April 16, 2014

WIP: HST Lattice Quilt...

A brand new niece was born last week, so a baby quilt made its' way to the top of my to-do list. The design is half-square triangles sashed in white, giving it a lattice look. I'm loving the bright colors, and hope to pick up some minky for the backing.

And there's a couple giveaways wrapping up in the next couple days on my blog here and here.

And my divided tote tutorial went live on the Sew Sisters blog this week too, with a giveaway for the Kona solid fat quarters I used.

April 14, 2014

Divided Tote Tutorial...

Sew Sisters is a Canadian online shop, that also has a brick & mortar location in Toronto.  They asked me to take their Kona Club Challenge - use one of their monthly Kona Solids Club packs, come up with a project, and make a tutorial for it.  Today my tutorial for a divided tote is up on their blog, along with a giveaway for the Kona Solids bundle I used.  Please let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it!

April 11, 2014

Kidoodle.TV Giveaway ...

Today I have a kid-friendly giveaway for you, a one-year free subscription to Kidoodle.TV. They are an online TV service that allows you to set up multiple users for your kids, select which shows are appropriate for them by age categories, and pre-set their screening time. You can access it through any device with internet. Kidoodle.TV has a tonne of shows to choose from, including lots of retro ones - and all the content is safe, kid-friendly, ad-free, and commercial free.

I love that I can put my active little boy quietly with a show when I'm visiting a kid-unfriendly place, or waiting for an appointment.  He loves that his show choices have been customized to include Super Mario Bros, Transformers, and lots of National Geographic animal episodes.

But, of course, feel free to check out their website where you can learn more and get your first 14 days for free.  And if you're happy with your experience, you can use this exclusive discount code to get 25% off a one-year subscription: MCC25. Coupon code expires June 30, 2014.

If you'd like a chance to win a one-year subscription, enter through the rafflecopter below. You may enter across many blogs, but only win once.  Entrants must be a resident of Canada, excluding residents of Quebec. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Also, you can have a chance to win one of 3 iPad Minis being given away in March and April by entering through the Kidoodle.TV Facebook Page.

Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

April 07, 2014

2 years with the JOY circle...

An anniversary of sorts passed for me last month - I have now completed 2 years of making blocks and quilting for the Joy circle of Do Good Stitches.  Each month we make one or two blocks for the host quilter, and mail them out.  Then the quilter adds the batting and backing, quilts it and binds it, and donates it to a worthy cause. The quilters in our group make two per year, and so far I have donated three quilts to the cancer center at our local hospital.

I just finished piecing the top for a fourth quilt, and this month I am about to start receiving blocks in the mail for my fifth quilt.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this quilting bee, and hope to continue for as long as I am able.  It's fun trying out new blocks and techniques on a small scale each month, and receiving all the wonderful blocks that have been made with my vision when it's my turn.

For anyone that is interested in joining a circle, you can fill out the form here.

April 04, 2014

Medic Alert Bracelet Giveaway and Promo Code...

One of my daughters and I both wear medic alert bracelets. And did you know that there are some seriously cute ones out there?!  I ordered us each a bracelet and tag from Lisa Rene' Creations - and I just can't say enough about the quality and how comfortable they are! My daughter has a pencillin allergy and she wears hers 24/7. I wear mine for a food allergy, and I carry an epipen - so I make sure to wear it to restaurants and on my recent vacation.  Lisa Rene' Creations has a fantastic selection of designs for adults and kids. Here are some of my favorites:

And these are the ones my daughter and I wear:

Wearing a medic alert bracelet is extremely important for anyone with a drug allergy, but in this world of so many food allergies - it's also a big comfort knowing I'm wearing one with life saving directions printed on the back of it. I would especially like to encourage this for any child with a food allergy who attends schools, field trips, camps, etc. This could be a lifesaving purchase! Lisa is generously offering a promo code for my readers - just use the code BusyBunch at checkout to get 15% off anything in her shop!

And for a chance to win a bracelet and tag, just leave a comment below - who in your life wears or should be wearing a medic alert bracelet?  For additional entries, 'like' Lisa Rene on Facebook, follow my blog, 'like' BusyBunch on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter. Just leave a separate comment for each (up to five entries in total). Good luck!

April 03, 2014

settling back into routine...

For the past week, I have been out of country on an amazing cruise with my mama and my three sisters. It was a week devoted to us spending quality time talking, shopping, eating and drinking, sharing jewellery and clothes, touching up each others hair, and being entertained by all the sights and shows. I am slowly settling back into routine around here - catching up on laundry and trying to remember how to make my own food. I am missing my morning lattes, getting my bed made, and all the food choices.  We made some fantastic memories, and I hope we get the chance to go again one day.

March 28, 2014

Edelweiss backpack pattern testing...

The sweet Sara over at Sew Sweetness sent me one of her new patterns to test - the Edelweiss Backpack.  My youngest daughter's backpack was looking a little tired, and I had some fabrics sitting on my shelf just waiting for a project for her.

This was a pretty quick sew, and the instructions were fantastic.  I love how simple it was to put in the zipper, and the outer pockets were a great way to show off some cute coordinating fabrics.

I went a little young and fun with my fabric choices, but this is a great size bag for any age, and the small outer pockets would fit cell phones and keys nicely.

March 25, 2014

sneak peek...

We're in the middle of Spring Break over here - so far we've made trips to the park and the library, visited with friends, had eye appointments, and spend a morning at the pool. I've only had a bit of sewing time, but this is something I've been working on... a tutorial for a divided bag.

This bag is just my sample, and I need to tweak a couple measurements.  It's a quick sew and uses five fat quarters. It could be used as a project bag, or I plan to make one for myself to take to the gym (it fits my runners nicely in one half).

The tutorial will be posted here and on the Sew Sisters blog (along with a giveaway) the second week of April. I'll be using a set of Kona solids from their Kona Club.

March 18, 2014

Mystic Forest duffel bag...

My oldest daughter turns 11 today! And for part of her birthday gift, I sewed up a duffel bag for her.  She will be using this for some upcoming overnight trips, but I wouldn't be surprised if she also starts using it as a school bag.

The outer fabric is one of Fabri-Quilt's pre-quilted fabrics - they have a huge selection of prints to choose from. The fabric line is called Mystic Forest, and the coordinating purple print is from the same line.  My daughter actually picked out these fabrics some time ago, but they been forgotten about and re-discovered when I moved everything to my new craft room recently.

The pattern I used is from the Sew Serendipity Bags book by Kay Whitt.  The only change I made was adding an adjustable cross-body strap to the bag, and shortening the smaller straps. I think it looks more like a duffel this way, and less like a diaper bag.  I also stitched her name, 'Elayna' to the outside of one of the outer pockets.

Tonight we're celebrating with her favorites - chinese food for dinner, and ice cream for dessert. Looking forward to it since they're my favorites too :)

March 14, 2014

little aprons...

Here are a couple aprons done up for some birthday girls lately, one of my 'stand by' quick birthday gifts. One for a sweet little niece...

And another one for a daughter's friend (and a second one is being made for my birthday girl next week).  I had to make some adjustments to my pattern to make it larger, seeing as my oldest 'baby' is turning 11! 

March 11, 2014

Hopscotch Baby Outifts...

Last week, I sewed up a couple outfits using the Hopscotch pattern from the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.  And I may be biased, but these outfits turned out adorable - makes we wish I'd had more time for sewing when my girls were little.

There's a double baby shower this week, so I sewed up two in the tunic length, and paired them with some diaper covers.  This pattern is a quick sew with lots of sweet details. The only change I made to the pattern was lengthening the strip on the bodice and gathering it.

The fabrics were all in my stash - the blue fabrics are from Riley Blake's Sugar & Spice, and the orange fabrics are from Patty Young's Luscious.  And I put my snap press to use with the heart snaps on the backs of the tops.

Thank-you to Peek-a-Boo Patterns for providing me with this pattern to review - it's one I would definitely make again!

March 07, 2014

self care sewing...

A couple projects were done for myself this week. A purple chevron cosmetic bag...

and a cover for my Kitchen Aid made with some home dec fabrics...

March 03, 2014

quilt retreat sponsors...

Our 6th annual quilt retreat is coming up!  Each year, we get together with a large group of ladies for uninterrupted sewing and quilting, eating yummy food, and being inspired by each other's work.  This year, we have two amazing sponsors for door prizes for the event, Pink Chalk Fabrics and the Fat Quarter Shop.

Pink Chalk Fabrics sent us a beautiful little bundle of fabrics and a $25 gift certificate to their shop.  Their shop has a great selection of modern prints and patterns, as well as lots of organic and home dec fabrics.

The Fat Quarter Shop sent us some fantastic modern sewing and quilting books, and a charm pack of fabric.  Their shop is where you'll find all the newest fabric lines, exclusive quilt kits, BOM's, and quilt clubs.

So I'd like to extend a HUGE THANK-YOU to these generous sponsors!  Door prizes always add some fun to an event, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of my fellow quilting friends get these great prizes!

February 28, 2014

new door decor...

Last week I received a gift that came in a couple burlap bags. Then I saw a cute wreath made with burlap on someone's door, and it inspired me to create something for mine.

The chipboard letter (it's the first initial of our last name) came in a box of scrapbooking supplies from my sister, and the fabric was left over from a bench cushion that I made for our front entry.  The 'wreath' is just a circle cut out of cardboard.  So this was a very thrifty project.

Now I have one more burlap bag left, off to Pinterest I go . . .