Guest Blogging Info

Tired of the rush to finish all those Christmas projects? This is the place to challenge yourself to complete at least one project a month for an entire year. The color of the months are just suggestions; our goal is to just have fun, ease holiday stress, and create! Projects are due at the end of each month. Remember to share your creations with the rest of us with a link to your blog or photo sharing site in the comments.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pink Projects

Here's Deb from Sage and Speia's beautiful pink tags:

and from Aileen's Musings we have a pink felt bird
 to round up our pink inspiration month!

Now lets get off and running on March using Green in our projects!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kris' Pretty Pink Project

Pretty Pink Pillow

How sweet is Kris' pink pillow!! I think we all need a Nana that loves us this much :) Check it out at brain bubbles.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Pink Project

                            Pink Banner

I finished my pink banner. Stop by Tipi's Tinkerings and you can see a few more pictures. Hope everyone is enjoying this challenge as much as I am. If you leave your link in the comments on this post I will get them posted as soon as I can. Thanks for playing along.
Almost forgot to remind everyone that if you share your pink project with us you will be entered in the Feb. Give Away. Check it out if you haven't already :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pink Star Ornament

Glittery Pink Star Ornament

I can just see a white Christmas tree covered in these glittery stars. So pretty and easy to make. Here's the link to see how they're made. :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Crayon Roll

Pink Crayon Roll

Have been looking for some projects to make for the kiddies, I love this tutorial from raising oranges. It walks you through each step and the pink polka dot roll is precious. Hope your pink projects are coming along :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pinwheel Garland

This garland is so cute. Would be perfect for many different occasions or just to cheer up a room. I have a button fetish so the addition of buttons makes it perfect in my eyes. Here's the link to peppermintplum.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Guest Blog by Wendy

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day we have guest blogger Wendy  from Girly-Q-Farm. Thanks Wendy  & HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY everyone !!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s Share the Love
For those of you who don’t know me, a very large part of my job is writing about people. One thing that surprises me is how many people help others by using their artistic talents in crafting. I was flabbergasted to learn that a friend of mine crafts quilts for Operation Kid Comfort, I didn’t even know that she sewed. The organization creates custom made quilts for children of deployed US military personal. Photo’s of the deployed parent are printed onto fabric and sewn into the quilt, that way kids can sleep with mom or dad every night.
Once I found out about that one friends work, I started to ask others if they did for crafts charity. It’s amazing how many people do something. Like snuggle projects, crocheting for the elderly, and making all sorts of crafts to benefit their church.
Since I like to work in yarn, I’ve found charities that I like to craft for. I’m sure many of you also craft for charity’s, and I’m really excited to learn who you craft for. I’ve put together a short list of charities in case you’re looking for something new. I haven’t vetted each charity I’ve listed here so please thoroughly check out any charity you consider donating to.
All Crafts for Charity
This Yahoo group promotes sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, tatting, smocking and other fabric arts for the good of charities all over the world! We have free patterns, free advice and lists of agencies in need of your hand made donations. We mostly specialize in helping premature (preemie) infants and but also promote other charities that may need our help. Please join us in a positive and loving atmosphere that thrives on helping others. All we ask from you are loving hands and a kind heart.
The Snuggles Project
This is a project that I’ve been a part of locally in Stanislaus County Ca. Snuggles are a security blankets for shelter animals. Each animal would get a Snuggle to cuddle up with to feel warmth and comfort. Most shelter animals are kept in areas with stainless steel braces and hard plastic flooring or even bare concrete floors. The Snuggles would allow them to have a little reprieve from the coldness of the pen they are kept in.
Bottles of Hope
This project was started in 1999 by a cancer survivor and polymer clay artist, Diane Gregoire. Diane found a way to use her special talents as an artist to cheer up the lives of cancer patients going through the ordeal of chemotherapy. She used clay to decoratively cover small glass medicine bottles and gave them to other patients as a symbol of hope. Polymer clay, which is sold under the brand names of Sculpey®, FIMO® and PREMO®, is a colorful and versatile man-made clay that can be sculpted, textured, stamped and combined in a multitude of ways to produce unique designs in pieces of art.
Heartmade Blessings
Heartmade Blessings is a world-wide group of volunteers dedicated to providing hand-crafted items to those people suffering a loss, tragedy, or going through a rough time that need to be reminded of the simple fact that people care.
Heartmade Blessings come from all the wonderful people who donate squares for afghans and bearghans. They are also made possible through the efforts of the warm, caring people who donate their time in assembling and organizing the distribution of these items to those in need. We truly believe these people are nothing short of a "blessing" themselves.
Color A Smile
This would be a fun project for those who have children. This non-profit organization spreads smiles with cheerful drawings drawn by school children and distributes the drawings to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels Programs and people all across the country.
Stitches from the Heart
Stitches From The Heart is a 501(c)3, non-profit, charitable organization whose members contribute their talents by knitting, crocheting or quilting for those children born under less fortunate circumstances and often have little to wear when leaving the hospitals if it were not for the generosity of all of the caring volunteers who comprise Stitches From the Heart.
Since 1996, Stitches from the Heart volunteers have donated over 850,000 hand-made, warmth-giving items to be distributed to needy families of newborns, free of charge to over 1,300 hospitals and charities. We are so proud of the numbers!
Project Linus
Since I know a recipient who received not one but two lovely handmade blankets that they slept with for months this is another organization close to my heart. Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission. First, it is their mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, it is their mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness Inc.
Their goal is to create positive and inspirational homemade cards for children with life-threatening illnesses. We also want our "Love Letters Pen Pals" to inspire others in their community to commit to making a difference through our organization.
Beading for a Cure
This is an annual beading challenge dedicated to raising money for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association.
Beads of Courage
Since 2005 Beads of Courage helps children with serious illness tell their own stories of survival. The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. Beads of Courage programs depend on donations of all kinds of handmade beads.
Operation Gratitude
This is a charity that I hope to be a part of this year. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. This charity is always in need of handmade scarfs and hats.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cupcake Stand

Pretty in Pink Cupcake Stand

This is an adorable cupcake stand with an excellent tutorial. How sweet would this be for an avid cupcake baker? I think I may even know someone this would be perfect for :) Here's the link to the  sweetlysweet blog by Lorell.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pink Heart Inspiration

Pink Heart Welcome Sign

As I was looking through sites for Valentine's Day projects I came across this adorable welcome sign. I see no reason why it has to be for Valentine's Day. It would make a great Christmas gift. Check out the tutorial on Then She Made, and enjoy all her great projects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pink Snowflake Soap

Pink Snowflake Soap

This Pretty pink soap is easy to make. Who wouldn't love some of these in their Christmas stockings? Get the how- to on the CraftGossip's link:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Magic Scarf by Wendy

Magic Scarf

Wendy from Girly-Q farms made not only one white project but two!!!!!!!! Check out her blog and see just what a magic scarf is. Great job Wendy, your Christmas list will be finished before you know it :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cork Ornaments By Lisa

Cork Ornaments

Another great project finished by a group member, Lisa. You can check out her great tutorial right here.  I love the uniqueness ( is that an actual word? well anyway I love 'em )

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Snowmen by Robin

                   Cross Stitched Snowmen

I love cross stitching, have never tried my hand at it though. This is Robin's white creation. These faces are so chipper. Robin isn't a blogger but she's keeping pics of her art on her flicker account. Check it out here. Thanks for sharing ! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blog Giveaway!

This month's challenge color is PINK! 
So to start this month off 12 Months of Christmas 
is having a Blog Giveaway!
This giveaway is brought to you by
home to artistic inspirations! 
At the end of February 1 name will be 
randomly selected to receive the above 
25 piece felt LOVE banner kit
Here are the ways you can enter 
for more then 1 chance to win:

1.  Post our 12 Months of Christmas Challenge 
Button (see below or to the right side for the coding)
 on your blog and post about our giveaway then 
leave a comment here with the link to it.
2.  Become a follower of this blog 
(look at the side bar to the left to follow)
then leave a comment that you did.

3.  Post our blog giveaway on your Facebook wall 
and leave a comment that you did as well.

4.  Post a pink project for February and also be entered to win.

You can do all  or only 1 of these and each one 
will get you entered an additional entry for the contest.

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