Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Giveaway Day

Life has been busy here at the press. I've spent the last few days making holiday boxes and carving linoleum until my fingers were raw (really, I have the wounds to prove it!), but I'm not complaining. Once Friday rolls around, I'm going to have a batch of adorable hinged boxes and a stack of handmade holiday cards.



Today, however, I get to take a little break from my production schedule and participate in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. I'm offering one of my hand stitched and painted journals to one person. To play, before the end of today, tell me about something you're making for the holidays. And of course, don't forget to check out all of the other goodies on offer today!

Since so many of you are participating in the giveaway day madness, I've decided to give one more gift: A set of 4 letterpress printed holiday cards. I'm still working on these, but here's a preview! They're printed with a very heraldic hand-carved linocut.

180 comments:

Robyn said...

I'm making a tree skirt from Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial... or I will be, when I get around to it... I have the fabric all picked out!! :)

two hippos said...

Sweet! I'm making a quilt for friends.

Rose said...

I've made an advent calender for my secret santa, and I'm also planning on making a record bag for my little brother, the aspiring DJ!

Your journals are beautiful!

Bethany said...

What a pretty journal! I'm having a baking day with friends this weekend!

Hannah said...

I am making my sons christmas stocking this year, its his first christmas and there ill be many more with his stocking!

Great give away!

Meadow said...

Oh, I making my house livable for the holidays. That is all I can manage. But, I love the book. Oh, curtains! Does that count? We just moved.

Bird said...

this year i made beaded trees with pearlized pins and lots of beads! it's so retro glam! thanks for participating!

shaina said...

I'm making dolls for my kids. A handmade doll. What could be better? oH, MAYBE this book!
kamyrensmiles@hotmail.com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

Im cross stitching a bookmark for my sister!!

Hope it'll turn out well.

Cheers,
melody
mel_88_88(at)hotmail.com

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Wow. I am so inspired by all of your work. That embellished journal makes me want to knock on your door!
This Christmas, I have decided to make all of my gift wrapping either something that can be reused like bags or something that was heading for the garbage can/recycling bin. I'm blogging about it, and the challenge has been really wonderful.
Thank you!
Katie

Jennifer said...

I am knitting scarves and hats for Christmas gifts and should be knitting now but took a break to check out the giveaways.

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

no4daughter said...

I have been busy knitting for my 3 daughters: 3 hats, 2 scarves and a pair of fingerless gloves.

Mandy said...

Just one thing? I have so many projects on the go it's difficult to just choose one. But I think that I am most pleased with the three quilts that I am making for my three little girls. I've always been a sewer, but these are the first real quilts that I have made.

Kindershop said...

I took the handmade pledge this year and am making many many things. One of them is a new bedding set for my son with hockey themed fabric.

Amelia said...

I love Give Away Day! It's my favoritest day EVER!

I'm knitting fancy fair isle mittens for my siblings. So excited as it is the first time I'm making something that I'm sure they will actually use!

Manhattan said...

Im making a little pouch for my sister! It may turn out a bit awful though since it's my first! Thanks for the chance..

Crystal(manhattandolls[at]gmail dot com)

Heather said...

I am making a lot of the gifts that I am giving this year. My little niece will be getting an art smock and a crayon roll!

TheCounsils said...

I'm making snoodies and tote bags for my MIL and sister. My mom I haven't a clue... give me ideas...

:)
carol

www.maplecreekracing.com/mcrblog

Christy said...

I'm making aprons for foodie friends! have a happy holiday! blessings xx

septemberbird said...

Beautiful ! Please enter my name in your giveaway .
I'm making the family matching flannel Christmas pj's.

katie said...

we are going homemade for the holidays for the relatives. I have plans for sewing bags and baskets and filling them with kid-made ornaments and cookies. also the boys will make some beaded jewelry for their grandmothers. i home to make pajama pants for the boys. there aren't enough days in december.

Jess said...

I'm in love with making fabric ornaments right now.

whistlepeaknits said...

I'm making four stockings (hopefully!)

Natalija said...

I have stitched few Christmas cards & made some decorations :)

Katy said...

I'm making some cross-stitched ornaments and a shopping bag or two. :)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! What a cool giveaway! We're having a handmade Christmas in our family, so we're making tons of things using lots of recycled fabrics and materials. My favorite so far is a cool drawstring skirt for my 11 yo out of a sweater with matching leg warmers!

Gail :) said...

I am making monogrammed sweatshirts for my whole extended family! Crazy, but every year my sister and I make thingd for the whole family ;)

Glamorosi said...

I am making glittery gift tags for all of the presents.

Thank you for the contest!

sewing_passion said...

I'm making a guitar bag from my daughter, capes for my boys and nephew and something for my husband....

shanna said...

i'm sewing new jammies for all my little ones.

Charity said...

I'm planning on making this cloth garland:
http://myinspiredheart.blogspot.com/2008/11/tis-season-for-tutorial.html

Beautiful journals - so inspiring! :0)

Christy said...

lots of tree ornaments this year, and crayon rolls for the littler ones in my life...lots of stuff, as usual! I love the journal, it's lovely

KLAR said...

I made 3 rag quilts for my nieces... started in August... kinda now sick of rag quilts ;)

night owl said...

Beautiful journal!

I am making a variety of goods this year including a camera case, laptop bags and a quilt.

Good luck!

Anya said...

I'm making selvage ornaments that I've shown on my blog. Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

Chris said...

I am ATTEMPTING to make pot holders for all of the granparents with my daughters hand print on them. I am also making an Elvis rag quilt.

Sara said...

I'm making so much this holiday season: knitted socks, neck warmers, balaclavas, sewn dresses, and more! I love making one of a kind items for others.

LauraJ said...

I'm entering all the contests at SMS! What fun!

Katie Newman said...

The main thing I am doing is calligraphying my christmas cards!

Thanks :)

Sally said...

I am crocheting pot holders and dishcloths. I am also making patchwork kitchen towels.

turvid said...

I'm making tiny gnomes :)

r e b e c k a said...

I'd love to win your journal!
I'm making a bunch of angels for friends and family this Christmas (you can see one on my blog if you like).
Thank you for the giveaway! :)

adrienne said...

I'm making some Malabrigo ruffle scarves, bath bombs and salted caramels....and I'm tired. heeh.

Kelly said...

I'm making bedside book and flashlight holders for the kiddos in my family

Maggie said...

I'm making a quilt for my roommate. It has reproduction WPA posters.

Thank you for the chance at the giveaway and have a great holiday.

I'm a medical student who loves knitting. said...

I just finished knitting a mini sweater ornament for my grandma. It has a large M on in, similar to the Weasley's sweaters in Harry Potter :).

Liz said...

Making fabric houses and stuffed bunnies to live in them for the kiddos...
Love your journal!

Deb said...

I'm making quilted wristwarmers! Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway!!!

Rachel said...

I'm making all (6) of my nephews Capes!!

sugarbug said...

I'm in full on ornament mode. Your journal is stunning!

nerissa lindenfelser said...

I'm embroidering all sorts of bags I'm making for different friends and family. I'm drooling over that journal!

kleine said...

Very beautiful! I'd love to get it !

Chicago Redhead said...

I'm making a quilt for my mom, and bags for some cousins. And a stuffed puppy for my niece. Such fun!

Tiffany said...

I am making PJS, blankets, jewlery, and photo frames!!!

JJB said...

love love love the journal. just finished making ornaments to send to relatives in our first annual family handmade ornament swap.

Erica said...

I'm making all of my presents for my family by hand (I started two months ago...almost there!), including a blanket, an apron, two potholders, a cross-stitch, and a pillow!

Jodie said...

an apron, tote bags, and tag blankets....and I only have 22 more days, yikes! :)

jodcoz(at)yahoo(dot)com

Krista said...

What a LOVELY journal! I'm making a magnetized fishing set for my toddler this Christmas...among other things...!

Anja said...

I've made an advent calender for my girls.

jill m said...

making lots of chef's aprons, hot pads and recipe cards for kids' teachers...and trying to use what I have on hand.

SandyQuilts said...

I'm up to my ears in Christmas Tree napkins ... which happens to also be my giveaway. Please enter me. thanks.

One Shabby Chick said...

I have a few gifts in the works - felt food for my girls, potholders for my mom, and a quilt for my brother. Your journal is beautiful!

Amber

Jingle said...

I plan to make a very cool mixed media canvas for my husband as a gift. And my cards, of course!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

Jill said...

I've been embroidery vintage patterns on dish towels, making notebook holders and still a few quilts on the list! Oy. Wish me luck! :)

T said...

Oh, wow. The hope of a handmade journal - be still, my heart (seriously!!).

I'm making most of my gifts this year, including quilts, knit hats/scarves, felted slippers and a cookbook of "mom's" recipes. (Why am I at the computer? I need to be crafting!!)

Monica Gee said...

I am finishing up a quilt for my mother-in-laws best fried.

Matt & Amanda said...

I am making sugar scrub, lip gloss and attempting to reupholster a chair for my mom.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

I'm currently working on another crochet throw for Christmas.

I'd love to be in the drawing.

Marit said...

Love the journal! I'll be making some tablerunners for christmasgifts. Red and white checkerboard. I'll post about them, soon ; )

Baba said...

I am making tote bags to give as gifts.

Stephanie said...

I have gone nuts over ornaments this year! Love them!

Sara said...

I'm making a dress up box for my niece with a cape, a tutu, a veil, crown wand, etc.

Anne said...

I am making superhero capes for my 2 big kids and playsilks for the baby. Thank you for the giveaway! The book is lovely!
grokgrace(at)hotmail.com

mtelizabeth said...

I am making a tree skirt for myself, and apron for one niece, bean bags for another, a doll for a friend and various other things!! It's such a busy time of year!

Jessica said...

I'm making lots of half-aprons with matching beaded serving pieces!

Katrina said...

I love your handmade journal. This week I am making 3 angel costumes for our Christmas play.

Rebecca said...

I'm making matching pajamas for my daughters and nieces!

Madame FM said...

It's beautiful.

katharos said...

I'm making so many things, one is a little baby felt bear with a diaper for my little girl.

Darci said...

I made my daughter a quilt that I embroidered and hand quilted. I can't wait to give it to her.

Bec Clarke said...

That is just beautiful and so very generous.

passion2sew (Lalli) said...

I am planning to make dresses for my daughter's friends.
ragtrader3 at gmail dot com
Also check out my give-away. Thank you.

summernightsmiles said...

Oh, I've got so many plans. Still a few bags to get finished, a few bookmarks, two pen cases... So much stuff to do... ;)

Poerava said...

love the journal. for the holidays, I am making my brothers hats and my mom a bag

Boat Bird said...

I'm painting some small pictures for my closest friends :) spread the love around!

The Giveaway Diva said...

wow i love that jornal!! i am makin a clutch!

Karissa said...

So nice! I am making all of my friend mini sewing kits in jelly jars with pincushions in the lids. Also, a quilt for my parents, because they deserve something special.

maggie said...

I'm making a table runner for myself and a tree skirt for my daughter. Love your journals

sfer said...

I'm making a patchworked Xmas tree with buttons for my mom (but don't tell her... it's a surprise until next Sunday!!). After that, I will be making some pouches for my sisters. It's all about family sewing!!

Thanks for this giveaway... The perfect occasion for me to start scrapbooking!! (Of course, if I win, and you're willing to ship to Barcelona, Spain!)

Contact: librosfera(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I've made coordinating aprons for my sister-in-law and my two little nieces.

RachelFlores said...

I'm making aprons for the preschoolers I teach.

Jessica said...

I'm making bags for many of my relatives

Hashi said...

I've made over thirty handmade gifts for the holidays. Whew! Last thing was a pair of baby shoes, and next up is a baby wrap.

Wendy said...

Oh, how gorgeous!
I'm making marble magnets and coasters this year :)

adrienne said...

Well, I'll be baking a bunch (shortbread, Christmas cake, some candy too), but I'll also be knitting socks for my boyfriend :)

Melissa said...

I'm making treats for friends! Great stuff! Enter me please!
mmhamblin(at)hotmaildotcom

Bethany said...

I am making a couple of smocks for two cute little girls in our play group. My daughters will also be getting some!

affectioknit said...

What a lovely gift! I'm working today and then going to church this evening.

notnigella.com said...

When I finally get to it I'm making a mini quilt with an appliqued melted snowman to represent just how damn hot it is at Christmas here :D

DangAndBlast! said...

I'm making so many things ... yet to make are: catnip toys for my sister, t-shirt transfers for brother and cousin and brothers-in-law, christmas cards (yes, I know...), and a few cross-stitch cushions.

Rita said...

Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! Your journal is beautiful!

lao80 said...

I made a lap quilt for my mother in law.

Ali said...

Cute!! Very useful giveaway. I'm knitting some fluffy scarves for my neighbor and family. Nice and relaxing...

Leanna said...

I made an apron for my grandma...and boy was it a doozy.

SunnySusan said...

We are making my mom's passed down for ages fudge....
your journal is sweet, thanks

Andrea said...

A neck warmer for a friend at church who is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders this Christmas.

ikkinlala said...

I'm knitting socks for my parents and baking for everyone.

Linda said...

cookies...lots and lots of cookies :)

ljs742(at)yahoo.com

MaryAnne said...

I'm making felt food for my daughter:

http://thriftycraftmama.blogspot.com/2008/11/felt-food.html

woolybooger said...

I have made an knitted item for all of my immediate family. Mostly hats from "Last Minute Gifts".

Stephanie said...

My Hubby and I are making at least half of our gifts for the holidays. Right now we are quilting some placemat and table runner sets for his parents.

kaya said...

I'm making tons and tons of plush for everyone I know!

jgirl said...

I'm crocheting scarves...

BaileyGirl5 said...

I'm making adorable dishtowels from the free pattern on ninimakes blog!!

Katy said...

Awesome journal! I'm makeing soap for most of my loved ones. In fact that's what I'm giving away on my blog too! http://handmadehomespun.blogspot.com/

Thanks for hosting!

Sarah said...

I'm making dollies for the girl I nanny for

Madre Adoptiva said...

I am making some freezer paper stenciled t-shirts for my daycare kids.

Stacy said...

I am making wool mittens for the family. I'd love to win the journal!

Caroline said...

wow, way cool. I'm still deciding some of my gift projects, (I know, so late.) I am making a new apron for the holidays (though its not holiday themed.)

Sarah said...

I'm making a tutu skirt for my niece.

elle said...

We're making each others gifts this year - homemade stuffies, musical instrument covers, tabletop fountains and some steampunk ornaments. How's that for eclectic :-) Thanks for sharing in todays SMS giveaway.

Whimsical Creations said...

I'm making lots of polymer clay ornaments.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Katie said...

I am knitting hats for the guys in my office. Plus one for my fiance. Sign me up!

nicole said...

I'm making my puppy into a little elf for the family picture.

She's going to love it.

Sunnymommie said...

pretty!!!! I want to try sewing stocking sock for my kids.. thanks for the chance!

PatchworkPottery said...

Oh what a wonderful little book! I am making a stripey patchwork quilted star for the top of my tree in aqua & white :o)
Laurraine - Canada

Sonia said...

I made custom picture frames with fun photos for my sister and friends using blank acrylic blocks one normally uses for stamping. I admit the idea came from Archiver's because I'm not that creative though --;. My sister loved hers!

I love handmade goodies!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Hi there! I'm making hats, scarves and felted/embroidered ornaments - all crochet. LOVE the journal - so beautiful.

audreypawdrey said...

These are beautiful! I just finished a tree skirt from crazymomquilts for my mom..shh!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

So cute, I'm in love with journals and would lovee this.

As for what I'm making this holiday? Nothing at the moment, but I'm hoping to put something together for my mom...but we'll see!!

-lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Ellen said...

Cookies *g*

Hilda Siemens said...

I'm making a shoulder bag for each of my sisters!

Alexis said...

I'm making 26x30 collages for my friends! and writing poems for my mom.

Leah said...

I am making quilted coasters and hopefully some homemade mulling spices to go along with them.
phinnland[at]gmail[dot]com

Melissa Searle said...

Yay! nice... I am making Christmas Stockings. Well trying too? Haha :)
Mel

rjm said...

I'm making some little fairy house tree ornaments.

Jenna said...

I'm knitting boring old scarves :)

aprylian said...

Great Giveaway! Nice to meet you! You can see my giveaway here:

http://aprylian.blogspot.com/

Apryl

Sharon said...

I'm a baker and knitter so between the two, I've got lots to keep me busy until Christmas. Thanks for offering the beautiful journal in the giveaway!

Tiffany said...

I'm a novice, so I'm just working on knitting a blanket and sewing some ribbon on some burp cloths for my 5 month old little girl.

PB&G said...

I am working on a doll quilt for my daughter.

calicodaisy said...

Oh, I would love to have a handmade journal. I am making embroidered ornaments right now and scarves. -- Michele

Liz said...

I am making monogrammed pillows for my nieces. I am so excited about it.

Grey Cottage Studio said...

I'm making tote bags for all the teachers, homemade bread for my neighbors and jewelry for my sisters-in-law. I'm sure there will be more projects undertaken in the coming weeks. Oh, and mittens too -- for me!

Teri said...

My Mom has requested handmade Christmas cards only, no gifts. At 70 she has all the "junk" she needs so I am planning a very special card.

Jackie said...

Oh! That journal is lovely. I'm running out of pages in my current journal.
I'm not really crafty, but I do enjoy baking. My mom and friend and I are having a baking day once I go home from college. I'm in charge of making the toffee and sugar cookie cut outs with powdered sugar icing. I'm supposed make one other baked goodie, but I haven't decided what it will be yet.

Kali said...

I'm making lots of gifts this year, including altered composition books. I'd love to enter your contest. Thanks for your generosity.

Sincerely,
Kali

Beth M said...

Love the journal! I'm making a tote bag for Christmas.

Michelle said...

I am making rag quilts for my daughters. They are both twin-size quilts so my hand is wore out!

Breanna S. said...

choosing words for that journal would be very hard.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful journal!
I've been making ornaments by trying to limit supplies to what I already have or recycling cardboard, aluminum, etc.

FlowerMomma said...

oh I am making sooooo much stuff. Too much really. Slippers, sketchbook covers, notecards...I just don't do much laundry or cleaning these days.

Nichole said...

I am making a quilt for my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway.

Moira-Lin said...

I am making a blanket for my daughter.

Kyna said...

I already made a housecoat for my mother and I'm going to make a teddy bear for my nephew.

Allison said...

I'm making homemade fudge for all my friends! Wrapped in adoable ribbon, whalah!

chanfamily at gmail dot com

Josh and Kelley's family said...

I made slippers for my 2 yr old...very cute!

Ginny said...

I love it! I'm making ornaments & bookmarks.

kellyn2girls1boy said...

I have already made my Christmas cards, I am also ,aking some bread and seasoned butter once it gets closer to Christmas.

Simply Vintagegirl said...

I am hoping to make a few rice bags, and maybe even cloth napkins. :) Please enter me! What a cute little book!

God Bless,
Miss Emily Rose
www.SimplyVintagegirl.com

Megan said...

I'm making a fabric house for my niece and barn for my son using this tutorial:
http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-dollhouse-tutorial.html

Elizabeth said...

so cool!

visit me at bitsofsunshine.typepad.com

Dani said...

Quilts are perfect!

stringbean said...

I'm working on some quilted stockings from www.ezquilt.com. If I have time, and enough fabric, I'll try to make a matching tree skirt.

mommymae said...

i'm making a fabric chore chart for my daughters

Cindy said...

I'm making an insulated lunch bag for my son. I got some old army camo fatigues that I'll fussy cut to use for the fabric.

pugslet said...

please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway thanks

annalea said...

i am making my kiddos aprons for their play kitchen.

The Clarks said...

Wow, these are beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. I'm currently making three super hero capes for the three tiny super heros in my life (my three sons).

Emily said...

Less creative than previous years for me, but I'm making a mixed tape for my boyfriend.

eibelli(at)wellesley(dot)edu

Paper Dolls For Boys said...

Those printed cards are hella cool. Off to check your etsy shop.
Cheers,
Tracey

Emmi said...

This would be absolutely lovely to win and I hope I do because I think would flip!

Thanks so much for the chance too!

e-mail: perfectpunkin@yahoo.com

Nancey said...

I'm making lounge pants for my SIL.

zees5 said...

That is a really nice giveaway.

I am making holiday aprons for 6 children (mine and my sister's children). Plus 4 aprons for the girls' dolls so they will all have on to wear when they bake Christmas cookies! izazbz at yahoo

ss said...

Oh no, it's midnight--does your blog turn into a pumpkin (ha ha)? I'm trying to knit my husband a waistcoat, a bit beyond my usual rectangular knitting! Cheers!

Amy said...

Love the journal, love the cards!
I am making my three girls a doll, an altered suitcase, and a purse.

Kimberly said...

I am finishing up a quilt that I started for m daughter 2 years ago. Or hoping to finish it up in time... lol
Thanks for your generosity!

Bex said...

I'm making re-usable shopping bags out of thrifted pillowcases, and oh, it's fun.

Good luck for your holiday making...

luke and pamela said...

i'm trying to sew all of my gifts. i've making aprons, skyline pillows, and coasters. :)

Hurrayic said...

Hope I'm not too late! I have to admit that the title of your blog was so funny, it intrigued me to stop by. Glad I found you (via SMS) - I will enjoy looking around and seeing your linocuts and such.