Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Annual Time Capsules

It's the end of one year, and the start of the next. What will you remember most?

During our year long renovations last year, we found quite a few ways to leave "our mark" upon the house that we have called our home for 12 years already. As they tore down walls and built new walls, I decided to pull together a slew of items that if ever found, would give the new owners a sense of who lived here before them, and all the changes the house had been through.

I would have loved to find a time capsule in one of the torn down walls, but we didn't. Who knows - maybe there is still one in a different wall we didn't tear down? If there is, now there are two. We packed up all the things in the (picture up above) and watched Darold nail them in, and watched Steve seal it and paint over the seams. This is all the proof I have that it's there. Hoping that I live long enough to never see it again, but know that its here, hiding, waiting to be found.

We started making these other "Annual Time Capsules" earlier in the year, and put them in our ViewTainers. I only have a few things from my childhood to look back on endearingly, and have to search the web for things that happened, that I just might remember. I thought it would be a great opportunity to capture some of the items/toys and other things that my girls would want to remember and see in 10 or 20 years from now. I love the Viewtainers because they are not made of breakable glass, making them very kid friendly. You can seal them up at the end of the year with duct tape, silicone, or packed in a box and locked up, not to be opened for another 10 or 20 years, you decide.

Not sure what to include?

Here's what we put in some of the time capsules: Silly Banz for the 2011 container, because just two years ago, my girls were among the masses that wore quite a few on each wrist, and traded them on the playground (and now for 2013 it's the Rainbow Loom bracelets). A Twinkie (because everyone knows they last 20 years, and when they went bankrupt, I bought a few boxes too. It was all the rage). The duck tape craze and now washi tape madness that has swept the nation for the past couple of years, has reserved a place in one of these capsules too, among many other squinkies, trinkets and movie characters from cereal boxes.

I have also included a short list of facts from the past few years, things we will remember, or want to remember: Movies we saw, tragedies we witnessed, and triumphs in and around the world, etc. The ideas are endless, and the capsules can be personalized as well to include birthdays, celebrations, milestones, etc. The Project Life cards are perfect for this, and can even capture favorite family recipes and so much more. Write it down. Record it. Treasure it.

I hope you all have an absolutely amazing 2014, filled with joy, laughter, charity, hope and love. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for being a part of my life and journey. If you want to be in the know of all the fun things to come this year...click that link below and sign up to receive my newsletters. I have yet to send one out, so please know I won't spam you like crazy and send you an email every day or week! Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Banners of Hope

For those of you that don't know about the Banners of Hope project, you can visit the Craft and Hobby website to find out all the details or click on the Banners of Hope link above. It's such a great idea and I knew months ago I wanted to make one...maybe a bunch....and show my support to those in need of "hope" among other things.

I have come up with a few ideas, and am already working on a second banner, but wanted to share the first one with you all.

This one came from a couple of different areas of inspiration. I grew up in Texas and moved to NY when I was about 8 1/2. Everywhere I went, I saw the I (heart) NY logo on t-shirts, billboards, and bumper stickers. It still remains a strong reminder and symbol of my childhood. There is also the pop art "LOVE" design by Robert Indiana, that will be available on special license plates in the state of Maine to "show your love for the arts", through the Maine Crafts Association.

The final inspiration came from my sewing studio and all the little bits and pieces. It made me think of the word hope and what the word really means. I thought of "hope" as a "notion" of being. It's that something that some people have a hard time grasping in times of trial, grief, or affliction. It requires and action. It requires us to do something, to believe even, that there is something beautiful waiting for us, that can come from all the little pieces. This is my banner of hope. Hope is a powerful word. You just have to believe in it.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Sewing Tales for the Holidays - A Contest

I'm so excited to finally share this idea I have had for a long time. To celebrate my book, and to encourage as many sewists to get sewing and storytelling for the holidays, I am having a contest. I have lined up some awesome sponsors (and judges) and I am beyond excited to see what everyone comes up with!
So are you ready for the details:

The Contest Rules:
1. Make a pattern from my book "Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love".
2. Have a fun photoshoot...photograph it all nice and pretty.
3. Write a Story to go with it (just like in my Sewing Tales book, every pattern has a story and each character has a name).
4. With a Holiday twist. What's that you ask? The holiday twist - is adding some details in the photo, the fabric, and/or the story of any holiday of your choosing. I'm LDS and celebrate Christmas. Not everyone else does, I get that. Maybe you want to twist it into a New Years theme, or start thinking about Valentines Day (a little bit early) or even go back to Chanukah although it has passed? That's ok too. It can be whatever "holiday" you choose.

After you have your project, photo and story all done, post it on your blog, and share the link below. Don't have a blog? That's ok too - You can post the picture into the Sewing Tales Flickr Group and then share that flickr link below. Make sure you post your story in the caption section of the flickr photo, or your submission will be incomplete.

All submissions must be received no later than 11:55pm EST on February 14, 2014. You have more than a month to enter. Oh - and did I mention you can enter up to THREE times? What?! Yep, each person can enter up to 3 different projects (with a different stories and different photos, please don't enter the same thing 3 times).
Now with all the details and "rules" out of the way...let's jump right to the Prizes! Did I say Prizes? Why, yes I did - almost $800 total retail value. Crazy - right?!

The Grand Prize Winner* will receive(approx $475 Retail value):
1 seriously awesome FABI from Sizzix
1 Dritz Sewing Bundle Valued at $75
1 - 3 Month Subscription to Quilty Box (this will be the Oct, Nov, Dec boxes)
3 Brand New Titles from F + W Media
A Signed Copy of my Book (name to sign is your choice)
1 Pair of Fiskars Scissors
6 Fat Quarters of Heather Bailey's "Lottie Da" fabric collection
3 yards Bosal Foam Create - A - Pattern paper

1st Runner Up Winner* will receive(approx $200 Retail value):
1 Dritz Sewing Bundle Valued at $50
1 Month Quilty Box
2 Brand New Titles from F + W Media
A Signed Copy of my Book (name to sign is your choice)
1 Pair of Fiskars Scissors
2 yards Bosal Foam Create - A - Pattern paper

2nd Runner Up Winner* will receive(approx $120 Retail value):
1 Dritz Sewing Bundle Valued at $25
1 Month Quilty Box
1 Brand New Titles from F + W Media
A Signed Copy of my Book (name to sign is your choice)
1 yard Bosal Foam Create - A - Pattern paper

I'd like to take a moment to thank the following sponsors:

These companies have been extremely generous these past few months, and supporting me with the launch of my Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love book. I love working with these companies and love their products. I can't do what I do without their tools, and wouldn't have been able to run such a successful book hop and now this contest without them. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.  You can visit their websites by clicking their links above (in the Prize section).

I'd also like to thank YOU from the bottom of my heart as well. Thank you for purchasing my book. For sharing my book with your friends and families. Thank you for sharing it with your children and teaching them how to sew and create something with their own hands.You are giving them a lifetime of memories.

So before I end this thing...I have one more bit of info for you to know. When it comes to a contest - there are always judges. So I'd like to introduce you to the Sewing Tales for the Holidays Judges (I will have to get pics to post, because I can't find the pics I thought I had of them).

Linda Nitzen from Sizzix and Kim Buffington from Dritz (Prym) and I will be choosing the winner.

Have any questions? Leave a comment below and I will respond to them as quickly as I can. If it's a question a lot of people may have, I may just put the info up here in the post.

Want to let everyone know you are participating? Here's a little button to add to your blog, your post, or any social media site you'd like. Well - maybe not all of them, since it's small it won't look great when it's really big. But that big image up above, can be shared anywhere. You could even pin it to pinterest! Be merry and bright and tell the whole world that you are Sewing Tales for the Holidays!

Don't have a copy of my book? Do you want to get one - really fast - AND signed? You can get one from my Kid Giddy Etsy shop. All orders received by 2:00pm EST will be shipped out the same day. If you don't tell me who to sign it to, I will sign it with a sweet message and my name.You can also order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble too (but please know that it won't be signed.

*No Purchase necessary (You can always borrow a friends book, or get a copy from your local library). Must be 18 years of age or older to enter (young children can still be a part of the action, but an adult must enter with the adults name and can include "with the help of..." if you'd like). International entries are acceptable. All Prizes will be shipped directly to winner from the respective companies (Sizzix, Dritz, QuiltyBox, F+W Media). Additional prizes will come from me, so please note you will likely receive multiple packages and at different times. Thank you for your understanding.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

It's a Sewing Tales Giveaway Day - Who Wants to WIN?

It's giveaway day on Sew Mama Sew - and I decided to participate in a BIG way...not just 1 person will win, not just 2 people, but 4 people will win the following giveaway package. Isn't that so exciting?

A (signed) copy of my book Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love (don't want to wait for it? I don't blame you - you can get a copy of Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love on Amazon right now in time for Christmas)

8 awesome goodies from Dritz Sewing

1 Bag of PolyFil from Fairfield

1 Yard of Create-A-Pattern paper from Bosal Foam

What do you have to do to win?

Share a story about a favorite toy you were given when younger (handmade or otherwise).

Enter your name in the Rafflecopter form below. It's the easiest way for me to track and notify a winner. You will have until Dec 13th 8pm EST. I will email the winners and the winners will also be mentioned on the Rafflecopter board. Due to cost of shipping, I will open up the giveaway for just 1 international winner. So international friends, please enter also, as I will pick 1 giveaway package to ship internationally. Yeah!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway