Giveaway Day Winner

Congratulations to my Giveaway Day winner – Sandra!  Here’s her favorite holiday gift:

“This year I made quilted Christmas postcards instead of regular cards. The recipients were really thrilled with them. One niece wants to learn to make them as gifts next year. Love to share ideas with loving family.”

How much do we all wish we knew Sandra right now?  What a great Christmas card idea! 

Sandra’s prize of three Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits is on its way to her today.

December 2014 Giveaway Day prize at Crafty Staci

My deepest thanks to everyone who entered!

December 2014 Giveaway Day

It’s that time of year again – Sew Mama Sew has organized their semi-annual Giveaway Day!  I don’t often participate in the December party because I’m so busy it’s difficult to come up with something good to give away, but this year I have the perfect thing.

December 2014 Giveaway Day at Crafty Staci

I’ve gathered up three of my most popular DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits and they can be yours!  They make great gifts for people who sew, or stitch them up yourself for those coffee lovers on your list.  When they’re finished, they look a little something like this:

Crafty Staci's DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits

One winner will receive all three kits shown in the photo.  This giveaway will be open until midnight PST on Friday, December 12, 2014.  At that point a winner will be drawn at random and notified via email.  If I’m unable to make contact with that winner by 6 pm PST on Sunday, December 14, 2014 a new winner will be drawn.  This contest is open to international entries.

Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits from Crafty Staci

To enter, just leave a comment here telling me about one of your favorite handmade gifts, given or received.  Be sure to visit Sew Mama Sew to enter all the other great giveaways starting today!

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Super Stitches Sewing Book Winner

Good morning everybody!  By random drawing…

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…the winner of the Super Stitches Sewing book…

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…is Beth, who said

I started sewing when I was still playing with Barbies – not sure how old I was but I had fun making my dolls clothes. I am teaching a little girl to sew, so this book would be handy!

Congratulations Beth!  I love that this book is going to help teach the next generation how to sew!

Super Stitches Sewing Book Review and Giveaway

Super Stitches Sewing:  A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques by Nicole Vasbinder was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

When I first received Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder for review, I’ll admit I didn’t think it would have much to offer me.  I’ve been sewing for a very long time, which by no means leaves me with nothing left to learn, but I figured I at least had stitches down – the ones I needed anyway.  I’m happy to say I underestimated this book.

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There are three main sections to this book:  Machine Stitches, Hand Stitches and Tools and Equipment. 

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The first section starts out with a basic straight stitch and what to do with it before progressing to more specialized stitches.  It covers buttonholes, buttons, stretch stitches, utility stitches and decorative stitches.  There’s a handy 3 spool difficulty scale on each one.  There are also explanations of what each is for, as all machines won’t have all the stitches shown available and you’ll need to be able to figure out an appropriate substitute.

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The hand-stitching section also begins with pretty basic stitches.  I was glad to see a blanket stitch here, because even after using it many times I can never seem to remember how to start.

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There were quite a few stitches I’m already familiar with or can’t see myself using, but if you’re new to hand-sewing there are many that will come in handy.

I love the way the whole needle section is laid out.  It’s very straight forward, with drawings of each type of needle and an explanation of what it’s used for.  Using the right needles really does make all the difference, both when you’re sewing on and machine and by hand.

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The thread and machine foot pages were a good review.  There may be feet described here that your machine doesn’t have, but it will give you a good idea if you should invest in a new one.

I’m not sure the sewing machine descriptions were necessary, as it’s all information that should be specific to your machine and would be found in the manual that came with it.  If you’re in the market for a machine, though, you might find a bit of useful information here.

I found several websites on the Further Reading page near the back that I’ll be checking out.  Don’t miss the Expert Tips sprinkled throughout.  There is some excellent advice there, like this little gem:

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Overall, this book is very well organized and clear about what it’s trying to teach.  It’s a good review for an experienced sewer, but the real target is the person just starting out or investing in his or her first sewing machine.  This would be a great book to keep close by for reference.

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Now for the exciting part – while there is some good info here for me, I feel like this book could be more effectively used by one of you, so I’m giving it away! 

To enter to win, leave a comment here telling me what year it was when you first started sewing and what that project was.  Leave a second message telling me somewhere you follow me outside of my blog (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) for a second entry.  This particular giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Entries will be accepted until noon, Pacific time on Sunday, October 12, 2014, after which I will draw an entry at random and email the winner.  If I am unable to get a response from the winner by Wednesday, October 15th a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck!

Undercover Tourist News and Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Undercover Tourist.

As you all know, I’ve been working with Undercover Tourist for a year now, sharing one of my favorite craft themes:  Disney!

Disney Crafts on Crafty Staci

Until recently, Undercover Tourist was focused on Florida attractions, but recently they’ve branched out into southern California.  You can now purchase discounted tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Harbor Cruises.  This is great news for my family since we’re on the west coast and spend lots of time vacationing in California.

To celebrate their new offerings, Undercover Tourist has unveiled a newly redesigned website.  In addition to the discount tickets for Florida and California, you’ll find handy features like Crowd Calendars, Touring Plans and a Wait Time app.  They also have planning guides for Orlando, Las Angeles and San Diego covering all the different aspects of your vacation, like where to stay, what to eat and when to do it in the first place.

While visiting the new website, take a minute to check out all the Disney crafts by their other crafty contributor, Crafting in the Rain.  She has some cute crafts and recipes for my fellow Disney fans!

Mickey Mallow Pops by Crafting in the Rain on Undercover Tourist

If all this has you in the mood for a vacation, don’t miss your chance to enter Undercover Tourist’s Hopping into Southern California Giveaway.  Jump over to their website to find out how to win a 4-pack of tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld Sand Diego AND a San Diego Harbor Cruise!

Undercover Tourist Hopping into Southern California Giveaway

My family is visiting Disneyland next month, so we’ll get southern California all warmed up for you!

4th Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago today, I sat down at this computer (well, not THIS exact computer, but stay with me here) to start writing this blog.  I didn’t really know what I was doing.  At. All.  That first month, I stumbled through some sketchy posts, trying to get my bearings and figure out what I was doing.  A total of 42 people read what I wrote that month, and I think I probably didn’t even know some of them in real life. 

It’s been an amazing ride so far.  I had my first print magazine project published last year and I’ve had the opportunity to appear on some other blogs I admire.  My Etsy shop is thriving, and I’ve branched out to Zibbet and Meylah.  I’ve been the recipient of some amazing opportunities, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  But what I’m most thankful for is you.

Without all of you out there reading this, I’d be talking to myself.  Which I would do, but I’m glad I don’t have to.  All of your comments, likes, links and silent passing through are what keeps this interesting.  To show my thanks, let’s get to this year’s anniversary giveaway!

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Remember my project for Craft Warehouse last month?  They sent my this springy fabric and when I was finished with it I thought it would make a perfect anniversary giveaway!  The pictures don’t really do it justice.  You’d think after four years I’d be a better photographer, but I’m still working on it.  In addition to the One Yard Wonder Retro Bag…

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…you’ll also receive this One Yard Wonder Smart Girl’s Set Phone Case…

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…a One Yard Wonder Jet Set Travel Tissue Pack…

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…a zippered, lined cosmetic bag (which I’ll show you how to make on Wednesday!)…

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…and a reversible coffee cup sleeve.  Surprised?

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How to Enter

To enter to win this entire set, just leave a comment here.  Whatever you’d like to talk about.  I’ll give you a second entry if you leave a comment here letting my know where you follow me outside of my blog (Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’). 

This drawing is open to anyone, worldwide, except my daughter who REALLY wants this bag.  Maximum of two entries per person.  The contest will be open until midnight Pacific time on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  I will choose a winner by random drawing on the 16th.  Please make sure your email address is linked to your name when you comment, or include it within your comment.  If I don’t hear back from the winner by February 23rd, I will choose a new winner. 

I can’t wait to find out who I’ll be sending this to!

Holiday Crafts Magazine Winner

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments.  I loved hearing about some of your projects and the kind words and congratulations made my week!

In answer to a few of you, I’m actually a little bit of an introvert in real life.  Even so, there were almost a few strangers who were stopped by a magazine to the face.  And I too thought “At least I can tell the cashier!” but he turned out to be a barely twenty-something guy who would have just looked at me like I was crazy.  The excitement from the people I know, both online and off, was enough to make up for it though!

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If you’re still looking for a copy, I found them at Fred Meyer here, which is owned by the Kroger chain.  I haven’t spotted it anywhere else yet, but believe me, I’m on the lookout.

On to the part you’re waiting for.  I went old-school and printed out all the names, threw them in a bowl and drew one out by hand.  It was the best method I could think of to not end up drawing my sweet husband’s name.  And the winner is…

Holiday Crafts Magazine Winner

Fran!  Look for an email from me in your inbox.  Thank you to everyone who played along!

Holiday Crafts Magazine is on Shelves Now!

There I was, in the grocery store, minding my own business, when I spot this near the check stand.

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I did a double take, then used my cart as a battering ram a little to get to it.  I grabbed a copy, flipped through it, but didn’t see my project anywhere.  I nearly cried.  Then I got a grip on myself, turned the pages from the front, instead of the back as is my habit, until I arrived on page 12.

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There, in all it’s felt and jute glory, was my Witch’s Clothesline project!  I seriously considered stopping strangers to tell them about it.  I think I even looked up and scanned the building to see if there was anyone there I knew.  No such luck, so I snapped a couple of photos on my phone and sent them to my husband.

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I was, and still am, probably unreasonably excited about this.  They even spelled my weird name correctly.

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Here’s the thing…this wouldn’t have happened without you.  I can make things and write about it all day, but without anyone reading it on the other end, I’m just talking to myself.  So, I’d like to share a little of my excitement with you. 

I bought an extra copy, which I’d like to send to one of you.  Leave a comment here between now and midnight on Sunday, August 18, 2013.  Tell me about something you’ve made, let me know where you follow me, or just say hello.  On Monday morning, I’ll randomly draw a winner and I’ll send that person a copy of my new favorite magazine.  Thank you for reading!

Giveaway at The Hartungs

Today I’m passing along the opportunity to enter a giveaway at The Hartungs – and my lens cap pocket is one of the prizes!  Take it away, Sheree!
If you haven’t already noticed – I have some pretty wonderful women on my sidebar at the moment. These women have sponsored me for the last month or so, and are generously participating in the giveaway below! The giveaway opens today, Friday, April 19th, and will close on Tuesday, April 30th. Good luck to all!
Gayle’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Gayle? Read her interview here!
Amie’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Amie? Read her interview here!
Staci’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Etsy
Want to know more about Staci? Read her interview here!
Lex’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Lex? Read her interview here!
Charissa’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest
Want to know more about Charissa? Read her interview here!
Sheree’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin

To enter, you’ll need to click here  Rafflecopter giveaway, log in and follow the instructions.  If you have any difficulty, you can also enter at Sheree’s website.  Good luck!

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The Natural Parents Network giveaway is also still open!  Enter the NPN Flickr Photo Contest by April 30!

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Natural Parents Network: The Deadline for Our Flickr Photo Contest Is Approaching — Enter Now!
Recently, Natural Parents Network launched a Flickr Photo Pool and corresponding Photo Contest with over $1000 in photography-related prizes up for grabs for our readers!

Many NPN readers have already submitted photos of your beautiful families, showing us what natural parenting really looks like for you in many forms. We are loving the many images that have been added and the opportunity to see the diverse faces of our readers and fellow natural parents. There are almost 500 images added already to the Flickr Pool, and it is turning out to be a very fun way to see and share images of other parents and families like yours!

The April 30 deadline is fast approaching!
Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize package.

Enter your photos into the NPN Flickr Pool from your Flickr account, and favorite the photos you like best. Share the contest, and encourage family and friends to vote for your photos and their favorites.

For details on how to submit your photos to the NPN Flickr Pool and our contest, read our launch post and Photo Submission/Contest Rules.

3rd Anniversary Winner’s Bag

I thought you might like to see what Vanessa B., the winner drawn in my 3rd anniversary giveaway, received.  This was her comment when she entered:

I Love the Sling Bag and my fav fabric is is 131 Grey Hometowns, luvvv that fabric :-) Thank You and Happy Anniversary on your Blog!

I only had a very small piece left of the fabric she mentioned, so after finding out that she likes purple, green and brown, I found some cute options and made this:

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I love how the flower turned out with the stripes!

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Since I already had the fabric out on my table, and they’re one of my favorite things to make, I decided she needed a bonus matching coffee cup sleeve.

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I shipped it off to Vanessa, and this is her response:

OMGoodness Staci, I LOVE It!!! Absolutely Beautiful Bag and how did you know, I’m a coffee fanatic that struggled (hard!) to pick between the bag and the coffee sleeve when I was leaving the original comment for your Giveaway :-) I can’t Thank You enough….Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Vanessa also shared with me that her daughter already tried to swipe it! Smile

My thanks to Vanessa and everyone else who entered.  I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year!