Mini Purse Winners!

I’ve picked the two winners of the adorable mini-purses made by my sister, Kate.

The winners are….Dana!!!

And….Kelly O!!!

Congrats!  I’m emailing you both right now.  Thanks so much to everyone else who commented and entered this giveaway.  And thanks, of course, to my sister Kate for all the lovely inspiration!

I finished #4 in my Pattern Challenge:  this Simplicity shirt.  It turned out so so cute!  I love it!  I will post about it later this week when I can get some decent photos taken.  Yay for patterns working out as they should!

Guest Blogger Post and a Giveaway: A Very Sweet Party!

Over the weekend, my sister (who lives 2 states away from me in California) threw the cutest party for my niece and I asked her to share about it with all of you!  My sister and I have such similar taste when it comes to all things crafty, and I hope that someday we can live close to each other and start a sewing business together!

Read on to hear from my sister, Kate, about Maddie’s party and be sure to check out the bottom of this post for a little giveaway!


When I was thinking about what theme I wanted for my daughter Maddie’s 2nd birthday, I immediately thought of all the things she loves such as Dora, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh.  Call me selfish, but I just couldn’t stomach another character themed birthday-filled day… So what else could I think of that would not only please Maddie but would meet the approval of her mother who loves all things pink, girly, and sweet? How about candy? Lots and lots: m&m’s and reese’s, gummy bears and lollipops, cookies with pink frosting and mini cupcakes.  Let’s call it Madelyn’s Sweet Shoppe, and embrace the little kid in all of us.  Forget our New Year’s Resolution diets; let’s utterly and completely indulge all day!

I found these amazing labels from eatdrinkchic, and fell in love with the pink and white stripes and pretty much everything else for the ice cream party.  I thought this would make a perfect sweet shoppe color pallet too.

I made all the girls little mini purses and the boys draw-string pouches with left-over fabric I had.  They were super easy and quick to make, and so adorable on them!

Sammy was the life of the party as usual!

Maddie (right) with her best friend Addie, drinking margaritas, engaging in deep and meaningful conversation.  To make the margaritas, just mix 1 bottle of Jose Cuervo (non-alcoholic) margarita mix with ice and lime juice.  Blend with fresh strawberries for a fun pink twist.

Here are the girls in front of a fun background I made for taking pictures. I used a tri-fold cardboard display, and painted on the pink and white stripes.  The flags were cut out with felt and I glued on flowers in the window box.

We played “Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream Cone,” which the kids loved!  You can see the board I made in the background of the picture above.


I cut out letters for the Happy Birthday banner using adorable Amy Butler paper.

All the kids had a blast, and loved picking out their candy at the end and putting it in their candy purses and bags (with their mother’s hovering over them trying to limit the amount their kid grabs, all the while shooting me evil looks!).


Thanks, Kate!  I so wish I could have been there!  That’s Kate, on the right, right holding my adorable nephew, Sammy.  Natalie, on the left, was the extraordinary baker behind the gorgeous mini cupcakes.  I heard they were delicious!


Kate is giving away two of these mini-purses to two lucky readers!  

Just leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite kind of candy is!  I’ll choose the winners next Monday, March 1st.


The winner of the giveaway is…..

Kari from Handmade Mommy who would love to pick out some Wall Art from All Modern.

Congrats, Kari!  Looks like you’ll be able to get that wall art for your home!  Kari has a super cute blog, so go check it out now while you writhe in jealousy!

Kari, I’ll send you an email in a moment so you can choose your prize up to $50.  Can’t wait to see what you get!

A quick update on the Pattern Challenge.  We now have 19 official members, so this will be fun!  I finished the Jersey Dress (#2 on my Pattern Challenge) and will post about it tomorrow.  WOW, this thing was a nightmare!  You’ll also get to see how the finished product looks nothing like the pattern!  I made a ton of modifications…but it turned out cute!

Closed: Giveaway!

Edit:  The giveaway is now closed!  Thanks to everyone who entered!  Congrats to Kari at Handmade Mommy, she’s the winner!


To kick off my new Pattern Challenge, I’m joining forces with Jamie from CSN stores to host an awesome giveaway!!

CSN stores is an online retailer with over 200 stores carrying unique, carefully picked products for those with an eye for style.  Their newest store carries high quality mail boxes for those looking to add a little curb appeal to their humble abode.

CSN is also the mastermind behind the lovely, which is your one-stop shopping spot for all things modern for the home.

This giveaway will be for a $50.00 shopping spree to!!  I am so jealous of whoever wins this…they seriously have such gorgeous stuff!  To wet your whistles a bit, I’ve picked out some of my favorite products under $50.00 that could be yours should you win!!

How cute is this removable chalkboard decal?

Little birdie salt and pepper shakers. Too cute.

Love this set of 4 Dwell Studio placemats!

This Dwell Studio child's backpack is so sweet!

This chandelier inspired lampshade would look dramatic in any bedroom.

Now, on to the official stuff.  Here’s how to enter:
REQUIRED:  Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would buy with $50 to

EXTRAS:  You can earn more entries by doing any of the following:

  • Subscribing to my blog or letting me know that you already do (leave an extra comment letting me know you did).
  • Earn one more entry by joining in on my Pattern Challenge!  Join the Flickr group and be a part of the fun!  (Anyone in the Flickr group will automatically receive another entry)

  • Spread the word!  Another entry for blogging, tweeting, facebooking or spamming your friend’s mailboxes about this giveaway.  Just leave another comment with the link.

The fine print:

  • I’m so sorry to my dear international readers, but this giveaway is only open to those with US and Canada addresses.
  • I will keep this giveaway open until Valentine’s Day and randomly choose a winner the following Monday (Feb. 15th).

Good luck!!

Winners! (+ I Heart Christmas)

I heart Christmas so much. 

I’ll get to the Giveaway Winner in a moment, but first I must show you why Christmas is the best time of the year:

I spent $40 at Joanns and took home enough supplies to decorate the entire house in Christmasy goodness.  I love the minimalist look of the grape vine wreath.  I just spruced it up slightly by hot-gluing on some berries.  Our mantle decorations were free.  The greens were taken from our local tree farm and my husband spotted those gorgeous berries on a bush outside our house.  The yarn “trees” were made in about 30 minutes.  See this great tutorial to try them out yourself.  The rest of the decorations I purchased included candles, pinecones and some ornaments.  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to come home from work and see this reminder of Christmas!

Now, onto the giveaway winners.  WOW, you guys are awesome!  I read each and every one of your comments, and boy were there some fun answers in there!  Here are some fun facts about our favorite Christmas gifts (and my husband’s favorite):

  • 4 were most excited by cookbooks
  • 11 cherished Cabbage Patch dolls the most
  • 15 loved Barbie dolls
  • 22 were surprised by an engagement ring for Christmas
  • More than 30 call a son’s or daughter’s birth the best Christmas gift
  • Almost 60 received sewing machines (not surprising!)

Here’s the comment that my husband liked the most:

So so funny! 

So, who are the winners? helped me choose (thank goodness because I could never choose a favorite!):

The winner of the fabric, bag, buttons and thread is Jaclyn of

I also chose 1 winner out of a pool of everyone who subscribed to my blog. 

The winner was Erin Compton of  Erin will get to choose one iPod/iPhone/Camera case from my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and especially to those of you who subscribed to my blog.  You guys are awesome and I can’t wait to get to know you all better!  I hope that you will take some time to check out my Tutorials and hopefully get inspired to start sewing!

Giveaway Day! [UPDATED!]

I had so much fun participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day last year, so I knew I had to join in on the festivities this year!

I’ve put together an Orange Giveaway Package, and I’ll be offering up something handmade and some purchased sewing supplies.  I know what you all came here for, so I’ll cut to the chase…

This giveaway is for a handmade (by me!)  Buttercup Bag, one yard of Valori Wells Olive Rose Curves fabric in Orange, a brand new spool of orange Guttermann thread and a fun mix of orange buttons.  There will be one winner, and I’ll ship out the package after the winner claims their prize.

Now for the formalities.  I’ve made it super simple for you to enter, there are just a few rules:

  • Leave a comment telling me what was the best Christmas gift you ever received.
  • You can earn another entry by subscribing to my blog or letting me know that you already do (leave a second comment letting me know you did).


[UPDATE!] Due to all of your amazing enthusiasm and wonderful comments, I’ve decided to draw a second winner which will be taken from a pool of only those who have SUBSCRIBED to my blog!  Make sure to let me know if you did so I can enter you into the second drawing!  This second winner will be receiving one iPod/iPhone/Camera case (of their choice) from my Etsy Shop.


Please make sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.  I’ll choose the winner randomly and I am willing to ship internationally!  You have until December 6th to enter.

Now go check out Sew Mama Sew and enter some more contests!!

p.s.  iPod/iPhone/Camera Cases are on SALE for just $10.00 in my Etsy Shop!  Purchase any item from my shop and I’ll give you another entry into the giveaway!


ipod collage

Photo by Natalie

Hop over to Natalie’s Sentiments today for a chance to win one of my custom iPod/iPhone/Camera cases (your choice)!

Giveaway here:

And if you don’t win, choose your own from my Etsy shop!

P.S. Rachel from One Pretty Thing found my pillowcase tutorial and featured it in her Daily DIY, check it out here!