Thursday, December 9, 2010

Matchbox Day #8 and #9, Mr.Holiday Presents and My First Ever Give Away...

Ok...first things first, we have to get business out of the way before we move on to silly nonsense and yummies, oh....and the giveaway!! Who Hoo! It's posted, it's finally posted!
MatchBox #8
The sparkly snowflake matchbox above came to me from Shannon Linde. Thanks a bunch Shannon! Inside was a cute little bookmark with a jingle bell and a love charm. You can find Shannon @

MatchBox #9

The matchbox above came to me all the way from London from Sherry Edwards. Darn, darn, darn I wish my camera took better pictures....This cute little matchbox with postal stamps had a lovely domino ornament on the inside. Thanks for sending me such a lovely box Sherry! You can find Sherry @


Holiday Capers and Mr. Holiday's Great Reveal!

Drum roll please.....

Here's Mr.Holiday standing in front of his giant Gingerbread house. All said and done, the house measured out at 19"x 19" and weighs 25lbs (I'm sure most of that was royal icing weight, Mr. Holiday really liked the royal icing) It took 8 lbs of candy to cover, but I'm not sure how much of that got ate or went on the house! LOL

Here's a picture of Mr. Holidays house next to my little one...

A close up of my little house of joy!

Now do you want to see what Mr.Holiday has been up to lately?

Well the above picture is of him pretending to be an elf.
(Note his ears sticking out. He pointed out to me that is a very important elf factor.)

And then there was the afternoon he made gingerbear cookies...I think it was the day before yesterday...honestly, he's got so many holiday capers going I can't keep track...

Mr. Holiday using his cookie scoop to make an assortment of peanut butter cookies...
(He made the recipe X's FOUR!)
Ok...things are getting just a little out of control around here...what in the world are we going to do with all these cookies?He made peanut butter and jelly cookies.
And cookies with Brach's chocolate stars in the middle, citing that they taste way better than Hershey kisses and they look better too.

Here's his trail of cookies.... I told him tonight that I will take no responsibility for any holiday pounds added this year!!! LOL My house looks and smells like the North Pole! What's a girl to do besides eat a cookie???


And now for my first ever give away in honor of Mr. Holiday and 20 years of making Gingerbread.

Ta Da!! I hate to keep whining about my camera, butttt...

The above pic is of the most adorable chef style gingerbread apron you ever wanted to see!
And some lucky follower is going to have this (and a couple of other gingerbread goodies) mailed out to them this weekend just in time for Christmas!

Above is a close up of the print on the bottom of the apron. I chose to make a 'chef style' apron specifically because of the print... I didn't want to take away from the detail of the print with too much ruffle and foo foo. Oh, and what I mean by 'chef style', just in case is.... have you ever been to one of those $50.00 a plate, foo foo restaurants where the waiters come out with their long aprons on with the long ties that wrap around their back and tie in front? Just straight, clean lined simplicity.... It may be my new favorite apron to make, (actually they're really nice to wear too!) and if any of you have some last minute Christmas gift need, I highly recommend making this style of apron, it really is quick, easy, elegant and so stylish! you remember the give away rules?
1. Leave a comment letting us know what you think of Mr. Holidays Gingerbread House and let us know you would like your name in the drawing.
2. Become a Follower
3. Post on your blog about Mr. Holiday's Ginger bread House and Holiday Capers and link back to here.
That's it! Easy Peasy!
Entries must be posted no later than midnight on Saturday, December 11th.
Winner will be drawn and posted on Sunday, December 12th.
I do hope you'll all play along...Mr. Holiday is having a blast being the subject of my holiday blog post...but then again, I did tell you he was a Christmas Ham!!
I hope you are all abundantly blessed and enjoying your holiday season!!!


Anonymous said...

Wow - a 25 lb pound house. That's intensely ambitious! I'll be sharing this on my blog and would love to be entered in your give away. I can't wait until my kids get home to share this masterpiece with them. They love gingerbread houses! I'm already a happy follower thanks to the Countdown To Christmas Swap.

Sherry Edwards said...

Thanks for letting me know you have my matchbox and I'm glad you like it too!

Your Mr Holiday is something else! His gingerbread house is amazing - and all those cookies too! I think every house should have a 'Mr Holiday' - lol.

Your apron is soooo beautiful too.

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas as we say in the UK x

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

the match boxes are both wonderful...everyone put a lot of thought into their creations.

Both of your gingerbread houses are beautiful !

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' darlin, I am a follower and lover of you and Cherry Kingdom and hope to prove to be a better one after the things settle back down.

I think your apron is just the cutest thing! Didn't know you'd been so busy sewing and crafting lately. I wish someone would bake my house full of wonderful scents!

I so wish I seen this soon so I could have posted about it sooner. Thanks for letting me know. You may even want to run it a little longer. Though it would hurt my chances I'd love you to have more entries.

Love ya...Tracy :)

Mimi said...

Mr Holiday is really unbelievable!! I love your apron - it is adorable. Thanks for having an awesome giveaway.

Mimi said...

I am a new follower and look forward to future posts of fun and inspiration! I have never seen a gingerbread house like your Mr Holiday's - wow!

natalyK said...

If I were a gingerbread woman, Mr Holidays house would definitely catch my attention. It's awesome!!
I am a new follower and would love to be entered into your giveaway.


Oh I would love to have Mr. Holiday at my house. His cookies look absolutely scrumptious And they are pretty too. That gingerbread house is totally amazing.I collect anything gingerbread, and that apron is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. I also signed on to follow your blog. Mr. Holiday looks so happy and cheerful. Merry Christmas! Linda

vivian said...

tracy at cotton pickn cute mentioned your blog, so of course I needed to pop in for a peek! Im very impressed with Mr. Holidays! not just his awesome gingerbread house, but that he even made one!! This is not something that my mr. scrooge would ever do! lol!
Anyways, love your apron and would love to be added for a chance to win!
have a great sunday!

CardinalCrafts said...

I just became a follower today! I really like the gingerbread houses! Your husbands house is really cute. 25lbs? wow!

Please enter me in for your giveaway. I will try to link back to you from my blog.

Christina Wilson

Ashley said...

That gingerbread house is very impressive! I'm a gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Marydon said...

I am a new follower . May I borrow Mr. Handsome ... chuckle! Great guy, cute houses, love the apron, LOVE the giveaway.

Christmas hugs & wishes ~
TTFN ~ Marydon