a holly jolly christmas

I love this time of year. The music, the colors, the lights – it’s all so inspiring and uplifting. I have the best time decorating our house and planning holiday meals for the Christmas season – and I also love any excuse to sew something fancy and get dressed up. If ever you needed a reason to wear an enormous tulle skirt and a glitzy sequin top without people wondering what costume party you were headed to, this season is it.

I’ve had more fun sewing Christmas projects this year than I ever have before. This is partly because that’s just where my mind is right now (sequins! red! Christmas plaid! green!) and partly because – as some of you know – we’re remodeling the entire first floor of the house we bought in August so there will be no Christmas tree or decorations or big holiday meal here this year. (We have no walls or cabinets or floors – it’s wild.) It’s a bummer, but I’ve poured all of the energy that I would have used decorating our house into another project – and I think you’re really going to like it.

2017 was my first full year blogging. As with most things, it took some time to find my voice in the sewing community and figure out what my contributions could be. It’s been the best kind of challenge, and I have loved every minute (and I can’t wait for next year!). I cannot put into words how rewarding this journey has been so far, and I am truly humbled by the opportunities that came my way this year – the biggest one being a brand ambassador for HUSQVARNA VIKING®. (You can read about how that came about in this post from February.)

We’ve had so much fun this year, and we wanted to celebrate the holiday season with you. So, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and I have partnered to bring you a huge giveaway event. And if HUSQVARNA VIKING® is involved, you know what that means: notions, supplies, embroidery goodies, and yes, machines! And, in addition to everything from HUSQVARNA VIKING®, we’ve got loads of other goodies from some of my favorite brands, including McCall Pattern Company, Threads Magazine, Promenade Fabrics, M&J Trimming, Online Fabrics Store, and Fashion Fabrics Club – and that’s in addition to books and supplies and software and tools and other accessories. There’s tons of good stuff, you guys.

This is a six-day event, and the fun gets going on Wednesday, the 13th. Each day will feature a new project to inspire your holiday sewing, and there will be a daily giveaway package for one, randomly selected, US-based winner. (I’m so sorry to all you cute Aussies and Canadians – silly legal things keep this one on American soil. Fingers crossed for an international giveaway in the future.) Look for a new post at noon (central time) each day, and enter to win the giveaway right here on the blog. There’s no messing about on a bunch of different websites or social media accounts. Just come here and enter. You have until midnight each day to submit your entry, and we’ll announce the winner the following day.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, December 13th: ‘Tis the Season

Thursday, December 14th: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Friday, December 15th: Jingle Bells

Monday, December 18th: Holiday Gala

Tuesday, December 19th: A Merry Little Christmas

Wednesday, December 20th: Presents Under the Tree

I’m so excited about this, and I can’t wait to watch you guys win some truly incredible prizes. See you Wednesday!


  1. Elizabeth | 14th Dec 17

    This is wonderful! Happy holidays!

  2. Gulnoza | 13th Dec 17

    Your sewing is incredible! I myself started sewing recently. I’m impressed by every dress, skirt, blouse you make, especially by white blouse with a bow. It had such a precise and accurate seam. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! ❤️

    • Emily | 14th Dec 17

      Hello! Thank you! I’ve just been sewing for a few years, so I have a few things down at this point – ha! I love that white blouse too, but I’m actually removing the bow and replacing it with a regular collar. I realized I wasn’t wearing it as much as I should considering how much I love it, and I think it all came down to that bow. Once there’s a standard collar on it, I will adore it! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  3. Evie | 12th Dec 17

    Oh, this is so exciting!! I’ve loved seeing all of your work since discovering you on IG a few months ago. And I can’t wait to see everything in all of these giveaways!

  4. Gena Harakal | 11th Dec 17

    Emily, your sewing skills go way beyond your year’s experience blogging. I’ve enjoyed your posts immensely. I’m a seasoned seamstress and am always learning. Love reading your postings and have always dreamed of doing something like this myself. You are very dedicated as well as talented. I’m a devoted Husqvarna Viking owner having owned and upgraded almost dozen machines in almost 2 dozen years. Thank you for sharing your love of sewing and this upcoming giveaway!

  5. Suzie | 11th Dec 17

    You’ve only been blogging for a year?! That’s so inspiring. I definitely thought you had been around for years before and I had just recently stumbled upon your blog. I love how curated your blog is and learning from your extensive sewing experience.

  6. Cissie | 11th Dec 17

    Love the neckline on this red beauty. It’s a little different for you — but I love it. Your quite inspirational! Thanks for all of your time and effort

  7. Lynda Roth | 11th Dec 17

    Emily I just started following you recently and I enjoy your posts. I also have purchase a Viking Ruby machine based on your recommendation. I already have 3 Viking machines and decided to make the leap to an embroidery machine

  8. Erin | 11th Dec 17

    Looking forward to this! Been truly enjoying your blog posts and am enjoying getting to know my new Topaz 50 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  9. Rachael | 11th Dec 17

    oh hooray!! I’ve fallen in love with the machines (and fabrics….and patterns!) you use, and would love to win something!! Looking forward to the giveaway 🙂

  10. Gretchen Neuble | 11th Dec 17

    Emily, This is so amazing! I just found you this year and was really surprised to read that you’ve been only blogging consistently for 1 year! You provide much in-sight to us readers and I’m pushing my way through with your creative pushes……..

    Thanks for even thinking of us this holiday season and Merry Merry Christmas to you.

  11. Tania | 11th Dec 17

    This is amazing! I have learned so much from you this year and greatly appreciate your having documented all of your projects and use of the machines. Thank you so much!

    • Emily | 11th Dec 17

      Hi! You are so welcome! Believe me, I’ve had a blast with the blog this year, and I’m so happy to be able to host this giveaway. I just wish there were more hours in the day to sew and tell more! 😉

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