Thursday, December 04, 2008

and we have a winner!

our giveaway winner is...

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Lisa at I Get the Green Swing!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite one is the black toile stocking!!!


Lisa, it's yours! I will try to contact you, but please get hold of me with your mailing address so I can pop it in the mail to you this week so you can put it to use! Much love and warm holiday wishes to everyone who entered my giveaway! And don't forget the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas, our Savior, Jesus Christ's birth!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

another day :: another giveaway


Sew, Mama, Sew Blog is having a Give-Away Day today, and I decided to participate to kick off the month of December.

toile stocking

As a child, my favorite part of Christmas morning was always the anticipation of waking early and looking through my stocking with my brother and sister and seeing all the little treats tucked in, right down to the ones in the toe. There was always an apple, an orange and a few nuts and even a peppermint stick lovingly placed inside with the other special treasures. I was always reminded of Laura and Mary and my beloved Little House on the Prairie Books as I gleefully pulled each item from my handmade stocking each year and how they had celebrated Christmas by hanging their stockings for Santa to fill and how excited they were to find a shiny penny in the toe!

As an adult, I have passed that tradition on to my own children by making each of them a stocking that I felt symbolized their personality and filling it each year with small inexpensive gifts to show our love for them. I hope they will one day find their own ways to pass down traditions within their families with their children and maybe I will have the opportunity to make a few more stockings. Time will tell...

houndstooth stocking w/ball fringe

But for you...I have two stockings up for grabs! I have made two beautiful stockings, one in a black and white toile print with a polka dot cuff and trimmed in black and white gingham and the other in a black and white houndstooth with a polka dot cuff and trimmed with black pom-pom fringe. There will be one winner, so just let me know in your comments which is your favorite and tomorrow morning, I will use a random number generator to choose the winner!

Monday, November 03, 2008

another winner!

Charlotte at Owl Love to Stamp said...

That is the cutest tea cozy I've ever seen! I'd love to have it.

Well, Charlotte, you are the winner!

Number 75, was the winning number this time after using the cool random number generator once again. So, I'll be contacting Charlotte to get her cute tea cozy out to her right away!


I hope each and every one of you are having a glorious Monday morning! And for those of you who entered my giveaway, thank you so much! I loved reading each of your comments! I truly wish I could give each one of you something! I may have to make this a monthly habit!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

camera strap giveaway winner!

Well, I was out late last night and didn't have time to choose my winner for the camera strap, so early this morning, all entries were thrown into the random number generator, and the winner is.....


I have an international winner! Half-pint pixie from Ireland! I will be contacting you to claim your prize! How exciting! And she chose the kaffe fassett pumpkin paperweight! It's one of my favorites, too!

camera strap :: kaffe fassett's pumpkin paperweight

I want to thank everyone who entered the drawing by offering each of you a 20% discount on your own custom camera strap from my shop. All you have to do to receive the discount is to purchase a strap from my etsy shop and let me know before you pay that you entered my giveaway and I will send you a discounted invoice through paypal. The discount will be good for one week, through November 5.

Monday, October 27, 2008

fall bloggy giveaway carnival :: you're my cup of tea

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It is once again time for the quarterly bloggy giveaways carnival and I am once again participating. Yes, I am doing another giveaway while one is still going on, and no, I won't forget about those of you who have entered my other one, and yes, you can enter this one as well! Whew, I hope I answered all of your questions!

cute tea cozy

Since I am giving away one of my cute camera straps in the giveaway a couple of posts back, (which by the way, if you haven't entered, you still have time until Wednesday)I have decided to give away this adorable quilted tea cozy for those of you who drink tea. I made this a while back for one of my sewing shows, and since it doesn't match my kitchen, I have never used it. So, it will go to someone who will love it and care for it and cozy up her tea pot with it!

coffee sleeve :: groovy mushrooms

Now if tea is not your "cup of tea", I will happily substitute one of my equally as adorable and "green" coffee sleeves, made to slide over your coffee cup to keep your coffee hot and your hand not, and all those cardboard sleeves out of the garbage. Now you can tell your favorite barista, "Thanks, but I have my own!" You just let me know in your comments which you would prefer, and on Sunday, November 2, I will use a random number generator to decide who wins. I will then notify the winner by email and here on my blog!

And since I work from home to help support my lovely family, please take a look at my shop to see if anything there is "your cup of tea" for your holiday gift giving this year! Give the gift of handmade this season! You won't regret it!

Check out the other great giveaways as well!

a glimpse of my kitchen table

This is just a glimpse--we have been eating outside on the back porch a lot lately, however, it is getting colder here, and I guess that means I am going to have to clean my kitchen table off so we can eat inside!

fall table runner

This is a table runner I am working on for my show, Sew Simple, and I have to say, it turned out exactly as I was hoping! I used all Kaffe Fassett fabrics in beautiful rich fall colors and I love it! I can't wait to finish it up and use it on my Thanksgiving table.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

handmade holidays aka I'm having a giveaway party!

The Nester is hosting a handmade holiday party and I decided to join in! Buy handmade this holiday season and support your local crafters!

To make it even more exciting, I am offering a free camera strap from my etsy shop! All you have to do to enter to win is to take a look in my shop and leave a comment telling me which strap is your favorite!

camera strap :: heather bailey's red tiled primrose

When the contest ends next Wednesday, October 29, I will use a random number generator to choose the winning entry and notify the winner by email and here on my blog. Your custom camera strap will be on its way to you within a week of the end of the giveaway!

camera strap :: kaffe fassett's cobalt paperweight

Take a look at all the other terrific shops for some more handmade love, too! You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

my beach vacation :: show and tell

Our family just returned from a week's vacation to Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast and if anyone knows me, they will know just how much I love the beach! We had the most amazing weather while there (aside from a few rain showers) and the last evening I had planned for a family photo shoot on the beach.

the best thing in life to hold onto is each other!

I am not a professional photographer, but I knew that I wanted photos of my family as our children are getting older and we might not have many opportunities like this to have most of them together again. My oldest daughter unfortunately was unable to make it because she is in college and couldn't miss a week of classes to go with us. The rest of our children were on fall break from school. I searched on flickr for family beach photos and I loosely interpreted some of the ideas I got from there. I loved the way all of them turned out!

jump for joy!

Get suggestions from your kids, too. My girls had the idea for the jumping photo. I think it turned out really cute. Most of all, have fun!

We were able to get some great shots on the beach as the sun was setting and although they are not professional, they are perfect to me! As I downloaded them and began reminiscing and laughing, remembering the wonderful times we had while there, I was inspired to make myself some new jewelry. Initially, I had thought I would just make one new pendant to wear on my white/clear glass beaded necklace. But the more I looked at the photos, I couldn't choose just one. In the end, I made five, yes I said FIVE, new charms. I found some quotes that I fell in love with and put those on the back and now I can change them out as my mood changes.

collage of family beach photo pendants

If you have any of your beach photos lying around from your vacations, now is a perfect time to get them out and turn them into a treasured heirloom!

My friend Sherry and I have a business called S & S Heirloom Art and we make these beautiful pieces of jewelry and we are now having a sale where you may purchase 3 of any item and receive the 4th item free! Check out our blog and see all the details. And check back tomorrow morning bright and early when you will find more about an awesome give-away on our blog as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

quilt giveaway

Elizabeth Cranmer over at Pigtails and Snails is giving away this beautiful quilt!
It is absolutely gorgeous, and all you have to do to enter to win is to leave a comment on her blog. How easy is that!?! You have until 7pm MST on Friday Oct 17th, so go enter!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

bathroom makeover

I have been wanting to re-do the kids' bathroom for so long and finally got around to it a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely love it! This is a picture of what it looked like with just the walls painted:
before shot of kids' bathroom::yuck!
And this is a picture of the shower curtain I made.
kids' patchwork shower curtain
The only fabric I had to buy was the red Heather Bailey fabric. All the rest was from my stash! Woo Hoo! It always helps to buy great fabric when it is on sale at your local quilt shop. You never know when you might need it!
This is the artwork I made using some 10"x10" artist canvases, acrylic paints, and scraps of fabrics:
wall art painted canvas w/fabric trim
And last, but, not least, these are the towels which I dressed up with the leftover scraps of fabric and put loops on to hang on a new peg rack so my kids will maybe hang their towels up and not throw them on the floor on a heap. You can see from the first photo that they never used the lovely brass-finish towel bar!
fabric trimmed towels w/hanging loops
I hope to put a tutorial together soon for the towels and put it here in my sidebar along with my other tutorials. I also plan on making a floor mat with another towel I purchased and trimming it with the rest of the leftover fabric scraps so it can be thrown in the wash with the rest of the towels when it is dirty.

I don't know why I waited so long to do this makeover, but I sure know it was worth it and I plan on doing many more rooms in my house this fall! I can't wait to get started!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

more tutorials added!

I have added three more tutorials to my sidebar for your downloading pleasure! I have to run now and teach a class, but I will add photos to this post to show you the goodies when I return!

*****Okay, I'm back! Here are the photos of the tutorials I just added!

The first is this snap wallet: snap wallet

Next up is a checkbook cover: checkbook cover

And lastly, is a zippered pouch: zipper pouch

Hope you enjoy them!
Love ya!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

and the winner is...

Well, the time has come for choosing a winner and after putting the numbers through the random number generator, Tiffany, from Pate Family Fun is the winner of a new custom camera strap! This is the one she chose! I think she has great taste, as it is a cute vintage fabric, and there is only one left after this one.

camera strap :: vintage flowers

Thanks to all who entered, and I sure wish I could give each of you a strap! If any of you who entered the contest and didn't win, I am going to offer to you a 20% discount for the rest of this week on any camera strap listed in my etsy shop! Oh, I might as well offer the same discount on custom orders, as well, since I have a bunch of new fabrics and haven't had time to make up new straps in those fabrics. Just let me know you entered my giveaway before you pay and I'll send you an adjusted invoice to reflect the discount! Remember, this offer is only good through next Saturday, May 3!

Thanks again! This was a lot of fun and I plan on doing it again in July for the next Bloggy Giveaways Carnival!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

bloggy giveaways carnival

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It is time for the bloggy giveaways carnival and I am so excited! I have entered several giveaways, and most of them have a coffee theme. I'm all for some free Starbucks!

I am also hosting my own giveaway and have decided to offer a free custom camera strap!

modification to camera straps

Just take a look at my shop and see the straps, and then at my fabric swatches to decide just which fabric you'd like. Then, leave a comment telling me what you would like to win. The contest will be open until Saturday, April 26, 12 midnight EST. I will use the random number generator to choose the winning entry on Sunday, April 27, and notify the winner by email and here at my blog. Your custom camera strap will be on its way to you within a week of the giveaway's closing.

Take a look at the other terrific giveaways, too! You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

a basic tote tutorial

I just added another tutorial to the sidebar for a basic tote bag.

linen and stripe tote bag

This one is super easy and great for a beginner or someone who just wants a quick project. They are fun to embellish and make wonderful gifts. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

new :: camera straps

new :: camera straps

I have been tossing around the idea of making these for a while, and I finally found a source for the hardware and webbing, and have finally perfected my design. I love the fact that they are both beautiful and functional. They are very sturdy as they have no less than 6 rows of stitching holding the webbing into the fabric strap (4 rows of stitching plus 2 rows of topstitching). They are made to fit any dslr or slr camera. The total length of the strap is 58", so they are adjustable for what length suits you. The part of the strap that goes through your camera is 3/8" wide and is secured with a buckle and strap keeper.

You can find them in my shop! I am able to customize the length if needed, and if you have any special request for fabric, just let me know!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

new tutorials to download!

As I prepare for each of my classes and shows, I like to make simple tutorial sheets to go along with each project. This Friday, my show will be about simple baby gifts, so I am putting a link to each of the projects in my sidebar under tutorials. The first baby gift will be a burp cloth (really just an embellished cloth diaper).

baby burpcloths

These are so much nicer than just a white cloth diaper! You can color-coordinate them to your baby's wardrobe and fancy them up to your heart's content! When my children were babies, I made these and trimmed them with ribbons and lace for my girls. They were so much easier to keep up with in the church nursery and at play groups because they were unique and everyone knew who they belonged to.

Now that my youngest is 10, I don't personally have a need for burp cloths, but they make wonderful baby shower gifts. You can easily make a gift of 4 of these in under an hour! And what a thoughtful, personal gift! They are adorable with embroidery or a monogram, as well. Just make sure that any embellishment you do is soft and flat, as these will be next to baby's tender skin.

baby gift set

I will also be uploading a tutorial for the appliqued onesie and the minky blankie in the next few days!