Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day. I know that I and my family did – lots of good food and good company!
Before I go to bed (yup…early for once!) I figured I’d better share with you all the winner of my giveaway…
For this giveaway one lucky person will win a bundle of six hand-dyed fat quarters of these fun yellow to pink color family fabrics (I dyed myself…)!
(the fabric will be nicely pressed before I send it to you! I just haven’t retaken the picture yet…sorry!)
Before I announce the winner I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their wonderful family traditions with me. I definitely got some good ideas for my family to try out. Okay…I won’t make you wait any longer….
I plugged 221 into Random.org and…
Comment 188 WON!
Congrats to Peggy Gibbs! The family tradition she shared was:
We enjoy sipping hot chocolate by the tree and listening to Christmas music.
Thanks again to all for joining in a little giveaway fun!
It’s Thursday, November 21st and the Quilting Gallery Blog Hopping Party begins TODAY! I’m super excited to once again be participating in this fun once again!
Next, before I get into what I’m giving away I wanted to tell you a bit about about what you can expect to read about on my blog if you decide to follow along (which I hope you do)!
Project QUILTING – a fun quilting challenge that gets posted every other week. Season 5 will be starting at the beginning of January and it’s never too late to join in the fun! To read more about what it is check out ‘What is Project QUILTING’? There is currently an off season challenge happening now – Color MERCEDI and there’s still plenty of time to join in the challenge. I have an idea for the challenge but plan to make it next week…hopefully!
Quilt Alongs – Last year I hosted my very first quilt along – Home Sweet Home followed by ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’. I have a Quilt Along planned in my head so far for 2014…soon to be announced on my blog so stay tuned!
Block Tutorials – Whenever other bloggers are doing quilt along’s I’m always happy to create a block for them. When this happens it is also shared on my blog with my readers/followers.
Random Project – I’m constantly making something! I do my best to share with you what I’m working on, how it’s going, and things I’ve learned. Recently I went on a ‘Jewelry Binge’ to get ready for the big annual sale I have at my orchard each year. As I was tagging and pricing everything I was amazed at just how much I made! Oh! And I made my Television Debut just last week! It seems like something crazy is always happening around here and usually more than one thing at a time… (In fact…as I’m typing this I’m working on sewing on a fox tail AND watching my girls in gymnastics.)
My Family & Orchard – I have three beautiful little girls and an amazing husband. I share stories about what’s going on with my family here because they are so influential in all that I do. We also own and operate an apple orchard here in Poynette, WI. I sometimes post about what’s going on at my orchard here but mostly you can find those updates on my blog, Lapacek’s Orchard.
Hearts for Susie – I have made it my goal to use my creativity to help raise awareness for Women’s Heart Health. You can see what inspired me to do this and how you can support my cause HERE.
For this giveaway you will win a bundle of six hand-dyed fat quarters of these fun yellow to pink color family fabrics (I dyed myself…)!
(the fabric will be nicely pressed before I send it to you! I just haven’t retaken the picture yet…sorry!)
How to Win!
REQUIRED: Easy – Just leave me a comment answering this question:
Be sure to include your email address so I’m able to contact you when you win! If I can’t contact you I will choose a different winner.
Sidenote: I’m a HUGE fan of tradition. I will willing drive four hours (2 hours each way) three times in one week – with three children – just so I don’t miss a tradition. This year one of my most favorite holiday traditions has been cancelled and I’m super SUPER bummed. After a few days of moping about I realized that the only way to make me feel better is to figure out a NEW tradition for Christmas that my children will always remember…so I need your help!
What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday Tradition?
BONUS Entries Leave a separate comment for each to gain extra entries
The giveaway ends at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 26th.
Seriously – if you don’t leave your email address, I won’t be able to get ahold of you and you won’t get the prize…this is very important!
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A good friend of mine gave me a call last night and I had a wonderful time chatting with her! It had been way too long! Anyway…she may have mentioned that’s it’s been awhile since I posted picture of my kiddo’s so I thought I should probably catch up with some October activities before November has completely gone by!
So…we’ll start with some pictures of us carving pumpkins with the girls. We did this on a Friday night and I’m so grateful that Jared made me get up and do this. Even though I was exhausted from apple season it was worth the time and fun we had with the girls.
This year Pip was a bit more into it. Papa would ask her multiple choices about what shapes he should do and she would tell him what she wanted him to carve.
She really, really loved her pumpkin. Capri had gone on a field trip to Creek Bed Farmacy and gave Pip the pumpkin she had gotten as part of the trip.
It’s just a little guy but it was the perfect pumpkin. It was crazy too…she asked for a sad face and that night she was up with a 103+ fever and her two weeks of sickness turned into a sinus and ear infection…
Capri kept on picking out rotten pumpkins…we finally found once she liked. She drew on the face and then I carved it. It was a wolf pumpkin…and the walls on that pumpkin…well…they were thick!
Here’s Cedi and her pumpkin. Papa helped her carve hers out. Papa’s pumpkin was ‘pukin’. Pip loved to tell everyone about it.
And here I am with my pumpkin…it has some eyebrows…not super creative but hey, I carved a pumpkin.
And here’s our pumpkin family…all lined up and lit up, ready for Halloween!
I’m not sure how many of you know that my whole ‘’Crafty Business” started out with making jewelry. I took a couple of jewelry making classes in High School and I fell in love instantly. There was a great bead store on a main street in my college town and to ‘unwind’ from the intense math and science classes I had to take to become an engineer I would make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. When I met Jared, I sold these at his apple store and thought it was so cool when people came in looking to see what new jewelry I had created. It continued to grow and I have a large selection of jewelry for sale in my apple shop to this day. I don’t tend to spend as much time making jewelry as I do sewing and quilting but when I do it seems to just come out of me! I ‘binge’ on jewelry making. I also tend to avoid ‘hitting a wall’ when I create because if I don’t feel like sewing I usually feel like making jewelry – it works perfectly!
Late last week I pulled up ALL of my beads to the kitchen – over 20 of those fishing lure box bead organizer containers. Uhmm…yup…not only am I addicted to fabric, I’m also addicted to beads. And I got to work. I haven’t done a final count yet but I filled a decent size container with bracelets and earrings over the last few days. One nice thing for me about making jewelry is that it’s easy to give Pip her own little container and beads to play with and she stays busy and let’s me work for a long time. It’s not that easy to do that down in my sewing room. When I’m sewing there are pins, needles, hot irons, and LOTS of fun fabrics to pull off and pile all over the floor. I don’t know about you but I don’t need any help making my sewing area even less organized. I pull all my supplies up for a week max and then I give my family back the space. My hubby is cool with it (as long as I don’t go over that week limit) and the girls LOVE it so it’s a win win.
Anyway – I’ve been binging on jewelry making in preparation for my upcoming sale at my orchard. It’s felt really good to make some fun new pieces again!
I’m super in love with these ‘Sea Star Earrings’.
And there is LOTS more to be excited about in the bin too…I just have to get it all on cards and labeled before Thursday. I can do that – right?
Whatever pieces I still have left I’ll be sure to list on my jewelry etsy shop, the Apple, in the next few weeks – stay tuned!