Tuesday 30 November 2010

Christmas Joy!

Hello Friends!
"SEW" What's New?
New Handmade Bags have arrived to my etsy shop!
First, I'm sharing a few MORE Christmas Swiss Rolls with you!
Welcome Christmas JOY!

Welcome New Handmade Bags...Celebrate good times throughout the year!

You will see a lot of mixed patterns and vibrant colors along with colorful 
Inspiration from my daughters for the younger crowd!
More Bags soon to come!

Fabrics from Riley Blake, Timeless Treasures, Moda and many more!

I'm hoping to add more Baby/Diaper Bags, especially one for a Baby Boy!

Flower clips are detachable, you can wear them in your hair, on denim jackets,
mix and match with other bags and accessories etc.
More Christmas Quilts! Christmas Quilts bring Happiness to your Christmas Decor!
Moda Charm Pack-My second Christmas Quilt--a favorite for beginners!
The FUN is in the mix and match of fabrics
No pattern needed, just start sewing and let the magic begin!
(I LOVE charm packs, super fast and displays your Beautiful Fabric Collection!)
(I made this quilt when my LOVE for QUILTING started-2007)
In The Magic of Christmas!
                      Believe in YOURSELF--YOU CAN SEW!
Try a Charm Pack.
Try a SIMPLE Pattern to begin your love for Quilting.
(If you can sew a straight line, you can do it).
You are "SEW" Creative for all my friends who tell me differently!
Everyone has CREATIVE talents!
Share your talents.
Have a "JOYFUL" Day!
Have FUN!
Thanks for visiting!
I love hearing from you! Thank you for your heartfelt emails!

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Special

The Lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree on NBC!

Tuesday - November 30, 2010 - 8-9 P.M. ET/PT

Please check your Local NBC Channel. I believe there is more coverage of this on TV - in the New York and surrounding areas.

O Holy Night (CD/DVD)NoelHappy Christmas

Performers Include:

Alt Christmas

Christmas songs pop up all year round, by band you'd never expect they'd write one. Here are four fairly recent alt-rock songs about Christmas (that don't make 'm Christmas songs, if you catch my drift). She Came Home For Christmas by Danish band Mew is my favourite, a dreamy track with furiously crashing guitars in the middle. The Ocean Tango (a French/Swedish project) are dreamy as well, in a Carpenters-y style. Russian Futurists are funny Canadians, 100 Shopping Days 'til Christmas is a funny title for a song. Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel are Americana-bands, Christmas '83 appeared on a collaboration-EP.

UPDATE: (from the comments:) It's actually a Centro-Matic song... as it was originally released via Stereogum 2 years ago. South San Gabriel is actually fronted by the same guy who fronts Centro-Matic... so it's hard to call it a collaboration. Sorry to get all geeky.

Mew - She Came Home For Christmas
Ocean Tango - Christmas in July
Russian Futurists - 100 Shopping Days 'til Christmas
Centro-Matic & South San Gabriel - Christmas '83

Monday 29 November 2010

Winter tracks

During the winter we all need music that warms us like fireplaces. Sometimes it's an old nostalgic track by Nat King Cole and sometimes it's just something new that gives us that same feeling. A song that I really loved this year is from Sun Kil Moon: Australian Winter. But also the Cocteau Twin song Frosty The Snowman will do the trick. And there's always Low with their lovely Blue Christmas. No matter what and how you spent it, I wish you all great (white) days.

Low - Blue Christmas
Cocteau Twins - Frosty the snowman (so-so quality, if anybody has a better mp3, lemme know)
Sun Kil Moon - Australian winter
Better version of Frosty (thx Maks): Cocteau Twins - Frosty the snowman

Who'd be an Elton at Christmas?

Commenter Der Bingle rightly mentioned here that The Puppini Sisters did a great version of Elton John's Step into Christmas. Full disclosure: I did not know Elton wrote that song (nor that he wrote another Christmas-y song, here). The flipside to Step into Christmas (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas?) was probably written in 3 seconds, yet it's quite funny. Step into Christmas was covered many times, and usually pretty bad. But these rockin' versions by London skinheadband The Business and indie darlings The Wedding Present are good.

Elton John - Step into Christmas
Elton John - Who'd be a turkey at Christmas?
The Business - Step into Christmas
The Wedding Present - Step into Christmas (link = fixed)

CMA Country Christmas - New Tonight !

Monday, November 29, 2010-

The CMA Country Christmas Show Premieres Tonight on ABC!

Click here to see the list of performers!

Watch Country Music stars as they perform classic Christmas songs and share treasured
holiday memories on the first ever CMA Country Christmas!

Let's Go Go Christmas

One of the weirdest Christmas albums in my collection is Let's Go Go Christmas from 1995, featuring a bunch of Washington DC go-go-bands like Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers and Junkyard Band doing percussion-heavy versions of Christmas classics. If you think metal Christmas covers are the least seasonal, think again. Of course, Little Drummer Boy isn't omitted.

Double Agent Rock - Little Drummer Boy

Sunday 28 November 2010

Christmas with the Sisters

Inspired by the Oscar®-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville (a French animated movie which features a ‘40s-style harmony group), The Puppini Sisters — Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins, and Stephanie O’Brien — formed in London. Dressed in 1940’s-style wardrobe, the three sing like The Andrews Sisters. Both Sisters made great X-mas albums.

The Puppini Sisters - Step into Christmas
The Andrews Sisters - I'd like to hitch a ride with Santa

Saturday 27 November 2010

Christmas "Sweet Treats"

                                       Welcome to Sweet Treats
                                                                for Christmas!
                                                             (I'm re-posting from June 4, 2010)
How about a Christmas Blizzard? Here's a few Christmas treats, as I mentioned in my previous Christmas post, to prepare early for the Christmas Holidays! You can also make these fun treats for all celebrations and Birthdays!

How to make a Christmas Blizzard-


One large glass (Walmart-under $1.00)
Fuzzy socks, Christmas hat, scarf or anything that can be rolled with the looks of Ice Cream!
Candy Canes
Red Candy Pixie sticks
Christmas candy picks (Hobby Lobby $1.00-50% off)
Christmas tags

I used a scarf in my blizzard. I rolled it and puffed up the top to a tip. I added candy canes, pixie sticks and Christmas candy pick. Tie a ribbon, add a tag and welcome Christmas Smiles!

Christmas Swiss Roll:

How to make a Christmas Swiss Roll:
One Brown Washcloth
One White Washcloth
One Elastic
One Christmas Tag
One Candy Cane
Christmas Ribbon

Recipe: Take one white and brown wash cloth. Fold each washcloth to the middle, roll the two washcloths together.

Place elastic around the folded wash cloths to keep in place. Next, add candy cane, ribbon and Christmas tag.

Enjoy your Swiss Cake Roll with your Christmas Blizzard!


Christmas Cover Up

'On this compilation we offer you a number of lesser-known existing and exciting Christmas songs. Contemporary musicians, mostly Dutch, were asked to make modern covers of these songs (...) The result is a wonderful mix of old and new songs, wrapped in a stylish 21st century cover, proving that the perfect Christmas song is timeless'. So writes Oscar Smit, aka Grandmaster O, who lovingly compiled and curated Christmas Cover Up. We never saw a Christmas comp featuring Johnny Cash next to Japanese heroes Shonen Knife next to Belgian lounge-meister Monte La Rue. More info on tracklisting et al HERE.

Petit Papa Noel was written in 1946 for Corsican actor/singer Tino Rossi. The version by singer and actress Kaat Hellings from Antwerp is a tad more sexy than the original.

Tino Rossi - Petit Papa Noel
Kaat Hellings - Petit Papa Noel

Free Christmas compilation

XO Publicity is giving away a Christmas compilation featuring bands from their roster like Piney Girl, Campfire X and Paper Tongues. Unfortunately, the song featuring Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa himself) can't be heard nor downloaded. Reasons unclear, alas.

Go HERE to download the zip, or the tracks.

Aaaaaand....we're back!

Hello-ho-ho, the Christmas A Go Go team (TCAGGT) welcomes y'all back for a month of unashamed musical yearning for the Christmas holidays. TGAGGT-members have a thing for the weird yet wonderful X-mas tunes. You can expect links to mp3s and videos. We're kicking off with a brilliant video by Dutch artists Joast en Eefje, re-doing Paul McCartney's We All Stand Together. A song that is not about Christmas, but got a yuletide ring to it when it was re-released at Christmastime.

"Call Me Mrs Miracle" and More Christmas Movie Premieres this Weekend!

There are 3 new Christmas Movies premiering this Weekend! So, don't forget to set that recorder... if you are heading out the door to go shopping!!! These all look to be something delightful and fun to watch as you are baking or Christmas decorating or just relaxing with the family!

Click on the Movie Titles below for More Details & Pictures!

Saturday - November 27, 2010
and re-airing on Sunday - November 28:

Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs Miracle 
Hallmark Channel

This is a sequel to last years adorable Christmas movie- Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle. It will air on Saturday night - before the premiere!

Sunday - November 28:
The November Christmas

This one is a Hallmark Hallmark of Fame... it might require tissues!

(also) Sunday - November 28:

The Dog who Saved Christmas Vacation
ABC Family

Something fun for the whole family! This is a Sequel to last years - The Dog Who Saved Christmas. It will air on Sunday night - before the new premiere!

Visit the CHRISTMAS TV SCHEDULE for All the Information on air dates and times.

Mrs MiracleThe Dog Who Saved ChristmasThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation