Thursday, July 29, 2010

My First COVER! WOW!!!

OK - It's official! I'm not dreaming - My owl made it on the Front Cover of the newest issue of Crafts 'n Things Magazine. Isn't he so dreamy?

Joe Kay (the photographer) did such an amazing job with this little critter and I can't wait to see the inside of this magazine! Thanks Joe!! Be sure to get your copies and SUBSCRIPTION while you can before it flies off the shelves!

I'll be posting some step by step photos to assist you in making your owls in cooperation with Crafts 'n Things magazine online.

Thanks again to my friend Sharlene for asking me to make her an owl ornament last year, Phoebe for telling me about Abby at Crafts 'n Things, (Heidi Boyd for telling Phoebe about Crafts 'n Things), to Joe taking awesome pictures and to Abby for breaking the great news in the weeee hours of yesterday evening! (just the time little owls like myself like to come alive!)....

Have an awesome day!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy Monday: My First Publication - Scrappy Owl

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to mention this great news of my first publication on my blog, but have been holding out just in case it got pulled at the last minute (I try to be an optimist - I really do!).
My scrappy owl pattern is going to be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Crafts 'n' Things Magazine!  You can see my picture (the one above) on the last page of the Crafts 'n' Things July/Aug issue (the issue with the bear!) down at the bottom of the page in the "teaser" section. I took this shot of my two cute owls hanging out in the branches of my Maine woods as they love to do around here! This owl pattern uses up tons of those scraps you have lying around your crafty area and can lay in the palm of your hand.
You can also make the larger version for a wonderful pillow size decoration! Please be sure to get your Crafts 'n' Things Magazine subscription now! You won't want to miss out on this pattern, it makes a great baby, wedding, birthday, shower, holiday, etc gift in and of itself, but also makes a great sachet to tie on the top of any gift. If you don't sew - you can buy one of my owls from me through my KidGiddy Etsy shop! Please stop in for a look as more will be added weekly.

Thanks for celebrating with me! This is the first publication, with many more to come! More great publication news will be posted soon! Have a wonderful day/week/month/year! Can you tell how excited I am?!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stop the Thumbsucking Habit Giveaway #4 - WINNER

Good evening everyone,

Once again, I used to generate a number for me and it was:
Comment #1 (Isle Family)*

Congrats Isle Family! Thank you Mama Pike for also entering, you can try again next month or purchase your "ME Thumbsucking Cover" guard now and get free shipping.**

Have a great weekend! I'm off to make more owls and to ship out another thumb cover! - kg

*Isle Family has 48 hours to respond to this post or my email to claim the prize or a Mama Pike will be chosen be default.
**Free Shipping is offered only to those who had previously entered the giveaway via comments on the 4th giveaway post before the midnight deadline (please enter your google name in the message to seller at check out for verification). Free shipping offer, as mentioned, is valid until July 15, 2010 midnight.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Busy Monday: My Bum Thumb

About a week and a half ago, on my birthday, I slammed my finger in the trunk of my sisters mini van. I thought I'd show you all some pics. My sister has yet to send me the initial pics, but this will be enough to make your stomach turn! These pictures were taken on Saturday which was 2 days after the injury occurred. The swelling here, had gone down significantly, but as you can see from the comparison shot, it was still very swollen. I was lucky enough not to break it (more like shatter the knuckle!), and lucky to not need stitches. I was truly expecting to see my thumb dangling by a thread after seeing it trapped in the tiniest space ever and screaming and begging for God to let it out of the trunk!
Needless to say - much of my day to day life has been difficult to accomplish, but most of the nerves endings are repairing themselves, and the muscles that were in my opinion almost severed, are beginning to regain their courage to work again! I still have 2 numb/tingling spots and hope that won't be permanent nerve damage, but only time will tell. And I'm still trying to figure out why I wasn't wearing one of my own thumb covers and wondered how much that could've protected my thumb in the first place!

Through all of this pain, my children have seen now, why mommy always says to keep your hands and fingers (and feet/toes) away from the car doors!

I appreciate your patience during my recovery time. I'm re-opening my shop today and hope you'll come by for a visit! Have a great day!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Stop the Thumbsucking Habit Giveaway #4

I can't believe it's already July.....happy Saturday everyone!

My ME Thumbsucking Thumb Covers work alone and just simply cover the thumb! When my girls were needing to stop for age and dental reasons - I took it upon myself to make them something to help them kick the habit, after researching and scouring the world wide web and not finding something suitable. I found other thumb covers that were extremely outrageous in price, too hard (plastic ones), too flimsy, made with velcro (meaning my child wold most definitely take it off), and the nasty nail polish that wouldn't work and was therefore not an option.

With all that I [didn't] find - I knew I'd have to make my own. I knew I wasn't the only one out there with the same concerns - and then wanted to help kids and parents gain control and break the habit by offering my product on Etsy. When I made this stop thumb sucking cover for my girls (M & E), I did it 1) to help them stop sucking their thumbs, and 2) to help me stop nagging them to stop. Once it was on - it was "game on" and there was no taking it off.
Are you at this same point. Do you want to help your child stop the habit before it gets worse and costly? I have had pediatric dentist offices contacting me to share my awesome ME Thumbsucking Thumb Covers with their clients. I've had parents telling their friends who tell their friends and so on because it works. I've had parents email to tell me - their child's thumb sucking days are over! Be prepared to be happy and sad when they do quit, because I can assure you, it is a very bitter sweet moment!

Ok - so here's the scoop! I want to help people. I would like to help the children realize they can comfort themselves without putting their thumbs in their mouth, and I want to help you - the parents of these great children before the battle begins - or end the battle if it has already started! In order to do that - they need to know about my product and about Kid Giddy. For the rest of this year, I am giving away 1 Kid Giddy ME Thumbsucking Thumb Cover away every month (on the first Saturday of the month - I know - this is the 2nd Saturday - but I was happily watching my daughter turn 7 all last week!) to a lucky Kid Giddy Blog follower. (Previous winners do not qualify - sorry - just trying to spread the joy and winnings!) Here's what you have to do:

1) You must be a Kid Giddy Blog follower - it's ok. I always do my best to put up the most amazing yummy recipes, fun activities for kids...and fun tutorials, crafts, photos, eye candy, and busy business kind of information!....Leave a comment here - letting me know you are a follower (aka "friend"!).

2) (Extra Entry) Add the Kid Giddy blog button to your blog and leave a link here in the comment. (Eventually I will create a blog roll of friends - so if you want to be added to the blog roll - let me know!)

3) (Extra Entry) Become a Fan on the Kid Giddy Facebook fan page and leave a comment here (with your facebook initials).

4) (Extra Entry) Tweet about this giveaway and mention @kidgiddyetsy (MUST BE A NEW Tweet - No repeated tweets are considered - must be current!)...Leave a comment here letting me know you did.

5) (Extra Entry) Blog about this giveaway on your blog (MUST BE A NEW POST - No repeated posts are considered - must be current!)...Leave a link with your comment.

6) (Extra Entry) Blog about your favorite product from my Kid Giddy Etsy shop (doesn't have to be the ME Thumbsucking Cover!...just your favorite.) (MUST BE A NEW POST - No repeated posts are considered - must be current!)...Leave a link with your comment.

So there you have it - 6 chances to enter your name to win!

Are you ready now? Are you really ready? Your child doesn't have to be...but you do! And you have to have patience and compassion in your pocket for when it makes them sad to not be able to suck their thumbs. You'll have to stay strong - when they are weak, give lots of hugs and kisses and praise! On your mark, Get Set....GO!

(Good Luck)

All entries in by Wednesday July 7th 11:59 pm will be considered. Number will be picked at random using a number generator. Winner will be notified the next day on Thursday afternoon. Please be sure your email [at] wherever [is] included in each comment - I won't go hunting for it! If winner cannot be reached or does not contact me by Friday evening (48 hours) - a new winner will be chosen!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Giddy Up Friday: My Momma always told me to....

Check my pockets before putting in a load of laundry...and this is why!....Major Tissue Issue! A whole travel size package to be exact - discovered empty in the sweatshirt pocket after a walk!
So before you do your laundry - be sure to check ALL of your pockets too! Avoid the tissue issue! Have a great July 4th weekend!