Giveaway…well sorta.

I just love all of the cabochon jewelery I have been seeing all over etsy and blog land. I’m not much of an accessory girl, but I just can’t help but love these flowers. A few weeks ago I ordered some supplies to try my hand at jewelery making. And like most crafty things I do, I fell in love with it. It is ridiculously easy to do and I cant help but love these little beauties.

I’m pretty sure I won’t be selling these in my etsy shop as there are already a ton of these on etsy, but I thought it would be fun to make some to sell at local craft fairs and as gifts.

And why not giveaway a few here as well! So who wants to win one?

Or actually, I’m giving away two rings and both hair clips.

So there will be 3 winners!
The only thing that I’m asking is that the winners do a little (totally honest) review on them and let me know what they think of them. I want to see how well the glue holds up and how long the rings actually last. I’m pretty picky when it comes to selling my creations and want to see what others think of them before I decide to add them to my booth.
So who would love to give me a little feedback in trade for some pretty jewels?
Giveaway will end June 15th and thanks for your help!

giveaway winner is…

Lizzardmoon who said…
I would love to make my little girl a sunbonnet to protect her from the summer sun. After that I’d have fun making little dresses.
I was so excited by how many of you entered and how so many of you are into quilting. I started a quilt about 12 years ago and have yet to finish it. I find it really hard working with so much fabric in such a little space. Maybe that’s why I love fat quarters so much. Have a great weekend. We will be spending our weekend outside planting seeds.

Dandelion seeds that is.
Their seeds are just as pretty as the flowers were.

Fat Quarter Friday {giveaway}

Today is my 2 year mark of selling on etsy. It was a hard decision to make, but it turned out to be one of the best. But mostly if it was not for selling on etsy, I never would have started this little blog of mine. This blog started out just as a place to promote my shop and it was boring. Once I started blogging about me and my life it became fun and something I looked forward to doing. So posts about my etsy shop became less and posts about me and my life became more and that’s when my love for blogging really grew!
So let’s celebrate on Fat Quarter Friday by giving away some fat quarters!

So here are 20 of my most favorite fat quarters bundled together with 2 yards of large Ric-rack. All pre-washed and from my personal stash.

This is my little way of saying thanks!

Thanks for all your support, comments, friendships, etsy sales and well… thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I know my spelling is horrible and my grammar is even worse, but y’all seem to overlook that.

To enter just leave me a comment and tell me what you would like to make with this little bundle of fabric. Please make sure you leave your email address if it is not linked through blogger.

Giveaway will end May 20th 2011.

And for the biggest news of the day… these dirty little piggies took their first steps yesterday! There we were, out on the porch watching the tractors spread cow manure on the field, when all of a sudden that little munchkin took her first 2 steps! The rest of the night was spent trying to get her to take more steps. It was the most precious thing to watch her walk to her brother and sister. They looked so sweet reaching out their arms and calling to her. The smiles on all of their faces were priceless. They were so proud of their little sister and she was pretty proud of herself too. Gosh, they just melted this mamma’s heart…again!

fat quarter friday {giveaway}

Hope you all liked the cinnamon and heart garland tutorial from Modern Country Style this morning. Now on with the giveaway and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what I will be giving away to ONE lucky winner…

two baby better bags (aka, boo boo bags)

and three fat quarters from WHAT A HOOT! from Camelot Cottons.
To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what you are doing for Valentine’s Day and make sure you leave your email address.

Giveaway will end February 11, 2010.

Just a quick reminder that the giveaway ends tomorrow (Thursday).
And, I wanted to give you a little peek at what we will be making this week for fat quarter friday

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and ideas. You definitely gave me some great ones to work with. Now I just hope I don’t disappoint y’all. I have to admit I’m a bit nervous now, especially with all the requests for doll clothes. Yikes! I’ve never made doll clothes before but I’m sure I can figure it out. After all, I have two little girls, that are going to need clothes for their dolls too.

fat quarter friday {ruffled wristlet tutorial and a giveaway}

Welcome to fat quarter friday!
Now that we all know what a fat quarter is, let’s get started with our first tutorial.

Ruffled Wristlet Tutorial
(Allow 1-2 hours to complete project)
Materials Needed:
* two fat quarters or one fat quarter and a scrap piece of fabric.
* 7″ zipper
* 3/4″ D ring
* clasp
* flannel, batting or stabilizer (I will be using flannel)

From one fat quarter (main fabric) cut the following:

*2 pieces at 6″ x 4″ (inside pocket)
*4 pieces at 8″ x 6″ (bag)
*1 piece at 15″ x 2″ (handle)

From another fat quarter (contrasting fabric) or scrap piece cut the following:
*1 piece at 18″ x 4″ (ruffle)
*1 piece at 4″ x 1 1/2″ (tip of handle)
Cut batting or flannel to the following sizes:
*1 piece at 6″ x 4″ (inside pocket)
*2 pieces at 8″ x 6″ (bag)

Now that all your pieces are cut out, let’s get started!
Get the 18″ x 4″ piece of fabric, we are going to make the ruffle with it.
Fold wrong sides together and sew edge.

Iron so that the sewn edge is in the center. Change the stitch length on your machine to a length of 4 and stitch the piece of fabric down the center. Gently pull one of the threads to gather and cause it to ruffle.
Now that you have a ruffle, iron it slightly and place it on top of a 8″ x 6″ piece of fabric. Place the ruffle about 1 1/2″ to 2″ up from the bottom. Sew ruffle in place on the top edge and the bottom edge.
Seam rip the thread that you used to make the ruffle. Set aside.
Now we are going to make the pocket for the inside of the bag. Gather the two 6″ x 4″ pieces of fabric and the 6″ x 4″ piece of flannel.

Layer the three pieces like so. The flannel piece on the bottom, next a fabric piece right side up, and a fabric piece wrong side up. Sew around all edges, while leaving a 2″ opening for turning right side out.
Trim edges and square off corners.
Turn right side out, iron flat and top stitch just on the top edge of pocket.
Take another 8″ x 6″ piece of fabric and place the pocket piece you just sewed, on top of it about 1 1/2″ up from the bottom. Make sure the pocket is centered as well.

Sew in place on all three sides.
Set aside.

Take the 15″ x 2″ piece of fabric and sew right sides together.

Trim excess fabric. Place a pin on one end and push inside to turn right side out. Iron and top stitch on the right and left side.
Trim off a 2″ piece, this will be used to attach the D ring onto the bag.
Set aside.

Gather the 4″ x 1 1/2″ piece of fabric.
With right sides together sew, leaving one edge open.
Turn right side out and fold raw edge in about a 1″ or so.

Now place the handle piece through the clasp and sew in place as close to the clasp as possible. Now take the raw edges from the handle piece and tuck them into the little pocket that you just made.

Sew pocket piece in place like so. It should look like this now.

Take the 2″ piece that you cut off from the handle piece and pull through the D ring.

Sew the D ring in place like above. Make sure you sew as close to the edge as possible.

Now let’s put the bag together.
Take the piece of fabric that has the pocket sewn on it and lay it right side up.
Place the zipper on top, with the teeth on top. Make sure it is even with top edge.

Then place a piece of fabric wrong side up on top of the zipper. Lastly, place a 8″ x 6″ piece of flannel on top.

Make sure they are layered like in the picture above.

Time to sew them together. If you have a zipper foot, go ahead and sew them together. If you don’t have a zipper foot (that’s me) just place the edge of foot against the edge of the zipper teeth. Move the position of the needle. You want it as close to the zipper as possible. See picture above. Sew until you get to the zipper, then stop.
With the needle still in the fabric and the foot is down, unzip the zipper and move it out of the way. Line up edges again and finish stitching. Easy right?

Looks like this now. Unfold so that fabric pieces are right sides facing out.

Iron and top stitch the top edge. Stitch as close to the zipper as possible.
Gather the last 8″ x 6″ piece of fabric. Lay right side up. Place the piece that you just attached the zipper to (zipper side up) on top.

Then take the ruffle piece and lay wrong side up ontop of the zipper piece. Make sure they are layered like the picture above. Notice the D ring and where it is.
Now place flannel piece on top. Make sure they are all lined up at the top. Pin and sew zipper on like you did before.
Unfold, iron flat, and top stitch close to zipper like you did before.
This will be the outside of bag.

And this is going to be the inside of the bag.
Take and trim up the edges with your rotary cutter. Make sure they are even and straight.

Now it is time to sew the bag together.

Lay pieces like so. The pieces that make up the inside of the bag should have their right sides facing and are on top of one another. (See them pictured on the left side above?) Now the pieces that make up the outside of the bag along with the flannel should be on top of one another with right sides facing. (See them on the right.)
**Note: this part is important.**
When sewing the sides together, make sure that the zipper is lined up and folded together like above. It is more important for the zipper to be lined up perfectly then for the fabric edges to be lined up.This is how you will make sure your zipper works correctly. Again, noticed how the fabric is lined up and the zipper is folded.
Sew on all sides while leaving a 2 1/2″ opening on the pieces that do not have the flannel, see them on the right? These are the pieces that make up the inside of the bag. The opening will allow you to pull the bag right side out. Don’t pull right side out just yet.

First you want to square off the edges, this will give the bag it’s shape. Measure in about 1″ from the tip of the triangle, draw a line and sew on top of line. Trim off excess fabric.

Repeat for all four sides.

Should look like this now. Pull right sides out through opening.
Stitch opening shut as close to the edge as possible. Push fabric into the bag and give it it’s shape.
Here is the bag all finished. Now just attach the clasp to the D ring and your finished!
And there you have it! Two fat quarters and some flannel and now you have a cute little ruffled wristlet!

**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s, just be kind and give credit where credit is due.**
Any questions or comments please do not hesitat to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please send me an email or add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

Ok, so lets have a giveaway!

Anyone interested in winning this little ruffled wristlet?
To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what you would like to see here on fat quarter friday.
Giveaway ends January, 20th 2011

giveaway winner…

Congrats Gosfam!
who said
Super cute–I would love to win for my lil sister who is having a baby in March and I have to buy for her for Christmas :)

Hope your lil sis enjoys:)

Because I can’t do it all… {Giveaway}

I had to cancel my booth at the craft fair! And I’m OK with that, well sorta. I had to come to the realization that I just can’t do it all.
I did manage to make a few items for the craft fair which mostly consist of a few key fobs and some cold packs “boo boo bags.” I don’t normally sell these items in my etsy shop, but they are fun to make and are good sellers at craft fairs. So to make me feel better about not being able to do it all, I am going to do a giveaway for all of you and I’m going to be donating 100% of the proceeds from the key fobs and cold packs that are in my etsy shop to Operation Shower. Please go check them out. I’m selling the key fobs for $6 and the baby cold packs for $8 a pair.

One goal I have set for myself for the upcoming year is to raise the $250 it takes to throw one baby shower through Operation Shower. Wanna help out too? You can either purchase an item listed in my etsy shop as (100% of the proceeds donated to Operation Shower) or donate directly to Operation Shower.
And now here is my way for GIVING THANKS to all of you, my readers.
I am giving away this little baby play blanket to one lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment. Make sure you leave your email address if it is not linked through blogger.

Winner will be picked on November 26th!

Giveaway winners and a sneek peek at my new doors.

Thank you to all that entered. I loved hearing what your kiddo’s are going to be. And by the way my son is going to be a skunk and his sisters are going to be chickens. He came up with that one all on his own. It was inspired from the skunk that keeps getting into our chicken coop.
The giveaway winners for the Halloween bibs are Heidi and SBH. I will be sending you an email shortly.
this is what I was painting last week. The doors on my house.

So whatcha think? My husband likes them, but he really could care less. When he saw the color he said, “yup they are so YOU and I wouldn’t have expected anything different from you.” He is so right. I love color! I was a little uncertain at first but now I love them. It was just a little too plain with all the grey and white.

I guess gardening season isn’t over yet.

Have a great day! We are going to spend our day doing the usual and maybe making our Halloween goodie bags. I found some cute Halloween bandanna’s at Walmart that will make cute little bags for their Halloween loot.

Wanna win a Halloween bib?

I have two Halloween bibs leftover from last year.

So, let’s have a giveaway!

To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what you or your kiddo is going to be for Halloween. Oh, and since I have two bibs, two winners will be chosen.

Giveaway ends October 18th.