Friday, December 10, 2010

"It's A Small World" Blog Hop

Welcome to our "It's a Small World" blog hop hosted by Jess of KinderStampO.  If you happened here by chance, you may want to head back to the beginning to Jess' blog.  If you arrived here from Linda's blog, you are in the right place.  I hope you are enjoying learning about Christmas traditions from other countries.

Today I am going to share with you a tradition that my mom has told me about many times. My mom and both of her parents are Italian.  They grew up in a small town that had a large, Italian/Catholic community.  On Christmas Eve it was common for the Italian/Catholic's to attend midnight mass.  After mass they would come home and have treats.  On Christmas Day they would visit family and friends and deliver goodies.

For this blog hop, my mom and I worked together, which is always fun at Christmas:)  I decided to make some cute hats and headbands for my friends and I to wear to church while my mom made some awesome homemade Italian Biscotti:)  These are so good!

This is just one of the many hats I have been working on for my friends and I.  I used a large loom made for adults and two colors of yarn to get this stripped effect.  They sell looms at Micheal's and all the directions to make the hats come in the package.  The package also includes the necessary hook and needle.  The only thing you need to purchase separately is the yarn.  It takes approximately two hours to make a hat and even less time to make a headband:)  It really is easy!

And when you get home from church, what better way to warm up than with a cup of hot chocolate and these home baked Italian Biscotti. Send me an email if you want the recipe:)   

Of course the best part of baking is giving the treats away (after you try a few), 
so there are plenty of extras wrapped up and ready to give to family 
and friends on Christmas Day just like my mom's family used to do.

You can see in this photo each package includes three Biscotti and is tied with a green, white and red ribbon, the colors of the Italian flag  I added a homemade tag to go with the Biscotti.  The tag was cut from the Christmas Solutions Cricut Cartridge and says, "Happy Holidays from the Womack's."

***Blog Candy Alert***  

Today I am offering a selection of paper, two ink pads, and a birthday stamp.  To be eligible, become a follower of my blog and  leave me a comment.  In the comment, I would like to know what your favorite part of the holiday season is.  Happy Holidays to you:)  I will be posting the winner on Monday Nov 13th.  Please check back to see if you are the winner.

Please make sure to continue with this wonderful blog hop and visit all the blogs this weekend.  We have a wonderful group of sponsors.  They include: Unity Stamp Co, Peachy Keen Stamps, Lindy Stamp Gang, Preserve Your Memories II, Imaginisce, Helmar.  Just leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a Holiday Scrap Box with these products!

Now hop on over to my friend Pam's blog to see where in the world her design takes you. Here is a complete list of bloggers in case you get lost along the way:

Jess KinderStampO 
Christine - Chris's Creations 
Shelley Heartstring Designs 
Vickie Two Chickens On A Limb 
Sigrid Love Scrap Reflect 
Meighen -Scrappin3rdeeschik 
Mariam Mariam's Blog 
Linda- Krazy Quilling 
MadisonFunky Cards (Me) 
Pam Scrapbook Flair 
Christine HatchellScrapbooking Technique 
Jessica- The Creative Stamper  
DDscraftsCrafty Deb 
GabyGaby Creates 
LisaBit by the Cricut Bug 
Nicole Canadian Nickel Scrap'n 
MarthaDream of Crafting 
LizLiz' Paper Loft 
Jessica BakerThatz Uneek 
Cheryl - Nana's Creative Corner

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. LOVE your projects! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is attending Christmas Eve Services. It always ends in candlelight and all who are there feel the love of the Christ child within them. TFS! (I would love to have your biscotti recipe!!)


  2. LOVE your project! My favorite Christmas tradition is just spending time with my family. I would love the biscotti recipe!

  3. Love your project! My favorite Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve Me and my two boys age 10 and 7 make Christmas cookies for Santa. The boys are so excited then My husband will eat the cookies and leave some cookie crumbles on the plate then will leave them a note that he has written on the computer to be good and that He (Santa) will see them next year.

    Your biscottis look wonderful. Think you could pass down the recipe..
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    I'm already a follower....

  4. mmmmmm yummy homemade biscotti!! Cute treat bags. :)

  5. Love your project and the biscotti looks delicious! one of our favorite traditions is making a thermos of hot chocolate and driving in the car looking at decorations & lights and of course singing Christmas songs!

  6. LOVE it!!! Can i get some of those biscottis!?! They look soo yummy!!!!!

  7. oh Madison I love this idea its great and I love your hat, I do crochet but never tried the hats, I think I will ck them out at Micheal's soon, thanks for sharing and if you would I would love the recipe for those cookies, you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Holiday hugs, Debbie

  8. Thanks for sharing, I don't know how to crochet but I wish I did. I love how yo package your cards up, it's similar to how I do mine.

    perfectlyunperfectcards at gmail dot com

  9. Mmmmmmm...can I win that Biscotti? Looks so yummy. Great project and I'm very sure it will be loved by every recipient! TFS
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  10. Thanks for sharing. I would love some Biscotti, it looks so yummy!!!!! The packaging of your cards is absolutely wonderful.

  11. Madison, you must send me your recipe, I tried making Biscotti once, I think we could have built a log house with the pieces. LOL but yours looks so yummy. I love your project!!!!

  12. What thoughtful gifts! Love the hats, wish I could make some. Would love to have the recipe for the biscotti:)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Debbie Flowers

  13. Love the hat and the biscotti looks yummy! TFS!

  14. Love your projects. I want some biscotti :) YUM

  15. Great job Madison! The hats are too cute and I just LOVE biscotti. (tried them for the first time at Olive Garden.. with a cup of coffee. DELISH) Thank you for a chance to win! Happy Holidays!

    Terrie Barroso

  16. Spending much needed time with the whole family is our aim each christmas. thanks for sharing, i had trouble posting on linda's blog.

  17. Love this Idea. its super cute. and the biscotti's look so good yummy


  18. My favorite part of the holiday season is visiting with family

  19. my favourite part of Christmas is lunch with all my gorgeous family!!

  20. You never cease to amaze me ! Your mom and you make a great pair. Wish you were my neighbors. Martha C.

  21. Midnight Mass and candlelight choirs...

  22. Great gift idea TFS!! My favorite part of Christmas time is being with family..also decorating the Christmas tree..I love lots of ornaments on my tree :)

    Hugs, Sheena

  23. Great projects! Love the little tag for the cookies. And man do those cookies look yummy. I love looking at Christmas lights and we unknowingly moved into a very lighted neighborhood :)

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  24. Love your idea, I have a long loom that I could use to make something for next year. Love your stamps and ideas. My favorite part of the holiday season is getting together with friends and family and watching the expression on their faces when they open my gift. Mine are usually handmade and are tailored for the person.

  25. Biscotti would go nice with a cup of cocoa. Our tradition is passing around a mouse skull. You never know who will get it next.

  26. Such great projects!! My favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with my family!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. The biscotti looks so yummy! I made a couple kinds so far but yours looks much better! :-) Baking isw my favorite thing to do during the holidays!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  28. You are so creative!!! I love everything you do!!! It's hard because I don't have one favorite part of Christmas (or Holidays), I love all of it. I love going up the canyon to cut down a Christmas tree, decorating the house and the tree, making gifts, wrapping gifts and just spending time as a family! So many fun things!!! :) Beautiful job on the hat (I'm sure the headbands are just as beautiful)! Great job!

    Celeste B.
    mctdbillman at gmail dot com

  29. Already a follower and I love everything about Christmas!!

  30. love this. my favorite part of the holidays is gathering with my family and friends and spending the times together.

  31. Great projects...warm head and full belly great combination :) My favorite part of CHRISTmas is watching the faces of my loved ones. The sweet peace that comes with CHRISTmas.
    Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  32. Great work! Your hats are the perfect gift idea! Yummy snacks too! My favorite part of the holiday season is driving around looking at Christmas Lights!

  33. OK sweet Madison, interesting how you made me think of the similarities between your Italian traditions and my Mexican traditions... must be the Catholic part... The midnight mass, the goodies, biscotti (we have mexican bread)~ I hope you know I am emailing you for recepie~I love biscotti specially dipped in chocolate!!!...and our flag colors and did you know that the Piñata originates from Italy??
    Love your tag!!!!!!
    Hugs Gaby

  34. I always love your creations!you do a great job! my daughters name is madyson! TFS Dina

  35. How great to be able to work with your mom and put all of this together. My mom and I would have a grand time doing that, I do miss her so.
    TFS your projects.

  36. Love your projects! My fav. part of the season is getting to make lots of things to give away! How fun :)

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  37. Super cute.. man I want a hat! Don't you love it when you can make something and your friends love it.. and then making memories with family cooking and more.
    My favorite is just being with my son.. and looking for the first snow. He has to then get out in it! You are a wonderful addition to this hop.

  38. I love your projects. Those biscottis look yummy!
    Linda K.

  39. What a great gift! Your hats are cute!

  40. That's a great gift idea you and your mom came up with. My favourite part of the holidays is our bake-a-thons (several of us baking together for a whole day) and of course the family get-togethers.

  41. aww madison you did great on your project love the hat

  42. LOVE LOVE the hats and the biscotti!!! (Would love the recipe!) As usual, great ideas and projects :)

  43. Great the hat especially.My fave part of the Holidays are all the special times we spend with our girls and I bake, and's what it's all about, isn't it?

  44. I am already a follower and love this wonderful project and tradition! TFS :)

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  45. Ooooo Can I be your neighbor? I LOVE biscotti! Love the hats, but yarn and I don't get along too well so I really don't think I could make one!


    tjsgal at gmail dot com

  46. Great presents!

  47. Great job! Love the hat and the biscotti looks yummy. Ever since my daughter was small I've always let her open a gift on Christmas Eve ( Once my son came along I included him, too ), it's usually jammies or something soft and small she could sleep with. Something special that was just for them and they got to enjoy a Christmas gift for a few extra hours.

  48. My favorite part of the holiday season is Christmas baking. I make biscotti to give away too, and lots of other stuff.

  49. Your friends and family will be warmed inside and out this Christmas. What lovely traditions to continue. I know your recipients will be very touched with these gifts made with love. P.S. The biscotti looks amazingly delicious!

  50. Love your projects. My favorite tradition is the making of tamales with all the women in our family.

  51. What a wonderful idea for a gift to share with your friends and I love that it's something that you and your Mom worked on together! Biscotti looks delicious!!!

    My favorite part of this season right now is all of the fun events going on at my boys school that I am so lucky to be a part of!

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  52. HI Madison
    I love your hat, looks like something my mom would have fun making ,I try but I can only make blankets!! One of my favorite times is afer the tree is up,we will normally have some hot coco and sit with only the tree lights on, always a good time!
    I am already a follower of your blog.
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  53. What a fun idea! I may have to looking this loom thing :) I would LOVE to make my own hats and headbands!!! I just love spending time with my family and friends during the holiday season!

  54. Madison, this is a wonderful idea. I would love the biscotti recipe too! Yummy! I have the hat loom too and it is really fun to make those cute hats with it. I never considered making a headband though, I need to give that a try! My favorite part of the season is the music. Even if I am grumpy I can't stay grumpy when Christmas music is playing!

  55. New follower here and My fav part is the smell of the chritstms tree in the housr and all the decorations!!! TFS!!! Bet it was fun doing all this with your mom!!


  56. MMMM, does look great!


    New here!!

    It's nice you & your mother are close :)

  57. Fantastic projects!!! I think I need to make tea and look for a snack now!

  58. super cute madison! great tradition and thanks for sharing!
    liz :o)

  59. Such yummy crafts!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  60. love love biscottis. TFS

    Jess B.

  61. Thank You for sharing your story. My favorite part of the holidays is visiting with friends. Biscotti is very yummy. Thank You for being in the hop and for chances to win great products.
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  62. great idea ! and I love that you and your mom got to craft together ! those biscotti look delish :)

    the condes at gmail dot com

  63. You did an Awesome job on your projects!
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