Sewn Hats Giveaway

As cool as it is to have a book of my own, I have to admit that I probably squealed even louder when my contributor copy of Sewn Hats arrived on my doorstep. There’s just something incredibly fun about seeing your name alongside those of some of your favorite sewing friends. It’s kind of like those old Mickey Rooney movies when all the kids got together to put on a show.

Carla Crim aka The Scientific Seamstress may just be the Kevin Bacon of the sewing world. Flip through the contributor list and I think you’ll be inclined to agree: Alexia Abegg, Bari J., Melissa Averinos, Lisa Carroccio, Joanna Figueroa, Shelly Figueroa, Linda & Scott Hansen, Karen LePage, Kathy Mack, Kaari Meng, Heather Niziolek, Jennifer Paganelli, Betz White,  Patty Young and many more.

But what’s really impressive are the hats.

A little closer look at p. 100:

My own Miss L was clearly the inspiration for this darling cloche, but I also have to tip my hat to the amazing Diva, my friend Lisa, who was the impetus for this project. (Those gorgeous spiderweb roses on the samples in the book are her creations — and the book includes instructions for making them yourself.)

Want a copy of your own? Just comment on this post and you’re entered to win! I’ll close comments and use Random.org to choose a winner on Thursday, Oct. 4. In the meantime, be sure to check out the other stops (and more chances to win a copy of the book) on the Sewn Hats blog tour:

9/4 –  Scientific Seamstress

9/5 –  ModKid Boutique

9/6 – French General

9/10 – Pink Chalk Studio

9/11 -  Lulu Bliss

9/12 – The Domestic Diva’s Disasters

9/13 – Green Bee Patterns

9/14 – Goosie Girl Boutique

9/17 – Melissa Lilac Lane

9/19 – One Girl Circus

9/20 – Tie Dyed Diva Designs

9/21 – Figgy’s Patterns

9/25 – Craftiness is not Optional

9/26 – Bari J.

9/27 – Confessions of a Craft Addict

9/28 – Sis Boom

10/1 – Sew Mama Sew

10/2 – Aesthetic Nest

10/3 – Blue Nickel Studios

10/4 – Betz White

10/8 – Yummy Goods

10/10-  Wiley Craft


Get Inspired

inspired to sew

I’m honored to kick off Bari J.‘s Inspired to Sew blog tour today. Her new book is a beautiful work filled with her signature style and projects I can’t wait to make (and I think you’ll want to sew them, too). Bari’s asked each blog tour host to share what inspires us to sew. Here’s my story:

My mother and daughter share a dimpled chin, a love of crafting and a huge part of my heart — and credit for inspiring me to sew. They have never met — can never meet — but I like to think my sewing brings them a little closer together.

I remember growing up and thinking my mom could make anything. Time and again she’d prove it by turning piles of fabric into my favorite outfits. I’ve combed through family photos again and again, trying to find ones that showed the skirts, the tees, the dresses, the Halloween costumes she made but it seems my memories are really all I have.

After I became a mom, my mother turned her talents to sewing for her grandsons, happily creating blankets and costumes for the boys who stole her heart. She satisfied her desire for a granddaughter by sewing for my much-younger female cousins, whipping up doll clothes and dresses.

And then she was gone.

Which led to me convincing Honey our family might not be complete after all. And three years later we brought home the sweetest, silliest, most amazing baby girl, who fills our home and our lives with so much joy. How could I not give her the same kind of love my own mother showed me? I bought a new sewing machine and began to sew for the first time in years — and the first time ever that I could not call my mom and have her talk me through a problem.

I’ve sewn countless yards of fabric in the past six years, enough clothes to fill a closet (or three) and even written a book — all inspired by my mother and daughter. I sew with love, the way my mother taught me, and the way I hope to teach my daughter, too.

Are you Inspired to Sew? I hope so — and I hope you’ll comment on this post so you can win your very own copy of Bari’s book. Tell me why you’re inspired to sew between now and noon Thursday, Feb. 3. I’ll draw a winner from the comments and announce it here on the blog and probably over on my Twitter, too. And be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour, too:

Feb 1, Jennifer Paganelli: Sis Boom!

Feb 2, Jona Giammalava: Stop Staring and Start Sewing

Feb 3, Rashida Coleman Hale: I Heart Linen

Feb 4, Sarah Fielke: The Last Piece

Feb 5, Jenny Doh: Crescendoh

Feb 6, Cara Wilson: Cara Quilts

Feb 7, Deborah Moebes: Whipstitch Fabrics

Feb 8, Monica Solorio-Snow: The Happy Zombie

Feb 9, Susanne Woods: Stash Books (giving away a stack of Bari’s Full Bloom fabric!)

P.S. That cool I’m Inspired to Sew blog badge is available on Bari’s blog. Go get one for yourself!


Little Girls, Big Style: The Giveaway

I have been working on this giveaway forever. Like, since I started working on Little Girls, Big Style. I have always loved hosting giveaways and this one is even more special to me for rather obvious reasons. And I’m especially excited to be taking part in Sew, Mama, Sew’s annual Giveaway Day (be sure to check out the link and see all the amazing blogs/shops taking part).

Here’s what you’ll be winning from me:

• An autographed copy of Little Girls, Big Style.

• Two yards of Pellon Easy Pattern for tracing the patterns in the book.

• Some fun trims from my stash for using with some of the projects.

• A Clover Chaco Liner chalk marking pen.

• Three one-yard cuts of fabric (fun multicolored owls on white 21-wale cord by Robert Kaufman, Euro-style mermaids from JoAnn and the prize from my stash: Little Elfi from Germany).

• ModKid Little Chef pattern, which I tested for the lovely Patty Young.

• Indygo Junction Petal Blossom Bag designed by Violet Craft, which is the most recent thing I’ve sewn.

• A Starbucks Frappuccino cup and gift card. Starbucks was my office-away-from-home while I was working on the book and I spent many an hour there, writing without the distractions of home (or the Internet).

• An autographed copy of Jenn Cristy‘s Hotel Confessions. Not only was this the soundtrack of my book-writing days but I actually did the photography, CD packaging design and merch design while I was writing the book. You say “crazy;” I say “multitasking.”

This giveaway is open until U.S. residents until Dec. 17 at which time I’ll select a winner using Random.org. (Sorry, international friends! I will do a book-only giveaway just for you after the first of the year.) To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post. Yep, it’s just that easy.

And don’t forget you can still enter the giveaways on the Little Girls, Big Style blog tour (continuing through Dec. 15) to win a copy of the book. Check out these blogs for your chance to win there:

What are you waiting for? Get commenting!


Houston Round-Up: Giveaway!

This has to be the most drawn-out process of blogging an event in the history of blogging. But I’m finally done and here are the goodies from Quilt Market that can be heading to your home in just a few days. Up for grabs are:

  • A neat laser cut invisible zipper from Ghee’s;
  • ModKid measuring tape;
  • California Dreamin’ postcards;
  • Little Folks notepad;
  • Timeless Treasures fat quarter stack;
  • Olivia’s Holiday by Tina Givens fat quarter stack;
  • Two Lecien quilt patterns;
  • Mini ruler set;
  • Cool bag made from Bali Pops; and
  • Awesome Japanese fabric wearable button from Bunny’s Designs!

Just comment on this post and you’re all set. You have until 9 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 30, to enter. I’ll close comments then and use the random number generator to select a winner. The winner must claim her (or his) prize by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 2, or I’ll choose another winner.

Good luck!


Have a Craft Addict Christmas

I had the idea for this giveaway last year but realized pretty quickly that I needed to spend a little more time pullling everything together to make it work the way I envisioned. As the year has gone on, I’ve set aside little goodies and now have accumulated what I think is the ultimate craft addict gift package. Behold:

There’s a little bit of everything here: fabric, beads, Scrabble tiles, scrapbooking elements, ribbon, tulle, yarn, snaps, buttons, embroidery kits, patterns and books. Everything you need to be a craft addict or feed your existing crafty addiction. A couple of things are from my stash or pre-loved, while some things were purchased new just for you. I think it’s a pretty cool prize and I hope you will, too. (And, given it’s size, I think you can understand why I’m not doing Scrapapalooza this month.)

I’m truly excited to be able to hold this giveaway in conjunction with the Sew, Mama, Sew Give-Away Day (even though I’m a day later than expected). Please be sure to head over to the blog and check out all the amazing crafty blogs that are hosting giveaways.

And allllll this crafty goodness can be YOURS. That’s right — packed in a box to arrive on your doorstep before Christmas. But there’s a catch. Yes, I’m going to make you work for it. Here are the official rules for the Have a Craft Addict Christmas giveaway.

1. You must have a shipping address in the contiguous 48 states. I hate to exclude my crafty friends outside of that boundary but given the size and weight of this package, I need to control shipping costs as much as possible. Forgive me.

2. You must comment on THIS post with a working email address by 9 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 12, 2008. At that time, I will close comments on this post.

3. Please comment only once on this post.

4. In your comment, you must write about your favorite charity. Tell me the name of it, why you support it, what it does, whatever — give them a plug! Include a link to its web site, if you’d like. I think it’s incredibly important to support nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the year, not just during the winter holidays, but now’s a great time to share about the good works done by others.

5. If you have a blog, you can earn FIVE extra entries by posting about my giveaway on your blog and linking back to this post. It’d be nice to include my requirement to write about a favorite charity in order to enter, but it’s not a dealbreaker. Please include the link to your blog entry in your one and only comment for entry. You can use the graphic I’ve made on your post, as well.

6. Don’t have a blog? You can earn FIVE extra entries by uploading my graphic to your Flickr or Photobucket account and posting the link to my giveaway in the photo comments/description field. Please include the link to your upload in your one and only comment for entry.

7. The most extra entries you can earn is FIVE, so do No. 5 or No. 6 but not both unless you just really love this giveaway and want to shout it from the rooftops. :)

8. I will do the official drawing on Dec. 14, barring any unforseen circumstances such as another computer hard drive failure, losing Internet, losing power, losing my mind or having more entries than I anticipate (my all-time best is 110, IIRC). Winner of the Have a Craft Addict Christmas giveaway will be announced Dec. 15.

9. The winner will need to contact me with his/her information within 48 hours of the prize announcement or I will choose another winner.

Good luck and thanks for playing!

ETA: If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t sweat it. The way my comment spam filter is set, if there’s an external link posted, it automatically flags it for my approval before posting. I’m trying to keep up with them as fast as I can. :)


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!


We Have Winners!

Oh, it’s always so much fun to do a giveaway! But a little sad, too, because I hate for someone to go emptyhanded. That’s the good thing about Scrapapalooza, though: There’s always next month!

Thanks to all 110 of you who entered the October Scrapapalooza. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments! I put all the numbers in my lucky Junior League ballcap and pulled out …

31 Jerilyn

57 Karen (who does not have a blog but said, “I would love to have more scraps….although others in the household would disagree!!!”)

And winner of the Fairy Frost charm pack plus the FRE of scraps is

17 Monica

Remember that I’ll be doing another drawing this month (and earlier than October), so keep an eye out for the Scrapalooza post announcement. The fastest way to make sure you don’t miss out is to add my blog to your feed reader.

Oh, and I absolutely need to give a shout-out to all the folks who are doing Thankful for 30. It just warms my heart that you’re taking part! On that note …

4. I’m thankful to live in a country where I can exercise my right to vote in a free, democratic election.
5. A nice glass of iced tea. Love it!


Scrapapalooza Results

I had no idea there were so many scrap addicts out there! One hundred comments on my little giveaway post, which is a record for my blog. Wow! Thank you all “sew” much for reading and commenting (and coming out of lurkdom). I am just overwhelmed, humbled, grateful. And I’m so happy to be able to spread a little love with my giveaway.

I printed out 100 numbers to correspond with each comment (I’d have printed out the comments except I’m almost out of printer ink!), cut them up and placed them in my lucky Junior League ballcap. Now, for the big drawing …

55

80

18

Congratulations, Rachael, Kaedra and Nichole!

And a big thanks to everyone who entered. I wish I could send all of you a big envelope of scraps! And I will — sort of. I’m just so delighted to be able to find homes for my ever-growing pile o’ scraps that I’ve decided to make Scrapapalooza a monthly giveaway! Yes, every month, I’ll do another Scrapapalooza post and you can comment to win an envelope full o’ scrappy goodness. Because I have scraps and apparently lots of people can do cool things with them. So, be sure to subscribe to my blog’s feed through Bloglines, Feedburner, Google Reader or whatever aggregator you have so you don’t miss out on future giveaways.