BLOG TOUR: Sew Merry and Bright (+ giveaway!)

Sew Merry and BrightIf you love designer Linda Lum DeBono, you love COLOR. Her work always incorporates fun pops, bursts, and flashes that make you sit up and take notice. Don’t we all want our handmade to be noticed? That’s just part of why I love Linda’s designs.

In her latest book, Linda brings her color sense to Christmas projects. Sew Merry and Bright presents traditional holiday items with a festive twist—unique colors and prints that move beyond red and green and offer a fresh, modern look.

From Christmas quilt patterns for beginners to quick-to-stitch projects for the table and the tree, Linda’s new book offers lots of ideas—not only for your own decor, but for gifts galore. And you can easily personalize projects to your gift receiver’s tastes. For instance, I’d love to make these “12 Little Birdies” (above) to hang near my front door in the fun colors shown; I can see my traditional-style sister loving these charming birds in rich reds, forest greens, and pearly whites. And I’d love seeing both breeds of birds in our houses each year when Christmas rolls around!

Linda Lum DeBonoIt’s no surprise that Linda is often asked how to use bright colors when it comes to decorating. Today, Linda graciously offers up her tips for splashing your next Christmas with color (a little or a lot; you choose.)

Thanks for being our guest blogger today, Linda—let the colorful festivities begin!

See more projects from Sew Merry and Bright in the slideshow below.


Make It a Colorful Christmas!

Thank you for being here on this fabulous blog tour! I am so excited about this book, Sew Merry and Bright. Martingale was great to work with and they did a wonderful job!

Adam and AlexChristmas, for me, is a great source of inspiration for designing. I love the imagery, the snow, and most of all, being with my family and friends. My boys, Adam and Alex (left), love the holidays as much as I do and they are fully into decorating. We call them my “mini Marthas” and you can read about many of their holiday escapades on my blog. We have a great time during the holidays, and we don’t stress over the details. What’s fun is that their color palette is even more out-of-the-box than mine!

I often get asked how someone can incorporate color into their lives without going over the top. Remember, if you’re timid about color, less is more! Here are some ideas for adding touches of fun color to your holiday.

1. Accent pieces. If you have kids, let them make colorful crafts. My boys painted these glittery houses in lime and turquoise. Love it!

Lime and turquoise houses

2. The Christmas tree. Decorate your tree as usual, and then add glass ornaments in colors that you wouldn’t normally choose. Or, use color from the ground up with a burst of color in a tree skirt.

Star Light, Star Bright tree skirt from Sew Merry and Bright

“Star Light, Star Bright” tree skirt from Sew Merry and Bright.

3. Fabric decor. Add a wall or lap quilt in fun, nontraditional colors:

"Be Merry" Christmas quilt from Sew Merry and Bright
“Be Merry” quilt from Sew Merry and Bright

Or, try quick pillows! I designed these pillows (download the free patterns from my blog) using whimsical and bright colors and prints.

Have Jingle Will Rock pillow

Reindeer pillow

4. Christmas cards. Make your own, and make them bright! I photographed this card, which features my favorite color, fuchsia.

Season's Greetings card in fuschia

I made this Christmas card for Martingale one year using an unconventional mustard color.

Reindeer greeting card

5. Gift wrap and ornaments. Gifts and ornaments can infuse just as much color into your decor as bigger pieces. I designed these tags for my blog readers in some very happy and bright colors (you can download and print them here).

Christmas gift tags

Ornaments are another way to accent traditional holiday hues with bright colors and fun motifs.

Oh, Dottie Tree Christmas ornament Oh Nuts Christmas ornament Matryoshka Love Christmas ornament
“Oh, Dottie Tree,” “Oh Nuts!,” and “Matryoshka Love” from Sew Merry and Bright

Did you notice something? All of these suggestions are temporary items. That means if you don’t like it, it’s not permanent—so, go ahead and add some color to your holiday decorating!

xo, L


Sew Merry and BrightThanks for giving us a peek into your colorful world, Linda—wishing you and yours a (very early) happy holiday!

Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration that sidesteps the traditional red and green? Share your story about it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew Merry and Bright eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Linda’s book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

Follow the Sew Merry and Bright blog tour through July 29—visit Linda’s blog each day to find where the tour goes next.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Carla, who said:

“I have a bunch of music ornaments that are non-Christmas colors that I hang on my tree and around my house for the holiday season! Thanks for a chance to win!”

Carla, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


124 Comments

  • I have Wizard of Oz ornaments that I put on the tree every year and they are not red/green. I also have a handmade ornament that my husband made me and that has a lot of color in it. It is hung on the tree in the same spot every year.

    —Sandi on July 24, 2012
  • I have a string of vintage glass beads in pastel colors (pink,blue,etc) and some nutcrackers that are not dressed in red and green. This book looks like alot of fun in the making. Just the thing for me and my girls.

    —Wanda on July 24, 2012
  • I love the Lego advent calendar. It is a great way for children to count down to Christmas and enjoy their favourite toy as well.
    My other favourite decoration it the silver bird and ball I have had since I was very young. I love them and they are the first thing onto my tree every year.

    —Mhairi on July 24, 2012
  • I use very little traditional red and green.
    My trees are filled to overflowing with a rainbow of colors of glass balls in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

    —Beulah on July 24, 2012
  • I have a blue dolphin glass ornament and a blue glass ship ornament that my kids picked out years ago. They go on the tree every year. They are not traditional, but they are a part of Christmas past! Thanks for the blog hop, and giveaway. I would love to win Linda’s book!

    Liz on July 24, 2012
  • I like rustic, so rusty starts are my favorite

    —jill Froelich on July 24, 2012
  • such fun things in the book. My Christmas ornaments are glass and some are vintage and they come in all kinds of colors besides red and green.

    Carrie P. on July 24, 2012
  • A couple of years ago, we bought some blue Christmas ornaments to add a little splash of something different to our tree! I want to make some new ornaments and maybe a new tree skirt so the book would be great! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kate on July 24, 2012
  • I have an ornament circle that holds a picture of our two children. The frame is in purples and blues. Their favorte colors. They were ages 6 and 3. Their favorite colors are still the same. So I made another one similar, but they are now 27 and 24

    —Lori Smanski on July 24, 2012
  • My husband & I met at college and sent our son to that same college so in our family the college themed ornaments are favorites. In our college colors of course without a trace of red or green.

    —Lisa Marie on July 24, 2012
  • This book looks fun and there are beautiful projects!!

    rosa on July 24, 2012
  • Yes, I have a small beige colored heart my daughter made in preschool that I just love. It’s made out of clay and the teacher baked them to harden them.

    —Marianne on July 24, 2012
  • I love non-traditional ornaments on the Christmas tree – I have a frog, some wooden ornaments that are not particularly Chirstmas-y, and then I have a bunch of pretty antique ornaments that are bright colors and not really traditional colors. My husband is more traditional than I am, so our decorating goes both directions — I think it makes our house festive around the holidays!

    —Faye on July 24, 2012
  • I have a set of handmade wooden decorations that a friend made for us some years ago. They are round with stars painted on the front with our names underneath, the boys stars are in aqua, and the girl stars are in yellow. They also have the year written on the back, 2001.

    —Kay on July 24, 2012
  • When i was little we had a christmas elf, dressed in yellow, he sat on a branch instead of being hung.

    —Emily C on July 24, 2012
  • We decorate two trees, the one in our family room is traditional red and green, and the other in our living room is laden with vintage ornaments we have collected over the years. We add touches of gold to make this tree sparkle.

    Jocelyn on July 24, 2012
  • I love including pink and aqua in my Christmas decor! It’s fresh and really pops!

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on July 24, 2012
  • I love my green pickle ornament …..a german tradition.

    —cathy b on July 24, 2012
  • Quite a few years ago I made some dough ornaments and the one that survived and is a family favorite is a PINK PIG! He hangs proudly on the tree each year.

    Mary on Lake Pulaski on July 24, 2012
  • A few years ago I started adding some blue to our Christmas decor and I still love it, especially some aqua glass ornaments that I almost can’t bring myself to pack away in January. Also, I purchased a pink Christmas tree for my little girls last year and loved it more than I thought I ever could.

    Hopeful Homemaker on July 24, 2012
  • I have some gold angels that I just love, I think they are sort of traditional though. The book looks so nice, so many cute and different projects.

    —kathy h on July 24, 2012
  • I have 2 favorite ornaments, one my brother made for me in 1972, it’s pearl and fushia beads, Linda would love it! The second is an ornament I made the same year, turquoise and gold with crystal accents. Linda’s use of color is so inspiring! Thanks for a chance to win her new book.

    —Mary ann on July 24, 2012
  • Oh gosh yes, it’s become totally non-traditional red/green in my house about two years ago. We stopped into a bookstore and my eyes just lit up when I saw their window all decorated with the most beautiful purple Christmas tree. I said to my husband that tree WILL be mine. I must have it. He thought I was kidding until I kept talking about it for the next week or more. One day he said he had ordered a book and it was in so we had to pick it up. I just stayed in the car while he ran in to get the book. All of a sudden they removed that purple tree from their window and a few minutes later he came out grinning like crazy. He bought it for me and all they had left was the window display so he bought it for a reduced price. Now we’ve been collecting white and purple lights and purple ornaments. No more green trees for awhile in my house. Gorgeous purple rules.

    —VickiT on July 24, 2012
  • My favorite alternate colors are red aqua green and white… think 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain. Thanks for the giveaway of Linda’s lovely book.

    —MarciaW on July 24, 2012
  • I love to include white and gold on Christmas deco 🙂

    —Hueisei on July 24, 2012
  • I have a Santa pattern that is crazy quilting and I love using lots of colors in the "crazy" part!! I would love you new book and Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Kathy M Boice on July 24, 2012
  • So many cute ideas all in one spot!! I love seeing Linda’s posts on FB, and I just know this book is chock full of goodness!! Thanks for the opportunity to maybe get one for myself.

    —Linda P on July 24, 2012
  • I have a christmas ornament which looks very oriental – pink and tourquoise!

    Sonja on July 24, 2012
  • Now that I think of it, my decorations are pretty traditional in color. Maybe it’s time to branch out a little. I do like some of the newer Christmas fabrics in not so traditional colors.

    —Diann Cornell on July 24, 2012
  • I like a mix of ornaments on the tree so have many that are not red and green. One of my favorite is an embroidered heart with all different colors that I made for our first tree right after were married.

    —Judy on July 24, 2012
  • I have a bathroom all done in blue and white snowmen -not exactly non-traditional but for the life of me I can’t think of anything else in my house during the holidays that isn’t red, green and gold/silver. I think I need this book for some color into my life. 🙂

    Barbara Sindlinger on July 24, 2012
  • I love this book. I have a few handmade figures that are variations on Santa Claus that in no way resemble the jolly old elf. I love these and have them out from Nov1 to Feb 1.Hope to receive a winning email in a week!

    —Nancy Andrews on July 24, 2012
  • We used to "red, green & white" most of the time.

    Ana on July 24, 2012
  • Our house is very tiny and so we don’t put up much in the way of decorations. My husband and I collect monkey items, so we have special holiday monkeys that make an appearance every year. That’s how we really know it’s the Christmas season! Thanks for the chance!

    Kathy H on July 24, 2012
  • I really like the look of blue & silver.

    —loralie on July 24, 2012
  • I love those felt stuffed ornaments that would come in a kit with the beads and sequins. My grandmother use to make those.

    —Angie on July 24, 2012
  • What a lovely looking book. We have a lot of decorations my boys made at kindergarten. I put them up every year. They are all sorts of bright colours.

    Christine M on July 24, 2012
  • My favorite ornament that’s not the traditional red/green would be a square crocheted piece with both my name and my husband’s on it. It always goes at the top of the tree right under the angel. I’d love to win this creative book!

    Deb on July 24, 2012
  • I suppose the blues/aquas I’ve been seeing so much of recently; thanks for chance!

    —Rhonda H. on July 24, 2012
  • When I had my first son, I was given a beaded egg as a gift. I hang it on my tree every year-he is 38 now! Love the book perfect for gifts for my family!

    —Therese on July 24, 2012
  • I have some old vintage ornaments that were once my Grandmother’s. They are blown glass– very fragile… One of the things that I like about them is that they are not your traditional Christmas colors. There are pink ones, turquoise, and sky blue. They have been and always will be some of my favorite ornaments! 🙂 Thank you so much for the chance to win this book– it looks wonderful! 🙂

    —Gwen Windham on July 24, 2012
  • I have painted some glass ornaments pink and purple. Very pretty.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

    —MelodyJ on July 24, 2012
  • I have a few blue ornaments, but otherwise all my decorations are in traditional colours.

    —MoeWest on July 24, 2012
  • I have some vintage ornaments, all pink and silvery. Love them.

    —Jodie on July 24, 2012
  • My 26 year old daughter in kindergarten took a pine cone and different color tissue paper rolled into little balls. Putting the little balls into the spaces on the pine cone. I still have that pine cone.

    Elizabeth Johnson on July 24, 2012
  • I have a little Mickey Mouse ornament from a trip we took to Disneyland when my son was 8 years old. My son is 37 now but every year when I put that little ornament on the tree, I remember how excited he was to be in Disneyland.

    —lindawwww on July 24, 2012
  • I have a cute paper mâché ornament that depicts a cute mouse family decorating for Christmas with a kitty peeking through the mouse hole!

    —Nancy on July 24, 2012
  • For years now we have had two trees…a Western themed tree and a Victorian tree. Not in the same room of course! 😛 The living room gets the Victorian tree in all its pink and green glory while the bedroom gets the Western theme tree. May have to change that this year, though since the bedroom is now a soft shade of gray with a more modern twist!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on July 24, 2012
  • My current fav colors for decorating are turquoise and red so my Christmas decorations rarely include green. Unless its a limey green – that works for me. These decorations are so cute and quick and fun. Love it!

    —Ruth B on July 24, 2012
  • have always stuck to red/green, but have loads of gold, silver and qhite accents. love christmassy things; this book would add a lot of color flavor to the new things i make.

    ritainalaska on July 24, 2012
  • We now live in a small condo and I will be downsizing my Christmas ornaments and this will be very hard because I LOVE all my tree decorations, is that a bad thing? So to pick one is almost impossible !

    —Kathy MacKie on July 24, 2012
  • Our tree skirt is black, gold, maroon and forest green with lots of glitter. It’s beautiful!

    —Patty Happel on July 25, 2012
  • We hang a small black baseball glove on the tree every year. It is my husbands’ ornament. It came on the flower arrangement his Dad sent to his Mom after she gave to birth to him. It’s almost 50 yrs. old now.

    —Patty K on July 25, 2012
  • That Lego advent calendar is cool and the sweet ornaments! this book is on my wish list for sure! thanks!

    —Lee on July 25, 2012
  • I love my little cat ornaments – there are five of them that my mom bought for my first five Christmases!

    —chris on July 25, 2012
  • For many years my Christmas tree has been decorated with angels of every color. Many of them are homemade mixed in with ones from store. It stats with big angel on top and works way down to bottom. I change colors of bows and a few other ornaments easch year.

    Donna Rothacher on July 25, 2012
  • Our decorations and tree have been Red, White and Blue since 9/11 and we plan to continue that tradition since DH and I were in the service, and now our son is following in that tradition.

    —Marcia Kosturock on July 25, 2012
  • I’m a big fan of the Wizard of Oz books (not the movie); does anyone else know there are at least 40 ‘official’ books? 33 years ago a friend got me 4 Oz ornaments, and since then I’ve collected many different sets (as long as they aren’t copies of the movie characters). I now have a separate tree that is devoted to those ornaments; its a funky, artificial, sort of Charlie Brown type tree and is perfect for my many versions of the tinman, scarecrow, lion, dorothy, and other Oz characters. Nothing speaks Christmas like a wicked witch!

    —Jackie on July 25, 2012
  • I like fuchsia and aqua with lots of white….red and green with a twist!

    —Linda on July 25, 2012
  • I don’t have a non-red/green decoration. I guess mine are pretty traditional. I did make a modern quilt-type tree skirt two years ago, designed by MamaCJT. Mine is red/green but some of the others in my workshop used blue/silver/ or red/tan … the variations were beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway! The ideas in the book look wonderful!

    —Paula on July 25, 2012
  • When I was in Nursing School, my little niece, who I adored and still do, made me a nurse ornament out of a white satin ball and some felt and magic markers. She blushed every year when it was displayed on my tree, but she always looked for it. It has yellowed a little, but her daughters now look for it on my tree each year, and it makes me smile.

    —Karen on July 25, 2012
  • My favorite Christmas decoration(s) that side-step the traditional red and green are always the ones our kids have made us during their school years. They came in all sorts of shapes and sizes…some penguins with their pictures in the middle of their tummies, some popsicle-stick sleds with their names and that year’s date, a clear glass ball from college days with black and orange (school colors) crepe-paper shreds inside, lots of snowflakes made of string…

    —Pamela Zajicek on July 25, 2012
  • My decoration I love is our tree star. It has been around for 4 generations now. It is gold and I have to get it polished this year. It is wonderful and sparkles when the lights are on the tree and reflect on the star. I am not sure why it started but it is a wonderful topper that will get handed down for some more generations, I hope.

    Laurie P on July 25, 2012
  • No, I really can’t think of one. I love to add other colors with the green and red, but sadly, the traditional hues rule. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Kathleen B on July 25, 2012
  • My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made when little. Whether the ornament is made from a Ball Jar metal ring or dough, they are all precious to me.

    —Donna Paling on July 25, 2012
  • My favourite Christmas ornament is a miniature hot pink acorn, that adorned my parents’ Christmas tree for the first time in the 1950’s. There’s a larger green one, and there was a large pink one as well, but 6 kids & 15 grandkids later, there are only the two left.

    —Mary on July 25, 2012
  • Hauled around with us through many moves are the ornaments we made our first year of marriage 48 years ago. We took apart some of my Gma’s costume jewelry and made gold and balls with amber-colored "jewels" and then pearls to add a touch of class! Fun, and I wouldn’t get rid of them for anything! Barb Peters

    —Barb Peters on July 25, 2012
  • I do love the traditional red and green, deep red and green more specifically. I also enjoy an all white Christmas with a splash of red, or blue and white or blue and silver. Sometimes an icy/calm Christmas is what the soul needs. Other times, the joy of a jumble of colors is just right. I really love Christmas, so if it stands still long enough,it gets decorated. Even the cat gets a bright ribbon. I do have one bell a friend gave me years ago with Snoopy on top of his dog house with a Christmas wreath around his nose, with the caption,"Where does it say ‘deck the dog’?"

    —Claudia on July 25, 2012
  • For now I have a small purple fiber optic tree I put up I’LL probably go back to "traditional" when we have grandchildren.Than-you for the great book give away I am dreaming of it already.Thank-you Becky

    —becky derry on July 25, 2012
  • My Christmas color is silver, a tradition my parents started. Since I love all the bright colors in my quilting and Linda’s proojects are so gorgeous, I will try and incorporate some of these into my holiday scheme. BTW, fuchsia is one of my favorite colors as well.

    —Barbara on July 25, 2012
  • I guess my favorite is a fragile pink and silver ornament that came from our Christmas tree when I was a little girl.

    —Barb Jolly on July 25, 2012
  • I don’t have a set color or theme for my tree. Most of my ornaments are handmade cross stitch or quilted. Also have some glass ornaments that I’ve had since we were first married. There are also ornaments that my children made.

    —Phyllis on July 25, 2012
  • Christmas is my most favorite of the holidays. I have ornaments that I made when my kids were small that still go on the tree every year. The tree has very few purchased ornaments, 95% are homemade or craft show treasures. We have learned that any ornament on the bottome of the tree or my husbands train that must be under the tree is fair game for the cats to play with so I keep some red satin balls they take down and bat all over the house. It’s always Christmas when we clean, we find ornaments (kitty presents) every time we clean.

    —Connie on July 25, 2012
  • I have a white tree with red ornaments, feathers, birds, etc. My kitchen is mint green, red and white. Looks very festive but not traditional – upbeat, but not modern – Just Happy! Judy C

    JudyCnNC on July 25, 2012
  • Most of my ornaments are handmade and fit in perfectly with a traditional Christmas. I did join a year long swap last year where we made ornaments each month called The Year of Enchantment. We made mermaids, mushrooms,etc. It was lots of fun making and receiving new ornaments each month.

    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) on July 25, 2012
  • I have wreath for my front door that is silver and light blue – reminds me of the 60’s aluminum Christmas trees from my youth! The book looks great – thanks for the chance to win!!

    —Ellen M. on July 25, 2012
  • My favorite Christmas decoration is one my father made many years ago. He brought home a tumbling sage brush from Eastern Washington, sprayed it silver and twined small white light in it. It hangs from the ceiling by any bright ribbon I can find (usually not red or green!). This was probably 40+ years ago and it’s still great and special

    —Judi Standley on July 25, 2012
  • Last Christmas my husband noted that our tree was Red, White, and Blue – totally unplanned!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    —Deborah on July 25, 2012
  • I have a bird feeder ornament that my husband’s favorite supervisor made him one year for christmas. It has a brown roof and he used a plastic medicine cup for the feeder part. It has birdseed in it a brown bottom. Not really christmas looking but I think of Wally each year as I put it on the tree. He died several years ago of alzheimer’s and my husband truly misses him.

    —DonnaK on July 25, 2012
  • My favourite colour is blue, so for many years I’ve had a blue & silver decorated tree. Grandchildren have the pleasure of decorating it, so it’s always just bursting, with the final layer shimmering silver lamelle.
    I also have a tabletop tree with all hand stitched ornaments, many received in exchanges, so there’s many happy memories perusing those.

    —Robyn on July 25, 2012
  • I use wine, gold, and forrest green when I make dresden design tree skirts. Very elegant in dupioni silk. Book is great!

    —Judy Allen on July 25, 2012
  • I collect antique Christmas ornament. They are rarely red and green. My favorite is turquoise and gold. I have little wooden houses and then there are hand made ornaments that my children have made and crochet ornaments that my mother made. My husband jokes that every year there are no parts of the tree showing it is solid ornaments. But hey i love Christmas and i see no reason not to enjoy it. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Happy quilting and crafting to all.

    —Sharon Meyer on July 25, 2012
  • Last Christmas while shopping for a white Christmas tree at Kohl’s, I found a frog wearing a Hawaiian shirt ornament. It reminds me of my oldest son and brings on a smile whenever I think of it. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on July 25, 2012
  • I have a lime green stocking!

    —Lisa Garrett on July 25, 2012
  • The very first ornaments we bought for our tree were blue Christmas balls. They were very pretty and we still have a few of them in use. They bring back memories of our early years of marriage. This book has many beautiful projects.

    —Marie P on July 25, 2012
  • I have an antique pink and yellow log cabin quilt-top from Pennsylvania that I use as a tree skirt. It immediately makes the room more festive. I bought it with an old friend and we promised to share the quilt top (one year at my house the next at hers.) We keep saying one of us should just make a copy but instead we keep putting the original in the mail….

    Siobhan on July 25, 2012
  • I have several decorations that stem from my childhood. Two are metal colored birds with nylon tails and a few of the old decorations are ragged or torn, but the memories behind them, to me, makes them new and beautiful. I love lights on a tree, the more the merrier, and tinsel to enhance their colors. I put clear glass or clear plastic decorations next to a lightbulb to reflect its glowing light and bring out its all over natural beauty. In a darken room, with just the tree lights on, the radiance, gives me such a tranquil peace and rememberance of my family members, who are no longer with us. God Bless Us Everyone and to my Jewish Friends, when the time comes…Happy Hanukkah.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on July 25, 2012
  • I have a Christmas calendar, made from felt and it is an interesting color of gold and avocado green. I made it in the early 70’s. I think that explains it all.

    —Diane on July 25, 2012
  • Our family traditions are hiding the pickle ornaments on the tree and finding it. Also, mom and dad have an ornament that is a long golden ice cycle (sp) that we call the booger-have to find that.

    —Beth Hammergren on July 25, 2012
  • My favorite decoration is a 6″ handmade gingerbread man that I bought while on a trip to Nova Scotia, Canada when I was pregnant with my son. It was his first ornament and he was not born yet. It is tan felt with colorful ribbons and buttons. It is the first ornament on the tree and he is now 27 years old.
    thanks for a chance at the giveaway

    —Nadine on July 25, 2012
  • My colors are predominantly red and gold. But my favorite ornament is a plain brown, jigsaw-cut rocking horse. Somehow the simplicity brings out the best in the other ornaments (sort of like quilts, yes?).

    —Lynne on July 25, 2012
  • I have a sweet ornament that shows a mouse family decorating their tree, with a kitty peering in the mouse hole! It’s made of papermache and is a little minature scene…The outside is a white globe shape, like a snowball.

    —Nancy on July 25, 2012
  • Most of our decorations are the traditional red and green, but we do have one retro tree. It’s s silver tinsel tree with blue ornaments and a color wheel light….remember those cool revolving color wheels!?!? Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks great!

    Kim on July 25, 2012
  • No ‘traditional’ red and green for me. I tend to decorate with purple, mauve, fuschia pink, burgandy, and silver. Often times the color scheme will change from one year to the next. Never the exact same thing twice. Of course my favorite things are those that the kids made while they were growing up. We started buying a new ornament for each kid every year as did their grandparents. When it was time to start decorating their own trees, they had all their ornaments from the time they were born to hang on their trees. Each year it was fun to talk about the Christmases they recieved each one. thank you for the chance to win a new book. Looks like so many fun projects to try.

    —Cindy on July 26, 2012
  • I’ve started collecting glass bird ornaments that are a variety of colors. Otherwise, most of my Christmas decorations are red and green. Thanks for the chance to win Linda’s new book.

    —KMSC on July 26, 2012
  • My favorite non-red, non-green ornaments are some my husband and I bought in Germany for our first married Christmas.
    They are miniature angels made of natural straw with gold-wire halos.bit Like this but with paler hair and a halo.

    http://www.masterfile.com/stock-photography/image/400-04806689/front-view-of-straw-Christmas-angel-vintage-decorations

    They will be 30 years old this Christmas.

    —Gloria B on July 26, 2012
  • We have a number of nature inspired ornaments which are in natures colors. To contrast that I use a lot of old crystals from chandeliers in place to for the lights to shine off of.

    —Mary Sue on July 26, 2012
  • love the birds. so folky and doable for many ages and talents

    —nancy hutchison on July 26, 2012
  • My favorite Christmas decorations are my gingerbread men. They invade my home at Christmas and I use browns, which are not so traditional, along with reds. I have TONS of "gingies" all around my living room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast nook. I am not ashamed to bring in the out of ordinary browns! sewsilly@cox.net

    —Paula Coleman on July 26, 2012
  • I am lucky to have the nativity set from my childhood (probably originally purchased at Woolworths). For our first Christmas with this treasured childhood item my husband made me a manger out of birch branches. To anyone else, this all may look drab, to me it’s the highlight of the Christmas season!

    —jeannie on July 26, 2012
  • I’d have to say I’m pretty traditional with lots of red and white. I love the be merry quilt that is shown ! Thanks for a chance to win Linda’s book. It looks very fun. Janita

    —Janita on July 26, 2012
  • I just bought some Blitzen by Moda, which has teal and grey along with red and green – I really like the color combination. Thanks for the give away!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on July 26, 2012
  • My tree is always silvers and blues…I love the wintery feel to those colors, especially since we live where there is not much snow!

    —Jayme L. on July 26, 2012
  • Linda’s book and projects are amazing! I do have a cookie jar of a snowman done in blue and white. That’s the only thing that came to my mind.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on July 26, 2012
  • First to come to mind was a set a of Hallmark Kwanza angels – 4 of them dressed in purple, gold, red & blue. Many ornaments I use are those handmade by my quilting sisters. They represent a rainbow of colors and materials; always something out of the ordinary! Love the looks of Linda’s new book!

    Linda D on July 26, 2012
  • I have been collecting pigs of all kinds for years. A few years ago my best friend gave me a metal tree to hang special ornaments on. Of course I knew it was just perfect for the collection of pig ornaments that I have. My pig tree is one of my favorite holiday decorations!

    —Nancy L. on July 26, 2012
  • One of my favorite decorations is an accent tree with white branches – I use it for my "theme" tree. Last year my colors for it were sky blue and silver, and the year before that, I decorated in jewel tones – it really depends on my mood when I’m putting it together. My girls really love my "shades of purple" year!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries on July 26, 2012
  • It has to be a large tree to hold all the ornaments I collected over 55 years. Each year I had a new theme and the ornaments happily joined the others on the tree. My favorite theme was Christmas is Love. My tree still dances with all kinds ornaments in many colors with hearts on them. Plus collected vintage balls, elves, santas, reindeers. Lots of real tinsel was a must until it was no longer available.

    —Joanne on July 26, 2012
  • It’s hard to not do traditional green and red but last year we did lots of clear ball ornies with glitter and grungy tags with inspirational words on them. Loved it with the white lights that twinkled so sweet. Thanks for the giveway.

    —Kathy on July 26, 2012
  • We have bird ornaments on our tree in all kinds of colors.

    —Kathy on July 26, 2012
  • My mom brought home a beautiful sterling silver Christmas tree ornament from a trip once, and since then I’ve added more silver pieces to our holiday decorations. They offer "quiet" in the midst of the holiday bustle.

    —Beth T. on July 26, 2012
  • Love the pillows!!! Just what I need for this year!!

    —Shirley in Canada on July 27, 2012
  • My new Favorite decoration will be pillows!! The pillows in this book would work wonderful in my living room!

    —Shirley in Canada on July 27, 2012
  • I collect Santa’s that are doing something, not necessarily red and green. I have Santas that are bungy jumping, skydiving, riding a cow, etc. When my grandchildren come for Christmas I give them a list of my Santas (which are on the tree and all over the house) and the first one to find them all gets to take home the Santa of their choice.

    My Son is a police officer and his daughter took home the police Santa one year.

    —Jo Stires on July 27, 2012
  • I have a beautiful turquoise blown glass ornament which we got in Poland. I will always remember our Christmas there.

    —Elli on July 27, 2012
  • Each year I hand made Christmas ornaments to give to my colleagues at work. It was a nice way to remember those I worked with and not too expensive. Many told me they looked forward to getting one each year to add to their Christmas trees.

    Sheilah on July 27, 2012
  • Thinking of Christmas while avoiding the heat in the Northeast! Love Linda’s happy creations!

    —Anne M on July 27, 2012
  • I love nature and wildlife. I try to incorporate that into my Christmas decor. Seeing a bunny or deer in the snow is an awesome sight and it goes on and on if you look for it.

    —Sandy K on July 27, 2012
  • I am always looking for a touch of whimsy on the tree. I have a green frog dressed in a purple tutu with wings that adorns my tree. It has nothing to do with CHristmas except it makes everyone smile when they see it. I love Linda’s style and can’t wait to dive into the book.

    —Yessant on July 28, 2012
  • I have a "fish" ornament a friend gave me from Hawaii, it is so cute.

    —Marilyn Higgins on July 28, 2012
  • I like to bring home ornaments from e erywhere I travel. It makes for a very special tree remembering all the special places I’ve been.

    —Karen on July 28, 2012
  • I have a bunch of music ornaments that are non Christmas colors that I hang on my tree and around my house for the holiday season! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

    —Carla G on July 29, 2012
  • I plan to make the squirel ornamnet for my mother! She loves wathing the squirrels in her back youd. Maybe add a little chirstmas bow?

    —Karen H. on July 29, 2012
  • I love to make Christmas pillows. They make great gifts too. Your pillows are a know out…I especially like the lettering on them.

    —Sew Very Sherry on July 30, 2012

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