A holiday "cheer-me-up"!

I hope everyone is enjoying the bustle before the holidays! I've been working away on gifts, a little further behind than usual this year. I'm hoping to have packages shipped out in time, but I'm not going to stress over it this time!

Yesterday we took a trip into NYC to meet up with my brother and his girlfriend, who were visiting from Chicago. We brought my brother in law along, who was also visiting! It was a really fun day, and the city is so amazing when it's all decked out for the holidays. It was just the festive pick-me-up that we all needed after the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday. (Though I must admit, I was hovering over Addy like a hawk!)

The day was made even more bright when I received Pink Chalk's email newsletter and saw that my "Funky Dresden Pillow" tutorial made it into the top 20 for the Handmade With Love contest!

Modern Dresden Plate Tutorial

Here is the link to the original post, complete with 130 entries! So many great ideas in there, if you are so inclined to add another project to your holiday list!

And here is the post with the 20 finalists. There are 4 categories with 5 entries per category. You can vote for 1 project in each category!

There are lots of great projects in the running, and lots of amazing bloggers behind those projects. I really don't expect to win, but it's a pretty great feeling to be in the top 20!

I'll be back in a day or two with a quilt to share - assuming we get a bit of sunshine for some photos!