Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Release Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the December Our Daily Bread designs Release Blog Hop! The Hop will run from 8am Eastern Dec. 1 to 8pm Dec 2. The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Dec. 3. There will be 4 prizes. Kelley has very generously offered to give Three prizes of Choice of One set, and One GRAND PRIZE of the December Bread Basket Bundle!!!! Whoo Hoo!!! The prizes are hidden on various blogs along the hop, so it is important that you visit and comment on each one!

Here is what you have to do to be eligible to win one of these great prizes:

Simply visit and leave a comment on each blog on the hop, then return here to the ODBD Blog and leave us a comment:
  • Telling us you completed the hop and noting any blogs you could not comment on
  • Answer the question that is posted below
  • Be sure to check the ODBD Blog on Dec 3rd to see if you won! :)

The question you need to answer in your comment is What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

Now grab a hot coffee, tea or cocoa, put on some Christmas music and enjoy the hop!!!

Here’s the order for the hop:
Sandee
Connie
Chris
Angie
Grace
Becca
Julie
Kathy
Debi
Randi
Dawn
Just one more piece of information.... Our talented and sweet DT member Kathy will be leaving us at the end of December, so this is her last hop with the bread sticks. Please be sure to leave her a little love and thanks for her contributions! She has inspired us all and we will miss her very much!




DT Coordinator

148 comments:

Olga said...

I have never seen so many gorgeous, breath taking creations in one morning in my life, these are all jaw dropping gorgeous!!!! the Christmas I remember most was several years back when our neighboro came busting in Christmas morning yelling the house was on fire. We all jump up, call 911, and start fighting the fire. It wasn't the house but the car that was parked beside the house, we got the fire put out and still waiting on the fire department. We still had a wonderful Chirstmas, I can still see my 2 kids playing with thier toys in the kitchen while I was getting ready to go to work.

Davi said...

Lots of fabulous Christmas creations to wow us and stir the imagination. My favorite Christmas memory was one as a child. My parents didnt have much money and this one was especially thin. My mom and dad took a big wood drawer and made a doll house. Got upholstery swatches from a store and made furniture,crocheted a rug ,curtains and even a clear dish holder on the wall made out of a nose spray box. There was a doll to go with it and a whole wardrobe made with scraps of material and socks. I still have the doll and cloths.

Joyce across the Pond said...

I fully agree with Olga that this hop has been full of glorious cards and ornaments...almost too much to take in on one hop....
I have so many christmas memories but as a child wakening up to find my Grannie's long black stocking hanging on the bedknob bulging with simple things...an orange in the bottom, a box of Maltesers, probably a pair of cosy pj's and possibly some kind of home made doll made by my mother....simpe pleasures of long ago....and we were happy and contented.

Karen W said...

Wow I got lots of ideas from the DT, thank you so much!! I just received my sets and I LOVE them, I can't wait to play some more. The cards from the DT are just over the top amazing!!

Kyle E. said...

I finished the hop! WOW! So many beautiful works of art! My favorite Christmas memory is making cookies with my mother when I was a child. She died when I was a senior in high school, but every Christmas I have fond memories of helping her in the kitchen in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we baked dozens upon dozens of cookies.

Kelly Sas said...

I am so excited that ODB has paired up with Spellbinders! I have had my Wizard for years and years before all the new fancy die cutting machines came out. I just found your company about a year ago and you have changed my world! So hard to find "real" Christian sentiment stamps. Thanks for the amazing blog hop. My fav Christmas memory is the year our youngest daughter was 5 years old. She had a speaking part in the Christmas service along with our Pastor's son. The two of them kept grabbing the microphone well before it was their time to speak. They kept grabbing it from each other! While it was embarrasing at first everyone was laughing in the end.

Marlena M. said...

The hop was beautiful and inspirational. Thank you ladies, for all your hard work!
My favorite Christmas memory was when my husband made it home just in time for Christmas. I could cry when I think of how only God knew my thoughts that day...."I'll be Home for Christmas" was playing in my head. Then, my husband came home that evening, unexpected. It was our eldest first Christmas, and I was willing to put off Christmas until January, if that meant sharing that special day with her daddy!!! God saw fit to let us have it on time. It was so sweet and precious.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to start the day... with inspiring ideas and beautiful creations. I enjoyed the projects from all of the designers. One of my favorite Christmas memories was when my boyfriend (now husband) and I spent Christmas day working at a party for homeless children. There was food, entertainment and presents for all. I will never forget the looks on their faces and the many hugs we received that day.

Nancy S. said...

What a great hop! All the creations were just gorgeous! I think my favorite Christmases are when we had visitors for dinner outside the family. My father was a professor and sometimes he would invite the foreign students. There was another family that we would also sometimes "swap" with - they would come to our house or we would go to theirs for dinner.

ladybugg61 said...

Amazing collection of works of art by your DT - kudos to them all! They are such inspirations. Congrats too to ODBD on the collaboration with Spellbinders - can't wait to see what's in store for us in the future! My fav memory would definitely be spending time in the kitchen with my mom preparing traditional foods to enjoy with family over the holidays. Hours spent grating cheese, rolling pasta through a pasta machine, which I dreaded! But all worth while when you tasted the first bite of Christmas Eve dinner!

Kay M said...

What gorgeous creations your designers have come up with. Just makes you "drool" I would have to say my best Christmas memory is one where we took our girls to pick out a real tree in the field. They picked one of the ugliest trees ever -- there were branches missing here and there but they insisted that they wanted this tree and that "daddy" could fix it. When we got it home, my husband very carefully cut out some branches and wired in the bare spots so it gave some semblance of a tree, then wrote a little story and put it on the tree. It more or less stated that if you saw a wire here and there to overlook it because these two little girls picked out this tree as their prettiest tree! I still have that story he wrote in our picture album.

Stampvanwinkle said...

These creations are absolutely breathtaking. All of you ladies are so very talented and inspiring. What a wonderful hop.

I guess my favorite Christmas memory happens every Christmas Morning when our kids woke up to Rich Mullins song " Christmas Morning" jump out of bed, run into the living room to see the tree all lit up and their stockings filled, and gifts under the tree. Their eyes were smiling and excitement was in the air. After we open gifts we have Jesus Birthday Cake, a family tradition handed down from when I was a child.
Even now that my children are grown we still play the Rich Mullins to wake them up and have Jesus Birthday cake.
I can't help but think that this year may be my favorite because our daughter will be home for the first time in three years and our twins will be with us as well. So everyone will be home and even though my husband has been out of work for over a year we will be together celebrating Jesus.


Kathy, I have been so inspired by your work. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and you will be missed. Have a wonderful Christmas.
God Bless you.

Deb

Becky said...

I have finished the hop and what dazzling cards each and every one was just stunning. I am so grateful for ODB, the best Christian stamps and blog. May God continue to bless and prosper you.

My favorite Christmas was 1976 - my son, after losing 3 sons the previous years, he would be the one the Lord would bless me to keep. It was the best Christmas and the best gift I ever received.

Judy Covey said...

I have completed the blog hop and like so many others that have commented, I think that every single one of the participants in this blog hop are totally creative and amazing. I could only leave anonymous comments on Sanee's, Connie's, Chris's and Dawn's blog. My favorite Christmas memory is back when I was around seven years old and my parents (Santa) gave me and my sister a stuffed dog sitting which they placed on a matching stuffed chair and my younger brother got a stuffed Lassie dog which was sitting inside one of those cars that you peddle.

Lin said...

Your designers really outdid themselves with their creations - so much beauty! Thanks for all the inspiration you all provide on a daily basis!
My favorite Christmas memory is waking up Christmas morning to a freshly decorated tree (can still smell it) with presents underneath. My parents would put the whole thing together Christmas eve, and they would usually just be going to bed when we 3 sisters were getting up! Nowadays we are spread all across the country from one shore to the other, and it's an impossibility to have everyone together all at the same time and place, so these memories are what I hold dear.

Deb30906 said...

I finished the blog hop and enjoyed every minute of it. I love seeing the beautiful projects by so many talented women.

My favorite Christmas memory is actually a collection of Christmas' spent with Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I loved the large family gatherings. As we got older, the traditions died and I still miss them today.

Anonymous said...

Every stop was breath taking. God has given each of you a beautiful gift, thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait to see what is coming with spellbinders being a partner. I have been blessed having had my Grandparents in the same small town,100 people- including farms nearby, we lived in. Every Christmas Eve we were in their church's Christmas Pagent. Afterwards we'd to to their home and open presents. Christmas would be a low key family day. My Grandparents would come over in the evening and my Grandmother would play the piano and we would sing hymns. She played beautifully but couldn't sing a note on key. I would love to hear her "shriek" today.
Kathy

Penny said...

What fun! And such a joy to see all the beautiful designs. And all giving glory to God! WOW! What a morning. My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got my Alice in Wonderland doll. I had drooled over her for 6 months. My mom and my two best friend's moms got together all year and made outfits for all three of us who got the same dolls. We also got outfits for ourselves which we wore to church. Wonderful memory!

Clare said...

I agree with Olga - so many beautiful things to see this morning as I sit here with my coffee! I want one of each!

The first year we had Christmas with our two cats was interesting! Emmee and Porter were about 1 year old, still kittens in my mind, and chased each other all over the house. When we got the tree up (real one) Porter chased Emmee up the tree. Pulling the branches aside, you could see her clinging to the trunk about half-way up the 7 ft. tall blue spruce, then she just leaped from there right at me! It was hilarious! When they initially went into and under the tree, the whole thing started shaking and tipping, and every ornament, light or anything else that could make noise or tinkle did! We had to lag the tree to the floor and the wall to keep it from tipping over, because they wouldn't stay out of it!

Cheryl Winget said...

This has been an outstanding blog hop. So inspirational. Every creation was blessed with extraordinary beauty. My favorite Christmas memory is of my own son (now 36) when he was 3. He had his first speaking part in the Christmas pageant at our church. "If you say your part loudly," I promised, "you can open a gift when we get home." Well - loud isn't the word for it! He shouted his part and the whole congregation went into fits of laughter. The leader thought it was so funny, she had him say it (in a mike, no less) 2 more times!

Fonda Totten said...

All I can say is WOW!! Each project or EQUALLY beautiful though very different in their own way. So much talent and inspiration with all you ladies.

My favorite memory growing up as a young girl was after the house was decorated and the tree was lit up, we'd turn off all the lights in the livingroom and listen to Christmas music playing on the "record player" with only the tree lights on. My Mom now has Alzheimer's and won't remember that, but it is a warm tender memory of the holidays with her.

betty lou said...

Finished the hop and am so inspired by the BEAUTIFUL projects and how they glorified our awesome God! Absolutely stunning! One of my favorite Christmas memories is being a brand-new mom rocking my precious baby boy late at night in front of our lighted Christmas tree with tears streaming down my face thanking God for my little blessing and HIS precious son, Jesus Christ. That was 29 years ago, and here I sit, with tears streaming down my face thanking God for my two boys, a daughter-in-law, a precious grandson, and HIS son, Jesus Christ.
betty.chet@gmail.com

di said...

I made it to all the blogs - what a wonderful christmas treat to see these creations.
My best - but saddest Christmas memory - is the last Christmas before my mother died of breast cancer. We knew it would be her last - - we had no power, she had lost all her hair - so - my boys, husband and brother all shaved their heads - so she would not feel out of place - I treasure the pictures I took that year. We cooked over the fire in the fireplace - and laughed a lot. Thank you for making me remember that one special year.

SavedbyGrace said...

I completed the blog hop and left my comments and answered the question. I've never participated in blog hops so I hope I did everything right. I'm so inspired by all of the absolutey gorgeous cards. Thank you all so much for being the only place I know of that you can get God's Word to use in so many creative ways. What a blessing you are to so many.

ArmyMedicMom7132 said...

I have finished the blog hop and what a way to start the day. Filled with inspiration and admiration for all the talent that I saw on each blog. Thank you all for sharing.

My fondest memory is when I was very little living in France. My sister and I had a room up in the attic. We were in our beds on Christmas Eve when we saw a small mouse run across the floor. We both screamed and our Dad came running in to see what the matter was. We told him about the mouse and he just started to laugh and told us a story about a Christmas mouse. (He was trying to calm us down so we wouldn't be afraid). So from that year on I have always had a mouse in the house at Christmas. Mine of course is not real but somewhere in the house is a mouse. I have since told my kids about the story of the Christmas mouse each year. When they were little I would hide the mouse around the house and they would have to try to find it. It was a contest to see which would find it first each year.

SavedbyGrace said...

Oops When I left my comment here I forgot to leave my favorite Christmas memory. I left it on all the other blogs though. I'm new at this!! When I close my eyes, I can just see my Momma and Daddy and I driving home(on ice and snow many times) all the way from Chicago to my Granny's house in Tennessee. Her house was always full of love, laughter and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. They're all in heaven now, and I can't wait to see them again!! I will be with them alot longer than I'll be without them. Praise God!!! He is worthy!!!

marshmallow12 said...

Finally, found where to leave a comment & figured out how to do this blog hop thing!And finished it, too! :) I'm new to this, so it took me awhile. Especially as I couldn't stop looking at all the stunning creations with this new set. Can't wait to use mine.
When I think of Christmas memories, the first one that comes to mind is when my oldest daughter (now 41) was 2, and she got one of those spring horses. There were other toys piled in front of it, and she was so excited! She wanted to get to that horse so bad, but couldn't ignore the doll and things in front. She kept saying' Horsey, Horsey'. It was so cute.

Deb said...

I have hopped all over the blogs and my legs are not even tired. I could have hopped all day with all of the wonderful inspriations I was able to see. Thanks for the hop. Such Beautiful projects. My greatest Christmas Memory is the first Christmas without my Mother. I was only 6 years old. With Mom dying in November and Christmas being the next month, sure we were sad, but my Dad, being the father that he was, did all he could do to make sure his 4 girls were happy. We didn't have a lot of money, but that's not what Christmas is all about. All we wanted for Christmas was the doll house fully furnished, that we saw in the Sears Catalog and Only the doll house and we had to share it, but my sisters and I to this day (now 50 years ago) remember how special that Christmas was.

Tracy J said...

I've checked them all out - what a GREAT bunch of inspiration. One of my favorite Christmas memories is one year when we left the retirement home where my husband’s mother lived, we decided to do a little driving around to look at lights. There were several ‘themed’ streets and entire neighborhoods nearby. We turned onto Christmas Tree lane and from the back seat I heard a gasp and the hushed, wonder filled voice of my 4 year old daughter say “It’s Christmas land!”. Still gives me chills, the memory of the awe and wonder in her voice.

Marie said...

Hello Kellie: This was a great idea to kick of the seaSon with. Your designers are all very talented and inspired! I was able to comment on all the blogs. My favorite Christmas memory is the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at our church. I finally got old enough to hold my own candle and then it was "really" special!
Thank you again for your God given creativity and sharing. Marie

Kris said...

I finished hopping...it was more of a long jump than a hop because I couldn't pull myself away from all the amazing creations! My favorite Christmas memory is opening up gifts late Christmas Eve and then jumping into the car Christmas morning for the long trip to Grandma's house...loved her to pieces and those are precious memories. Thank you for the opportunity to win but mostly for the being able to see the talented designers work!

Kathryn said...

I finished the blog hop and now I want to go back and view everything again and again. Such a wonderful group of talented ladies participating and giving us so much of themselves through their art of stamping.
My favorite Christmas memory was being able to wake up before my parents and check my Christmas stocking at the end of my bed. This particular year though it had switches from the woods in our backyard. I got up and broke them up and hid them behind the dresser before my parents came in to ask about the contents in the stocking. They got a big laugh out of the fact that I said that the stocking was empty!! I never was a bad girl but my dad was quite the prankster all of the time!

Debby said...

I have just finished one of the most amazing blog hops ever. Every one of these ladies are talented beyond words. Thank you for blessing us with their individual talents.

My favorite memory of Christmas was the last one we celebrated with my father. He had been diagnosed with cancer on November
2nd and given 3 months to live. Of course, we were all devasted. As in any family tragedy, my two brothers and I managed to get home and spend Thanksgiving with Mom and Dad, the first time we had all been together in over 20 years. We decided to have Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, while we were all together. Althoug we knew it would be the last Christmas we would share together as a family, it was the best one ever. The love that radiated as we celebrated an early Christmas was unbelievable. We were so blessed to have that special time together. Dad was so happy. Christmas was his favorite holiday and we were all there to share it with him one lsst time. We were so blessed....

Chris said...

I do not know when I have ever seen so many gorgeous, breath taking creations in one morning in my life, these are all jaw dropping gorgeous! All of my Christmas have been a blessing to me because not only do I have God in my life so do my kids and grandkids. Also we are all together on that wonderful day to thanks our Lord.

Cindy H said...

Wow, what a talented bunch. My favorite memory... Every year we would gather the entire family, grandparents, aunts, cousins etc on Christmas Eve to enjoy a fantastic feast and open presents from each other. As a child, I remember being tortured by having to sing Christmas Carols before we were allowed to open any presents, but what i wouldn't give to do that again with all my family there.

Allie Gower said...

All the ladies did an amazing job. I left some love on each blog, and a special note for Kathy as she will be SO missed.

My favorite Christmas memory was going to my Aunts last minute one year, totally unexpected. We enjoyed my Uncle's midnight mass, late night treats, and I awoke to presents under the tree, and a wonderful day spent with my Aunt and her family. Totally made me believe in Santa to find lots of gifts under the tree when no one had expected me.

To date I help Santa out by having some last minute gifts prepared for any unexpected guests I may have at Christmas.

Great stamps, great hop. We are blessed by your commitment to our crafting!

joni said...

This has been by far the best hop!!! I have been inspired beyond measure!! So many wonderful creations and I totally fell in love with the new stamp sets and how they were used! Really impressed with all the designers!
My favorite Christmas memory is when my college kids were still young and we would sit around our nativity scene on Christmas Eve and share the story of Jesus' birth and we would have a small cake to celebrate before we allowed them to open one gift. We wanted them to understand why we celebrate CHRISTmas and I think it worked! I'm sure that when they have families of their own, they will pass down this family tradition. Thanks for a wonderful hop! You guys are great!
Hugs,
Joni

Linda said...

This has been such an inspirational blog hop. I loved all the ornament ideas as well as the cards. Your design team is so creative.
I think my most memorable Christmas was the year when our children were little and we were living far from family and couldn't go home. My husband was in seminary and our budget was very tight. I knew we wouldn't have much for Christmas and our oldest son was sick with a high fever as well. I didn't know what to do for him. Unknown to us, our neighborhood (many of whom we didn't even know) brought us groceries for a full Christmas dinner, another brought us their tree because they were leaving for Florida. We saw God's hand on us in providing in a very special way. It will always be a special Christmas for me.

Bonnie said...

I have completed the hop and WOW, I am so inspired and impressed with all these gorgeous creations!!! Everyone has such beautiful creations and the talent is just spilling over. One of my favorite Christmas memories is the family piling in the car every year to go look at the beautiful Christmas lights. All the color and sparkle made it such an exciting time. I still get great pleasure from the togetherness and the simple joys of sharing the beauty of the season with loved ones.

Kay Long said...

I have been inspired by all the beautiful projects. I like the new stamps to go with the Spellbinder die cuts that I have so many of and totally enjoy. I can't make a card without them and these new additions add so much more. I have completed the blog and was not able to post to Dawn's blog but will return and try later as she did a beautiful job along with all the others. My favorite Christmas was when all the family was together and the pond froze over and the children got to ice skate for the first time on Christmas. Blessings to all and thanks for such a beautiful hop. Merry Christmas.

Annette said...

Hi what a great hop. Your DT ladies are so talented.
My favorite or perhaps most vivid memory was when I was about 8 and my brother 7. We could only go downstairs with an adult at 7.00am on Christmas morning. Well on Christmas Eve we had spotted a mouse that ran behind the fire. My parents put down a trap. The next morning when we went downstairs my mother opened the door to the family room only to immedaitely close it and tell us Santa had not been. We went back to bed in tears wondering what we had done so naughty that Santa hadn't called. In reality the mouse was in the trap and she hadn't wanted us to see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patty said...

I am in awe at the all of the lovely projects. I love the way each looked so different and yet were from the same dies. I think one of the best memories for me was when our kids were little and we were living in a strange new place. We opened our home to anyone who didn't have somewhere to go for Christmas. We had a very mixed group that showed up, but it was such a fun filled day. It eased the homesickness we were all feeling, plus it taught my kids an important lesson about giving and sharing. They are now adults, but the talk of that Christmas still.

Theresa said...

I have completed the hop and commentd on all the sites. What beautiful inspiration everyone has given.
Thank you for offering blog candy.
My most memorable Christmas was nearly 40 years ago. I was young, a newlywed and had moved 1000 miles from home. I was terribly homesick and dreading Christmas away from family. About a week before Christmas I got a phone call from my Aunt from back home.
She asked what we were doing for Christmas and I said we were doing nothing, and started to cry. And she said, "Well, how would you like some company?" My tears turned to tears of joy. We would not be alone afterall. My aunt and uncle and cousins made the 1000 mile trip to be with us because they remembered their first Christmas together, far from home and how lonely it was for them. It turned out to be one of the best Christmases ever. Family means so much.
Theresa in Kitimat

Yvonne said...

Enjoyed the hop! Memories have now expanded to include the grand kids! They are so full of wonder!

Janaria said...

What lovely God-honoring work, displaying the myriad of the talents and gifts He has bestowed on His children for His glory. Thank you, ODBD for the blessing and for being a light for Christ. I am thankful for you!

Christmas is always a special time and I've so many wonderful memories. I think my favorite Christmas memory was the year we rejoiced together at the mercy the Lord bestowed in granting us both new life in Christ. The gift of the Christ child took on its full meaning that year and is a gift we celebrate in praise and worship, by His grace, throughout our lives now and for all eternity! Jan E. "Janaria"

Frea said...

Hi, back from hopping. What an inspirational hop this was!! Really enjoyed it! My favourite Christmas memory would have to be the last Christmas we had with my dad still with us, that's now five years ago. He was not well, sitting in his wheelchair, but he looked so happy just being with us, his eyes all shiny with joy. Frea

dmbennett said...

Wow. This was one great blog hop. All the creations were stunning. These new stamps are sooo great, I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed that I may be one of the lucky ones chosen.... I have three most favorite Christmas memories, each of my three children's first Christmas'. Seeing their faces light up when they see the presents under the tree and getting so excited when they got the one toy they really wanted. I also loved seeing things from their perspective, like the lights on the boardwalk at Va. Beach, their words and expressions were so priceless. I loved it. Now that they are older, it's not as exciting to them. I also like to remember the Christmas of 1997, that was the last christmas that I saw my MOM, she died in Jan 98. I remembered her holding the kids and telling them stories. Then the dinner she made, sooo great.... I miss her....
Again this was one great blog hop with soo many gorgeous creations. Thanks to the design team for sharing their wonderful projects with us all....

Cook22 said...

After a long walk home through the snow it was lovely to sit down with a hot mug of tea and feast on all the delights shared on the blog hop - commented on all of them.
Favourite Christmas memory - hard to choose. Going down on Christmas morning to get our stockings was always special as kids, and DH & I got engaged at Christmas in '86. But overall I think I'd have to say carol services and singing. I've always loved music. In school we used to learn a lot of European carols in different languages, and always sang Adeste Fideles in Latin. And at home we always had carols round the piano on Christmas Eve.

Phyllis M. said...

I have completed the hop and left comments on each blog. What beautiful creations I have seen truly awe inspiring. My most favorite memory is when we use to have Christmas with the grandparents. Sure do miss them all now but we still have our family together for Christmas.

Colorado Crafter said...

I have completed the wonderful blog hop and left a comment on every designer's blog. Thanks so much to all who made this possible.

My favorite Christmas memory is years ago when my mom and dad were both alive. They were just such special parents and always made Christmas special for me. Mom's Christmas dinner was always the best in the world. And dad was just "dad"... the most wonderful man in the world. I miss them both so much.

Diane said...

All were very pretty. Such gorgeous colors and lots of gold embossing for the holidays. My favorite Christmas memories were of getting to stay up til dawn waiting for the train that grought my grandmother each year for the Christmas holidays, then returning home to drink egg nog and listen to her stories, then getting to snuggle in my bed with her. She was a very special lady who was with us every Christmas until she passed away at the age of 98.

Robert said...

I made the trip around the hop and wow were the cards and ornaments beautiful to behold! I really want this set so that I too can at least try and make something as beautiful. Thank you all for sharing.

As to my best Christmas memory - We were at my parents house (my three brothers, myself and our families). My youngest brother, who was very handy in the woodworking department, had made wooden tool boxes (with real tools) for my son and his cousin. They were 7 and 8 years old. We noticed nothing amiss until my dad (grandpa) decided that he needed to visit the washroom. After hearing some muttering and yelling for the boys (yes the same ones who received the tool boxes) we all went upstairs to see what the commotion was about. Apparently the boys had taken the door knob off to try out their tools and when they put it back it was backwards. Dad couldn't get the door opened to use the facilities. He was really annoyed as I expect he really had to go (know what I mean!). We all started laughing so hard at the situation that grandpa started laughing too. The door was soon set right and with us still laughing he finally got to use the facilities.

Every Christmas we seem to mention the boys (now grown and married) and grandpa (now deceased) and the episode with the doorknob.

It still gives me a chuckle when I think of the look on dad's face.

Best Wishes and may God watch over you,

Lucy

Lenoria said...

I have been hopping I you have one talented group of ladies! I have never seen so many gorgeous, yet different, designs. My favorite memory of Christmas is of everyone of my brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces and their spouses all being at my Mom and Dad's house on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and all the noise, talking, and excitement - and most of all the LOVE! There were so many people we rotated around from the front room to the kitchen, to the front porch, and then back again and all the laughter and fun was unbelievable.

Sharon said...

What a fabulous blog hop. I have truly been inspired. One of my favorite Christmas memories is going to my grandparents. We usually had to drive in the snow to reach their house. They had a large hill in the back of their house. It was always covered with snow at Christmas. All the family, aunts, uncles and cousins would ride sleds down the hill in the snow. I was so much fun! Families are priceless.

Nancy Curtis said...

I loved the beautiful inspiration shared by all on this hop! How can I even choose a favorite memory of Christmas when they have all been so special? One tender memory happened two weeks after my beloved grandmother died. That Christmas we all got gifts from her even though she was no longer with us. It has been almost thirty years but in my heart it feels like yesterday.

Jessica said...

I have completed the hop and wow-what breathtaking work! My favorite Christmas memory is going up into the attic with my grandma when I was young and hauling out the ornaments and then reminising about each and every one!

maryr917 said...

I completed the hop-the breadbasket team are definitely a group of super talented designers-I loved every one of their projects.
One of my favorite Christmas memories is related to my grandsons. I had to take care of them a few days before Christmas at my home. Of course their gifts were under the tree in our living room and being boys I had to think of a way to keep them out. So we blocked off the room at both entrances and told them it was the magic room. On Christmas Eve the room would open up and reveal the magic inside.
They were trying to peek and see what was in there all day. That was about 8 years ago. To this day at Christmas they call the living room the "magic room".

Pati said...

Very pretty creations with the new releases! I was able to comment on all of the blogs! Thanks for having this blog hop and the wonderful prizes! My favorite Christmas memories are the couple of Christmases I can remember from long ago that our whole family was together, the music, the baking and the games we played, together. With much older siblings I can only remember a couple before they all left home. After that I was like an only child (spoiled too) tho we tried to visit most of them at least once a year.

Carol said...

I am new to this site and am totally in love with everything I've seen! Was fortunate to be able to leave "some love" at each of the blogger's sites. My favorite Christmas Memory - the year I got the most fabulous dress (think I was 6 or 7) - red and white, kind of a sailor style but the best part was the nearly full circle skirt done with small pleats - boy could I twirl til I got sick or fell down! I felt so special in that dress and still do when I think about it, especiall happy cuz my daddy picked it out! Happy Holidays to all and thank you!!!

Jessica said...

Well. it would have to be the year the tree fell on my friend Mike. He had lost his mother the oct. before. His dad wasn't in the mood to celebrate. But Mike pestered him until he put up a tree. It was fake and silver! And the only thing under it was the wheel that made it change colors. Mike was very depressed. So I convinced him to help us put up our tree. So when he said yes, I had to badger my dad to bring ours in. He said it haden't 'fallen' enough yet. But I persisted. He brought it in all huffing and puffing. He said I had to hold on too, while Mike lay down on the floor to screw in the things to make it stand straight. My mother, who was not well, was lying on the couch directing the operation. She was trying to tell us that we'd have to move the rug or it just wasn't going to be straight. Well, the longer this took the huffier dad got. (He didn't often get huffy). Finally he said something, which I didn't catch, and I said something he didn't catch, we both let go of the tree at the same time, and the tree fell over onto poor, unsuspecting Mike! Dad and mother and I were each blaming the others, when finally Mike shouted... "I don't care whose fault it is, JUST GET THE D*#!*!D THINK OFF OF ME!" At which time we all started to laugh, including my poor trapped friend. It was the first time he'd laughed since his mom had passed! I loved having my friend around during that Christmas, and it made the time a bit easier for him.

marcelle schauer said...

The "sticks" have donw another fab job on this hop. Every one of them knows how to really inspire us. One of my memories as a child is that we never had a fireplace in our home. My mother always wanted one so she bought a cardboad one that looked like a brick fireplace. She always decorated the "mantle" of that thing as if the Queen of England was coming. Our stockings were hung so very proudly on that cardboard and as kids we loved it. sometimes I wish we still had that fireplace to remind me it is in the heart that makes the holidays, not the fixings.

Liz said...

so many gorgeous cards and ideals to use this months new stamps .
Thank you Josh for your ideal of the arrow I love it.
Christmas memorys are so many but they all end the same the Love that Fills the room no matter what is going on in your life. So though all the memorys I can still feel each Christmas in my heart as if it was yesterday and though all the hard times it all goes away for that one day .

Liz Whitty said...

So many great projects and so many great ideas. A very talented bunch of ladies. The best Christmas memory I have is my mother buying a Jesus cake. She wanted us to know that it was Jesus birthday and one always gets a cake on your birthday sooo she would make a cake and call it our Jesus cake!!!

Liz Williams said...

I just adore that Basic Grey jovial paper pack and what a gorgeous card you made with it. I love it.

Teresa said...

I really enjoyed the blog hop today. I was in awe of all the beautiful creations.
My favorite Christmas memory is when I received my first sewing machine because that's when my creative side emerged.
Have a blessed holiday!

Vail's Creative Endeavors said...

Your DT is great-so many great ideas-makes me look forward to trying a few ideas. One of my favorite Christmas memories is when we were children and our youngest sister got up before the rest of the family and rearranged all the toys under the tree and took everything she liked for herself including rearranging the ornaments.

Liz Williams said...

I think I mistakingly posted Debi's comments on this site by mistake. I guess Debi's is the only one I had trouble getting on. I am just in awe of the glorious wonders all of the dt created for this month's blog hop. WOW. My favorite Christmas memories involve spending the week before Christmas up at the church putting on a live nativity for the community. My parent's young couples class started it over 50 years ago. As I became a teenager, our youth group took it on to keep it going during that decade. We have all moved away from that community and I have lost touch over the years and often wonder if that church still does this wonderful gift of love for the community. It brought me great joy growing up being able to take part.

Holly said...

Such amazing talent! It was an amazing hop, full of inspiration! I had no trouble leaving comments! My favorite memory is when my girls were much younger, Christmas Eve after they fell asleep, I made Santa footprints through the house to the tree and reindeer prints outside. The looks on their faces was priceless and is such a great memory! Thanks for the fun!

Elizabeth said...

I have finished the December Release Blog Hop. These were all stunning projects, each a challenge to strive for.

My favorite Christmas memory is making Christmas cookies with my Mom. One year, she got the recipe for a favorite cookie of the family, from a baker friend of ours. He had "cut down" the recipe, but even so, we had parchment sheets all over the kitchen, dining room, breakfast room and 2 ironing boards, while the cookies dried before being baked. After that, we knew how much area we were going to need and were prepared!

The next favorite is when my brother and I were very young, I was probably no older than 3 or 4 years old. We thought for sure we heard Santa's sleigh on the roof. We were taught that Santa brought the presents and tree, and we would not go to sleep. Daddy had to go outside and make shake some Christmas bells so that we would think Santa was there. Otherwise, he and Mom couldn't get the tree decorated.

Thanks for the opportunity to win. These stamps are beautiful!

PatS said...

This has been a wonderful creative experience. I completed the blog hop with a warm, inspirational feeling. Your design team is OUTSTANDING. Best blog hop I have experienced in a long time. Keep this group together and I will follow them anywhere. Happy Holidays. And thanks for the chance to win....my favorite memory is when my kids were little and my Dad was still with us. All of us traveling to Mom and Dad's house to visit with the whole family and end the evening playing cards around the table. Thanks for giving me a reason to think of the good ole days. Have a blessed Christmas!!

April said...

I completed the hop and all the gorgeous projects have taken my breath away! Just fabulous is all I can say! When I was about 6 yrs. old I lived in a neighborhood of boys, so I played cowboys and indians, climbed trees, etc. So that Christmas I got a set of guns and holsters, a fire truck that I rode in, a toy pick up truck a gas station and a baby doll! LOL! Had to get a little something for the girl in me!!

Lynne M. said...

Thanks for the fun hop, and I was able to leave a comment on all. It was amazing to see all the glorious designs by everyone (got some great tips, too).
In response to your question,my favourite Christmas memory ...difficult question as many to choose from. One favourite, my Dad set up the card table in front of our beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and we had homemade meat pie followed by Christmas pudding or cookies (cookies were my choice as I don't like pudding). After, we would head off to church for the service where many Christmas hymns were sung -- my favourite, Silent Night.

peacefulgardens said...

Thank you so much for all the fun to hop around at each designers blog. I did complete all the blogs leaving a message at each one. Great fun seeing all the ideas.
My best Christmas memory was when I was about 8yrs. old and I knew I was getting a "Pink Lady" bike for Christmas. I did a little sneaking and found out. I was so excited waiting for the time to come and I often remember when my older sister finally gave me the bike. She had bought it for me and the look on her face when she gave it to me I will always remember.

WJ said...

I just spent the last hour visiting each of these wonderful blogs. You ladies are just outstanding and wonderful to share your wonderful creations. Thank you all for taking the time to put this Blog Hop together you each are very special ladies.

My favorite Christmas memory was the first Christmas my husband and I spent together after we were married. The fun and excitment of buying and decorating our first Christmas tree always brings joy to my heart and a smile to my face. BTW this was 34 years ago and I can still remember it like it was just yesterday.

Kelli B said...

What terrific projects the DT created this month. I love the vintage look of the ornament stamps. My favorite Christmas memory is based on a story I heard when I was a child. It was about a little elf that would come into houses thru the key hole to open the door for Santa so he could deliver presents to homes without chimneys. I was so worried that silverspur wouldn't be able to come into our home that one year and I wanted to see what he looked like. My stepdad even put scotch tape on the key hole to "catch" silver spur and he would wake me up so I could say hello and then release him so he could go to open up other people's doors. Ah to be a child again with all of that innocence, amazement and wonder!

Bee Jay said...

What stunning projects for this special season. Thanks everyone for sharing your fantastic talents. Special memories of Christmas for me are in childhood all of the family being together for a wonderful meal with all the Christmas trimmings! Blessings!

Sandydee said...

I have fallen in love with all of these designers - such beautiful work. I did visit all of the blogs. My fav Christmas memeory is from when I was about 4 or 5, my parents said they thought they heard Santa outside. They took me out and pointed to the sky and said "Do you see him" I could swear that I did - and there on the front porch was my brand new bicycle - What a Christmas.

Lori said...

Wow!!! Ladies you have showcased these images and greeting so beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration.
My favorite memory right this minute,goes back to my childhood. {{I'm missing my mom today, it would have been her 65 birthday}}
When my little brother and I were little we always wanted to go out to the barn at midnight on Christmas Eve to hear the animals talk. We never could stay awake that long and when we were old enough we said we didn't believe it, but we never did go out to check. I like to think that we just didn't want the magic to end.
Thanks for a fantastic hop and bringing this memory to the front of my mind today.

jean wilson said...

Well I've visited every blog...what creative people you all are! Awesome designs and cards and ornaments and jar decorations! Only one that wouldn't take my comment was Becca's...I tried 4 times...beginning after comment 118 and now after comment 136. Don't know what to do...anyway my favorite Christmas memory is going to NYC with my Dad and sister as Mom would stay home and wrap the gifts...we would go on Christmas Eve and see Rockafeller Center and go to the 5 and 10 store and buy stocking stuffers for each other.

Sarah said...

I was able to leave commemts on all of the DT members' blogs. Great work, ladies!

My favorite Christmas memories are just being together with the extended families, seeing my cousins, going sledding, opening presents, and enjoying my grandmothers' wonderful meals.

imastampin said...

I posted on all the blogs. Wow, what beautiful creations. I'm loving this release - a lot!

My favorite Christmas memory is hand knitted sweaters. My Mother often made all of us a beautiful new sweater for Christmas. I'm sure it took her months to get them all done. I wish I still had them.

Pat Jandacek said...

I've visited and left remarks (all good) on each blog and enjoyed the beautiful pieces created by each. My favorite Christmas memory is the tradition of having all the married siblings and their families return home for gift exchanging and eating on Christmas Eve. It was a houseful of joy with gifts piled high! Homemade caramel popcorn balls were the specialty of the evening. I still miss that kind of Christmas 50-60 years later!

Jan Castle said...

Commented on each blog..thanks for the opportunity - they were all beautiful! I remember most the Christmas music...still enjoy it each and every year!

cdjcape521 said...

I have completed the blog hop! Thank you all for such beautiful ideas~~my favoirte memory @ Christmas is with my late husband in 1980, we were sooooo poor, LOL But we made things for everyone, and that was fun~~regrettably, it was his last Christmas, he died the next year, so the memory is very special.

Miesje said...

Amazing creations ladies! Loved each and every one of them. My favorite Christmas memory is the first one after we got our first child. After years of thinking that we would never be parents we got the call from the adoption agency. He was our best Christmas present ever! He is now 36 and we were blessed 7 more times! God is good!

Forrest A. Arthur said...

These were so gorgeous, I'm going to start my cards this Saturday, and I have lots of inspiration.

I am 66 and grew up in a tiny house with parents who were poor by today's standards. But we never felt poor because my blessed mother (still alive at 90) always had something for us to eat, provided by a loving father. My favorite Christmas was when I was about 10. I got an old trunk filled with used evening dresses. We only got 1 present back then and I thought I had struck gold. My friends and I wore out those dresses, but I still have the trunk!

I couldn't find a place to comment on Angela's blog, and several others I listed myself as anonymous, mainly because I can't figure out how to do all that url, open id, etc stuff.

Blessings to all of you, you keep us inspired creatively and spiritually.

bwgayoso said...

my most memorable Christmas was when I was either 8 or 9 years-old. It was late at night and my parents were hosting a Christmas Eve dinner with family. All my cousins and I had been talking about Santa traveling around the world that night, delivering presents to all children. We had been sitting in my bedroom talking about what we had asked Santa to bring us when all of a sudden we heard sleigh bells. We all ran to the window and one of my cousins yelled "stop, if he sees you, he won't stop and leave you your presents!" So we all dove into my twin bed (it was 8 of us) and acted like we were asleep. Years later we found out that an uncle of ours had been outside our window that night with sleigh bells! LOL! I will never forget that moment : )

Mary Jo said...

Everyone of the design team out did themselves. The combination of ODB and Spellbinders is just perfect. So many gorgeous cards to help with the inspiration to create. My favorite Christmas memory of a child is that we went out to a farm the week before Christmas and as a family would select our tree and go home and put bubble lights on it. Every year the tree seemed to be prettier than the one before.

Suzi said...

I think my favorite memories are of my kids decorating the tree when they were small. Every ornament had to have a special place. Now they are grown with children of their own.
Thanks for all the inspiration from the talented team here! Merry Christmas!

Jean said...

I have really enjoyed this entire blog hop! What a wonderful group of talented designers you have and what wonderful new stamps and spellbinders combos have been used! I am very inspired to get to work!

My favorite Christmas memory is from when we lived on the Navajo Reservation and got permits to go out and cut our own tree. It was snowing and all the trees were beautiful! After cutting it, we drank hot chocolate and took the tree home to decorate it. I had made salt dough ornaments and we put them on the tree. It looked wonderful. Then next morning all the ornaments from about waist high down were gone and our poor dog lived by the water bowl all day. I guess she thought she had found the best salt lick of all time! We were thankful she did not get sick...just very thirsty for several days.

Hope you and your families have a wonderful christmas! Jean

Mickie said...

Made the rounds and I am drooling! Such beautiful work the DT had for this release. I got my sets in the mail today, by-the-way, super fast shipping! Now I am ready to play!

Mickie said...

Whoops, forgot my favorite Christmas memory! My favorite memory is when my brother and I were real small and Santa walked up on the front porch with all his jingle bells jingling and gave us each a sack of fruit. As I said we were real small but I can still see it in my mind. We just couldn't believe Santa was there Ho, Ho, Ho-ing on our front porch.

Rosemary said...

Wow!! what gorgeous projects this release! Everything was just amazing! Left some love for the DT... my favorite Christmas memory involves my dad packing myself & my siblings into the car on Christmas eve to drive around and look at all the Christmas lights.

Clickersister said...

I completed the hop and my head is swimming from all the fabulous designs from these mega-talented people! My favorite Christmas memory is the one where we sent our daughter on a scavenger hunt to find her gift of a new guitar. She was so surprised and just loved it!
Thanks to ODBD and the talented designers for adding a new Christmas memory!

Lillian Child said...

I finished the hop and let me say that these lovely ladies are so VERY talented. Just delightful projects!

My favorite xmas memory was when I was six and I remember going to bed and listening for santa. I remember hearing sleigh bells and thumps on the roof. It wasn't until years later that I found out it was my dad who left sleigh "tracks" in the snow in our front yard. But what a magical time it was for me.

Fernanda said...

This is my very first hop blog and I had an awesome experience participating! I got to enjoy all the amazing ideas the various designers presented.
My most memorable Christmas was as a little girl sitting in front of our tree being mesmerized by all the vintage glowing lights. The entire family would gather in my parents house to eat, sing and dance. Just remembering gets me all choked up as my parents have since passed and the family unfortunately no longer gathers together as in the past. How I miss those days gone by! Bless you all!

Becky Dunham said...

Wow, I cannot believe the projects I have just hopped thru! Such inspiration and talent! They were all so beautiful! I have got to get these sets! My favorite Christmas memory - that is a tough one. I have a lot of them. One of my favorite memories is from when I was a child. My brother, sister and I all shared a room and we could never sleep so we would stay up all night waiting for it to be morning - we would start at about 4:30 trying to get mom to get up, but she always made us wait until at least 6:00.

Anonymous said...

Some of my favorite Christmas memories were when we went to midnight Mass. Everyone with candles lit and the lights off, singing songs to glorify the Christ child. Beautiful memories.

Thank you for this wonderful blog hop and for the VERY talented design team.

Carol Froehlich

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing so much God-given talent in one place.
My most memorable Christmas was when I was 8 years old and in our church Christmas play. I was such a bashful, introverted child. I am not now when I have had almost 80 other Christmases to share. It came my turn to recite. My mother had me in a fancy dress and my hair drawn back in a huge bow. I fumbled the ball, I was frozen in my spot. I must have twisted and turned and contorted my face for I had the parents all laughing. I started to cry and ran off the stage. I never did any acting again...but I love to create. I saw so many gems here I would hate to be a judge for the best.
God bless you all,
Jeanielou

Cindy Lou said...

Wow what a lot of beauty shown on all those pages! I would be hard pressed to pick just one as a favorite. I was not able to get to see Julies projects though :( (hopefully when I try again tomorrow). My favorite Christmas memories are those when our families lived closer together and the whole family got together for the whole day. Early in the morning all of us women would head to the kitchen to start baking and cooking. The smells were just heavenly, fresh bread, Turkey, goose, ham, fresh cranberry salad, homemade stuffing, and everyone made a favorite vegetable dish. Dessert was a whole other adventure that was too much fun. After eating us kids went outside to play in the snow for hours on end (that was back when I liked the stuff lol), and whenever we came back in we got hot chocolate, cookies, dry clothes and headed back out again. About mid-day everyone assembled by the tree, each to recieve our special gift, most homemade. We made games out of the whole thing. When presents were finished, we ate some more then headed back out to sled some more. Our family was huge, my G*ma, 11 aunts and uncles with thier spouses, all of our cousins (totaling over 40), and then a few friends that a few brought over. We actually had a chorus to sing the songs! Thanks for reminding me, the blessings were wonderful, and still are.

craftymom205 said...

All of the DTs did a great job. My favorite Christmas memories are oranges under the tree, stockings hung on a cardboard fireplace, and presents under the tree.

Newbie said...

Wow, I finally made it all the way through the blogs! AWESOME! What talents and God given gifts these girls share!!! It was hard to even find words to comment on each blog! As for a Christmas memory, every memory is special. But one Christmas stands out because of what happened. The family, mom, dad, my pregnant sister, my brother in law, and my husband, our two children, and myself, were finishing dinner when my sister excused herself for a moment, only to return a couple of minutes to announce her water had broken and she was in labor. Long story short, my neice was born the next day!

Cathy U. said...

I made it through all of the hops without any problems. What a wonderful way to start the Christmas holiday season. Eleven awesome designers with beautiful creations.
My favorite Christmas memory is from 24 years ago. My husband was in the Marine Corps and sent to Okinawa, Japan for a year without us. While he was gone, I gave birth to our third child. I was 2,500 miles from our families, and our baby was born handicapped. I received a call 4 days before Christmas from my husband telling me to go to the airport to pick him up. He kept it a surprise that he'd "be home for Christmas."

Candy Meyers said...

This has been a trip down memory lane. I started out with one favorite memory and then each blog brought another favorite one. However, the best one is still the year my Father game my Mother, sister and me candy striped robes. We had such fun with them.
Candy Meyers

Miss G said...

Oh my goodness thank you for the journey I have truly enjoy the master crafters, thank all of you for sharing. so many (all) of the beautifuls cards and ideas, oh my my all I can say is WOW!!!

one of my favorite Christmas memories is:
My favorite Christmas memory is sitting around the old pot belly heater smelling the wood burning at my great aunt's home in the country listening to her stories about their childhood.
Family time and laughter.

Sherry said...

Wow, what a gorgeous blog hop. Everything was so beautiful. I visited everyone and left a comment on each one.
I can remember as a child, things were so tight that all we got one year was a monopoly game but we still had each other and still had a wonderful holiday. I wish my parents were here today, but life goes on. keep up the good work , Kelley. i just love your stamps

Anonymous said...

I visited all the blogs. Every one was gorgeous. Now I need to remember them for next year.
My favorite Christmas memory is when my girls were at home every christmas morning we would put Jesus in the manager & then sing to Him. In the afternoon the girls would put on a play for us. Too bad they had to grow up but now we have our grandchildren & making new mwmories.
Vicky Schmidt

Teresa said...

I agree with Olga! These creations were so worth checking out. So many pretty cards. I think this year will be my favorite and most remembered. I have 3 grandsons and Santa will come to my house this year. This will leave lots of memories.

Anonymous said...

I completed the fun inspiring hop and left comments on each of them. That was fun. Thanks.
My favorite Christmas was actually the day after because this particular year I was in the hospital having given birth to our first child. The doctor would not release me till the 26th. So when we arrived home we sat in our living room with our newborn daughter looking at our well lit Christmas tree. That was a feeling that I find hard to put into words. But it was a beautiful time/memory.
Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes.
Jean McGee

Stephanie said...

Wow! What a gorgeous blog hop I've enjoyed!! I left comments for each of the DT. They sure out-did themselves this time!!

One of my favorite Christmas memories is when our ds was almost 2. We had Christmas day with just him, my dh & myself. It was quiet, peaceful and fun just being together. Our ds would open a present and then play with it a little while we opened some of our gifts. It was a great day.

Ratty Hugs said...

I'm totally amazed by all of the lovely creations on the hop. How inspirational.
My favorite Holiday memory is watching out 14 foot fully decorated Christmas tree falling over while we were eating dinner. We all just sat totally still while it did one of those slow motion falls. Amazingly we lost only one heritage ornament along with a few of the simple baubles.
~C8>

ScoobyinWY said...

I was absolutely amazed by the talent from all I saw on my blog hop!To just have an inkling of that talent would be wonderful!! I was able to post a comment on each blog, with no problems.
I don't really have one specific Christmas memory, I would just have to say being young and having grandparents, and being at my aunt's house...the house was so full of family and love! I really do miss those times.

Lorelie Kim said...

I finished the hop and it was my pleasure to leave comments for each and every one of the DT's beautiful creations!!

My fondest Christmas memory started as a sad and lonely one. It was my first Christmas without my family. I had been kicked out of my parents home early in the year (1998) and after several months of struggling and staying with friends I found a little studio apartment in a not-so-safe neighborhood.

After months of trying to get back on my feet the holidays rolled in and luckily working full-time kept me too busy to deal with loneliness. After a long 12 hour shift at work (retail clothing store, no doubt!) I finally got home and settled into my studio for the night. I had no TV or radio to keep me company, just a little Christmas tree that my boyfriend bought for me. Unfortunately, he was out-of-town for work so I was left by myself.

A couple of hours had passed and I just sat there in my barely furnished studio that reeked of nicotine...all alone on Christmas Eve. I started to cry and wondered how everything went so wrong. That night, I spoke to God and asked him to help me and all of a sudden the single strand of Christmas lights on my little tree flickered. I didn't think much of it, thinking it was a bad fuse or something. I layed down on my futon and slowly drifted to sleep. When I awoke Christmas morning I felt a sense of peace. I couldn't explain how or why, but the sadness was lifted. I knew that God heard me and ever since then I've never taken my faith for granted.

Christmas 1998 was my fondest memory because I knew I wasn't alone. I discovered that God was with me and had always been. Today, that same boyfriend who bought me my little Christmas tree is my husband and we'll be celebrating 10 years of marriage Dec. 17 (13 years together in total!). Today, we have three amazing sons. Today, we lead a life full of promise and faith and devotion to God.

Flo - Sweetideas said...

Just as there are so many great things in your hop, I have so many memorable Christmas'. So many when I was a kid and just as many when my children were kids. It would be hard to choose just one. The way my mom always surprised me, my 1st Christmas with my husband before we were married etc.

Karen Linarez said...

I completed the blog hop and have been so inspired by the beauty and creativity of this design team. I don't remember one favorite Christmas so much as I remember certain favorite things I love at Christmas, and the first would be caroling. I caroled as a teenager and thought it was so much fun, I've revived it as an adult a few years with members of our small group or Sunday school class and most always have gone to nursing homes, then met for hot chocolate or cider and treats afterward. To see the elderly soo enjoy and join in in that special time brings absolute joy to the soul and tears to the eyes, the love that the season is all about. Surprisingly to me, though, it's become slightly challenging these days to find others as anxious as I am to go out caroling.

Linda R. said...

I just finished the blog hop and what a trip. So many beautiful creations and great ideas. My favorite Christmas memory was a few years ago when we lived in Italy and my husband and I spent the holiday in Germany. The magical moment was when it started to snow big flakes while we were strolling around the traditional German Christmas market looking at all the handcrafted items. After we left the market we went to the original little round church where "Silent Night" was written and first sung. The Christmas Eve ceremony was held and then we sang "Silent Night" first in German then in English. What a beautiful evening. Then to top it all off we went on a gorgeous sleigh ride through the beautiful pine trees that were covered in snow as the moonlight was shinning down on us. The sound of the bells on the horses could be heard as we sang carols and enjoyed the beautiful moment. When we reached the top of the mountain we stopped for hot cider and strudel plus got warm by the fire. Yummm It was definitely a perfect Christmas and I will never forget it.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I have visited each and every blog and left a commet on each! I'm so glad I took the time to visit this morning! Such lovely creations each and every one! You have a huge amount of talent on your team! I have totally been inspired this morning!

Natalie said...

Wonderful blog hop, ladies!! Thank you for all the inspiration.
I can't think of just one memory. My parents always made Christmas special and then when we had our family it was always fun with the children especially seeing the joy in their eyes. Christmas is always a blessing with all the extended family (although very hectic with all of us). Now with grandchildren we are so blessed that they all live close by - looking forward to making new memories as grandparents.

Anonymous said...

wow, this is the first time i have gone to every one on your dt. they really brought their A-game today. every creations was beautiful and gorgeous. i was inspired and blessed. one of my favorite Christmas memories was the year (1964) i discovered that santa claus was really just my dad. i had gotten up to go potty in the wee hours and found my dad working furiously trying to put the finishing touches on the handmade barbie doll cases for his four daughters. i was rather disappointed that there was no santa claus but thrilled with the cases for our barbie dolls.

Kittie said...

I have finished the blog hop and was successful at leaving a comment on each blog. My favorite Christmas memory was from 30 years ago when my first husband and I, struggling financially but still wanting to provide a wonderful Christmas for his six year old daughter. I sewed baby doll clothes and a complete patch work quilt and accessories set to go in the beautiful handmade wooden baby doll craddle my husband built. It was a perfect Christmas enjoying the wonder of a child.

Karen W said...

I forgot to leave my memory with my comment. My mother was the youngest of 12 so the holidays were wild with relatives and dinners and lots of fabulous food. I miss all the goodies and wonderful food at that time.

EM Cameron said...

truly spectacular!!! While I am enduring a rather rough year, this time on the blog hop has helped to strengthen my faith. Things will get better. I love the vintage looks alot of the creations held. Memories keep flooding my mind - - especially of family gatherings during the holidays with about 30 people around the table, gifts giving and more importantly family hymn sings around the piano - - my grandmother would play and as time progressed, the honour of playing was passed down through the generations. Most of the family is gone now, but the memories will ALWAYS remain with me. Blessings to all during this holiday time.

janey said...

Thanks for the opportunity to see all of the creative talent using the new stamps and dies. Wonderful. I successfully visited all the sites and enjoyed all the projects. My favorite Christmas memory would be the year we were able to shsre our pregnancy and that my parents would be grandparents in July.

Judy said...

I have completed the hop and left a comment for each of the talented designers. It was amazing to see all the awesome cards and ornaments that they had created with the new sets! When I was a growing up, my family always made candy at Christmas time. My parents peeled and grated fresh coconut and added it to a mixture of uncooked fondant. The candy was chilled, and then my siblings and I got to shape it into little balls which my parents dipped in melted chocolate. Sometimes my mom also made lemon or peppermint candy and we shaped it into little cubes. We shared the candy with friends and neighbors!

Amy said...

I have been to all of the FABULOUS DT blogs and seen their amazing projects--wow, I am just bowled over! My favorite Christmas memory was when my son was 4, we went to my parent's house for Christmas, and he helped my mother decorate her tree. They exclaimed over each special ornament as they unwrapped it. They both still consider it a very special memory, and so do I.

Wendy said...

The new sets and the hop were amazing!!!! I recently bought this die set and am gathering all the goodness that I can to go with them. All the links were perfect.

My favorite Christmas memory is from my childhood. I remember how hard my Mom worked every year to make Christmas morning so special for us and it always was. She always went above and beyond to make us believe in Santa, and just to give us the magical feel.

I have tried my darnest to recreate the same scenerio for my children, but I always feel I fall short. It isn't the same as she used to do. Times are so different for my children than they were for me. I wanted to believe that Santa was real forever when I was small, not my 7 year old is asking me...really?
I hope everyone at Our Daily Bread Designs has an amazing holiday season filled with joy.

God Bless you all!!!

woodstamper said...

I have finished the Blog Hop! Wow, what a great adventure as I walked the path of inspiration for my heart, soul and creative spirit. You all gave so much. Just beautiful!! My favorite Christmas memories are of the people around me and Christmas Eve at Grandma C's. My mom's hands did so much to express love. All of the baking, sewing, late nights to finish gifts. We didn't have much, but it was multiplied, miraculously at Christmas time. We thought we were rich!! These cards remind me of the simple joys of creating and that these simple joys are huge gifts from God. Blessings of Joy and Peace to all. My humble thanks.

Scrapmaniac 247 said...

I am blown away with all the beautiful crds and ornaments that were on the blogs. I did the blog hop yesterday and went back for a look see again today. I was able to leave a comment on each blog yesterday so I didn't do that today. But am doing one here today because I had computer glitches yesterday at the end of my hop.

One of my favorite memories of Christmases past was the year my Aunt and Uncle gave me a birthday party at our family Christmas gathering. My father had mailed my presents to their house insea of our house and we had cake and ice cream. I have only had 3 birthday parties ever because of the time of year I was born. A neighbor girls mom gave me a 1/2 birthday party one year and I had one 1 years ago as a surprize from a dear dear friend. She got me there to "celebrate New Year's eve" which it was but also celebrated my birthday.

Wishing all the dt and ODBD's team and family the Merriest of Christmases and the best in the coming New Year. See you at the shows!!!

Luv 2 Create said...

What a fabulous release/hop this was. Such a truely talented team of ladies. Their projects were all just breath takingly gorgeous! Just leaves you wanting more. Fabulous release!!! Love that you have teamed with Spellbinders!!!!
Thanks so much.
Marcie

Rose said...

Thank you for this beautiful display of cards and ornaments. I am definitely going to be placing an order. My best Christmas memories are of growing up in a small town in MN. It was the only time the stores stayed open evenings and we walked Main St. with snowflakes falling, old fashioned Christmas street lights and decorations-very picturesque.
One thing-I took a 'wrong' turn at one of the blogs and saw b'day greetings for Josh. Is he single? I have a lovely 23 y.o. daughter-LOL Happy birthday, Josh-

Margie Riffey said...

What a talented design team you have! Each entry was absolutely stunning! My favorite memory of Christmas happens each time I play Chrismas dulcimer tunes for the patients at the nursing home where I work. Their eyes light up like a child's.
Thanks for your beautiful designs.

Amanda said...

Thank you ODB DT for showing me such drool worthy cards!! I'm so inspired!
Thank you so much for an opportunity to win some ODB stamps (I don't own any yet) :)

My favorite Christmas Tradition is having a "Smorgasbord" (small buffet of food) on Christmas Eve, and opening Christmas gifts while snacking on the food :)
And on New Years we make a meal from another culture. Last year we made authentic Thai food and this year is going to be Italian :)

Bette said...

I have finished the hop. I am so glad I didn't have to choose just one favorite. This was an awesome hop with so many beautiful creations. Christmas was always so special when my husband's Dad and aunt and uncle were alive. We always went to Dad's for Christmas. Joining us were my husbands 2 sisters and their families and the aunt and uncle. Christmas is all about family. Now the children are all grown up and have families and it seems we don't get together with his sisters families like we did. A shame.

Dani said...

I completed your wonderful and inspiring blog hop! Everything is so lovely, you have an awesome DT!

My favorite memory of Christmas was when I was little. We had a huge hearth fireplace and we would roast marshmallows and sing Christmas Carols around it. It really brought us all closer as a family.

kathy s said...

Thank you to all the team for your beautiful creations. Awe inspiring My favourite christmas memory from the time I was about 6 years old is the smell on Christmas morning- with all the presents under the tree, the lunch cooking and the happiness in the air.

FM said...

I LOVE all of the beautiful cards. Simply gorgeous!
My favorite memory is the year my oldest son was born. Only 12 days old, we went to my parents for the holidays. Christmas Eve we got 18" of snow. The power went out and we couldn't get out of the driveway. So we stoked up the fireplace, spent the night on the livingroom floor, celebrated Christmas the next day and had chicken noodle soup and toasted cheese sandwiches for Christmas dinner. It was wonderful!

Regena said...

What a great hop! All the creations were just gorgeous! MY favorite Christmas memories are school concerts and baking christmas cookies

FM said...

I am so inspired by all that I have seen! I have finished the hop and will now go back to savor all of the creativity that was displayed by these very creative people! Thanks so much for sharing!

FM said...

I am so inspired by all that I have seen! I have finished the hop and will now go back to savor all of the creativity that was displayed by these very creative people! Thanks so much for sharing! I LOVE all of the beautiful cards. Simply gorgeous!
My favorite memory is the year my oldest son was born. Only 12 days old, we went to my parents for the holidays. Christmas Eve we got 18" of snow. The power went out and we couldn't get out of the driveway. So we stoked up the fireplace, spent the night on the livingroom floor, celebrated Christmas the next day and had chicken noodle soup and toasted cheese sandwiches for Christmas dinner. It was wonderful!

Queen Mary said...

I'm baaack! What a wonderful journey -- truly a blessing -- in my work day(!) So I didn't leave comments anywhere (except with Kathy, wishing her well) and someone else I thought was RAndi, but I don't think it was -- work wasn't moving as quickly as I was between blogs so I got messed up at some point! I totally love the Blessings set! I wasn't sure before this hop, but I am SO sure now!
My favorite Christmas memory involves my paternal grandparents visiting -- they only came out once a year and with 6 of us my parents didn't make it out to Nebraska much at all! I'd sit with my Gram in front of the tree and we'd sing "O Tannenbaum" in German, we'd make rum balls, carefully buttering our hands to roll them, and we'd visit the National Christmas tree, running around checking out the Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Virginia trees -- the sin is I've never taken my own kids to the National Christmas tree and they're grown!
Oh, and Happy birthday to Josh, I saw his picture along the way and he's VERY cute -- my daughter is 22 and cute too! :)

Traci S. said...

Wow! This was such an elegant and beautiful line of art work. Beautiful job to everyone of you!
Kelley, Congratulations on some stunning pieces! I did go to every designer on the list, and left a comment.

My Favorite Christmas was my 1st Christmas. I was 29 years-old. I was just Saved in July. I had one decoration. My friend at work, gave me a beautiful yet simple Nativity set. I set it on my TV, so I would think of Him whenever I looked that way...and it was the only furniture in the room!

The man I was seeing surprised me by bringing me to a store, and bought me a not-too-tall Christmas Tree. It smelled so incredible wonderful. I live in Florida, and all of the plants are floral smelling. Not that deep mountain pine, wintery, wonderful smell! That night we put the white glass lights he bought me to go with it.

Later that night, I was all alone, my son, Joshua, was at his father's home. I took out my Bible to Luke Chapter 2...and I laid down under the tree. I read as long as I could until I was sleepy. I put the Bible in my room, and climbed back under the tree. I slept soundly there! The next night I did the same thing. Read, Prayed, and went to sleep under the tree. I promise this is the truth. That tree probably lost only 50 needles until I stopped sleeping under it, reading His Word under it, and praying under it...it was APRIL of the next year.

It was the most amazing, and REAL Christmas I have enjoyed in a long time. Just myself and the Lord, and His Word, and one of my favorite creations of His...a tree.
True Story!

Oh--when we pulled the tree out to the dumpster...it lost just about every needle!!! We left a long track!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Julia said...

What a way to spend the evening. The projects just kept getting better and better throughout the hop. I am so inspired!!!
My favorite Christmas memory was the night that my older brothers got on the roof above my bedroom and pretended to be Santa. I BELIEVE!!!!

Amber (bambi64) said...

Completed the blog hop. Wow!!! Guess my favorite Christmas memory isn't so much Christmas as leading up to Christmas. Mom would always make snowballs, fudge, buckeyes but wouldn't let us in them all the time. She would "hide" them in the cupboard but I would always sneak into the tins as they were so yummy. Every year I bug her to make snowballs even to this day. So mom, make some snowballs! Please??

Jellebean said...

Wow! What lovely designs presented in the blog hop! Really would love to try and duplicate them using my very own new die and stamp sets!!!

Jellebean said...

My favorite Christmas memory is from my childhood when my parents, siblings, my aunts and uncles and cousins all gathered at my maternal grandparents' home to celebrate the holiday and we all went to the Christmas Eve Service at church together and put gigsaw puzzles together afterward while having homemade snacks. (Sorry I forgot to include this memory in my blog comments regarding all the blog visits to see the beautiful creations by the designers.)

Anonymous said...

I've travelled through the whole blog hop and I'm loving what I saw. Great creations to be sure.

I think my favourite Christmas memories would be watching our children's excitement as they gave and opened gifts. What a pleasure to share such precious memories with your family and friends. Right up there would be our Christmas Eve service.
Thanks for all the inspiration shared here!
Beth Greco

Becky Green said...

I just finished the ODBD blog hop!!!! YEAAAAH!!!! That was fun!!!! GORGEOUS CREATIONS!!!!!

My favorite Christmas day memory is when we moved to the country in the mountains!!! I made gingerbread waffles with lemon sauce!!! The house smelled WONDERFUL & everyone was pleased!!! The view? MAGNIFICENT!!!! :)

Angelica jolie said...

Just try a Fire Engine Kids Bed once. i must say you will enjoy it.