Sunday, May 16, 2010

the joy of giving

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Make yourselves at home.

Sometimes, just for the heck of it or if I am feeling down, I make someone a gift. Anonymous or not. It is a joy to lighten up someone’s day by giving them something yummy. So bring on Sew Mama Sew's famous Giveaway. For those who haven’t had the pleasure: You get to browse and discover a gazumpthillion of cool blogs, have the chance to win beautiful handmade goods, and if you have a blog or a shop have the joy of giving a handmade gift or crafting supplies yourself. And finally, if you are a crafty sort, you get introduced to Sew Mama Sew’s blog , if you haven’t yet made acquaintance!



The GrowMama Giveaway package number one.

Here are my Giveaway offerings:

*Giveaway Package Number One: the GrowMama hardwearing corduroy trousers in size 2-3 and bib. See pic above.

OR,

* Giveaway package Number Two: the GrowMama crossover tunic top in size one and the button-over kitchen hand towel. See pics below.

I use high quality vintage fabrics, embellishments and buttons paired with new natural fibre fabrics. Each piece in unique and there is plenty of room for those cloth nappied butts.
To be in to win leave a comment. Tell me how you make time for crafting or prioritise your creative mama-time in the magical chaos that is the life of a mama.

Be sure to tell me which of the giveaways you prefer. I will choose my twenty favourite comments and then ask my son to draw the winner from a hat.
Giveaway closes May 2oth. This post will remain up until that date in the Northern Hemisphere.

The GrowMama giveaway package number two:





The little guy is eating again and slowly getting back to his normal speed so i have a backlog of goodness to share with you once we get to life and blogging as normal. Until then...let the SMS Giveaway fun begin!


108 comments:

  1. Those pants are adorable...love them

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  2. They are both so lovely! Thank you for the opportunity to enter. I would chose the 2nd prize with the beautiful tunic as I have a little 'great'niece it would look adorable on!!

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  3. I would love the No.2 prize, loving the fabrics. I have my crafty time mostly when the kids are in bed at night.

    seasidesiblings@gmail.com

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  4. I really love the fabrics used in the number 2 prize.
    craft time for me happens late at night, when the little people are sound asleep!

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  5. i like the towel giveaway, thanks!

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  6. I would prefer the Package #2, it would be really nice for my baby-girl.
    My crafty time is short - cutting fabrics with a baby in a bunch of fabrics, sewing with a baby at a blanket at the floor starring facsinated at the maching an sure - mostly when the little angel is sleeping, rare enough :-)

    Greetings from Berlin, Germany - I love your vintage fabrics!

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  7. oh! i so adore the little tunic, it would be just lovely for my little girl (who just happens to wear cloth nappies too. that was very considerate of you to take cloth bums into account because I do have trouble with fitting clothes over her padded bottom)

    My little one does all my crafting and blogging stuff with me. she is only six months old but i am teaching her young! i give her pieces of fabric to play with and she rolls around the floor with my partially finished projects. Plus she loves to sit on my lap at the computer and check out blogs and talk to grandma on skype with the webcam on.

    She didn't go to sleep until later than usual tonight...maybe she knew it was giveaway day...or maybe I was too distracted by giveaway day to put her to sleep properly. oops!

    happy giveaway day!

    jessmellifont@gmail.com

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  8. Package number one would is so lovely especially for a boy. i have an8mth old boy called Jay and there is a lot of drool involved especially when we are teeting and its would be too sad to drool over that lovely bib. i hope we win

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  9. Great giveaways. Thanks.
    Dianne
    jmclean@mts.net

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  10. I love package number one! I make time by crafting during naps...it's the only way to get it done!

    sewsassyks@gmail.com

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  11. Gorgeous I must say! I prefer Package no.2 and like most mummy's I blog when my kids are asleep too!! Justine xx

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  12. OH! I can't choose - I love them both... as would my daughter. She would look super cute in both too...ahahah too hard. I can't decide. I'd love to win either package.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  13. What a fabulous giveaway! I'd love to be entered for Package #2. Thanks for participating in SMS giveaway day.

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  14. Oh such nice items for a giveaway!
    I would prefer package #1, as I have a little boy of 7 months now :)
    Finding time to be creafty: Well, to be honest, I have had trouble finding it!! It has become better this last month, however, as my little guy has begun to take longer naps and I am not yet back at work :D. But in 2 months time, I really need to find a way to make it all work, so thanks to all the other comments - they have given me great ideas!

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  15. I love the tunic.
    I think I'm going to win!
    pjjllive(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I would love package one and I think all of it is gorgeous. Beautiful work!
    Sadly i don't have a lot of extra time so I use my time after Daddy and Blaze go to sleep to unwind and do my crafting. I crochet, sew and love to read too. I also blog so feel free to come by and visit! God bless you and have a wonderful day.
    mommy2blaze@gmail.com

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  17. I love package 2.

    I make time for sewing/crafting by asking my hubby to do things with our daughter away from the house (park, bike rides, etc.) It get him to spend quality time with her, as well as giving mom a crafty break.

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  18. oh my friend is having a little girl any day now so the tunic is perfect.

    I make time for sewing by working from home. I will do my work and then slide over to do a little sewing as my sewing table is next to my desk. heehee

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  19. I love that tunic! wow, so simple and so beautiful!

    I love the days most, where I am home alone and can wear my PJ's all day and sew, cut, paint and glue all over the flat with noone there to disturb - and suddenly it's 5 and the day went by in the best possible way.... not that often, but oh, i enjoy them, whne they happen....

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  20. would love those pants!

    Beautiful stuff!

    billington5@yahoo.com

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  21. Those pants are great! I try to work work work the whole day through so that when my little guy's bedtime rolls around, I am caught up with housework and can spend time crafting. It's very good motivation to be productive during the day!

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  22. I'm not a mother yet, but I make time for crafting the way I make time for everything else - I put it on my schedule. I imagine this may not work so well when I have children!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  23. In California loving the pants. I would love them for my rough-and-tumble daughter who needs to look cute while trying to "hang tough" with the boys. Very cute blog!
    Natalie

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  24. i love the 1st prize! my only magic way of finding time to craft is by inviting friends over to do it with me. i'm no good at prioritizing on my own, but get so much done when surrounded by a small community of encouraging women.
    thanks for giving!

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  25. I love the pants. Really great details.

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  26. Prioritizing as a mama is so hard for me. I can walk onto my unit at work (I am a nurse), look at my patient assignement (moms and new babies, fun stuff) and know my day will look like in an instant. As a mom, I struggle with all things domestic and wanting to spend every living and breathing moment with my babies. I want to soak in every. single. moment. because I know in a few years these early days will be nothing but a melancholy memory. So to prioritize my days, most days time with my kids rule. As long as the floors aren't filthy and there is something to eat, the rest can wait!

    I love both of your giveaways. The first has to be my fave though. I struggle to find pants to fit chubby cloth bums!

    Thanks!

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  27. Teehee, those are super cute. We're adding our first little dude next month, would love giveaway #1!

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  28. My son is 1. After he is in bed and the house is cleaned up then I make time for myself. I guess limiting the television being on is how I get stuff done. I would like giveaway #2! Thank you so much.

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  29. so hard to choose...lets say package #1...i sneak in my crafty time...anytime :) but i guess a lot of that ends up being VERY late at night.

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  30. Package #2 has my name all over it. ( even thought the shirt wouldn't fit me, just my daughter!) I am my craftiest when My kiddos are sleeping. I need to hear myself think.

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  32. I would love to say my life isn't chaotic and I have my day on a strict schedule that includes time to work on crafts, but that isn't the case in our household.

    When my daughter was younger I would place her in my lap and sew. Then she got grabby. ;) Now I try to get her to bed on time and stay up to to work on projects. What's even better than that though is having my wonderful husband play with her to give me a little "me time" to work on my projects.

    I love the second package you posted. Beautiful!

    thetottery AT gmail DOT com

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  33. Sweet clothes!!! I love the first one, thanks.

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  34. the first package with the trousers is great!!

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  35. Too cute! I'm pregnant with my first baby, so these prizes are especially darling to me!

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  36. I love the little trousers. They would keep a set of little adventuring knees very warm and really can you ever have enought bibs? Nice to find a new local blog too.

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  37. Hey, I love what you sew..... the package n°2 would be perfect for little 18 mth Anwen !!!
    Thanks for a so nice giveaway

    ceciliz29[at]gmail[dot]com

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  38. My little boy would look so cute in the trousers (Number 1), and he would be look talk of Mothers Group if he had a matching bib.

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  39. Oh my goodness, please please pick me. I love the tunic! also nice to find another kiwi blogger!!

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  40. Both are lovely but I think I like the pants and bib best!

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  41. Lovely prizes! Whoever you pick will be very lucky!

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  42. Love the number 1 set! As the mom of two girls under two years' old, not a lot of time is devoted to creating stuff...it's usually a glass of wine after 9:00!

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  43. I love both sets, but I think that the crossover top would be great for my little girl! I try to get as much as I can done while my kids are asleep. I get most of my sewing done during nap time, and get most done when I'm on a deadline!!

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  44. What amazing sets! I think my little angel would look so darn cute in your crossover top and I ADORE the fabric on the button towel (which is a great idea so it doesn't wander off)

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! (My email is in my blogger profile)

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  45. Package #1! I love those pants!

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  46. I love set #2. I wish I had a good answer to your question but I don't. Me crafting usually means the house becomes a big mess and the kids watch too much Tv!

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  47. WOW, what a wonderful idea!
    I'm deeply impressed.

    Kind regards from Germany
    Claudia alias frauknopf@gmx.de

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  48. You can't make me choose between those!! Oh My Golly!! how about the tunic... arh... lol

    I create crafting time by throwing M&M's from my sewing station and my 3 kids run to collect them... or I hide them before hand and they spend hours searching LOL... It's really funny and they love it when I have a deadline because that's when we play...

    xo Steph

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  49. such cute creations you have! you are an inspiration!! would love to win!

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  50. Love, love, love the pants and bib! I love funky fabric and am a fabric addict! I love dressing my 19 month old in unique items that no one else has. You're very talented! Thanks for the chance. This is fun!
    Megan
    schacht.megan@gmail.com

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  51. The pants and bib would be perfect for my little guy! Thanks for the giveaway.
    scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. Great giveaway! Count me in please for package number 2

    Gill

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  53. Make time to craft? I carve it out of my too-little sleeping time at night. I can't craft when I am constantly interrupted because it takes me five times as long to figure out what I was doing than the interruption took. I think it's just best to do it when I won't be talked to every 1.5 seconds!

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  54. I am going for package number 1, for our grandson.

    http://busybeefree.blogspot.com/

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  55. Hey, awesome cute stuff! My little boy turns 3 today, and I would love to be able to give him those cute pants and bib!!!

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  56. Both are adorable. I would like the first one most.

    I am a new mom. My daughter is 6 months old & so far I craft when I can, IF I can. This means 30 mins before bed at most on some days. I am hoping that I will be able to craft & parent at the same time when she is more self sufficient..... am I dreaming?
    raegreen1[at]verizon[dot]net

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  57. I craft & blog & do my things when my daughter is sleeping; either during nap time or bed time. Rarely she lets me have a go at the computer or sewing machine when she is awake. We would love prize #1. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail.com

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  58. Both prizes are fantastic, but I just adore that wrap-around tunic!

    I do most of my crafting at night when the house is quiet and no phone ringing to interrupt me.

    heidig@gmail.com

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  59. I love the pants, they would look so good on my little guy, once he gets big enough.

    As for crafting, now that he takes semi-regular naps, i can do some catch-up housework (dishes, load of laundry) in the first 20 min, then have the rest of the time for crafting, either planning a project, or just diving in and cutting. The cutting certainly makes me feel productive too :)

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  60. Hello! Love the pants and bib.. so sweet. I do some crafting with my son.. we make nature mobiles and fun things together..
    oh and I love the pics of the museum with your little guy.. looks like the kind of things we like!
    camistewart@hotmail.com

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  61. I do love those pants and the bib, but I would love to see my little guy in that crossover shirt, so I think I'll opt for giveaway two!

    I have a bit of time for crafting each day during naps, my 3 year old naps ~ 2 hours and the baby will do the same. I plan the projects etc while I'm shipping, working, driving, sleeping... :)

    fruitandfoliage@gmail.com

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  62. Hi Anissa,
    You're very generous, it's all lovely. My kiddies have well outgrown toddler gear, but I have a girlfriend who had her baby girl yesterday, so I'm loving the tunic and thanks for visiting and your kind comment :-) xo

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  63. I would like the hand towel as my grand kids a pretty big now...please enter my name in your lovely drawing, ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com from Florida Gulf Coast area.

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  64. I prefer the tunic - so unique! My husband and I have designated Wednesday nights as personal project nights so instead of tv, dishes or whatever I know I can have that time to my sewing self once babe is asleep!

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  65. Cute crafts! I like the tunic and towel set a lot. :)

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  66. Love them both AND I own a little person to fit!
    cynsaw2@hotmail.com
    come visit my giveaway for the ladies at www.sewingdork.blogspot.com

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  67. no 2 is awesome!


    Please enter me in the draw and don't forget to enter mine!
    http://tinyurl.com/34k4cgd

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  68. Hi there

    I love package no.2, the tunic would suit my daughter and the hand towel reminds me of being at my Nanas, which is lovely :)

    Thanks :)

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  69. I don't have kids...yet, so i delve into craft time as often as possible now while i can be relatively uninterrupted. Except by the dogs, who can be like having kids sometimes. furry furry kids :)
    alli b
    allisonbright{at}gmail.com

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  70. Wonderful giveaway love package 2

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  71. I just LOVE this little tunic set!such a generous giveaway and such gorgeous goodies! Thanks so much for the chance to win – i’ll have my fingers crossed!

    i am also participating and would love for you to visit me and enter:
    http://jkcreations1.blogspot.com/2010/05/world-giveaway-day.html

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  72. I really love the first set. Pants would be perfect for my busy (almost) 2 year old and bib for both my messy boys (two boys under 2 years old!)
    I sew while the boys are napping. You would think I should be sleeping - but how can I sleep when I am thinking about something I want to be sewing. I also stay up way too late at night to sew. I am blessed to have a 2 year old that loves to sit on my lap while I am at the machine. We'll just pretend he's helpful! My husband is sweet enough to not care that I leave my projects out on the dining room table. This way I can do a quick stitch as I run by chasing a ball or pulling a wagon.
    I am so excited to see all that your blog has to share. Loving it so far!

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  73. I love the bib and pants! My girlfriends and I have one night a month where we get together and finish or start craft projects. Sometimes we do crafts separately and sometimes we have of one of lead a craft to teach the others.

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  74. number 1, number 1...my Cooper would love it...
    Thanks heaps for the opp to win and fingers crossed.
    Liesa
    handmadeheaven@optusnet.com.au

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  75. So cute- love the fabric. My kids take great naps- that is when I quilt.

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  76. to be honest, I'm completely struggling with the mum / work / craft juggle - but have been inspired by the commenters above to try a bit harder. I like the tunic / towel combo. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Love the pants, would be perfect for my 3rd boy who sadly does not get as much clothing love as his older brothers. Mama time is hard around here, I try to have a few small projects or parts of projects ready to go in bags so that I can grab one on our way out to the park or library so I can sit and work on them for a bit

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  78. So hard to choose between the two but I think I will have to say #1.

    I have always had my crafting time by involving the children. Wee ones can string large beads on a sturdy cord at your feet or fingerpaint with pudding in the high chair while you sit at the sewing machine. They can mod podge a wall hanging while you quilt.

    My kids are big now and very artsy. It is a wonderful feeling to see the boy's friends amazed that he can sew a button and the girl's friends so impressed with her personalized creations.

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  79. I love the pants and the bib! Very cute fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. I love them both but I prefer the second give away. I just it.

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  81. Wow! I love the 2nd package. I love my baby girl in browns and neutrals. Perfect with her dark hair! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  82. You had me at the word vintage!!! I am now totally addicted to you!! I hope that you don't mind!! I love the first package. My little Nathan would look darling in those. I promise to send you picture of him in them if I win!!! **hint hint, wink wink***

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  83. This is absolutely amazing !
    A lot to win AND the choice, I'm curious to know whether you are crazy or wonderwoman... Or maybe both ?! Thanks for the chance, anyway !

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  84. I love both packages but #2 would work for me now and #1 would work once I have baby #3 in july :)
    great giveaway! thanks for the chance to win! crossing my fingers!

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  85. i just love those pants!
    i have a 9 monthe old baby who is very chuby for his age
    they would look great on him very soon!
    thanks alot!

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  86. I love Package #1 - the colors are so vibrant. I think they'd fit over my daughter's cloth-diapered bum, but if not, I'll save them for baby no. 2. It's so hard to fit over those diapers but I love them anyways.

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  87. My kids are not little anymore but I still have to work and come to more work- cooking & cleaning but I still find time to sew late in the evening when its quiet and less stressful. I love package #2- thanks for the chance to win!
    Jennifer
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  88. I'd choose #2! I am a late night and nap-time crafter :) Thanks for the great giveaway. luscofamily(at)ortelco.net

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  89. They are both beautiful. Thank you

    atchisonsteph@gmail.com

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  90. My craft time distraction might sound crazy, but I haven't had any major disasters yet... My 2 yo daughter LOVES glue, so I give her some watered down glue, a paintbrush, paper, and small bits of whatever i'm crafting with. Usually paper, fabric or sequins, those are her favorites. And I give the baby rice crispies... he chases them around trying to pick them up. Thank you for the chance to win the cute pants and bib set!
    Laila
    pixie_shadow AT hotmail.com

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  91. Soo cute!! Would love to win!! Thanks for giving! stacyjj3@yahoo.com

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  92. I love the pants! I get my crafting in during nap time, or my 1 1/2 year old son helps me (he loves helping measure fabric).
    curry.jessica@gmail.com

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  93. All are darling. I'd have to choose #1....very cute.

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  94. You know I have to say that I firmly believe that you just make time for what you love. Some people I know love TV and therefore don't have time to craft, or sew, or bake, or cook, etc. Some people love to work out, some people love to socialize a lot. For me, it's all about being as good of a Mom/wife as I can be and for me to be that way I have to be able to create things and make things for my family. It keeps me sane, it's my therapy (thus the name of my blog, handmade therapy) so I make time for it! My kids love it when I sew things for them, my son won't eat store bought bread b/c he loves my homemade stuff so I think everyone is benefiting from my hobbies :)

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  95. They are both beauiful, but the first is my favourite. So styly to have matching pants and bib. If only adults could get away with that look. :-D

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  96. They are both so sweet. Love the pants - so hard to find cute boys pants so I'd pick #1.

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  97. Hi! They are both gorgeous! My youngest would look adorable in the little pinny, so option #2, and my fingers are crossed :)
    Sewing is very important to me, it comes only second to my family, so things like housework and shopping and going out, they get pushed back. I have to use my creative side just so I can function, Im a lousy mama if i haven't had a needle in my hand recently :) The best bit is now that my girls are getting older, they love to join in with needle and thread and the younger two love playing with the scraps and buttons etc.

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  98. I would like to win package nr. 1 (I think nr. 2 is VERY cute, but have no tiny girl to fit in it.) :-)
    How I make time for crafting ... well, it is not really easy as I have a 6month old baby boy who needs alot of extra attention! And my 4year old girl wants me to be there for her, too. So ... well, I basically craft when my girl is in kindergarten and my boy is sleeping. Which is not that much time really! I also always have a couple of projects going on that I can easily do, while watching the kids or that I can take with me when going to the playground. Crocheting is really nice for that! I don't get much sewing done though cause I can only do that when my husband is watching the kids. :-( But I guess that this is going to get better once the tiny one is getting older. So often for me it is not so much the question of how I make time for crafting but rather how I stay sane not being able to craft as much as I would want to. :-) Options for making time for crafting are rather limited at the moment. But I tell myself I will have the rest of my life for crafting - but only that little time when my baby boy is little and my girl needs me around! So I try to enjoy that for the time being!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  99. Hiya - I would LOVE to win your first prize and I can see Master 18mths totally rocking out those pants!
    This year I have decided to be intentional about creativity so myself and another mama have set ourselves 100 challenges to finish in the year. I am bloggin my journey and the thought of having to record something creative every day or so has given me a massive push in prioritising creativity. I am also becoming convinced that creativity is part of who we are supposed to be and as such it should be higher on the list of our 'must dos' - certainly higher than cleaning!!! Thanks for a rad giveaway. makeitgiveit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I love the pants set, so cute!

    I find I have to make time or it simply doesn't happen. Now that my children are getting a bit older getting them to join in makes it all the more fun. My daughter in particular is learning to knit and loves to sit beside me while I do my own knitting (usually something for her!) and it's become a lovely bonding experience. Thank you for the chance to win your draw.

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  101. I love pkg number 1.....so great! I am so glad for this giveaway. I have discovered SOOO many great new blogs. Thanks for the chance!
    hcvallad@hotmail.com

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  102. I am a teacher an a mama who parents with a partner who works opposite schedule-- so crafting happens in the head for a great deal of the time and then in great bursts during the summer and holidays at night when the babes are asleep. I don't mind-- everything is well planned and deconstructed any times before handled. It is good for my low impulse control nature.
    i love both of your craft packages.
    Thanks for the chance!
    daphnewillow@gmail.com

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  103. they are both adorable, but i would prob pick number 2!

    i put together a smaller craft area in my space with special supplies just for the little one, as well as a small tv, so we can put a fun movie in and craft together, yet kind of in our own space.

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  104. I Love them both! Wauw it's so nice! I hope I win...

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  105. I love them both! The bib is soo cute! But I would choose the tunic, I have the perfect girl for it: Laura, my goddaughter!
    Greetings from Chile!
    mmimica(at)maimonides(dot)cl

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  106. I would love the second one - the tunic!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

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