December 6 – I am Insane

We’ve been spending a lot of time watching Christmas movies. Fortunately Mason has a new easy chair that’s perfect for this purpose.

I, however, have not been sitting or taking it easy. Mason will be playing the piano at Victorian Walk next weekend.  I found a pattern on Sunday for the perfect outfit, and have been sewing like a mad woman trying to get it done.  It is a three-piece suit with complicated jacket.  Yes, I am insane.

And I happened to stumble on the pattern while out looking for an angel pattern for his school program on the 20th.  Definitely insane.

Throw in 2 weekends open late for Victorian Walk, a Pie Party on Saturday, me frantically working on updating the website and trying to keep up with our 24 Days of SWAK at the same time and I think it’s safe to say I’m a bit out of my mind right now.

If you are a bit out of your mind right now trying to find a great gift for someone who is hard to buy for, we can help you out.

Prairie Gypsies’ jams, jellies, mustards and salad dressings are fantastic!  They are great enjoyed alone, or featured one of the many free recipes on the Prairie Gypsies’ website.  I have served many of these goodies at parties and events all the time and they are always a hit!

We even have gift sets!  Choose from a 2 jar set or the deluxe box set that holds 4, including one for their fabulous Parmesan Gypsy salad dressing.

Today we are giving away one of the small boxed sets.  Simply share your favorite holiday movie by commenting on this post, and tomorrow I will select one lucky winner.

My all time favorite holiday movie has to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

And if you’re wondering about my super cute yarn snowman in the picture, I actually made him to decorate our outdoor bathtub planter last winter.  I spent nearly $50 on styrofoam balls (I know!), wrapped him with fabulous yarn, dressed him with a cute hat and scarf. I think I easily have well over $100 invested in him.

He turned out way too cute to put outside because the likelihood of being stolen is quite high.  So I propped him in the window instead.

Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures of my sweetie in his fabulous outfit when I get it complete.  I’m off to hunch over the sewing machine.  If I look tired today you’ll know why.

PS – if you are still having trouble receiving a password so you can comment on our blog EMAIL ME and I can hook you up.  It is very easy for me to do so let me help!


  • Betty

    06.12.2012 at 01:22 Reply

    I’m still a kid at heart, so my favorite movie is “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. Watching it with my granddaughters is a special treat too. Of course I try to be a little bit grown up and watch the Christmas movies on the Hallmark & Lifetime Channels,too, especially the new ones for the year.
    Like you, I’m up late. I’m trying to organize my Christmas lists, tracking what I’ve purchased, making a list of other items I need to find.
    I’ll definitely have to check out your Prarie Gypsy gift sets, sounds like a perfect trade gift for “Not so Dirty Santa”. Of course, I’ll need an extra for myself too! 😉

  • Meli40

    06.12.2012 at 06:23 Reply

    I have to say my favorite movie is the Polar Express. I enjoy watching it every year with my family. When my son was younger, I bought the Polar Express gift book set. (This was before there was a movie….) The gift set included a bell ornament. Each year we would have our son and daughter write to Santa. My husband would have a fellow co-worker dress as Santa. He would come to our house and talk to my son and daughter about what they wanted for Christmas. (Santa always knew because he would read the letters before he got to our house.) Anyway, one year he gave our son and daughter the bell. It was pretty special. Our Santa looked like a real Santa and he was the same every year. My kids are older now but they still think having Santa come to our house was pretty magical! So, I guess you could say that the Polar Express inspired my family at Christmas and that is why it is my favorite movie!

  • Melann526

    06.12.2012 at 09:51 Reply

    Charlie Brown Christmas! I asked for the Charlie Brown holliday gift pack for Christmas a few years ago. Snoopy always manages to cheer me up.

    • keely

      07.12.2012 at 10:06 Reply

      Congratulations! You are the lucky winner. You can pick up your gift set next time you’re in the shop.

  • JudySmith

    06.12.2012 at 10:19 Reply

    I absolutely love “The Santa Clause” (the original one).

  • mommacathy

    06.12.2012 at 10:24 Reply

    I’m kinda of partial to Frosty the Snowman from WAAAAYYY back in my childhood. I still watch it everytime that it comes on this time of year. I just love Burl Ives voice.

  • Yarntramp

    06.12.2012 at 10:35 Reply

    Elf is my fav!

  • mbkinser

    06.12.2012 at 10:59 Reply

    Scrooged is my favorite movie but Prep & Landing is the best. Reminds me I need to change my FB pic to a holiday theme.

  • jlbeene83

    06.12.2012 at 11:01 Reply

    That’s so tough!!! I really like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s probably my fave! But Elf is up there too!!!!!

  • Patricia Riden

    06.12.2012 at 11:14 Reply

    My favorite holiday movie is the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol”. It was a made-for-tv movie from forever ago. I love Scrooge because he changes, so as Tiny Tim says, “God Bless us, everyone.”

  • pharris824

    06.12.2012 at 11:32 Reply

    I simply LOVE Christmas movies. Right now my DVR is full of every new Christmas movie that’s been aired on the Hallmark Channel. My all-time favorite Christmas movie has to be Miracle on 34th Street. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and I quote all of the good lines right along with the characters… I believe, I believe, I know it’s silly, but I believe.

    • mschoir01

      06.12.2012 at 11:52 Reply

      Me, too! Me, too!

  • mschoir01

    06.12.2012 at 11:51 Reply

    I’m probably showing my age, but the 1953 Alistair Sim “A Christmas Carol” wins in a squeaker up against “A Muppet Christmas Carol”.
    Then again, I never miss “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “A Miracle on 34th St.”, and “Little Drummer Boy”.
    Plus all those others….uh oh…it’s like the pie thing…I guess I like them all…

  • teliam

    06.12.2012 at 12:40 Reply

    My favorite is “Love Actually” That is a great Christmas show!

  • okieannie

    06.12.2012 at 13:19 Reply

    I love the “The Christmas Story”. I even have the “major award” in my front window.

  • machelle

    06.12.2012 at 15:41 Reply

    My favorite holiday movie is The Family Stone that came out five or six years ago. My daughter and I watch it together and still cry at the end. This movie replaces The Christmas Story that my husband still insists on watching.

  • stacyawebb

    06.12.2012 at 16:02 Reply

    A Charlie Brown Christmas-watched it last night, snuggled up with my boys . And that, Charlie Brown is the true meaning of Christmas!

  • maryktb

    06.12.2012 at 18:03 Reply

    Joyeaux Noel. True story of a Christmas Day truce among the Germans, French, and Scottish fighting in the trenches during World War I

  • hthrldwg

    06.12.2012 at 18:38 Reply

    Oh, my…just one favorite? I guess “White Christmas,” which I have yet to find the time to watch this year!

  • SarahB

    06.12.2012 at 19:49 Reply

    I have a new favorite! Last year “Arthur Christmas” was released and we watched in the theater with the kiddos. It was great, wonderful list of actors doing the voice overs and the story was sweet, too. It replaced my old fav of “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott (nobody does Scrooge like Scott!)

  • jennifer

    06.12.2012 at 23:11 Reply

    Scrooged! I love that movie. I use to watch it over and over when I was a kid…well until I wore out the VHS tape. Although, acouple of years ago I found they made a movie out of Terry Pratchet’s Hogfather. That is my second favorite now.

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