Thursday, May 19, 2011

A giveaway where everybody wins!!

Regular readers will note that that I’ve mentioned fellow blogger Jodi at on multiple occasions. But for those of you who are new, let me introduce you! She’s an amazing crafty gal and a sewing genius, not to mention a wonderful friend of mine and fabulous mother to 4 beautiful children (including the 7-week-old cheeky little Gladys pictured below). She just entered the Bernina “win an ultimate sewing room makeover contest” on their Facebook page, and I really want her to win!! If she wins, we all win. You see, Jodi makes tutorials and sewing patterns that she gives away for free on her blog, and if she has a better work space, we’ll get to see more of her wonderful work!!


To help make this dream happen, I’m hosting a giveaway of my own. And it’s the best kind… everyone wins! All you have to do to get my original animal ears hat sewing pattern (retail value $4.99) is vote for Jodi to win a $5000 sewing room makeover from Bernina, then come back here and comment to tell me you did it! That’s it! And if you come back daily and vote 5 times by May 25, I’ll send you my eskababy booties sewing pattern too (retail value $6.99)! And one very lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the entries to receive a gorgeous handmade recycled wool flower pin from my Etsy shop, TheJuneBride!! These eco-friendly blooms are perfect to brighten up your summer wardrobe! Be sure to include the name of your favorite flower in your first entry and I’ll try to connect you with your favorite when you win… click here to see what’s available!

To vote for Jodi, click on THIS LINK.

Then add a comment on this post so I know you voted!!

When you click the link to vote, Facebook will ask for permission to install Bernina’s contest application (if you’re not already a fan of Bernina). Click on the VOTE button underneath the picture (same picture as above). You are allowed one vote per day, and you can vote every day until May 25.


  • Maximum entries per person is 7, and each entry must be its own comment on this post.
  • Patterns will be emailed in .pdf format as entries are made and/or as soon as I can, depending on how many entries there are.
  • Using, one flower pin winner will be chosen on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The winner will be contacted via email to collect address information for shipping.
  • Participants are welcome worldwide.
  • Please make sure to include your email address in your FIRST comment only so I can send the hat pattern to you!  No email = no pattern. Subsequent comments must not include your email address (so I don’t send you the same pattern twice!), but must be numbered up to 7 so I know how many times you have voted for Jodi in order to send the booties pattern to you after 5 comments. Please also include the name of your favorite flower pin from my shop so I can send your selection when you win!

Have fun! Tell your friends! Vote every day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Home Sweet Home: Spring Blooms

This time of year is birthday season, and I love that lilacs are usually blooming on my birthday. I try to spend the afternoon outside inhaling the heady aroma. Not this year. They are just blooming now, as our crab apple blossoms fall (they usually bloom a week before the lilacs). But we did get to enjoy the tree at its peak, and later today, when the grass is dry, I hope to go out and clip a few lilac branches to bring inside and cheer up my house.

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Before it rained, the wind was blowing the petals down , and it was too magical to pass up. The kids tried to make petal angels, but it didn’t work quite as well as they hoped.

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I think we made the most of it while it lasted :) 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Life in a Nutshell: Thirty

Today is my birthday. Today I turn thirty years old.

Every milestone makes you stop and think about where you are in life, what you’ve accomplished, what you hope for in the future. All I can say is that, while life hasn’t always been rosy, every new year has been better than the last. I don’t expect this year to be any different :)

So, goodbye dear 20s… it’s been fun! A degree, a wedding, a job, a house, four kids, a small business, and rather a lot of life experience in 10 short years. I am feeling very content closing out this decade… no regrets, no remorse, no fears about the future. A lot of gratitude for all the gifts and responsibilities I’ve been given. What more could I want?

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Happy birthday to me!