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!



I totalled up the responses for the giveaway and entered the number into and here is our winner……..!


Congrats to Meg Nilsson of Upcountry Views!  If you could email me your address today I will get your top sent out before I leave for California tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone for playing, and be sure to come back and visit the last week in July as I will be posting a Simple Summer Skirt Tutorial.

Have a great week!!

Giveaway: Summer Top (size Small)


In creating a summer top for myself, I ended up with one that is about 2 sizes too small for me!  So, if you usually wear a size small (or I’d say between a 2 and a 4), leave a comment to win this cute strapless top.  Subscribe to my blog and I’ll give you another entry (just leave a separate comment telling me you have subscribed or already are a subscriber).

The details:  This is a navy blue strapless tube top with a ruffle-detailed top.  It has elastic on the top and bottom of the chest to keep it in place.  The color is quite darker than it is showing up in the picture.  It has a navy/nautical feel.  When stretched, the circumference around the top is about 30-31 inches.  The bottom is finished with a rolled hem.  Oh, and it has one of my new fancy shmancy fabric labels sewn in the lining.


If more than one person is interested in it, I’ll let choose the winner.  I’ll choose a winner on Thursday, the 16th so I can get it sent off before I leave for my California vacation (woohoo!) on the 17th.