Sunday, August 12, 2012

V and Co: giveaway:!

today i get to be on the blog tour for miss angela yosten's new book: Stop. Go. Quilt. Sew!
and i just have to gush a little about this lady.
she is the most delightful person, so genuine, nice and kind, and of course super talented.
as most of you know that 3 of my 4 noisemakers, aka my minions, aka my children, are indeed boys.
i know i know, they are easier in the respect of not as many meltdowns, drama and so forth. BUT when it comes to making things for them...not as easy my friends.
so whenever i see something that is cute and handmade especially for boys...i'm there. now, make a whole book about it... doubly there.

soooo lets talk about this book. shall we?
 this book has awesome designs and ideas, and has a great all around feel and look. here are a few of my faves! this adorable do not enter bag. i know sometimes i'm scared of what might crawl out or bite my hand as i open my boy's back pack...why not give a fair warning?
 this one way sign is another fave, most of the time i feel like i'm redirecting the boys...this may help them hahahaha. :)
now i have a soft spot for pillows and decor, so uh of course i'm going to love the stop sign and the the speed limit pillow and well might as well add all the other sign pillows on there! too cute, you could also frame them if you don't want them as pillows.
there are quilts, and shirt add ons, and decor, and so much more. i really love this book. good job angela!

okay now angela wants me to talk about one of MY favorite signs and a story behind it:

i've mentioned that i had 4 kids. and that three of them were boys. well the last one is a girl noisemaker.
she had a lot of ear infections her first year so her speech was a little delayed. (she's caught up quite nicely now)
and for the longest time she would make up words or have her own little language if you would, like for example pizza was "choppy", and spaghetti was "spay" those sort of things.
well for the longest time every time we were in the car she would yell in her own language something over and over again and we didn't know what in the heck she was saying. we just smiled and said "yes, that's right! sky!" or "yes, you're right! that's a car!"
YEARS PASSED PEOPLE and we just never knew what in the world the girl was saying.
well, finally the mystery was solved this last year.
see we moved from a remote area momentarily to a very populated area...then to iowa.

and then the girl now a little older and more "wordy" was able to vocalize more.
while in the car she would randomly yell out "santa was here!!"

and we would just scratch our heads and chop it up to "well she is OUR child, and have you seen the siblings? would we expect anything other than randomly yelling out things about santa in the middle of summer?"

one day we were going down a new way and she kept yelling out "santa was here!!"
and then there would be a lull and then again "SANTA WAS HERE!!!"

it took about 4 times till a light bulb came on over my husband's head.
" i think i know what she's talking about."
i look at him like this is going to be good.
and he says "wait for it....wait for it...okay in like 3 seconds..."
and sure enough:
i was like "WHAT IN THE WORLD? WHAT IS IT?" then the next time we came to a place where santa was in katie's world he pointed it out to me and the boys:

years people. she's been telling us for years, where santa touches down and lands his reindeer in order to deliver happiness to boys and girls.
yup. i wouldn't expect any less from one of my awesome family members.

i mean when you have a husband that explains these signs as:
"snakes ahead beware 20 Many People Hurt."
we are some kind of special at our house.

okay now:
i have a book to giveaway.

want it?
okay here you go:
for a chance to win tell me: if you had a sign, what would your sign say?

for a second chance to win:
what's your favorite kind of project, a fast one or one that takes a little more time. which is more rewarding?

**answer in two separate comments, and please include your email address at the end of each comment like this:
your email address {at}whatever server{dot}com 
 you have till this friday the 17th to enter.

please make sure to go visit all the other cool stops:

Day 1 (Monday, August 6): Stash Books (California)
Pit Stops…
Day 2 (Tuesday, August 7): Sarah Fielke (Australia)

Day 3 (Wednesday, August 8): Blue Nickel Studios (Washington)

Day 4 (Thursday, August 9): Natalia Bonner (Utah)

Day 5 (Friday, August 10): Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobsen (Arizona)

Day 6 (Saturday, August 11): John Adams (North Carolina)

Day 7 (Sunday, August 12): Vanessa Christenson (Iowa)

Day 8 (Monday, August 13): Rachel Griffith (Ohio)

Day 9 (Tuesday, August 14): Pat Sloan (Virginia)

Day 10 (Wednesday, August 15): Lissa Alexander (Texas)

Day 11 (Thursday, August 16): Angela Yosten (Texas)

see you there!


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Anshu said...

My favorite projects are short ones, but occasionally I do tackle longer ones

Gweny said...

My sign would say.. Choose Joy ! My favorite projects are ones that go along quickly so I can jump to the next one. I am a beader, metal smither ( is that a word)? ahem... and a sewer. My email is

Gina S said...

My sign would say Beware Fabric Horder! bluewolf554 at gmail dot com

Gina S said...

Quick projects, i have a lot to do! bluewolf554 at gmail dot com

Magicaldamselfly said...

I love the cool sign that you can get that says SLOW: Children playing. I mean seriously, my daughter has not three but FOUR boys and last but not least a girl that age from 11 to 6. Now you tell me who needs that sign when they drive by.LOL as for my daugher she needed a STOP sign much more, even a SLOW DOWN sign would have helped or at the ver least a sign that read rabbit hunting allowed. Happily sewing at

Kerry B. said...

1 My sign - CAUTION: Contents under pressure.

I know that's a real sign. I'd love to find it on a tshirt. I could wear it every day...I might also have one that says: Check Yourself before you wreck yourself. Words to live by!


Kerry B. said...

2. Right now I cherish a project that I can do quickly. In a day or an afternoon. In my life right now, things seem to take a long time to get accomplished so something I can actually finish quickly feels GREAT!


Amy C said...
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Amy C said...

I like projects that take 2-3 weeks. I'm not sure if that is considered a quick or long project! asflur{at}gmail{dot}com

Amy C said...

My sign would be "Drama-Free Zone".

Colleen M said...

No signs, but I have to say that was the cutest story, it brought a tear to my eye. Not a good thing at work:) colleenmiller(at)qwestoffice(dot)net

Michele T said...

My sign would be:
Stay Calm and Sew On
micheletimms at gmail com

Michele T said...

Black would be my colour!!

Elisabeth said...

ElisabethMifsud {at} gmail {dot} com
"Quilt Zone Ahead. Creativity doubles when worker is present."

Elisabeth said...

ElisabethMifsud {at} gmail {dot} com
My favorite projects are large quilts made for one of my kids. I have this (probably not realistic LOL) vision of all of them snuggling on the couch with their own quilts on a Sunday morning when they're older.

Anonymous said...

My sign would say, "BUSY!"


Anonymous said...

Comment #1: sign "Love Wins!". Nyla-Jean,

Anonymous said...

Comment #2: I like quick projects for the most part. Little gifts for friends or for myself. Nyla-Jean,

LittleTreasuresbyAmanda said...

My sign would say: Caution stray stitches ahead.


LittleTreasuresbyAmanda said...

My favorite projects are small quilts and easy sewing I can do with my kiddos.


Nancy Page said...

My sign "Quilt Zone".

Thank you for this giveaway. Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Nancy Page said...

I love all kinds of needle work, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch. I just love sewing period!

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Thank you for this giveaway.

Cara said...

I just wanted to say that I LOVED THIS STORY! I popped over from Angela Yosten's blog, and just wanted to say thanks for sharing this :D (A) that your adorable, smart, caring daughter saw those reindeer signs as Santa notices, and (B) your clever husband must have a great open mind to make that up :D My hubs pulls out some randomness with our daughter that I just *know* I couldn't do!

Krystal said...

My sign would be "Rest Area next right" because I need a vacation!

Krystalrowe96 gmail com

Anonymous said...

I like fast projects because I get distracted easily.

Krystalrowe96 gmail com

Holee said...

My sign: Noise Welcome-Boys at Play

memmens said...

Today my sign says 'Give me a break PLEASE' it's nearly the weekend and then my husband has 2 weeks off - hurrah!

memmens said...

My favourite project is a quick one, in fact at the moment any kind of project would be good - the middle of school holidays and sewing time/motivation has disappeared!


JenW said...

my sign would say "Don't's for a project!" myhedwig (at) gmail (dot) com

JenW said...

my favorite kind of project is a medium length one (how's that for ambiguous:)) as long as i get to work with pretty fabrics and i'm interested in it, long, short, doesn't super matter:) myhedwig (at) gmail (dot) com

ButtercreamSewingMachine said...
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ButtercreamSewingMachine said...

If I had a sing it would say, "Slow down and enjoy life!"

bloggingbyk (at) gmail (dot) com

ButtercreamSewingMachine said...

I like the longer projects where I can learn a new skill. Those are the ones I am always proud of when done - even though I rarely have the time to complete them!

bloggingbyk (at) gmail (dot) com

becky said...

Procrastination and confusion ahead.Thank-you for giving us two entry options.Becky

Vesuviusmama said...

I love the Because Nice Matters signs.

ehutchinson (at) wlu (dot) edu

Vesuviusmama said...

I enjoy the longer projects most of the time. I value it more if I put more of myself into it.

ehutchinson (at) wlu (dot) edu

Tawnya said...

I usually like a project that is quick and fun, but every once in a while I like one that is more time consuming and requires some thinking!

Angela said...

I love the story of your little girl! So classic.

I can't decide which sign I would have. It would be either "Beware: Intense Boys" or "Use your words" (since I say that about a hundred times a day.


Angela said...

As for projects, I like a good mix of quick projects and longer ones. I think they are both equally rewarding as long as the recipient likes it.


Deana said...

I know I am too late to enter but I had to leave a comment. In my former profession, I worked on the reflective materials that went into making road signs. To see someone who has combined the road signs and quilting is so fun! We made many signs back in the day. My favorite one by far is the deer crossing sign that someone added a red dot to the nose for Rudolph. We passed by it many times on the way up to the in-laws. Always fun to see close to Christmas. Thanks for sharing!!

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