Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Want to know who won?

Hey everyone! Thanks for playing my silly, spur of the moment, I'm really bored today giveaway!
I'm hoping that Jill will have received her little quilt either yesterday or today so I'm going to do the big (drumroll please) reveal and show you guys what you've been guessing about. Jill if you haven't gotten that package yet and would like to be surprised DO NOT SCROLL DOWN! :)

Alright, and away we go!

I know this was a tough one to guess...and the answer is...Eric Carle 'Draw Me a Star'.
I love his illustrations and the way he creates his own papers and then illustrations from all those tiny bits. Kind of like a paper quilt in a way. :)

So enough babbling, the winner of the Spur of the Moment Tiny Giveaway is lucky number 9!
(I used a random number generator to come up with that lucky bit but unfortunately my computer doesn't seem to want to post the graphic.)
By my extremely complex computing method number 9 appears to belong to Jen! Congrat on your tiny win Jen! Please contact me with your info and I'll get the following super cool but tiny prize out to you asap! :-)

--One sweet little drawstring pouch, just big enough for your sunglasses, phone and some fun money...

--and one tiny scrappy little hex pin (not this one but very close ) made with some cool designer fabric scraps, ribbon and some vintage lace!

Thanks so much for playing everyone and I hope you'll check in from time to time and say hello!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When Leprachaun's Attack (and a little giveaway)

Well, there really is nothing better on old St. Patrick's Day to wake up at the crack of dawn to a little Leprechaun mischief. I don't know how the little bugger gets in but he seems to manage every year. His name is Lep by the way and yes we are on a first name basis.

So the house was turned upside down, toilet paper strewn about, fruit was found in children's shoes, coins and candy were scattered about. Just another ordinary St. Pat's day, umm...and no we are not Irish. We're just extremely lucky to have been adopted by our very own Leprechaun. Yea lucky...Ahh...I almost forgot the classic Leprechaun signature graffiti on every writable surface. Yes that's right, mirrors, windows, the garage door and oh yes, even the minivan. I'm now the proud driver of the St Patrick's mobile. Woohoo!
So thank you Lep for all you do. St. Patrick's Day wouldn't be the same without you.

And on we go adding a new character to the walls of our lovely tp'd home. Sam I Am recently arrived bearing what else but green eggs and ham. This fantastic mini was my February Children's Literature Swap with Jill. This cute little guy and his accompanying ham were not in the house an hour before one of the kids ran by and claimed it for his own. Well, he really loves it so, how I'll get it back I'll never know. I think he can have it, I think he can, he really loves that Sam I am.

Alright, your safe, the rhyming is over.
Back to business as usual....This little quilt is currently winging its way (probably stuck in Canadian customs) to Jill as I type. So of course its only a sneak peak but I'll give you a hint, its based on a children's book and its not the Three Little Pigs.....anyone want to take a guess? C'mon you know you want to.

Alright, how about this? The first one to guess correctly (by oh let's say 10AM Sunday March 22) gets a little surprise in the mail. Go on, it'll be good, little but good. Thinking caps on...children's literature...good luck! :)
edited to add: Alright I think this is a tough one so, one more clue...the author uses bits of torn papers to create their illustrations. And just in case your not up on your kiddie literature these days, leave me a comment telling me about your latest project and if no one guesses the correct title I'll draw a random number by the usual super secret method. Good luck!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

How To Make a Mobile

...in 57 simple steps

Step 1 Stalk your partner's blog/flickr. (Excellent practice for the doll quilt swap stalking that I'm currently participating in.)

Step 2 Sleep on all those ideas running around your brain, hoping all the while that your subconscious mind will pare them down and spit out the best and brightest.

Step 3 Be severely disappointed in your subconcious for slacking off last night.

Step 4 Begin feverishly doodling, something...anything.

Step 5 Find a super cool preschool craft on line and immediately know what to make.

Step 6 Produce varying degrees and large quantities of successful cloud elements for your mobile.

Step 7 Realize that they are all too heavy to suspend in mid air and run to the craft store for the perfect weight ribbon.

Step 8 Be told by your all knowing ten year old that there's no way that ribbon will work.

Step 9 Be stubborn.

Step 10 Let ribbon dry over night and wave successful ribbon like cloud in ten year old's face. Ha!

Step 11 Totally change the original idea and actually use a few of the original cloud elements along with the new and improved ones.

Step 12 Gather branches from the yard in sub zero temperatures.

Step 13 Spend way to much time balancing all the new elements and last minute whims.
Step 14 Make all family members acknowledge that not only is this thing actually balanced, but the ribbon clouds worked and look, look at the super cute birds. Aren't they fun?!

Step 15 Figure out how you could possibly send this through the postal system without it becoming one giant ball of ribbon and string.

Step 16 Family members breathe collective sigh of relief that super cool mobile has left the premises and mommy no longer wanders around covered in yarn and glue.

If you still need a little mobile inspiration for that subconscious mind of yours, you can check out all the other really cool mobiles at Elsie Marley's Mobile Swap 2009.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Doll Quilt Swap 6

An open letter to my super secret Doll Quilt Swap6 partner.

Hello o super secret one! If you have found my blog in a effort to snoop out things I love to use for doll quilt inspiration, you've come to the right place. Have a look around, make yourself at home, check out the blog ramblings and flickr faves. I'm hoping to make this round easy for you! :)

So let's see, let's talk about color. Love color, lots of color...red,yellow, green, aqua...pink as of late, black and white checks are an all time fav. I'm more of a pure color girl too, in case you were wondering just how red we're talking about. I've never been a big fan of the darker more muted country colors (burgundy, slate blue, dusty pink etc.) or the crazy neons either.

Alright, assuming you haven't left yet, let's talk fabric. I think I have some pretty eclectic taste in fabric, love everything from the designer stuff, to Japanese prints, to one of my favorites 30's and 40's repro prints. If you get far enough in reading this blog you will undoubtedly come across several mentions of my favorite craft/thrift store where I spend way too much time stalking vintage fabrics, lace and linens. See? Eclectic, vintage, lace, linen, modern and repro fabrics, love it all.

Still here? Alright then, as far as style goes, I'll leave that up to you. That is after all the point of all this secrecy isn't it? .... a really cool surprise in the mail when all is said and done.

Well, o secret one, I can't wait to see what you come up with (the suspense is killing me) and to find out who you are. For now, thank you for reading this far and I'll leave you to your snooping.

Love, me :)