Although the holidays are still a little way off, after finishing the November issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine containing three new Christmas projects, I’m beginning to feel rather festive. Earlier this month we launched our new Christmas Pin Cushion Mice kits (currently still available in store, but selling fast!) and I made two sample mice using the materials included in the kits. But … there is a limit to how many softies can live on the shelf in my new workroom, and so I thought it would be nice to hold a giveaway for these two little sample mice……
For your chance to win the BLUE mouse please leave a comment below telling us, just for fun, what is your very-most-favourite part of the Christmas festivities. If you’d like to enter the giveaway for the WHITE mouse then please do pop over to our Facebook page (it’s fine to enter both).
The giveaway will close on Sunday 1 November and the winner will be chosen by random selection. I am happy to post the little mice anywhere in the world. Good luck everyone!!
Now this may sound weird, but I actually love wrapping the presents in pretty paper. And now there are young ones again in the family (grandchildren) making up the Christmas stockings.
my favorite part of all the festivities are when family gets together
I love your mice, thanks for a chance
My favorite part of Christmas is the cake my dad makes from his grandmother’s recipe. I wait all year for it!
I just love Christmas, and although we are In Australia and it is always HOT! HOT!, we enjoy all the hot dinner, and the chrissie tree decorated and usually have all the family around us and we would welcome this dear little Christmas Mouse into our family!!!!!
I have to tell you–I made the grey mouse already, at quilt guild we had an exchange of pin cushions & mine went over big
I love getting the tree and then decorating it, and all the Christmas muic
I love everything about Christmas, even the crowds shopping!!
I love absolutely everything about Christmas – it’s my most favourite time of the year!!
Christmas is my favorite holiday for so many reasons…family,Christmas carols, pine trees, decorating, egg nog, cookies, making gifts,gathering of friends, on and on!!! ????⛄️
We enjoy reading the Story of Jesus’s Birth in Luke before we open gifts on Christmas morning.
My favorite part of Xmas is being together with family
My favourite thing is having all the family together!
Trimming the Christmas tree!
My favourite part of the festivities is always the little family gathering we have every Christmas Eve, it’s so wonderful to see the little ones all excited with the prospect of a visit from santa. Thanks for the chance to win one of your lovely creations Helen.
I love the music at Christmas and well, what would Christmas be without candy canes!!! and lots of other sweets!
I love making decorations and displaying them!
I love all that is Christmas, but I have to say decorating is my favorite festivity. A close second would have to be baking all the yummy treats….and eating them!
The spirit of the season loving and giving
Hi Helen, I have just received my two mice kits in the post this morning. All the way from your place in the UK to mine in New Zealand in 8 days, what wonderful service.
My favourite part of Christmas is shopping/making gifts for family and friends. I’m one of those people that shop and make all year picking just the right things for a certain person. Then of course seeing their face when they open their gift. I am lucky that the ones I make gifts for always appreciate the time spent (sometimes it is a lot of hours as you well know).
I am looking forward to making my very own mice – Thank you x
Thank you for the opportunity to win! My favorite part of the holidays is the atmosphere – meaning everyone seems to be in happier spirits and are more kind, polite, patient, friendly and helpful wherever I go!
Mince pies and Christmas pudding. I can catch up with family throughout the year, but I only get to eat these once a year.
Just being with family, cosy and content and playing games!
Christmas Music and a Turkey in the oven..it is just Hubby and me..maybe my son for dinner anymore!! Love the Mice!! Thanks Helen Cheers!! <3
I love the tree lights in a dark room.
I love the little Blue Mouse. My favourite thing about Christmas is seeing all the different homes lit up with Christmas decorations. It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you go to… you see what Christmas is to them. And in a way they are sharing Christmas with you. <3
Christmas trees, watching holiday movies with my boys
Your mousies are so very sweet! My favorite thing about the Christmas festivities is the “magic” of Christmas Eve, seen through the eyes of my grandchildren. They just make it come alive.
I love visiting with my children and grandchildren at Christmas!
If I’m off work this year ! My favourite moment will be my 5 grandchildren creating the chaos of opening their presents x
My favourite part is the grand gathering and sharing it with family and friends. 🙂
I love all the baking and food preparation ( and eating it on Christmas day, of course!) and relaxing with the leftovers on Boxing Day.
I just love cosy times with family all together at Christmas!! ???? ???? ???? xxx
I love fetching the tree with our children, we go to a local farm where we have pre-chosen our tree earlier in the year (you can even have a small tree and watch it grow every year), the farmer then cuts it down and bags it, after we try to go and see a Christmas film altogether, really any part of Christmas is fantastic to me
Hi, I just love being in the kitchen preparing and making all the lovely christmas goodies. All the lovely smells…..Thank you for the chance to win a lovely mouse of my own.
I love Christmas and everything about it – decorating the tree, going to see all the Christmas lights, singing carols and having the family altogether.
My favorite part is the night before Christmas, my family all gets together for a big sleepover. All the children watch a Christmas movie and the adults play cards and eat pizza in our pjs.
The most special time of christmas for me is christmas eve. When my family come home from work or running errands, we all get together to sit down for a meal. We then all have a bath or shower( so that we are nice and clean for Father Christmas!) and put on our new pyjamas. We are allowed to pick one present from under the tree to open, and then we snuggle into the settee to watch some tv, the christmas lights twinkling and enjoying this moment before the big day itself!
Definitely baking in the kitchen with a big steaming glass of mulled wine!
I love spending time with the family without having to rush anywhere
I love decorating the tree, with christmas music playing in the background and a mince pie and coffee as a treat after its finished. 🙂
Remembering that is is our Saviors birthday that we are celebrating, the Christmas play we do at church, baking cookies, decorating the tree, the music, the movies, I really cherish it all. I do especially love getting the hubby and kids in the car to get hot cocoa and go look at lights. Just the 4 of us soaking it all in.
I love being able to watch Christmas through the eyes of any children…
My favorite part is decorating.
My favorite part of christmas is just watching everyone open their presents
Sharing good Food,Stories and enjoying eachothers’ company
I think it’s a great time to do special things for all the people in your life. It makes me feel good when I make something for someone and they really appreciate it or giving to charities to help those who don’t have much. Watching all the excitement building as Christmas nears.
I love making new decorations and having time to sew with my daughter x
Christmas a wonderful reminder of Christ’s Birthday and The blessings of having your family and friends there with you in the celebration of giving
I love the smells of cooking special things and I love the Stockings – all the surprises
I love the food at Christmas
My most favorite part of Christmas festivities is making crafts for friends and family and our home. Any excuse to craft and sew ha ha.
Making cookies with my daughter!
I absolutely adore your mice. So cute! What’s my favourite thing about Christmas? I love going to the evening family mass on Christmas Eve. It’s such a special occasion with my own family sitting either side of me as we watch the children act out the nativity and sing. The carols, the little kids just being little kids, the beautiful prayers, and the merry greetings from everyone. I love the family Christmas mass.
Well, my 3 girls are pretty grown up now but baking cookies with them is a tradition we all enjoy. The recipes we use may change, but we love being in the kitchen together. The memories we share are priceless.
i LOVE,LOVE,LOVE making embroidered and homemade gifts for everyone on my list. I especially LOVE to give out coupons good for sewing lessons to the younger members of my family!!! I’ve got to keep the Emb. & sewing traditions alive.
Christmas starts for me with the village carol service around the tree, with hot soup or mulled wine.
My favorite is putting up the tree. Unwrapping all of my precious ornaments, from the first years when the children we’re babies, homemade ones from Sunday school and elementary school. Special memory ones from places traveled. Placing the ornaments on the tree bring back the memories of Christmas’s past. Joy, Blessings, thankfulness, loved shared. When all decorated I stand back to take it all in and am humbled.
I love the anticipation and excitement before we give our presents and eat dinner, its lovely to be together with family x
I love baking for christmas with my 5 grandsons helping me make mince pies, christmas cake, cookies, anything ready for christmas
Favorite part is by far is getting our my small collection of crèches! So happy the grands are already deciding which ones they are going to inherit…lol….
My favorite part of Christmas is the tree! Once it’s up & decorated, the season officially begins.
I love the brunch on Christmas morning when the whole family gets together. Such a hustle and bustle of activity.
I love the making and wrapping of gifts!
My favorite part about Christmas is decorating the tree. Putting everything on that is so pretty and then sitting back that night looking at the lights twinkle and everything sparkle and shine.
I love it all! 🙂 but I so enjoy the preparation leading up, the baking, decorating, and making gifts.
Christmas has once again become magical, my beautiful granddaughter will be 1 on the 3rd November so she and us will have great fun unwrapping presents and playing 😀
What a sweet giveaway.
It has to be when all the family are round but I also enjoy setting and decorating the table it just looks warm and inviting for everyone.
I like sharing the projects my talented friends make during the year, swapping patterns and encouraging the fabric stash to continue to grow! It is nice to see them smile and share a laugh.
My favorite activity for Christmas is the time we come as a family to exchange gifts and eat a meal together. So fun to see the small granddaughters open their gifts-
I love the joy in everyones hearts and being surrounded in the love of my family not to mention the caroling, music and hymns.
The whole family sitting around in our jammies watching old movies. ❤️
My favourite part of Christmas is sitting around the table with our close family and friends sharing a lovely meal, chatting and making happy memories x
My favourite part of Christmas is putting up the tree and all the decorations whilst watching the Grinch on tv.
The mice are so cute! I love finding and wrapping stocking presents. Even before I had kids when I was still living at my parents when I was a teenager I liked being “Santa’s helper”.
My favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree and making the gifts for my 3 grandchildren.
I love spending the time with family and then sharing all the gifts I have been making and accumulating all year long.
This Christmas will be the first in 17 years without my beloved black cat named Mouse. She was a typical cat: warm and loving one second and then hissy-mad the next. I loved her dearly. My house will be filled with my mouse-themed Christmas decorations–after naming her Mouse I proceeded to somewhat accidentally collect all sorts of decorations with mice on them. I’d love to adopt one of these mice in her beloved memory–to represent the furry little monster absent from the room but still present in my heart.
When I was younger, I would have said decorating the tree, wrapping the gifts….now that I am much older, I can honestly say that anticipation and preparation for the biggest Birthday Celebration of the year. Christmas dinner with family and friends around the table, the smiles, conversation, laughter filling the house, and love that seems to be more abundant than any other time of the year….that is what makes the season bright. And, since it is just around the corner….Happy Christmas, everyone!
The feeling God give me gives me as I set
around the table with who ever he places
there. His love is Unconditional,He sent
Jesus To us.❤️
My favorite part is when it has all ended. The gift-giving and decorating interfere with the true message of the season.
having our family all together – like it was when my grandparents were alive – keeping the family spirit going
I must say I do enjoy cooking and eating the most. I have lots of great memories of when my grandmother used to make fruit cake especially.
My most favorite part is Christmas eve when my three children and my husband and I exchange our homemade gifts. When my son was 8 years old he made me a disguise kit (mustache, glasses, etc) out of paper. Last year when he was 21 he made me a handcarved wood box. It has been thrilling to see everyone’s age appropriate crafting skills! It is the only gifts we open on Christmas eve and everyone looks forward to it.
All my shopping finished by Thanksgiving, then spending evenings with the family. Singing ’round the piano, decorating, glowing candles, warm fires! Favorite part? The whole thing!
I get excited around the 1st of November to start decorating for Christmas. I love that most of all my decor is handmade by myself and friends/family. Each item has a memory attached to it and I relive those memories every year when I take them out to display.
My favorite part of Christmas is making “Santa footprints” with talcum powder and glitter on my porch so my granddaughter thinks Santa visited me. I also have her put out oats and a bucket of water for the reindeer. We make it disappear overnight and leave evidence that reindeer were there!
It has to be watching the delight in children’s faces when they open their oresents-priceless!
Best part about Christmas is the love we feel around us….I wish we could all live in peace regardless of our beliefs….
I love the bringing together of Christianity and all the festivities and customs of our International populace in Vancouver, British Columbia
My very-most-favourite part of the Christmas festivities (besides being with family and friends) is decorating the house. I always say I’m not going to overdo….but once I start, I just keep going and going!!! ;o) Thanks for the sweet giveaway!!!
I’d like to have a snowy white little mouse in the house with Christmas. He/she will be welcome in the Netherlands 🙂
I love the celebration……. The special food, the decorations etc. It’s really fun 🙂
I love the pretty white lights on the Christmas tree.
I love decorating – I put a tree in every room – even bathrooms!!
I look forward to seeing my grandchildren at Christmas time. They are all growing into great people (19-17-14-12)
I love celebrating Norwegian traditions at my cousin’s house on Christmas Eve.
I have 2 very favorite parts of Christmas festivities. The first one, was deciding which country our family would celebrate Christmas from. We would choose a country on Thansgiving and then for the next several weeks, we would research how that country celebrated Christmas, the food and all, and we would make crafts from that country and then have Christmas dinner from that country. It was so much fun when my kids were young and they learned much more about the world than they ever did in school. My next favorite part is making gingerbread houses. It began when my son was in cub scouts and I was a den mother. I had a group of boys come over and we made gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. The kids enjoyed it so much that I began having Gingerbread house parties every year and my kids would invite all their friends over. I would bake each house from scratch and then the kids would decorate them with royal icing and all kinds of candy. We would then have pizza while all the ice was setting and then the parents would come and pick up their kids. This was so much fun for kids of all ages and gave the parents a Saturday afternoon to do some shopping or just get a break from the kids before Christmas. After my kids were grown, I still continued to make one large gingerbread house every year and each year it gets bigger and better! I even began adding lights which would shine through the melted cinnamon candy windows and look like stained glass. I look forward to this years Gingerbread house and your adorable mouse would be a perfect addition to my Christmas scene.
I love tinsel and just love the chance to put it everywhere..much to my childrens horror
I sometimes dread decorating my home because like my mom and sister I over-do it lol.
Truth is once I start opening my boxes filled with decorations the memories engulf me…stuff from my mom, my aunt, dear friends,relatives and my childhood.
Best part is when other’s identify certain things and start relating and more memories are created.
Of course having family around during the holiday season means everything especially that we have moved away in different areas of the country
This is a huge family time for us. The dinner prayer focuses us on the true meaning of Christmas.
Oh my goodness! These are adorable and will fit in perfectly with my “Twas the Night Before Christmas theme!
I LOVE shopping and giving presents to others. I also love the Christmas service at church
I love Christmas. My most favorite part is finding unusual new decorations and the mice would be a perfect contribution to my ornaments….
My daughter opening her stocking on Christmas morning, even though she is now 29 and married!
My favorite part is watching my grandkids open presents!
Snow on the ground (for one day only !LOL), the smells and sounds of Christmas, and most of all family being together, unfortunately the magic of Christmas past will never be like it was as the Grandparents/aunts/uncles have all passed. But each new Christmas is one to remember.
The thing I love most about Christmas is all of our family getting together. I love the warm fuzzy feeling that all of the old traditions bring. It’s so wonderful to see kindness throughout the world. I wish everyday could be like Christmas.
Christmas! A glass of sherry, tinsel and glitter, twinkling lights and chocolate, and listening to carols on the radio 🙂
The joy of wrapping my doggies toys and treats in lots of wrapping paper and watching the fun as the presents are searched until the delicious smell of squeaky toys and biscuits says “Yes! Father Christmas has been – I told you I’d been a good dog all year, mum!!!” Then the wonderful excitement as the paper is ripped off and waggy tails say how happy they are with their presents!
Thank you so much for the chance to win a little mouse 🙂
My favorite part is looking at the Christmas gifs ideas and patterns.
I love getting together with family, relaxing and watching the children’s excitement…
I love making x-mas decorations for my miniature x-mas shop. The whole year my miniature x-mas shop is standing in our living room. But only in december I switch on the lights.
On my blog you can see some photos of the shop:
Hope you like it
Snow at Christmas!! Seeing all the animal tracks in the snow and getting the children too see if they can find reindeer foot prints!!
I love bringing all the Christmas decorations out and decorating the house. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, Helen.
How can you think of one favourite thing. I love being with Family. This year it is at my place so everyone brings a plate. All available Family members including cousins , second cousins , Aunties, Uncles and the all important Nan and Pop come. The beautiful mouse could sit among the table decorations and when asked would tell that the mouse came from England. I have a pen pal from there too so her homemade card always takes centre place.
I love getting together with my family!
My favorite part of Christmas is all the yummy goodies! And the lights everywhere.
Thank you for a chance to win. I love those little mice! 🙂
We celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by exchanging small gifts (homemade or purchased or gifts of service). It’s an opportunity to use our hearts & minds to be creative.
I love spending happy time with family.
These mice are the cutest mice I have seen in a long time. I would love to win the blue mouse. It would make a great addition to my Christmas trappings.
I love seeing the reactions on my children’s faces when they open their presents. Love the mice
My very favorite Christmas event is just as the family cars are coming up the drive and I’m waiting to open the door for hugs, kisses, and greetings from all the daughters’ kiddos. That moment is so precious to me.
I love the family being together which is hard when they are scattered all around the globe and I simply adore giving my homemade gifts. Little Mouse would never be lonely in my little cottage on the hill. xox
My favorite thing about Christmas is having all my children and grandchildren home from all over the U.S. We never stop talking and the kids are all laughing and enjoying their cousins and catching up on the year’s happenings. What fun! It’s also the only time of the year that I have no trouble getting to sleep because we are all home and I know everyone is safe. Merry Christmas! 🙂
What I love most about the Christmas season?! Family, faith, food, laughing, talking, opening presents and watching the little ones get giddy with all of it! Let’s face it, I Love everything about the Christmas season!!!
My favorite part of Christmas is being with my husband. Being separated in the past Christmas in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan, plus cancer, makes being together Christmas very special.
My favorite thing about Christmas time is being able to decorate the whole house thus filling it with joy! 🙂
My very favorite thing to do at this time of year is to load up the family and go all around town looking at the beautiful lights and displays…
I love watching our adult daughters opening their stockings on Christmas morning.
Currently, my favorite part of Christmas is when we get to SKYPE with our grandson and daughter and share the opening of presents that way. We are a long distance apart and for a few minutes on Christmas morning, it feels like we are together.
I love carols and eating cookies!
I definitely look forward to having my kids help me decorate the house! Sadly, my three teenage children are too cool to help put up holiday decorations, so I’m looking forward when they are a little older (and less cool!)
You little mice are so cute. A favorite part of Christmas is being able to make things, crafts and/or food, to give to our friends and neighbors.
getting together with family and friends
My favorite part of Christmas is going to the Children’s Christmas Service when they tell the story of Jesus’ birth in recitation and song.
My favorite part of Christmas is seeing the excitement on the faces of my grandchildren!
I love reading “The Night before Christmas…when all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…
My favourite bit of Christmas is taking my sons, now 16 & 5, to choose the tree at the local tree farm. There’s always lots of excitement, lots of walking, looking at trees from all angles, hustling for a bigger tree, and then guarding the perfect one until the farmer comes to cut it for us. Then when we have it home decorating it to the sounds of Nat King Cole and Dean Martin singing Christmas songs, it was my parents favourite CD, it keeps their memory close, and the boys and I all sing along while weighing the tree down with lots of homemade decorations.
Time off from work to be with family and reflect on why we all celebrate Christmas.
And I would love to win because I have never won anything. Thus little guy is exactly what I need to help get my pins and needles all pinned to one place.
Lovely giveaway and such cute mousies! My favourite part is sitting in front of the fire with a cup of tea and some Paul Hollywood mince pies, Christmas tree lights twinkling and something festive on the TV. Preferably in my jammies! Aww bliss. I can’t wait xx
My favorite part of Christmas is watching our children open up their gifts with joy and excitement and then making all the brunch food and eating all day!
These mice are darling!
I love, love the christmas get togethers with family and friends.
My favorite part of the Christmas season is having all my children and grandchildren around to enjoy and celebrate with me. I love to craft my own gifts, whether it’s sewed, quilted, or made out of wood. The pleasure and look of delight in my loved one’s faces makes my labor of love so well worth it!
I can sit for an hour mesmerized by the lights twinkling on the tree, imagining what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph the night of my Lord and Saviour’s birth.
I love to decorate different rooms in my house with my collection of Christmas items. My husband in turn decorates the Christmas tree and does a fabulous job. Thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway.
I love making gifts for the family and showing my grand daughters how to make simple Christmas decorations.
I love finding fun little items to put in everyone’s stocking. Always it is a bit of their favorite candy, and then fun things like lip balm or a travel size item. A cute little blue mouse peeking out would be perfect for my daughter!
My favorite time is putting up the tree. Putting the ornaments on and remembering were they came from. Love your mice. Hope one comes to my house. vickise at gmail dot com
My favorite part of Christmas is the family get together eating a meal nd playing bingo.
I love thinking and looking for months in advance for that one perfect gift for the two loves of my life, my husband and two year old daughter. I have been known to buy things months in advance and squirrel them away in my sewing room where my husband never dares to go.
My most favourite part is making Christmas crafts…..
I love the happy times shared with family at Christmas and one of the best is decorating the tree together 🙂
My favorite thing is decorating the tree! I have saved ornaments from every Christmas since I got married so many of them have very special memories. We have 2 granddaughters now s now it’s fun passing those memories and stories down to them!
Family and visiting with all of them
My favorite part of Christmas is twinkling lights, the tree, cooking, baking cookies, time with my boy friend, and walk with or Newfoundland dog
I love Christmas! I love to make a special gift for my friends and family.
I love getting snug and cosy, surrounded by twinkly lights and tinsel and with a hot chocolate and a mince pie in hand.
On FB I said my favorite part was spending time with my family. My favorite tradition is going out to the woods and cutting our own Christmas tree. Good memories!
I love, love, love Christmas. My favorite time is when I start to unwrap all my ornaments and decorations. They bring back so many memories of my children and grandchildren. I always look forward to adding something new to my collection of special ornaments whether they are gifts or made by me. Thank you for your generous gift opportunity. Merry Christmas Marta
Oh goodness, picking a favorite is hard, but I have to say the music. I don’t listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, so I look forward to digging out my collection of Christmas CDs when we get back from Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with all my extended family (Josh Groban’s Noel is one of my absolute favorites). Last year I discovered Spotify and created my very own Christmas playlist with a ton of old and new favorites, so I look forward to putting that in rotation as well. Tying in to this, we sing Advent hymns at church, and I really love the Christmas Eve service when our choir (and the children’s choir, in which my daughter sings) sing the beautiful Christmas hymns I’ve been waiting for.
My favorite part is visiting with family.
I love the smell of cinnamon in the stores! And all the lights!
My favourite part of Christmas this year will be when my Dad finally comes home from hospital. He has been there for quite a while and there isn’t anything more they can do to make him better now. It will be so wonderful when he leaves hospital and settles in at home to look forward to Christmas with all the family around him and seeing that little blue mouse above the fireplace would put a smile on his face as he loves homemade things.
I love decorating the house for the holidays.
As a child from a large family money was pretty scarce, but my parents always made Christmas so magical for us all. We would run into my Mum and Dad’s bedroom jump on the bed at 6am and have to wait for my Dad to go and light the log fire and get the kettle on.I have always loved Christmas and now have Children and Grandchildren to share it with.Just Heaven
I just love sitting in front of the fire with my family, with full bellies and rosy cheeks, happiness x
My favorite part of Christmas is finishing my shopping early then going to the mall to watch people trying to finish up their shopping.
The best part about Christmas for me is watching my grand children’s faces (age 3, 4 and 5.) as I tell them not only the Father Christmas stories but also about his helpers, the Christmas fairies and all the animals and birds who are looking forward to Christmas, what a pity they have to grow up.