Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Give-away Day 2008

I am going to make this a quick post...I can just imagine how much sites you have to visit today to have a chance to win great handmade items from Sew Mama Sew's Give-away Day (3rd of December 2008). I am just happy to participate and be able to share one of things I've worked on this past year.

Do you remember these little cuties?


I came up with the pattern and instructions for the Mousie Heart Bear sometime in September. This softie was in fact the inspiration for my Etsy shop 'Simple Things'. It is very easy to sew even for a beginner and only requires fabric scraps to assemble. Hope you can give it a go!

As part of Give-away Day, I am offering the Mousie Heart Bear eBook for FREE to three (3) lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment here. I would appreciate it if you could give me some crafting suggestions as I'd like to try out some new things next year.

I will be using a random number generator to determine the winners. Check back on the 4th to see if you've won! The eBook (which is a PDF document) will be sent promptly via email so you can start making your softie right away. Make this part of your handmade holiday gift list and do join in!

UPDATE: It seems Sew Mama Sew missed my email, thus, failing to include my blog on their list. I have already informed them and hope to have my giveaway listed very soon. Also, I am extending the giveaway period until Sunday so more people can have a chance to participate. Will announce the winner on Monday!

Hope everyone's enjoying this Giveaway day!

187 comments:

  1. Oh I love the pattern, too cute! Count me in :D

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  2. Very cute. I bought some tea towels today to make a tote and apron. Came in a pack of 4 colour coordinated ones (Christmas colours), can't wait to give them a go.

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  3. How cute! My tip is that placemats make great, quick purses!

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  4. Here's my crafting tip. I use my leftover quilt batting scraps and make quilted handbags with them - even if the pattern doesn't always call for it, it's cheaper than the little paks of fusible or interfacing...I also have chopped up my smaller pieces to include in with polyfil to stuff a pillow or stuffie...

    I am a handbag freak and am hoping to try your messenger bag tute after I finish all of my Christmas bags!

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  5. Those are so cute! Hmmm...a crafting suggestion? There are just so many crafts to try. I would second the idea of trolling for placemats to use for purses, bags, etc. They have so many gorgeous ones out there to choose from!

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  6. I think that they are absolutely adorable! You are an amazing crafter! I have no suggestions as I am a beginner!

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  7. I am just about to finish my-like-yours messenger bag. I will send you a photo when that finally happen :)
    My crafty suggestion is... sewing a puff (I am not sure about this word...something like this to seat and relax http://tinyurl.com/puff-puff-puff

    I have had it in my mind for months but I haven't found the time yet.

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  8. I love reading your blog and all the things that you make. I've attempted a few things successfully and am so pleased with the way they've turned out!

    Oh and my thoughts and prayers are with your mum too.

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  9. Hi, I love this pattern, and thank you for this giveaway!
    My tip is: I use leftover strips of bindings for quilts and make them into potholders: use 1 fabric for the back, then put batting on top, then sew the strips so the batting is covered. Trim and sew on binding with a hanging loop! These make nice presents!

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  10. Hi, I hope your lovely rng picks me! I was thinking about what crafts and was thinking maybe some Fabric pirinting or designing? On my list for next year is playing with resin moulds. I am inspired by all that cool jewellery on craftster.

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  11. I love using scraps to make button magnets and coasters - perhpas you will too!

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  12. Your on sew momma sew now!
    wanderasiwonder@yahoo.com

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  13. Love it, so cute!! count me in!!

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  14. I'm over from Sew Mama Sew and I'd love to win too!!

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  15. Love the softie! As far as craft tip, if you have kids, I suggest doing as much prepwork during the day so that you can sew when they nap or sleep!

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  16. This is so sweet! I would love to be able to make one of these for my niece. Recently, I have only gotten my crafting ideas from others, so I don't have any suggestions.

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  17. I love this pattern! I am trying to think of a meaningful tip but I just am having a hard time. I guess my tip would be to add a personal touch to any sewing or cloth gift try hand embroidering a symbol or your initials plus the date its a fun extra touch!
    Love
    Tiff

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  18. Count me in! I've got some new babies to gift...

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  19. Those are adorable!

    I don't know that I have any tips for someone as crafty as you. :)

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  20. Cute bears!! I'm working on lots of ornaments right now-- maybe an ornament version of your bears next year?

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  21. These are very cute. I like the cobinations of fabrics you have chosen. Have you considered adding a name to the heart to personalize it?

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  22. What cute little bears! I know my daughters would love to find them under the tree! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    As far as crafting suggestions go, I am mostly sewing for kids this year and everyone is getting a set of beanbags this year. Super easy and fun to play with. :)

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  23. This is TOOOOO CUTE, I make dolls for ER's and this would be perfect!
    Glad I found your site!

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  24. I love these!!! I have little girls who would just love to have some of these. I hope I win.
    Julie

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  25. Those are adorable! If I had any crafty ideas, I'd surely share. I'm more on the receiving end of the great ideas, though.

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  26. So cute! Count me in! Sorry but I have no tips. :(

    Jen :)

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  27. those bears are so cute! crochet is my favorite craft at the moment. I highly recommend making a roll to keep all the hooks you will inevitably collect taking on the craft.

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  28. Your blog is listed at SMS now! Great little bears!

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  29. I love that little pattern, count me in please.

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  30. How lovely! We have a new baby coming in January who would love to cuddle with this!

    Sandy in NJ
    Pecsan114@optonline.net

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  31. These are very cute my son would love one out of flannel

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  32. Adorable!!

    sarahburkstein at gmail dot com

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  33. Fun, I love new patterns! These are very cute.

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  34. Super cute mousie-bear! Please enter me and visit me on etsy: http://twofrenchhens.etsy.com

    Thanks :-)

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  35. I love softies ebooks!!! What a great giveaway!

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  36. Oh so cute. Thanks for the chance.

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  37. I really like your softie pattern and would love to win. No crafting suggestions. Looks like your doing a pretty good job on your own! thanks for the ideas.

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  38. Oh what a cute little bear!

    And if you haven't found craftster yet that is my tip. It's an endless amount of inspiration and tutorials. I love the forums!

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  39. Oh this is so cute!! This year I am planning on working up some purses and quilts (trying my hardest to make them smaller than king size!!)

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Rachel
    athenagwis at hotmail . com

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  40. Oh that is so cute! I'd love to make it for my baby.

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  41. I love this pattern! Your site is one of my favorites!

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  42. so cute! I don't have any suggestions for you at the moment but thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Hi! My crafting tip also uses a dish towel - they make good "bibs" or "smocks" for children when they are painting or crafting. Just fold in half and cut a half circle out of the folded end. Open up and put over head - voila!

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  44. I found you on sew mama sew. :) Cute heart bears. joyousconcepts@gmail.com

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  45. These are so lovely...count me in and I am such a beginner crafter...your stuff is just great...keep on keeping on...blessings

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  46. These are so cute - will you be making a series of stuffies?

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  47. Oh my gosh, those are the cutest! I wish I had some craft tips for you, but I'm just beginning too! I guess my best tip is for you to save the little scraps, because you never know what you can use them for (i.e. Go Green! ;))

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  48. Wow, I'm definitaly adding your blog to the ones I follow, what great ideas you have. I would love to be in the draw :) As for craft suggestions I have been making smockets the last couple of days for christmas presents

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  49. I'm in as I'd love to have those instructions! Too cute.

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  50. They are lovely, i hope I win
    Bec

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  51. I would love to win this. Please do count me in. :) Also check out my give-away.

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  52. adorable..want them for my sweetie..hihi

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  53. My son loves all types of little animals and loveys and I would love to make one for him from this cute pattern! Count me in!

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  54. My comment got eaten, try again:My Daughters would love this and I would love making one for them. I think making each one out of their old baby clothes would be a nice sentimental touch.

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  55. what a cute site you have here! I love your give-away!

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  56. i love these little bears! i would love to see one featuring lilly pulitzer fabric! i'd snap him right up! hope i win one!!

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  57. I'd love that pattern! Great giveaway!

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  58. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! Your heart bears are so cute!

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  59. You are making so many beautiful things, I have no idea what else you can make. Sorry!!

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  60. Craft tip: op shop clothes make great raw materials for bags (built-in pockets and closures).

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  61. What a fabulous little pattern! I'd love to be entered!

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  62. So adorable! You're on the Sew, Mama, Sew list now! I've been making beaded snowflakes this year myself, you can see them as part of my giveway! Easy to make! Suzie purrpage3@verizon.net

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  63. These are so adorable! I'd love to make one for my daughter, and one for the nephew, and... Thank You for the chance to win!

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  64. How cute are these little bears. It sort of reminds me of the bear my daughter got when she went to the hosptial! Thanks much!

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  65. Hmmm, don't know what crafty tip to leave-you seem to have things pretty well figured out :)

    I'd love to win your lovely prize!

    ps hope your mum is better soon.

    ljs742(at)yahoo.com

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  66. Shrinky plastic and soap are my two new adventures next year. Think you are interested?

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  67. I'd love to win this!

    Have you ever tried stained glass? It's a lot of fun.

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  68. Love all of your tutorials! I am a big fan of keykalou patterns on etsy, if you haven't checked her out yet. Love the bears!

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  69. What a cute pattern! I would love to be picked!
    If I win you can contact me through my website www.radpots.com

    Isn't give away day so much fun!

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  70. Cute bears- I'd suggest you try bead weaving- so rewarding and you can see the pattern forming before your eyes so very quickly!

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  71. What cute bears! Please enter me!

    Crafting suggestions? Hmmm . . . do you ever make any needle books or cases. I have found those very enjoyable to make!

    God Bless!
    Miss Emily Rose
    www.SimplyVintagegirl.com

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  72. I would love to make your sweet little bears with my daughter to give away to her classmates for the holidays! Sweetness abounds! I have been decouping a lot lately, it's a fun way to recycle and create new containers too!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  73. Oh those little bears are too cute! I'd love to have the ebook so I can give them a try. Please enter me in the drawing.
    One tip is that I save every scrap because I can always find something small to use it for, or I give them to my 4 year old daughter, who already has her own little sewing machine! She makes the scraps into little pillows for her dolls and bags for herself.

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  74. awww, what a sweet pattern! i would love to stitch up a few mousy bears for gifts!

    crafting tips... hmmm, do you knit? it is easy to learn and so portable! you can take your projects anywhere with you! :)

    xo,
    erika

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  75. I'd love to make that little bear! Happy holidays!

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  76. Those bears are so cute, and would make an adorable topper to a baby or birthday gift. I don't have any good tips off the top of my head except that I always follow the directions for something the first time, and then try to put a unique personal twist of the project after that (to make it more individualistic). Thanks!
    phinnland[at]gmail[com]

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  77. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

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  78. Adorable!! maybe purses & more stuffies.

    =) melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  79. Hi, love to win the pattern. Since you are such an accomplished sewer (based on what's up on your blog) you might want to try some crazy quilting. The book, Crazy Quilting with attitude by Barbara Randle is a great place to start and its a way to use some of those scraps left over from other projects to make fun embellished handbags and home decor items. Also, as a doll maker I would have to suggest any of the doll patterns from one of my favorite designers Patti Medaris Culea's Creative Cloth Doll Faces. Hope you have great crafting into the new year.

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  80. Stuffies are the future! I think you are much better qualified to come up with them than I! I will say that bunnies and owls seem to be the rage. Good luck :)

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  81. how cute! thanks for sharing.

    ideas? well, my kids are drawing with fabric markers on white, cotton dish towels and I'm embroidering on top of it so they won't erase as quick.

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  82. i love this pattern, thanks for the chance to win it!

    how about these adorable crochet creatures:
    http://whipup.net/2006/10/21/camillas-crochet-creatures/

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  83. Love your blog! :) So cute!
    Count me in!

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  84. looks like fun! I'd make time to sew this cutie before Christmas!

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  85. These are so cute! I like fabric bookmarks and magnets.

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  86. these are so cute! I love your blog!

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  87. Yay! Pick me, pick me! I have my hand raised really high! :)

    Green Bag Lady Teresa

    greenbagladyteresaATgmailDOTcom

    www.greenbaglady.org

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  88. Great Giveaway! Nice to meet you! You can see my giveaway here:

    http://aprylian.blogspot.com/

    Apryl

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  89. Cute softies. I like your site, it is nice to see how generous you are with tutorials. Thanks!

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  90. I love the little mousie bear! My daughter would love for me to make her one.

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  91. So cute! I would love to make this for my 4 little kiddies!

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  92. How cute! My suggestion is that you try felted soaps... they're quick, easy and inexpensive to try so you don't have much invested if you give up on it... and they make great and unique gifts!

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  93. Oh that pattern is adorable, I'd love to win! I don't have any new crafting tips...I search the blogs looking for others' tips all the time! :)

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  94. Love your blog!! I too am looking to try new things. Have you tried making bags? I just made my first one recently! Very fun! I used AMy Butler's Everything Bag Pattern. Try it...it's not that hard.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  95. cute bears!! i always loved bears!!

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  96. Super cute! I would like to enter the drawing. Thanks.

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  97. My twin boys LOVE bears right now - this would be perfect - great pattern and thanks for sharing!

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  98. Great pattern. My craft suggestion is to make a quilt. So fun and addictive!

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  99. How precious! As a quilter, I feel it my duty to try to spread the craziness of quilting with others - I love it!

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  100. Sweet softie. I've enjoyed making this craft this year - http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2008/09/cottage-tutorial.html.

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  101. Cute!

    Here is my tip ... shop thrift stores and garage sales for fun, vintage fabric!

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  102. cutey cute cute. Would love to win!

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  103. Would love to win, too! Enter me, please!

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  104. Cute, Cute, Cute! Glad I found you.

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  105. How cute, I wish I had some ideas for you but I can't think of anything to suggest.

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  106. Wow. Your craft stuff is fantastic. I am totally not worthy to give you craft advice, but I'd love a chance to win the giveaway!

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  107. So cute!!!! I'd love a chance to win. :)

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  108. I'd love to sign up for your give away. Thank you for your generosity!

    Sincerely,
    Kali

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  109. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. Very, very cute!! I've been having fun sewing little zipper bags for my friends.

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  111. my daughter loves soft toys...i've made a few, but i really like your mousie...thanks for the idea. wee wonderfuls has some great soft toy ideas, as well.
    civengrmom@cox.net

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  112. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway during this wonderful holiday season!

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  113. Oh I love this pattern. I hope I win. My twins would love something homemade like this.

    :)
    carol

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  114. Oh my gosh! These are adorable! Oh I hope I win!

    e-mail: perfectpunkin@yahoo.com

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  115. i'm a softie for the softies!!

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  116. Whata cute bear. Thanks for joining give-away day!

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  117. yay - gotta love a giveaway! I am running my own little one - so lets hope what goes around comes around! But to be honest this is all so much fun seeing other blogs that winning is an extra cherry on the cake!

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  118. Great blog, I'm pleased i found you! Thanks for offering your giveaway and the chance. x

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  119. Oh my goodness...thank you. The bears are adorable

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  120. Love the little bears. Thanks for participating.

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  121. Mousie Heart Bear is super cute! Please count me in for the giveaway

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  122. I love this pattern it is just right for my young grandkids

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  123. I've been sewing up tons of Japanese knot bags to hold small gifts. Then, the bag can be used as a small purse after.

    Super cute! Thanks for participating.

    Amanda
    agtobler @ yahoo.com

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  124. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great pattern, my girls and I would have so much fun with this one.

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  125. Thank you for the chance to win your cute pattern!

    Have a great holiday!

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  126. I love this pattern and with two grandkids and and expectant neighbour I have lots of opportunity to try it out.

    Have a Merry Christmas

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  127. I'm sorry your mom is sick. I lost my father just after Christmas last year. You never really worry about your parents because it seems they've always been there and will continue to do...I'll pray for you and her.
    On another note I would love to take part in your giveaway.
    Merry Christmas
    Kelly O.
    skotten@distributel.net

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  128. These are SO cute. Please include me in your giveaway! thank you!

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  129. How cute are they :) Do you knit? It's so addicting, I love to knit!

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  130. Very cute - please count me in.

    Our town has just placed a charge on all plastic grocery bags to encourage people to use reusable bags. So any type of fabric produce bag or grocery bag that folds up for your purse would be great.

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  131. cute, cute, cute. I think the best crafting advice I have is to read the internet. :-o I'm not very creative, but I get such great ideas from the internet and impress all my friends. Sorry, I have nothing else to offer. Thanks for doing the give-away.

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  132. those little bears are so very cute!! I'm afraid I've got no suggestions to offer as I don't do much sewing!!

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  133. I love them and I must have one, pick me! Pick me! *smile*

    As for projects, I am currently in love with ohfranson's wristlet pattern. Give it a try!

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  134. So cute, I would love the pattern.

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  135. What cute patterns! My crafting tip: Make 2 of everything (if they're easy enough). That way you can keep some things on hand for quick gifts - or giveaways!

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  136. such a cute pattern! thanks for sharing it with blogland :)

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  137. Those are adorable! Id love to enter.

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  138. I'm new to sewing crafts, so I don't have any good suggestions, sorry! I could use some myself!! But those little guys are too cute!!

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  139. I'd love to try my hand at sewing those cute bears! Thanks!

    Hugs & Blessings!

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  140. I would love to be in your give away!

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  141. I would love to make these for my daughter and my neices, I hope I win.

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  142. What a cute pattern, I would love to win one.

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  143. They are so cute...Even if I dont win, I will try to make them myself!

    Merry Christmas!

    :))

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  144. hi, I'm Susan. I'm a returning stay at home mum from manila, philippines. I also have 4 kids; 3 girls and a baby boy. It is my passion to do craftswork but the corporate world took my time away. I also love to give friends gifts which are handmade, "labor of love", for it shows my appreciation of them, but I just don't know how or where to start. your tutorials are just superb! I love your bags,your journal n memo holders, very nice xmas gifts ideas. love your fabric patterns/designs n color; so pretty n pastel. my daughters will surely love them. any suggestion on how to effectively n efficiently start with my journey in the craftsworld?
    P.S. I will offer a Holy Hour for your mom today (First Friday)

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  145. The towels are just lovely. Count me in! Thanks :)

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  146. I love your holiday ideas - they are great. Might have to pop in to Target and grab some of those tea towels myself!

    For a crafty idea, have you tried crochet? It is great fun and the libraries usually have some great books :)

    Positive wishes for your mum.

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  147. I'd love the pattern. Count me in
    hugs from Italy
    Antonella

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  148. Wonderful, thanks for the chance!
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net

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  149. How fun, I'd love to win this! Love your blog!

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  150. cute bear!!! recycle animal stuffed like from kids clothes or another t shirt.

    thanks for the chance!

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  151. With my scraps I make doll quilts.

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  152. I would love to enter :) Unfortunately, I don't have any crafty ideas! I am the opposite of crafty lol :)

    anastasia[at]mediamafia[dot]org

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  153. I just found your blog and love love love that you have a new idea for handmade holidays every day. I'll be checking back here often.

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  154. I think these are so cute. As a tip I like to use my scraps and piece them together to make bibs.

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