Want some mice in your kitchen?

Not the furry squeaky kind of course!!  I mean, these mice:


That’s right – these are the mice that are up for grabs!!  The contest goes live tomorrow, August 19th, on the HandmadeMN blog. How can you enter? Check out the page sometime tomorrow and the post will tell you how. But it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is leave comments on the post over at the Handmade blog and each comment counts as an entry. But wait till the contest is announced! Only comments on that post are counted. =)

Now, for those of you paying attention and actually reading this post – a bonus, of sorts. If you win the drawing, you can pick out any pair of mice in my store. You may love these beautiful red ones, which is great, but if red isn’t your thing, I’ve got lots of other colors too. So if you win and you want a different pair, just let me know. Good luck!




Just in time

I’ve been working away the past few months preparing for the Powderhorn Art Fair, which is THIS weekend!  Just in time, I finally finished that scrappy rainbow quilt I’d been working on. I like how it turned out, though I kind of wish now I’d had a friend machine quilt it. The hand-quilting is fine, it does make for a more pillowy finish – but it takes forever!

I also got these chubby little chick quilt hangings done. I don’t think I’d even mentioned I’d been working on them. My mom sent me the chubby chicks pattern and I’ve been working on them on and off for probably a year. I have another half dozen chicks in process somewhere. But at some point I decided to make two small wall hangings instead of a bigger quilt and I like how it turned out.

Oh, and for those of you who were interested, I’ll have a pair of my mouse hot pads up for grabs, in a giveaway, in a couple weeks. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how you can enter to win!

All you local folks, I hope you can drop by and see me at the Art Fair this weekend! It’s in Powderhorn Park and I’m on the lake, space #17. If you don’t want to drive, you can take the bus for free!

Scrap taming

I mentioned a few months ago my growing scrap pile. Well you can imagine how big it must be now with all the preparation sewing I’ve been doing recently. It is overflowing yet again. My local quilt shop (and I’m sure many other quilt shops) offer “scrap tamers” or “scrap busters” events where people try to get that scrap pile under control by making quilts and other things. That was the idea behind this quilt (which is still in process) and this one (which I apparently never blogged about?).

I looked at my giant scrap pile and decided something must be done. I took out pattern pieces for the three smallest items I have and went through every last bit a lot of the fabric cutting out lots of pieces. Here is what I ended up with:

a bunch of cup cozies…

My machine has a number of fancy stitches, but I’m afraid most of them are just weird. The few I do like are pretty cool.  I like matching the fabric, thread color, and fancy stitch.

A bunch of sunglasses cases…

and a bunch of mice hot pads.

I ended up with some good ones in this batch. Hard to pick my favorite.

Speaking of these mice, a pair of them will be in an upcoming giveaway! Stay tuned for the details, but I can tell you the contest will be open from August 19 to September 1. I’m not sure if any of these mice will be available – but there will be more and they will be just as cute.

Alright, back to sewing!

Mice and the giveaway

One of my sheep tea cozies is in a giveaway right now (on the HandmadeMN blog). I’ve been enjoying the comments from this giveaway: the first way to enter is to leave a comment saying what item you like from my Etsy shop.

So far most people have been enjoying my new mice pot holders. These are very new to me; the first ones were posted on Etsy just a month ago.

Where did the idea come from? A neighbor of ours who lives a block away has one of the coolest houses and yards I’ve ever seen. She bought this fixer-upper house years ago and has been painstakingly fixing it up ever since. She likes things old fashioned and simple, so the kitchen has old cabinets, an old cast iron sink, an old gas stove, etc. One day when I was visiting I noticed an old pot holder hanging on the side of the oven. It was a little mouse and the cutest pot holder I’d ever seen!

I borrowed it from her to see if I could make a pattern for myself. I cut it open, turned it inside out, and figured out how it was made. And it did look old. The “stuffing” inside was a couple of old blankets. I would guess it was many decades old, but who knows. I have since found one or two similar designs in different Etsy shops, and one claimed it was a design from the 80s.

Either way, I think they are adorable and of course very handy to have around the kitchen. I’d much rather have this kind of mouse than the living kind!

If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway for the sheep cozy, you have until this coming Sunday.

A question to my followers and lurkers: would you be interested in a giveaway of the mice pot holders?