Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Puppy Portraits SAL: Mini Poodle

It's still month two (albeit late) so I'm going to share the first puppy release with you before the second one comes out in August! We released the Frames to get you started back in June. Who's the first out of the gate? None other than the Mini Poodle...the youngest and smallest of the bunch. He hasn't grown into his full color yet, but he's still as cute as can be. 

If you are new to the Puppy Portraits stitch a long, you can find out more about it in the first June and more about the Aurifil company. I also had a chance to talk to Erin a bit and shared a lot about this project and why I love Aurifil. You can read all about it over on their Auribuzz blog. If you haven't signed up yet, it's never too late. You can sign up now. Reserve/purchase your patterns by filling out the Puppy Portraits Google form linked via the button below.
Just a reminder: We are not charging for this event in the traditional sense. Rather, we simply ask that participants make a donation to a charity that is close to theirs hearts or homes to offer passionate and targeted support to those in need. The signup form will require the following details:

— When and where a donation was made (donations must be dated June 10, 2021 or later)
— Donation amount (minimum of $12)
— Screenshot or other proof of donation

We’re excited to be tracking all donation totals as well as the charities, organizations, and foundations that you all have chosen to donate to. To date we have raised well over $2000! We’ll share all the details at the end of the stitch-a-long. Participant names and individual donation amounts will not be shared and will remain anonymous.

Upon signup, your name will be added to our pattern distribution list and you’ll receive a PDF download with the stitch-a-long frames. Because the registrations are being confirmed manually, the first email won't go out the second you sign up. All "FIRST" emails will only be sent on Friday mornings. If you register Friday night or Saturday morning, you may not get the first email until the following Friday. We appreciate your patience. All subsequent portraits will be arriving on the 2nd Thursday of each month for the remainder of the 12 months. The frames are numbered in the order in which the puppy portraits will arrive, so please be sure to stitch them in order as noted if you want to get ahead. When you finish your new ‘puppy of the month’, you can then continue working on the frames.

If you'd like to order the Puppy Portraits collection and your color choice of Lugana precut linen (mushroom is shown above), you can find it in my Kid Giddy Etsy shop. I currently have stock of three different linen fabrics but quantities are limited. Once they sell out it will be considered a pre-order and will ship when more product arrives. We appreciate your patience!

To all that have joined us thus far, we are so excited to have you. To those still deciding or just finding out, we can't wait to have you join the party! We truly hope you will stitch-a-long with us over this next year and feel good about being a part of this special project.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

The First Ever Ugly Sweater Block Party

Two things I love in life...Christmas and crazy fun summer block parties...are coming together in just a couple of weeks in a whole new way! You know...all things jolly, the oh so swanky Ugly Sweaters, mistletoe and Santa!...and in the heat of the summer sun, those parties that shut down neighborhood streets, go all day long, and involve laughter and all the yummy foods the neighbors can bring?! Well it won't be in person and hopefully you have A/C and can crank it so high you legit have to wear an "ugly sweater"...but here's the deal...We are having a party and we want you there. Last year I couldn't celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the Original #UglySweaterBlock while making masks and sewing medical gowns during a pandemic, so I'm celebrating now and it just won't be as fun or the same, without you.

If you missed the news on Instagram - I have teamed up with Ebony Love over at
@retreatfromhome to host the very first super fun #UglySweaterBlockPARTY on July 24th! This will be an all out fun day online, meeting new friends during the mingle and jingle events, accessing the two exclusive event patterns (not available to the public until next year), TONS of prizes and AMAZING shopping discounts from our awesome sponsors.

There is also a special limited edition swag pouch for the first 200 attendees, and special goodies for the first 25, 50 and 100 attendees! You will not want to miss this opportunity to gather together for swapping fabrics, blocks and fun/ugly sweater tales while learning all my tips and tricks in my two live classes. Head over to to sign up and then grab one of the “I’m attending” badges to share from my first #UglySweaterBlockPARTY post on IG or down below!

🌟If you refer a friend - make sure they tell us your name…we will be giving out a prize for the most referrals! Ok - ready - set - go! Registration closes on 🌟



We can't wait to party with you!

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