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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

On the First Day of Christmas....

On the 12 days of Christmas, my true love spoiled me... with lots of lovely pieces from the TransCanada team on Etsy!

The TransCanada etsy team is very excited about the holiday season this year, and we can't wait to spread our joy. Over the course of the next twelve days, you will meet twenty-two of our team members who will each share a little bit about their favorite aspects of the Christmas holiday season.

Today we meet team members rjcharms and OffTheHooks.
RJ of rjcharms hails from Orangeville, Ontario. Her etsy shop is stocked with a fabulous selection of jewelry, stitch markers, and bookmarks all featuring the sweetest pewter charms.

RJ shared with me her favorite Christmas tradition:

Since I was born I've received a new Christmas angel ornament each year. I love opening my box of angels every December and reminiscing over past year’s ornaments and the memories that go with them. The only thing they have in common is that they are all angels - there's everything from homemade cloth angels to sterling silver and crystal ones! My husband now shares in the tradition (with a winter sport theme), and I can't wait until we have little ones to pass along the ornament tradition to!

RJ also has a gift for all of our lovely blog readers: Buy 3 Get One FREE (Items must be from same category, free item must be of equal or lesser value, indicate free choice in notes to seller with code "TCET". Promo offer is good until Dec. 6.) Thanks, RJ!

Next up: hailing from Edmonton, Alberta is Ashley from OffTheHooks. OffTheHooks is home to a great selection of knitted and crocheted items, many using upcycled wool. Some of Ashley's own swoon-worthy handspun wools are also available.


Ashley shares with us this sweet holiday memory:

One of my favorite holiday traditions has been the eating of my grandma's home-made chocolates. Every year, she's laboured over the stove, making caramel, stirring fondant, melting chocolate, and eventually dipping the frozen fillings into the liquid chocolate to make her famous Christmas chocolates. I have many fond memories of spending winter evenings with her, helping to dip chocolates (and eating many too!). Her chocolate covered caramel and pecan "turtles" have always been my favorite. I'm a big fan of the caramel. So I've started my own tradition of making caramel candies at Christmas time to give to all my family & friends.
The recipe I use can be found here:
http://candy.about.com/od/caramelrecipes/ss/sbs_caramels_2.htm
And you can always add chopped nuts before you pour the caramels into the pan and drizzle some chocolate over them for that great turtle combination! They look so cute wrapped up in the hand-cut waxed paper.

Ashley is offering 10% off in her shop during this promotion (excludes items already on sale & gift certificates). Just quote "TCET" in your notes to seller to receive the discount via paypal refund.

Remember, that we also are spreading joy this year by awarding a fabulous goodie bag to one lucky winner. Items have been donated by all twenty-two of the team members that you will meet over the next twelve days. Just click the button below to see all the details on how to enter. Drop by again tomorrow to meet two more team-members.

5 comments:

Morgen said...

This is awesome! Those chocolates sound yummy Ashley.

CanArtisan said...

Great post!

Nadine said...

I love the ornament tradition! What a fantastic idea.

Those chocolates do sound really yummy!

This is going to be a great 12 days!

Wild Woman Jewelry said...

i love reading these holiday traditions and memories - what a meaningful experience to decorate your tree when every ornament has a story and those cookies sound decadent! thanks for sharing! and don't forget to visit both these fabulous shops this holiday season!

Tina said...

Thanks for sharing your memories with us!