Yes, I’m posting about a lot of giveaways lately. There are some really great ones out there! And, my crafting is limited right now since I’m sick on the couch. Tomorrow I simply HAVE to be well — our MOPS group is having a craft day and I’m in charge. I’ve actually named it Craftapalooza! We’ll make bath salts, coasters from tiles, and beaded bookmarks. We’ll also learn how to make beautiful bows. I don’t know how to do this type of bow, but my friend Sandy does and she’s going to teach us. I’m super excited! I’ll try to get some pictures posted soon.

But, now on to the next giveaway I’ve found! I am sooooo excited to find this Etsy shop. I love it. Love it. I’m favoriting everything right now. And, if you head over to fabulous k, there’s a giveaway for three of her prints. WOW! Three! I need these. NEED.

Hope you’re having a crafty day!

Thanks to April who featured my Reversible Tote on her blog, april marie mai! Go by and check out many great options for eco-friendly items for on-the-go!

I have a TON of blogs linked in my Google Reader. It’s an addiction almost as severe as my fabric addiction. One blog that mixes my two addictions: True Up. Lots of info on what’s going on in the fabric world + great writing + bloggy goodness + giveaways. I’m happy.

Be happy & go visit this blog. 🙂

Looking for the GIVEAWAY? Please go to this post!

I read a variety of blogs every day and saw this on Sew, Mama, Sew. What a great way to help people create!

What am I talking about? For all of you crafty people out there, think about what you would do without any craft supplies? What would you do without any fabric — and without a lot of resources to purchase new clothing items for your family? This is reality for many people in Iraq. (It’s not like there’s a Hancocks or Jo-Ann’s around the corner, you know.) The mothers (and crafters) of Iraq will benefit from you going through your stash and donating fabric, needles, thread, knitting supplies, buttons… or whatever!

Go to the website for Iraqi Bundles of Love and read more. When I find a good deal on fabric, I often buy a couple of yards. Then, after I use it for several projects, I get tired of it. It usually goes in the closet and I’ll pull it out later when it’s new to me again. Instead of taking up that closet space, I’m going to gather those random yards of fabric and send them on. My tiny apartment can’t handle all of the junk I’m accumulating! 🙂 So, this will be a great way to help an Iraqi family and make my hubby happy because the clutter is decreased.

Now I have to go dig through my button stash….

Tonight at church we had a Make It & Take It craft night. We all made fun beaded bookmarks, ate dinner, and then did a great craft. I was drooling over some of the items people were making! They had several to choose from. One of my friends taught everyone to make gift wrap bows from recycled magazines, scrapbook paper, or anything else. They were Uh-dorable. I’ve been promised a private lesson later.

I taught a craft, so I didn’t get to make anything. What did I teach? The good old standby fleece tie blankets, of course. We cut and tied a dozen blankets tonight, but we aren’t keeping them. We’re sending them to some kiddos in Northern Iraq. These special kids need heart surgeries, but can’t get them in their country. There aren’t any doctors who perform pediatric heart surgeries there. So, they have to go to another country. The great people at The Preemptive Love Coalition help make this possible. We sent blankets for the kids to have when they travel. Security blankets, I guess. Something special to help them through a rough time. I hope they’ll be blessed!

Check out the Preemptive Love Coalition site today. They have some ways that quilters can also get involved with what they’re doing. It’s a great site manned by wonderful people doing good things for precious kids. Love that.

Another blog I check regularly is The Fabric Shopper. They show off so many beautiful fabrics (and y’all know I’m addicted!) & they give the scoop on who has a sale going on. I always check the sale sheet before I buy any fabric.

Well, right now, they’re hosting a cool giveaway. In fact, it’s the most creative giveaway I’ve heard of. To win a whole wonderful mess of fat quarters from Whipstitch fabric shop on Etsy, you have to browse through the shop and make a bundle. Two people will win all of the fabric they put in their bundle. Woo-hoo!

Here’s what I picked…

It’s a grouping of nature inspired & science fabrics in grays, blues, and greens, with a few shocks of red. On my computer it looks awesome — I hope it’s great in person! Let’s name this collection….

Wood, Sky, Sea, and Science

1. Rocket Scientist by Kari Beyer (LOVE THIS!)
2. Heather Ross Far Far Away Snails in blue
3. Lush Wood Grain in Moss
4. Tula Pink’s Mermaid’s Tail in Storm
5. Arcadia, Flock in Bark
6. Koi in vibrant red
7. Lush Wood Grain in Sky
8. French Map in Angel Food (Too great!)
9. Tortoise Shell in Deep Sea
10. Briquetage from the Granville Collection
11. Good Folks Filigree in Dusk
12. Wonderland Metamorphosis in Tomato

Ooh! I hope I win! After all, it’s great fabric and I simply don’t have enough great fabric. (True words from a fabri-holic!)

Each day I check my blogs, check my Etsy shop, check my mail, and check out what’s on CraftGossip. I start with the sewing section, of course!

This site has links to blogs and websites from all over. I’ve found tons of ideas, great tutorials, and pictures of amazing projects.

No matter what kind of crafting you like, I’d venture over to CraftGossip. It’s also a great way to find other blogs that are out there. That’s how I came across many of the links over to the right.

Now, I’m off to sew something. I’ve got several custom orders that are in various stages of completion. Now I’ve got to get them all done!