A look back at 2010

2010 is drawing to a close.  I hope it has brought more happiness than sorrow to all of you.  There have been some bumps along the way, but for me and my family, 2010 ends with comfort and joy.

I made a lot of dolls, and had the opportunity to share my creations with you.  I did a little gardening (until it got too hot!), and had the opportunity to talk to a real American hero: an astronaut!  Larry and I did a lot of biking, and as always enjoyed each other's company more than doing anything else.

May 2011 bring hope and joy to all of you.  If we're all a little kinder to one another, it is sure to be a better year than the year before.

Books I Read in 2010

Happy New Years, everybody!

As is my tradition, today I made a list of all the books I read in the year 2010. This year, I was surprised when I counted it up and discovered that I'd read roughly 56 books this year, most of them YA (although a few of them parenting, lol, you can tell I totally have a toddler). That's a little more than one a week.

When I told my husband this number, he said, "wow, I thought you'd read a lot more books than that." I don't know if that was a snarky comment on our Kindle bill or not, hee hee, but I felt the same way: I thought I'd read way more books than one a week. But maybe it only feels that way because this year I re-read a lot of the books I read last year, but didn't add them to the list.

I'm a fast reader. I usually devour a book in one day. Kindle is a very, very dangerous and well-beloved item in our house.

So, without further ado, the list:

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (awesome book to start the year with, one of those books I was jealous I didn't write)

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry (a classic, which I loved, and immediately devoured the series)

3. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

4. Messenger by Lois Lowry

5. The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers : Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Childs Sleep by Elizabeth Pantley (because my son was having this thing where he wouldn't stay in bed!)

6. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer

7. The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr (re-read--this is one of my fave story collections of all time, and this year I used it for my Writing for the Professional Market Class)

8. Best American Short Stories of 2009 edited by Alice Sebold (awesome collection, read for class)

9. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

10. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (sequel to one of my faves last year, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I loved that one. I really, really liked this one.)

11. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (took me back to my actor days doing Shakespeare. Nice take on fairies)

12. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (I am REALLY SUPER picky when it comes to angel books (can't imagine why :)) and for some reason I totally could not get into this one, but it might have just been the wrong book at the wrong time this go around. I will try it again this year. . .

13. Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn (refreshing to have a story about dragons)

14. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (LOVED this)

15. Beastly by Alex Flinn (also love a good retelling of an old story, of which Ms. Flinn is the queen, after Ms. McKinley, of course)

16. The Princess and the Snowbird by Mette Ivie Harrison

17. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (had to see what all the fuss was about, and I read it and understood exactly what all the fuss was about. An amazing book.)

18. Spells by Aprilynne Pike (got my copy at a signing I went to in Idaho Falls. Came home that night and stayed up reading it.)

19. Mudville by Curtis Scaletta (a book recommended by Aprilynne Pike at her book talk the next day. A baseball book, which I enjoyed.)

20. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (who doesn't love a little Hunger Games?!)

21. Fire by Kristin Cashore (a companion book to Graceling, which I loved. And I loved it maybe even more.)

22. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

23. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (awesome, edgy and powerful book, I thought)

24. Dead in the Family: Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris (meh. I usually love Sookie books, but this one. . .meh)

25. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery (this was like .95 on Kindle, for the whole series! I read the entire series again in about a week, totally got my Anne fix!)

26. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

27. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender (best YA ghost story ever. I met Katie at the Smart Chicks tour, and she's awesome!)

28. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (ah, the end. I was a bit shocked by the violence in this one, where it didn't really stand out to me in the others. Collins is MEAN to her characters, yikes.)

29. Firelight by Sophie Jordan (It had me at that wonderful opening chapter with the flight of the dragons.)

30. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (laughed my butt off the whole way through this one. Reminded me of Buffy in a big way. Loved it.)

31. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (see again my note on angel books, but I was amazed at how accomplished this book was for having being written by a 17-year-old. Really solid angel mythology, too.)

32. Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

33. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (sequel to Shiver, which was one of my top 5 last year. Very good sequel, didn't have me on the edge of my chair the way I was through Shiver, but enjoyable through and through.)

34. I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore (Sigh. I read this and thought it was pretty good. Then I found out that it's a product of James Frey's exploiting-young-desperate-writers-because-he's-ruined-his-own-name scheme. Felt instantly a bit yucky for having paid money for this book.)

35. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Great book, with a powerful, imaginative premise.)

36. Many Waters (reread) by Madeline L’Engle (This is one of the books that inspired me to write about Nephilim in the first place. Re-read it this year when I discovered it was on Kindle)

37. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age story by Adam Rex (funny!)

38. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (not so funny. . .but pretty good for a sequel)

39. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Oh lord, I bawled my eyes out at the end of this book. It was beautiful.)

40. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

41. Evernight by Claudia Gray (superstar and fellow Dark Days author! It was a superstar kind of book)

42. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (lerrrrrves Melissa Marr. Got a signed copy at the Smart Chicks tour)

43. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (This book sheared off the top of my head and dumped a million thoughts into it. Amazing. I could just keep chanting amazing.)

44. Guardians of Ga’Hoole collection by Kathryn Lasky (reminded me of Redwall, and I loved. Didn't love the movie, where they condensed the first 3 books down into 90 minutes!)

45. The Unidentified by Rae Miriz

46. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (I think this is Clare's best book to date, and she's written a lot of great books)

47. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (another fellow Dark Days writer, and debut. Courtney is a joy, and this book is a wild ride and a joy to read.)

48. Nightshade by Andrea Kremer (Loved this one, so smart and with such great setting! I love books with great setting!)

49. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (Okay, so I am saying the word LOVED a lot--it's been a good year for books. But this one I LOVED in all caps, and it had me brooding about those darned wily unicorns for days afterwards.)

50. Pegasus by Robin McKinley (I loved this one, was totally engrossed, until the book came to a screeching halt in the middle of the story. I actually looked up her website to see if there was a sequel, which I knew there had to be. Turns out she had written this giant like 700 page tome and just cut it in half. I felt cheated by this, somehow. I'm sure there's a blog post of mine coming on this topic.)

51. Torment by Lauren Kate (haven't quite finished this one, but I'm liking it so far.)

52. Fun and Educational Places to Go With Kids in Southern California by Susan Peterson (for those times when I'm not writing like a madwoman)

53. Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (Great book. Great sequel! Also fellow Dark Days author)

54. Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schrieber (and another fellow Dark Days author, who I am so excited to meet this January. A fun read!)

55. The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everydays by Meg Cox

56. Matched by Ally Condie (and I closed out with maybe my favorite book of the year. I LOVED in all caps with lots of !!!!!!)

Phew. That's a long list. And, as I mentioned, it's been a great year for books--I liked most of what I read.

My top picks, in no particular order:
Matched
Rampant
Thirteen Reasons Why
If I Stay
Never Let Me Go
The Dead-Tossed Waves
Fire
Paranormalcy

Now I'm off to work on my own sequel. . .

3 DAYS, 13 hours, 12 minutes until Unearthly. Don't forget to read my last post about my bookplate giveaway!

Fun Friday Finds ~ Handmade Vintage

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition
Handmade Vintage
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Second Row (Left to Right): wayfaringart, XOHandworks, jackielehmann, ekate 
Third Row (Left to Right): Omooreart, AHandmadePrincess, RiyahLiDesigns, bodicegoddess 
Fourth Row (Left to Right): penguinpalace, waternymph, UpcycledAndFound, greensquirrel

Keep your hands warm!


We keep our house pretty cool in the winter, around 66F during the day.  My hands get cold, and its tough to hold a crochet hook when your hands are freezing :-)  So today I whipped up a pair of fingerless mitts to try to keep warm.  They work pretty good, so if you'd like to make a pair for yourself, the pattern is here:

Fingerless Mitts

This is a very simple pattern, and can be adapted to any size hand.  Adjust the number of cuff rows you make to fit, snug, around your wrist.  When working the palm, make it as long as you like.  I wanted my fingers well exposed so I can crochet.

These were made with Lionbrand WoolEase worsted weight yarn and a size G crochet hook.  Less than one skein made one pair.

Stay warm, and enjoy the crochet!

The launch (5 days away!) and my new master plan

So, according to my fabulous new countdown widget, I can see that right at this moment I have 5 days, 13 hours, and 7 minutes until Unearthly hits the shelves. I am already starting to get that breathless feeling. This is actually going to happen. Wow.

Monday I am flying to Idaho Falls to have a launch party at my hometown Barnes and Noble, which is actually mentioned on page 218 of Unearthly. The party/signing/hugfest will be Thursday, January 6, at 7pm. I am so excited to get to see everybody, and to share in this amazing, life-changing time with them, and even more than that, I am super excited to see teens and actual readers from my community, so please, if you live nearby, drop by and see me and get a book signed!

I will be having other signings and doing other events over the next couple of months, so please see my website News page for the schedule. Yes, I have a brand spanking new website (you may have noticed I also have a brand spanking new matching blog design), and I love it!

I am also concocting a new master plan of how to connect with readers who won't be able to make it to any of my events. Here's how it goes, all through the month of January:

1) Go to your local bookstore and take 2 pictures, one of Unearthly on the shelf in all its booky glory (make sure we can see the other books around it, too, as part of the fun for me is seeing what company I'm keeping), and one of you holding the book.

2) Email me the photos, along with your name, address, and the name/location of the bookstore where you took the photos. My email address: writercynthiahand@gmail.com

THEN, I will:
3) add your photos to my Unearthly on the Shelf! compilation, which I will post to my blog in stages, with a big final post sometime in early February.

4) mail you a bookplate, (I had these printed special and they are all purply beautiful) which I will sign so you can put it in your copy of Unearthly and therefore have a signed copy even if you can't make it to a formal signing!

5) choose three (3) of these entries at random and mail them a signed and doodled upon (meaning, my little comments and pics in the margins every now and then) copy of Unearthly in hard cover.

Sound good?

Are you ready for 2011?

by Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio

It's hard to believe a new year is just around the corner!

We can't start a new year without a new calendar! So many to choose from...

Here's a beautiful fine art photo calendar from SLGdesigns


Or a wonderful flower calendar from Mary Foster Creative


And don't forget a little one for your fridge! From TC Witchcraft Factory



Throw in a wooden holder from The Red Goose, and you're set!



HandmadeMN Giveaway - Twilight Soaps

By Jessica of Clay By Clay

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

This week Amy Lauria of Twilight Soaps is giving away this Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Scrub and Vanilla Shea Butter Lotion set. 



This is a wonderful gift set with holiday scents.  Perfect for healing dry skin during these cold winter months!
Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Twilight Soaps and pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments)

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:

Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

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3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

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9.   Become a Facebook Fan of Twilight Soaps.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

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Images of Christmas, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Fun Friday Finds ~ White

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition
White
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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
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Pantone Announces the 2011 Color of the Year


" 'Honeysuckle is a captivating,
stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going –
perfect to ward off the blues,' ”
explains Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®."

"Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow
when worn by both men and women."

"Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned
pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.
Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home?
Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy
in the family room, kitchen or hallway."


Click on this link to read more from Pantone:
http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/Pantone.aspx?pg=20821&ca=4


Here are a few Honeysuckle items from some of our members:

Links:

Unearthly on the shelf

This has to be quick, since I am still cracking, but I have to take a minute to WOOHOO about a couple of things:

First, Unearthly is on the shelves in Australia! I vaguely knew about this, but yesterday I was pleased as punch to receive these photos from a fan, showing my little book on the big bad shelf. Here they are:

Here Unearthly is featured on the YA Recommended Reading Shelf. I'm sensing an angel theme. . .

And here it is in the regular YA section. I like that the heading on the shelf is Teen Spirit.

What a rush, to see my book on the actual shelf! And only 2 weeks from today, I'll be able to see it there in person! Woohoo!!!

Ahem. So, second thing--my official HarperTeen trailer is live!



Woohoo again!

Now back to cracking. . .

Cracking

I just received my first round of notes on Book 2 from my editor, which means, while it was nice seeing the light of day up here on the sunny surface for a few weeks, now I've got to dive down again. Back to the cave. And, like with my revisions of Unearthly, there are wrecking balls crashing through the carefully-constructed house that is my book, which is painful but necessary, even more necessary than last time.

Because this book has to be wonderful.

Here's why: This is a sequel. In my lovely editor's words, it has to be fabulous, in some ways even more fabulous, than Book 1.

Something that has kept me up nights is Richelle Mead saying, after she read my book and gave me that wonderful blurb, that she was laying awake at nights wondering what would happen next. As in Book 2. A few days ago, Melissa Marr tweeted that she was definitely going to read my Book 2. Melissa. Marr. These people, in my world, are rock stars. And they are waiting for my Book 2. As are the tons of readers who have read Unearthly and then promptly bombarded me with emails about how there has to be a Book 2, where's Book 2?, when's Book 2 coming out?, we can't wait for Book 2!!

No pressure or anything. :) It's a nice problem to have, my dad keeps reminding me. Yep. It's the kind of problem you dream about, as a young writer. And Unearthly leaves some definitely unresolved issues. Yes, I'm aware. Let me tell you about the first draft, which ended on the line, "Come with me." on page 427. Talk about cliffhangers.

So. Back to the writing I go. I've found that I always go through a seriously emotional process when I get notes back: first, I mourn. I wallow. I cry and feel stupendously sorry for myself. Then I rage. I contemplate killing off characters just because I can't think of how to deal with them anymore. I doubt everything. I seethe with anger, because my book, which I worked so hard on, is not perfect. Not even close to perfect.

And then I get over it. I accept that the book is flawed, that I, as a writer, even with all my fancy degrees and know-how, am deeply flawed. I tell myself what I tell my students: real, gut-wrenching, wrecking-ball revision is what separates the amateurs from the professionals. I remind myself that I trust my editor. I look back over the notes. I see the wisdom in what she's telling me. And then I get cracking.

Right now I am still cracking on Chapter 1, which is slow progress, but the book is shaping itself up in my mind and the first chapter of a sequel is a very tricky thing, dangit!

This whole revision process is complicated, this time around, by the fact that Unearthly hits bookshelves in 2 WEEKS!!! And I still have my website to finalize, swag to get organized, a gazillion interviews to do and a tour to prepare for. ( I am still stoked, so freakishly excited, about going back to my hometown of Idaho Falls for the launch! Not to mention the Dark Days tour!) Plus there's Christmas and family and finals week at Pepperdine.

This takes the word BUSY to a whole new level. There have been times over this past week where I've wanted to scream, to no one in particular: Just. Let. Me. Write!!!!!!!

Again, nice problems to have. This is also the part where my dad says something like "houses are built by putting in one nail at a time," and everybody in my life, my husband, my parents, my friends, all start chanting, "You can do it!" (Thanks, everybody in my life.), except my son.

He just wants to know why he can't have a candy cane for breakfast.

Crafting with Kids - Homemade Candles


by Michelle of Gotthold Glass Studio

My kids, ages 4 and 8, are making their holiday gifts this year. We decided to make rolled beeswax candles as family and teacher gifts. I was trying to find a craft project that would be both something 1) the kids could complete (mostly) on their own and 2) useful for the recipient. This met both goals! We all had fun with this craft, and the kids are so proud of their creations! The picture above shows all the candles they created. Below, I have some photos of the steps they went through to make these candles.

Supplies Needed: We used 8"x10" colored sheets of beeswax, cotton string for the wick, a hairdryer to warm the wax, and small cookie cutters & scissors to shape some designs.


Step 1: We folded up a 1/4"edge of the wax sheet to have a valley to lay the wick in. I removed a small bit of wax (about 1/2") from the bottom of this edge so the wick would not go all the way to the bottom of the candle.


Step 2: The kids rolled the wax sheet around the wick. It took some practice and patience to roll the candle evenly! I helped by frequently warming the wax with my hairdryer so that is wouldn't crack when it was rolled (our craft room was quite chilly from the recent MN cold snap!).


Step 3: Once the candles were rolled, we trimmed the wicks to the correct size and wrapped the ends with the bit of leftover wax torn off the edge in step 1. The kids used small cookie cutters and scissors to cut designs from other sheets of wax to decorate the candles. (I cut about a 2" strip off the wax sheets before we began rolling the candles so we could have extra wax for this personalization!)


Spiral Candles: We also made a few spiral candles by cutting 2 sheets of beeswax into triangles and then laying them, slightly overlapped, on top of each other. We then followed the above steps to roll them up; here's a picture of the resulting candles:


Happy Crafting!

Comfort and Joy; The Spirits of Christmas

May glad tidings of Comfort and Joy be yours this Christmas season,
And may the Spirit of Christmas remain in your heart all the year long!

Comfort (on the left) and Joy are all dressed up in their Holiday dresses, and ready for Santa to fill their stockings :-)

Their dresses have 'mock' smocking on the bodice, a crochet technique that uses Front Post Triple Crochet stitches to create a smocked look.  I love the look of smocking, and wanted to try to replicate it in crochet.  The post stitches can be a little fiddly if you've never tried them, so you might want to practice the stitch pattern with a larger yarn to get the hang of it.  The pattern for the dress is here:

Mock Smocking Dress Pattern

The stocking hat is crocheted in sportweight yarn (I used Lustersheen), and pattern is here:

Pocket Spirit Christmas Hat

The Pocket Stockings are also crocheted in sportweight yarn.  They would make fun Christmas ornaments for a small tree, or the perfect stocking for your little dolls:

Pocket Stockings


Merry Christmas, my friends!  Have a happy Holy Day season, and a blessed New Year :-)



HandmadeMN Giveaway - mncmoon

By Michelle of Evie's Tool Emporium

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you this sweet, sterling silver, pendant necklace from Cisco of mncmoon!

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

This sweet, sterling silver, pendant necklace has a beautifully hand forged bird on a branch design, hand stamped on a small charm, then permanently soldered to a 3/4" sterling silver oval charm that reads 'sing'. Your choice of font and sterling silver chain is included. Your pendant will vary slightly from the above picture as each piece is made by hand and therefore no two are alike.

How to Enter:

Visit Cisco's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it.

Open to US and internataional residents.

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

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8. Become Cisco's Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9. Follow Cisco's blog Stamped Under The Moon The Blog. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

Contest ends Saturday, January 1st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Fun Friday Finds ~ Rings & Things

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Rings & Things
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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
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Still Shopping?

~Toni of Wild Dog Studio

What are you waiting for?!? Here are a few ideas to get you started. For more great gifts from our team, simply search Etsy for HandmadeMN.


This great leather journal from Wayfaring Art is perfect for the writer on your list.



This pretty mirror from Meredith Dillman would make a great stocking stuffer



How about these awesome soaps from Sacred Suds?!



Who couldn't use an insulated lunch bag from Julie Meyer?



And for that little one, a super cute Minnesota onesie from round bottom baby!


You know you need a fabulous new ring for that Christmas party, right?
This one from Kellybot is perfect!




HandmadeMN Giveaway - Christine by Hand

By Jessica of Clay By Clay

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

This week Christine by Hand is giving away this lovely pendant.


This embossed oval pendant is made with white bronze precious metal clay-also known as PMC.  PMC is an artistic clay-type medium that fuses into a solid piece of metal once it is fired in a kiln.  The pendant looks and feels very much like sterling silver, but it is actually solid bronze.  Like sterling silver, it is a quality piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.


Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Christine by Hand and pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments)

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:

Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6.  Follow Christine by Hand on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twiter link.  Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here. 

7. Become a Facebook Fan of HandmadeMN. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.   Become a Facebook Fan of Christine by Hand.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9.  Follow Christine by Hand's Blog.  Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

Contest ends Saturday, December 25 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.