Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and 5th Friday Schedule Update

Polymer Clay Tutor 5th Friday Seasons GreetingsShe was sewing
and gluing and beading
with glee. In hopes to get
everything under the
~Cindy Lietz

First off, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season, no matter how you celebrate! It has been an extremely busy, creative and productive year for us all. I am so proud of everyone’s accomplishments! The friendships and sharing has been tremendous… and I feel deeply blessed that you all have chosen to be part of this caring polymer clay community.

Now About The 5th Friday…

For those who have been around awhile, you guys will already know how these 5th Friday’s work. But for the benefit of anyone who is new, here’s the scoop.

Each month at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, you receive 4 new video tutorials, and 4 new A-series Color Recipes. Plus, everyone subscribed to my free Guest List Newsletter also receives the weekly B-series color recipes.

Now since some months have an additional Friday, there are several weeks scattered throughout the year, that I don’t publish any videos and recipes. And this month (Dec’2010) happens to have one of those extra 5th Friday’s.

With Christmas just a couple of days away, it made sense to schedule this month’s 5th Friday for tomorrow (Dec 24). I’m sure all of you will be quite busy anyway… with your own holiday festivities and preparations.

But if you need a little something fun to tide you over, here’s a silly Crafty Christmas Poem I wrote a couple of years back. It’s still good for a smile and a giggle.

By the way, things will get back on track next week with the Vol-031-4 Video and Recipes becoming available on December 31st… the last day of the year!!!

So until then… have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Love and Peace to All!


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  1. Nancy Quinn, 23 December, 2010


    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011. I love your tutorials and look forward to many more in 2011.

    happy creating

    Nancy Q

  2. Anne o, 23 December, 2010

    Have a Merry Christmas, and see you in the new year! Thanks so much for all your inspiration !

  3. Susan B, 23 December, 2010

    Dear Cindy, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and wonderfully happy New Year. I continue to be SO happy to have discovered you and the amazing community you have created here and look forward to spending another creative year with you and everyone else! Very best wishes, Susan

  4. Nounoo, 23 December, 2010

    Bonnes Fêtes à vous également ainsi qu’à vos proches !! et merci pour le partage de votre savoir.

    ENGLISH TRANSLATION: “Merry Christmas to you too and your family! and thank you for sharing your knowledge.”

  5. Hobokenmary, 23 December, 2010

    WIshing you and your family and all my fellow bloggers a very Merrry Christmas and may much happiness, joy and love be yours in the new year!

  6. M. Ceu Fernandes, 23 December, 2010

    Dear Cindy,
    I wish you a wonderful Christmas and an excellent 2011!
    Big hug,

  7. Anna Sabina, 23 December, 2010

    Wish all a merry Christmas. In the past Cindy has shown us some amazing things she has made for family members, last years it was an amazing altered art book for her nephew. So Cindy, what have you been making to put under the tree this year?
    God bless us every one.

  8. Laura Z, 23 December, 2010

    Wishing you and your family and the whole polymer clay family here a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday whatever way you all celebrate. It’s been wonderful getting to know all of you the over the past few months.

    Cindy, you are an amazing creative person and I thank you for sharing your knowledge and time with us. I have learned so much! I can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

    Happy blessings,

  9. Dawn, 23 December, 2010

    A very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year to you and your family Cindy. And I’m wishing the same for all of us here on your wonderful site. I had a fun year claying and am looking forward to a fun and creative 2011!

  10. Ken H, 23 December, 2010

    Wishing the Lietz family any my family here the best holidays that anyone can have, I love that hat of yours Cindy, my great aunt had one similar except it had a long red feather out the back (think Robin Hood ), wishing you all much health, love and prosperity for the coming year… and I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, and to all a goodnight!…..

    Ken H.

  11. Brenda, 23 December, 2010

    *?MERRY*•?° ?? ° ????* •?* •??* •??*?
    ° ?* •???*° ??*•?*CHRISTMAS? ?*?° ? ° ??*° ??*• °
    ° ?.°??* _?_____*?*?° ? ° ??*?° • ? ° ??*?° • ? ° ??
    ? ??•? */______/~??? ? ° ?• ° ???° ? ° ?????° ? ° ???
    ? ?? ? *?????? ???° ? ° ????*And Happy New Year*

  12. pollyanna, 23 December, 2010

    @Brenda: I was going ??????? ….so glad you explained…….lol.

  13. Brenda, 23 December, 2010

    Ok that didn’t turn out right. Suppost to have been snowflakes.

  14. Elizabeth S., 23 December, 2010

    May this unique wonderful family of look forward to another year of friendship, laughter and most importantly, learning.

    Thank you, Cindy & Doug for leading us all on this wonderful journey. I wish you and your family everything joyful during the holidays and in the coming year.

  15. Isabel H, 23 December, 2010

    Thanks so much for making my retirement even MORE fun and exciting!
    Merry Christmas to you, your family and all the other clayers here. And all the best for 2011!

  16. Isabel, 23 December, 2010

    ps…can anyone tell me how to upload a photo here? looked on my profile but couldn’t find a place to do it. thanks!

  17. Ken H, 23 December, 2010

    @Isabel: If you search under the term “gravatar” you should get the directions to add a picture, I did it a while ago using Cindy’s directions. Hope this helps

  18. Elly Moore, 23 December, 2010

    Wighing you and your the veriest merrist Christmas ever.
    Merry Christmas everyone
    Elly Moore

  19. Laura Z, 23 December, 2010

    Isabel, how funny I was just thinking the same thing! I’d like to upload a profile pic but don’t know how.

  20. Debbie Rhodes, 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Lietz’ family and to all my polymer clay friends. May each and every one of you have a safe and wonderful holiday.
    Looking forward to the new year in polymer clay learning and sharing.

  21. Isabel, 23 December, 2010

    Laura….maybe someone will take pity on us and we’ll learn something today!

  22. Jocelyn, 23 December, 2010

    Wish everyone here a delightful holiday season.

    For instructions on uploading pics, go to search box in upper left and search on “uploading gravatar.”

  23. Lawrence, 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas to Cindy, Doug and family and Joyful thoughts for a Happy Holiday to our global community of Cindy Clayers.

  24. Bonnie Kreger, 23 December, 2010

    Cindy, Doug and Family, Merry Christmas and thank you for a wonderful and inspiring year. Your tutorials this past year were incredible.

    I left a comment before but it’s not showing up. Must be in cyberspace somewhere.

    Merry Christmas to all you Cindy followers and can’t wait to see all the beautiful things you do in 2011.

  25. Marlene C, 23 December, 2010

    Although it hasn’t even been a full year since I joined this loving, caring and sharing family, I feel truly blessed to be among you all. May you all be blessed with a healthy and Happy Holiday.

  26. Kathy G, 23 December, 2010

    @Marlene: I received the metallic sand today……thank you for my early Christmas present….lol! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  27. Marlene C, 24 December, 2010

    @Kathy G: Glad it arrived safe and sound. Had visions of it breaking through the package and grinding the mailing machinery to a screeching halt! I got the Buffalo Snow yesterday and have already molded a couple of opals. Just haven’t had time to take them out.
    Wishing you and yours a great Holiday.

  28. Josie, 23 December, 2010

    .Merry Christmas Cindy, Doug and family. Thanks for a brillant year.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  29. Koolbraider, 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas to you, Cindy and Doug! You’ve given us all presents through the year so here’s wishing you all the best. A a big “Ho ho ho” to everyone.

  30. Laura Z, 23 December, 2010

    Thanks for the help everyone on uploading gravatars. Hopefully (or not, LOL) my pic will show up soon!

  31. pattw, 23 December, 2010

    The Merriest of Christmas and a glorious New Year. This year has been wonderful ! The many ups and downs have been weathered. The joys and sadnesses are behind us. To ALL -look forward to a new and rewarding new year. Blessings to you all.

    To Cindy, Doug and family – may all your dreams come true!

    P.S. Thanks to the Leitz team for all you have given -it will come back to you in triplicate !

  32. Isabel H, 23 December, 2010

    Thanks Ken and Jocelyn. Gotta say, ‘gravatar’ is NOT a word I would have thought of searching!!
    I’m baking cheesecakes and SHOULD be cleaning the house for the arrival of the Christmas throngs, but my workroom and the polymer clay is calling me….man, I’m addicted! I DREAM about what I’ll try next!
    Made a whole bunch of ‘spoon bail‘ necklaces the other day and I love them…hopefully, I can figure out how to upload some pics in the new year.
    Thanks again, Cindy, and everyone else for all your help – love reading your posts!

  33. Cherie, 23 December, 2010

    Merry, Merry Christmas Cindy and Doug and the family and many blessings in the New Year. thank you both so much for the amazing tutorials; I’m so glad to have found you and this wonderful claying community.

    To all my fellow clayers, it’s been wonderful getting to know all of you. you all have such talent. Thankyou for your friendship. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 2011 !

    May you all have good health, peace, joy and love! God Bless us all!

    Love and prayers


  34. Maria, 23 December, 2010

    I love being a part of the vast Lietz claying family. Merry Christmas to all my “brothers and sisters” and I wish all a wonderful New Year 2011. Here’s to many more inspirations and beautiful creations!

  35. Kathy Bloom, 23 December, 2010

    Happy Holidays to everyone!

  36. Joyce M, 23 December, 2010

    It has been said many times but I want to add my best wishes to everyone, hoping that the New Year will bring a return to good health to all those who are trying to meet the challenge of “getting better”. I want to share our best gift ever, my DH, Wayne, has recovered from non Hodgkin’s Mantel Cell Lymphoma. No nasty bugs in the last two scans. We celebrate each day that we are together. I wish you all this enormous joy without the cause.
    Thank you, Cindy, Doug and family (sorry forgot the names, guys) along with everyone here, even those that we don’t hear from. We know you are out there and maybe you will drop in come 2011.


    TO ALL

  37. Cindy Lietz, 23 December, 2010

    Oh Gosh do I feel good reading all these kind comments! It really has been quite the year and it sure has been rewarding to spend it with all of you guys. Thank You so much! I wish I was able to give each one of you a hug and wish you all a Happy Christmas personally, but since I haven’t yet finished getting ready for Christmas, I will just address a few of your questions before heading off the computer for the Evening.

    @Anna Sabina: Although I am giving away some polymer clay gifts this year, most of them I had made ahead of time, since I knew this year I would be too busy to make things during the season. Many of the gifts you have seen in the gallery so nothing new to show this time.

    @Brenda: It looks like you must have put a lot of effort into your snowflake text art. I am imagining then all fluffy and pretty… just how you meant them to be! :-)

    @Isabel: Looks like Ken and Jocelyn answered your question, about how to add your picture (or Gravatar) to the blog here. I have linked to a reference by my name that should be helpful for you. And an added tip… when you do a search, sometimes there is a lot of information to sift through on the relevant blog pages that you end up at. So you get to a page, you can use the Find Feature in your Browser (Ctrl+F in IE and Firefox) to look for specific keywords on the page. And in regards to sharing photos of your polymer clay projects, there is Facebook Gallery Page where you can do that. Hope that helps.

    @Laura Z: Nice to finally see your face Laura! Glad you figured out how to upload your Gravatar!

    @Joyce M: That is incredible news! Thank you so much for letting us know. Have a wonderful holiday with your husband. PEACE HOPE HEALTH PROSPERITY JOY LOVE FRIENDSHIP to you too!

  38. Phaedrakat, 24 December, 2010

    @Joyce M: What fantastic news about your husband — I’m thrilled to hear it! I wish you happy & healthy holidays, and a wonderful new year…

    Dear Cindy & Doug, thanks for an exciting year of tutorials, inspiration, and the feeling of belonging to this lovely, talented group. You both do so much for us, and provide us with this fab place to learn, exchange ideas, and joke about our clay experiences. I hope your family has a wonderful holiday season — Happy Christmas, Lietz’s! Love, Kat.

  39. Elizabeth S., 24 December, 2010

    @Joyce M:Joyce,

    What joyous news!!!! Thank you for sharing this with your claying family. May your husband continue to enjoy good health.

  40. Linda K., 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Cindy, Doug, all my friends here, and all your families.

    @ Joyce M: What joyous Christmas news!

  41. Michelle G, 23 December, 2010

    I too wish you and your family the best holiday ever and a super New Year!

    I am so happy I discovered your service , it’s been wonderful. Looking forward to future lessons….have loads of fun with your family!

  42. haydee, 23 December, 2010

    dear cindy, just good wishes for a HAPPY and HEALTHY
    NEW YEAR—and thank you sooo much for all you share
    with everyone, thanks, haydee

  43. Jan W., 23 December, 2010


    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and safe New Year too. You appear to be celebrating early, you go girl *<8{ ). Thanks you for all the wonderful tips and tutors you provide, and for being available to assist those that need it.

    Here's to a wonderful 2011.


  44. Bette L, 23 December, 2010

    I wish a Merry Christmas, or Chanuka to all, and a happy and prosperous New Year!
    Thanks to the Leitz family for all they have done in the last year!
    May you have joy in your hearts throughout the new year.
    I am looking forward to another wonderful year with the Polymer Clay Tutor.

  45. Stephanie Bargelski, 23 December, 2010

    Wishing each and everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAY season!!!!

  46. Cheryl V., 23 December, 2010

    I wish you all a joyous and blessed Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

  47. Carrie N., 23 December, 2010

    Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you all have a great weekend!

  48. Sandra Grounds, 23 December, 2010

    Cindy, I fel so blessed to have you as my friend! God bless you and thank you for all th extra help you have given me. Merry Christmas and have a special New Year>

  49. Laurie, 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas! The Lord bless and keep you all!

  50. Kathy G, 23 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas Cindy, Doug and the entire claying family! I have learned so much this past year and am looking forward to many exciting “Fridays” in 2011. Happy New Year to all!

    now I’m off to add a profile pic…lol

  51. Becky C., 24 December, 2010

    Wishing the best of holiday seasons to Cindy, Doug and family, and to all the fellow clayers here! It has truly been a joy to me to have found this site and the wonderful tutorials, as well as all the friendly folks on here. May God bless you all.

  52. Isabelle J, 24 December, 2010

    I hope to you nice hollidays, Thank you for all you do for us :-) Sincerely, ISA from France

  53. Isabel, 24 December, 2010

    Hi Isa – just a note to say I got a little ‘jolt’ when I saw your message because I’m called ‘Isa’ too, by friends and family! Merry Christmas!
    The Other Isa

  54. Sue F, 24 December, 2010

    To Cindy, Doug, the rest of the Lietz clan, and everybody here,

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

    Sue :)

  55. Lisa Whitham, 24 December, 2010

    Merry Christmas Lietz clan and the rest of my sweet, wonderful clay family. I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!! And I hope you all get what you asked Santa for. I did…and of course they were clay related..!! hohoho…

    Peace, Love, and Clay Forever,
    ~Lisa :) (((((HUGS for ALL)))))

  56. Silverleaf, 24 December, 2010

    Happy Christmas guys! And have a fantastic New year full of clay fun too…! xxx

  57. Helen Sperring, 25 December, 2010

    Well, I lost my comments……Let’s try it again, Honey…….I haven’t been around for a while. My Grandkids 7, 5, and 2 years old have been keeping me very happily busy(all boys) Between this great clay site, all the great people here, and my great grandkids…..Well, whose got it better than me??????? They’re growing so fast and I don’t want to miss anything. They come up with some surprising clay pieces. Any how, I wish everyone a really Happy and Healthy Christmas ………Cindy, Doug and Children……The greatest family I met , since 2008….I wish you Love and happiness……..Honey

  58. Regina, 31 December, 2010

    Cindy, I just love your little crafty mom poem. So prefect. Hope your holidays were wonderful and that 2011 is abundant in all things.

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