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Countdown til Christmas!

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Now that Thanksgiving is past and gone, its Christmas time for real, and I can hardly stand it!  I’m a sucker for Christmas countdowns, and here is a super simple countdown you could make for your home!

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Start by making 24 pockets.  I outlined them in double-sided white bias tape because it curls so nicely around curved edges.

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Make a strip of fabric for the binding, and paint up twenty four buttons.  I found these blank wood buttons on eBay for cheap cheap cheap.

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Sew button holes in the pockets, then lay everything out on a big quilted rectangle and sew the pockets down around the outer curve.

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   We used a dowel rod: painted it white and drilled holes in the ends to run a string through.IMG_8807

Then chock it full of candy and treats!IMG_8811This turned out really big–about a door’s width, so hanging on the back of a door might be a great idea for saving wall space.

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It used to be pink…

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I acquired this bench from one of the guest rooms at my Nana’s lake home:

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Yep.  That’s a pink cushion.

And you all know how I feel about pink…

Here’s how the acquisition came to be:

We went down to the house on Lake of the Ozarks back in November to do the leaves.

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(Me my baby brother with our mad leaf blowing skills)

I decided to bring the bench home.  We put it in our entryway and there it sat.  Pink and all.  A holiday party (in my home) came and went.  Christmas came and went.  New Year’s came and went.  All the while the bench maintained its glorious pink hue.  Obviously I wasn’t in that big of a hurry to get rid of the pink.  That or I’m just lazy.  We’ll go with not in that big of a hurry, okay?  Well, today the bench changed its clothes!  My parents came to spend the holiday weekend with us and my mom recovered ‘ole pinky with some really dandy fabric that I actually found today.

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Isn’t my mom the best?  Yep.  I love her!

Total cost:  $11.19

Oh and the new fabric even has a bit of pink in it *wink*

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Have a dandy week!

Taylor Joelle Designs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I hope everyone had a most wonderful holiday break!  Our Christmas and New Years with family was simply wonderful, and its great to be back a-giveaway-ing!  We spent our Christmas with my in-laws, and my sister-in-law is a professional quilter and runs a perfectly inspiring blog showing off her creations.  What makes her quilts so stunning are her fabric choices–top quality, vibrant colors, chic design, etc.  I instantly thought of her when I started perusing the clothing collections of Taylor Joelle.  Similarly, what makes their clothing line so fabulous is their top quality fabrics and chic designs.  Like a good quilt, every piece of Taylor Joelle looks perfectly put together with time, thought, and a personal hand-made touch.

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Beautiful, right?  Taylor Joelle has stunning collections that are so perfectly coordinating, you could buy one of everything in that collection and have your children’s wardrobe covered for your next family pictures.  Done.

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 I owed a friend of mine a favor, and to pay my debt, I kidnapped her daughter for the morning, dressed her up, and we had a little photoshoot.  Isn’t she adorable?  Here she is wearing the Uptown Tunic Dress from the Midnight In Manhattan collection.

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Here’s an inside tip: Taylor Joelle does a weekly hot buy on their site.  One item is featured and discounted every week!  Go see what the special is today!

If you want to be a committed fan and never miss out on deals, giveaways, and sales from Taylor Joelle, consider following them on twitter and liking them on facebook (because they offer an exclusive discount to their facebook fans for all non-hot buy items).

Also, check out some adorableness on their blog (and maybe find out about another giveaway!), and follow them on Google+!  Oh, and their Pinterest pages are adorable!!

And one lucky lucky winner will receive $25 to taylorjoelle.com!

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Ok, I’m not really a quilter, but I do try!  I love the look of a finished quilt and I love the fascinating combination of prints and colors that a quilt can embody.  I jumped at the opportunity to try out Sew Much Ado’s quilt pattern for Gathers and Giggles!  I had a beautiful pile of girly fat quarters that I thought would be great, even though I don’t exactly have any daughters yet!  And so this lovely little quilt is for my first unborn daughter, or maybe my first granddaughter :).

Note that my dimensions are a little off because I was limited by the length of my fat quarters.  My quilt turned out about the dimensions of a crib mattress, but following the exact piece requirements in the pattern will create a square quilt 40”x40”.

Sew Much Ado currently has six sweet little patterns available in PDF!

The Giggles and Gathers pattern is terrific.  Good pictures, plenty of guidance, lots of steps broken down to make it easier to follow, and neatly organized.  My quilt was a breeze for me (the non-quilter) to put together with such a detailed pattern.

If you’re looking for a quick and cozy sewing project for the cold weather fast approaching, I recommend this cutey from Sew Much Ado!

Sew Much Ado is offering TWO lucky ducks this same PDF quilt pattern for Gathers & Giggles!

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Little Boston Print Shoppe {Review}

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I have a dear friend who I so admire as someone who follows her dreams!  She does what she loves, follows her heart, and is always the first to rsvp to the silly parties we throw.  She has come to my rescue more than a dozen times, and I might be one of her biggest fans of her new Etsy shop that just opened last week!!

Emily makes all her pillows herself, from her adorable little Boston apartment.  The images are screen printed with fabric safe ink, have zippers along the bottom seam, and they are cute, cute, cute!

If you love her pillows too, you have to act fast because Emily is doing a giveaway for these first three pillows, and it ends TONIGHT!  Run over to her website HERE and enter her giveaway!!

You can find the Little Boston Print Shoppe on Etsy HERE.

Enter Emily’s giveaway at “For the Love”, and tell her Camille sent you!

*This posting was sponsored by Little Boston Print Shoppe, but all opinions are my own.

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I’m a sewer who gets that butterfly feeling when I walk into a fabric store and see all the beautiful possibilities!  Can anyone relate?  That “Oh what I could do with a yard of THIS!!” thought races through my head with about everything I see.  That same longing reenters my mind every time I visit the Fat Quarter Shop online.

The specialty cuts are the most tempting to me.  Fat quarter bundles, charm packs, jelly rolls, and layer cakes!  I recently ordered the Circa 1934 and Reunion charm packs from The Fat Quarter Shop and made a little quilt of Boston!

  

This is the view of the city from our house just across the harbor.  I love that I’ll be able to take our city with us wherever we move to next!  It hangs on our wall in our living room.  For this project, the charm packs were perfect, because I only needed little pieces of lots of coordinating pieces.

Can’t you just think of a dozen things you’d do with all this fabric?  Quilts, bags, little girl dresses, home décor, pillows, diaper bags, anything!  Oh Fat Quarter Shop, let’s be friends.

PS –Are you on their mailing list yet?  I am, and I look forward to every email I get because its usually full of new kits, collections, ideas, and beautiful finished quilt projects.  I love being informed about the newest arrivals.  Speaking of new arrivals, the Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury yardage is in!  Look at this beautiful collection!

 

And now on to the giveaway prize!!  The winner is one lucky lucky soul, and I am so jealous!  The winner will receive:

A Gypsy Girl Jelly Roll by Lily Ashbury!!  It includes 40 2 1/2″ stripes of fabric rolled up and tied in a cute ribbon!

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Happy Birthday!

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My friend Shannon owns the coolest modern fabric shop in the entire country and it’s right here in St. Louis.  Fabric Nosherie has been around for one year now, so yesterday they threw a party.  Of course I attended and of course is was a grand time.  I got some holiday shopping done for my sewing family and friends.  And…  Fabric/pattern designer Patty Young was there and she gave a very impressive lecture.  She talked about how she got started in the business and shared some of her favorites from her pattern book Sewing MODKID Style.  Loved it!

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 Happy Birthday to The Nosh!

Maybe one day Shannon will want to do a guest post on the Dandy with a sewing tutorial or something???  Maybe.  😉

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I’ve been searching high and low for the most perfect fabric to reupholster these chairs for our study:

They are from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and quite rough looking.

After all they spent who knows how many years living in my uncle’s attic…

I want something unique for those chairs.  I want something gorgeous.  I want something designer.  I want something perfect.  Where would I go to find the most perfect fabric?  Well, we’ve already well established that I buy lots online.  It’s the best, most easiest way to find a great deal.  In my mind there was not a moment of hesitation on who to ask about fabric.  I know a fabric designer.  She’s really super.  Her name is Laura Gunn.  Here’s just a sampling of her talent:

So friend Laura mentioned that one of the best places online to view designer fabric is at Fat Quarter Shop.  She said that they use high quality images to display their fabric, so you can really get a feel for what the fabric looks like.  And of course she was right!

Plus, Fat Quarter Shop has all my favorite designers…

Carina Gardner

 

Heather Bailey

 

 

Amy Butler

 

The list goes on and on.  Oh and don’t even get me started all on the fantastic quilt kits:

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All the fabric on sale, because there’s certainly a lot of it!

  

I’m thinking I need to order that fabric to make a cute dress for Ruby!

Who’s ready for a giveaway???  Two very lucky winners are going to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Fat Quarter Shop!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 20th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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If you know me well then you know that I have a closet in our guest room that is not 100% functional.  There are many who don’t know about my little problem.  But we are friends, right?  So would you like to learn about why my guest room closet isn’t a closet?  Only if you promise not to speak of it again, because it’s pretty embarrassing.  I have shelves and shelves of fabric in that closet.  Why?  Well, I don’t own a fabric shop, so that can’t be my excuse.  I just love fabric!  So of course the perfect Mother’s Day present for me would be more fabric.  Because you never can have enough fabric!  The Fat Quarter Shop has fabric, fabric, fabric, quilting kits, patterns, and more!

Fat Quarter Shop is giving away two $25 gift certificate to spend at their shop!  So that means 2 winners!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, April 16th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

 
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Last summer my laptop had a little accident.  It involved a full can of Diet Dr. Pepper and unfortunately the soda can won!  This forced me to do my blogging work on the Mac Mini upstairs in my office space.  I felt shut away in there from the rest of the house let me tell you!  It made it really difficult to get work done.  After all I had a little Banjo to keep track of and contend with.  One of my fellow bloggers asked if I could get some work done while Banjo played.  Are you kidding?  He can’t be left anywhere in the house by himself.  Ha!  Only kidding.  He’s a good little boy and doesn’t do anything bad.  He just likes to “help” sometimes.  This “helping” includes answering the front door.  My office space is quite distant from the rest of the house and I would constantly worry that he was going to answer the door if I didn’t hear it.  So this of course led to my spending many late nights tucked away with the Mac Mini.  I missed my laptop dearly!  For months and months I saved my pennies to purchase a new one.  It took awhile, but I FINALLY had enough to justify getting a MacBook Pro!  Do I drink anything near it?  Nooooo!  Of course I’m very protective over it and knew that I needed a padded laptop sleeve to keep it/carry it in at all times.  Lucky me Forshee Designs allowed me to pick out a custom laptop sleeve:

 Isn’t it soooooo pretty?!

It’s Dandy Damask.  Don’t you just love the name?  🙂

Forshee Designs has so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from.  For all the laptop sleeves, but also everything else that they design!  Like:

Aprons

iPad Sleeves

And…

Camera Strap Covers

 

 

Forshee Designs even has patterns for purchase as well as personalization.

I’ll gather that you found plenty that you absolutely need from Forshee Designs!  Well, start entering to win, because…

The winner of this giveaway is going to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Forshee Designs!

*** This giveaway is open to entries worldwide***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Go to , Forshee Designs, have a look around, and then tell us what you will spend the $25 on if you win! (ex: “Dandy Smith = I love anything in the Dandy Damask! )

(3): Join the Forshee Designs Newsletter (found at the top the Forshee website).  (ex: “Dandy Smith= newsletter”)

(4): Like Forshee Designs on Facebook or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like”)

(5):  Become a fan of Dandy Giveaway on Facebook or if you already are.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like Dandy”)

(6): Follow Dandy Giveaway on Twitter and then tweet about this giveaway. (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter & tweet”)

(7): Become a follower of Dandy Giveaway through Networked Blogs (in the right hand sidebar) or if you already follow through there.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow Dandy.”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 pm CST.  Be sure and check back on Monday, March 5th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

This posting and giveaway was sponsored by Forshee Designs, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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