Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday

Well, today marks our 1 year blog anniversary. I figured we should celebrate by years instead of posts, as it could be a while before we hit "100". I wanted to post this earlier in the week, but the boy takes up most of my time during the day while mommy works. Somehow, every time I think I will have some time to really sew, life gets in the way. Anyhoo, I am giving a birthday present to one random lucky reader. Up for grabs is a 6 piece fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks fabric, and a set of Orla Kiely dish towels. I would have made you a bag out of them, but I couldn't find the time. Talk to "the boy" about it. Leave a comment with a tip on how to schedule in sewing time, and I will draw a winner on Monday morning at 9am Orlando time, and I promise to post it immediately afterwards. Now I'm going to spend (waste) some more time looking at favorite quilts from the Bloggers Quilt Festival.



I forgot to mention, anyone can enter, I will ship anywhere.

10 comments:

highwaycottage said...

I used to sew when Cam had a daytime sleep, boy was I bumeed out when he gave that up just after 18mths :-( I say buy a train set. Cam will play for ages with his Thomas set. I'm lookng forward to when he's 3 (not far now) and will be at Kindy for 4 hours a day. Lots of sewing time then. Of course I will miss him :-)

QuiltyGoodness said...

My tips for sewing time: keeping my projects in discrete units (boxes/bags) that allow me to grab them when I have a few minutes to sew. I also keep my sewing machine out, which makes it easy. I know that's not an option for everyone.

Emma said...

I get most of my sewing done after the kids go to bed, especially if DH is working in the evening. I'm usually up until about 2am, but luckily my children aren't early risers! Being able to leave it all out in the study means even if I only have 5 minutes, I can pop in and sew a few seams or trim some blocks. I also try to keep aside handwork (usually bindings, labels and removing foundation papers) for sewing in frong of the television or while supervising the kids playing together.

Miss Behave said...

I would love to make a bag out of these fabrics! :) I don't really have a good tip on schedule in sewing time or at least none that's really economic, because I take my sewing time from my sleep and "I should really clean the bathroom/kitchen/livingroom" time :) But I try to wash all my fabric as soon as I get it so it's ready when I have time to sew and I always try to keep my interfacing and other notion supplies stocked up all the time. Nothing worse then having time to make a bag and not enough interfacing at home, arrgh

Brenda said...

I used to sew in small bits when my kids were little -- 20 minutes would get a t-shirt or pair of shorts finished. Now that they're older, I have more time to sew. It will get better, and I'm agree about getting a train set -- ours got played with every day for six years. Congrats on your blogisversary, and I like your quilt in the virtual festival. Thanks for giving me a chance on the draw.

Andrea said...

I sew downstairs where the big toys are. So, if I really want to bribe, er encourage my son to come downstairs with me while I sew, I'll be him a big train track or allow him to play wii for an hour and then he plays with the toys, etc.

I keep my sewing stuff out, which is a big help too. Also, I have started building a little "boy" stash of fabrics - when I go shopping and he sees ones he likes with characters, etc, I'll buy a small piece for him and put it in his stash. Once it gets full enough, I'll make a blanket or something (I spy?) for him. He likes to go in "his" stash and play with them, sort them, and build little tents with them and his blocks.

Clover and Violet said...

Hi there, I got my fabric today (Amy Butler fat quarters and Florographics III) and thought I'd check out your blog. I would definitly love to win some fabric...but I cannot say that I have much advice on finding time to sew as I am not yet a mom. Everyone else's comments seem great. When I was working, I found that it was important that I have to have a plan on exactly what I'm going to sew, and work on it in stages. Otherwise I just waste time trying to figure out what I want to sew. Congrats on your one-year blog anniversary!

Jennie
P.S. There's a giveaway at my blog too - www.cloverandviolet.com - if you want a chance to win! :-)

meggie said...

Oh Yuum! I would love to win those lovely fabrics.

I say just take some time for yourself. Even if it is only 30 minutes here & there.

Me? A Mom? said...

What a great giveaway! Ok, here' my tip...I feign a nervous breakdown and my husband ALWAYS finds a way to watch the kids for a good chunk of time! LOL

visrose said...

I would sew during nap time, or set my machine up at the dining room table while my son would entertain himself on the floor. If that didn't work, I would do hand applique. I got a huge amount done between 1 and 3 years old. Now he's 10, so it's no longer an issue, though he does like hanging out in my sewing room as I'm quilting now!