7th Anniversary Giveaway!

I can't believe another year has passed already! Monday marked the 7th birthday of my blog, and in the tradition I look forward to, I'm here with a giveaway to celebrate. It's my way of saying thank you for your support. Since so many of you who visit are makers or aspiring makers, I'm encouraging that with this year's prizes. I can't keep ALL the fabric and stuff to myself...can I?

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So, what are we looking at here? Each of those pieces of fabric is 1/2 yard, so that's a total of 4 yards to play with! I've included a couple of embroidery hoops, in case you want to play along with my new monthly Hoop Art series. Or you could, you know, embroider with them. I've included some floss for that. There's also a big spool of my favorite white Gutermann thread for sewing. The three 10" zippers will come in handy for something I'm sure. There are three self-declared cute buttons. I've also thrown in a pincushion kit and some ground walnut shells for filler. I have one of these myself that I'm itching to try, so we might be learning how to do that one together. Think that will keep you busy for a while?

This giveaway is open worldwide.  One winner will receive everything shown here.  You can enter twice through the Rafflecopter widget below. If you click "I commented" where it says "Leave a blog post comment" be sure to actually comment on the post. :-)

This giveaway opens on February 15, 2017 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on February 21, 2017. I will email the randomly selected winner on February 22nd.

Click on the photo below to scroll through close-ups of the giveaway items!

Product Review: Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo from Uncommon Goods

We’ll just go ahead and get the disclaimer out of the way first:  I received these products from Uncommon Goods to review, however, all opinions are strictly my own.  I’m going to gush a little here, and it’s for real.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might be familiar with my annual birthday post.  It’s similar to my Friday Favorites, but isn’t restricted to only crafty or tasty things.  Over the years, there are a couple of retailers who’ve come up repeatedly, only because I really like their stuff.  One of those is Uncommon Goods.  They noticed, and invited me to review one of their products.  After some extensive browsing, I made a selection that I couldn’t be happier with.

I’ve talked a lot about my daughter’s wedding lately, but this Sunday I’ll be celebrating 23 years of marriage to that sweet guy that pops up here once in a while and leaves comments that make me say “Aww, that’s sweet!”  When I was searching for just the right product to review, Uncommon Goods’ collection of anniversary gifts, found here, was a natural fit.  I landed on this set of personalized glasses, in part because we keep joking about the “after party” we’re going to have after the kids leave for their honeymoon.  They’re also a great replacement for the toasting glasses from our wedding that were broken years ago.

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These glasses arrived much quicker than I expected for a personalized item.  They were also very well packaged.

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That little paper on top was actually an explanation of who the crafter is, where she’s from and a bit about her process.  I love that!  I didn’t know much about Uncommon Goods as a company until they contacted me, but I like what I’ve learned.  They are big supporters of artists and designers, with half the products they sell made by hand.  They also donate $1 of each purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice, to the tune of $700,000 so far.  That’s a company I can get behind.

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I had high expectations for these glasses, and they did not disappoint.  They’re much sturdier and heavier than I thought they’d be, and the artwork is beautiful.  I especially loved that they could be personalized with our initials and wedding date.

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The pilsner glass has a nice, heavy bottom and holds about 20 ounces of beer.

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The wine glass has some extra frosting on the bottom in addition to the design, which is a nice touch.

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Uncommon Goods has a huge selection of gifts that can be personalized, as shown here, which I spent hours looking through.   I feel like I made a great choice with these though.  I could definitely see giving them as a wedding or shower gift.  Don’t they just look romantic?

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These will be displayed in the window for the next month until my husband and I can share a “We Survived Our Daughter’s Wedding” drink together.  Thank you Uncommon Goods!

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And the Winner of the 4th Anniversary Giveaway is…

First I’ve got to tell you, choosing a winner was quite a project.  When I laid out the rules for this giveaway I offered you a second entry to telling me where you follow me outside of the blog.  What I failed to mention was to leave a second comment letting me know that.  Entirely my fault.  That meant choosing by random number was out.  Instead, I printed out every single one of your comments, printing those twice that mentioned following me.  Folding that many was out of the question, so they got wadded up instead.  Fancy, right? Crafty Staci 4th Anniversary Giveaway Winner 1

For reference, that bowl measures 17” across and 5 1/2” tall.  My printer is still smoking.  I tossed that baby like a salad, then had my son reach in with one of his giant paws.  Trust me, he didn’t take this lightly – he really dug around in there.  He emerged with this one:

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Congratulations to Maggie for winning this set!

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If you’ve been around for any of my other giveaways, you know how much I hate choosing only one winner.  So, I tossed the bowl again and my willing volunteer pulled out a second winner:

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I've already been in touch with Patti and her set will be on its way tomorrow!

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered.  I loved reading your sweet comments.  Some day when I win the lottery I will give all of you prizes.  Step one, start playing the lottery.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

4th Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago today, I sat down at this computer (well, not THIS exact computer, but stay with me here) to start writing this blog.  I didn’t really know what I was doing.  At. All.  That first month, I stumbled through some sketchy posts, trying to get my bearings and figure out what I was doing.  A total of 42 people read what I wrote that month, and I think I probably didn’t even know some of them in real life. 

It’s been an amazing ride so far.  I had my first print magazine project published last year and I’ve had the opportunity to appear on some other blogs I admire.  My Etsy shop is thriving, and I’ve branched out to Zibbet and Meylah.  I’ve been the recipient of some amazing opportunities, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  But what I’m most thankful for is you.

Without all of you out there reading this, I’d be talking to myself.  Which I would do, but I’m glad I don’t have to.  All of your comments, likes, links and silent passing through are what keeps this interesting.  To show my thanks, let’s get to this year’s anniversary giveaway!

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Remember my project for Craft Warehouse last month?  They sent my this springy fabric and when I was finished with it I thought it would make a perfect anniversary giveaway!  The pictures don’t really do it justice.  You’d think after four years I’d be a better photographer, but I’m still working on it.  In addition to the One Yard Wonder Retro Bag…

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…you’ll also receive this One Yard Wonder Smart Girl’s Set Phone Case…

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…a One Yard Wonder Jet Set Travel Tissue Pack…

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…a zippered, lined cosmetic bag (which I’ll show you how to make on Wednesday!)…

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…and a reversible coffee cup sleeve.  Surprised?

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How to Enter

To enter to win this entire set, just leave a comment here.  Whatever you’d like to talk about.  I’ll give you a second entry if you leave a comment here letting my know where you follow me outside of my blog (Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’). 

This drawing is open to anyone, worldwide, except my daughter who REALLY wants this bag.  Maximum of two entries per person.  The contest will be open until midnight Pacific time on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  I will choose a winner by random drawing on the 16th.  Please make sure your email address is linked to your name when you comment, or include it within your comment.  If I don’t hear back from the winner by February 23rd, I will choose a new winner. 

I can’t wait to find out who I’ll be sending this to!

3rd Anniversary Winner’s Bag

I thought you might like to see what Vanessa B., the winner drawn in my 3rd anniversary giveaway, received.  This was her comment when she entered:

I Love the Sling Bag and my fav fabric is is 131 Grey Hometowns, luvvv that fabric :-) Thank You and Happy Anniversary on your Blog!

I only had a very small piece left of the fabric she mentioned, so after finding out that she likes purple, green and brown, I found some cute options and made this:

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I love how the flower turned out with the stripes!

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Since I already had the fabric out on my table, and they’re one of my favorite things to make, I decided she needed a bonus matching coffee cup sleeve.

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I shipped it off to Vanessa, and this is her response:

OMGoodness Staci, I LOVE It!!! Absolutely Beautiful Bag and how did you know, I’m a coffee fanatic that struggled (hard!) to pick between the bag and the coffee sleeve when I was leaving the original comment for your Giveaway :-) I can't Thank You enough....Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Vanessa also shared with me that her daughter already tried to swipe it! Smile

My thanks to Vanessa and everyone else who entered.  I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci Top Ten 2013

After writing this blog for three years now, I’ve learned a few things.  Don’t talk too much.  Be as clear and simple as possible with instructions.  Take good photos.  I’m still working on that last one.

Another thing I’ve learned is that I can’t predict what’s going to be popular.  Some of the things that have taken me the most time and work have been less popular than things that were so simple I almost didn’t even write about them here.  I don’t guess anymore.  If I want to make it, I make it.  If I make it, I write about it.  Simple as that.

My favorites this week aren’t so much my favorites as your favorites.  These are the top ten most popular posts from Crafty Staci over the last three years.  I’m not surprised by some, others floor me. 

10.  Passport Wallet

This was one of the first patterns I drafted myself.  I was asked by another blogger to be a guest (thanks again Always Expect Moore!) and this was the project I contributed.  I’ve been able to use my wallet a couple of times now, so I’m due for a new one, right?

Passport Wallet

9.  Felt and Wire Angel

This is one of those things I was talking about that I almost didn’t even post.  I didn’t make it because I needed it, it just popped into my head and I wanted to see how it would turn out.  Lesson learned.

Felt and Wire Angel

8.  Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have so many of these now that if I make any more it will have to be as gifts.  Easy and fun, just like a craft should be.

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

7.  Make Your Own Tags

When I first started making things for my Etsy store, it didn’t even occur to me to include tags.  Now, I put them on everything.

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6.  Ninja Monkey Bag

I have made SO many of these bags.  My daughter has been through three of them herself and we’ve made them for many of her friends.  And we still love this pattern.

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5.  Fabric Flowers

This is a flower I created for use on the Ninja Monkey Bag, but it took on a life of its own and has been used for lots of other things.

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4.  Microwave Homemade Caramels

Not a decent photo in the bunch on this one, but these really are easy and delicious.

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3.  Creamer Bottle Snowman

This little guy made me want to be a craft blogger, so I’m pretty happy to see him sitting up here at number 3.

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2.  Robin Hood Hats

I hear from readers about this pattern more than any other.  This hat has been used for Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Green Arrow, Prince Phillip, Prince Charming, Pinocchio, the Woodsman and the Pied Piper.  It’s been in plays, to renaissance fairs, on a pub crawl in England and to Carnaval in Brazil.  But the most rewarding thing for me is all the comments from brand-new sewers about how easy this was to make and that it gave them the confidence to try other projects.  That’s what it’s all about.

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1.  Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

I didn’t think anyone would care when I posted this.  Lots of people before me had shared their version of a coffee cozy, wrap, sleeve, whatever you prefer to call it.  But this little thing is in the number one slot by a HUGE number.  Works for me – it’s one of my favorites too.

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to head over and enter my 3rd anniversary giveaway!

3rd Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Three years ago today I wrote my first post here.  (Don’t go back and read it – it’s kinda embarrassing – see how there’s no link?)  Where do you start when you decide to jump into the world of creative blogs without much of a plan?  You just do it, and hope it goes somewhere.  Thanks to all of you reading this, it has and I’m infinitely grateful.  I love what I do and I’m happy I’m not enjoying it alone.

Enough being mushy, let’s talk numbers.  Since birth, Crafty Staci has been visited by people from 196 different countries.  Bonus points if you can name them all.  The countries, not the people. 

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Reading the phrases that readers have searched using a search engine that have landed them on my blog is pretty entertaining.  Some of them leave me scratching my head.  But there are a few that come up time after time.  This is the top ten things visitors have searched for and found me:

  1. Robin Hood hat (used for Peter Pan, Prince Phillip, Green Arrow, the Pied Piper and a multitude of other characters)
  2. Fat quarter projects
  3. Crafty Staci (<3)
  4. Coffee cozy pattern
  5. T-shirt refashion
  6. Favorite e-cards (huh?)
  7. Christmas treats
  8. Paracord
  9. Ninja Monkey bag
  10. Paper fortune teller

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On Friday, I’ll share the top ten most popular posts over the last three years.  No spoilers yet, but I will say number one is a landslide.

Now to the most exciting part – the giveaway!  I asked you what you wanted and the majority vote was your choice of something made by me.  Sounds good to me, so here’s the deal.  Leave a comment here telling me which item you’d like to win from the list.  Also tell me a color or two you like so I can choose fabrics.  If there are fabrics you like on my Etsy page, go ahead and leave the numbers.  I can’t guarantee I’ll use them, but it gives me a direction.

Here’s the items you can choose from:

Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

Passport Wallet

Camera Strap and Lens Cap Holder

Luggage Tags

Ruffled Tote Bag

Pencil Drink Sleeve and Paper Mat

Spring Apron

Coffee Sleeve and Mug Mat

I’m also giving you a second chance to enter by following me somewhere.  You can find me lots of places, like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.  I will tell you, I spend much more time on Facebook and Pinterest, but I’m trying to warm up to using Instagram more often.  Leave a second comment telling me where you’re following me now or where you were already following me.

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Now for the super-boring fine print.  The contest is open until midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  I will select a winner by random drawing on the 20th and post the name of that winner here.  Be sure to include a method to get in touch with you in your comments if your email address isn’t linked.  If I haven’t been able to make contact with the winner by Tuesday, February 26, 2013, I will draw a new winner. 

Ready?  Go!

What Do You Want From Me?

Last year, the anniversary of my blog passed before I realized what had happened.  I celebrated anyway, but over a month late.  This year I'm actually ahead of the calendar.  The whole event is still a few weeks away, but I'm scheming right now. One of the things I'm trying to decide is what to offer as a giveaway.  I really like to give a little something back to you, the readers who are willing to share some of your valuable time with me.  As I've said before, if I could I'd send a gift to every, single one of you.  However, until my husband's lottery numbers come up, we're looking at a random drawing.

What I'm asking from you today is just an opinion.  A quick click of a button.  If you have a great idea or a wish that isn't listed here, please feel free to add it in that "Other" box at the bottom.  Thanks for your help!

 

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Spring Apron Giveaway

My sister Jennifer recently had an important birthday.  I won’t out her on which one, even though she’s my younger sister, but it was one of those that deserves a little something extra.  That, combined with her new kitchen gave me the perfect excuse to re-visit an apron pattern I had attempted to create over a year ago that needed more work.  I spent a couple of months on it and made a mock-up, which my daughter promptly claimed.  Here she is, cooking out in the yard.  You know, like everyone does.

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I had some perfect sarcastic 50’s housewife fabric, which I knew my sister would appreciate, so I made this one and sent it off to her.

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I owe a big thanks to my niece, Alorea, for cornering her mom (and little brother) in the kitchen and snagging this photo for me!

I had originally planned to share how to make the apron today.  But I also wanted to give away the one I recently made.  A giveaway and big tutorial in one day was too much, so of course, giveaway first!

You can enter to win this springy little number:

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I especially love the back.

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To enter to win this apron, leave a comment here.  That’s it.  Super simple, whatever you’d like to say.  One entry per visitor.

You have until next Sunday night, April 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm to enter.  I’ll choose a random winner after that and announce who it is on Monday, April 2nd.  Please make sure there is an email address attached to your profile or included in your comment so I’m able to contact you.  If I’m unable to reach the winner within one week, I’ll have to choose a new one.

This contest is open to anyone, and international entries are welcome, provided your country has no limitations on whether you can receive items from the United States.

In case you missed it, my other giveaway ends at the same time – be sure to enter that one too.

I’ll be posting the tutorial for this apron next Wednesday, after the contests are over.  Get your printer ready and your sewing machine fired up!

Second Anniversary Giveaway and Etsy Sale

As I mentioned last week, I’m celebrating the second anniversary of my blog.  And what’s a party without presents?  I wish I could send something to every single one of you, but this is “Crafty Staci,” not “Hey Look, There Goes That Lottery Winner…Into Craft Warehouse…Again.”

This is the first of two giveaways I’m planning this week.  Because I’m here to encourage you to flex your sewing muscles, I’m starting with some supplies.  The winner of this giveaway will receive Stash Happy Patchwork by Cynthia Shaffer, a cute book full of fairly simple projects using scraps and small pieces of fabric.

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AND this springy little bundle of fat quarters! 

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Here’s the details: 

To enter, leave a comment on this post you’re reading.  Something that will make me smile, like a project you’ve made recently or where you’re going on vacation or something cute your two year old said.  No extra points for that, but it would make me happy.

For a second super-bonus entry, follow me somewhere.  I’m not talking about stalking me at the grocery store and shaking your head when I put Captain Crunch in my cart.  I mean Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, email, RSS, whatever.  Leave a SECOND comment here telling me where you follow me.  If you were already following me, say that. 

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To be clear, you can enter twice.  Once with a comment, a second time with a comment about where you follow me.

You have until next Sunday night, April 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm to enter.  I’ll choose a random winner after that and announce who it is on Monday, April 2nd.  Please make sure there is an email address attached to your profile or included in your comment so I’m able to contact you.  If I’m unable to reach the winner within one week, I’ll have to choose a new one. 

This contest is open to anyone, and international entries are welcome, provided your country has no limitations on whether you can receive books and fabric from the United States.

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I’m also having a celebratory Etsy sale!  From now through April 1, 2012, you can use the code TWOYEARS to receive a 15% discount off anything in my shop, including custom orders.  I just added lots of new items and some new fabric choices!

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Be sure to come back on Wednesday to enter ANOTHER giveaway!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci Top Ten

I started this blog two years ago.  My motivation came from a few different places.  I love to read and had always wanted to write, so I found blogs intriguing.  My kids were getting older, and didn’t require so much of my time, leaving me wondering what to fill that space with.  However, the biggest push came down to the fact that I had heard one too many people say they’d like to make things but weren’t creative, didn’t know how or thought it would be too hard.  I realized I was in a position to show them things they could do, while also demonstrating that there’s nothing wrong with making a few mistakes along the way.  I hope I’ve achieved that, but either way, it’s sure been fun trying.

As part of my blog’s second birthday, I’d like to take a look back at then ten most popular tutorials I’ve posted.  I am beyond thankful for everyone who has read them, commented, sent me emails and posted links to them.  What really stops me in my tracks is the thought that readers have used my patterns to make things for those they love.  That is a high honor and I’m very grateful.

10.  Passport Wallet – This was a tutorial I wrote as guest at Always Expect Moore.  She was posting a series called Pocket Week, and asked me to join.  I was headed out of the country for the first time, and needed something to hold my passport, so all the stars aligned and this wallet was born.

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9.  Paper and Wire Hearts – I almost felt guilty posting this as a tutorial.  I was really just playing around with some old craft supplies, and they were so simple, but I loved how they turned out. 

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8.  Glass Block To-Do List – I’m still using this one, although I write quotes on it now instead of my to-do list.  I just don’t think you can go wrong with glass or river rocks.

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7.  Felt and Wire Angel – The fun part of crafting can often be just gathering together a few supplies and seeing what happens.  This little angel happened like that.

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6.  Ninja Monkey Bag – This pattern has gotten a lot of mileage around our house.  I’ve made several of them, and now my daughter has made a few herself.  Until everyone we know has one, it shows no sign of slowing down.

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5.  Creamer Bottle Snowman – I’m a total coffee addict.  Actually, I’m a vanilla creamer addict, but I like coffee in it.  I could make an army of these guys.

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4.  Make Your Own Tags – I wasn’t sure there would be a lot of people out there interested in this tutorial, but I thought it was worth posting, even if only a couple of people needed it.  Turns out, this one has made it all the way to number four.

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3.  More Fabric Flowers – So, I like to make flowers, thus the “More”.  I don’t have much of a green thumb, so I gave up on live plants in the house, and the ones outside better be pretty self-sufficient if they want to survive.  I can’t kill fabric.

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2.  Robin Hood Hats – You could have knocked me over with a feather, pun intended, when this tutorial took off.  I didn’t think anyone would care about this one, much less in April.  This pattern has been used for Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Prince Phillip, Green Arrow, Prince Charming and Pinocchio.  I’ve heard from people in other countries, seamstresses making costumes for plays and moms working on Halloween costumes or play clothes boxes.  In fact, this is still my favorite tutorial because it sums up what I’m trying to achieve here.

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1.  Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves – This tutorial came out on top by a landslide.  The pattern has been downloaded thousands of times and it’s the most-clicked, pinned, shared, liked, stumbled, linked, tweeted and emailed thing on my entire blog.  And I almost didn’t post it because I thought there were lots of patterns for them out there already.  Go figure.

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Be sure to come back next week for giveaways, an Etsy discount code and a new tutorial!

My Second Blog Anniversary

I feel like I missed one of my kids’ birthdays.  I’m a big fan of celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, milestones, achievements…in fact, pretty much any excuse will do.  When the new year started I knew the second anniversary of my blog was coming up, so I started making plans.  For April.  I don’t know why I had that date in my head, but I didn’t bother to verify it.

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A couple of weeks ago I wanted to look back at one of my early posts.  In the process of searching, I discovered that I actually started this blog on February 13, 2010.  That’s way before April, and has already passed.  I was so sad – I had missed it.

Then I realized…this is my blog and I can basically do whatever I want.  If that means celebrating my two-year milestone a month and a half late, so be it. 

My little party will start this Friday with a look back at some of my most popular posts.  Next week, you’ll want to check here for a couple of giveaways, an Etsy discount code and one of my most ambitious tutorials yet.

I’ve been working on this little space for (a little over) two years now, still love it, and want to give it a good start into year three!

A Lovely Surprise

I know I said I would stop talking about my Anniversary Giveaway.  I promised, even.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances, I’m going to bring it up once more.  I think you’ll forgive me in a minute.

I got an envelope in the mail yesterday with a beautiful card from my Forever Fabric Flowers recipient, Linda!  I love it so much, I had to share.

Card from Linda

I have a thing for handmade cards and this just completely made my day.  Thank you so much, Linda, for the wonderful surprise!