Happy Belated Birthday Giveaway

birthdayTuesday this past week was my birthday, and I don’t like to mention birthdays out of a wish they’d go away, but since the most wonderful birthday present every showed up in my e-inbox as I was blearily getting everyone ready for school, I thought I’d share my excitement at the news and pass it around in the form of my own birthday giveaway.

Tj, of The Perfect Nose, hosts monthly giveaways, a catalogue of which can be found here.  For the month of November she was offering a Knipmode winter supplement on one of my favourite items of clothing: coats. Now, never having ever beheld a Knipmode anything in the flesh, and dearly loving all things wintery and  coat-ish, I threw my hat into the draw.  And won!  What a perfect birthday present to wake up to on Tuesday!  Woo hoo!  I’ve never won anything in a giveaway before, so this was doubly exciting!


I’d also like to say thank you to the lovely and inspiring Carolyn, Zoe and CherryPix for passing along the One Lovely Blog badge to me.  I’m honoured! Since this blog is mostly about me and my sewing life, I shan’t bore you with more trivia than you’ve already come to know about myself, but I most definitely will pass along my appreciation of a host of blogs that I read and enjoy.  Do you find it difficult to nominate blogs for awards?  I do.  How do I choose? So I’ll mention several that I’ve just started reading over the last few weeks, as I need to update my blog roll and you won’t find the links there as of today… yet!

Tulle & Tweed

Karin from Sew Here we Go Again

Kay the Sewing Lawyer

Anne from Petty Grievances

Mrs. Mole from Fit for a Queen

The Overflowing Stash

Mad for Mod – in German, but worth the translation effort!

And since it’s my birthday, I’d like to pass around the giveaway cheer and offer up a choice of the following lengths of fabric (because I cannot choose what to give away).

First, 1.4 metres (150 cm wide) of a poly-lycra knit.  I’m sorry I don’t really know the difference between ITY and a plain poly knit, but the edges of this do not curl, it’s got a medium weight and it’s stable.  The background is an espresso shade of brown. IMG_5264

Second, 1.25 metres (100 cm wide) length of lace.  It’s black, white and gold.IMG_5265IMG_5266

Last, 2.5 metres (115 wide) of silk chiffon, which would look really pretty made up as a floaty dress for spring or blouse, perhaps? IMG_5260

The Belated Birthday Giveaway rules are:
  1. Leave a comment telling me a) what book you’re reading now and b) what fabric you’d like.  If you’d like a chance at more than one, please state that!
  2. I am quite happy to ship internationally, so please include yourself, wherever you may sew!
  3. I’ll make the draw one week from today on Saturday, December 15th.

Thank you all for playing along, and spread the word!

A Nice Little Thank-you Card

Aw, shucks!  Love this little card, don’t you?  It’s a lovely little thanks sent my way from Zoe and Karin for nothing more arduous than sitting in front of my computer, morning espresso in hand, and enjoying their blog posts!


The simple and sweet purpose of this new blog award is simply to thank the lovely people who take the time to comment on your blog, which is nice since who doesn’t love and utterly adore to receive supportive comments?

There is no requirement to do anything like list stuff about yourself, just to pass it on to the last nine bloggers to comment on your blog…

So, without further chit chat, I’d like to send my thanks to… drum roll, please…










Thanks to all of you who make me laugh, commiserate with me and inspire me to keep learning, trying and thinking outside of the box.  I thoroughly enjoy reading all your posts and seeing what you create, and appreciate the time you take to read about what’s happening in my sewing life.  It’s a lot of fun being part of this online sewing community!

Thank you!

A heart felt thank you to Mary of Biblioblog for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m surprised – rather – and honoured!versatileblogger113

Not quite being in lala-land, I nevertheless really had no idea what this award meant, so did some research.  Did you know there is a VBA WordPress site?  I kid you not!  You can learn all about this award and see so many other blogs that have been nominated/awarded. 

Seven random things about me:

1. I am an espresso junkie.

2. I cook everything from scratch.  Yes.  Everything – well, except crackers.  It’s just something that I do – another creative outlet, perhaps?

3. I loathe garden work.  I have a distinct memory of having to weed about one acre of peas when I was about 12 yrs old.  Half way through I collapsed from sheer exhaustion, and have never liked gardening since. Ha!

4. I do not eat peas in any shape, form or concoction.  It may have something to do with the one acre job mentioned previously.

5. I married a man who also hates peas.  How cool is that?

6. I am completely in love with Charles Dickens’ use of the English language.   Dickens is my go-to author when all else fails.

7. I spent my teens in the little itty bitty blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Rollyview, Alberta, and then did my undergraduate studies in Toronto.  Culture shock, anyone? 

Passing it on: I’m apparently supposed to list 15 blogs, but this is where I’m going to fail bail, but with an explanation…. excuse?  I kinda cheat when I’m reading blogs…. I have a few bookmarked, and then go on from their “live” blog lists.  I would love to be able to have a widget on this blog that gives you the link to the blog I just read, and how many minutes ago I was there, but such a widget does not (and apparently never will) exist on WordPress’s site because of security issues.  Who knew?  So I find new blogs as I peruse other bloggers’ lists and add them to my static links list on the right, or follow the links in profiles of those of you who are so kind as to leave comments on BurdaStyle or PatternReview whenever I do post something on either site.  The sewing/blogging world is immensely huge, and this is just a tip of the iceberg of blogs that I enjoy which I have not seen mentioned elsewhere. 

www.kristaewert.com – A beautiful blog written by a photographer who also happens to be a mom to a lovely little girl with DS.

Spicy Colours Blog – In Hungarian – which I can’t read without Google translate – but worth the translation effort.

He Cooks… She Sews – A truly versatile blog that covers two of my favourite things to do!

Rosy – I love her vintage style!

Aventuras de costuras – I just stumbled upon her blog a couple of days ago via PR.

And St. Nolt Sews – whose smocking and embroidery is quite amazing! I’m sorry my girls are getting too big to warrant the labour of smocked dresses.  I’ll need to explore ways of incorporating needlework into more hip styles, I guess!

Suggested rules for nominees: Feel free to disregard these rules—I’m not your taskmaster—but this is what I was told:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award – I say you only need name as many as you care to!

2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5. In the same post, include this set of rules.

6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.