Monday, July 25, 2011

Maternity Leave + a giveaway

I can't explain why, but I've actually been putting off sharing all this information for a while now. Why? I really have no clue! Maybe because I'm still slightly in denial (although no less excited!) about what's to come. But August is almost here, which means I'm running out of time! :)

Surely you all know by now that hubby & I are expecting our first little one sometime in the next month. Hopefully you didn't think I'd just leave you all hanging with the sew along! Trust me, I most certainly am not, and I'm just hoping you'll want me back after the next couple months since I'm sure these ladies will run the show better than I can! :)

For August, I'm very excited to have Susan from Living With Punks running the show! She'll be working with you on the Fringed Hobo Bag.


I know Susan is really excited for this bag, so there will probably be nobody better to share it with you. Susan probably doesn't realize it, but she's practically the entire reason behind My Crafty Crap! It was her Pillow Cover to Messenger Bag tutorial that kicked my butt into gear about getting the sewing machine I'd wanted for some time, and got me totally hooked on sewing. So I guess you have her to either thank or blame. ;) Susan answered all sorts of random sewing & bloggy questions for me early on, so I know she'll be nothing but helpful as you work through August's project.

September will be run by none other than Sara, from Sew Sweetness. She'll be working with you on the Blossom Handbag/Shoulder Bag. This is, by far, my absolute favorite pattern from the book, so I can't wait to get caught up & make my own.


Sara always shares such fantastic & helpful pattern reviews, and we're getting into the more difficult projects in the book, so I know she'll have some great pointers for you. And good news for any of you who don't own a copy of the Style Stitches book, September's pattern is available for FREE from Sew, Mama, Sew! Head on over now to print your pattern & start thinking about what fabrics you might want to use. You've still got plenty of time, but it's never too early to start planning!

I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things by October, and back running the sew along for the remainder of the year. Of course I'm not going to drop off the edge of the planet during August & September, but crafting may be at a minimum while we get a handle on this whole parenting business. :)

And now for a fun little giveaway. You remember all those origami bags I somehow managed to whip up last week? Of course you do, how could you forget all these lovlies!


I knew all along I didn't really need 22 of them, but I made a couple extra because I wanted to be able to share them with a couple of YOU! I have two to give away, and entering is simple. Everybody gets two chances to enter by guessing when Goose will get here (date & time) and how big he'll be (weight only). The closest guess for each will each get one bag! If the same person guesses both correctly, I'll choose the next closest guess from the date & time guesses. I'll leave comments open for guesses until next Monday, but if he comes between now & then only those who have already guessed will be eligible to win! Obviously the winner won't be announced & bags won't be sent until after Goose gets here, but I'll contact the winners as soon as I can.

I'm sure some of you will have all kinds of questions you want answered to have a better chance at guessing correctly, but I'll only tell you these few things:
- My official due date is August 17
- Like I said earlier, this is our first baby
- Hubby was a whopping 9+ pounder
- I was just under 8 pounds
Good luck!

I look forward to the adventures I know the next few months will bring & hope you'll stick around through my little hiatus.

Don't forget, you still have time to enter your Key Keeper Coin Purse for your chance at July's giveaway. Head over & link up if you haven't already!

Until next time...


  1. August 15th at 8:17pm; 7 pounds, 12 oz. Good Luck with everything!

  2. August 20th at 6:59 am; 8lb 7 oz.

  3. August 11th @ 5.30pm & 8lbs 7 oz

    Can't wait to "meet" little Goose! :)

  4. August 17th, 10:14 a.m., 7 lbs 15 oz

    Hi "Goose"....can't wait to see you in person!

  5. August 19th @ 5 am, 7 lbs. 8 oz. Can't wait to see his beautiful face! My first was 8 days late but the daughter we adopted came 1 day early!

  6. August 16 @ 11:43pm, 8lbs 4oz

  7. Aww, thanks Bree! I can't wait to do both of those bags (I know I've fallen off the last few months).

    My guess is August 13th, 7lb. 6oz.

    William was 2 weeks early and Violet was 2 days late (arrived in the midst of massive flooding, so no one could even visit me in the hospital, lol). Hopefully he will be here sooner rather than later, that 2 days late was pretty difficult!

  8. August 22 @ 1:56 AM.

    8 pounds 2 ounces

    Good luck and enjoy your baby when he/she arrives!

  9. Wow..
    My guess is August 11th, 8lb. 2oz.

  10. 9lb 3oz I hope I'm wrong for your sake. My daughter was 9lb 6 and I certainly knew it! Wishing you all the best for the arrival of Goose :-)

  11. I'm going to say August 16th (because that's my birthday!!).
    and 8lbs 3 oz.

    I'm so excited for you guys and can't wait to see pictures!

  12. My guess is August 12, at 7:31 a.m. weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz of lovable babiness.

  13. August 24th, 4:23pm and I think he'll be just 6 pounds 2 ounces. Good luck!

  14. I'm going to say 8 lbs 6 oz and arrival on my husband's birthday, Aug 18th!

    So excited that Sept is the Blossom bag, I have all my fabric purchased and waiting! Very nervous about taking on such a challenge as a newbie though :)

  15. I am going to go by my sons stats. He will be one on August 20th.

    Your baby will be born on August 20th at 1:38pm and weigh 8lbs 2 oz.

  16. I was born two weeks early. I was supposed to be born on August 14, so that is my guess. At 9:30 am.

  17. my birthday is August the 17th!
    I'd say he's very comfty where he is now, so I'll say he'll be out on the 20th and he'll be 8lb 2 oz. Congratulations!

  18. August 19th, 8.09pm
    8lb, 6oz

    Hope it all goes smoothly and I can't wait to meet the little one.

  19. Oh, good luck Bree, hope it all goes great for you :-)

    My guess is August 24th at 9:45pm

  20. August 13th. 6.57 pm. 7lbs 8oz

  21. Well, I'm going to have to go with August 22 at 12:31 p.m., because that's my oldest daughter's birthday and time. : ) I know you don't want to go that long, so I do apologize if I end up being right! : ) 8 lbs., 7 oz.

    Good luck in these last few weeks. I vividly recall how uncomfortable it was, especially in the heat of summer!

  22. August is such a great month!! My brother was born on 12th, my boyfriend on 19th, his niece on 2nd, my best friend's doughter on 31th and I could go on and on.
    My guess is August 27th, 6pm. I wouldn't like to guess weight, those lbs of yours give me hard time (I'm more into kg :))

  23. I think Goose will arrive on August 20 at about 5:45 a.m. He will weigh in at 8 lbs. 6 oz.

  24. Ok, here goes. My guess it's going to be a big boy, let's say 2,8kg.

  25. I think August 14 around 2pm and 8 lbs, 4 oz


  26. I'm going for August 12th @ 3:30 pm, and weighing in at 8lbs 3 oz

  27. I guessing Goose will arrive August 21 at 12:03 am and weigh 7 lbs 12 oz. Good luck and best wishes!

  28. I'm going to guess August 14th and 8.2 lbs. Good luck! :)

  29. I'm guessing August 14 at 8:56 pm, and weighing in a 6 lbs 9 ounces!

  30. Very upset that Goose did not yesterday on my birthday ... I really thought we were going to be birthday buddies :) haha

    Ok... here we go... Goose will come at 5.38pm on Saturday the 13th of August.

    (That was completely random... but maybe I'm psychic, we shall see... haha)

  31. O - I forgot the weight... let's see.... he will be 6 lbs 2 ounces. I'm telling you... psychic... ;-)