Maybe Matilda: February 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dreaming of spring

I think it's time winter moved along . . . it has definitely worn out its welcome 'round these parts. I suppose I shouldn't be complaining, because here in Iowa it isn't as bone-chillingly cold as it has been in previous winters, but I'm still definitely looking forward to spring and taking walks outside without losing feeling in my hands and feet, going to bed wearing less than 4 layers of pajamas, and maybe seeing the sun ever again (it turns gray here in, oh, October, and stays that way until May).

I'm self-diagnosing a serious case of spring fever thanks to some of these gorgeous Etsy finds . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

At long last . . .

Back in November I posted a sneak peek of something I'd been working on . . . and now, 3 months later, I finally got around to finishing it up and taking pictures. I'm a little bit slow-moving, I guess. So sue me.

Anyway, here's what I wish I could say I'd been working hard on for the past 3 months instead of mostly neglecting and occasionally thinking, "I really need to finish that up":Cute little embroidery hoop art! We've got a little lady ready to take off with her red balloon, aaand . . .. . . a little girl and robot lovey-dovey friendship. Cute, huh? And is it just me, or do you hear "Number five . . . aliiiiiiiiiiiive!" when you think of a robot in love? Which I'm sure you do. Frequently.

I have a few more to put the finishing touches on as well. These are so fun to make--I made them freehand using my sewing machine (I'm definitely not much of a hand-stitcher) with a free motion/embroidery foot and fabric scraps left over from other projects. You can see more pictures here.

**Would anyone be interested in a tutorial on how to make these? Because I was toying with the idea of making one, but I don't want to take a billion pictures and write it all up if no one cares :-)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winner winner chicken dinner!

All right, we have a winner for the headwrap giveaway! says the winning comment is . . .

Erin Wilson!

Yay for Erin!

She's gonna look supa-fine in her new headwrap, and I'm now, after the fact, making it a giveaway-winning requirement to send me a picture of herself wearing her new headwrap, with an "I JUST WON FREE STUFF!" expression on her face. Erin, we're counting on you.

Thanks to everyone for entering, and we'll do this again soon!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Give-oh-give, giveaway!

(Giveaway closed! Congrats to Erin for winning!)

I am in a good mood today, guys. Maybe it's because I have a really cute outfit on, and unlike most days, I'm actually planning to leave the house, so it will be good for something! Or maybe it's because I had a chocolate pumpkin muffin for breakfast. It's probably a combination of the two. Anyway, I am feeling generous.

So I'm going to give away a headwrap!
These have been really popular in my shop, and they're both my own design, and super cute!

You can choose between my two styles . . .

Would like a flower headwrap?

Or how about a bow headwrap?

The winner will get their choice of headwrap style in their favorite color, and wouldn't you like to be the cutie with your very own personalized headwrap?

I thought so.

How to enter:
1st entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me which style you want!

For one additional entry each:
2) Follow this blog! (or already be a follower)
3) Become a fan on facebook! ( (or already be one)
4) Write about this giveaway on your blog/facebook (and leave a link in your comment)

Make sure to leave a comment for EACH entry, and include a way to contact you in your comment!

I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner from the comments on this post on Sunday night (Feb. 13).

Comment away, and check out the rest of my shop at!

Monday, February 7, 2011

How's that for a plan?

I've been reading a lot lately about running your own small business and everybody seems to concur that it's really important to have a business plan/goals.

My business goal is to make enough money to pay for my son's future therapy sessions to recover from the emotional trauma of being forced to model my girly crochet.
At least he looks cute.
And think how much his future girlfriends are going to LOVE these pictures!
(Headband for sale here)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Feel like a patriot yet?

Holy moly!

If I make this, will someone PLEASE buy it and wear it and send me pictures?
(pattern here)
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