my own pair? I WANT some!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I'm a new follower, btw, and looking forward to more great posts from you.

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  5. Very clever! Love the idea of handmade holiday slippers!! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love your sweet slippers, so much prettier than socks! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Those slippers are lovely - what a clever idea to make them for Christmas. One of our traditions is to eat Grandmas' yummy pavlova - every year!

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  8. They look lovely! What a fun idea. Christmas slippers. One of our traditions is the turkey dinner that my dad makes for us. Always the same recipes, always the same problems. He starts too late.... He has to de-bone and slice the whole turkey for his dishes and usually starts at midnight on Christmas Eve. Leaving the kitchen a huge mess around 4.00 in the morning. Which, in turn, leads to us to start Christmas day grumbling and cleaning, so we can make breakfast.... Christmas wouldn't be the same without it in my house!

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  9. I love your Christmas slippers, they are so cute. As I live in Sweden we eat ham and rice porridge for Christmas supper. But every Christmas Eve morning I will make some yummy rice porridge, made with fat milk. It is so yummy and good to eat in the morning, before starting the whole thing with Christmas. Our big Christmas is on Christmas Eve.

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  10. I really love those slippers. Thanks for sharing with us. Our
    Christmas Tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve. Thanks
    for the chance to win!

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  11. I am a new follower by GFC. Thanks for the chance
    to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. What a great Christmas project.
    Thanks for sharing

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  13. I love your slippers! Crossing my fingers you draw my number!! Our Christmas tradition was to let the kids open one present on Christmas Eve. Somehow, every year it turned out to be pjs...Even tho' they knew what it was going to be, they still loved opening the presents!!!!

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  14. My favorite tradition growing up was waking my parents on Christmas morning. My sister and I did it for years by singing, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." I'm not sure how melodic we were, but we enjoyed it and they did wake up! Your slippers are wonderful and I envy you living in Phoenix. I miss it so much! Yes, even the summer. All that lovely DRY heat! dezertsuz at gmail

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  15. Your slippers are fabulous!
    My children always had pyjamas for Christmas but these days they like a pair of festive knickers - the brighter the better!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Your slippers a lovely. We did the PJ thing too. It was a tradition from my mother that I have passed along to my children and now the grandchildren. Mom said it would ensure we looked good in the photos Christmas morning.

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  17. My children are all grown up but I did the Christmas stockings for them till they left home! the stockings have now gone on with them to their own homes.

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  18. Cathy. Very clever! Those are the cutest slippers for any time of year. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  19. Those slippers are wonderful. Thank for the opportunity to win a kit!

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  20. Ok, I do have a fancy for slippers, these are no exception...absolutely stunning...

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  21. Love your slippers! Very unique to the hop! Great job!

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  22. Oh your slippers are way to cute!! Would love to win the kit. thank you.. our traditions is having the whole family here for Christmas dinner. the one day of the year I count on this.

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  23. Cute slippers! My favorite Christmas tradition is baking day with the family the week before Christmas. We make all sorts of sweets to enjoy during the holiday.

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  24. Very cute slippers and those would be fun to make for my grown daughters. My favorite Christmas tradition is having those daughters home for a great visit.

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  25. Love the slippers Cathy! blessings, marlene

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  26. The slippers would be perfect for Texas, where I live. They are very cute and I love Jason Yenter fabric! My favorite Christmas tradition is making sugar cookies.

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  27. What an awesome idea! I hope I'm the winner of the kit! Please post where we can get the pattern!

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  28. I love the slippers!! and want to make some. :) My favorite tradition is being with my family and sipping a cup of hot tea while the grandchildren open their stockings. Thanks for sharing the slippers!

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  29. I'd love to make the slippers!! My favorite tradition is choosing who will be Santa and his helper to hand out the gifts!!

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  30. I've never made slippers before, but those are so dang cute! Thanks for hopping with us and sharing your Christmas project. :O)

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  31. Very nice. Never made sewn slippers before, only knitted. These would make lovely summer slippers though.

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  32. Oh, this is great fun, good thinking!

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  33. Well what a treat..I have never seen a pattern for slippers nd I really like them, very cute idea....well my tradition since I cook Christmas dinner I make a new tablecloth every year. But my DH and I mark a certain oh plate or chair or something so at the end of dinner time we ask everyone to check say under their chair and they get to take the table cloth home. But first everyone at the table has to sign the back this way they will a nice memory. I have been doing this for over 10 years now so there have been a few people that have tried to find the marked item before they sit down so not I have name place settings and this way it gets to be a fair event....just to give you an idea my brother has 3 because the last 2 he had cheated and I did not know until much later that he was pre-scanning the table...lol Have a great day.

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  34. Cute slippers! never made slippers before. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. We visited my husbands cousin every year with our little ones and he was "Santa". my children st on his lap and one year my 8 year old swore he saw Santa riding on the sled above the house, coming down to see him. We had to keep watching and all of a sudden, there was Santa in the room. My son was a "Believer".

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  36. These slippers are so cute! Love the big bows! Thanks for a chance to win

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  37. Oh so cute slippers. I am a new follower

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  38. Who would of thought, Christmas and a new pair of slippers - Perfect!

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  39. Every year we drive around on Christmas Eve to see all the houses lit up with lights. Very cute slippers. Looks way easier than the ten pairs of pajama pants I was going to make.

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  40. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Love your slippers!!
    One tradition we have in our family is to give some type of flashlight in our son's stockings. Every year, they get a flashlight! We've given tiny key chain flashlights, humongous flashlights, flashlights that you wear on your head, etc. They are all grown now, but we still give a flashlight of some type along with their gift. (I know,silly, but it became a tradition!)

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  42. These little slippers are just great! How much fun to get them for Christmas! I love them. We love to go Christmas caroling. It doesn't happen as much any more, but it was one of my favorite activities growing up at Christmas time.

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  43. My favorite tradition is making tamales with my mom. She always puts a black olive in each one, not sure how that started but ow it's not a homemade tamale with one of those olives in it...

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  44. Brilliant slippers. My favourite tradition is we go outside on Christmas Eve and wave sparklers so Santa knows where are and where to bring our gifts. My eldest son now does this with his kids too.

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  45. The holiday slip-on slippers are just too cute! These would make lovely stocking stuffers. My favorite tradition is our annual family tree gathering and decorating party. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  46. Such cute slippers! Even in Indiana, I have summer slippers and winter slippers. I hang a stocking for Jesus to help me keep Christmas in the proper perspective. Thanks!

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  47. Our favorite family tradition is also new pj's before bedtime on Christmas Eve. My grandmother made her 3 grandchildren theirs by hand as she did not have a sewing machine. My mom made her grandchildren theirs until they graduated from high school and now I make my grandchild his Christmas pj's. I find it cute that our grandson wears his new pj's for the annual picture with the Christmas tree just before bed but when he is checked later in the evening we find his Christmas pj's under his Christmas tree in his bedroom. In the morning, he never fails to walk out of his room wearing those Christmas pj's. This has been happening for ten Christmases now so I guess he has started a new tradition!

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  48. Aren't these a great idea!! I love how you made them! My favorite tradition is going to the airport to pick everyone up for the holidays. It is always so good to see them! Thanks for sharing your projects!

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  49. Such sweet slippers! You could make those for every season in different fabrics. I don't have any traditions, unless you include that I really love to sew, quilt and knit during that time of year,lol.

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  50. My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies. My Mom would bake lots of cookies to share with neighbors and friends & we would help her. I'm keeping up the tradition. I bake lots of my favorite cookies, but I always like to try at least one new recipe each Christmas. Love your Christmas slippers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. I'm a new GFC follower & added your blog to my Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  52. Cool slippers! Favorite tradition: watch my aunt and uncle dance the Tango for us... Thanks for joining the blog hop!

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  53. Those are beyond adorable! i would love to learn how to make them. SO cute!! thanks.

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  54. My favorite Christmas tradition is helping my mom make Christmas candy, especially her fudge. Those are super fun slippers, thank you for the opportunity to have a pair!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  55. Hi Cathy-those slippers are "cute as a button," and so festive. From California, thanks for sharing.

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  56. I LOVE your Christmas slippers!!!!! We don't have too many unusual Christmas traditions-- just the regulars: Lots of decorating, music, baking, music, watching Christmas movies-- all the old faves! We have often done Christmas PJs but didn't last year and I was surprised the kids were dissappointed (since they're at the age where they show little enthusiasm most of the time) I would love to adopt your Christmas slipper tradition and make some of these!!!!!

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  57. Also I just subscribed to follow you by email (that was easy!) so one more chance to win!

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  58. It is traditional in my family that we stuff stockings every year even for the adults.

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  59. oh I hope I win.... I just know if I wear these Santa will not hear me coming down the hall to peak...
    Hugs

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  60. Oh, how I love these slippers. They look so darn comfy and festive! I'm going to have to check out this pattern!

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  61. Those are THE CUTEST slippers ever!!! If I don't win the pattern would you consider posting it on a later post or even sell it. I really want to make those!! I'm willing to buy it from you!!
    Gmama Jane

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  62. What a wonderful, creative Christmas gift. WOW, I'm blown away at the concept.
    The tradition around here for Christmas starts at breakfast. We have waffles and maple syrup...that's it, because we want to be good and hungry for that gigantic Christmas dinner.

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  63. I've become a "FOLLOWER" of your blog as well!!

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  64. Omg, these slippers are fabulous!
    My favorite tradition is giving my kids a gag gift. Even now that they are adults, they still get gag gifts.

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  65. Love the slippers. having said that, here on the prairies of Canada, it usually is a bit chilly for open toe slippers at Christmas, but I could ALWAYS wear a pair of socks.... Thanks so much for sharing. My kids always get to open their Xmas sock on Christmas eve. It is full of essentials, like socks, undies, candy, etc. and at least one little special present for each - My youngest is now 23 and they all still look for their sock first. lol..tradition is great.

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  66. i love these slippers. can these be made by hand? i dont own a sewing machine. they are soooo cute babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  67. What a wonderful idea - making slippers for Christmas! My favorite tradition was also receiving pajamas for Christmas from our grandparents who lived too far away to visit for the holidays. We also opened them on Christmas Eve so that we could wear them to bed that night.

    dbelliott@outlook.com

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  68. The slippers are a terrific idea. My daughter asks me to do every little for her. Recently she asked me to knit her some dishcloths - they are in the works. She has asked me to make her a t-shirt quilt from her college sorority t-shirts. I'm intimated to even start, she's as much a perfectionist and picky as I am and I want it to be exactly what she wants and she lives 12 hours away. I think she just might enjoy some slippers made by mom. You are very generous with your giveaway. I have no sisters and miss sewing (even by phone) with my mom. I don't know how you manage a large family. I guess you are used to it and you just do with what you have and you certainly are blessed. My mother and father were each only children and my two brothers each married only children so we have a fairly small family. My grandparents only had one sibling and she lived with the one set of parents, so it was like we had five grandparents.
    My favorite family tradition was cutting our own Christmas tree from the pine trees that my dad had planted for the purpose of controlling soil erosion. Also, we would put out cookies and milk from our own dairy for Santa.
    Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity. I read about the t-shirts for your husband - what heirlooms. You are an inspiration not only with your projects but also with your life and your generosity of your giveaway and the giving you do in your career.

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  69. We also open one gift on Christmas Eve and it usually new pajamas or everyone gets a new stuffed animal.

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  70. Very cute slippers. When I was young, we used to read a book out loud (or a chapter of a longer book) together every day of advent. I've missed the tradition now that I'm a grown up.

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  71. We also open one gift on Christmas Eve and it usually new pajamas or everyone gets a new stuffed animal.

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  72. Those slippers are so pretty and fun too. I am definitely a slipper lover. Where did you find the grippy soles. I had thought of making slippers before but didn't know where I could get that. One of our favorite traditions is to drive through the neighborhoods that put out luminaries on Christmas Eve. We put carols on the radio and drive through.

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  73. One of my favorite traditions is a Christmas shopping trip to a craft fair at the local high school. It's very big and is always the first weekend of December. It's fun, I always find cool gifts and the spirit is infectious. I love your slippers. They are so feminine.

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  74. My favorite Christmas Tradition is our annual Eve party. I have been hosting it for 11 years now. We have ALL the family over...about 30 of us. Everyone brings a gift and we adults do a gift exchange by numbers where you can steel and trade! Then the kids all open some presents. Everyone brings food and it's just a wonderful fun time!!

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  75. Cute, cute slippers, lovely idea.
    I would like to make a pair too, so thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  76. What a fun idea - love these! We dress up fancy, get out the fine china and have a fancy Christmas Eve dinner that we cook ourselves.

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  77. How great! Really neat idea. No one will believe our tradition. We have hot dogs cooked in the fireplace on Christmas eve. Why? Because when the kids were little the power went out one Christmas eve and that's the best we could do. But it was fun and the roasted marshmallows got all over the fireplace screen.

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  78. These slippers are so cute. Those would be well loved and worn often. Thanks for the chance to win. And thank you for sharing them today. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree with my grandchildren.

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  79. I am a new follower through GFC. Thank you again.

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  80. Your slippers are adorable. I make crocheted slippers, but never sewed a pair.

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  81. Those slippers are beautiful. I love them. They look hard to make. Your did a beautiful job. Thanks for the chance to win a pair of these lovelys.

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  82. I love love love those slippers! I need to re-learn how to sew :)

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  83. I love the slippers! I love hiking in the mountains finding our Christmas tree!

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  84. I'm a new follower, nice to meet you!

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  85. Oh my gosh, those are so cute, I would love to win the kit, thanks.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  86. Ohhh so cute! We got new jammies at Christmas when I was a kid too and Christmas Eve. By then we needed new ones, as we either outgrew them or wore them out in the intervening year!

    Does the kit include your sisters suggestions too. LOL? THX for the giveaway opportunity.

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  87. Those are the cutest!!!!
    We always pop popcorn and string it for the fresh tree we bought:) Too much fun!!!

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  88. Thanks for being part of the fun blog hop. I enjoyed your blog.

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  89. Thanks for sharing these super cute slippers. Our tradition was dinner on Christmas Eve and then the real candles on the tree were lit by my father, he rang a little silver bell which told us that we were allowed to come in to see the lit tree and all the presents.

    barbarabubser@comcast.net

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  90. Great slippers!! Thanks for sharing. New Pajamas was always a Christmas Eve tradition in my house as well. Love all of your projects!
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  91. What are big sisters for, if not to make us better. Cute slippers. Yep, pj's were part of our family tradition too!

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  92. Your Party slippers are adorable...thanks for sharing with us. I would love to get the pattern if I don't win. Could you share your extra tips with us that get the pattern...thank you. One of our traditions was one gift on Christmas Eve also...when the kids were beyond believing in Santa!

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  93. one of our holiday traditions is to leave a gift for a family that we know is having a hard time. We leave it in a secure spot and tuck a note (from Santa) into their mailbox so they know it's there. I feel blessed that I can do this every year.

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  94. I follow you through Google Friend Connect and I sure do need a new pair of slippers....eve if I have to make them myself.

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  95. I love those slippers, what a cute project!

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  96. What a creative idea for Christmas in July. I am the older sister so I'm glad you're taking tips from yours! lol

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  97. Lovely slippers. My father would always let us open one present on christmas eve.

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  98. Cathy. Love the slippers what a great idea!!! Cannot wait for your pnline store!!

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  99. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. I just love to sit & look at all the twinkling lights & all the pretty ornaments. Those slippers are just too cute!!!! My feet are always hot so they would be perfect for me. Thanks for the chance to win the kit.

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  100. Gosh it is a toss up. Two memories ---- going to a Christmas tree farm to pick out the "perfect" tree and then also like many have already mentioned---we always got new PJ's. I can still smell the new flannel as we happily put them on Christmas night. The slippers are SOOOO cute! My wedding anniversary is Aug 14th---I feel lucky! lol

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  101. The slippers are beautiful and so feminine looking. thanks for the put together kit Wow.

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  102. My favorite Christmas tradition is to have Christmas brunch with my grand kids and of course open presents.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  103. New gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. You've certainly come up with something different for the blog hop! I would never have thought of making Christmas slippers. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  105. I love the slippers! A great idea. I like the fabric you chose as well.

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  106. I`m a Follower. This was a great Hop.

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  107. Oh, the slippers are great and perfect for Louisiana climate too! Must make some, lol!
    For Christmas, love to put on some Christmas music, have eggnog, hot chocolate, and home-made cookies to decorate the Christmas tree with the boys... I'm a happy follower!

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  108. Those are ADORABLE! My son, wonderful DIL and grandchildren always come over for Christmas breakfast, and watching the happy children, being with the people I love, is the best part of the Holiday for me. :)

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  109. Those are super cute slippers.

    The one tradition I always looked forward to each Christmas was for the entire family going to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree and then get a new ornament from their gift shop. And of course, we had to buy the roasted/sugared nuts they sold and usually would also eat in the little cafeteria they had there as well. All three of my boys did this from the time they were born and throughout their entire childhood and now one of them who lives in the area still has continued this with his own family. This tradition was started by my own parents when I was little and at the very same tree farm, which is still owned by the same family and now being run by its 4th generation so for over 50 years I have gone to the very same farm every Christmas season.

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  110. I love them! I want to make some! One of our Christmas traditions is...on the day that we put up our tree, we open one present...which happens to be a Christmas tree ornament. We have been doing this since our daughter was born...21 years now. That means our tree has a special memory from each of those Christmas'...and little else. LOL

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  111. I am a new follower! Thanks for sharing!

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  112. what fun they look like and would make perfect gifts for friends and teachers. And you could make them for any season.
    thanks sew very much for sharing these with us today
    in stitches

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  113. Your slippers are adorable! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway. My favorite tradition is riding around the weekend before Christmas looking at the decorations and lights.

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  114. Hiya Cathy!!! What cute slippers, and I just so happen to need a new pair lol. My favorite tradition when I was little was gathering at my grandparents' house on Christmas day. My mother had 12 brothers and sisters, so there was a HUGE crowd, but it was so much fun. That's been a long time ago, but I still love getting together with my sister's and daughters' families. Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  115. Hiya Cathy!!! I am a GFC follower. Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  116. We did the flannel pyj's to but now we are grown up the slippers would be just adorable,they are beautiful

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  117. Love those slippers! Growing up, we always got now flannel pj's too.

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  118. Very cute slippers. My favorite tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve with my family. Thanks for the merry Christmas giveaway. Janita

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  119. My family's special hot chocolate!

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  120. My favorite Christmas tradition is for the whole family to sip eggnog on Christmas Eve while my son reads the gospel of Luke's rendition of the nativity.

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