Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What a Year!


Hi Angel! Happy Solstice!! I've been hunkering down and not posting much this week. I know you're busy too, getting ready for your Winter Solstice and Christmas celebrations and starting to pack up the house for the big remodel. How exciting!

As I type this, everyone is asleep in the house, aside from our little Christmas tree still bright and shiny in the dark night. I've been a crazed little elf every night for the past week or two. Since we're both so busy and in need to focus on our families during this lovely holiday season, let's take a little blog vacation. We'll be back the first week of January with regular posts!

christmas tree

But before I go, I wanted to recap some of my personal favorite moments and projects on the blog in 2011. It was an exciting year, full of fun events and so much growth, both as a blog and as individual crafters. If you're new to Stumbles & Stitches, this should be a fun little intro to what we're up to around here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Teacher Gifts

Happy Friday! Yesterday was the last day of preschool for Ben before the holidays. I had volunteered to present a "holiday tradition" to the class, so I talked about Winter Solstice and made pine cone bird feeders with the kids. Yesterday was also the day we brought teacher gifts to school. I had great plans to hand make a special gift for each of Ben's awesome teachers, but a couple of days ago, I realized this was just not going to happen.

Instead, I whipped up a little Scrappy Stocking Ornament for each of them, except bigger so it could fit a gift card. Obviously it is open at the top, and also lined.

Jenny: Scrappy Stocking gift card holder

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Burlap Art


Hi Angel! I hope you're well and keeping your head above water as we enter the final stretch toward Christmas. I am officially Overwhelmed, with a capital O. I have been so busy making gifts as well as items for my Etsy shop and custom orders, along with the regular routine of raising 2 small children and running a household, plus all the typical holiday craziness. You know how it goes. But can I just say: AAAHH!!!!!!

All right, deep breaths. Since I can't show you the handmade gifts I've been working on, because recipients might be reading, I am going to show you a custom project I worked on last month. I thought it might be fun to share, since it's a holiday project. (Apologies if you visit my personal website, as I already posted photos there!)

Jenny: Custom Holiday Burlap Art

I was contacted by a lovely lady named Christina back in early November to create 4 holiday pieces for her family members. They exchange unique holiday gifts at Thanksgiving and she wanted to wow them. After some back and forth with sketches and ideas, we settled on 4 burlap art pieces: 2 with stockings and 2 with snowflakes. Along with the grey snowflakes above, here are the other 3 pieces I made for her.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sponsor Giveaway: Fat Quarter Shop


It's giveaway day on Sew Mama Sew and we are participating with a very generous giveaway by our sponsor Fat Quarter Shop: a $50 gift certificate! That's right! That is $50 to spend on beautiful fabrics, patterns and more.


How to enter: For a chance to win this fabulous prize, simply write us a comment. If you'd like, tell us about the best handmade gift you've ever received or your favorite handmade item to have ever given. One entry per person, please.

Please make sure and leave an email address so we can contact you if you win. We'll keep comments open until Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. PST. We'll choose a random winner, will announce the name here, and will email this lucky person. (Void where prohibited.)

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! The lucky winner is Maya of redzshadow. Congratulations, Maya! We've sent you an email.

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If you're new to Stumbles & Stitches, a very warm welcome! We are so glad you're here! We hope you'll stick around, browse a little and subscribe. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. And let's not forget Flickr and Pinterest.

A huge thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for this awesome giveaway, and to Sew Mama Sew for organizing giveaway day! Make sure and go check out all the lovely people giving away supplies and handmade goodness all over the blogosphere.


Pssst... For giveaway day, I'm also having my first giveaway of a Jenny Bartoy original! Go check out the details and enter the giveaway here for a chance to win one of my Wonky Stripe Christmas Table Runner, or a custom Wonky Stripe Table Runner -- your choice!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

100 Pretty Little Projects: Book Review and Giveaway


How is it Thursday already? AAH! Slow down the countdown to Christmas puh-lease! Anyone else freaking out that it's less than 3 weeks until the big day? I did complete a Christmas gift yesterday, but more on that in a second.

A couple of months ago, our friends at Lark Crafts sent us the book 100 Pretty Little Projects to check out. I am excited to share my review with you guys today and show you the fun project I made from it. If you'd like a copy of 100 Pretty Little Projects for yourself, make sure and enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win one!

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects
Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More

100 Pretty Little Projects is a compilation of favorite projects from the popular Pretty Little series. It features cute and practical projects from fabulous designers and crafty bloggers including adorable pincushions, coasters, patchwork potholders, doll quilts, pretty pillows, trendy clutches and much, much more. The book is organized in four loose categories: Enjoy, Use, Hold and Give.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kid Craft: Stocking Advent Garland


Hello Angel! I loved your little Christmas wrap-up yesterday and wanted to share the ONE Christmas decoration we have put up so far: a stocking Advent garland made by Ben (with a little help from me).

I was so determined to make a beautiful Advent calendar this year but have been so busy and overwhelmed, it didn't happen. Ben has been asking about a calendar for weeks, begging me to purchase the cheap chocolate kind at the grocery store, so I decided it was time to make one, even if it is temporary!

Jenny: Stocking Advent Garland Kid Craft

Last week, Ben noticed the template for my Scrappy Stocking Ornament lying around my desk and asked me if he could color it. That's when a little light went off in my head. I created a coloring page for him on card stock by tracing 6 stockings. 4 pages of stockings make 24, perfect for Advent!

Jenny: Stocking Advent Garland Kid Craft

While I was sewing, Ben sat at the table next to me with his markers. We talked about all the special things we do during December and he drew them. Our family celebrates Winter Solstice, so several of the pictures focus on that -- making bird feeders, lighting the candle, eating mushrooms for dinner (husband's traditional Solstice recipe!). We also celebrate Christmas and many of Ben's drawings depict the magic of that holiday for him: decorating the tree, Santa and his reindeer, opening gifts with his little brother. We also talked about winter and what's special about it so he drew a lot of snow- and ice-related things.


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