Friday, August 31, 2012

once upon a weekend...

Welcome dear weekend! Now that we have a 1st grader, I cherish the weekends so much more. All of us together under one roof for 48 hours. Nothin' better.

So. Now that I'm an official mom with an official school goer (because really it was mostly all fun and games around here the last 6 years-- now we have to get serious with stuff like routines and going to bed early and using our time wisely and having a schedule)! I took it upon myself to revamp my blogging schedule so I wouldn't be such a crazy person. So here is the before and after:

Mon- Recipe
Tues- Tutorial
Wed- Series
Thurs- Things On my Heart
Fri- random post or project
Fri Night- Once Upon a Weekend
Sat- Giveaway or Guest Post

Mon- Series
Tues- Project
Wed- Project
Thurs- Project
Fri- giveaway
Fri Night- Once Upon a Weekend

So it's not entirely different, you might not even notice (or care) about my changes. Buuuut, this new schedule is going to enable me to do things like keeping up with the laundry and potty training a little 2 year old... things that cannot go ignored for too long, you know. What I didn't like about my schedule before is that my tutorials only had one day on the blog and then were soon pushed away before I was ready... and the link party had 2 whole days on the blog. It just seemed a little backward. So now I have 3 days in a row to post whatever project, tutorial, recipe that I have ready. If it's super awesome then now I can leave it up for 2 or 3 days. Or if I have a slew of things, there's 3 days to post. There's a lot more flexibility with this, yay yay yay!

You might notice a couple changes here on Friday nights-- more of a personal flair-- and I hope you like it! I'm still as excited as ever to look at your projects, so keep 'em coming! (I won't be doing a Blog of the Week on my sidebar anymore... sorry! Just trying to simplify a little). I'm gonna quit numbering my link parties, cuz that just gives me a headache, and I will still be doing features, but not in an official feature type of way. You'll see what I mean :) So, I'll see ya here, same place, same time (7:30pm eastern). And if I forget to schedule the party if I'm out of town or something, ah well. I won't be stressing about it!

Oh, and just because, I made a fresh new button.

So here's to a new school year, a new season (I can't wait for fall)! and breathing a little more life into this blog :) This week we were...

Missing: Now that we're 2 weeks into the school year, we are settling into a routine. But approximately 6.5 hours is a long time for my oldest baby to be away from home and I miss her every single second. Although the number of petty fights and arguments has somewhat decreased.... and I do enjoy more quality time with the other littles. I know its good for her to be at school, and every day we send her off with a prayer and a pep talk, and then I have to put my trust into something much bigger than me. It's not easy letting go!

Scheduling: I have poured over our new schedules for the school year, literally spend hours and taking extra care to write down what's important, leave time to play, remind myself to take vitamins, make chores a priority, etc etc. I will share in a few weeks after I mend the kinks. I love having a schedule. These are the years... every minute matters! My job (my family!!!) is the most important thing I will ever do, and I want to do it the best I can!

Watching: Politics. I can't stop watching politics. The whole reason we finally broke down and got cable tv was so we could watch the the debates, conventions, news, etc. and be up to date for this election year. I wait around all day for my husband to hurry up and get home so we can watch all the political shows together at night, which is really probably why I love watching politics so much :) This was my favorite from this week...

Serving: Our city has dedicated the month of September to service! This is awesome! We had something big planned last Saturday, but ended up being too sick to participate. So instead on Monday, we took the kids around the neighborhood to collect garbage. Does that count? We'll be thinking of more ways we can serve. What do you do with your kids?

Baking: Choc-oat Chip Chewies. I was recently given a Wondermill Wheat Grinder. It had been on my Christmas list for 3 years. I have buckets of wheat berries in my basement. But last time I borrowed my friend's grinder, I broke it and had to have it sent in for repairs. So the happy ending of this story is that now I have my very own grinder to break use whenever I so please. I love grinding wheat. It makes me feel so happy and healthy and good inside.

Anticipating: Camping next weekend!!!!!! Eeeeee, I can't wait to eat this for dinner.

Giggling: This is seriously hilarious. My husband came home from work and asked me if I knew what a "brony" is. Uh-huh. Someone showed him an article about this trend... a brony is a boy who likes ponies, specifically "My Little Pony," the cartoon show. With over 180,000 facebook fans, and actual conventions all over the country, I am seriously giggling. And in case you're worried wondering, my husband in not a brony :)

Sipping: It all started when I studied abroad in Paris years ago, and that's all I could ever find to drink. I've loved sparkling water ever since! And let's be honest, I pretty much love anything that reminds me of France. I found these on sale this week...

Tea Partying: My girls have been talking about it all summer. We've been busy planning the food and decorations for a "just because" tea party, which we're having tonight. I can't wait to tell you all about it in the next week or two!

Making: Still working on this quilt. I'll be finishing up the tutorials this month for my September Sew-Along Series :)

Announcing: It's a wrap! This was a fun contest, thanks to all who participated! Check out the winners!

Congratulating: Briana Richardson... who won the Jo Totes giveaway!

Currently Giving: I've got lots giveaways going on right now! Check these out...
Oh Deer Charm Pack from Southern Fabric
$50 Goodie Box from Pick Your Plum

Featuring: Some of my favorite things...
You have to check out what's inside of this camper from Crafting in the Rain.

I planted a zucchini plant this year, and I didn't get one zucchini out of it. What the heck???
But if I did, I would have made this:
Zucchini Relish from the Wilderness Wife
 Sister Jo's zucchini relish recipe

I'm so ready for fall, and kinda loving this bib necklace from Little Treasures.

 Happy Weekend! 
What have you been up to?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Charm Pack Giveaway from Southern Fabric

*Now closed. Congrats #100!
Today's giveaway from Southern Fabric is for all you fabric lovers...
and it IS open internationally!!!

Have you seen the cute Oh Deer line by Momo for Moda

How would you like to win a charm pack?
It comes with 42 squares, 5x5 inches.
Look at this darling quilt for some inspiration!
Happy Quilt HANDMADE Oh Deer Fabrics by Moda Dorm Room Lap Throw

Southern Fabric is run by the cute Aubrey. I have ordered from her before, and I had a wonderful experience. Navigating the website was easy, she had exactly what I needed in stock, and it was shipped right away. I couldn't ask for more!

Be sure to take a look around Southern Fabric, where its likely you'll find all your favorite fabrics and designers at prices you like! These are some of the collections I'm drawn to...

Bella Solids
(for plain white and cream charm packs, etc)
Bella Solids
Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress 
Aviary Vintage Yellow
Birds Berries

The Prize:
One Oh Deer Charm Pack

How to Enter:

1. Follow my blog.
Facebook, RSS, or GFC (the blue button to your right).

2. Follow Southern Fabric on Facebook.

3. Leave ONE comment saying:
-how you follow my blog
-you follow Southern Fabric on fb
-leave your email, or be diligent about checking back
(if you are nervous about putting it on the internet, write it like this to avoid spammers: familyeverafter at gmail)

Extra Entries:
Leave one comment each.
-Follow me on Pinterest.
-Follow me on Twitter.
-Share this giveaway (fb, tweet, blog).

Giveaway ends Friday Sept 7. 
Winner will be chosen at random, announced that night on my blog, and notified by email.
You must be 18 years or older to enter this giveaway.
The chances of winning depend on the number of entries. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cre8 + 2 = Me and You WINNERS and PYP $50 Giveaway


Before we start, there is a $50 Pick Your Plum giveaway at the end of this post! Wahoo!
*Now closed, congrats to #27!

Ok, summer is officially over for us. We had a fun summer, and with one daughter and a broken arm, we stayed home quite a bit... and crafted! And we weren't the only ones. There were 90 entries in this contest. A huge thank you to all who participated. I hope you've ALL had a great summer!
{thanks to craft project ideas for this fun jewelry kit. my girls totally loved it!}

Let's get right to it, shall we?

First I'd like to thank the judges for helping me narrow it down! That is never an easy job. I enjoy every single one of these bloggers, as I'm sure you do too! 

I used to choose 10 projects. From those, our lovely judges each chose their top 5. I tallied all their votes together to come up with our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

The lucky Top 10 posts, chosen by were:

#88 Exploring Journals from Crafting in the Rain
#69 He and She Ottoman from Sisters, Sisters
#50 Mod Podged Bird Houses from Sew Country Chick
#12 DIY Slime from Morena's Corner
#15 Cardboard Mater by We Love Being Moms
#59 Fairy Bird Houses by Buzzmills
#42 Water Balloon Yoyo's by Just a Little Creativity
#53 Fireworks Painting by Palmentos and Pigtails
#89 Lace Vase by The Creative Vault
#75 Painted Flower Pots by The Country Chic Cottage
#24 3 Generation Quilt from Jedi Craft Girl

 I'd also like to take an opportunity to thank the sponsors once again. I asked only my very favorite companies. These square buttons represent some of my favorite companies on the PLANET! I have worked closely with most of them, and I can totally say that they are the best! Their products are amazing, and more importantly, so are the people behind the scenes who make everything happen. They were so awesome to be involved with this contest!


Please check out their social media sites!
Lion Brand Yarn ... facebook ... twitter
Deco Art ... facebook
United Art and Education ... facebook ... twitter
The Ribbon Retreat ... facebook ... twitter
Kiwi Crate ... facebook ... twitter 
The Plaid Barn ... facebook ... twitter
Craft Project Ideas ... facebook ... twitter

Ok, now I'm sure you're ready to find out who won! Here we go!!!
Please remember, you are all winners, every single one of you who entered!

1st Place:
 Congrats to We Love Being Moms for your Cardboard Mater!
You just won $255 worth in prizes from these amazing companies!

$125 gift basket from Lion Brand Yarn
$50 gift card from United Art and Education /// $50 creative kit from Deco Art

$20 creative kit from Kiwi Crate /// $10 creative kit from Craft Project Ideas

2nd Place:
Congrats to Jedi Craft Girl for your 3 Generation Quilt!

You just won $160 worth in prizes from these amazing companies!

$70 gift basket from Lion Brand Yarn
$40 gift card from The Ribbon Retreat /// $20 creative kit from Deco Art

$20 creative kit from Kiwi Crate /// $10 creative kit from Craft Project Ideas

3rd Place: 
Congrats to Palmentos and Pigtails for your fireworks painted projects!
You just won $85 worth in prizes from these amazing companies!

$30 gift basket from Lion Brand Yarn /// $35 creative kit from The Plaid Barn

$10 creative kit from Deco Art /// $10 creative kit from Craft Project Ideas 

4th Place:
Ok, technically there isn't a 4th place, but Crafting in the Rain came in just one vote behind with these Paper Bag Exploring Journals. 
So I will see to it that you receive a little somethin' from me :)

And now for our giveaway!!! In case you didn't win anything, there is one more chance, thanks to Pick Your Plum!
They are giving away a box worth filled with surprises valued at $50.
What is in one of these boxes? Only amazing, exciting, cool... stuff!
It could be anything from jewelry to scarves to gift tags to bottle caps to hair accessories to paper products to baking stuff to home decor... basically anything crafty, swanky, and fun!

-Please consider liking the Pick Your Plum facebook page, where they post awesome daily deals on super fun items.
-Follow of my blog either by Facebook, RSS, or GFC (the blue button to your right). (If you follow any other ways, that's fine too! But please make sure you're following by one of these 3 ways for the giveaway).
-Leave ONE comment with your email, and that's it!
(if you are nervous about putting it on the internet, write it like this to avoid spammers:
 familyeverafter at gmail) 

Giveaway ends Friday Sept 7.
Winner will be chosen at random, announced Friday night at my link party, and notified by email.
You must be 18 years or older to enter this giveaway.
The chances of winning depend on the number of entries. 
I have been compensated for this giveaway with free product. 
U.S. shipping address only.
And last, I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you who comes by to read this blog! It means so much to me that you would spend a minute of your precious time here. Thank you so much!

As far as my next series, I am bringing back the quilt-along to finish up my ruffle-top quilt! For anyone who was following along, I apologize for the delay. I feel awful! But I plan to finish it up this month. Oh, and by the way, I changed my series to Mondays instead of Wednesdays. Look for the next tutorial not this Monday, but next!

Stay tuned for my October series, because it is my 2nd Blog Bash, and every Monday will be a giveaway for something amazing! You won't want to miss it! :)