SMS Giveaway Day!

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I will tally it up and then post the winners soon! :D

Thank you guys so much for your interest :D


This week begins Sew Mama Sew’s May Giveaway Day, and I am happy to once again participate!

This round, I am giving away 4 book covers which fit the standard Mass Market size paperbacks. You know, the short fat ones that are about 4.25 x 6.75 inches.

Cute & Colorful

fabric book cover giveaway
fabric book cover giveaway


fabric book cover giveaway
fabric book cover giveaway

Clean & Preppy

fabric book cover giveaway
fabric book cover giveaway

Embroidery Experiment

fabric book cover giveaway
fabric book cover giveaway

The first (and thus far only other) time I participated, I had asked for everyone’s favorite author or book. The literary winner was Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice for those interested.

I had also asked the winners last time to give me their thoughts on the product since I was still working out the pattern. Since then, I have worked it out and am now at the stage of experimenting with the embellishments. If only there were more weekends in the week, eh?

This round all I ask from you is to be kind and only leave one comment. Please include:

  • What character would you love to meet in real life and why?
    (Name the book and author of course;)
  • Which cover would you prefer?
    (Although in the case of ties, I will choose randomly.)
  • Your email address
    (It is ok to disguise it such as:  calynn ((at)) thecrafties ((dot)) com)

Side note: If you are having trouble finding the Comments link (look up top, under the date), then click on the title and scroll to the bottom. (This theme still has a few quirks, and for that I apologize.) Comments are moderated so it may take a while for yours to appear, what with work and a NYC trip and all, but they will be tallied in order, this I promise you:)

Comments will be closed around midnight Eastern time on Wednesday, May 25th. The four international winners will be chosen at random and I will ship the covers out by the end of the month. I will email each at the close of the giveaway for the mailing information but if I do not hear from them by Saturday, May 28th, I will select another random winner instead.

Also, check back soon after the winners have been announced for the tutorial! Yes, finally! :D

Good luck and huzzah!

SMS Giveaway Day approaches!

I just signed up for the next give away day : May 23rd. Yippee! :D

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Hop on over here and check it out: Sew Mama Sew! May Giveaway Day

(How my first giveaway day went: Giveaway Day! )

Maybe that will prompt me to forget about the house remodelling and pry myself away from the darling little stray kitty and craft again!

Oh, and something I never did get around to sharing – I won something from Made By Rae in December!! Check it: Falalalafabric Giveaway Winners (#7 :) That is unrelated to Sew Mama Sew’s thing but still, giveaways rock! I have not used the fabric yet, but I do have plans. It was even cuter in person:)

Gosh, I also forgot to share that I won something from WorldBuilders! Each year author Patrick Rothfuss is a part of this thing through Heifer International. Or maybe its Heifer International through WorldBuilders. Well, whatever the case, for every donation you make, they match it. How amazing is that?! And what Mr. Rothfuss does in addition to that is that he organizes a type of giveaway himself. For every 10$ increment you donate, you are entered to win all kinds of cool stuff. Like I can’t even tell you the amount of awesomeness that goes into this. And for such a great cause! I won a signed copy even! When I finish it, I’ll declare but for now reading has gone on the wayside :(

Midna the Stray

Our precious stray kitty, Midna, went to the vet yesterday. It didn’t sound good. Her belly is bloated and her intestines are ropey. She has broken hair and alopecia over her back end and a few other spots, leading the doctor to believe she has flea dermatitis, but there are no fleas to be found. Her coat is very rough also. And she has poor muscle mass over her hind legs. Otherwise her teeth, ears, eyes, etc are all ok.
I gave them a stool sample (she choose to poop in random places in the garage) and ordered a slew of tests to make sure she is fit before we give her to someone. The bloodwork was ready before I left and the doctor was very concerned that her white cells were super high. He didn’t have a reason for it, so he suggested testing her for the deadly and contagious FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), considering her low muscle mass and bloated belly.
So a few hundred dollars later (which was our intention on vaccines and spay, neither of which she was healthy enough to undergo yet), and worrying that we may have given our kitties some untreatable disease even though we washed our hands and such (which if that turned out to be true, I would destroy Mother Nature), the vet called today to tell me this news:

Midna’s stool showed no signs of worms (but they did suggest I get a general de-wormer just to be sure).

Midna’s FIP test was negative. Big, huge, massive relief. She’s going to make it and my kitties wont be sick! :D

And how thrilled was I when I found poop in her litter box?? Yay Midna!! :D

So currently I am giving her anti-biotics twice a day and will take her back in 10 days to get a new blood test and hopefully her counts are closer to normal. And then hopefully she will be healthy enough also for the vacs and spay because we will be leaving for NYC and I would really like to place her by then. Wish us luck!

And today, I went out to sit with her in this hot hot heat and we found a garter snake! Once she noticed it, it slithered its way into our garage which is not okay with me. I found myself too daunted to capture it so I called Boy who came home from work but by then I had lost track of it. We searched the garage to no avail. But Lady Luck smiled on me once Boy left (she frowned at him I guess) so I was able to pin it down (with a squeal or three) until he turned around and came back. Once he caught it I was able to regain my composure and play with it but something about having to catch it myself freaked me out. In the excitement I forgot to take another picture but this was the before scene when we first found it. Boy carried it to the back woods to live happily ever after.