November Scrapapalooza

I thought I’d take a break from my holiday sewing to pack up the October Scrapapalooza winnings (whoops! A little behind on those!) and thought I’d get the ball rolling on the November giveaway in the spirit of giving thanks to you, my favorite blog readers.
Three lucky winners will receive a Flat-Rate Envelope stuffed with scraps. Most are pre-washed; some are not. I’ll try to stick with all wovens but I make no guarantees about sizes — just know that anything 1/2 yard or smaller ends up in my scrap bag. Amy Butler, Melissa Averinos, imported European and Japanese fabrics. You name it; there’s probably a scrap there.

All you have to do is comment below and you’re entered. I’ll choose three names using the Random Number Generator on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. of A.). The winners have 48 hours to claim their prizes or they forfeit and I draw another winner.

What are you waiting for? Good luck!

Taking Flight

Just a little peek at what flew in and out of my sewing room this weekend. I had the pleasure yesterday of playing with some beautiful fabrics, delivered into my hands courtesy of Paula Prass.

Paula is amazingly talented and will be debuting her first line of fabric, Flights of Fancy, at Quilt Market later this month. It was an absolute delight to lend a helping hand with her preparations for Market and create an outfit for her booth and promotional materials.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t intimidating. Oh my word! “Nervous” doesn’t cover it! I had only a limited amount of fabric and could not afford to mess it up. It’s not like I could run to the quilt shop and buy more! Fortunately, everything went smoothly and I even managed to leave some nice, big pieces to send back to Paula with the outfit.

A big, big “thank you” to Paula for letting me be a part of her big Michael Miller debut. I know everyone is going to be crazy about your fabrics! And many thanks to Patty, as well, for connecting me with Paula so all of this could happen.

I can’t wait to see Paula’s modeled shots with the outfit, as well as seeing the sample on the floor at Houston later this month! (Yes, I am attending Market!)

Awww, Shucks

I have been incredibly remiss in not acknowledging Mandy and the award she bestowed upon me. The Arte y Pico award recognizes a blog’s creativity and overall contribution to the blogger community. I am just honored beyond belief and incredibly humbled. Thank you so much, Mandy!

Once you’ve been selected, please follow these guidelines and pay it forward:
1) Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2) Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog by so everyone can view it.
3) Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4) The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte y pico“blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) Please post these rules!

So now I get to choose five blogs to give this award. Oh, that is tough because there are so many blogs I love and find inspiring! In no particular order:

1. Lisa
2. Lisa
3. Monica
4. Missy
5. Melly

The lovely Carolyn also gave me an award, the Diva Blogger, for hitting my 300th post milestone. Carolyn loves to give awards and has created a multitude of categories for her ongoing contests; be sure to check her out. Thank you so much, Carolyn!

We Have a Winner!

Where are you going to find time to answer all these questions?! Or better yet, did you have any idea when you started that you’d have 54 comments and counting on one post?! Isn’t blogging great? — Amy

Well, Amy, I’ve spent the better part of today trying to compile all those questions into a single post so I can start working on answering them. With any luck, I’ll be able to answer the other 60-some questions before the end of July. LOL! I honestly am surprised at all the questions — so many of them really thought provoking — and I have to agree that blogging is great.

Thanks so much to everyone for playing along! At some point I fell behind on replying to all your comments but please know that I read every single one and enjoyed them all.

Of course, I know the real reason you’re all back — and that’s to see if you won anything (and, really, I can’t blame you).

I wrote down each name and prize on a slip of paper and divided them into three piles. I then had my handy assistant help with the drawing of names …

  • The ICE Atlanta swag bag goes to …. Stephanie!
  • Winner of the Ottobre and embroidery patterns is … Michelle (who asked “What non-crafty hobbies do you enjoy?”)!
  • Guess who’s getting a new skirt? It’s … Krista!

Congratulations to all three of you. Please email me at mac (at) flourishes dot com with your mailing address so I can get your goodies on their way.

I wish I could give everyone a prize … so I’m working on two tutorials for next week. Hopefully at least one of them will make you oh-so-happy!

This is Post

Whooooooooooo! And the crowd goes wild!

OK, well maybe not “wild.” How about “smiles enthusiastically”? LOL!

I’d really expected to do this post earlier in the week but life got away from me. Again.  I swear, this summer is just flying by — and dragging me behind it. I have not done any sewing in about a week, which is a nice break; I miss sewing and am ready to get back to it

In the interim, I have been working on a couple of other projects. One is about half done and requires yet another trip to The Home Depot. I swear, I’d be done with it already if I could ever manage to have everything I need with me when I go. Maybe I’ll dash over after lunch and get the last of the hardware so I can show off a finished project after the weekend.

While that one’s still in lumber limbo, I have managed to get another non-sewing project knocked out: the yummy ice cream sundae pincushion shown here. I’ve had this one in my head for months, ever since I did my first felting projects earlier this year. The only hold up was finding some white/cream wool roving — which I found on clearance at Michael’s this week. Score! The first cherry was about three times the size of this one. Oops! Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make them and the replacement was ready and attached in no time. I used some of the Clover felting needles for the “chocolate syrup” and also to attach the cherry to the top. The sundae glass came from Goodwill. Fifteen cents!

I really have to thank everyone who suggested crafts for my blogiversary Try It! challenge. It gave me the nudge to try some new things (like felting), as well as some things I have not done for years. I’m slowly but surely working my way through the list and continuing to send out goodies to the winners from the related giveaway.

That doesn’t mean I can’t do another giveaway, though! It’s probably one of my favorite things about blogging. I’ve been lucky enough to win a few, so I think it’s especially important to give back to the blogging community with some goodies of my own. Originally, I was going to give away two things. But I like matchy numbers and had some things in mind, so this time around there are THREE prizes to win. Maybe that’s deserving of a cheer! hee!

First up is … a swag bag from the recent Indie Craft Experience held here in Atlanta. (Oh, hey look – it’s my stairs again!) The bag is printed with the ICE logo and event info, as well as that of major sponsor Craft magazine. (And we all love Craft, don’t we?) Inside are all the wonderful things that came with the bag. Pins and business cards and sample-y things and pens. Plus, I’ve added a couple of small things I picked up from vendors and sponsors. It’s kind of like being there without having to suffer through the near-record-setting high temps that day. (For real — I thought I was going to melt! I felt awful for the folks who’d come in from up north and weren’t acclimated. It was rough for me, and I live here.) And the tote is so handy; you’ll want to carry it everywhere. Or maybe just use it as a reusable shopping tote. A huge, huge thanks to my wonderful husband, who picked up this bag so I would have one to giveaway. xoxo!

One lucky winner will be receiving this crafty prize: A copy of Ottobre and two Aunt Martha’s embroidery/paint patterns. The unused Ottobre is the Fall 2006 issue, and full of great clothes you can sew for the little one in your life. If you haven’t sewn from Ottobre before, you are in for a treat! The patterns do have to be traced (just like Farbenmix, Burda and Kwik Sew) but they yield some of the most fun clothes I’ve ever made. Very stylish and different.

I’m totally digging the Aunt Martha’s patterns. I’d say they are retro, but I’m pretty sure these are the same designs the company has been putting out for the past 70 years. I actually remember my mother having some of these same patterns. Isn’t that cool? These patterns feature a package of floral motifs plus a separate package of Kitten Chores. No kidding — they were tough to decide to give away, but I hope the recipient will :heart: them as much as I do.

Prize No. 3 is a bit more personal, because *you* get to work with me on a little sewing project. I will work with the winner to draft and sew a skirt especially for her, similar to the one shown here. It can be a little shorter or longer; a bit more straight or a more pronounced A-line. Add some trim or maybe a contrasting band. The skirt has an elastic waist, so it’s nice and comfortable for you to wear. This one will take a little more time to send out, so just be aware of that going into it. (After all, I’m going to draft a pattern based on *your* measurements.)

Now, in order to win one of these fab-u-lous prizes, you will need to leave a comment on this post.

But wait just one tiny second.

Not only will you need to leave a comment, but you’ll need to do two things in that comment:

1. Tell me which prize you’d like. After all, it’s no fun to win a prize if you really don’t like it.

2. Write “Mary is the coolest crafty chick ever!” Just kidding. (Or am I?) No, I don’t want you to write that. But I do want you to submit a question for me that I can use on my “About Me” page.

Do this by Wednesday, June 23. On Thursday, June 24, I will separate all the comments by prizes and draw names from each of those three hats. Sound good? Good luck!

Sew Sweet

Thanks for all the well wishes and kind thoughts sent my way. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better and looking forward to getting back into the swing of things today and through the rest of the weekend. So let’s get back to a little crafty talk, shall we?

We’re off to see the wizard! A friend asked if I could pull this together for her daughter. How could I say no? She ordered the Wizard of Oz fabric from Superbuzzy (oh, how I love that place!). The dress is the Farbenmix Marieke. It’s the first time I’ve made it with both pockets but I think the red needed a little breaking up. It’s also been lengthened, since the sweetie who’ll be wearing it is tall. The polka dot is Jason Yenter for In the Beginning; I think it’s my new favorite dot. Before I received the Oz fabric, I’d thought I’d do a full lining with peekaboo underskirt. It’s such a heavy fabric, though, that I feared too many layers would make the dress uncomfortably heavy (and warm) for a little girl.

This little outfit is the one I was working on Tuesday. It evolved from this one made for Miss L. When I was asked about revamping the top, I immediately knew the above style was more suited for the future wearer. (I’m fortunate to have seen many a picture of this little girl over the past few years.) I did a quick sketch, sent it to the mom and got to work.

I tell you, it’s quite different to sew for a size 5 than a size 2! Lots more fabric — necessitated not only by the size but the style. The halter dress is nearly three full yards of fabric. In comparison, L’s peasant top is about a yard. I think the bottom ruffle turned out to be more than 200 inches of fabric! I’ll be making only one more of these sets, this one a duplicate of the original, which will use up the last bits of my pretty embroidered cream fabric. It’s one of my backburner projects, though, since it’s not needed in its new home until May.

In the meantime, I have quite a bit to keep me busy: a couple of orders from my Etsy shop (cut out and ready to sew! Go, me!), a couple of apron orders from a friend, some Try It! projects and a stack of fun things I’m itching to start working on. Oh, the fun we’re going to have here on ye olde Craft Addict blog!

Hey — if you are in the Atlanta area, you don’t want to miss this weekend’s Shop Hop! It’s going on now and there are some great giveaways to be had. It’s a really fun annual event and a great way to get around to all of the area’s fabulous quilt shops. I may or may not have done a little “hopping” myself today. (Shhhh! Fabric’s in the wash!)

Cha-cha-cha!

It’s my blog’s birthday! OK, technically my blog’s birthday was Friday, but I had houseguests and no time to devote to celebrating — hence the postponement. Kind of like when your birthday falls on a Wednesday and you wait until the weekend to party. Help yourself to a cupcake and let’s get this party started!

Thanks to all who’ve been reading and commenting during this adventure of mine. Your words and support never fail to make me smile. I’ve “met” so many awesome people in the past 12 months. And the amazing and inspirational work you’ve shared on your blogs and sites just blows me away.

So, what do you say we have a giveaway to mark the occasion? I have some lovely items — fabric, patterns, rubber stamps — that I’d love to send your way. All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me what craft you’d like to see me try (and then write about) in 2008. Doesn’t mean I’ll actually do it, but I’m always looking for fun ideas! (Please note that this giveaway is not part of my Send Some Love challenge; I’ve already been doing that. 🙂 ) I’ll pick a winner (or maybe two or three!) on Friday.