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Magic Pattern Book

23 Sep

I get to be a part of a gigantically stupendous blog tour!  Check out all the action and make sure you stop back here on October 21st for your chance at winning this book.  My only problem at the moment is deciding which awesome outfit to make.  There are so many great choices!  I am leaning towards making a cute winter coat with a side tie made out of an wool army blanket- now I just need to find a wool army blanket…

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Not sure how I got listed with these talented bloggers who have their acts together WAY more than I do =)

Official Tour Stops on Amy Barickman’s THE MAGIC PATTERN BOOK Blog Tour:

October 6            AMYBARICKMAN.COM
October 7            WINDY LOU

October 8            MELLY SEWS

October 9            CRAFT GOSSIP

October 10          SEW MAMA SEW

October 13          ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM

October 14          LILACS & LACE

October 15          FOUR SQUARE WALLS

October 16          PINK CHALK STUDIO

October 17          CITY STITCHING with CHRISTINE HAYES

October 20          CUT OUT & KEEP

October 21          HE SOWED, SHE SEWED

October 23          THREADS

October 24          INDYGO JUNCTION

And The Winner Is…

12 Sep

Congratulations!!!

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makingmondays, please e-mail me your address so I can get this book out to you

As you can see I waited until the last minute (welcome to my life) for the winner to be chosen.  Precious Aleah picked this one out of a hat after she was already in bed.  I don’t think she minded a little extra awake time.

Thanks Emily for the book giveaway and thanks for the comments and love.

Book Giveaway

9 Sep

We have a book giveaway for y’all.

Here is the book you can win-

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We all have times where we have a couple hours to kill with our kids before lunch, nap time, dinner, sporting event or whatever.  This book would be a wonderful resource for those in between times since they are relatively easy and very kid friendly projects.

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Take paint and water it down a bit, put a blob on your paper and then blow through a straw to splatter the paint into weird shapes.

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We added google eyes and then added wings and smiles and feet using markers.

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I know Aleah and Sophi loved making these monsters.  And I was just glad we could do this outside =)

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They are now all over our kitchen protecting our food and cups and plates.  The kids think it is pretty hilarious and love saying, “Look out behind you!  There is a big monster!!!”

This book giveaway is brought to you by Emily who has a blog over here and is also a Usborne Book consultant.  Comment away for your chance to win.  I will let you know who the winner is on Thursday and the comments will count until then.  Good luck!

Waverly Contest Entry

3 Sep

Click here for your chance to win

Here is my entry to perhaps win the $100 gift card to JoAnn Fabrics and some more excellent Waverly fabric.

The winner had to make the most unique project and I think we came through-

WE MADE A PUPPET SHOW!

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First Jared took an old wipe off board and covered it with the lovely Waverly fabric.  It was perfect fabric for the job since it is very thick and sturdy and withheld being stapled to the board.

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And yes, watching “The Big Bang Theory” does help make these sort of projects more fun.

We attached shutters with hinges that I had bought two summers ago at a garage sale (2 for $1), so glad we found an awesome purpose for them.

I added a couple flowers to the top right side of the puppet stage to spice it up a bit and to incorporate actual sewing.

First fold fabric wrong sides together and then cut it this way:

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Then sew the straight line with a basting stitch and pull one thread to gather the fabric:

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Wrap the fabric around your finger to form a beauty of a flower

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then I hand sewed the flowers to the fabric:

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Don’t you want to perform a puppet show here???

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Aleah took this picture of me and Sophi doing a puppet show

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I am so glad they chose this print to send to me because it will look wonderful in our toy room and it looks great for outdoor showings of our new puppet theater.

One of my favorite parts of this theater is that it folds flat, for easy storage for those few minutes when we are not practicing our puppeteering skills.

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So good luck to me and now good luck to you-

Don’t forget about your chance to win.

The grand prize for the Facebook contest is $1,000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 JoAnn gift card!!!

Head over to entry your project- click me!

And you should go and like their facebook page too.

I would absolutely love it if one of you won!  And A big happy 90th anniversary to Waverly Fabric.

This little guy would sure love it if we all won

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Sewing School Giveaway Winner

18 Jul

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And the winner of this Wonderful sewing book …….

chosen by random Aleah selection is….

this comment:

“Caitlyn, it’s impressive how you and Aleah did that project while the other little ones were napping. I love the pin cushion – every sewer needs one, and it was easy for Aleah to make herself. I’m thinking I need to get this book, especially since Zoe is really into sewing. Thanks for sharing your creative life with us!”

Congratulations Becky Trip- If you get your address to me I will be sure to mail to book out to you ASAP- maybe in between naps again =)

And for those of you who didn’t win a book-  I hope to have another giveaway soon.

Sewing School 2 Giveaway

16 Jul

Here we are with a book giveaway.  Get excited, get very excited.  Just leave a comment and you might get this book!

Part of this book is teaching kids the steps to getting organized and safety procedures involved in using a sewing machine.  Some of the first project this book involves is crafts to get you ready to be succesful in your future sewing adventures.

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Aleah wanted to make a pin cushion to get her prepared to be a super sewing girl.

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The only thing we changed is instead of using stuffing for the filling we used rice so it can double as a bean bag for games when we take out the pins and need a bean bag like item.

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There were MANY cooler things we could have made but we squeezed this project into the time where Hudson AND Sophi were napping.  All the while hoping they would stay sleeping long enough for us to get this finished.

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Love this girl and am proud of her sewing skills and goofy faces

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Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

Sewing School 2

11 Jul

One of the best part about having this blog is the stream of free books that people send me.  It’s like getting paid in cool sewing/kids books.  How awesome is that?  I bet YOU wish you could get paid in books, am I right =)?

Here is one of the most recent books I have been sent- It is called Sewing School 2 and it teaches kids about using the sewing machine.  In the book are patterns and helpful tips so kids can be successful while making cute projects.

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For many days this month different blogs are featuring different projects.  You will get to see the sewing craft Aleah made on July 16th- be very excited- cause she sure was!

Here is the list of the other blogs that are a part of reviewing this book:

July 7 – Our Busy Homeschool

July 8 – scrumdilly-do!

July 9 – Crafty Moms Share

July 10 – Jane of All Trades

July 11 – Windy Lou

July 12 – Adventures of a DIY Mom

July 13 – Improv Diary

July 16 – He Sewed She Sewed

July 17 – Teach Beside Me

July 18 – All Things with Purpose

July 19 – The Crafty Crow

July 20 – Family Style School

July 21 – Such Designs

July 22 – Red Bird Crafts

July 23 – The Long Thread

July 25 – mayamade

Check them all out because they are pretty cool blogs and I will also have a giveaway of this book on July 16, so comment away!