Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sewlebrity Crush Announcement

Eeeek! I am so excited to let you guys know about the new series I'm having in July. It is called "Sewlebrity Crush," and is full of some very talented sewing bloggers! In fact, I admit that I have a teeny tiny sewlebrity crush on them. :) So Sunday- Friday they will be posting a new tutorial on my blog. Here is the incredible lineup! Are you just a teeny bit excited to come and see what they've got in store? I am!!!

*We will still have the Once Upon a Weekend party on Friday nights.
*And, if you're still waiting on my quilt-along post, I will be able to squeeze it in on a Saturday, hoping for this Saturday! 
Be sure to grab a button if you'd like one!
And now for even more fun!
Liz, from According to L, has a fun giveaway from her Etsy Shop.
 Liz loves to create and design beautiful hair accessories for all ages and occasions. She also writes on her blog about the things in life she loves, from the kitchen to her crafts. Be sure to check her out!
Braided Bead Bracelet
Set of 3, winner chooses colors
Braided Bead Bracelet Set of THREE - Friendship - Infinity
To Enter:
Please follow the Family Ever After blog and According to L blog, and leave a comment with your email.
(write it like this to avoid spam: familyeverafter at gmail)
Extra Entries:
 Like According to L on Facebook.
 Follow According to L on Twitter.
Follow According to L on Pinterest.
Like Family Ever After on Facebook.
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Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or blog post!

Winner announced at my link party Friday night, July 6.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.
Chances of winning depend on the number onf entries.
US residents only, sorry!

Friday, June 29, 2012

{Once Upon a Weekend Link Party $48} and Features

 It's finally Friday! Thank you for stopping by to share your projects!
Sorry about not hosting last week's party- I was having one of those weeks where my brain was mush, and I just needed a little blog break!

I am so excited... during the whole month of July, we will have a tutorial from my "sewlebrity crushes." Check my blog tomorrow to see the amazing lineup of incredibly talented seamstresses! *We will be having this link party still!!!

 And my Quilt-Along is still going on, I feel really dumb that I didn't finish it up on time! But I will just have to post the tutorials as they get finished!

Current Giveaway:
Stop by for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Bundle from Riley Blake's new line

 Congrats to the sisters at Better Together, who had the most views at last week's party.
Your button will be on my sidebar all week!
Better Together

 Here are some of my favorites and top views from last week!
(If that's you, be sure to grab a Featured Button)!

Striped Maxi Dress by Better Together

DIY Cupcake Stand by Ginger Snap Crafts
cupcake stand

Reversible Market Bags by Buzzmills

4th of July Fireworks Cake by Bird on a Cake

Sticky Note To-Do List by If it's Not Baroque

A link party is a place for bloggers to showcase their latest creations, and readers to find new ideas! Have fun browsing... or link up your own crafts, projects, recipes, organizing, photography, and more! Include as many links as you'd like, but please no advertising, no pinterest roundups, and keep it family friendly. By linking, you give me full permission to feature your blog and pictures.

There are no requirements, but I'd LOVE you to do any of these....

-Follow my blog!
-Join me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or via RSS.
-Add the party Button or text link anywhere on your blog.
-Include this party with your list of Weekend link parties.
-Check out some of the other fun projects entered here.
-Check back next week to see if you get featured!
-The Top Clicked Pick wins Blog of the Week on my sidebar!

This party is sponsored by...

Pinspired and Rewired Fabric WINNERS!

Time to announce the winners from our FABRIC challenge!
It was so fun to check out all of your 'pinspired' projects.
Great job to everyone!

First, a great big thank you to our amazing sponsor, Fashionable Fabrics.
As a fabric hoarder lover, I just cannot say enough amazing things about this company. They are so easy to order from and to work with. And because they love their customers so much, they are offering a discount!!!

*You can receive 10% off your order at Fashionable Fabrics until July 9.*
use code: PINSPIRED

If you'd like, you can show them your support and thanks by liking them on Facebook.

And now....
the winners are:

1st Place: 
4th of July Ruffle Skirt by Mama Says Sew
2nd Place: 
Ruffled Tote Bag by Jedi Craft Girl

3rd Place: 
  Little Bo Peep Costume by Free Time Frolics
$15 to Fashionable Fabrics

Congrats!!! What adorable, great projects!
Please email Rachel at:
familyeverafter at gmail

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

ps- Speaking of fabric, I'm having an awesome giveaway right now, for a fat quarter bundle from a brand new line by Riley Blake. Click here to enter!!!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{Quilt Along Giveaway} Seaside Fat Quarter Bundle from Riley Blake

Hey everyone! Today is supposed to be the last day of our quilt-along, but I'm sure its no surprise to you that my quilt isn't finished up yet, so I'm just going to stop stressing about it, and get the tutorial posted as soon as I can. I'm working really hard to get it done, so you might have to check my blog over the next couple of days for when I get the tutorial posted.

Here's my progress so far, and my latest tutorial on piecing the top.

Today, 2 exciting things. First, Ashley and I have launched the Quilt Along Link Party (scroll down). And, as promised, a GIVEAWAY from Riley Blake designs

Riley Blake has sponsored my Quilt Along, and I am so excited about this fabulous giveaway from them! They are giving one lucky reader a fat quarter bundle of their brand new line called Seaside!

Here are just a few of the adorable fabrics in the new line:

I just adore these fabrics!!! They have a vintage/nautical feel, and I love the colors. I especially love the little toddlers playing on the beach- it makes me want to be at the beach right.... now. Ahh. Just think- you could make the CUTEST Ruffle-Top quilt with this!

To Enter:
Before entering, I just ask that you follow the Family Ever After blog and Mommy By Day Crafter By Night blog (via RSS or Google Friend Connect- the blue "Join this Site" button to your right).

Then, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email to enter. (you can write it like this to avoid spam: familyeverafter at gmail).

For Extra Entries:
You can do any of these, and leave a comment for each, saying you did so.

Like Riley Blake Designs on...

Follow Family Ever After on...

This giveaway is open to anyone, you don't have to be participating in the quilt along to enter.
It IS open internationally!
How about this.... the giveaway will end once I post my final tutorial! That gives you at least a couple of days! haha
Winner will be announced on the last post of my Ruffle-Top Quilt Along.
You must be 18 years or older to enter. 
Chances of winning depend on the number of entries.

My girl Ashley over at Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, is already finished with her zig-zag quilt, and so the link party has begun! Check you guys out! I can't wait to see your ruffle-top quilts in there soon. We will leave the party open for a while so any stragglers like myself can still have a chance to link up.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{Tutorial} Patriotic USA Wood Blocks

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A few weeks ago, I had some friends over to my house and we made these Patriotic Wood Blocks. It was a really fun way to spend time with friends, and we each made our set of blocks for right around $10.

Here's a quick tutorial!

Supplies Needed:
3 different sized wood blocks
red, white or ivory, and blue acrylic paint 
water based wood stain
decorative scrapbook paper
other embellishments (like wood stars, vinyl)
mod podge
hot glue gun

*We had our wood cut at Home Depot, and then my darling friend and her husband drilled one hole into the top of the each block.

1. Sand down all the edges and uneven surfaces.

2. Paint your blocks.

3. Rip paper, and mod podge to desired blocks. Then sand the blocks again and lightly stain.

4. Cut about a 1-2 inch piece or rope, and hold in an open flame to singe. Add a little hot glue, and work it into the drilled hole at the top of your block It's supposed to resemble a firecracker!

5. Then decorate with your remaining items. I used small wood stars and vinyl. The wonderful company, Oh My Crafts, sent me some vinyl for free, to play around with, and this is one of the projects I used it for. I did not use a Silhouette to cut the letters out. I simply printed the letter off my computer using my favorite font, traced them, and free hand cut the letters from the vinyl.

That is it! Here are a few pictures of my friend's blocks. It was fun to see how everyone did theirs just a little different! I have some creative friends!

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