Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day Three of the Henry Glass Very Merry Holiday Party!

Hello and welcome to my blog!
For this holiday blog hop, the theme is favorites, so I am going to share some of my own holiday favorites!  

Lets start with my favorite holiday decoration - Well it probably is no surprise that it is a big adorable plush snowman.    He is always the first of all my decorations to come out.   Each year he sits on my  window ledge looking out the window with his candle glowing.  Its just a sweet little greeting as you walk up to our house.  Yep, he's my favorite.

My favorite holiday recipe - hmmm, I have many.  But this is definitely one at the top of my list.  It is a very simple jello recipe, but it brings me back to many holiday get togethers when my mom would make this for the Christmas Eve parties.    Always a huge hit - and it is delicious!
       One Large Strawberry Jello
        Two 10 oz. frozen strawberries
        Two pints of vanilla ice cream
 Thaw strawberries and drain juice.   Add water to juice to make 2 1/2 cups combined:  Bring liquid    to boil in saucepan.   
  Pour in Jello and dissolve
  Add ice cream to thicken and then add the strawberries.  Pour mixture into 13x 9 clear baking dish.  Refrigerate to set - This takes a bit longer than regular jello because of the ice cream.. I usually make it the night before to be sure its set, but usually takes a few hours.    Delicious! 


As for my favorite holiday tradition.. this one goes back as long as I can remember.  Each Christmas Eve, we get together with my entire family.  Aunts, Uncles, cousins included.   Memories, laughter, food and a great family.  This extravaganza has grown to be quite a celebration as our families grow.  And on this night, we have a special visit from Santa himself.  Each child (Oh and Aunt Judy too) then sits on Santas lap and receives a special Christmas Eve gift.  The excitement and anticipation for the arrival of Santa is in the air as the kids anxiously wait and listen to for the familiar Ho Ho Ho and jingle of his bells.  Christmas Eve always brings the warmest memories of holiday spirit.  We continue to create new memories as we keep this tradition going!

Here is a link to a free pdf download of some fun gift tags using the snowmen from my Snow Much Fun collection with Henry Glass. Just print and clip!  I hope you can use and enjoy these tags for your gifts this year and for many years to come.  

Be sure to visit the beautiful blog of Wilma Sanches, as day three is our day to post for the party!   You can then follow along each day through the rest of the hop.  A schedule of the hop as well as links are posted on my blog's previous post.
And don't forget to stop by the Henry Glass blog  each day for fun contest including a chance to be entered for the Grand prize which will also include a little prize from each of the designers.  I will be giving away a coffee mug featuring a design used from the I Love Snow Collection.   I am also hosting my own giveaway.. all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog and hit the like button on my Simply Shelly Designs Facebook page, you will then automatically be entered into my holiday giveaway for my Santa design canvas wall hanging!   I will be drawing a name on November 23rd, 2012!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all the happiest of holidays this season!


79 comments:

  1. Love the canvas!! And I'm so glad I found this blog hop as I so enjoy reading new blogs!!!!

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  2. Added you on facebook, love the way you spend your Christmas eve. I miss that part of Christmas now that most of my siblings are scattered around the country.

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  3. Love the hop!! Enjoyed reading how you and your family celebrate the holidays and thanks to the recipe! thanks for the chance to win your give away!
    Paulette

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  4. Christmas Eve memories are my favorites also. My family has had a few!

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  5. Your artwork is just beautiful, I'm so glad I discovered your blog through this hop!

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  6. I'm loving this hop even more after visiting here today! Fun to find you!

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  7. I am enjoying reading about everyone's Christmas memories. Reminds me of my family too.

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  8. Thanks for the picture of the snowman. He is absolutely adorable! If he were mine, he'd be the first item I'd put out too!

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  9. Very cute Santa Claus! I printed up the jello recipe...sounds delicious!

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  10. Shelly, thank you for your generous giveaway. Love your blog.

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  11. Shelly YOU know I ADORE your work!!! Thank you for the awesome give away!!!!
    HUGS and LOve!!!!

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    1. Love and hugs to you too Jenny and thank you!!

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  12. Thank you all so much for participating!! Good Luck!!

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  13. Shelly, this is so stinkin cute!

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  14. He is so cute! I love your art!
    Willa C

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  15. OMG! ADORABLE!! I love your designs.

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  16. Snowmen are my favorite, too! I have a collection of snowmen and Santas and I leave them out all year long! I just love your illustrations and that just goes to show you-you DON'T have to be a quilter to enjoy quilting! How very generous of you to giveaway one of your mugs! We could drink our morning coffee out that all year long!!

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  17. Love your Santa's puffy cheeks Shelly!! As I love all your work!! :)

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  18. I love your designs - so glad I found you through the Henry Glass Very Merry Holiday Party. I like you on FB, too.

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  19. It has been so much fun to find new to me designers. Your work is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the blog hop.

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  20. I love that Santa (I love ALL your stuff too!) I want him!!! ;-)

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  21. Getting together at Christmas is such a wonderful memory/tradition. I don't 'do' facebook so hope this comment counts as one entry; love that Santa face!

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  22. The strawberry jello ice cream sounds wonderful! I liked you on facebook (thanks for the link to it!).
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  23. Beautiful santa!!!

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  24. Love your work... so excited to participate in the blog hop. So many fun things to see. Can't wait to try your Jello..

    Liked you on facebook too

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  25. Shelly the tags are a wonderful idea. I already downloaded them and will use the this year. Great job on your post!
    Cheers!
    Kari-freshcutquilts

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  26. Thank you for your ever sharing heart!! The canvas will make a GREAT addition to anyone's Holiday decor.... including mine...=)
    The other Pea Pot...;)

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  27. I neeeeeeed this canvas!! Wish I could have all of your art work, everything is so adorable! Keep up the amazing work especially with Henry Glass, I can always think of a way to use fabric of yours that I HAVE TO HAVE :D

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  28. I have been a fan of your work since the mid-90's. Love the Santa!

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  29. What an adorable Santa! Thanks so much for the cute little snowman gift tags. I'm following you on Facebook now. ;-)

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  30. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous piece of art, I have a small collection of Santas and this would be marvelous to hang up for the holidays.
    I love all your fabrics, I have seen a number of them at my LQS and recently saw your Sew Much Fun fabric line there and I loved it as soon as I saw it as I also love snowmen and I have a lot of them adorning my house from December to March.
    Wishing you a very Happy Holiday as well.

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  31. Hi Shelly,
    Your snowmen are always my favorites to use for my Christmas tags. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. Thanks so much for the free ones. They are as sweet as can be & will definitely be used.
    Huggies & Smiles ~
    Sharron♥

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  32. HI! WHAT ADORABLE DESIGNS!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  33. Thanks for the cute tags...I love those chubby little snowmen!
    I also love the Santa canvas~ Gosh...I just LOVE all your cute, whimsical art!!! :)

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  34. I have been having fun on your blog today. I will be making the strawberry dish for Christmas Eve and I will be using your gift tags for my presents to be opened later on Christmas Eve with my Mom, my husband, my sister, her husband and 2 daughters and their spouses and 1 grand newphew. Lots of holiday fun soon coming our way. Thanks for giving all of your followers a chance to win the cutest Santa Design Canvas wallhanging.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  35. What a cute Santa! I adore your designs! Thanks for sharing.
    Nicoletta

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  36. Wow, Shelly, you are so talented! Thank you for the delicious recipe and the giveaway. I "Like"d you on Facebook, too. Happy Holidays!

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  37. Love your snowman & thanks for the recipe.

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  38. Your art is fantastic, love both Santa and your Snowman - such fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. Shelly, thank you for your generous giveaway.

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  40. thanks for the tags and what a cute Santa. thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. Thanks for sharing your favourites and for the chance to win your Santa canvas. I like you on FB now.

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  42. Thanks for inviting us to the party! Love your snowmen!!

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  43. What a cute Santa. It is so fun to bring out the old decorations and the memories they stir up!

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  44. I really like snowmen too. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories. I've liked your Facebook page and I'm a new follower of your blog. I love your characters.

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  45. Oh what a cute snowman Shelley. I for one hope your creative juices never dry up. You are so talented and what's more, so are your kids. Can't wait to get this snowman somewhere in my house during the Holidays and the month of January. I'm sure he will just love it here in Northern Utah. Keep up the great work.
    Hugs
    JulieH

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win and the tags! (Oh and the recipe)!

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  47. What a great idea to use your fabric for gift tags. Very nice.

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  48. I love your canvas picture...isn't it so fun to decorate for Christmas! I am also super excited to try the jello recipe, my kids will love it! I liked your FB page.

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  49. Love your design, Very cute santa :)
    Isabelle Provencher

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  50. Love love love all your designs!!! Pretty much my go-to artist. Amazing.

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  51. Thank you for the cute holiday tags.

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  52. Love your designs Snowmen are my favorite

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  53. Soo cute.Thanks for the tag and recipe!!

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  54. I am enjoying hoping. This is my first time to your blog and I am going to explore your site

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  55. I'm not on Facebook, so can't enter the giveaway, but want to thank you for the tags. My mom made a snowman very similar to yours, and he's the first thing I bring out every December. Sweet memories.

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  56. I love your cute designs! thank you for the tags :) My mother loved snowmen so they make me smile!

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  57. Thank you for the lovely giveaway and sharing your project. We too like to celebrate Christmas with family, especially my little grandnieces who still believe in Santa. alternate FB email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. What an adorable Santa! I can't help but smile when I see your artwork. Thank you!!!

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  59. Beautiful gift tags. Thank you for those. And that jello recipe looks really good.

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  60. Very cute Santa! I liked your page on FB! Yay!

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  61. Oh how wonderful I collect all things Santa and frosty and this would be wonderful to have. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  62. So great thanks for the chance to win. I liked you on FB

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  63. Love your designs. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  64. Shelly, your work is awesome! I'm your biggest fan, that's not a stalker :)

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  65. Love, love your artwork! What a talent!

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  66. Love the gift tags they will be used this year.Thank you.

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  67. I just love all your artwork. You have such cute designs. Thank you for the gift tags. I usually do my Christmas shopping the week before Christmas, but I may have to do it early just so I can use the gift tags.

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  68. I liked you on facebook and enjoyed my visit here with you and reading about your favorites and traditions. I love your artwork.

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  69. It is fun to get inspiration from others who really love Christmas. Your stories reminded me of some very special memories of my own. Your painting is precious! Thank You!

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  70. love love love it!! YOur work is ALWAYS adorable!!!

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  71. Your the BEST! So darn cute :o)

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  72. Your creations are gorgeous! :)
    May you have a Blessed Christmas Season...

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  73. Ruth, congratulations. I will have to run over to hugsisters and congratulate you.

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