Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Naughty Or Nice Holiday Party - Day 4


It has been fun reading all of your answers. Keep them coming because we have a few more fun days left. Don't forget to go to the following posts to enter: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. Good luck!

Here are the general guidelines for this party. Each day we will feature the answers of the questions that we posed to the designers. You will find out about their holiday habits and each day you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts. You will be eligible to win a fabulous bundle of fabric. All you have to do is answer the question on the blog [and/or on Facebook] for a chance to win the bundle of fabric of the day. No substitutions. You can enter on the blog and/or Facebook for two chances to win per day. You have until midnight December 9th to enter and all winners must claim their prizes until midnight December 13th or the prize is forfeited and we will announce a new winner.

Thank you for visiting our website, blog and Facebook page. It has been a great year for the Henry Glass designers. They've been busy working on a big project with the folks at Martingale & Co. The book will be released next fall and we know that you are going to love it. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook or sign up for our newsletter to receive news about some exciting announcements in the new year.

For this blog party we asked the designers the following questions:

1. What was your favorite gift? Worst?
2. Early or late shopper? Earliest or latest that you've shopped?
3. Favorite holiday drink? Alcohol or none? Recipe?
4. Are you likely one to return a present or to suck it up and keep it?
5. As a child were you likely to make the naughty or nice list?


The Buggy Barn ladies have had a very busy year. You can read all about their antics by signing up for their newsletter and by reading their  blog. You can read about the treats that they are offering to their "good" customers right here.

We wanted to show you a peek at their upcoming line, Bountiful Harvest, which will be out next May. You can view the entire line on our website here.



1.  Our Aunt Mable always brought a new game to play on Christmas Day, and my favorite year, was the year of "Grand Slam".  I loved to play games, I loved to have someone to play games with, and I was tireless in my pursuit to get you to play with  me!  My cousin Dave finally named me "Grand Slam Champ" and he  even made me the t-shirt which I wore with pride: my favorite gift from my favorite cousin…..

2.  I find my best gifts when I'm not looking for them, like when I'm walking past the jewelry counter on the way to the bathroom and see the perfect pair of frog prince earrings for Pam's grand-daughter to go with her "Prince Charming" quilt.  

4.   I don't usually return presents because I know my kids put a lot of thought into whatever it is that's under the tree, so I keep what they give.

5.  I certainly don't remember being naughty!  But I have two boys that have always been terrible about peeking at their Christmas presents!  Just as soon as they  were too old for the "hide them in the trunk of the car" to work, it was a battle every year.  We'd hide them at my mom's, we'd hide them at the classroom at the  Buggy Barn, but every year, the hunt was always on!  Finally, once they were old enough and had Santa figured out, and there were (thankfully!) no more           Christmas Eve wrapping marathons, I still had to color code the ribbon or the wrapping paper and never put names on the packages so they wouldn't know until  Christmas morning which packages were theirs!  It is a tradition that persists, because they still come home to shake the presents and hear me holler at them to get out from underneath the tree!

Let's cross the ocean and ask our next designer the party questions. Delphine Cubitt is an English designer from the Peak District. She is a busy mom of three boys but manages to design in many different industries including the quilting and greeting card industry.

[Her cute boys, twins Alfie and Theo, with their big brother Max. Alfie is the one asleep.]

Rhyme Time is her next line with Henry Glass and it will be available in April. Details of the line can be viewed on our website.




1.  Well now I would love to say something that somebody had lovingly made for me, or something from one of my boys but actually....It's not.. Ha ha it's my lovely cream, Nespresso coffee machine that my big Brother (he's very big he's 6ft 6") John bought me 2 Christmas's ago! I love it, (it even goes on holiday with me) My daily routine would be completely ruined without my lovely latte at 10.00 every morning!

2.  I try so hard to be an early Christmas shopper. I love Christmas, and the build up to it. So every year the first weekend in November (Our Wedding Anniversary) My Husband and I get a heavenly weekend away on our own (Parcel the kids up and send to Granny's for the weekend!) Then we actually spend all weekend talking about the little tikes and finding lots of great Presents that Santa might like to bring them on the big day!!  Every year my intention is to have all gifts bought and wrapped by the 1st December, then I can enjoy the build up to Christmas Stress Free!... I have a lovely image in my head of  being sat in front of the fire, Christmas tree twinkling, mince pie and Mulled wine in hand.........However I have never actually managed this and always still seem to be found rushing around ridiculously busy shopping centres, hot and bothered the day before Christmas!!

[Delphine setting the table ready for Christmas Dinner.]

3.  My Favourite Holiday drink has to be Sloe Gin, maybe because a friend and I make our own and we even get the children involved helping to pick the Sloe's. My friend lives on a farm so we have a lovely day up there, baskets in hand we set off, children usually ahead of us, trampling through the muddy field in search of our Sloe's. When we have mud up to our ears and frozen fingers and toes, we head back to make our Gin. (There is usually home made cake and hot chocolate waiting to warm us up, which also makes the day a great one!) The Children then all disappear somewhere in my friends beautiful old 7 bedroom Farm house, while we get on with the chemistry of brewing!! Actually it's incredibly easy and fun, so here goes!

Recipe:
Sugar
Gin
Sloe Berries or Damsons, plums, actually you could try any soft fruit most would work!
Bottles

Basically in a clean, empty wine bottle, (with screw lid, or you could buy swing top presentation bottles if they are for gifts!) fill a third of your bottle with rinsed, dried, fruit. Now fill the next third of your bottle with sugar, and finally top your bottle up with Gin. now put your lid on and carefully turn the bottle upside down to mix all your ingredients, don't shake the bottle, you don't want jam!! now repeat this process every day for a week, then just once a week up until Christmas. Before the big day, strain your gin through a piece of muslin placed over a sieve.  Now pour the filtered gin back in to your bottle and replace the lid, your Sloe Gin is now ready to drink or give as a gift (Once you try it you might not want to give it away!!)  You are now left with a pile of deliciously gin laden fruit.....We can never throw this away, it's far to tasty, so we chop it all, remove any seeds and stir it in to melted chocolate, we use dark chocolate but I suppose you could uses any! leave it to set in the fridge and then break up in to pieces. Again this makes a lovely gift, (Not for children, it will be very alcoholic) or just keep it for yourself!
To make your Gin in time for Christmas, you need to make it before Halloween, this gives the Gin just the right amount of time to ferment! Enjoy!

[Her adorable eldest son Max opening his presents.] 

4.  Ha ha I love this question and the answer is definitely NO!! I would be so embarrassed ! I am very lucky and get fab presents given to me, but occasionally a dodgy one turns up, I smile as genuinely as I can, grit my teeth then stick it in the attic until the next School Fete, where I can pass it on to a good cause!!! (to all my family and Friends reading this, your presents have always been gorgeous and used!!!) ;-)

[Delphine and her big brother John visiting Santa.]

5.  I would love to say that I have always been on Santa's Nice List, but my long suffering Mum may disagree with this comment! I think that I have always been good at the first signs of the Holiday Season and up until the bid day! I would never risk upsetting Santa and risking being present-less on Christmas Morning! I am sure that I made up for it the rest of the year though!  I actually see this in my 3 boys now, it's amazing how many chores you can get them to do by saying "Santas watching! Are you being good?" Ha ha !!

Today's featured fabric is "Bears & Buddies" by Fresh Designs. This is a flannel line and the prints are adorned with sweet bears and friends. There is a pretty pink version with coordinating prints. Of course, we can't forget the boys so there is a blue version of the line. So sweet. Do you want to win some of this fabric? Tell us what your favorite "buddy" was as a child. Did you have a stuffed teddy bear? A doll? A car?  Good luck.












Remember that you can enter on Facebook as well!

-hg

105 comments:

Emily C said...

I always had a cute little stuffed bear to sleep with.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I never had a buddy - but all three of my children did.

Margaret said...

My favorite buddy was a stuffed animal, a lion. I had that buddy for years!

PK Sews said...

My best friend was actually invisible. His name was Harvey. I don't remember why :). Thanks for the fun! That fabric is so sweet!

Dee D said...

I got a Pebbles doll (yes, from the Flintstones) one year and I carried her with me everywhere.

Tammy said...

My favorite toy of all times when I was little was this green inchworm ride on toy with wheels. I rode it till it fell apart and broke. I wouldn't let my Mom get rid of it I kept it broken for years...

Donna said...

My favorite childhood buddy was a stuffed rabbit. We were the best of friends.

Fiesta said...

My raggedy ann doll was and still is my favorite

Debbie Rogowski said...

These fabrics brought me back to my childhood when my mother would read to us. She read Winnie-the-Pooh with such an animation when we were young. I can still remember when Piglet had his broken balloon and an empty honey pot and all of us laughing hysterical. I'm sure this was way before there was any movie about it lol. I kept that memory alive with my granddaughter. She carried a mini Roo around with her for years. It was her 'security blanket'

Pat S. said...

I had a security blanket as a child...and my thumb! My mom said that I was good and let her wash the blanket once in awhile. LOL Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway. :-D

Melissa @ Missouri Mel said...

It was kind of a limey green rabbit and I still have it.

Sallie said...

A teddy bear. Thanks for the giveaway!

Becky said...

My favorite buddy was my dog Flip:) Merry Christmas!

Malinda said...

My best buddy was my little brother- he was born when I was 10- he was my own live doll to cuddle with, (unlike my two other brothers whose mission was to tease and bother me as much as possible.)

Diane H said...

I loved a stuffed cat to bits.
Adorable fabric.

Sandy Casper said...

I never had a stuffed animal - just the pets outdoors!

delaineelliott said...

When I was young I had a teddy bear named Mr. Herman. He was always with me. Thanks.

Jeanne Gwin said...

OMGosh, I love him so much, I love him to death. RIP Zippy the Monkey. thanks for telling us about yourself. It is fun to see about you all.

patricia said...

I had a Bonnie Braids doll that I remember so well. She was Dick Tracy's daughter, you know.

Vicki H said...

I don't recall having a favorite buddy. My 7 yo grandson has his buddy Grover. He looks pretty rough after daily loving and I imagine he will be loved for many more years to come.

Lisa Marie said...

I don't remember having any buddy when I was young, but my son had a stuffed Bugs Bunny that went everywhere with him.

Sunnybec said...

I had a dog, I use to drag it around with me everywhere, wouldn't let my Mum wash it or anything. To this day I cannot remember how my Mum detached that dog from me!!

shawn said...

I had a cat, his name was smoky, thanks for the giveaway.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Cowtown Quilts said...

I had a stuffed lion that would squeak when you pushed its tummy. I think my brother gave it to me, and I still have it!

Julie said...

I had a stuffed dog named Ruffy, that had been my aunt's. It didn't have much stuffing left. My mom threw it out when I was about 7....I'm still mad, 35 years later!

OhioLori said...

Didn't really have a "buddy"....but had a Snow White doll with the 7 lil dwarfs....in second grade. Looooved 'em!! :)

matope said...

this is adorable fabric! my 'baby' was a stuffed big bird toy!

GranChris said...

I wanted a doll but I got to dream about it. That was good enough.

Sue said...

I really didn't have a buddy, my dad was military and we moved on an average of every 2 years. Needless to say every time we moved my mom got rid of most of my things. My youngest brother did have a favorite blankie though.

Linda said...

HELLO,I had a pink stuffed Elephant that I carried everywhere I went! Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Cindy A. said...

I had a teddy bear, about 3' long that I slept with every night well into my teenage years. One of his eyes came off and had to be glued back on. He's held together with saftey pins at the seam where his top meets his bottom. Yes, I still have him, and he sits on top of a shelf in my sewing room with a few other childhood toys.

Nellie Duclos said...

My "buddy" was my little sister. I can't recall a stuffed doll or animal, but a real buddy is better!

Lee said...

My buddy was a Raggedy Ann doll! thanks!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I loved, loved, loved dolls as a child(I must admit that I still do). My favorite was a my Baby Blue Eyes doll. She had a cloth body and I loved her so much that Mom had to replace the body. Thanks so much for the chance on you wonderful giveaway!

Brenda said...

I had a stuffed lamb that I slept with all through childhood.

Connie Cain said...

I didn't have a stuffed "buddy", mine was a collie dog, Laddie, we were inseperable. He was my best friend when I was little. :)
Thanks for the chance to win the so very cute fabric.
craftyccain@gmail.com

sandi said...

I guess my favorite buddy was my twin sister when we were growing up. I don't remember sleeping with anything except her. My daughter had a bugs bunny that talked and she would play that at 5:30 am. Thanks for a chance to win.

Michele T said...

I will be turning 50 on Jan 1st and I still have my "Teddy"!! Eeek! He was given to me when I was 1 years old, and I loved him dearly because he is in excellent shape for his age! Family pictures feature him and I together when I was young - he was and is special!

Gill said...

I had a hand knitted mouse with a long yellow tail!!

Sewgirl said...

Those kids are just adorable! My buddy was a stuffed cat that had a music box inside!

teachpany said...

I had my blankie when I was little. I had lots of brothers, so don't remember many stuffed animals.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I didn't have a buddy, but I made sure my kids did. :-) Thank you for the fun!

My heart is here said...

I had a little stuffed dog called "honey" :P

ChooChoo Skadoo said...

I had a bear than sang twinkly little star. It was a wind up one and now my oldest son has it and loves hopefully it'll make it to the grandkids.

JoyceLM said...

I didn't have a buddy as a child. My older sister is only 1 year older so we had each other to play with. Thanks for the chance to win.

Christine S said...

Humpty Dumpty made by my grandma :)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

My favorite buddy was my raggedy ann doll and I still have her :)

Kelly

Judy1522 said...

My favorite buddies were always one of my dolls. I even still have one of my childhood dolls that sits in my sewing room.

Denise Cabral said...

I remember asking for a Barbie doll when I was about 7 or 8. My mom got me Skipper instead because she thought Barbie was too old for me yet. I loved my little Skipper doll!

Julie said...

My buddy was a stuffed cat with a really long tail.

Carrie P. said...

I did not have a buddy unless you want to call a good library book a buddy. I loved reading as a child.

Karen said...

My favorite "buddy" was my baby doll. I think she was called "Baby Tender Love".

Tabitha Keener said...

I had a baby alive that went everywhere with me!

Sandy D said...

My favorite buddy was a stuffed Collie "lassie" dog that I got as a gift at my fathers work Christmas Party. I had that dog for years. I have no idea where it went!!!

Sheila said...

We got a doll every Christmas as a child but my favorite was the year I received a doll dressed in a highland dancing outfit , she was beautiful . Thanks for the chance.

Susan said...

My favorite buddy was our real live cat and when he wouldn't cooperate I went to my brother who was 2 years older than me.

Margaret said...

my favorite was a raggedy ann doll and I wore her out

Joyce Carter said...

My favorite buddy was a doll. Thank you for the giveaway.

Jan Baker said...

I must be getting old, don't remember having any stuffed animal I carried around. My son used to sleep with his gremlin from the movie.

Sherry said...

I did not have a buddy when I was young. I did have a blanket that wore out and now have a bear that my sister gave me when I had surgery about 10 years ago. She said I gave her one when she had surgery so I should have one.

jmniffer said...

I had a larger sized teddy bear and I used to use his belly as my pillow! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

LisaT said...

I don't recall every having a buddy, a toy, or doll or anything that I was that fond of but I have always enjoyed a good blanket.

lefuntz said...

My favorite buddy was the dog I got for Christmas when I was four. He tour up my previous buddy, a stuffed skunk, but I didn't mind. He was my best friend growing up.

Janie said...

I had a willie talk doll. (Ventriloquist)I can't believe I remembered that! Ha ha

Barb said...

I started out with a 'nelliephant' followed by a Raggedy Ann. But from about four on I preferred cats--the real kind :D

Barb and Sharon said...

I have a small teddy that my grandparents gave me when I was born. He is in a box in the basement, I should get him out before he disappears.
Barb@Witsend

Deb G. in VA said...

I don't remember having a stuffed buddy. I always had dolls and my younger sister to play with.

Kathy H said...

I had a stuffed doll , fuzzy stuffed animal body but a plastic face. I loved her but now think she would be pretty scary looking.

scottylover said...

I had a Winnie the Pooh that at one time played music. The key was broken off, so it couldn't play any more. I also had a Kanga with baby Roo that I carried around by the neck so much that it was permanently creased. Also had a Tigger, but no Eeyore or Piglet. :(

Sandy A

Renea said...

I had all of my Barbies. I would spend hours and hours playing with them (And I still have all of them!). Thanks for the great giveaway.

Charlene McCullough said...

My best buddie was a black cocker spaniel. I got him when I was in kindergarten and he passed away in my Senior year. Loved him dearly. I still have his collar and bowl to this day. I would absolutely love to win some of the fabric. Thanks for the chance. katztoo1 at frontier dot com

Beth said...

My favorite companion was a Madame Alexander baby doll I named "Teddy". How I loved that doll!

Cecilia said...

I had a blankie and my thumb! My youngest granddaughter does the same thing. :-)

Lisa said...

I still have a 12" pink teddy bear since I was about 4 years old. He even went to boot camp with my when I went in the Navy! I hide him in a drawer in my locker by day! He is in my nightstand today, very frail but love! We are both pushing 50! Your fabric is so sweet, I would love to win some! I told you my secret!

Ellen said...

I didn't have a favorite buddy, I had a bed full of stuffed animals and picked a different one to hug and sleep with at night. When I would get scared or was sad and upset I would sleep with our boxer dog in the hall.

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I didn't have a buddy as a child ... maybe that is why I got caught up in the TY Beanie Baby craze. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Deb said...

i don't remember ever having a buddy. Guess i was a loner. :) I'm enjoying the hop.

Cindy Jantti said...

I had a Chrissy doll...loved that doll. Found one years later and just had to have it. It now sits on a shelf in my sewing room.

Dee said...

My buddy were our stray dogs.

Carolyn said...

I had a stuffed dog with a red bow around her neck. My sister and I each got one for Christmas. After a few years, mine was threadbare and hers looked like it was brand new...I guess I loved mine more! :o)

Jackie said...

Oh, my Barbie was my favorite I just loved her and made so many clothes for her.

janice said...

I had a teeny tiny little doll made of rubber and she had red hair just like me.

Quilt n Queen said...

I don't remember having a childhood 'buddy'. Maybe that is why I am attached to teddy bears today. I would say I am a collector...Teddy bears in everyroom...love the flannels, perfect for my home!! Thanks for the chance to win some 'Bears and Buddies'....the cutest fabric. Happy stitching, Pauline

Farm Quilter said...

I had a rubber doll I got when I was two and my brother came along. My mom tells me that I would bathe "Ronnie" while she bathed "Ricky" - smart way to keep me occupied while she took care of my brother. I had that doll for years :)

Barb said...

Bringing back memories, you are! I had a Fluppy Puppy Dog. He was yellow, had tired, droopy eyes, and long legs that I could wrap around me as I fell to sleep. I still have him in a box in the garage! A bit weathered, but none the worse for wear. :)

Ellee said...

While I don't remember having a buddy, I had a favorite stuffed animal -- a cocker spaniel puppy I named Sleepy Eyes because its face was embroidered to show he was sleeping. He had a bell in one ear and my best red hair ribbon tied around his neck for a collar. One day when I was 16 I came home from school to find all my stuffed animals in a box. My mom said she was giving them away because I was too old for toys. When she wasn't looking I sneaked Sleepy Eyes out of the box and hid him in my room. She never found out and I still have my precious Sleepy Eyes to this day. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

I had a blankie - a blanket I took everywhere! The fabric obsession started very early!

Tina said...

my Buddy, Would Be Chatty Cathy.When I First Got Her She Was Near About Ad Big As I Was. I Dragged Her Around With Me For Several Years, She Was My Pretend Sister.

Jane said...

I don't remember having a buddy. I hated dolls and stuffed animals but I loved my cowgirl suit!

Gayle said...

I had a teddy bear that was SO tattered by the time I was a teen ager!

gmp said...

I guess I would have to say my Ginny Doll. I had so many outfits for her, and a beautiful turquoise blue carrying case to keep everything in.
Grace

Jo said...

I had a stuffed panda named Dede. I actually still have him even if he is thread bare now

Bonnie58 said...

Thanks so much for sharing. great memories. I think I was pretty much on the nice list.

Bonnie58 said...

I was a terrible girl when i was a child - hated all the girl toys and was forever "borroring" my brothers trucks and tractors to play with. Beyond that, my cats were my favourite toys...

Tiffanyjeans said...

My favorite buddy when I was little was a baby doll stuff with beans that I called baby beans. My brother hid her from me once when I was sick and I found her years later. I still have her and keep her safe in my drawer!

Cindy said...

I had a lot of stuffed animals as a child. I kept all of them and passed them on to my children. They kept theirs and now I see my grandchildren having fun with them!

Karrie S said...

I always had a stuffed animal with me, and rotated so no one would get lonely :)

Quilting Tangent said...

A special doll - still have her.
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Jan R Bell said...

I had a big stuffed shaggy blue dog named "Sapphire."

Kd Brown said...

My favorite buddy as a child was my stuffed dalmation dog from the movie 101 Dalmations.

chefpa said...

I had two favorite dolls, Gert and Lil. Not sure where those names came from!

LeAnne said...

I don't remember having a favorite "buddy" as a child. I had my sisters to play with. They were my buddies.

Sheila Ivany said...

I don't have any recollection of a buddy as a child. I had more fun playing with my brothers &sisters. Merry Christmas. Happy Quilter:) Email smivany@gmail.com

floyquilts said...

My raggedy ann and andy were my favorites.

floyquilts said...

Raggedy Ann and Andy were my buddies.