5th Anniversary Celebration Wrap-Up

Three giveaways, three new sewing projects and lots of reminiscing filled the last month and helped me start off year six with a bang.  I had so much fun, and I hope you did too.  I’m so grateful for the very sweet, motivating and constructive comments on all of those posts.  You had some fantastic ideas, and I’ll be integrating many them into this space over the next year.  You are amazing.

I’ve already heard back from the winners of each of the giveaways and their prizes are on the way.  Mary won the Uncommon Goods gift certificate, and has plans to use their beer and coffee kitchen towels as center panels in her quilts.  What a great idea!

Coffee Kitchen Towel from Uncommon Goods 

Christi will be receiving the Kitchen Set, which includes the Mug Hot Pads and Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner.  Hopefully it will warm her up over there in North Carolina.  If I could have figured out how to send her a little of the sunshine we’ve been enjoying here lately it would be on its way too.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

The DIY Set, which includes the Alphabet Block Pincushion, will be arriving at Elizabeth’s doorstep in a few days.  You can find her writing about her adventures with her adorable boys over at Elpalchica.  Check out her Batman projects – you know we’re big fans over here!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

I’d also like to send out one last BIG thank you to my giveaway sponsors!

Uncommon Goods

Tuttle Publishing

Craft Warehouse

And also my deepest thanks to all of you who took the time to read and comment.  Here’s to our next 5 years together!  3325582-org [Converted]

5th Anniversary Giveaway–DIY Set

Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci.  If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter.  Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.

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I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!

My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things.  It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well.  That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric!  I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself.  Shhh.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway fabrics

You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread.  It’s my sewing machines’ favorite.  I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway thread and buttons

Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that. 

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway Wrapping with Fabric book

I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do.  I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store.  I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway checklist

Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something.  I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there.  I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much.  Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Alphabet Block Pincushion

Whew!  Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future.  It can be anything your heart desires.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.  If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).

This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Kitchen Set

Welcome to the second of the three giveaways to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary!

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Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th.  I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today.  I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing.  You really want these – trust me.

Cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing - Crafty Staci

You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project.  This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.

Apron for Craft Warehouse - Crafty Staci

The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon.  To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

All this can be yours!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.

This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

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Good luck everybody!

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Uncommon Goods

As I promised, today is the first of three giveaways happening this month as part of my blog anniversary bash!

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

For this giveaway, I’m partnering with Uncommon Goods.  You may remember them from the amazing glasses they sent me last summer, or their numerous appearances on my annual birthday wish list and in my Friday Favorites.  Browsing their website reminds me of when I was a kid and my sisters and I used to sit and look through catalogs, easily finding something we wanted from each page.  I can tell you from my experience with them, the quality and customer service lives up to their I’ll-take-one-of-everything selection.

Now, about that giveaway.  Uncommon Goods has generously offered to send one reader a gift certificate for $50 to use at their online shop!

5th Anniversary Giveaway - Uncommon Goods

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry:  Leave a comment here telling me which product from Uncommon Goods you might use the gift certificate for.

2nd entry:  Follow Uncommon Goods on Twitter or subscribe to their email, leaving a second comment here telling me you’ve done so.

This giveaway opens on February 16, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Good luck!

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!

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.

Super Stitches Sewing Book Review and Giveaway - Crafty Staci 1

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!