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Half of My Henna Prints (a giveaway!) – closed.

EDIT: COMMENTS CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Ever since I received that adorable hexie needle book as a gift, I’ve been thinking about henna prints.

I decided to make several hexagon needle books in the various colors of henna scraps I could find in my sewing room. I really like having a stash of gifts for those last-minute occasions when I need a handmade gift but find myself short on time.

Then I decided it would be fun to order more henna prints, and give away a fat quarter of each of these prints I could find (note: these prints are not the exact same colors as the needle books I made).

Leave me a comment by Friday, October 8, 2010 (10:00 pm CST) if you are interested in winning these goodies. International entries welcome. Let me know which color hexagon needle book pictured at the top you would like. You will receive that needle book and a set of fat quarters in the prints shown here. I thought a giveaway might be a fun way to celebrate American Craft Week!

The Ornaments I Made for Our Swap

EDIT: oopsy, my previous title indicated a giveaway, but this isn’t a giveaway post – sorry to mislead anyone! I just forgot to change the title of my post before publishing it – doh!

I hope everyone has sent and received their ornament swaps.

I also hope everyone has added pictures of your goodies to our Flickr group. Stop by to check out all the goodies that were exchanged this summer!

I finally remembered to share with you what I made for my partner: a knitted mini sweater, a fabric dove and a felt star.

I included a couple fat quarters in her package as a bonus.

While I was at it, I made a few extra bird ornaments to have on hand for future gifts or exchanges.

I used this simple and quick tutorial from The Purl Bee to make the birds, and I used the pattern from this book to make the knitted sweater. I think they always have the best projects and tutorials!

Today is my first day of class for computer graphics, so I’m excited to start learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator!

Two Giveaway Winners

I can’t even begin to thank each and every single one of you who entered my giveaway for the the May Day Giveway, sponsored by Sew,Mama,Sew! Normally, I make it a practice to respond to every comment left on my blog. But with 574! comments, I had a hard time keeping up. I tried, I really did. Even though I wish I could have replied to all of you, I started to randomly reply and thank some of you. Then I ended up making a couple new friends, which was awesome.

I had no idea so many people would want these items I had to offer, so I am excited to announce a couple winners! My first item up for grabs was this honey bun of Snippets fabrics by American Jane. (a honey bun is a collection of 1.5″ x 44″ strips of fabric)

That item goes to commenter number 138, which was Jessie Hansen who replied:

“I am looking forward to getting out of NM this summer. We are going to Wyoming! Yay! Less heat!” Send me an email, Jessie, with your mailing address!

My second giveaway item was this charm pack of Flutterby fabrics by Tula Pink. (a charm pack is a pack of 5 inch 40-42 squares)

That item goes to commenter number 377, which was Emily responded:

“thanks for the giveaway! i am most looking forward to being an assisstant to a wonderful professor that i have at school!” Send me an email, Emily, with your mailing address!

I loved hearing what you are all looking forward to this summer. So many things I wanted to do too, like go to the beach or go on all those exotic vacations you listed, but also spending time with your family, catching up on your sewing projects, working in your garden, enjoying time off, even seeing Eclipse on June 30.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for entering and sharing. I sincerely hope you enjoy each and every moment of your summers! Stop by again soon to visit (even when I’m not offering something for free – wink wink).

Best Practice – Customer/Reader Appreciation

“The customer is always right.” How many times have you heard that? I used to work in the retail industry, and I always rolled my eyes when I heard that speech. At the end of the day, I think every corporation, small business, and individual maker of handmade goods will tell you that customers (and blog readers) are the #1 most important element to their business (or blog).

I know, you don’t need to hear from me how important it is to appreciate your shop customers or your blog readers. Crafters are kind folks by nature, right?! Just look at the steady list of giveaways taking place every single week as proof of that.

I am not an expert in marketing, and I am generally a shy person when it comes to marketing, making it hard for me to drum up new customers or new blog readers. I try to appreciate the ones I have. I just wanted to share a few of the things I try to do, especially here with my blog.

If you have ever left a comment on my blog, you have most likely received an email from me thanking you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I love comments. I love hearing from readers. That has also been the start to a few email conversations that have led to great friendships I cherish.

Offering Tutorials
I think tutorials are a cool way to offer your readers something for free. Who doesn’t love a free pattern?! I wish I were better at offering more tutorials!

Participating in Swaps
Exchanging supplies or handmade goods through swaps is a great way to meet people and share similar obsessions. Some of my blogger friendships began from swaps. (That reminds me, don’t forget about our Christmas in July ornament swap coming up.)

Interact and Engage
Sometimes I can be indecisive, so it’s good to know I can ask you all for advice, such as with my recent patchwork arrangements project. I loved reading your thoughts on which half-square triangle arrangement you liked best. I like it when other bloggers ask for an opinion or feedback because it initiates in a creative conversation, which is beneficial to all of us.

Amy frequently posts surveys on her blog, seeking feedback on sewing topics or ideas for content she could offer. I love that! Personally, I think surveys are fun to participate in because they make me feel like I have a say, like I’m contributing to the success of another creative person. I’m all for that!

I adore this little matchbook notepad I got from Randi’s shop with a recent fabric order!

I am going to make a supply of these little drawstring bags to include in orders from my shop. Just a little something extra.

I mentioned above the number of giveaways that take place every week. I’m not telling you that you should do a giveaway. Just saying I like doing giveaways, whether it’s an extra goodie with an order, a giveaway for a blogiversary, or participating in a sponsored event like the upcoming Sew,Mama,Sew‘s May Day giveaway. (Be sure to check back next week for the giveaway I have to offer!)

This series has been fun for me to do. It has challenged me to take notice of and share the things I do to keep myself organized and to keep life running smoothly. It’s also been good writing practice for me. I hope you have found it to be useful in some way too.

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Previous posts about my Best Practices:




Bobbins, Pins and Folding

Business Cards

Carry Your Product

You are a winner!

Thank so much, everyone of you, for entering my blogiversary giveaway, and for all your sweet comments! Such a wonderful feeling to have a whole pack of sisters out there who think like I do, have similar interests, and share an appreciation for similar things.

I utilized our trusty friend the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.

When I was making this little mini, I wanted to embroider a saying that moved around the block. I wanted it to have something to do with friendship. But I was drawing a blank. So I went to our other friend Google, and searched for friendship quotes. I only needed four words. That search helped, but I still kept coming back to this cute wall hanging I got from my BFF Tami a couple years ago. (she lives in Colorado so I don’t see her too often anymore)

I hadn’t done any embroidery in a couple years, so I was happy to dig out my reference books. I highly recommend having at least one embroidery book on hand if you need some good tips, examples, and eye candy.

(Doodle Stitching by Aimie Ray, Kids Embroidery by Kristin Nicholas, and Colorful Stitchery by Kristin Nicholas)

Thank you again everyone for entering my giveaway and continuing to visit my blog and leave such nice comments. I always love the positive feedback, and appreciate your friendship! Here’s to another 300 posts!

A Celebration Giveaway

I have officially passed the 300th post on this blog! (322 to be exact) I also had a two-year blog anniversary (last November).  I would like to celebrate YOU, the wonderful blogging and sewing friends I have connected with through this blog.

I have been finding my way over those past two years, blogging about my passions in life, making connections, building a network. I love to share my sewing and art projects, and I appreciate getting such great feedback from all of you. In the midst of my favorite things, I’ve had fun talking with you about baking, gardening, outdoor adventures, and travels.

I was thinking someone out there might want this mini quilt I made especially for this giveaway. I used two lovely fabrics I got from Randi, and Dana’s instructions for making one pinwheel block. I put a cream border around it, and embroidered this saying “grow friends like flowers” around the block. It measures approximately a 13-inch square. Quilted, bound, and ready for delivery to your house!

Leave a comment here by Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. CST to be entered into my giveaway. Feel free to spread the word, if you want to. I will announce the winner on Sunday, March 28. Thank you for being my friends!

Step Right Up!

Thanks to everyone who entered my 200-th post giveaway. The winner is…

True Random Number GeneratorMin: Max: Result:17Powered by RANDOM.ORG


Dorrie said she is going to use the new Rouenerries fabric line from Moda by French General to include some dish towels and probably some of the potholders or some napkins she’s been making. . . keeping with the food/kitchen theme. Great ideas for Christmas gifts!

prize for 200th post giveaway

Congratulations to Dorrie! (no need to send me your address cuz I already have it)

We are off to the farmers market for breakfast. Hope you all enjoy your Saturday!

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