Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tickle Me Tuesdays

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I am linking up with Sarah from Yes, Teacher, for Tickle Me Tuesdays!

Here are some things I love right now!


This Orange Poppy Bowl from MarciG! Super cute!


These cute ceramic owls from claylicious



And finally these super cute tags from CaliforniaCraft

Have a great Tuesday Everyone!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Winner: sew ewe-nique designs ruffle shirt

Good evening trusted readers! Sorry for the massive delay in posting about the last winner. Yesterday we had our first ever garage sale, and well by the time it ended I was tired beyond belief. And then when I went to post today, our internet was down. So, better late than never eh?
I want to thank everyone for joining in this wonderful blogiversary!! it was so much fun (maybe we can do it again soon!) haha. And a heart-felt thank you to all of the wonderful shops for participating. I am a growing blog, and I'm still learning and this was such a great experience. I hope to work with each of you again!!



Alright, so I bet you are all chomping at the bits to see who won!!!

Well, of course I used Random.org once again. Great and easy site :)

So, out of 20 comments the winner is. . . .


Comment #14

Jacky from the Sweetest Petunia!!!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Following you on twitter. :)
@thesweetpetunia


Once again, I would like to thank everyone for participating.

Jill Zielinski from Jill Zielinski Designs, and Knitterella

Erika Riggs from rouge & whimsy

Anne Pilon from Wattlebird

Dani Draper from Veggies Have a Heart

Thank you ladies, for this blogiversary would not be possible without you!


Ohh no work for me tomorrow, so I wont be on much :) haha, I tend to stray from the computer when it's weekend time! But I have been crafting away for my art show that is like ONLY a MONTH away YIKES!!! light the candle under my bum!!!

Remember SPRING15 for 15% off at my shop! only good for a little while longer!


Have a great Memorial Day! Honor for a troops, past and present!


Take care!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Winner of the Veggies Have a Heart Giveaway

It's Friday Everyone!!! We've made it! And we now have another winner from this Blogiversary giveaway!!
Dani from Veggies Have a Heart was very kind to offer this lovely knitted market tote to one lucky person.





So, using Random.org we have our selves a winner from 1-10 comments.

AND!!!

Comment # 7

Laura from Better Save Than Sorry!!!

BetterSaveThanSorry said...

I'm a blog follower!

Congrats! I will be emailing you with more information!

And don't forget that today is the last day to enter my contribution to my Blogiversary, one lucky winner will get a custom made ruffle tee.

Have a great weekend everyone!! Garage sale tomorrow, craziness but fun!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Winner of the Wattlebird Giveaway!

Who's ready to know the winner of the Wattlebird banner design giveaway???
Anne from Wattlebird was super sweet to offer to one lucky person a new design for their blog or etsy shop!!! Gotta love it!




I love this pic! :)

ANYWAYS!!!

The giveaway winner was chosen from 1-12 using Random.org (keeping it fair peeps!)
IS!!!

Comment #11

DANI!!!

Dani said...Oh my gosh, the banner on my Etsy page is terrible.

Congrats to Dani for winning! I will contact you on to get a hold of Anne.

So, if you didn't win! remember still plenty of time to enter TWO more giveaways!
Ending tonight is Veggies Have a Heart Market bag giveaway!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Winner for the Rouge and Whimsy Giveaway and What I Wore Wednesday

We have ourselves another winner!!! Erika of Rouge and Whimsy so wonderfully provided us with this lovely headband to be given away to one lucky person.

using Random.org again with the numbers 1-24 and the winner is:

Comment #4
Star4227

star4227 said...

Tweeted :) - along_the_path

I will be emailing you with the contact information for Erika. Thank you again! And don't fret if you didn't win, there are still several more giveaways! Today is the last day to enter Wattlebird's giveaways! Check it out!



And now, what I wore Wednesday, I will be linking up with Lindsey from the pleated poppy again!



So this weekend was beautiful weather! I really should have snapped a pic of my outfit on Sunday, I LOVED it. Grey oldnavy skirt, white v-neck top from target, and teal flats from target. SOO cute! grrr. . . I must get better with the camera. I'm just not used to taking pics of myself.

BUT! it has once again turned cold here in N. Michigan. Ho-Hum. At least I have my red Tom's with me! (Wanted to wear Ssekos, but it's gonna rain today. . . )

Cardi: Target
Shirt: Target
Tank: Aerie
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Shoes: Toms


Tonight I am heading downtown with my Mum to see Jane Eyre, and get some yummy food. But we are also checking out my wedding band, I want to show her. We shall be going tomorrow (Tom and I) to purchase them! I love it sooo much. I had chosen my band before, but went back and for some reason, it just wasn't that great anymore. Tom picked a great one for himself. Titanium, with a brushed look to it. He doesn't care for shinny and bright, which I agree, there not 'him'. So they have to send away for his. Bummer, but mine they have in-store. They were worried because the diamonds go 3/4 the way around and to size it down to my size would be hard, but they can do it. Honestly, I love this place! They are TONS better than say jewelry stores in a mall! From personal experience the places in the mall made both Tom and I feel like we were 1. not spending enough, 2. being silly for just looking, 3. just being snotty towards us when we asked for a specific style. I'm sure it's not the same for everyone, this is just what happened to us.

Can you tell I'm excited! Oh it's very pretty, a bit more than what my first one cost, but my sweet sweet man was like "get the one you want" He's such a sweet guy :)

So, have a great Wednesday everyone!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

News Tom's to Take Over the World!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

We had some great weather this weekend! I am missing it already since right now it is about 49 degree's outside and it is almost 3pm. Yeah, it was like 86 on Sunday! All four season in one week! That's Michigan for you!

BUT! I have added a little addition to my shoe's

Yes, the long talked about red Toms. I know, I'm slow at time to get on the ball, had to save up though :)


Plus this weekend, we got some flowers for the dinning room table. Pretty right?


I give Tom the credit for the color.

So, I am linking up with Sarah for tickle me Tuesday :)

Have a great day!!

WINNERS!!!! For the Knitterella Giveaway!

I am very excited to announce our two lucky winners from the Knitterella Jill Zielinski bag giveaway!! Last week was so much fun, and now I am thrilled to let the winners know! Congrats!! I used a random generated from Random.org between 1 and 17.



Drum-roll because I am a dork. . . . .

TAH-DAH!!!

Comment #5
Jes
Blogger Jes said...

Happy blogiversary!

AND!

Comment #4
Midge!

Midge said...

I'd pick "Getting through the day one stitch at a time" - It's sooo true!



Congrats to both of you ladies!!! I will be emailing you within a few minutes on how to contact Jill.

Didn't win??

Don't worry!!! There are still plenty of other giveaways still open! But hurry! They end soon!!! Rouge and Whimsy ends today!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blogiversary: sew ewe-nique designs

This giveaway is now closed

WOW! This week has been so much fun! Again, thank you to everyone who has joined my blog and all the comments! YOU ROCK!!

So to end this week, I thought I would contribute to my Blogiversary! Instead of an interview, I thought, I'd do 25 things you didn't know about me. Since I am 25 years old (soon to be 26!)

1. I got a Bachelor's in English and History.
2. I'm the youngest of two siblings
3. I wear glasses all the time (though you don't always see it in my pics) I have contact's I don't like putting things in or close to my eyes.
4. I have a gnome collection!
5. I am allergic to milk, butter, greasy food (upset my stomach).
6. I have a scar right above my right eyebrow.
7. I've been swimming in all 5 Great Lakes!
8. I have a scar on my lip from falling on ice! True sign of a Michigander!
9. I've lived in Michigan all of my life!
10. I've read over 450 books in my life!
11. I love vinegar!
12. I've had blonde hair, red hair, brown hair and pink hair-the end rather.
13. I have a tattoo
14. I'm getting married (haha, you already know that. . . )
15. I can ride my bike to work, (if it ever warms up)
16. Both of my grandparents are passed away, but I'm adopting Tom's grandparents now :)
17. I'm still very new to the whole social media.
18. I own a mac, Tom owns a PC, it's a divided household.
19. Yes, I did name my cat after Hamlet from Shakespeare!
20. I'm participating in my first ever Art Show this Summer
21. I use to play the flute
22. Coffee=Life
23. I love Hockey
24. I'm currently (working) on writing a novel!
25. I've never been to a casino.
WOW! that was hard! haha

Okay, now onto my giveaway!


(haha my belt looks a little funny in this pic.)

A custom ruffle shirt! Your choice of either a t-shirt or tank top. (T-shirt will come from target) Ruffles of course made by me!
Cool right??? Plus use coupon code SANDY15 for 15% off at my store! I'm having another giveaway and feature over at Sandy a la Mode's blog!

How to Enter (One entry per each comment)
1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to sew ewe-nique designs, come back and comment on your favorite item.
3. Follow @sewewenique on twitter-leave a comment saying so.
4. Tweet about this giveaway, don't forget to mention @sewewenique and comment that you did so.
-you can use this
Check out @sewewenique blogiversary and win a custom ruffle t-shirt at http://tinyurl.com/3mwtgxw

WOW, that's up to four chances to win!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Friday, May 27 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Saturday May 28 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can get your lovely shirt ready for mailing.

Good Luck Everyone!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blogiversary: Veggies Have A Heart

This giveaway is now closed

Happy Thursday Everyone!
I wanted to take a moment to thank each and everyone who has commented/following my blog and to the wonderful ladies who have given me a chance to feature them. This has been a great week! Let's keep going! YEAH!!





Next up, we have Dani Draper from Veggies Have A Heart. Let's learn a little bit more about her!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I like cats. I’m vegan. I graduated with a degree I didn’t want. I am from and currently live in Spartanburg, SC but my husband and I are saving up to move to Portland, OR by the end of the year. I love to doodle, read, write, and knit. My favorite color is green, and although I can’t pick one favorite food, it probably involves potatoes.


What got you started with your craft: I have always had an interest in the fiber arts. My mom is an avid cross-stitcher. She is amazing, and always won first place at the local fair for her work. She got the skill from my grandmother, who also grew up doing it. I tried my hand at cross-stitch when I was younger, but it never stuck. A few years ago, I met some folks who knitted, something I never thought I’d do myself. I bought a crappy knitting book and taught myself how to do it that same week, and the rest is history.

What inspires you: Before I answer, I want to preface this by saying I struggle for inspiration sometimes. I seem to go through phases where I’m obsessed with knitting for a while, and then I hate it for a few months. Most of my inspiration comes from Ravelry; sometimes I’ll just sit and look at all the recently added patterns and that gives me the drive to pull out some yarn and start something new. I get frustrated pretty easily when I can’t get something right, or when I’m trying to finish the second sock of a pair and I’m tired of the pattern, but I’m working on it!
Is your craft full-time or part-time: Part time. I have a full time job, and mostly started an Etsy store to keep me inspired to keep knitting, and to raise money to help us move to Portland. I am finding it’s harder and harder to find time to knit, so it’s been a bit of a struggle getting finished knitted items in my shop; that’s why you see mostly jewelry in there so that I don’t only have a few items listed all the time!


What do you love most about your crafts? I love the fact that I’m creating something. Knitting is creating something that someone can use, something beautiful that might be passed down and remembered for years. I know I can’t quite knit sweaters yet, but you can knit sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts, tableclothes, blankets, curtains…everything you can think of. It just amazes me that my hands are capable of that. You can recycle with knitting; I’ve read tons about knitting dish scrubbies and bags out of plastic grocery bags, or cutting up old t-shirts to make t-shirt yarn to knit scarves, bags, or new shirts. The new things I learn never cease to amaze me.

When did you start crafting: About 3 years ago. I’ve been doing it on and off ever since.

If you’re not crafting what else are you doing? Reading, watching TV (I’m obsessed with crime shows), or cooking!

Why do you craft: I craft because I like doing it, mostly. It’s relaxing, and gives me such a sense of accomplishment to be creating something. If someone wants to buy it, that’s just a bonus. ;)




Coffee or tea: I love them both, but have mostly cut coffee out of my diet, and drink tea daily. I found coffee made me crash too hard in the afternoons, so Earl Gray keeps me sane. If I have coffee, though, I drink it black!

Favorite color and why: Green. Green represents a lot to me, especially since going vegetarian. It represents all the greens I eat, the green Earth, growth and new life, and it means GO. It’s just a happy color!

Dani is super kind to be offering this lovely 100% Cotton Market Tote!

How to Enter (One entry per each comment)
1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to Veggies Have A Heart, come back and comment on your favorite item.
3. Heart Veggies Have A Heart on Etsy and leave a comment saying you are.
4. Heart sew ewe-nique designs on Etsy and leave a comment saying you are.


WOW, that's up to four chances to win!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Thursday, May 26 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Friday May 27 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can pass along the information to Dani .

Good Luck Everyone!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blogiversary: Wattlebird

This giveaway is now closed

HOWDY! Everyone! It's almost the end of my work day for this lovely Wednesday, so I wanted to get in another fantastic giveaway for you!

My fellow Michiganer here Anne Pilon of Wattlebird who is not only a talented knitter, she also designs banners for blogs and etsy stores. WOW! Let's find out a bit more about her shall we?




1. Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Annie, and I’m a writer/designer living in Southeast Michigan. I love
knitting, animals, and anything nerdy.

2. What got you started with your craft
I’ve been crafting since I can remember. It’s always been my favorite thing to do. I
opened my Etsy shop over a year ago, because I simply had too much stuff that I had
made and I needed to get rid of it (haha). As far as designing blogs, I’ve been doing that
officially for a couple of months. I got into it because I was always redesigning my own
blog and really enjoyed it. Then I had a few blog friends ask me for help and the rest is
history!

3. What inspires you
Oh boy – everything! I don’t think there’s just one answer to this question. If you just
keep your eyes open, inspiration finds you everywhere.

4. Is your craft full-time or part-time
Full-time, sort of. My full time job is a mixture of freelance projects, and though some
are less creative than others, they all deal with writing/design/craft.

5. What do you love most about your crafts?
It’s something that’s totally mine. When you create something from scratch, it’s just
amazing. I also love that I’ve been able to mold it into a business that’s now a pretty
significant part of my job.


6. When did you start crafting
In the womb, maybe? I really don’t remember.

7. If you’re not crafting what else are you doing?
Writing, probably. I don’t do much besides work these days, because I really love what I
do. I also watch a lot of movies (while working, usually).

8. Why do you craft
Because I love it. It’s so much fun.

9. Coffee or tea
Can I have both?? I guess if I had to choose one, coffee. But I really do love tea.

10. Favorite color and why
Yellow, definitely. It’s so bright and happy.


You can see more of Anne at her blog Wattlebird
So Anne is so wonderfully offering to giveaway a banner design for either your blog or etsy shop. Very exciting. Check out her works here!

How to Enter (One entry per each comment)
1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to wattlebird, come back and comment on your favorite item.
3. Follow @sewewenique and @AnnieHP on twitter-leave a comment saying so.
4. Tweet about this giveaway, don't forget to mention @sewewenique and @AnnieHP , and comment that you did so.
-you can use this
Check out @sewewenique blogiversary and win a banner design by @AnnieHP at http://tinyurl.com/6fdapv2

WOW, that's up to four chances to win!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Wednesday, May 25 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Thursday May 26 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can pass along the information to Anne.

Good Luck Everyone!

What I Wore Wednesday/What I Love Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I am linking up with two lovely blogging ladies today. Lindsey from the pleated poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Krystina from lollipops for What I Love Wednesday.


Once again hitting up the work bathroom for my photo-shoot haha!
Cardi: Target
Tank: Gap Outlet
Pants: Cords from Gap Outlet


I Heart my Sseko's! I got the green straps and brown, but I plan on making some too! I got the green because of my friend Erin's wedding this August. I just love wearing them. Super fast shipping! Oh man, I ordered them last Thursday, and BOOM they were in the mailbox on Monday! WOW!!




New sew ewe-nique products!!! Rosette Rings! I just love these fabulous spring colors. They will be up in the shop later today :)

Also, check back later today for another feature/giveaway! Thank you too all who have entered already, and of course Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blogiversary: Rouge and Whimsy

This giveaway is now closed

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Tuesday and our second feature of my wonderful one year blogiversary. Ready set go!

Erika Riggs of rouge and whimsy is here today. Let's learn a bit more about her, shall we.



1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a twenty-something redhead located in Seattle, Washington. I live with my husband and Welsh Corgi puppy in an old house. When I’m not at my day job, I’m blogging, making fun accessories and updating the casa. I love Mexican food, being outdoors, and handmade goods. Check out my blog at rougeandwhimsy.blogspot.com and my shop at rougeandwhimsy.etsy.com. You can also find me on Twitter as @erikalc.


2. What got you started with your craft
I started making headbands for gifts and got a lot of compliments. I’d been wanting to go into the handmade business, but I thought it would be with pillows or home d├ęcor.


3. What inspires you

Bright colors, other crafters, the 1920s, my mother

4. Is your craft full-time or part-time

Part-time with a dream to be full-time!

5. What do you love most about your crafts?

How fun they are! I love the pairing of fabric flowers with feathers. I love making them and coming up with new designs—I constantly have new ideas but not enough time!


6. When did you start crafting

I think I came out of the womb crafting… but honestly, I’ve always loved creating things whether it was a cardboard Beanie Baby house, sewing clothes for my stuffed animals, repainting vintage furniture… I’ve been dabbling in handmade for as long as I can remember.

7. If you’re not crafting what else are you doing?

At work! Or at home with my husband—we’re probably walking the dog or attempting to wear him out. (He has a TON of energy.) We love to go to happy hour with friends and explore our neighborhood.

8. Why do you craft

This is hard to answer. I think it’s just something that I’ve always loved and appreciated. It’s just a way to express myself and my creativity.



9. Coffee or tea

Coffee! (I live in Seattle so this is a duh)

10. Favorite color and why

Yellow because it’s fun and cheerful and perfect for a gray place like Seattle ;)

So Erika is graciously giving away one of her adorable headbands to one lucky winner. This lovely yellow flower with a white feather. Super cute and super comfy!




How to Enter (One entry per each comment)
1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to rouge and whimsy, come back and comment on your favorite item.
3. Follow sew ewe-nique and @erikalc on twitter-leave a comment saying so.
4. Tweet about this giveaway, don't forget to mention @sewewenique and @erikalc , and comment that you did so.
-you can use this
Check out @sewewenique blogiversary and win one of @erikalc adorable headbands http://tinyurl.com/4527x2z

WOW, that's up to four chances to win!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Tuesday, May 24 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Wednesday May 25 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can pass along the information to Erika.

Good Luck Everyone!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogiversary: Knitterella Giveaway

Giveaway is now closed


Happy Monday Everyone! Let's get this Blogiversary Party Started with Jill from Knitterella and Jill Zielinski Designs





Let's get to know Jill a little better.


Jill Zielinski, aka Knitterella, is a graphic designer by trade and a knitter by heart. In 2003 she combined her passions and created Knitterella. Her whimsical paper product line continues to grow. With her unique gift tags being the star of the line, they are not only loved by knitters but all crafters alike! Jill has recently added project bags and even her first original knitting pattern. See the complete product line at www.knitterella.com


Along with her Knitterella business, Jill is a freelance graphic designer. She takes pride in the fact that the larger part of her clientele are fellow knitters. From logos, to pattern layout and ads to web graphics, Jill Zielinski Designs can create just about anything. See some of her work and contact her for rates at www.jillzielinskidesigns.com



And now, Jill has been so kind to giveaway one of her lovely new project bags to TWO lucky winners! (Very jealous)


Aren't these bags just the cutest? I thought so!

How to Enter

1. You must a a follower of my blog. (Mandatory) and leave a comment.
2. Go to Knitterella's, come back and comment on which back you would pick if you won.
3. Follow sew ewe-nique and Knitterella on twitter-leave a comment saying so.
4. Tweet about this giveaway, don't forget to mention @sewewenique and @KnitterellaJill , and comment that you did so.
-you can use this
Check out @sewewenique blogiversary and win one of @KnitterellaJill awesome project bags http://www.newsfromfernstreet.blogspot.com

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadians only. Giveaway will be open till Monday, May 23 at 5pm est.
I will announce the winner Tuesday May 24 and you will have 24 hours to get in-touch with me so that I can pass along the information to Jill.

Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

One Year Blogiversary

Alright, better late then never huh?
Happy One Year Blogiversary to ME!!
I have some awesome giveaway planned for this coming week! Check back Monday for the first wonderful giveaway. Each one will be up for an entire week, (to give the same amount of exposure to each) and then after their full week, I will announce the winners. Super excited!
But for today, I'll be taking you back in time. . . one year. . .


We bought a house. . . WOW! Crazy! Actually, we bought the house in March, but I didn't start this blog till May.

Our house is cat approved. Hamlet being rather bad when I got home from shopping. Yeah. . .

Battle begins of me vs. squirrels. This was just the tip of the ice-berg.

Oh summer, how I miss you! We went blueberry picking with my family. Honestly, we still have a TON of blueberries lefts. . . maybe we will do something different this year. heh!

We went to an amazing corn maze this year. Cali (niece) who was about 2.5 years was really good when we went. It was a lot of fun, very nice day outside as well.

My dear friend Sara got married in October. It was such an amazing wedding, one could not have hoped for a better day, it was like 70! FOR OCTOBER! IN MICHIGAN!!! YAHOO!!!! (cross fingers we get such weather for ours)

Our first Halloween at Fern Street. Our pumpkins with candles in them, plus mums, plus candles in window and fall wreath. YEAH!! it was awesome. . . we got 3 trick-o-treaters. It was sad, but fun :)

I started to knit super insanely this year. It was a blast! I loved creating so many Christmas gifts for everyone!

Super Bowl Party! Awesome fun, didn't win any money, but sported an awesome mustache cup ;)

Yeah, we had a GIANT snow storm in March, then LATE April!!!! (sigh)


I went brown with my hair! WEEE!!!

Opened my shop in etsy! :)

And, here we are again! (Tulips this year instead of pansy's) A lot has happened, we are getting married in September, I'll be turning 26! WHAT!!!! I have another wedding to attend--Year ERIN!!
We are honeymooning in Portland and Seattle, I am attending my first craft show! SOO MUCH! And honestly, I love every minute of it! I cannot believe it has been a year blogging on this site. I have been blogging on another address for many years before, but I was a bit wishy-washy. I want to thank each and everyone who reads and comments on my blog. I always love reading and commenting on other people's blog that it is always an enjoyable experience.
So please check back on Monday for the first giveaway, but before then, why not take a little spin with a preview!

A little taste of giveaways! (check out their shops before hand! TOTALLY AWESOME!)

Jill Zielinski from Knitterella and Jill Zielinski Designs
Dani Draper of Veggies Have a Hearts
Anne Pilon of Wattlebird
Erika Riggs of Rouge and Whimsy
And possibly more!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend! I am getting a lot of items ready for our wedding and for the craft show :) YAHOO!