Thursday, December 18, 2008

Run, Run, As Fast As You Can, To Sign Up For A Gingerbread Man!

Today is the last Give Away in my Spirit of Giving Christmas Celebration. This brings us back to the heart of the home ~ the kitchen. Holidays always include all kinds of good food and Christmas is no exception. It is a tradition in our family to have a day set aside to make candy and cookies in mass proportions. Sampler bags, for singles, and trays, for families are filled, wrapped, and tagged ready for delivery. A jaunty bow tops each one off with a handmade ornament. We make deliveries the next evening and then drive around to look at Christmas lights.

This morning as I went into my kitchen to check the pantry for ingredients I noticed something different. "What is that nestled in my wreath on my pantry door?", I thought to myself.
A little closer I crept and realized the elves had been busy while I slept! All snugged in as cute as could be was a little Gingerbread Man Recipe! I must share this with you friends, this is where the Give Away begins!

This little piece of kitchen decor can be displayed for holidays. The base if foam core with a recipe card attached, I painted the recipe card and then mounted a copy of a vintage recipe for Soft Ginger Cakes in the center. Using another recipe card I hand painted two cute little Gingerbread Men, cut them out and glued them onto the base piece.
I added a ribbon and some edge trim that reminded me of icing. Some vintage buttons finish off the corners and a little ornament was added to the cookie to give it dimension. The back is finished off with a burlap paper and gingham ties were added.

To my right something caught my eye. It was a grinning little guy hanging with Santa who stood nearby!
He usually likes to hang out on a tree. Can he come live with you instead of me?The second give away prize is this Gingerbread Man ornament. He is made from gingham fabric and embellished with a painted face, a nice big button, and a torn fabric scarf. He hangs from a wire that is adorned with a raffia bow.Looking up further, what did I see? A wonderful book for keeping holiday recipes! I took it down off the shelf to inspect it closer for myself. Upon each page was stamped a snowflake or a tree. Oh, and look, it will hold 50 recipes!This is the third prize in the give away. A hand bound recipe card book. It's front and back covers are covered inside and out with Christmas themed scrapbook papers. It is embellished with a "cookie" ribbon, "cookie" message, and tiny cookie ornaments. Each page is stamped with alternating snowflake and tree stamp in red and green ink. I added five ribbon tabs which divide off every ten cards in the book. It is bound with a burgundy wire. The backs of the recipe cards are blank and would be great for making little holiday notes or annual lists of ingredients, etc.One more surprise was in store, but who was this one for? Oh, that sweet little elf! He left a present for myself! There in a red wooden frame stood a painting of a Gingerbread Man with glittery gum drops all aglow. I thought I left that on my work table, I think, no I know. The elf must have crept very quietly while I slept and removed it from its resting place and framed it up just for this space!So, run, run, as fast as you can to sign up for a Gingerbread Man! If you would like to enter the give away for the Gingerbread Man Recipe Plaque, Ornament, or Recipe Card Holder, just leave a comment on this post. A winner will be chosen and posted on Saturday, Dec. 20.

I will be back on Saturday posting not only the winners but hopefully I'll have a few recipes and one last how to also! Invite you to join me on Sunday for the last installment of my families Advent Celebration. On Monday I hope to be back to wrap this blog event with a bit of a winter theme to show you something else you can do with those little snowmen and mittens! I have enjoyed this month long labor of love and I do hope you have been given some ideas to incorporate into your family celebration.

Miss Sandy


Anonymous said...

Sandy, what cozy gifts! I have enjoyed all your tutorials and your Advent posts very much. The baking and sharing with friends/neighbors and looking at Christmas lights sounds like a great holiday tradition. Merry Christmas dear friend.

Catherine Holman said...

I don't know how you do it! How do you get so much done? I had no idea that you could paint. Please sign me up. I simply love it all!

kathy said...

Oh Sandy - how I love gingermen and ladies too -- I have painted , stamped and loved them for years -- This year have not even decorated my kitchen - I so wanted to do that this year -- Many things have occured this year, hard personal challenges - but God is good - Truly , you have made some things that have delighted my spirit-- Thank you from my heart -- I would love to have a creation of yours always beautiful - but more than that I want to thank you for the JOY you have given me - I so look forward to your blog each day --
If you share your address , I understand if you do not - I would love to send something to you --- Kathy - ga (

The Joy of Nesting said...

Good Morning Sandy!!

I came by to thank you and tell you what a wonderful job you have done with your Advent Celebration!!! How beautiful and thoughtful :c) You have given me a chance to really get to know you better dear friend!!

Pattie :c)
Mazatlan Mexico

kathy said...

OOPs -- a request -- SO intrigued by your kitchen pantry door -- Could we have a sneak peek - at the rest of that cute kitchen -- mine is a disaster -- took wallpaper off then stuff happened -- still not painted -- but have the curtains and colors picked out - yikes we are always at the Grands on Christmas eve and Day -
Kathy - ga

Anonymous said...

Miss Sandy, Is there anything you cannot create? Your art, your writings everything you do is beautful. Please sign me up for your drawings. Thank you Vicki Page

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

It certainly looks as if you did get some time to work on projects and such darling ones, too. I love all things gingerbread. I keep a Christmas ornament gingerbread on my stove year round.

Thank you for all that you have done to make this wonderful Christmas season even more fun!

Renee said...


What lovely lovely items your "elf" left to share! Please enter me in your drawing

Happy Holidays

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh Sandy, How I wish those elves would show up at my home. :)

So I running to comment just as fast as I can, in the hopes I will win that gingerbread man. :)

Susie said...

Sandy I would love for any of those things to find their way to my home. They are simply adorable!

Everything in your home is so cute!

Jenny said...

Too cute! I love the gingerbread items you've made!

Becky K. said...

What fun projects.

I would love to be entered in your drawing.


Angela said...

I really enjoy your blog and all the beautiful things you make. Please enter m in your drawing.


maggysue said...

What lovely items! Your wreath is adorable. Please let me be in your drawing!!

Anonymous said...

Love, love love all your beautiful hand made things. Please enter me in your drawing and please have a wonderful Christmas!
Sarita in Texas

Pixie said...


What a generous thing for you and you elves to do! I love it all! Please add my name to the pot for the drawing!


KathyB. said...

The elves are sure busy at your place, but they have to be to keep up with you! The holiday decorations are so whimsical and festive...I have my grandchildren coming over for a craft day next week and one of your crafts is on the agenda! Thanks.

bluemuf said...

My dear Miss Sandy, I just love all the little Gingerbread men. You have shared some beautiful Christmas ideas with all of us and I am so very grateful. I always enjoy spending time with you, listening to lovely music and finding joy and peace.

Thank you
Hugs Karen

marmee said...

ok so toss my name in the hat, too. i love all your gingerbreadman stuff. i heard one of them whisper that's how i knew to come over and put my name on the list. this is very sweet of you and generous.


Hi Sandy,
I agree with the other gals, your Gingerbread men are so sweet and how very nice to give them away. I would love to win one. Please enter my name.
Merry Christmas!

Teri said...

What sweet gingerbread men. Please count me in, I'd love to win any of these. Thank you for your generosity. Merry Christmas!

Flower said...

I love Gingerbread Men, too! Count me in! You are the most inspiring busy person, it so enjoyable to find the next thing you have done, and posted on your blog!! Have a warm snuggly day!!
It's snowing here!!! We enjoy it!!

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