We need your votes! Snowed In Holiday Favorites Poll 2014

Snowed In, a free holiday e-magazine, is launching on November 11th, 2014! The handmade community is the most important element of this project of mine, and I want you all to be a part of it.

Please give your opinions to the following questions below. The results will be published in Snowed In Magazine (I'm sensing a series of nifty pie charts in the future).

Would you like your name, business name, or blog to appear in the magazine? Leave a comment below telling us what you voted for and why; or if your favorites weren't listed below, what would you have voted for? You could be quoted in the magazine, along with a link to your shop, blog, or social media!

Thank you so much in advance for participating in this project - I can't wait to see your answers!

A quick note: after you vote on each poll, it will take you to the current poll results - just click the "back" button underneath the results to return to this page.

What is your favorite holiday song?

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What is your favorite holiday movie?

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Which holiday TV special was your favorite as a child?

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What is your favorite holiday treat?

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Berry Cozy: a handmade collection

I've been spending a lot of time browsing Etsy, specifically to find this year's picks for Snowed In's Handmade Gift Guide. A few beauties really started to pop out to me, and I created this Etsy treasury filled with beautiful colors for the holiday season. Rich, gemstone tones, cranberries and sugar plums. Simply gorgeous!

Click here to view the original treasury with 4 additional picks; or go directly to any of the above featured shops:
BlackBirdTees, KnitbyPearl, ShopHedgerowRose, Claylicious
CallMeMimi, Monicaj, ArtfulTea, Etherealle
FairyBubbles, MySelvagedLife, theseamdesigns, giardano

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

If there's anything I've learned from working at home, it's that it doesn't make housework or cooking dinner any easier. My oldest started kindergarten this Fall, and it certainly hasn't helped our schedule - that's why I was pretty excited when Hamilton Beach offered to send me a Slow Cooker to try out - specifically, the Set 'n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid. I was not paid to write this post, and all opinions here are entirely my own.

Slow cooker meals are all the rage on Pinterest, but I hadn't really thought about working them into our own weekly meals. We're a family of 4 now, and I've been slow to adjust to the dinner demands of a family. I need more meals that I can put together during nap time, and walk away from until dinner time. The catch? They need to not only be satisfying, but vegetarian as well.

Enter: slow cooker pumpkin pasta sauce. My idea was to use it over a cheese ravioli, which cooks in about 10 minutes on the stove. Altogether, the meal has three cheeses, plenty of vegetables, and a lot of flavor. It was a winner for everyone in the family.

My First Pumpkin Carving Template

Photo by Marina Winther from The Etsy Blog
Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween? I have to admit, I don't usually do anything too exciting. We usually draw a face with pencil on the pumpkin - two triangle eyes, a triangle nose, and a big open mouth with a few teeth. I've never used a template.

A few weeks ago, Etsy contacted me with the opportunity to create a pumpkin carving template for their blog. It was an interesting prospect - could my paper cut card designs translate to a pumpkin? I came up with about 10 designs, and the favorite made it onto the Etsy Blog this week as a free, downloadable template. If you don't know my work, I'm the "BOO" design!

The blog post features easy to follow instructions if you're new to carving pumpkins with templates. I know I'll be using these templates myself this year. I think my girls will really love Leah Goren's cat design, and Bryce Wymer's design will be a challenge for me, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try! Head on over to download all three templates.

Announcing Snowed In Magazine Issue 3: Call for Contributors, Sponsors, & Support!

Two years ago, with little experience (but a lot of enthusiasm!), I announced that I would be making my dream a reality: my own holiday-themed e-magazine. The first, annual issue of Snowed In Magazine launched on November 15th, 2012.

I am very happy to say issue three of Snowed In Magazine will launch on November 11th, 2014!

Snowed In is a FREE seasonal e-magazine. My goal is to introduce indie businesses, artists, and designers to new audiences. I also aim to make the holidays what they always were to me growing up: simple, warm, and memorable through unique tutorials; authentic advice; favorite recipes; and inspiration.

This project truly is a group-effort. I would love to have your help in making issue three of Snowed In Magazine a success. Here's how you can get involved:

1. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to get the magazine - right in your inbox

2. Come aboard as a contributor 
Submit a tutorial to be published in the magazine! It needs to be Winter or holiday season-related, and have step-by-step photos. It can be a crafty gift idea; a holiday DIY; a recipe; tips for surviving the holidays; beauty or fashion ideas; or home decor-related. Email your ideas to hello@AshleyPahl.com, and we'll talk about the details. I can't wait to hear from you!

3. Join the team as a sponsor
I will be working very hard to benefit sponsors of Snowed In magazine. Last year's issue received 273,916 impressions, and I hope to grow our readership even more this year! If you're a blogger, creator, indie business owner, artist, or musician, for a $60 investment you will receive:
  • A FULL PAGE "ad" that consists of:
    • 1-3 of your product, service, or blog photos
    • your logo or face
    • a relevant spotlight interview with clickable links
  • Your name in the table of contents
  • Your link in the magazine's resource and shopping guide
  • A spotlight blog post featuring you here, on She Makes a Home
  • Your ad on She Makes a Home for 3 full months
  • Social media love
  • A link to your website in the Launch Day post
  • The opportunity to offer an exclusive coupon code and/or giveaway for readers in the magazine's shopping guide
Click here: visit the advertising page to purchase a sponsorship and learn more!

4. Share, tweet, pin, email the magazine on Launch Day
The holidays are a time for giving, and that's why I provide Snowed In for free. A lot of time and effort goes into this project, and all I ask in return is a little link love!

> Want to check out the 2013 issue of Snowed In Magazine? Click here!
> Want to see the 2012 issue of Snowed In Magazine? Click here!

Thank you so much for reading this - it really means a lot to me. I hope you'll be in touch,

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