Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

by | Jul 28, 2020 | 41 comments

Welcome to the Christmas in July Then and Now Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! I really love participating in these blog hops. You meet so many new friends, as well as catch up with not so new ones! LOL I love Christmas, so this was an easy decision for me. With life being as crazy it has been the last few months, it was nice of Carol to make this a simple hop – show something old or stitch something new and post on our day! Thank you Carol, for hosting this fun and inspiring hop. Maybe we can get some great ideas for Christmas stitching, and, hopefully, get a head start on it, seeing as we are most still staying inside for the time being! There really is never enough time in the day for all I want to do! Welcome to my day!!

First, the THEN! This pattern is called Whimsical Christmas Table Runner. It was such fun to make!! This was from Christmas 2018 and you can find the pattern here.

I also made this mantel scarf from my Applique Christmas Owls, embroidered in the hoop. I don’t have a pattern for this because I made this from my test stitch outs, but you could easily make your own pattern!

Here is the mantel scarf with the Christmas stockings I made for my grandloves!!

And that brings us to the NOW!! I decided to digitize a new Christmas mug rug and here it is! I stitched the snowflakes with Sulky Holoshimmer silver thread. There are some gorgeous colors in this line! I love the way it looks. Unfortunately, the picture really does not do it justice! The fabrics all have some shimmer to them.

All embroidery designs and patterns in my Christmas category in the shop are on sale thru 7/31/20 at 40% off! After all, it is Christmas in July and we need to get busy stitching up some gifts! There are some great designs for kitchen towels for hostess gifts – or for yourself!

And now for the giveaway. Just complete the Rafflecopter form below and one person (US residents only, as I am paying postage!) will receive the Christmas Mug Rug.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for visiting! Please also visit my fellow bloggers today and leave them a comment. To know you’ve visited and commented really make our day! You can find the entire schedule for the blog hop in this post.

Life in the Scrapatch
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Karrin’s Crazy World
Vroomans Quilts
Quilted Delights
Songbird Designs (You are here!)
Karen’s Korner

Good luck in the giveaway! The winner will be announced on this post on August 3rd and will be notified via email, so if you are a nonblogger, please leave your email in the comment! Until next time…

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  1. Danice

    All so festive and holiday-ish! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway, too.

  2. Cassandra D

    Red,blue,gold,silver and green

  3. Kelly Woods

    Burgundy and hunter Green. Thank you

  4. Cami Valenzuela

    I love red and gold!!

  5. Leigh Nichols

    I love decorating with red and silver

  6. Tandi Cortez

    I decorate in pretty much any color. I have a theme for each room. I usually go with red, green and white.

  7. Jenny Ham

    I like to add a lot of Pastel shades at Christmas.

  8. Anita Jude

    I always like red and gold

  9. Camille

    Christmas holidays are an explosion of color and lights. Your table runners are charming.

  10. Janis Barnett

    Such cute table runners. And your mug rug is very special.

  11. Brenda

    If any of you have a problem commenting on my blog, please contact me and let me know! Thanks!!

  12. Julie

    I love to use red, gold, and green to decorate at Christmas time.

  13. Susan Nixon

    I love the old AND the new! Are the red balls embroidered or beads? Thanks so much for the giveaway chance for that mug rug. It’s about too pretty to use for that, though!

  14. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, love all of the fabrics and colors that you used to create your Adorable Christmas projects. I am sure your grandsons love the darling Christmas stockings with their names embroidered on them that you made for them. Your designs are always fabulous!

  15. Sara Zielinski

    Red, green white and silver are favorite colors for decorating at Xmas time.

  16. Sharon Andersen

    Such cute projects! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Charlene

    Great projects! I love the reindeer table runner. Your latest creation is so cute! Great digitizing job!

  18. Rosalind Gutierrez

    Great Owl runner and love the location above the fireplace. Santa might take it with him.

  19. Wendy

    That little owl runner is a hoot! Such cute projects! I tend to go with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, but I’m trying to branch out a little, so one of my projects for the Hop will show that.

  20. NANCY

    Golds & silvers always look so elegant.

  21. Sharon Aurora

    All of your projects are so cute! I like the traditional Christmas colors of red, green, silver and gold.

  22. ShirleyC

    You have such cute projects! I love traditional reds and greens, but I also use some silver and gold. Some years my tree is all silver, gold, and glass, and other years it decorated in all red.

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  24. Karen Moore

    Very festive tablerunners and the cutest mug rug.

  25. Susan

    I don’t do much decorating for Christmas anymore. But I love Red, Green, & Gold or Blue & Sliver.

  26. Gay

    Enjoyed looking around your lovely site. Love the mug rug!

  27. Carla Henton

    Love the mug rug. Those owls have won me over for sure. I like to use traditional Christmas colors, they go with our cabin so well.

  28. Sharon Vrooman

    Your mantel display of all quilty goodness – oh my!.

  29. Roseanne

    Hi Brenda! I’m with you – I love Christmas. Aww, your grandloves probably enjoy seeing that mantle quilt and their special stockings, all hung in a row. Me, too! Your Merry Christmas mug rug is just so perfect and festive. I love it! ~smile~ Roseanne

  30. Mary Anne

    Seeing your stockings reminded me that I need to make one for our our newest little grandson. I like the pinwheels because they remind me of the ribbon candy I got as a kid. Thank you for the invite to visit!

  31. Melody Lutz

    Light blue, silver and white!

  32. Patti

    Your cute pinwheels caught my eye! I like to decorate in traditional red and green.

  33. Vivian Oaks

    My favorite colors for decorating for Christmas are always red, green and gold. Then I see something beautiful in blue and silver and want to change my mind….. but I don’t…. I stick with my red, green & gold. 🙂 I love your little owls, especially, but love all your gorgeous patterns!

  34. Pamela Richards

    I love the reds and greens mostly — Do the lights in white – to offset all other colors!! I do like blue – just not for Christmas

  35. LJ

    I am so old fashioned when Christmas rolls around. I almost always choose Christmas red and Christmas green. Loved seeing all your projects – past and present. I don’t do a lot of Christmas projects so it’s nice to see that others do.

  36. Kathleen McCormick

    Favorite colors red, green, gold and silver.

  37. Denise

    Awe I love the owl, adorable.

  38. Carol S.

    Your sweet mantel scarf is full of such cute characters and those stockings are adorable. The mug rug caught my eye with that frayed edge. What’s the scoop on creating that? I love it! Thank you, Brenda, for sharing your Christmas “then and now” and giving us some great inspiration. xo

  39. Joan

    Lots of jolly in your holiday I see. 🙂 What a sweet little mug rug. I love the frayed edges. Great idea to turn those stitch outs into a table runner.

    • Mya Murphy

      I absolutely love this.. I would have to go with blue and silver..

  40. Colette

    Sweet little projects. I haven’t been brave enough to try applique in the hoop with my embroidery machine.


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