Sunday, November 21, 2010

Old Fashioned Christmas kit

Can you feel it? Winter is a comin'! Yesterday it was in the 70's here in Tucson. But today it was in the 60's. FINALLY it's feeling like winter is on it's way! (I know, 60 degrees probably feels like the summer time for many of you). I am so excited! Normally we wait until after Thanskgiving to decorate for Christmas. But, my older 2 girls just asked me if we could start decorating today. I thought, why not? So, guess what I'm doing once I finish this post?

When I think of Christmas, I really think of my own childhood memories of Christmas. Every year my grandma would make each of her grandkids something homemade. I remember one year Pound Puppies were the "in toy." Well, my grandma hand stitched us each our own Pound Puppy. She also would hand paint piggy banks. My grandpa was also gifted with wood. I remember him making us a baby crib for our dolls. I loved handmade gifts as a child. Sadly, I am not very gifted in the hand-made department (which is why I switched over from traditional scrapbooking to digital).

Every Christmas morning me and my 4 other siblings would line up in the hallway and wait for our parents to wake up. My oldest brother Adam would sometimes cheat and run down to the family room to sneak a peek and then run back. We never thought that was fair, but we were all too scared to try and do it ourselves. We continued to sit in the hallway when we were older. This picture was taken when I had already graduated from high school:


My mom would always make us Pillsbury pop-open Orange Rolls (the BEST, you've got to try them!) and eggs. We always had her famous hot cocoa as well. I have continued on this tradition with my own kids, as have my siblings with their families. Here was her hot cocoa recipe...only our family has changed it a little bit to be Hazelnut flavored (If you click here you can download this 4x6 image to print or be developed) :

I remember life being a lot slower back then. Now it seems to me that it's a lot busier, and fast-paced. I just hope that for my children, their memories are as happy as mine were. I know when I was a child my grandparents were always saying how when they were younger life moved at a slower pace. If it was slow for them as children, and fast for them when I was a child, and now I feel like it was slow for me as a child, but fast for my kids, I can only wonder what life will be like in 10 more years. (That was a lot of talking...I hope it made sense).

I hope you enjoy this kit, and that you can all have an Old Fashioned Christmas that is slow enough to enjoy the sweet little moments and make lots of memories!
Click here to download the free Old Fashioned Christmas kit:

I am trying this out. I've had lots of complaints using 4shared.com as my server for downloading the kits. I will try megaupload.com for those interested. Please let me know if it's any better. Below are the links for the kits at Megaupload (I think if you sign up for a free membership, you don't have to wait as long to download).

76 comments:

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thank you so much! Lovely as always. I would love to print off your recipe and try it but I can't enlarge it. Would you mind sending it to me? oproot@gmail.com

Brooke said...

Love the color scheme! Thanks so much!

Melanie said...

I had a hand-stitched Pound Puppy as well! I still have it hoping my little girl will play with it. Thanks again for another wonderful kit!

ej236 said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful kit! You are very talented! we had a similar tradition of sitting at the top of the stairs waiting until everyone was ready before we could go downstairs and see the tree. Childhood memories are the greatest!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing your memories and your talent. This kit is great. I know what you mean about life moving so fast. I also hope my daughter will have good memories of her childhood. Thanks again!

Felicity {at Simple Elegance} said...

Oooh! I love it! Fabulous, Summer - thanks so much!!


Felicity @ Simple Elegance

Heather said...

thanks for the early Christmas gift! It is a beautiful kit

Christy said...

What a beautiful kit, thank you!

The Calico Crew said...

I don't know how you do it (and keep doing it) Your kits are fantastic (as usual) and I love the stories you put with them! Thank you!!

tirane93 said...

lovely christmas kit, thank you for sharing!

Whitney said...

Thank you so much! Its gorgeous! Happy holidays to your family!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [22 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Amanda said...

Hi Summer
Gorgeous kit as always, your story reminded me of my own childhood christmas memories and brought a smile to my face. Thank you. Amanda

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Christmas story! :-)
Love your new kit, thanks for sharing

Judi said...

Hi Summer

This kit is FABULOUS! Thanks SO much.

Hugs

Judi xxx

Alison said...

Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous kit and the lovely story behind it.

Jenn said...

thank you very much

belle007 said...

Thank you very much for the lovey Christmas kit.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for another wonderful kit. very much appreciated.

Jen said...

another terrific kit.
Thank you!!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Nov. 22, 2010. Thanks again.

btmo-pat said...

Wonderful kit, Summer. Unfortunately I will not be downloading it because it's on 4 shared and I am boycotting them due to the exuberant times they add to download a file. It doesn't matter if any one clears out the browser cache, if I download your files it will take me all day. Every day and every file is calculated now and the more one downloads the more time is added. But again, thanks, but no thanks. Have a funtastic Thanksgiving.

faitha said...

amazing as usual, thank you Summer

Joy said...

Thanks Summer - these are beautiful.

Jeanie said...

Thank you for sharing your cocoa recipe. I love hazelnut! Love your recipe card too!

Gulffire said...

Your generosity always astounds me! Thank you so much for this lovely kit.

Lynna said...

GORGEOUS! This is so lovely! Thank you so much for sharing. And your cocoa recipe sounds divine and is such a pretty recipe card! Thank you! :-)

Anne said...

Gorgeous Kit Summer love the recipe card the hot chocolate sounds yummy uncertain as what the non dairy creamer is best ask mr google
Thanks for sharing
Anne xx

Jennifer Moore said...

This kit is awesome. Thanks!

bj said...

thank you!!

Lynne said...

Hiya just thought I'd give you some feedback on your new upload - unfortunately when I click on it my computer security tells me it's not safe - be interesting to see if anyone else gets the same problem?? - thanks for all the lovely kits you share - they are fab!!!! xx Lynne xx

Van said...

Lovely kit as always - thank you for sharing!

Karen said...

^ I agree with the person above - another lovely kit as usual. I used MegaUpload and it was much faster than 4shared, although it did give me a pop-up when I pressed download. I think I prefer that to the long wait - sometimes with 4shared it makes me wait for 7 minutes, which is just ridiculous.

Karen said...

Changed my mind, actually, as MegaUpload will only let me download one file at a time. And it is downloading SO slowly - it says it'll take 2 hours! Whereas the same sized file downloading from 4shared says it'll be 15 minutes. So I'm going to download them all (simultaneously) from 4shared.

ileana said...

thank you very much! you are always so generous with all of us. thanks again, hugs,

Melissa said...

I was able to use the mega-uploader for the alpha and numbers link. Worked great. When I tried to download the elements, it said it would take over an hour. I went back to the 4 shared and only had to wait about a minute and a half. I think I prefer 4 shared. Thank you so much for the kit!

Paula said...

Many thanks for sharing your new kit. I let everyone know on the UK crafty forum I am a member of that you had uploaded a new kit yesterday as I was downloading it myself! Wonderful stuff as always!!!

Paula. x

Raechal said...

this is really cute! thank you so much, you're awesome!

LifeAsDINKers (Ava-J) said...

Thank you so much for this awesome kit, Summer! More power to you! :)

Amanda said...

Anyone else having issues downloading the first paper kit? I can't seem to get it to download from Megaupload of 4shared.

Thanks for sharing Summer! :)

marilyn said...

thanks so much for sharing your time and talent, Summer...what a beautiful kit! I used the megaupload for all parts and had no problem...just downloaded them one at a time.

Rarole said...

Summer - thanks for the MegsUpload links. Anything is better than 4Shared. MediaFire is the best of all - short wait time (if any) and quick DL's.
The kit is too much! Gorgeous! Thanks so mcuh!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the beautiful kit. Tried to download on MegaUpload and while the wait time is less than 4share the download speed was ridiculously slow. 4share is faster even with the long wait time.

Anndee said...

Thank you! I thought mega uploader worked better.

Karen said...

Thanks so much! I will stick with the 4 shared. I tried the new one and it timed out and stopped downloading before I could get the download completed.

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE the photo of you all sitting in the hall waiting for Christmas! What an awesome memory!

Jennwhite said...

Thanks so much, this is a beautiful kit! I love the recipe too, I'll have to try it. I think it'd make a great gift too, in a pretty jar! Thanks again!

{love is g00d} said...

Thanks for sharing this kit with us! I love everything about it! Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

thanks!!! i was looking for a new christmas kit! loved the cards too

raising4boys said...

I did notice that 4 shared was slow the last time I downloaded, but with the new download I can only download one at a time and had to enter the code each time. Not sure which is worse. Patience...that's what is needed to download your beautiful kits :) Thank you!!

lorencel said...

thank you for the kit! is it so great!

Zsófi(a) said...

Thank you so much!
It's lovely :-)

Anonymous said...

great kit thank you

Farmgirl Chaos said...

I love this kit! Often times, to me, 'old fashioned' is better. As for this kit, it's fabulous!

Miranda said...

Thank you!! Your kits are adorable!!

loved the download through Mega. So much easier!!

Linny said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful set. You are very generous.Merry Christmas. Linda

Sky said...

Wanted you to know that I would have gladly paid for this from Two Bucks That's All- hope you keep going with it because you very much deserve to see some income from your talents! Merry Christmas, Summer :)

Heather said...

Thanks, as always! Hazelnut is my favorite. I enjoy reading your childhood memories, and the things you say about your mom, I always get a little tear in my eye. I can only imagine how much you must miss her!
Again, thanks for your work, I love your kits, etc.

Mercedes said...

Thank you so much! You are always so generous - we all really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Hiya Summer!

Just downloaded your lovey Old Fashioned Kit, but when I go to unzip it, it asks me for a password...? I havent had this before, and I re-read your post again and didnt see anything, I have read all the comments on here, and maybe I'm the only one struggling... I did the 4shared downloads.

Thank you so much for always sharing so much with us, and I dont mean just the kits either. You are an inspiration to many out here, plus your friends, I dont know how you keep going at times!

Kind regards
Helen from England

benziengirl said...

Thank you so much Summer! It is beautiful!

Crandall Family said...

Once again I am in LOVE with your kits!!! I was wondering if you could possibly do a quick tutorial on how to use your kits! I am now using CS4 and I have no clue how to use your kits on that program! ;P Thank you so much! Have a wonderful holiday season! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with us!

The Nielsen Family said...

Thanks for all you share for free. I think it is sad that people think they must complain about download times on freebies. They are getting them for free for heavens sakes. be patient people. Think about all the time it takes for those giving freebies to have to upload to multiple sites just to please you all

Deanna said...

Thank you SO much! This is beautiful!

Staci Brock said...

Wonderful! The other site too, was hard to download from. But stuck to it, and eventually got them. Thank you!!!

Mrs. Thompson said...

Thanks! Love it!

Spyder said...

ohoo I can see what you mean! After waitig 126 seconds...then you click on to download, nothing happens, so, you think, perhaps I should click on that download again...and then it starts all over again! and again and again...But I did manage to get one set of papers and they are lovely!! Thank you!!

((Lyn))

Dawn said...

Thank you so much for the lovely kit -I am always so excited when you have a new one! Your generosity is much appreciated. Best wishes for 2011!

Lynne Armstrong said...

This is a gorgeous kit Summer...thank you :)
PS The new uploader is MUCH better

Mrs. Stranded said...

I love your blog and am so impressed with all your work. Do you have a template I could download for the Old Fashioned Christmas Hot Cocoa Recipe background? The blue damask? Thanks!

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Valerie C. said...

I love your stuff! You are so talented.

pearita said...

I really really love this colorful "Old fashioned Christmas kit":)

Summer, Thank you very very much.

Mamma Mia said...

This is another wonderful kit Summer, thank you sooo much! We have family traditions for Christmas too, which I hope will carry on when my girls are older. Helen x

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful- some papers are stunning. Many thanks.

Alice

AmBeR said...

Many, many thanks! Love your designs. Megaupload site has been pulled due to fraud and conspiracy when I clicked to upload.