Thursday, May 9, 2013

Squidoo Hopping---Rankings

Good Thursday!
This week I would like to ask you to share your highest ranked lens and your lowest ranked lens in the linky.

My Helen Steiner Rice lens rose to the top of my list again for a bit.  I assume, as usual each year because of Mother's Day.  It didn't stay there long.  I still don't have any lenses even in tier 2.  Oh how I really must work on that!

Please link up any blog posts you have done this past week pertaining to squidoo as well.  Feel free to link up your highest and lowest ranking lenses in addition to any and all blog posts.     Thanks!!

Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!r

 Welcome to the "Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses" blog tour, featuring finished projects and giveaways from Sweet Seams' latest book. The designers over at NYC-based Sweet Seams wanted to create a collection of fast, fun, and inexpensive dresses to make for their daughters, granddaughters, nieces and god-daughters. The dresses, which all start with a simple T-shirt, were inspired by all the little girls in their lives who feel special in projects that were made especially for them. Crafters can upcycle any T-shirt, maybe even an old favorite that doesn't quite have the same fit anymore or one that's stained near the hem. With 28 very different styles to choose from, anyone can find a design that fits the little girl in their own life.  

I am thrilled to be able to take part in the Sew Pretty blog tour. 
When I rec'd the email asking if I would do a book review of Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses, my first thought was making dresses for all 4 of my granddaughters.
When I rec'd a second email asking if I would take part in the blog tour, of course I said yes.

I love this book! I have made one dress so far. This is the Patchwork of Art design. The first photo is the dress. The second photo is my granddaughter, Willo, wearing the dress. She wore it to church and showed it off. I had her take it off after church, at which time she informed me that I was to make sure to get it washed. She wanted to wear it the following Sunday as well.

I have built a squidoo lens with my full review as well as the press release of Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses.....and photos featuring some of the other designs in the book.  I hope you will click HERE and check it out.

Here is the complete schedule for the blog tour. I do hope you will check them all out. Come back day by day until tour end!
May 5  
The New York Mom will feature a finished project  
Nouveau Stitch will feature a finished project, “Flirty Shirt”  
Just Pure Lovely will host a giveaway  
The Crafty Princess Diaries  will host a giveaway

May 6
Craft Knife will feature a finished project, “Cool Water”  
Stitched by Crystal  will feature a project for her 9-month-old  
BlogHer DIY will feature a project

May 7
Prudent Baby will review and host a giveaway
House of 34 will host a giveaway

May 8
Smashed Peas and Carrots will feature a finished project, “Bubble Tea”  
Simply Modern Mom will review and might do a project

May 9
Marsha’s Spot will feature a finished project, “Patchwork of Art” and host a giveaway
Sew Spoiled will review the book  
Maya Made  will feature a finished project  

May 10
Dollar Store Crafts will review the book
Only From Scratch will feature a project

May 11
A Few Shortcuts will review and host a giveaway
Wild Olive will feature a finished project  
Positively Splendid will feature a finished project   

May 12
On the Laundry Line  will feature a  finished project  
Elegance and Elephants will feature a finished project

May 13
Luvinthemommyhood will review and host a giveaway
My Little Gems  will host a giveaway

Now for the fun part! How would you like to win your own copy of Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses? Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: Sixth&Spring Books gave me the information and I received the book from Soho Publishing Co. for the purpose of this blog tour/review/giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way, and any opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WIP Wednesday--5/8/13

I didn't post last week.  I didn't have much progress, and sure not enough to warrant writing about!

I'm still moving along with the pillowcases, but only here and there.  I was able to buy the last fabric that I needed and have that last pillowcase started.  I do plan on getting it mostly done today.  It happens to be for the first grandchild's birthday of the year, which is May 28.  Then they start coming fast--the birthday's that is---June 1, June 5, July 3, August 13, August 15, August 29, September 8, November 7, and  then the last is my daughters birthday on October 9.
Means I should get this post done and move on in to my craft room and get to work.

Here is a picture I took of my progress:
 Yesterday was sewing club at church, where I am still fighting away working on the quilt top that I've been working on for months!  One of the gals suggested that I go ahead and start putting some of the top together.  She said that would make me feel like I was at least getting somewhere with it.
So, here you have the top row of the middle part of the quilt:
I am still working away on my goal with making these plastic canvas coasters.  I have made over 50 of them so far and I'm still not out of that huge ball of yarn.  I hope hope hope to finish them up TODAY.  I really need to move on to other projects as I am planning on setting up to sell my crafts at the flea market June 2.

Moving along and getting back to work here, I am linking up with:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, May 6, 2013

Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner Review and Giveaway!

Yay for Soft Scrub always coming up with new products to make our cleaning a bit easier!

I've been trying the Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner.  Admittedly, I don't take care of my stainless steel sinks as I should.  In particular the right side which seems to ALWAYS have dirty dishes in it.
Check out my before and after shots: that is shiny!  I have a plus going on at my house.  Ever since my teenage daughter seen just how shiny the sink can be, she likes to take it upon herself to keep it that way.  Who would have thought?

Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner is a rinse-Free gel that cleans and polishes granite and marble countertops, glass cooktops, and stainless steel.  It's tough on stains, but gentle even on your most delicate surfaces.

Just apply to the surface and wipe away with a sponge, cloth, or paper towel.  Grease and grime easily disappears.

Find out more at

You won't want to miss the latest  Soft Scrub Sweepstakes.
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You can be a winner here on my blog too.  Enter using the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win one of 3 free product coupons!

Disclosure:  As a Purex Insider I was sent a bottle of Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Purex/Soft Scrub provided me with free coupons to give away as prizes.

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