Tessellating Diamonds Quilt Pattern Giveaway

When I received an email from Annie’s Craft Store recently, offering to let me give away one of their patterns on my blog, I happened to be sitting with a couple of ladies from my quilt guild. So, rather than try to make the decision about which one I’d offer on my own, I let them choose. They both thought this Tessellating Diamonds quilt pattern was pretty, and looked fun to make. I think they’re right, so here we go!

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Tessellating Diamonds Quilt from Annie's Craft Store

This pattern uses a pack of 2 1/2” strips and some solid black fabric. If you haven’t tried strip piecing before, this would be a great place to start.

Tessellating Diamonds Quilt at Annie's Craft Store

There are three ways to enter to win this digital quilt pattern. You can visit my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. You’re not required to follow or comment on any of those (although you’re definitely welcome to 😊). Be sure to click on each entry method within the entry box below to make sure your entries are recorded.

And the fine print:

Giveaway begins Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:00 am Pacific and ends Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:59 pm Pacific. Prize is one DIGITAL copy of the Tessellating Diamonds Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Craft Store. Giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18. Only one entry per entry method per person, for a total of four entries. Winner will be chosen at random on May 23, 2019 and will be notified via email. Prize will be delivered digitally by Annie's Craft Store.

Good luck!

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Reuse Design Challenge - Kitchenware

I’m a little competitive.  Maybe more than a little.  The problem is, I’ll accept a challenge, then drive myself batty trying to knock it out of the park.  That’s what happened to me recently, when I was contacted by Earth911 to compete in another Reuse Design Challenge.

This is the challenge:

Upcycle used/old/worn out cookware (pots, pans, utensils…etc) into something completely different, but useful. We are looking for creative AND practical reuse designs, not simply decorative.

What I finally came up with was a kitchen command center, made from an old cookie sheet, an Altoid container, an old pen cup, wood clothespins and a custom made shopping list:

Cookie Sheet Kitchen Command Center - Crafty Staci

I’ll tell you more about how I landed on this project and how it was made next month.  If you’d like to vote in the challenge, visit Earth911 before this Friday!

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

Robin Hood Hat - Crafty Staci

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.

Social Media Spools

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!

Protect Your Tech Design Challenge

I was asked by Earth911, a great website focused on creating less waste and finding ways to use things in new ways, to participate in their Protect Your Tech Design Challenge this month.  The goal was to make a carrier or case for an electronic device using recycled or repurposed materials.  You know how you’re full of great ideas until you’re asked to think about something specific, then totally draw a blank?  That was me for a while. Eventually it came to me.  My red coat!  I still had some leather and a couple of small buttons left and I’d been wanting to make something to hold my smart phone anyway.  I managed to scavenge all of the other pieces from my “I’m saving this because I might use it later” box, so the only part of it that’s new is the thread.

Reuse Design Challenge 1

It turned out exactly the way I pictured, and holds my phone perfectly.

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I think my favorite part of it is the flower I cut out from the leather.

Reuse Design Challenge 2

In case you didn’t catch the "Challenge” part of this, it’s a competition between me and 8 amazing craft bloggers, determined by your vote.  If you’d like to participate, visit the Earth911 website here and click the circle next to your favorite project on the 11th page of the slide show.  Voting closes on January 30th.

Of course, I’ll be sharing the tutorial for this little bag with you, but I have to wait until the challenge is over.  Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

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! 

Second anniversary giveaway 2

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!

The Giveaway Day Winner

The whirlwind that was Giveaway Day is over.  After reading all 297 entries, I let random.org pull a number out of the hat for me.  The lucky winner is number 159, Dedee! 

Random

I’ve sent Dedee an e-mail and as soon as I get her address I’ll be sending her Ninja Monkey Bag!

May Giveaway Day 1

Thanks to everyone for the funny, kind and entertaining comments.  They were definitely fun to read.  To address one that came up a few times, yes, there is a place called Boring, Oregon and I do live there.  It’s a location, not a state of mind, and not nearly as bad as it sounds.

Congratulations to Dedee and I hope you’ll all join me for Giveaway Day again next year!

Crafty Staci First Anniversary Giveaway

Anniversary gift

I’m so excited about this!  Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog and I want to celebrate with you by having a giveaway, but not just any giveaway.  Here are the rules:

1.  You can enter by leaving a comment on THIS POST.  The one you’re reading right now.  In your comment, you need to tell me your favorite Crafty Staci project of all time and your favorite color.  You can only enter once this way.

2.  You can gain a second entry by either following me on Twitter or Facebook.  Leave a comment here telling me you did so.  This will be a separate entry and comment from the one above.

3.  And a third, that’s right, a third for subscribing to this blog by e-mail or RSS.  It’s on the sidebar to your right.  Leave me one more comment letting me know.

4.  Your fourth, and final way to enter is to upload a photo of something you’ve made using a Crafty Staci tutorial to the Crafty Staci Projects group on Flickr.  Again, leave a comment about it.

You have until midnight on Friday, February 18, 2011 to get all of your entries in.  What does all this work get me, you ask?

On Saturday, February 19th, I will randomly draw two names from all of the entries.  For those two winners, I will personally make you whatever you mentioned as your favorite project, in your favorite color and ship it to you!  I am also reserving the right to choose a winner or two randomly during the week to receive a gift of my choice, so enter early. 

I can’t wait to see what I’ll be making!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci Top Ten

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday Favorites to bring you…the one-year anniversary of Crafty Staci!  I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already.  Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Because it’s Friday, I’m still going to share some favorites, but instead of linking to others, they’re all right here.  These are the top ten most popular posts from my blog during the past year. 

 

#10 – Forever Fabric Flowers

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I knew when the barely-twenty-something guy at FedEx asked me if I made these and responded to my answer with “Wow!” I was doing ok with the crafting thing.  These were shipped off as a get well gift to my niece Laura in Minnesota, who is making a miraculous recovery.

#9 – Fabric Fortune Teller

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Sometimes I make things just to see if I can.  This fortune teller turned out better than I expected, as it actually works.  We gave this one to our son as a card to go with his 8th grade graduation gift.

#8 – Superhero Luggage Tags

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When you have something that looks like this attached to the handle of your luggage, you don’t have to look very hard for it.  These have made it through the airport and cruise ship terminal so far and are holding up well.

#7 – Camera Lens Cap Pouch

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I have these little pockets to thank for getting my Etsy store off the ground.  And I’m making some progress toward learning to use that camera.

#6 – Felt and Wire Angel

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I tend to make things that are fairly simple.  It has to do with my complete lack of patience and my need to finish something in the same session I started it.  I am apparently not alone in my love for quick, easy projects.  Thanks for validating my impatience.

#5 – Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

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This one was a surprise to me, because I felt like everyone had probably already learned how to make these before I came along.  I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

#4 – Ninja Monkey Bag

Ninja Monkey Bag 1

I made this one for my daughter and I’ve made several since, including another for her that has Batman all over it.  This was one of my first attempts at creating a purse pattern from scratch, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

#3 – More Fabric Flowers

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This is the flower I used on the Ninja Monkey Bags.  I’ve been eyeing it again lately for use on a headband or hair clip.

#2 – Robin Hood Hats

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If you would have told me a year ago, when I started this blog, that one of my most popular posts would end up being Robin Hood hats, I would have laughed my head off.  Seriously, barely a day goes by when some version of Robin Hood hats doesn’t come up in the search terms that people have used to find my blog.  And I never stop being amazed by it.

#1 – Passport Wallet

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Some of my favorite projects have been those born out of necessity.  There is a good feeling that goes along with making something you need.  This baby is safely tucked away, waiting for our next adventure.  This was also my first and, thus far, only giveaway.  Until tomorrow…