Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blog Hop Day 6

My oh my it is day 6 - the blog hop is half over!




Our featured designer of the day is Pam, from Pam Kitty Morning. Just looking at her cute photo assures you that whatever she has designed - it will be fun and fabulous.







Topic of the day: Family Tradition.

Can it be a family tradition if you once did something, but no longer do it, and it was a Thanksgiving tradition to make something for Christmas??? I'm saying yes.
The tradition would start by gathering at the farm for Thanksgiving dinner. After we had all eaten too much and the kitchen was cleaned up, the men would retire to the basement to watch football. We girls and mom would go to the sewing room to make a Santa.




Mom, Linda, Brenda and Me.



Lucky for us, my sister Brenda, of Country Stitches, would bring her newest Santa pattern and the supplies needed to make him. We all brought the fabric of our choice. We would giggle and laugh about how even though we all used the same pattern each Santa had it's own personality. My sister Linda is left handed so her Santa was always the opposite of the rest - his bag in his left hand instead of his right. Brenda's Santa would always have the best looking face - the eyes placed just right. Mom's eyes were usually too big. Mine always had some sort of a lump in his leg or arm, or a kink in his neck - I have always been very bad at stuffing.




When our Santas were finished,
we took them upstairs and set them on Mom's hutch.
We would sit at the table, eat Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie
heaped with whipped cream and admired our work.


Why don't we still carry on this tradition??? Well it seemed the older we became the slower we became. Each year it took us longer to get the project done.


We decided before we had to resort to a Popsicle Stick Santa
we should just quit. Kind of the "quit while you are ahead" theory.


However, we did make Santas long enough
to acquire quite a nice collection.
I display them on my antique counter each year



This guy fits perfectly in a grapevine wreath.




Be sure to hop on all of the designer’s blogs to read about their special tradition.
Pam Kitty Morning, New Leaf Stitches, Whimsicals, This 'N' That, Miss Rosies,Rosebud's Cottage, Linda Lum DeBono

Don’t forget to leave a comment.

Tomorrow we start day 7 - all down hill from here.
Featured designer will be Kari from New Leaf Stitches.
Tomorrows topic:Decoration/ornament, something you love/loved or were given.

Should be loads of fun.

From my heart,

Sandy

40 comments :

  1. I love all the Santas and that you made them! What a cool tradition/collection. Thanks for sharing!
    Monica
    ment1234@aol.com

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  2. look at all those santas! I am sorry you had to stop making them, but that is a lovely tradition and great outcome!

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  3. Love your Santa collection. What great memories.

    Susan

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  4. The Santa making may now be retired but have the men stopped the "football" basement routine? LOL

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  5. awwww what a sweet tradition (and memory ) to share with your sisters and Mom.

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  6. What a great collection of Santas! I'm so jealous - I wish my sisters liked to sew so we could do projects together like this. I guess I'll just have to make something for each of them. They'll like that just fine!

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  7. Beautiful tradition. I sew with my sister now and we really enjoy our time together. Maybe I'll suggest that we come up with a traditional project to work on too. Thanks

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  8. I love all your Santas - what a nice tradition to share with the girls in your family!
    Susan in NC
    sgalasso@triad.rr.com

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  9. That sounds like such a lovely tradition - maybe you could take it up again? Make it a weekend project perhaps? It certainly has left me inspired to try to organize something similar with my sisters this year! I love all your different santas!

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  10. What great Santa's and what wonderful memories as you put them out on display every year.

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  11. I love decorating for christmas. Instead of santas, I use snowmen. Thanks for sharing your family and your traditions. I did "hop" over to your sister's site to see where her talents are.

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  12. The santas are adorable. I may have to try to make one this year:)

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  13. What a great collection of santas. I recognize I few that I have made in the past. Thanks for the link to Country stitches, too!!!!!

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  14. Oh I love your Santa collection! Mine is small, but still fun to unpack every year. :-)

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  15. Your Santa collection is so adorable. Thanks for the pictures.

    Darlis

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  16. Wow---the Santa's are just great----

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  17. Love the pictures, love the blog! Thanks for such a great place to spend the morning!

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  18. Oh I thought I didn't have any traditions... you just reminded me. Every year my mom and I would make ornaments. The ones with the pins and sequins and beads. So one year when I was about 20 I worked all year long to surprise my mom with a whole tree full of new ornaments and bows in her favorite colors peach and blue...she still uses them.

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  19. I sure do love your Santa collection. Mine is pretty wonderful, but yours is really terrific.
    patsy FL

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  20. I love this tradition. I think my daughters, granddaughters, and daughter-in-laws would love this. And the popsicle stick Santa is super cute!

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  21. Ya estamos a la mitad delos dias? que maravilla se me pasan volando leyendo y compartiendo historias de ustedes. Gracias

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  22. WOW! Those are incredible Santa's, and not one alike, I am sure. The popsicle Santa is cute too!

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  23. Those santas are just too darn cute!

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  24. That was a cool tradition and you have quite the collection! So come up with a DIFFERENT project! How about you all work on a charity quilt together?? Nice way to kick off the season of giving. :D

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  25. absolutely love your Santa's and the traditions.

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  26. I Love love the popsicle santa LOL my daughter collects Santas I will make her one this year think I will have her boys help. fun fun

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  27. Can one ever have too many Santas? Heck NO! Fantastic display and gosh how fun for family involvement on crafts loved!

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  28. Those are adorable! What a nice tradition, and yiu'll be able topass those on later.

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  29. Even though you don't make the Santa's anymore it's still a really nice memory and just looking at them probably brings even more memories. I've been thinking I should gather my friends and do a Santa day or an Angel day as I have so many supplies for that kind of project and we would have so much fun doing it. I think I'll have to plan that for next year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. This is such an interesting tradition. Most people bake. What a unique twist on "women" time.

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  31. I love all the Santas and making them yourselves makes them even more special.

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  32. I love your santa's collection, how sweet you have that memory, with your family

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  33. what darling Santas and such a nice tradition!

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  34. what a lovely tradition! and YUMM,,, the pumpkin pie!
    Beth in Dallas

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  35. I have several Santas that would fit perfectly with your collection. Makes me want to make a Santa or two! :)
    Thanks bunches :)

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  36. What a cute Santa that Abby made! Makes for good memories.

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  37. Those are all great Santas, and such a wonderful tradition.

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  38. Oh, I already follow Pam's blog, so I feel like I already know her! Thanks so much for doing this hop and the giveaway!

    Hugs,
    Gina
    www.gigglekidsboutique.com

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  39. I love the santa. Thanks you, it´s very beautiful your blog

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