Pretty Kitty

First of all, great response on the Mystery Stitch! I think Sue May may have figured it out. She asked if it was a Peking Knot, and after doing an image search on Google, it certainly looks like it.  She even posted a nice little photo tutorial on her blog on how to make a Peking Knot. I had never visited her blog before, and I’m glad she left a comment, because she’s made some really cute stuff! Be sure to take a look when you have time.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a project, but today is “Sew & Tell!” This is the first of a few projects I’ve finished recently.

Project: Birthday project for Alina.
Stitching Time: Approximately 4 hours.
Date Started: May 2011
Date Completed: May 2011
Well, OKC is in a tornado watch this afternoon, and I’m keeping things short and sweet around here. Wish us luck, and send lots of love to those in Joplin.

Earth Day Giveaway

Hello Readers!

I’m happy to say that I’m back from my very long blog hiatus.  You all know how it is with life changes taking place, right?  Nothing major has happened, the girls are just getting bigger and demanding more attention and time. I’ve been trying to manage my time more wisely and I’m still learning how to juggle everything.

I’m pretty excited that my return to blogging is actually a giveaway post!  I actually celebrated my 32nd birthday yesterday, but one of my lucky readers will be getting some great gifts.

One of my favorite people, Natalie Slater of Bake & Destroy fame, is also PR extraordinaire for is an online company passionate about helping customers live a life reducing, reusing, and saving.  Natalie told me that is happy to offer a few prizes to Early Bird Special readers to celebrate Earth Day!

I got to do the fun part of shopping for the giveaway goodies, and I picked out a collection of eco-friendly bags with the stitcher/crafter in mind. 

  1. Reuseit Produce & Snack Bags made of Organic Cotton Muslin.  Forget the single use plastic bags for your produce, and put your greens in these!  These bags would be great for snacks, gift bags, or craft supplies! I would love to put current projects, floss, or hoops in these bags. For this prize I’ve selected: 1 Extra Large + 2 Large + 2 Small Bags = 5 Produce & Snack Bags.
  2.  Reuseit Workhorse in Hemp.  This is the natural fiber version of one of Reuseit’s best-selling bags. It can hold up to 25lbs, and it can be folded up and stored in a compact pouch attached inside the bag.   I’m not sure how well the folding up and compact storage would go if you plan to embroider or cross-stitch on these bags.  You don’t want to hide your stitches away, now do you?  For this prize I’ve selected:  1 Blue + 1 Natural + 1 Acorn + 1 Green = 4 Hemp Workhorse Bags.
  3. Reuseit Hemp & Organic Cotton Napkins, Set of 4. Ahh yes, the classic cloth napkin. You can’t go wrong here. Reuseit says this set is a blend of organic cotton and hemp, so they’re soft and durable.  Sounds perfect.  For this prize I’ve selected: 1 Set of 4 Napkins in Natural.
  4. Reuseit Dual Handled Tote in Hemp.  I love embroidering on totes, don’t you?  However, my fingers don’t always love the stiffness of canvas.  Since this tote is made of a hemp and organic cotton blend, it’s lightweight but strong.  Did you know that hemp fabric is 4x stronger than cotton fabric of the same weight? Also, the more you use your hemp products, the softer they get.  Learn more about nature’s super fiber, hemp.  Oh, and this tote gets extra points for sporting short and long handles. Score.       For this prize I’ve selected:  2 Dual Handled Hemp Totes in Natural.

After writing about the prizes, I’m this close to buying all of this stuff for myself. I think it’s that cool! I hope you like it too.

So what do you have to do?  It’s pretty easy really. I encourage you to read these fast facts about the plastic bag pandemic.  Then in the comments, tell me the fact that hit you the hardest.  For me it was hard to narrow it down to just one, but this one, “Every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.” really packed a punch for me.  Now I want to cry while embroidering a sampler of dolphins crying. Damn you, plastic bags.

Ok, so maybe you’re not having a stellar day, and you don’t want to be bummed out by plastic bag horror stories.  Then leave a comment telling me what you’re doing in your life to lessen your impact on the Earth. Are you a gardener? A second-hand clothing extraordinaire? Home Thrift Home?  Got a tried and true natural cleaning method? Tell me all about it in the comments!  Winner will be chosen at random on Earth Day – Friday April 22, 2011.

Good Luck!

UPDATE:  I’ll be leaving the comments open to allow for more entries until 11:59pm CST tonight! I’ll email the winner, then post all about it this weekend. Again, good luck! 

Tote Bag Up for Charity Auction

Hey guys! I feel like I’ve been living in a time warp this summer. I’ve been SO busy around here with family life, and having lazy summer days, blogging’s taken a backseat to the daily routine. My 12 year old stepdaughter is visiting us for the summer, and it’s been so much fun having an older kid around to help and have new conversations with. Plus my husband was on vacation last week, so we all enjoyed not being tied to a clock for a week. But he’s back on the daily grind, and so are we. So I thought I’d try to take back the early morning hours for blogging, before I surrender myself to the kiddos.

My favorite food blogger and baker Natalie, of Bake and Destroy is on a new mission. She is determined to help those with cancer by any means necessary – through online auctions, bake sales, you name it. If you don’t already read Natalie’s blog, you’re really missing out. She posts the most mouth watering cupcake recipes, she’s hilarious, literally cute as a button, and she loves helping people who need it the most. This is really only a very small summary of Nat’s amazing talents and accomplishments.

Natalie started an online auction appropriately called, “Bake and Destroy Cancer.” When I heard about this, I wanted to help too, so I offered one of my embroidered items, and she happily accepted. So up for grabs in the Bake and Destroy Cancer auction is the Floral Fantasy tote bag I embroidered a while back!

I would L-O-V-E it if you would take the time to place a bid and help us donate money to Grind for Life. It’s a win-win situation, really. You get a gorgeous new tote bag AND you’re hard earned money is going to a great cause. 100% of the final sale price will support Grind for Life.

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or you want to post about this auction on your blog, that would be great. Be sure to bookmark Natalie’s eBay account, as she will be listing more items periodically.

Spread the word and fight the fight!