Friday, November 26, 2010

AND THE WINNER OF ALLIE OWL IS...

...Joanne of Thread Head blog. Congratulations, Joanne. Please email me your full name and mailing address at the email button located under my profile in the right sidebar of my blog. I hope you will enjoy Allie as much as I have. And to all of you who entered the drawing, THANK YOU for your support. As a new blogger, I was encouraged by the response. There were more than 100 entries as many of you were followers and some even posted about the giveaway on your blogs. It is reassuring to know that there are actually people out there who read my blog! A special thanks to those who take the time to leave comments as I always enjoy reading them.


Being the naturally curious owl that she is, Allie had to oversee the drawing as my husband randomly picked a name from the bowl.


If you are interested in making Allie in the colorations shown, I have a small number of kits for the wool only available (buttons not included). Just email me for more details if you have any interest in ordering one. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WISHING YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

As we get ready to celebrate another Thanksgiving, I wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday. I thought I would share this vintage postcard from my collection. This will be a short post as both my family and my husband's are coming to our house tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving with us and I'm still making some last-minute preparations. This year is extra special because my grandma will be able to come as well!


Don't forget to check back to find out who won my owl pincushion giveaway this Friday. Allie will soon by leaving her nest for a new home.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 15, 2010

OWL PINCUSHION GIVEAWAY

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

To celebrate my owl pincushion being featured in the current issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, I'm hosting a special giveaway. The prize will be one of my handmade owls, Allie. She is dressed in a hand-dyed wool coat of some of my favorite hues—robin's egg blue, pink, and brown. Allie is the same size as my original owl, Oliver, who was featured in the magazine. She measures approximately 8 inches tall (to the tips of her ears) and 5 inches wide. Her eyes are a mix of white vintage mother-of-pearl white buttons and new pink buttons. The giveaway will run through midnight (CST) Wednesday, November 24.


Allie's multi-colored pocket of wool "pennies" is designed to hold a pair of embroidery scissors or other sewing accessories.


Here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite three-color combination. If you enter anonymously, please include at least your first name so I have a way of identifying you if you win. 
2. If you're a follower, you will receive two entries as a token of my appreciation for your support. Just make a note of that in your comment so I know that you are a follower. And if you're not already a follower, feel free to become one!
3. If you post about this giveaway on your blog, you will receive an additional entry. So if you are a follower and blog about this giveaway, you will receive a total of three entries. Just specify that with your comment so I know to give you an additional entry. And feel free to take the photo of Allie to use on your blog!

I will choose the winner from a random drawing and announce the recipient of Allie on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. Good luck to all! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

LOOK "WHOO'S" COMING SOON

In an earlier post, I mentioned I would be offering a giveaway for one of my handmade owl pincushions in celebration of its appearance in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. I'm putting the finishing touches on Allie the Owl, who is dressed in a woolly coat of my some of my favorite shades—pink, robin's egg blue, and brown. I hope you will return this coming Monday, November 15, to learn more about how you could win her.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DECORATING WITH LITTLE QUILTS

I've been smitten with doll quilts since I happened upon a vintage 1930s one at a flea market 10 years ago. Ever since then, I've enjoyed making them. These smaller quilts usually fit my busy work schedule better than full-size ones. A few years ago, I participated in a doll quilt club at a nearby quilt shop. We received a pattern and a kit in the mail each month. I must admit I have yet to finish all the kits but I am making progress. This little 25-patch quilt is from that club. Strip piecing made the construction go swiftly. It now has a prized place in my sewing room alongside an old Singer sewing machine that I rescued from a thrift store for $10. It was covered with dust and grime but I knew it would shine up well. My handy husband rewired the cord and it was ready to sew on again!


Here's another little quilt on display in our home. When we moved in six years ago, I needed to find a way to disguise an unsightly phone jack attached to a wall in an upstairs hallway. This quilt proved to be the perfect solution. Now we have a cordless phone, so hiding cords isn't an issue anymore but I kept the quilt where it was because it's such a colorful backdrop for my tabletop display. I love scrappy quilts and used a bunch of bits and pieces left over from other projects to make this quilt. I'll share more small quilt displays around my home in future posts.

Monday, November 1, 2010

GIRLS' DAY IN

After a hectic week of deadlines, I was ready for a little rest and relaxation by last Friday. Luckily, I had a Girls' Day In planned with two of my dear friends, Belinda and Merry. We gathered at my house for a fun day of crafting and chatting.

During the morning, I organized an informal creative "workshop" where I showed the gals how to make my bird pincushions (the ones on little wooden spools that I designed for a quilt magazine last year). They got to pick their wool colors ahead of time and I had all the supplies ready for them when they got here. By the end of the morning, they had their very own little pincushions to take home with them. They both did a fantastic job and stitched them up in no time. Belinda's is the one on the left and Merry's is on the right. I made the little blue guy in the background.


Belinda and Merry are the sweetest friends. Whenever I see them, they always seem to be bearing goodie bags. And Merry even brought a scrumptious homemade cake! She also gave me the goodies below. I loved the little dressform pincushion with the adorable little apron she made for me. She also included a jar of homemade apple butter. She makes the most divine jams and jellies in gourmet flavors such as lemon thyme moscato wine and chamomile tea. Yum! 


Merry also stitched this cute pumpkin hand towel for me. It's embellished with brown rick-rack at the bottom and looks right at home in my kitchen!


Belinda is the talented cross stitch designer behind Blue Ribbon Designs. I have accumulated many of her patterns over the past several years. This one is called "Frolic in the Foliage" and features nine charming autumn-themed scenes. I especially love the ones with the two-story yellow house and the owls in the trees. Perhaps that's because I live in such a house and I love owls!


Belinda surprised me with this bag of treats. She brought the cute little bird and berry and the acorn back from Mystic, Connecticut, where she was recently invited to teach classes at a stitchers retreat. And who can resist a bag of sweets? I know I can't!


Thanks to Belinda and Merry, I came away from the day rejuvenated and ready to dig into my next article. Thank you so much for a wonderful day, my dear friends.

Last week was indeed filled with wonderful things. I also received this exquisite wool pincushion made by my blogging friend Cheryl in the mail. She hosted a pincushion giveaway in September and I was the lucky recipient! I was so thrilled to see it in person. I just love all the little touches that make it extra special. Thank you, Cheryl!