It’s long overdue for me to express my appreciation to each of my readers and subscribers for your loyalty. Your comments and encouragement are what keep me going. Thank you so much for indulging me by reading my blog!
My First Ever Holiday Giveaway
As a special reader thank you, I am holding my first ever Holiday Giveaway, consisting of: (1) A personalized monogrammed gift bag handmade by yours truly and (2) a novel that begins and ends on Christmas Eve.
I got the idea for the giveaway when I started making these cute monogrammed drawstring gift bags (the tutorial is later in this post).
They are lovely whether cinched or uncinched.
A historical fiction novel based on Erika’s childhood memories, the story begins on Christmas Eve 1944 and ends on Christmas Eve 1945 – with a year of changes and challenges between.
The story takes place in a small Bavarian village during World War II and is softly told from a child’s perspective. The Lindner family’s love for one another sees them through intense hardships and heartbreak.
Erika is my mom, so of course this story is very compelling to me personally because it’s part of my family history. Erika so beautifully captures the magic of childhood during a difficult but simpler time – and reminds all of us to appreciate what we have now.
The winner can enjoy this fun holiday gift set: The bag and the signed novel Year of the Angels, or give it to someone special.
The bag will be monogrammed with the letter that the winner designates.
In addition, one runner-up will receive a signed copy of Erika’s most recent novel, Cries from the Fifth Floor. It is a paranormal thriller – a suspenseful joy ride through the best and worst of New York City. The Big Apple is still a place where dreams come true for one small town girl – if she listens to the voices in her head!
This novel is so much fun because the main character is a strong woman whose horizons expand as the story progresses.
Here is how to enter the giveaway:
Rules for the Giveaway:
- Follow me on my new Instagram page – and/or follow @mysweetcottage.com on Pinterest.
- After you follow My Sweet Cottage on social media, leave a comment on this blog post so I can enter you in the drawing. Let me know if you want me to follow you back.
- Don’t worry. I won’t be selling your name to anyone. This isn’t that kind of giveaway.
- The winner and runner-up will be chosen at random. Open to U.S. residents only – with my sincere apologies to my followers elsewhere.
- Enter before noon PST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Winner and runner-up will be announced on this post on Wednesday, December 2.
NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED
- Winner: Jann Olson
- Runner Up: Jane Milliken
The Gift Bag Tutorial
Want to make your own muslin gift bag? Here is a quick how to:
- Heavier muslin fabric, washed, dried, and lightly ironed (leave a few creases for character), cut into 10″X12″ pieces
- Ruffle yarn – I used Coats Red Heart Boutique Sashay Boho Tambourine
- Heavy garden twine
- An alphabet stencil
- Craft paint
You will also need a sewing machine, scissors, a tape measure and a small stencil paintbrush.
The ruffle yarn, which I love and also used for this holiday gift wrap project, looks like lace when pulled apart – “unruffled,” if you will. It has a light dusting of tiny sequins on the bottom band, a very festive and elegant touch.
It is a bit of a challenge to keep it unruffled while sewing, but that is the most difficult part of the project. I just used a lot of pins.
The ruffle yarn is fun because of the color variations. Each bag winds up being unique.
The bag is very simple to sew. I can best show you how I did it with photos. Just hover over any photo for instructions.
These little guys are easy to make.
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