Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Great Weekend!

Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend, I know we sure did. We had some friends from Indiana come visit us in Portland and we spent the whole time seeing the sites and eating yummy food. Here are some photos of the great time we had, more craftiness will be coming soon!

Multnomah Falls

My favorite rose from the International Rose Test Garden

Lunch at Jade Teahouse

I might add more later, but you can check out a few more pictures on Instagram as well!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Craftys

Hey everyone! There's a new award in town, The Craftys! Feel free to visit the site, submit your own blog or project, and maybe even win an award! I am up for Best Craft Blogger, so if you are so inclined, hop on over there and vote for me (or any of your favorite blogs or projects). I also have an individual project up-- Hotdogtopus the hot dog octopus in edible crafts!

You can get entered into drawings for some pretty great prize packs just by voting on your favorites, so be sure to check it out and spread the word!

Also, I have hit over 1000 facebook followers this week, so I will be working on a fun new pattern to share with you all next week (hopefully) to say thank you for being so awesome! It was over 90 degrees here yesterday, so I decided to unplug almost everything in the house (sewing machine included) in a vain attempt at making it cooler.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Giveaway Day (CLOSED)

Welcome! It is time once again for Sew Mama Sew's May Giveaway Day! This time I am giving away two (2) charm packs of Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan for Moda (that's right one lucky winner will get both packs for a total of 84 pre-cut squares! Giveaway is open worldwide.

To enter simply leave a comment below (let me know where you are from, what's your favorite color? any comment will do!) and make sure I have a way to contact you (if a winner is selected and there is no email address attached to their entry, I will select a new winner). Contest is open through 5pm PST Friday May 16th.

I hope you'll take a look at the blog if this is your first visit, and consider following me on your favorite social media. You can get bonus entries by following the steps below:

  • Follow me on facebook and leave an extra comment letting me know you did.
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  • That is a total of 5 possible entries per person.

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    Don't forget to check out all of the other great giveaways going on for Giveaway day! Good Luck!

    The winner is new Pinterest follower RockSteadyEmme, check your email for info on claiming your prize!

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Grown Up Ants on a Log

    I don't know about you, but we are having some picnic weather here today in Portland! A great, easy snack for packing up to take to the park is ants on a log. Traditionally made with celery, peanut butter and raisins- O decided on a more grown up version for myself. :)

    To make these ants on a log you will need:

  • A couple stalks of celery, washed and cut into 3-4" pieces
  • Chevre (a tangy goat cheese for those of you unfamiliar with it--yum!)
  • Dried cranberries (mine are organic and were purchased at Trader Joe's)

  • Just wash and cut up your celery, and then use a butter knife to spread your chevre onto each piece. Dot the top with your cranberry "ants" and you are ready to serve! When taking these on a picnic I will usually spread the cheese onto each celery stalk, and then loosely sandwich two pieces together to put in a sandwich bag. I then pull them apart at the park and put on the cranberries right before I am ready to serve.

    Yum! One of my favorite summer snacks (absolutely no cooking/baking required!). What are some of your favorite picnic snacks?

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Last Minute DIY Ideas for Mom

    Hey all! With Mother's Day fast approaching, I know some of you may be at a loss of what to get or make for mom (or maybe you need some ideas of what the kids can make for mom/grandma, etc). Here is a list of some super easy last minute gifts to bring a smile to any mom's face. Happy Mother's Day!

    Make mom a long lasting bouquet of paper flowers. There are so many varieties to choose from, and you can use any colored or patterned paper you like! Tailor make some polka dotted daisies or striped roses in mom's favorite colors :)

    Make a cute geometric heart card or framed wall art with this tutorial from Ludorn (In German and English).

    Make some gem shaped shrink plastic earrings (or charm bracelet, or necklace) with this awesome tutorial from Minted Strawberry.

    Whether mom has a green thumb or not, these succulents in painted ball jars will be a great fit! The gals at Lolly Jane even have printable gift tags for you to use!

    Have a lot of mom's in your life? You can whip up a huge batch of these bath salts and put them in cute containers to gift to everyone! Bonus points if you scrub the bathroom for mom before gifting these to her!

    Happy Mother's Day!