Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A “Bloomin’” Giveaway

Hello there bloggy friends! I am so very happy to share with you what I have been working on for the past few – more like six or more – months. You know how you get an idea imbedded into your noggin’ and it just kind of keeps reminding you that “hey – get off of yer bum and do something about it!” So, here it is….my first bag pattern! When I was a young chickadee – 19 or so – I had a darling ruffled shirt made out of t-shirt fabric. Cute thing, that little shirt. It was my favorite. I wanted to create a bag that would look similar to my vintage ruffled and flouncy top.

Someday I will have to dig out the “vintage” photo of me wearing it. But you must promise NOT to snicker. Well, ok…one or two snickers is ok. Remember Farrah hair? Yea, I had that, too.P1010016

The tote bag is simply called SOPHIE’S BLOOMERS. The Bloomer bag is flirty and ruffly and very girly-girlish. When I was testing the pattern out, I made up quite a few to get it “just right”. The line up above is a sampling of those test bags.

I would also like to extend a big thank you and shout out for my TEST SEWER friends! A round of applause goes to SINTA, SHARON and JEAN! These women were very patient with me and offered me tremendous feedback for the pattern. Thank you so much!!

Being as I am NEW to this pattern business, I had many questions along the way. A big thank you goes to Ann, Pam, Elizabeth and Amy for sharing their professional pointers with me.

I am grateful for each and every person who has encouraged me to take this step. The process has been a lot of work, but enjoyable as well.

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Remember my post about Elizabeth’s RED ROSE FARM fabric? It was secret squirrel stuff then – HOWEVER I can tell you all about it now. Elizabeth asked if I would like to make up two Bloomer bags in her new line of fabric. *insert a GASP here and please call someone who can perform CPR!!!* But wait, it gets even better…..AND she would take my bags with her to display in the PB Textile booth (the wonderful fabric company who has manufactured Red Rose Farm) at the HOUSTON QUILT MARKET!!!!

BE STILL MY HEART!!!

Below are the two bags that I made up using just a few of the delightful and GORGEOUS (say it again now…GGGGGORGEOUS) fabrics from the Red Rose Farm line. Elizabeth’s fabric is not only sweet-as-can-be but it is soft and just dreamy to sew on, too.

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Just look at the pretty pink roses with pink polka dots in the background!

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Below is the Bloomer bag made up of several coordinating fabrics. The bag can be made with two coordinating fabrics OR three OR four. Add a chunky ric rac along the top and a pretty rhinestone button for some girly bling.

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I made the bag below in a sweet Lucien fabric with soft pink roses on a blue background. This one is for me…a girl has to have a few extra purses hanging around, dontchaknow! Right?

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There are several reasons why I decided to share some goodies with y’all…..

1. The Giants WON THE WORLD SERIES!! - SO PROUD OF THEM! You guys totally rock! Seriously!

2. This month I turn 50. Yep, the BIG 5-0. This is my birthday gift to you.

3. And in memory of our Jordy boy’s 27th birthday. I know he is cheering me on in this endeavor. I can just feel his chin on my shoulder as he would so often do when he was watching me do something.

AND because I have three reasons to have a giveaway, there are three prizes.

Here is how this works…

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1. The first winner will have the choice of either the teal or pink Sophie’s Bloomers bag (above and below). When you leave a comment, please indicate which one you would like to win.

front of pattern pic

2. The second winner will win the single ruffle burlap runner as shown below.

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3. The third winner will win one of my Sophie's Bloomers Bag patterns.

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If you would like to have several chances to win, please closely follow the directions below:

1. Leave a comment on this post if you would like to enter the giveaway.

2. For a second entry, leave another comment and let me know if you follow my blog.

3. If you are not a follower and would like to be, enter a separate comment to let me know if you are now a follower.

4. If you would like to share about the giveaway on your blog – via a post or a sidebar note – enter a separate comment that you have done so.

If you do not have a blog but would like to enter to win, please send me an email at sweetcottagedreams1@comcast.net to enter to win.

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The patterns for the Sophie’s Bloomers Bag are for sale via my blog for now. If you would like to purchase a pattern, the cost is $10.00, which includes shipping to US residents. Simply drop me an email if you wish to purchase one. (sweetcottagedreams1@comcast.net).

I will announce the winner of the giveaways on November 10th.

PS: The giveaway is for our International friends, too.

Take good care until then….

xoxo

Becky

302 comments:

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StacieJayne said...

I would like to enter the giveaway

StacieJayne said...

Until 2 minutes ago, I have not been a follower of your blog.

StacieJayne said...

I am NOW following your blog. Beautiful purses, BTW! ;>

Liz said...

Hi Becky!
I have your giveaway posted on my sidebar now! :) I was just admiring these sweet little aprons again. :)

~Liz

StacieJayne said...

I have linked to this giveaway on my blog (please don't laugh at the lack of content...). If you'd like to check out the blog, it's here: http://arizonaklan.blogspot.com/2010/11/bloomin-giveaway.html

Kathy Sue said...

Becky Boo, Becky Boo,,, I am so proud of you. It is beautiful and I want a pattern for sure. Will you sign it to??? Love to you,Kathy

Beeshebags said...

Wow, gorgeous is an understatement....I love the pink one....but would be happy with the teal one also...lol

Please enter my name into the draw.

Hugs
Naomi

Beeshebags said...

I'm a follower of your blog....now!

Hugs
Naomi

Beeshebags said...

In case I miss doing it on the right day....Happy Birthday girl....hope you have a wonderful day....I've popped a link to your giveaway in my sidebar.. http://beeshebags.blogspot.com/

Hugs
Naomi

tramway tootie said...

hello.
i love these frilly bags, especially the teal one! i'm a fairly new follower of your blog and i must say, it's delightful! you've inspired me to get my spare bedroom redone in red and white! i'm also forty-ten, as i like to call it. it's been a good year. happy birthday to you and jordan!

KarenHarveyCox said...

These bags are so lovely. Congratulations on the pattern design. I design fabric so, these look so wonderful!

Karen

KarenHarveyCox said...

I just linked to follow your blog. Happy Birthday.
Karen

Terri said...

Love the bags! The fabric is so inspiring!! I would love to win the teal bag but would also accept the pink. :-)
Love your blog,
Terri

Terri said...

Yes, I do follow your blog. You are very inspiring!!
Terri

Charlotte said...

I love the bags, beautiful.I would love to have the pink one if I should win.

Thank you,
Charlotte
charlotte.wills@gmail.com

Charlotte said...

I am a follower.
Charlotte
charlotte.wills@gmail.com

LaVonne said...

I love that teal bag! Beautiful.

I am going to get my first sewing machine this month. I am excited to learn how to sew.

One day I will try to make beautiful creations like yours! :)

CHERI said...

Oh, yes, I'd love to enter your giveaway. I like both bags but would choose teal. Love the other prizes too! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

CHERI said...

I'm a follower! Congrats on turning 50. I've written you before about the loss of your son...as a mother who has also lost a child I know how lonesome those birthdays and special days can be. My heart is with you.

Anonymous said...

I would love to enter.... I am happy to win anything! Love it all. Your purses and runner are simply darling. Congrats.

Jan
licoricelucyhd@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have been a follower for a long time.... love your blog!
Jan
licoricelucyhd@yahoo.com

Deborah said...

These are so pretty!!
I love the teal one...please enter me in your generous draw

Deborah xo

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday and you know I love following you, and your sweet pooches!

Deborah xo

Dena said...

Oh Becky! My jaw is on the floor! Those Blooms are as pretty as cupcakes and I luuuuuuv them! Wishing you a very happy 5-0! :)

Hugs,
Dena

Dena said...

And of course, I love following you :)

Hugs,
Dena

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I must really still believe in miracles...cuz I think I am like 226 person to comment....but I love those purses. I love purses, I love ruffles....oh...please pick me!! I guess I would pick the pink but I really wouldn't care!! and I love the runner too...oh, and Happy Birthday coming up!!

Bluzbrod said...

OK, I'm in love. The pink Sophie's Bloomers bag simply must come to live with me. Thank you :-D

Bluzbrod said...

And I've just become a Follower. Pink, please. Plese.

craftyles said...

Love the bags! I really love the pink one(if I should be so lucky to win one). The other prizes are also wonderful. Happy 50 this month!

bigeyedchick said...

Becky,

Your Bloomers Bags are sooo cute! I would LOVE the teal one!! I like to sew too, but don't have the time! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!!

Laurel in MN

bigeyedchick said...

Hi again Becky. I am a follower and check your blog daily! It's beautiful!

Laurel :)

becky up the hill said...

So happy for you!~Yippy Skippy! Okay, if I win a bag, I choose pink!

nicoledemana said...

you rock ;0) wow if I win swoon I would love the pink bag please enter my comment I would very much appreciate it ttfn Nicole

Kit said...

I am soooo glad I found your site! Your bags are lovely and I would love to win one. Especially the pink one! Kit

Kit said...

I am back and a follower now too! I look forward to visiting your site. Kit

Into Vintage said...

Miss B!! Congratulations on this wonderful thing you've done -- your purses and pattern are beautiful and yet another example of your amazing creativity. :-)

Happy 50th too -- I'm not far behind you and ... I'll show you my Farrah hair if you show me yours. xo -amy

Vee said...

Wahhh, I don't know how I missed this, but I'd love to have my name tossed in even at this late date. Yes, I follow your blog, but don't count that for two. And, yes, I will annouce it somehow in my sidebar just because it is so adorable! (I'd love the teal one.)

Thimbleanna said...

Your new bags are beautiful!!! I especially like the one in Elizabeth's new fabric. I sure wish I'd known they were at market -- I could have fondled them in person!

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

GorGeouS bags! well done!
plz enter me in this giveaway :)
teal or pink would be FaB!! teal if i MUST choose :)

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

your 825th 'sweet friend'!
thx for the invite ..

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

i was NOT a follower, but i am now happily following...

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

your LoVeLY giveaway now posted at FHC :) tea is on ~ Welcome...

Cindy said...

Yippeeeee! Your big announcement! I am so proud of you - what a beautiful and very sweet tote bag (and I love the name, btw!).
I would love a chance to win, and would pick the pink one - although both are super sweet! Congrats on this huge accomplishment!

Cindy said...

Back again...I am a happy follower of your blog! :-)

Janet said...

Your bags are so sweet! The pink one is my favorite!
Blessings,
Janet

Janet said...

I'm am now an official follower, although I have been following your blog for awhile now.
Blessings,
Janet

Jeannie said...

Happy Birthday! How sweet are those bags, I love the pink one.
Many blessings to you!

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness - I'm the 234th person to comment! I've been trying to catch up after a very hectic work week and this visit to your blog is my first 'read' for the day! I would love to enter because I think the sight of a ruffly bag would make everyone who meets me smile!(Love that runner too!)

Pondside said...

...........and for the second entry, I'm a faithful follower of your and your four-legged friends at the Cottage.

Glinda said...

Becky, CONGRATULATIONS! What a wonderful idea and great venture and adventure! The bags are beautiful. I love all of them. Of course, we have much the same taste so I love the fabric and color of your beautiful bag but the pink one makes me feel happy when I look at it. If I could sew I'd purchase one of those patterns! But as you know, sewing is not my forte. Love you and congratulations! Glinda

Glinda said...

Becky, I forgot to tell you that I am following your blog and have always followed it although not a blogger myself. BTW I was in need of comfort this week so I put two of your pillows on my bed. They make me happy. Glinda

Glinda said...

Becky, the big 5-0 is a piece of cake. Will let you know about the big 6-0 in March! Have a happy one with your family.

Cathy M said...

Congratulations on your new endeavor. Your bag is beautiful.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Somebody please throw water on me!! I just fainted!
Do you see the number of comments on this post for pity sakes?? Never in my entire life..ok..bloggy year, have I ever seen such a thing. I screech when I get 20 or so!

( love the very pale blue one by the way!)...to go with my blue jeans you know! So...am I in?
:)
Hugs!

Shirley said...

I would love to be entered into your giveaway! I love your pink bag!! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway. Congratulations on your first pattern (hopefully the first of many!)

Shirley said...

I am also a follower of your blog now, too!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I saw your bag over on Lallee's blog. It's really the cutest bag I've ever seen. I wish I knew how to sew better! I love the cottagey fabric.

Happy Birthday too!

Manuela

Suzanne said...

Oh my goodness, I'm not too late to enter. I love the pink bag. I'm feeling luckty here.

Suzanne

Suzanne said...

I'm now a follower of Sweet Cottage Dreams.

Lori said...

Loving these bags ~ I love the one you made for yourself as it is so me ~ but between the pink and teal ~ I would love the pink ~ girly girl pink please!

Lori said...

I am a new happy follower :o)

Kim said...

You bet I'd love to win one of these prizes :) Both of the bags are gorgeous but the teal one just barely edges out the pink for my favorite :)

Kim said...

I'm a follower now! Found your blog through Susan at My Hands, His Glory.

Donna said...

Oh, those are gorgeous bags! I would adore winning the pink one!

Donna said...

I haven't been a follower, but I am now! Thank you so much!

Caroline said...

The bags are gorgeous!! Please enter me, teal please.

Caroline said...

I'm following now too!

maria said...

Wow i love both of the bags, but my favorite is the pink one.
I am happy to participate(hope my english is good enough to understand)

maria said...

I am already follower.

maria said...

and yes i will post it on my blog
Greetings
Maria

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! you have been very busy! I love the very first bag with the soft colors! I'm so proud of you for getting your pattern printed to sale! You are so talented! ♥♥♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a follower...and have been for a long time! Love your blog! ♥

Erin said...

I luv your bags! You are soooo talented. The pink one is just darling! Erin

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Wow, 266 entries! Do I even have a chance? Well, I saw your flirty bag on Kathy's Cottage Blog and HAD to check it out. If I win a bag I like the pink best - but they are BOTH darling! I pattern would be great too and then I can make one for each of my friends and family! You do LOVELY work! Have a great week and I am adding you onto my blog list!
xoxo
Marilyn

Anonymous said...

Your bags are beautiful. I love the pink!!!

Connie (chubmoma@verizon.net)

Anonymous said...

I am a folower of your blog.

Connie (chubmoma@verizon.net)

Elizabeth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! So very pretty!! I just LoVe this bag!! would love the teal....

Love your blog!
Great giveaway!

Elizabeth.

edickerson at dishmail dot net

Elizabeth said...

I follow your blog!!

edickerson at dishmail dot net

Cabin and Cottage said...

Wow! These are so cheery cute! Thanks so much for coming by and sayin' hey! Have a Happy Birthday! Jacqueline

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

Becky your new pattern is AMAZING!!!! I love it love it love it. It looks gorgeous in every colorway you've shown. Ooh, I just pictured a burlap fruffly one! I could never choose which of your creations I like best. Love 'em all! xoxo

Remember Me ~ Emily said...

Oooo! What a yummy bag! Please enter me in your drawing! Emily.

Remember Me ~ Emily said...

Yes! I am a faithful follower of your blog! Emily. XOXOXO

Michle said...

I am a follower of your blog. Love the teal purse.
Thanks,

Michle

Michle said...

I would love to entered in the giveaway!! I like the teal. Thanks

Michle

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

How cute!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I'm a follower too.

Cori said...

Happy 50th Birthday! It is so hard to pick between the two bags but, if I must, it would be the pink one. The runner is too cute, too.

Cori said...

I am now a follower. I just found your blog via Kathy's Cottage.

Anita Kehn said...

I am a follower.

Kate Craig said...

I love your bags. I'm a pink loving girl.

Kate Craig said...

I have followed your blog for a long time because you are so optimistic even though life has thrown you for a loop at times. You are a blessing.

cheryl said...

Love, love, love the bags. The coin was heads, so the teal is my favorite. I'd love a chance to win.

cheryl

cheryl said...

A follower??? Of course I'm a follower. I'd be at the airport handing out carnations if you needed me to!!!

cheryl

Rebecca said...

I wanna see you and your FARRAH HAIR!

:) TEE HEE!

I had it, too!

Love to you my talented friend~

Rebecca

Dolly said...

Hi Becky,
I am so excited.... I had to come and see if you announced the lucky winner!

Waiting patiently,
Smiles, Dolly

Liz said...

Hi Ya! I didn't know if I had left you a comment that I have your give away posted in my sidebar...I did it last week!
If I should be so lucky to be chosen I would live that little teal bag (sooo cute) But I would love either or the ruffel burlap runner. :)

Happy Veteran's Day!
~Liz

Kathie Truitt said...

Becky, I tried to find a link to your e-mail and couldn't. So I'll have to say what's on my heart here.
I woke up this Veteran's Day morning picturing your sweet son Jordan. Even though I don't know your family and live all the way across the country I am so touched by Jordan and men and women like him who join the military knowing full well that they are taking a risk with their lives and for whatever reason are happy to do so. Thank God for him! I never take my freedom for granted. I am an author/writer and I am so thankful I live in a country where I can write my own thoughts and not fear for my life. I am thankful that I can worship Jesus and not be afraid of persecution, or be told I have to bow down to someone or something else. I don't take for granted that I can simply walk down the street and wear what I want, do what I want, be who I want.
There are countless others just like me. Your son did not give his life in vain.
Thank YOU for the gift of Jordan and allowing him to be who he was meant to be.

Kathie Truitt
Author, novel "False Victim"
blog "Hillbilly Debutante: Musings of a Country Girl Stuck in the City"

Marilyn W said...

Just found your site...looked it over...like it...would LOVE to win the pink bloomer bag.

Marilyn W said...

I'm now a follower.

I like the pink bag.

My Vintage Blankie said...

Hey Becky, I missed your giveaway but I have to say....I l~o~v~e your Sopie's Bloomer Bag. It is darling and well worth the wait! Happy Birthday to you. I hit the Big 50 this year and as they say..."it only gets better"

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMGoodness---your new bags are gorgeous! Love, love, love! AND that Roses fabric--it's wonderful and how fantastic that you are going to get featured at the fabric show with your new bags and patterns in that fabric line---WOW! big deal Sweety---congratulations and the very best of luck to you!
I would be totally tickled pink to win any one of these wonderful prizes--but if I win first I'd like the aqua bag, or maybe the pink...no, the aqua....Oh, it just doesn't matter! LOL
Smiles, Karen

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh Beckers.... I am so incredibly proud of you! Wow! Your design and bags are absolutely gorgeous!! You are so talented and creative and these bags exemplify that! LOVE them!!! Congratulations on everything! So well earned and deserved.

Love you,
Kim

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