Thursday, November 4, 2010

Charlotte Lyons stops by...for a give-away!!

 You will find this delightful little pink house in HOLIDAY!!

 As I have always said, I have the best friends...and they are undeniably talented, too! Many of these friends have contributed projects, recipes, ideas, and expertise to the pages of HOLIDAY, and one such contributor/friend is Charlotte Lyons. You may know Charlotte from her popular books, her featured work in magazines such as Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Better Homes and Gardens, Romantic Homes, Country Living (and more), various media appearances, and her licensed and handmade designs which can be viewed here.



As a fun sneak peek of Charlotte's HOLIDAY project and reward for your overwhelming support as HOLIDAY has travelled through the various stages of production, we have teamed up with Charlotte to host a wonderful give-away. 
Charlotte is generously offering this complete felting kit to our lucky give-away winner:

Based on the little, felted house Charlotte designed exclusively for the magazine, the Hastings Cottage Kit has just about everything you need to make two wool felt cottage ornaments - one pink, one blue. The give-away winner will also receive a finished cottage made by Charlotte in the color of your choice - any color in her felt stash - perhaps one that will look just like your house.
Now, if you aren't willing to risk the odds of winning, head on over to Charlotte's blog where you can read a little more about the history of the little houses and find out where to order them. 
Or if you just know you absolutely want a kit, order one here or here!

But don't forget to enter our give-away first!
Leave a comment telling us whether you go all out on decorating the exterior of your home for the holidays or take the minimalist route. 
Can your house be seen from the moon?
(And, of course, extra entries can be earned by tweeting, posting on Facebook, or sharing about the contest on your blog. But be sure to tell us if you did the extra work!) 

This Contest is now closed.


 Best,
Matthew 
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Holiday with Matthew Mead is sold only via this website. 
Have you ordered your copy yet?

116 comments:

  1. Oh my how charming!!! These are so sweet! What a talented artist she is!
    I am soooo excited, I can't wait for my copy to come, yahoo!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  2. I take the minimalist route to outdoor decorating for the holidays. A little greenery in the urns and something festive and handmade for the door. This year I might do a little more...

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  3. I try to keep my outdoor decorating simple. I decorate my porch and that's about it.

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  4. I posted a link on FB. Thanks!

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  5. Much to my children's dismay, I am pretty minimalist. A simple wreath, a few faux candles in the front windows... I worry I'd be one of 'those' people who never undecorates in the cold of winter if I went too crazy outside. They're rooting for one of those gaudy blow up lawn decorations, and I *might* do it to make them happy. :)

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  6. Not much at all outside, but I do love to bring out tons of vintage goodies inside!!

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  7. Wonderful giveaway!

    I'm a medium-sized decorator for the holidays ... so I'm looking forward to getting more inspiration from your magazine.

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  8. We don't go all out....but each year we add a thing or two...and someday...someday...we'll go all out! =:O)

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  9. I like green wreaths with red ribbons and white lights and one major thing in the yard, with an inviting porch with a rusty something thrown in. Lezlee

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  10. This is our first year to decorate as a married couple. We have been married for 4 years but we were busy with school and we went home for the holidays. I am going all out inside our home but the outside will be simple. I plan on putting up a few wreaths and lights on the front porch. I also have big plans to dress up our garden gnomes. I can't wait.

    love love love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  11. I love Charlotte's work. We don't decorate too much outside - some simple white lights, greenery and a lighted nativity about sums it up. Now, inside is a different story.

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  12. We are going very minimalist, simplicity is nice on a small budget:)

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  13. We're pretty minimalist around here. Although we do have an annual Christmas decorating contest with the next-door-neighbor, inspiring us to occasionally add little flourishes like the fake reindeer covered in white lights. My favorite was one year when we were redoing our front deck; we simply threw lights over the wheelbarrow, ladder, and shovel. We pass the little perpetual trophy back and forth between us. It's a fun littel tradition.

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  14. the exterior is very minimalist-my husband refuses to hang lights and anything that isn't bolted down will blow away in our strong winds-but I have a long range plan for a small pine tree I planted that will be within extension cord range of the house...as soon as it grows past my waist it will be all decked out! LOL.

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  15. i go the natural route...filling window boxes and urns and hanging wreaths. I also made my very own grapevine tree. And some twikle lights...must have some twinkle lights!

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  16. Lights on the house, wreath on the door......simple. A little more effort inside. One year, we were remodeling the kitchen/family room during the holidays, and everything was gutted. Our Christmas tree consisted of a ceiling height step ladder (a nice tri-angular tree shape) wrapped in garland and lights. The "ornaments" were dust masks, and tools. It was a 10 minute tree, and a family favorite!
    Bernie

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  17. All our 1857 brick four square needs for decoration is a fresh layer of snow. We do twinkle up several small evergreens at the porch entrance and are really considering a small herd of lit deer in our apple orchard. Some greens specially cut from our northern property in urns, on doors & about the farm.
    See us from the moon? -- just might...we live in the country -- can see a lot, doesn't take many lights. We might just look like a star cluster...would like that.

    Love Charlotte's ornaments AND so excited to recieve Holiday.

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  18. I live in Florida, and am typically disappointed at Christmas when I have to put the air conditioning on. I wish it was cool enough to open the windows. So I have made it "snow" inside, by making tons of paper snow flakes, "falling" everywhere and set the table with fluff and glitter. Not minimalist.
    : )

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  19. Ooh, I'd love to win the little houses, and I can't wait to receive my Holiday book in the mail.

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  20. I try to keep the exterior of my house traditional during the holidays. I place wreaths on the windows and doors, garland on the light post and keep lights to a minimum

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  21. Our is in a historic district and was built in 1856. Twelve years ago, when we bought it, I made Herculean efforts on the exterior decorations; candle lights in every window (26!), fresh wreaths on every door, including the barn. I've scaled way back because of all the energy, time and expense, but still like only fresh greens and a minimum of glare. Merry Christmas! (It feels so good saying that, even if it is a bit early.)

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  22. Wow, found you off of Nie Nie’s blog.....how cool!! Actually, I take a minimalist approach to outside decorating...we live on a tiny court....not a big deal to me.....

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  23. We live in the old town section of our small town and across the street from the park that is home to the town Christmas tree.

    At the annual tree lighting ceremony, there are several church carolers, bell choirs, Santa and the Burgess, so we decorate our home in keeping with our neighborhood.

    We have candlelights in each window, a big wreath on the door, swags of evergreen along the porch and a vintage bicycle covered in old fashioned Christmas lights.

    I'll post this on Facebook as well!

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  24. we keep the outside pretty clean & simple with decorations...but i go a little over-board inside!

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  25. I live in an apartment in New York City so my boyfriend and vistors are the only ones who get to see my wonderland of Christas decor. I like to incorporate a lot of decorations my mother made for me over the years with new items I pick up -- the color palette is always red, green, gold and silver.

    My guests favorite aspect of the decor is my gift-wrapped air conditioning units. We can't take them out of the windows in the winter so we just wrap them up and put on some big colorful bows!

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  26. When my husband was alive we went ALL OUT. But now I'm a minimilist. I still decorate inside but outside - not so much.

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  27. So adorable!! We have two trees each year, a traditional 8ft green one & a 4ft silver tinsel tree!!

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  28. Checking the mail everyday...!
    I have a beautiful wreath with deep colored roses and hydrangeas that goes on the door. Hubby puts the lights out that line our yard and go up and over the tall arch of our door. No more high hanging lights after a friend fell from his ladder, hanging Christmas lights, and spent months in therapy. Ugh. And of course "The Statement" (as we fondly refer to it) goes in the yard: Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus with a lit up star overhead. I like to think of it as going all out with a little decorum.

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  29. I rent a carriage house apartment and don't have much opportunity to decorate the outside (no porch, no front windows, no easy access outside electrical outlet). I do get two full evergreen wreaths with big pretty bows to put on the front door and hang between the two garage doors.

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  30. This year we are going all out. We moved into our house a year ago and didn't do much last year. Now we are going to go ALL out this year, by putting our lights to music... it's going to be fun!

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  31. Outside is decorated, but simply--much as I imagine a Hastings Cottage to be! Inside, it is full-on holiday! Love Charlotte's holiday items from her spool trees in years past to the Hastings cottages of today.

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  32. We decorate the outside with a string of tacky large multicolored lights and the inside with a spectacular tree. Love Charlotte Lyons forever.

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  33. My house can't be seen from the moon, but I do like lights. I try to keep it as natural as possible - white lights only on trees to make them look like moonlight hitting them and very traditional, yet voluptuous, greens and red velvets. Love Charlotte Lyons' designs the most!! LindaSonia

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  34. My outdoor decorating is evolving, but starts out as minimalist, only because I have tons of ideas and not enough time!
    I can't wait to try this craft!

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  35. I change from year to year. Sometimes I go all out and sometimes I go simple.

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  36. I feel so fortunate to have found your site! It's wonderful and I just ordered the Holiday magazine.
    I've been in a funk the last couple of years but this one is coming on with joy and celebration. I cannot wait to see what your magazine offers that I might try. .. and may my joy be seen from Heaven!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  37. I love Charlotte! I've followed her for years (her books and in ME's magazine). I even flew all the way to Silver Bella to take her class a few years ago! I'm excited to get a chance to win her project!

    For the Christmas season decorating I take care of the inside of our home. The outside is done my Chevy Chase, I mean Clark....I mean my husband. It's all about the lights for him. Yes, the moon can see our home, if it can see past the lights!

    Congrats on your Holiday issue!
    Heidi Woodruff

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  38. Great giveaway! Our outside decorating is pretty minimal -- lights across the front porch, a wooden "welcome" snowman by the front steps, a garland on the stair railing. We're in a new house this year with only three windows facing the front and I'd like to put a wreath in each one.

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  39. Minimum on the exterior, maximum on the interior.

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  40. It's minimalism for me....mostly because my street doesn't get any traffic and also because I'm lazy by nature. But, the tree...my tree decorations are anything but minimal.

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  41. Definitely a minimalist on the outside--just the roofline outlined in lights and one vintage Santa blowmold by the front door--but inside? An explosion of vintage Santas and snowmen and elves on the mantle piece. And also? Slightly damaged reindeer (they need good homes too!). I ordered my copy about a month ago and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. My husband decorates the outside of the house for the Christmas holidays. He seems to add more lights each year, so I'm guessing in about 10 years time you'll be able to see our house from space. For the time being it is pretty nice.

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  43. Oh what a fun giveaway! I love little houses. :-)
    I'd say we are not minimalists but more like traditionalists when it comes to outside decorating, e.g., a fresh wreath is a must at the door and you better be able to smell it as you step up on the porch. Ha! Hubby does lights on the house and we have our 3' tall wooden candles w/ flame cutouts and a couple of trees covered with lights.

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  44. Would love to win some of Charlotte's lovliness1 Decorating, me, hmmm well, we do a bit outside and tastefully bling up the house for Hanukkah!

    No tree but lots of glitter, sparkle and fun!

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  45. Hello Mathew,

    How could I miss a giveaway from your very talented Charlotte Lyons?

    How generous! Please, enter my name for a chance to win her fabulous kit!

    ~ Gabriela ~

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  46. I am so sorry...I didn't answer the question earlier today when I commented! I stopped back by and found out I'm supposed to tell you how I decorate...I'd say in between minimalist and going all out. Just a normal amount of lights but no displays out in the yard. We love the Christmas season!

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  47. I love the felted house ornaments; they remind me of the felted mitten ornaments that I used to see on trees back when I was a child (many moons ago). I decorate the outside and the inside of my home quite minimally with many things culled from nature.

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  48. We go simple with a real wreath on the front door with a red bow, a smaller one on our fence gate, and just a few lights up our lamp post, topped off with a big green and red plaid bow. Our home is on the smaller side so we don't want to overwhelm.

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  49. Wreath (Noble Fir, oh so sweet) on the French Blue door and then little white warm lights, scamper and drape my home and amazing swoop and whoop fence. Only one set of lights are a color. They are faceted and turn a peridot green and a French Blue...it's the only 'special' effect we have going.

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  50. Getting more and more minimalist every year. Sorta sad.

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  51. So cute!
    Right now, our front entry doesn't face the street, so we don't decorate the outside NEARLY as much as we decorate the inside. But that will change someday!

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  52. We're minimalists at our house, but we do the Christmas lights outdoors for one of our clients -- tastefully (I hope) featuring lots and lots and lots of little lights.

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  53. Minimalists also. I love Christmas lights and in our neighborhood we all tend to leave up our "winter lights" to ease the winter gloom. Charlotte is an amazing and talented artist who inspires me every season. Cheers.

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  54. minimalist by force:)
    we live in an apartment, this will be our first christmas here. can hardly wait until we purchase our HOUSE so we can really let our creative christmas spirit TAKE OVER:)

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  55. Outside my house is tastefully classic, lighted wreaths on every window as well as candles in each window. One zany touch - a Xmas Tree Shop snowman that I love, but can't compete with my neighbors' Griswald extravaganza.
    S in St. Pete

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  56. I keep the outdoor decorating minimal and simple, b ut very classy!

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  57. We're pretty minimalist on the outside what with wanting to save on electricity and all. The inside is a WHOLE different story!

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  58. I added a link to the giveaway at my blog. www.kluckingbear.blogspot.com

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  59. oh my goodness! can hardly wait to get this in my mailbox! i go all out retro style for the house and the holidays. vintage large colored lights that we tell the kiddos santa can see from his sleigh. because we BELIEVE! xoxo
    LOVE charlotte...i've taken a few of her classes...she rocks.

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  60. Minimalist for the outside. We are new to Iowa and the wind is so strong, and the ice so ever present that I have to keep my southern things inside or they will be over on the next block!

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  61. Our family is pretty much minimalist on the outside. Sometimes simple is better. We decorate more on the inside. Looking forward to the new magazine! (terriklugh@gmail.com)

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  62. It is the minimalist route for me on the outside... I like to enjoy my pretty stuff on the inside....

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  63. i just blogged about your giveaway here...
    http://sweetpeaink.typepad.com/borntofly/2010/11/can-you-tell-im-feeling-the-christmas-spirit-already.html
    xoxo

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  64. I would love to go all out one year, but alas as of now we are in the minimalist group. But I am looking forward to decking the inside "halls" this year.
    Catherine

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  65. I wish I receive my magazine this week...can't wait...it's like waiting for Christmas to open the presents. Except for white lights I don't decorate much outside, Mother Nature gives us an awesome landscaping each winter and I don't want to compete with her, but inside it's another story. The joke around here is that if you don't move you will get decorated! One year my daughter gave me the biggest compliment after finding the house all decorated when she came back from school... she exclaimed...it seems like Christmas "exploded" here but I wouln't like it any other way.

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  66. We keep the outside pretty simple, but have a front bay widow that is lit up from the inside. This giveaway is so exciting and the houses are completely adorable! thank you!!!

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  67. I do the inside, and the outside is my kids' and husband's domain. So, it depends on their time constraints and mood and the weekend weather! I like to have at least the roof lined with lights and something festive on the front porch.

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  68. I love this giveaway.So nice!

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  69. I do the outside just a bit but very pretty.When my husband was living we did alot more.

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  70. I have just a few decorations and lights on the outside, but the inside is a different story.

    -Danielle

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  71. I adore Charlotte! As far as Christmas exterior, more than minimal yet less than Santa Threw Up On The Lawn! Will tweet & FB!

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  72. We don't do a whole lot on the outside--pretty traditional--but the lack of snow here to "pretty up" things DOES make a person tempted to go a little light-crazy!
    Charlotte is one of my favorite creative geniuses--I would LOVE to enter the giveaway! Thank you!

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  73. We used to minimalist but we moved into a new old house with a wonderful front porch! So can't wait!

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  74. I would like to do a lot more, and I am working on my husband but, but right now it just consists of lights around the house eaves and on a few of the smaller trees and hanging LED stars in all of the front windows.

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  75. Our outside is minimal, but pretty!

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  76. Only the inside! we dont do the outside.

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  77. I will be hanging out at my mailbox. I posted the good news on my blog and on FB.
    Can't wait.

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  78. It's only white lights... but I'm pretty sure our house can be seen from the next galaxy!

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  79. I'm more of a minimalist - evergreen wreath on the door and garland over it. I really love doing luminaries one night of the Christmas season, though.

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  80. Minimalist on the outside.

    A wreath on the back door, a sled with ice skates lean against the front door.

    Inside? EVERYTHING gets decked out.

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  81. I have moved into a new house this year, so i'm still a bit undecided. I typically go for a natural look on the outside - and fairly minimal. In our part of the country the snow and ice make for beautiful scenery! On the inside I tend to go for the nostalgic look - kids handmade ornaments, decorations passed down from my grandmothers! Jamie V in MT
    http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
    amzanioli@yahoo.com

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  82. Very minimal outside but lots inside.Can't wait for my issue to get here.

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  83. Hi! Oh thank you for this gracious giveaway! How sweet the ornaments are!

    We have a big Christmas tree inside, near lots of windows in our sunroom and an smaller one that we use as the "centerpiece" for our Christmas village. Outside, we use white lights to decorate all the bushes in the front, and a Christmas tree on our porch. The tree has red bows and silver ornaments. There's a cute little blue spruce in the backyard we will decorate this year too!
    We usually get lots of snow ~ the white stuff usually steals the show :o)
    ~Maria

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  84. ps. I just posted about this sweet giveaway on facebook!

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  85. pss. and I added this giveaway to my sidebar! The house ornaments look so sweet there ~

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  86. I am the minimalist sort, plus any fresh greens usually wilt pretty quickly here in CA. :(. Charlotte's kits are so adorable, I'd be thrilled to win one and I cannot wait for my magazine to arrive. Thank You!!!

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  87. I hang a wreath on the door, place a little greenery and position the tree by the window so that it can be seen from outside. I would love to win this kit - I am embroidering gifts for Christmas, and would love to add this kit to my pile of projects!!!

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  88. Those felt ornaments are so charming! We take the minimalist route; lights and a wreath - that the fullest extent of our holiday decorating.

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  89. Oh my gosh, I love Charlotte and everything she makes!

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  90. We are somewhere in the middle. We like lights but only white ones and we don't go overboard. I love Charlotte!!

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  91. I will decorate somewhere in between....not over the top but more than minimal. But if time allowed, I would go big!! I would love to win Charlotte's kit!!

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  92. Definitely can't see me from the moon! just a wreath on the door made from whatever I can find in the garden
    Gill

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  93. More on the minimalist side than the see from the moon side...but still there is always a wreath,string of white lights and something on the lawn.

    PS Those little houses are adorable!!!

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  94. We go all out decorating outdoors. I love driving or walking by the homes in our neighbourhood decked out in the many styles of Christmas. The little houses are adorable.

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  95. I usually do the minimalist way for the outdoors and inside and baking go all out.
    the houses are lovely
    thanks for the great giveaway!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  96. The felt cottages are so cute. The exterior of our house is sort of in the middle...lights on the house and one big bush and lighted reindeer. But, the inside gets a whole lot more decoration...if I had the space I'd have a tree in every room.

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  97. These cottages are really nice! I can't wait to get my magazine! I like to decorate all out, with lights, a nativity, and a countdown to Christmas Snowman display!

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  98. I love the little house ornaments. I am planning to do a little more than usual decorating outside, so excited and looking for ideas! Thank you for letting me enter your giveaway.

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  99. The felted houses are adorable! As for Christmas, minimalistic on the outside, but the inside 5+ trees and lots of vintage decorations everywhere. This is the first year I will be gone during the decorating time, so it will be less inside.
    I will be haunting my newsstand for the magazine.

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  100. This year outdoors will be different, I have a plan in mind for the lights. Indoors is going to be done bigger also.

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  101. Minimalist all the way.
    Hooray for Charlotte!

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  102. I'm minimalist. Please enter me in the contest.

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  103. They are sweet!
    I'm a minimalist...but deep inside, I want the all-out Christmas decorator to burst out!
    At least one year...one time...some day...
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  104. What darling ornaments! And I'm so in love with using colors like these to decorate for the holidays.

    My outside decorations are minimal. I love a beautiful wreath, evergreen topiaries, and colorful ribbons and little white lights.

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  105. I definitely go with minimal on the outside because we don't have the funds to do more. Someday I would love to have fresh greens, lights, urns, treetops, a decorated window box. The beautiful thing about living in MN is that we are naturally decorated with snow!

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  106. The ornaments are so perfect. I don't do the outside decorating. My husband and one of my sons always hung the lights but now that they are all married I will have to start helping. I usually hang a wreath and hang a snowman plaque. I do get carried away inside though

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  107. I always love a simple wreath and garland with white lights. Unfortunately, I live in Arizona now where there is NO SNOW! I might have to adjust my preferences this year.

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  108. I also keep it simple. I hang a handmade wreath on the door and decorate a little rustic shelf on our porch with greenery.

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  109. I keep it traditional. A simple wreath & garland with red ribbons.

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  110. I also tweeted about your awesome giveaway!

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  111. We go all out with lights! We have pre-lit trees, several large and several small, and we arrange them around the cactus (in Phoenix). Then we cover all the roof lines and peaks of the house with icicle lights. When it's dark and the cactus can't be seen, we pretend we're back in Indiana for a snowy, midwestern Christmas. People from the neighborhood come right after sunset and take family photos in front of our beautiful trees and lights.

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  112. Depends on the year~This year minimal. I want lights on one lone tree. My tree is always a vision from the street, though. And a wreath at the door!~Love Christmas...

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  113. Last year I was a grinch and didn't put out a single thing for Christmas, but this year I will be going all out - we have a new grandbaby and I can't wait to see him on his first Christmas!

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