Give-Away WINNER Announced!

Wow!  Thank you so much for all your participation.  I know that I had tons of fun perusing through all of the fun give-a-ways, and definitely found some new blogs that I’ll be checking out.

I LOVE all of the fun ideas that you gave me, and I’ll definitely be trying a few of the ideas.

And now for the winner… (selected using random.org)

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

Shannon – who said… “My girl would love the sprinkles one. I would sport a bow with nuts and bolts in it —”

Shannon, I’ll be sending you an e-mail to get your information.

And now…back to my vacation!  Enjoying Virginia Beach with my family.  (Although, not so much enjoying the sunburn that I got yesterday.) 🙂

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Sew,Mama,Sew! Give Away Day!

What an exciting day!  Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog’s Give Away Day is TODAY!  If you’ve made your way here from their link, WELCOME!!  I’m so glad you are here.  Thanks for stopping by.

Haven’t heard about Give Away Day?  One word: AWESOME!  Hundreds of craft blogs join together and each do a give-away.  All you have to do is go HERE to see all the links and items being given-away.  Most only require leaving a simple comment or answering a question to be entered.  You just might win a thing or two…but in the process you are guaranteed to find some new adorable blogs and shops.  Good Luck!

I’m super excited about MY give-away.  Remember the {Candy Shop} Hair Bows that I introduced in my last post?  Well…I thought it would be fun to give a few of those cuties away.  (I had a BIG craft show this past weekend, and they were a HUGE success, so I hope that you like them too!) 

The winner can choose their THREE favorite {Candy Shop} Bows.  I am happy to ship internationally, so my Give-Away is open to everyone!  (Click on the image to see a close-up!)

RULES:

To enter the Give-Away I’d love for you to leave me a comment telling me what YOU think would be fun to fill a {Candy Shop} Hair Bow with.  (Be creative, it doesn’t have to be practical, this is just for fun!)  The give-away will be open until 10:00 PM EST on Friday, May 25th.  We will be traveling for the holiday weekend, but I plan to announce the winner by Sunday, June 27th.  The winner will be chosen using Random Generator, so that it is fair!  Also, please be sure to leave your e-mail address, so that I can contact you when you win!

Thanks again for ‘playing’!  I hope that you’ll stop by again soon.  You can also follow me at www.facebook.com/allthetrend.

-Tami

Giving Back.

I LOVE to sew!  I LOVE that my mom and an amazing sister-in-law taught me most of what I know.  I dare say I have even been ‘blessed’ with the talent to do it pretty well.  I am humbled when friends and customers are more confident in my skills than I am…and trust me with making things to celebrate milestones in their life’s and the lives of their loved ones.  I’ve been able to make some pretty fun things over the years.

I am constantly feeling the desire to ‘give back.’  I’m a dreamer.  I have high hopes that one day I can even create a foundation of my own. (That is an entirely separate post.  But it would involve the quest to make sure every little sick girl in every hospital has a headband and bow that make her feel like the Princess she is.)  In the mean time though, and while I am still raising little ones, I have found one little way to give back!

A few months ago, I came across the Margaret’s Hope Chest Blog.  An excerpt from the Directors Message on their website… “Margaret’s Hope Chest is a blending of two passions in my life – quilting and helping to spread God’s hope in a broken world.”  Basically, they give quilts to people who need them.  Among the receivers are children of parents who have been incarcerated.  They make quilts to give to the children FROM their incarcerated parent.  How cool is that?  Quilts have been donated to many other causes as well, from babies in Haiti to young men in Honduras and so many others.  (You can read THIS post to get an idea of the good they have spread.)  It is such a fabulous organization.

Every other month they have a new ‘Project HOPE’.  You can see March/April’s project HERE.  Essentially, they give you a tutorial, and a little direction, and as you to send in completed quilt blocks, which they will turn into quilts.  The reason I LOVE these projects?  I don’t have the time right now to make and donate full quilts, but I certainly can find the time to make a few blocks to send!  Below are my contributions for the March/April project.

Although I get the opportunity to give back, I get to learn something in return!  A new sewing technique or block that I might not have otherwise known.  It’s a win, win!  I’ve only been involved for a few months, but I think that somebody at just about any sewing skill level could participate.  And yes, it feels good to give back a little. 

If nothing else, I hope this helps you to think of ways YOU can give back, in some small way or another.  If it’s joining the cause of Margaret’s Hope Chest, AWESOME!