Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Mood - Give it away now...

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Stay tuned for another wonderful giveaway this weekend!
I'll announce a winner shortly


Give it away...
Give it away...
Give it away now...

Here's a quick sneak peak at my mood today


Not your traditional moodboard as it's all about me!
But Hey ho...
I've just cleaned up the studio in time
for a feature on the Handmade Europe Blog
which will be coming soon...

But that means I had a chance to
declutter and Destash...

So today for The Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway
I've put together a fun stash for any crafty soul.


Please note these pieces are irregular cuts
They are REALLY BIG Scraps
some just smaller than a 1/2 yard.

To enter just leave me a comment
with your best crafty tip!


Want a bonus entry?
Head over to my Shop
and let me know your favorite item.

(and as a super bonus...Take advantage of 10% off
on any item in the shop until the 25th...use coupon code GIVETEN)

Hope you enjoy
I'll keep the giveaway open until the 25th.
Good luck!

And for more Luck..
Grab a tea and plate of cookies
Head on over to Sew Mama Sew
and enter enter enter..
The List of participants is staggering!

Happy Monday!

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Sarcastic Quilter said...

My best crafty tip is to stay organized. If you know where it is, you know if you have it when you are creating! :)

maerillem said...

Well, my tip is a bit of a moot point, considering what you're giving away...but always make sure to have a little bit extra of whatever material you're using...you can find things to do with extra, but you can't always obtain more.

maerillem at gmail dot com

ecuakim said...

Hmmmmm, a crafty tip? Well, I learned one today as I've been entering the giveaways! Someone (sorry to whoever it is; I've absolutely forgotten!) said that as you machine applique, it is best to leave long end threds instead of backstiching, and then you go back and pull the threds through for a much cleaner look. I thought that was a very handy tip!

~Carla~ said...

Best tip? Imperfection just adds to the charm of handmade creations! ;)

Kelly said...

wonderful stuff, thanks for the chance to win.

K@ren said...

Thanks for a chance at a fabulous prize! I love your embroidered hoop art from your store! So pretty!! Krencamp(at)gmail(dot)com

xo

RobynK said...

An oldie but a goodie: Measure twice, cut once!

sukie said...

My best crafty tip is. . make sure when you start a project to have plenty of rest because if you're exhausted you'll make more mistakes!

Thanks for the giveaway! sukie80@gmail.com

Amanda Pedro said...

those fabrics are awesome!
I've been lazy at this one lately, but when you load up your bobbin, (I'm a white kinda girl. i try to think of it as my trade mark, always white thread, but again, just laziness) load up two at the same time. that way, when you run out in the middle of a seam and you're in a grove, you just change the bobbin without having to reload and you're ready to continue sewing in a heart beat.
Thanks for sharing.
I'm sharing too
www.latenightstamper.blogspot.com

Jagels said...

As i'm making a new project, i go ahead and cut up the scraps into various squares to use for a scrap quilt , whatever sizes i can get out of the scraps, from 1" to 5" and everything inbetween. thanks.

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

My crafty tip is if you are using a hot knife, ditch the dinky stand it comes with. Put it in a bowl or mug instead. It is a lot safer!!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I went over and looked at your shop. I had to heart it. You have a lot of great ideas!! My fav item is the Mi Pequeño Pueblo. Those are really cute. I know my 20 month old would enjoy playing with them.

Holly said...

Let's see, for me: keep the seem ripper close by, you know you'll need it!

Ly said...

Love the fabrics you are giving away! Let's see my best crafty tip is to measure twice before cutting into your large pieces of fabric. =)

Ly

lyannab(at)gmail(dot)com

Living in La La Land said...

Your crafty space is nicely organized. Mine um not soooooo much!
Don't be afraid to do something different. I know it sounds cheesy but some of my best creations have come from trying something different and making mistakes!! lol
Thank you for the opportunity!

Living in La La Land said...

Oh I &heaarts; the Saturday Swirl Skirt, Pirate Pete Stylin T and the Peasant Tunic-Poetic Dreamer and Pierre Spots a Treasure painting. Can I just pick everything??

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

My best crafty tip? From someone who is a little haphazard and messy, I recommend pulling out everything you need for a project before starting to make your creating more efficient, LOL.

Thanks for the chance.
debyeo at hotmail dot com

Just One More Thing said...

Wow-- nice "scraps" -- that shows how different words can mean different things to different people:) My crafty tip -- keep all supplies were they belong. (Do as I say, Not as I do.)

Kira said...

All my crafting and sewing is covered in finger prints or smeared with honey. Watch where you sit and it doesn't help to ask "who put that there". Don't worry if something is missing, I bet you know who took it and where he hid it. Hide and seek is so much fun. When you find it, I am sure there will be fits of giggles.

Amy said...

Crafty tip...how about never leave your knitting in the middle of a row:) amy @ gasudimack@sbcglobal.net

Helen said...

my best crafty tip would be, send all your unwanted fabric to me!! Maybe that's a bit cheeky?

Mindy said...

The best crafting trip ever is always measure once cut twice.

Glenda said...

Love you fabrics. Tip - iron as you go!!!

Evan Becky said...

I love the Lime Splash Kyoko tunic, so cute!
etsyevan(at)gmail(dot)com

Hippie Housewife said...

Crafty tip...it's worth it to fix your mistakes instead of trying to go on with the pattern!

April @ Sewing Novice said...

I am new to sewing so I don't have a ton of tips, but I have forced myself to just dive right in. If I see something I want to make I am really trying to make it.

Evan Becky said...

The thing that made sewing faster for me was a rotary cutter and cutting mat. I can cut multiples of the same pieces out all at once!
etsyevan(at)gmail(dot)com

liniecat said...

NEVER,NEVER ever throw anything, especiually scraps of leftover fabric away.........because as soon as you do.......you will realsie you needed that last little bit that had been left... :(
lol
OF course that does mean you wade through fabric debris and dont need a carpet, unless your very tidy!

fern said...

i have newly discovered that if i serge the edges of my new fabric before washing...no loose threads!

Becky said...

Well, Measure twice, cut once. My Great Uncle taught me that.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Elflyn said...

Keep your pins in a pin cushion not on the floor.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Elflyn said...

Loving your little wooden village, and crushing on your embroidery wall art.

Karen P. said...

I love jars for keeping my buttons, trims & zippers in.

Karen P. said...

love the little wooden village!

joyce said...

Press as you go along.

Lisa said...

I love to sew a ribbon onto the long tubes of fabric I sew to make turning them easier. Thanks for the chance to win!

annmarie said...

Nice fabric - thanks for the chance. My crafty tip is to always iron your seams open, then you never have to worry about them being too thick.

Nancy Sue said...

Always allot suffient time and then double it if crafting with a deadline :)

Nancy Sue said...

I like the Pirate Pete shirt in your shop :)

ikkinlala said...

Does "Don't drink and craft" count?

Carrie said...

It's not very original, but I try to read the instructions multiple times.

Crystal Hendrix said...

A wonderful giveaway!!

My tip.....hmmmm don't sew when your tired, you end up doing a much sloppier job!!!

Laree said...

My crafty tip: google can teach you how to do anything!

Ok, so it's probably a cop out, but it's also really true!

The Sewing Dork said...

My favorite crafty tip is don't start a new project at 11:00 pm. Seriously. It always fails for me.
cynsaw2(at)yahoo(dot)ca

sixtyfourcolorbox said...

I keep scissors on nearly all flat surfaces in my craft room so no matter where I am working there is a pair handy.

anna [at] 64colorbox [dot] com

Crystal said...

My best crafting tip? dont be afraid to walk away and come back with fresh eyes when you get stuck!

cwonitoy(at)shaw(dot)ca

Crystal said...

I am in love with the Garden Splash Kyoko Tunic from your shop - tooo cute!

cwonitoy(at)shaw(dot)ca

Morgan said...

Craft tip ... learn to love the satisfaction of finishing a project as much as you love planning it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sandra :) said...

Lovely scraps, lovely giveaway!

My crafty tip - replace your rotary cutter blade BEFORE you think you should - it'll help keep you safe!

wanda said...

I love your shop. I love your whale rattle and the ones with the boat. I have a new Grandson expected in October. I love your giveaway and thanks.

wanda said...

I have only been quilting for 2 months, my hint would be to measure twice, dont take anything for granite.Be constituent. Thanks for the chance to enter.

♥Duff said...

my best crafty tip is to use starch before cutting anything on the bias! it's amazingly helpful!

Tina said...

Crafty tip: use washable kids crayons to mark fabric--they work better than chalk!

Dreaming Monet said...

best crafty tip is to be patient, and never work when you are tired!

thanks for the chance to win!

lorraine said...

measure twice cut once...thanks for this great giveaway!! raineoc@yahoo.com

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Hmm...I don't really have any tips. Just keep organized, I guess.

Shayla Sharp said...

The one that's saved my bacon the most is that if you get stuff on your iron--like steam a seam (don't ask how I know this really works)--just rub the iron over a bounce dryer sheet a few times to take the sticky off.

Ashley said...

measure twice, cut once!

rascarborough (at) gmail (dot) com

Eileen {bluebirdluxe} said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for a beautiful giveaway! :)

Temima said...

My crafty tip is taking baby steps.
I never have the time to make a project from start to finish. This used to really frustrate me. Now I just do small bits every time I get a chance. It's amazing how quickly things get done, even when you do them in small installments.

Digital Misfit said...

A dab of glue stick works better than a pin to keep applique in place when you do not want to use Wonder Under!
When your sewing machine is acting up, replace the needle, even if it is new. New needles sometimes have tiny nicks that can cause all kinds of trouble.

LaraM said...

Read and use the instructions! Something I have trouble doing!!

Anonymous said...

Great Prize... Crafty tip: make sure the kids have plenty of things ready to do before you start, make a list so they know what they're doing next, you'd be amazed how much you'll get done!

eva at muckypups dot ie

hyperbel said...

wonderful fabrics! My crafty tip: use the seethrough top of plastic folders to make stencils - tried it yesterday to stencil a unicorn onto my daughter's T-shirt and it works really well

Susan said...

Crafty tip - save a sample of your fabric (especially basics)and attach to a piece of card with name and colorway so you know what it is when you find you need more.

Sadie said...

Love your giveaway :-) For my crafty tip, I always take the buttons off old clothes and save them. they make great embellishments and can be used for loads of craft activities too :-) Thanks for the chance to win

Sadie said...

My favourite item in your shop is the Hair Candy hair slides. So very pretty :-)

Ducks and Rabbits said...

I always baste my two pieces of fabric together before sewing in a zipper.

The Creative Miss W said...

Thank you for the chance to enter such a great give away. My tip is: If you have somehow accumulated tons of ugly color thread you will never use.keep it,it comes in handy for basting.the brighter the better off course .It's much easier to snip your threads when you are using something bright and contrasting. also basting is actally neccessary on garments and it's not a waste of time.

The undomesticated scientist said...

crafty tip: do not let small children see fabric, they demand new clothes!

jayne said...

my favorite tip is using a table cloth pad as my design board! couldn't live without it! Love the fabric!

Delaina said...

I'm a big fan of the swirl skirt!

Clare S said...

My best crafty tip is to make what you love, that way it will seem to go more quickly and when you're struggling with part, you can think about how gorgeous it will be when you're finished and that will keep you going!

And more practically, I use rolls of greaseproof paper to trace patterns onto - very cheap and it doesn't tear as easily as tissue (I always worry about that happening), which would be a disaster with a vintage pattern!

quintefoil [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Megan said...

My best crafty tip is something you've heard a million times... but I ignored it forever. The first time I took the time to press my seam allowances, I was shocked at how much better my product looked. So... press your seams! lol footprint13@gmail.com

Megan said...

I LOVE LOVE the "Your Child's Art" wall hoop. What a sweet idea!!! footprint13@gmail.com

Shirley said...

Keep all of the bits and pieces for each project in its own box or bag so you don't have go looking for them each time.

~The Bargain Babe said...

Thanks for a chance to win! My best crafty tip? Hmmmmmm....use good adhesives for paper crafting!

zucchinisummer at gmail dot com

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

Crafty Tip: Big, clean (uncluttered) table. Only essential items for your task and one kitty on her little quilted bed. A movie or show on your laptop or some cool music on your iPod. Get busy!

bionic robinson said...

Best crafty tip? Only one glass of wine at the sewing machine! Seam allowances don't look so pretty otherwise : )

bionic robinson said...

I LOVE the Saturday Swirl Skirt. My toddler would, too, but I think you ought to make one for grown up ladies : )

TheStylishHome said...

Love Saturday Swirl Tangerine!

TheStylishHome said...

Sort your scraps as you go. Having a system makes using the scraps a LOT easier than having a mountain to dig through!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Your studio space/craft room is fabulous!

I think my best crafty tip is using the lapel stick. I recently discovered it and it is great for applique. :)

Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Cute shop. Love the little houses. :)

Robyn said...

Oldie but goodie tip: measure twice, cut once. Thanks for the giveaway!

robyn.geddes(at)gmail.com

audreypawdrey said...

I love using color catchers! I hate prewashing fabric, so this has saved me many times!

CMEH said...

my best crafty tip is to stay organized... everything takes longer when you can't find your scissors!

Robyn said...

humm... I find that if I don't come to my crafting area prepared with lots of chocolate and water then I don't get as much done 'cause I'm distracted... so come prepared! ;)Thanks for the great giveaway!

Nora said...

I've started using a small table and small cutting pad for starting out with projects. It makes me a bit more mobile around the house.

Tabatha said...

I hope I'm not too late for your SMS give-away!

Use wash-away stabilizer when starting a seam that tends to get caught in your feed dogs, instead of paper or tracing paper. This way you don't have to pick tiny bits of paper from your seam.

Cheers!

Tabatha
sewsister (at) rocketmail (dot) com

Christy said...

My tip is to leave a washable glue stick in my container with my sewing tools. It sometimes comes in handy to hold little bits together until I can sew them.

Amy Kirchhoff said...

Thanks for participating in the giveaway week. This one is fabulous! I use a hemostat instead of a safety pin to turn my tubular fabric right side out.
amy_kirchhoff(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

MissMary said...

Best crafty tip: never leave home without your handwork! Whether it's hexagons, knitting, crocheting... You never know when you'll have an unexpected line to wait in, and I love getting an extra stitch in there rather than waste the moment.

Megan said...

Best tip is to take the time and pin things! It takes less time than ripping seams.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I'm quite a beginner, so I don't really have any insider tips. So far, I'd say it is very important to read the pattern and stick to it if you are trying something new, but once you have some experience, it is also good to try and change a pattern if you feel like it...

Oh, and pins, lots of pins!!!

Thanks for the chance!

Fine

Michelle said...

My best crafty tip is to keep all your supplies organized so you don't buy duplicates! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Daniel and Erin Palmer said...

iron, iron, iron! I never realized how important it is to iron as you go until I decided not, yikes. By the way, I love your studio. eatkin85 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Daniel and Erin Palmer said...

Favorite item by far is the Saturday swirl skirt! eatkin85 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Trish said...

crafty tip... I cut irregular little scraps into 5 inch blocks, and then what's left into 1" strips. They are ready for the next project that way.

Trish said...

I love both the Saturday swirl skirts... Eco garden is awesome!

Miranda said...

My crafty tip would be that if you see something you think you can make try it. My other tip is that if you're trying something out, like your own pattern or something, don't use your nice expensive fabric. Do a test run first, see how it looks. Looks like a great giveaway, thanks!!

jendenscott said...

My best crafty tip, haha, keep the seam ripper handy! thanks for the chance to win!
okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

ElfRenee said...

Craft tip, well I guess it's not so interesting, but there's so much you can do with small scraps of fabric, like I made patchwork curtains that turned out amazing!

reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

AMKreations said...

Sewing tip...don't mess up! =) I hate seam rippers. =)

Love this little peasant tunic!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/68359932/peasant-tunic-in-mod-tiles-sz-4-5t-98

Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

livelover3 said...

Best crafty tip: READ THROUGH ALL OF YOUR INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU START CUTTING!!! It's amazing how much time and the amount of scraps you will be left with!! P.S. I love your sewing room1!!! KERIHAG at YAHOO dot COM

Jen said...

My biggest crafty tip is to go to sleep when it's late! Sometimes I try to stay up just to get this last seam done and I sew it together backwards, or upside down! Great giveaway, thank you!

Jen said...

Beautiful items in your shop! My favorite is the Kyoko tunic. I wish I had a little girl to dress!

Richelle said...

My tip is to measure and think things through twice before cutting and sewing. I always get in a hurry and think I know what I'm doing, but mess up because I don't double check!

sntbosch said...

When quilting...square it up.
sntbosch@msn.com

sntbosch said...

I love the kyoko tunic!
sntbosch@msn.com

Jeni Key said...

The favorite tip I've discovered, for it you have a very small home and no place for a sewing "room," get an old coffee table with grooves in the top as part of the construction, grooves that your scissors fit easily inside to use as a cutting table as well. Love furniture that has multiple uses!

free indeed said...

pull threads to the top of the quilt when quilting that way you only have to clip the front of lose threads.
Lovely cache of fabrics...

free indeed said...

I love the Kyoko tunics. There's alot more in there since last year and I love love love your sewing space. I'd like to have my room a reflection of who I am...need to get busy and personalize my space!

fabienne said...

I don't have enough experience to give you any tips... I'm begginer! Thanks for the nice giveaway

fabiennecote(at)hotmail(dot)com

fabienne said...

You have lots of great things in your shop. I love the little wooden house, my girls would love them too

fabiennecote(at)hotmail(dot)com

am12pm said...

Having all your tools on hand is the best advice ever!!

Awesome fabric giveaway!!

Panda Parables said...

i have no crafty tips...i guess that's why i subscribe to so many blogs, so i can learn from others!
katierosek@yahoo.com

Liz said...

Always, always, b=double check you have added your seam allowances before cutting... I'm SOOOOO bad at forgetting to do this

Keriann said...

cute shop! I really love the
Plush Baby Rattle - Wilber Whale - big stripes

Cathy said...

Sew what you love!

pinsandneedles said...

I always use pins to make my seams accurate when I quilt.

Sofia ;) said...

Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today!!! That's the best advice I have (I often say that to myself.... although it doesn't always work...)!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Jennifer said...

crafty tip - I use a wooden dowel to help turn fabric tubes.

lemonadegal said...

Crafty tip - place picture stabilizers on your ruler to prevent slipping while cutting. Thanks for the chance to win.

Michelle
ms.michelle22(at)gmail(dot)com

ThirdMargaret said...

Your blog is Lovely!! My tip is when sewing tip is to press, press, press your seams!

3rdmargaret@gmail.com

Ms Muffin said...

Best crafty tip ... keep a doodle journal!
Since I do I can keep so much better track of all my ideas! I love it!


Thanks for the giveaway! Come and enter mine if you like - you could win some custom-made buttons!

ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

ThirdMargaret said...

I am So glad I found your blog (through SMS). Your studio is just lovely and to be in Palma...! Lucky you!

Mary @ Bugglebee Handmade said...

My favorite sewing tip is this magic tube turning trick on Sew Mama Sew! http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/07/magic-tube-turning-trick/

Calikisses said...

Hmm, a crafty tip... If something isn't going your way, stop, before you become too frustrated with it. Take a break (get a drink or a snack) relax for a little bit and dont think about it. Then, when you go back to it you will have a clear mind to figure out what the problem is rather than tearing your hair out trying to solve it then and there.

HelenN said...

I'm a crafting newbie, so I don't think I have any tips.

I'll go with a joke.

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No eye deer (no idea).

What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?

Still no eye deer.

helenhsin(at)yahoo(dot)com

HelenN said...

My favorite item in your shop is the Garden Splash Kyoko Tunic. So pretty.

helenhsin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah said...

My crafty tip is to craft without the kids in the house :)

melli said...

Crafty tip: Have lots of creative materials and look at creative ideas. Start putting the two together and you never always get good things!

melli said...

Sorry for the typo on the last (never get bad things, and always get good things got combined). Love the Saturday skirt from your store!

BA said...

measure, measure, measure. I can never recheck enough before I cut!

frostedveterinarynotions(at)gmail(dot)com

Jamie said...

I love to use my lint roller to clean up, especially after I've been playing with corduroy. What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you! Your studio is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite item from your shop is the Lime Splash tunic - love the fabrics in that one!
cried2dream(at)gmail(dot)com

Jamie said...

I love your peasant dress in raspberry! So cute!

Pam said...

Hmm crafty tip ...to change your sewing machine needle after every project.

wooLynn said...

My crafty tip is to remember to always wash your fabrics first! Thanks for the giveaway!

Mirella Prado said...

My best crafty tip is to save those really little scraps of fabric you would throw away and stitch them to kraft paper to make you own very customized wrapping paper. The good thing is that it can be a sneak peek to what's inside. :)

Mirella Prado said...

And I loved the Kyoto tunic and Plush Bunnies. All colors!

Rhinestone Beagle said...

Crafty Tip #1 - Things that are handmade are supposed to look handmade. Little character defects are supposed to be comforting not aggravating.

Rhinestone Beagle said...

Love the kimono type tunics in your shop. Definitely my favorite items.

Garner Fam said...

What lovely fabric! My tip is for sewing diagonally to make a Half Square Triangle lay down a piece of painters tape that follows the path of your needle along the front of your machine. that way you don't have to mark your line, you just follow the tape!

Tiffany said...

My tip? Set up your iron close to your sewing machine. Then, use it OFTEN!!!

zees5 said...

The eye of a needle has two sides. If you are having trouble threading it - turn it around and go throug the other side. It will probably be easier.

T. Rehder said...

Measure twice- cut once!

Crystal said...

My tip is to trim your threads as you go - it makes it so much easier when you are finishing up. Thanks for sharing your giveaway!

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