Do you love fabric? Donna from Bloomerie Fabrics is offering a giveaway today! Bloomerie is one of my sponsors and they have a beautiful selection of quilting cottons, supplies and patterns. The giveaway is for a $30 gift certificate that you can use any way you’d like.
To enter, just click over to their site and then leave a comment here to tell me which fabrics are your favorites, and of course we’d love to hear what you’re making! This giveaway is open internationally and you can enter until midnight (eastern) on Monday, August 19.
You can visit the Bloomerie blog here and check out the great sale items too. Pictured above are Briar Rose from Heather Ross, Cream and Sugar from Ampersand Design Studio and Color me Retro from Jeni Baker.
Congratulations to #87, Clara! She is the winner of the patterns from Elf Pop.
Cute alert! My new sponsor, Elf Pop, is offering a giveaway of FIVE patterns for her adorable dolls, animals, and tiny clothing. Raynor of Elf Pop is a mother of three from Scotland. You can read more about her and learn about her creative process on her blog here.
These sweet little clothes fit both the dolls and the animals. I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a dog in a bow tie. Raynor also has patterns for an elephant, monkey and cat, so be sure to check them out in her Etsy shop! And there are some cute little boy doll patterns available over there as well.
These patterns are .pdf files for instant download, so this giveaway is open internationally! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by midnight eastern Sunday, April 14 and I’ll choose a winner at random. If you get a chance, you can also follow Elf Pop on twitter or join her Facebook group.
The winner of the Handmade Hostess book is #45, Evanthia! Congratulations. If you’re interested in the book, you can head over to amazon to take a closer look. Happy party-planning!
Today I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Handmade Hostess, the new book by fabric designer Kelly Lee-Creel and her sister, Rebecca Söder. This book includes twelve party themes sorted by the seasons, with craft ideas, sewing projects, and recipes. Projects include tiny leprechaun clothes to hang for St. Patrick’s Day, giant fabric flowers for a wedding shower, and a tutu tablecloth for a pixie party. Many of the major holidays are covered in the book with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Fourth of July party ideas, as well as more unexpected themes including a mad scientist party and a Japanese garden party.
I like how the book gives you ideas for all aspects of the party with baking, sewing and decorating included, rather than just focusing on one element. And Kelly and Rebecca make it clear that not everything at your party needs to be handmade! Buy some things. Make it easier on yourself, and add handmade touches if you choose. Who wants additional stress? Here’s a quote from the introduction:
We don’t do it all, and neither should you (unless you really, really want to). The only good reason to do any of this—the decorating and celebrating, baking and making—is because you want to, and doing it yourself will give you immense satisfaction. There are lots of reasons we get caught up in trying to entertain our friends and families, but the best celebrations, however simple, are the ones that come from the heart.
Overall, I think this book will give you some inspiration to get started with a party, some delicious recipes, creative craft ideas and some simple sewing projects. Would you like to win a copy of the book? Simply leave a comment below by midnight eastern this Saturday (March 30) and I’ll choose a winner at random. This giveaway is open internationally!