Here's a preview of the giveaway before I begin to ramble:
I sometimes feel that I'm constantly saying "no" to my children. This is especially true when we're out shopping. I've gotten them trained to not ask for things much when we're out...or at least they've learned not to bother. The answer will be "no."
The bad thing is I want so badly to say "yes." I'd love to say "yes." I want to shower my children with all things good. However, if I say yes to one child, not only do all the other children with me perk up and start asking for things as loudly and frantically like a nest of baby birds, but the child who I said "yes" to sees it as a free ticket and asks for more things. The only thing I can do at that point besides fill my house with junk and spend hundreds of dollars on it, is to say "no" every time one of them opens their mouth, or forbid them to speak at all, which never works.
So I've learned the trick to showering my kids with good things is to get them things when they're not with me, and surprise them with that good thing when it's just the two of us. Then I don't get the whine "but I wanted that one! Why can't I get this too! I never get anything fun!" Instead, I get "You got this for me?! Wow!"
See the difference? Yeah...never buy your kids toys at the store. I wish I could, but the sense of entitlement comes out so fast before I can even get to the checkout. When I present them with something at home they feel so special that I thought of them.
So I spoiled Silje down in Phoenix with something that probably should have been a birthday present, but I couldn't help myself. I was out shopping by myself (gasp!) and they just found their way into my cart. Crocheting this year has proven to be a bit too difficult for her at this age, so I thought we should do some sewing instead. We did a few ornaments at Christmas, but honestly, they didn't turn out that well and I completely lost steam for the project. You know...having a baby and all.
Isn't it such a cute little basket? Even better, I found a little sewing kit with pink things. A little pink pin cushion, pink seam ripper, everything. We started working on a counted cross stitch bookmark together.
I told her at the beginning that it may take us months to finish, so she could expect it to go slow. I'm surprised how patient she is about it. She needs help with every. single. stitch. So I have to sit right next to her the whole time to help her, which I think is her favorite part about it. It's just "us" time.
I picked up this book using Swagbucks on Amazon, and thought it would be fun to work through it after we finished the bookmark. Then I got the idea for my giveaway. I wanted so badly to make something for the giveaway, but my load is so full. Still, I wanted to do something to show appreciation for you readers. So I'm delegating the work. I'd like to get one of you sewing. Or get your daughter, granddaughter, or that girl at your church sewing. In my dreams, I'd love to inspire one of you to be Candy (my sewing mentor as a little girl) to someone else.
Now, I wish I could afford to giveaway the full basket that I did for Silje. However, as blogging is just a hobby, I have to limit myself. Here is the giveaway package that could be sent to your house:
It's the children's sewing book, just like ours, with the gorgeous vintage inspired illustrations. It has little project ideas for little hands. Silje loves to sit and go through this book and has all sort of projects planned that she has little time for...just like her mommy.
Also, the pink sewing kit that Silje went bonkers over. It's not the basket, but the accessories. It contains the pin cushion, scissors, pins, needles, thread, a seam ripper, pink tape measure, hem ruler thingy, and a tailor's pencil.
Lastly, you'll need some material to inspire a project like Silje has her bookmark. I got these 3 fat quarters as a gift with purchase from a quilt shop, and although they're gorgeous, I don't have a project in mind for them. I have enough projects in mind to last me a good 5 years straight or so, so I don't have room for fabric without a project. These could make beautiful doll clothes, or little stuffed animals, or a cute little apron. (I'll stop there with the ideas or I may change my mind and keep them.) I'm throwing in this spool of ribbon from my stash because I think it goes well with the color palette.
All you need is a little basket to store it, and you have everything you need to teach some hand sewing to either yourself, or someone special in your life that you've been meaning to spend some quality time with.
So here's how you enter. I'm going to borrow some ideas from my friend Melissa's 500th post because I thought it was fun:
1) Follow me. Leave 1 comment saying that you do.
2) Leave 1 comment telling me what one of your favorite posts was.
3) Leave 1 comment with a question that you would love to have me answer in the blog. I'm not saying I will answer all of them, but I'll probably answer a few.
4)Put a link to this giveaway and a comment about it on Facebook. Then leave me another comment to tell me you did.
So, up to 4 ways to enter. You can do all 4, or just 1. You could technically do none of them, but you're not going to win that way! Please leave one comment for each entry, so that it's easier to distinguish the winner using an online random number generator. In one of the comments, make sure you leave your email address or blog address so that I can somehow contact you if you win. If I cannot contact you, I'll pick again. Comments/entries will be closed next Monday.
I just want to say a quick thank you in advance to all you readers. This blog is a lot of fun for me, and mostly because of the comments and feedback you give.