Category Archives: sewing

Giveaway Day!

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It’s been months since I’ve sewed anything. Mostly because my sewing table and fabric are in storage. But I still have plenty of stuff I’ve sewn in the past. So when I noticed that today is yesterday was Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day I knew I’d have something. And it’s the perfect thing for the holidays! I’m giving away two Holiday Wine Bags, to two people.

The details: These wine bags are made by me (a few years ago, I admit). They’ve been stored in an waterproof bin, in a smoke free home.

To enter leave a comment. If you want to leave a funny note or joke that’s great, but won’t increase your chances of winning. It will, however make me laugh, and it’s Monday, Tuesday, so that would be cool.

Giveaway is open until December 13 at 5 p.m. PST. I will email the winners by December 15. I will ship them by December 20. I’m willing to ship international, but I can’t promise you’ll get the wine bag by the holidays. Seriously, it takes a while to cross those borders.

So best of luck and start planning who’s receiving wine!

– JJN

A Leap Day Giveaway!

It’s leap day! It’s an extra day to enjoy chocolate or wine or a delicious scone or maybe a donut! And lucky for you,  I’m hosting a giveaway! I will send one lucky winner a three-pocket sling purse of their choice. Just leave a comment below by Next Tuesday at midnight. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday! I only ask that you spread the word… blog about it, post it on Pinterest, and tell your Mom. If I get a lot of comments, I’ll give away two, or maybe three!

A few more details.. These purses hang slightly lower than the photo above. Each has one main pocket int he center and two narrower pockets on either side. I have a variety of bold and muted colors, leave a comment with a desired color, and I’ll do my best to match it up. And again, don’t forget to spread the word!

Hopscotch Numbers

I’ve been meaning to make a Hopscotch Mat for Daughter for a few weeks. I had the felt and even set it out on the floor to see what she thought. She loved the colorful squares and spent at least 20 minutes moving them around and stacking them. Rather than sewing them on to a larger sheet of fabric, Husband suggested I leave them as individual squares and just sew the numbers onto them. Perfect!

I printed out large numbers on 8.5×11 sheets, traced them onto white felt and then sewed them on. With Daughter on my lap. (She called the pins “little balls” and wanted to touch them. Um, no.)

Since they’ve been completed, she’s been organizing and stacking and crumpling and throwing. It’s also an excuse for us to test her on her numbers and colors. We haven’t played an actual game of hopscotch yet, but there’s time. Someday.

Holiday Decorations….

We got a tree this weekend. And a wreath. And I pulled three boxes of pretty things from the basement and threw them all over the living room. And then I looked at mantel and it was void of holiday cheer. But then I looked at my two beautiful birds and realized they looked cold. A bit of red felt, some white thread, and problem solved. Warm birds and some holiday cheer on the mantel. Just that simple!

Friday!

Happy Friday! And Happy 2nd of December.

To officially kick off the Holiday Season I made this Advent Calendar using the tutorial from The Purl Bee. I used their instructions as a very loose guideline and it still turned out pretty well. I couldn’t find different weights of felt, but the weight I found on sale at Michaels seemed to work just fine. And I didn’t download their number guides, instead opting to go freehand, with mixed results. The outcome certainly looks handmade, but that’s sort of the point, right? I don’t think daughter will even notice as she plows through the pockets each day. I filled it up with stickers and chocolate and finger puppets and cars. She might be a little young to truly understand, but it will be fun just the same.
 
And it’s the weekend! This afternoon I hope to swing by the Second Annual Willow House Craft Fair (if the refrigerator repair guy doesn’t take too long). There will be all kinds of amazing handmade goodies from a lot of amazing artists, including Jen, Kristin and Anna!
And tonight I’m heading out to Simple Barbra with the girls. This weekend we’re having a birthday part for Dog, getting a tree, heading to a 3YO birthday party and then I’m off to the Nutcracker with Mom. I can’t wait. I’ve been listing to the music for weeks already and as much as I can’t dance, I can’t wait to twirl!!

Purses

Remember this awesome pattern I posted about a few weeks ago? I caved and bought it. And I’m so glad I did. I made one for myself and fell in love.


So I made two more, a green one for my Sister for her birthday.

And an orange one for my Sister-in-Law for her birthday.  The pattern was so easy to follow and I used some new Outdoor Canvas fabric from Joann. I’m glad I took the time to center the pattern on the fabric, I think it made a huge difference. Now I can’t wait to make more, maybe one for every season? Or one for every friend. I’ll be busy!

Pillows, Finally…

I finally finished two of the pillows for my Mom. The third one is having some zipper issues, so it needs to be torn apart and tried again. When I have some energy to focus on it. Meanwhile, these are completed and happily sitting on her new couch. We found the fabric at Joann’s (I was shocked!). We went with two solids, a darker blue and a lighter blue, a floral print, a textured paisley print and a colorful paisley print (on pillow #3). One pillow has just horizontal stripes.

The second pillow as four diagonal triangles. alternating between the light blue and the textured paisley. They both have simple envelopes backs, so no zippers. Which is why they didn’t cause any problems. (Ahem, pillow #3).

Mom is happy. I’m happy. And now I hope to make more pillows for around here!. Maybe something springy, since Spring showed up this weekend. Hooray!

PS: And a happy happy birthday to my hubby who rarely reads this but in case he does have a great day honey see you tonight!