Saturday, April 17, 2010

Time for a Giveaway!



So, I am REALLY late for my "Blogiversary", which was in February.
And I am also REALLY late for my "100 followers" celebration.
And I am almost at 150 followers now!!

So, that means I owe you all a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Ok, I am still working on finishing up the final "Yaya's Apron" details. 

And I am running slower than I want to be.

(Actually, I am eating, sleeping and breathing apron stuff right now!
(another example of my poor photography skills, but still a super cute apron back view.)

We are working on the photography of the final pattern
and I have the help my dear friend Heather who is a professional photographer.

Heather DID NOT TAKE ANY OF THESE PICTURES!

So, she takes really good pictures, unlike me!!
(Ahnalin is not part of the giveaway,
but I just had to show you how cute she is in her gear for bike riding.)

But since you have all been so patient, and encouraging, and since I love to read your comments so much,  I am putting up the giveaway information now.

I will not give you a date yet of when this giveaway will close, but it will coincide with the completion of the Yaya's Apron pattern.

So, you have just a few days for this one. 
(Yep, another random shot. This one is of a sign Ahnalin made for a puppet show
she did over Spring Break and Grandma and Grandpa's house.)


So, let me think......
(Let's hear it for more random photos!
This one is of my mom and the girls last summer walking in the Creek at Lithia Park
in Ashland.)

Ok, here we go. Since this pattern is named in honor of my husband's grandmother, I want to hear what is your favorite "gift" you have received from a grandparent or another person who invested time and love into your life. By gift, I mean wisdom, a skill lovingly taught, a story shared, or even a physical gift like a locket or book or some other special item.


What am I giving away? Well, the winner will receive the Yaya's Apron E-Book in PDF on the day it goes on sale. In addition, I will custom make a Yaya's Apron for you in your choice of size.

Please make sure that you include your email address so I can reach you.

Additional chances to win:

Become a follower or tell me if you are one already.

Become a fan of "Sivjegoose Patterns and Pretties" on Facebook, or tell me if you are already a fan.

Blog about this giveaway and leave the link in your comment.

Tweet about this giveaway and send me the link.

Follow me on Twitter. The link is on my sidebar near the top.

And post a separate entry for each chance you take!

Thank you all and good luck!!!

Happy Saturday.

And I am going to get back to work to get this pattern done!

Love to you all!!!!

Sivje

131 comments:

Kelly said...

Yay, a giveaway! My grandmother lived an hour away and couldn't come to school family days, so a lady in my church "adopted" me. She came to all my special days and even sat in at my wedding, because my real grandmother was sick with Alzheimer's. She's invested time and love in me and was the greatest gift of all!
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I'm a follower of your wonderful blog!
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I'm also a fan on facebook!
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I tweeted about you: http://twitter.com/klstockstill
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I now follow you on twitter!
thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

~Regina~ said...

I am a follower on your blog! :)

~Regina~ said...

There are a lot of people that have impacted my life over the years. I want to talk about my grandpa(who has gone on to heaven). He was the best grandpa girl could ever have. He would take me on bike rides, trips to the park, church camp in PA. Sunday dinners with he and grandma were always a treat. Helping him in the garden. Eating my first turnip freshly picked! :) He gave me the gift of time spent with him. I miss him and wish I could share with him how much all the time spent with him meant to me, but sometimes you don't realize how much it means to you until that person is gone. :( I have some wonderful childhood memories thanks to my grandpa!!! :)

C.C. Almon said...

My great-grandmother taught me how to do needlepoint before she passed. I miss her!

C.C. Almon said...

I'm a follower.

C.C. Almon said...

I'm a fan of "Sivjegoose Patterns and Pretties" on Facebook.

ShirleyC said...

I guess I would have to thank my MIL, if I could, for giving me my husband. He has been my rock, and taken care of me when I had major surgery like no one ever thought he could do. We have been married for 38 years, and we can practically finish each others sentences. I am so blessed.
clarkclay@bellsouth.net

C.C. Almon said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Jennifer said...

My grandmother taught me how to make cucumber sandwiches with fresh picked cukes. :) That's a special memory that I haven't thought about in a while.

ShirleyC said...

I am already a follower, and I became a fan on FB.
clarkclay@bellsouth.net

ShirleyC said...

I tweeted about your blog, but I don't know how to send you a link. I asked to be your follower if that helps.
clarkclay@bellsouth.net

ShirleyC said...

I blogged about your giveaway.
www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

clarkclay@bellsouth.net

Jane Steen said...

I never got on well with my maternal grandmother, even though she lived with us for a while when I was in my pre-teens. Perhaps it was BECAUSE she lived with us for a while! She was from the East End of London and brooked no nonsense, and had absolutely no interest in books or ideas, so we had nothing to talk about.

She did, however, teach me to knit, and for that I'm eternally grateful. Having recently taken up knitting again after a gap of 20 years, I appear to be a fast knitter compared to most, thanks to the technique she taught. So I am grateful for that!

Jane Steen said...

And I'm a follower of your blog.

Jane Steen said...

And a fan of your Facebook page.

Jane Steen said...

AND I tweeted the link and copied it to your @.

Jane Steen said...

AND I already follow you on Twitter.

After posting all those comments I'm too exhausted to blog, but I'll let you know when I do.

Christine said...

I think the one thing I value most from my Grandmother who is an artist, it my artistic talent. I don't think that I am a typical artist but i share her love for abstract art, bright colors and designs and I am able to share this through my sewing and fabric design.
Thanks Sivje for such a wonderful opportunity to win.
I am a blog follower.
coveredbydesign at hotmail.com

Christine said...

I am a fan on facebook;-)
coveredbydesign at hotmail.com

Christine said...

I am following you on twitter.

Carolyn said...

I absolutely love this apron and would love to win the pattern as well as one made by you!!

We used to live next to my grandparents and share a mailbox and driveway. I think the thing that I loved the most that my grandmother did for me was make me a pair of mittens. I used to get the mail and take it over to their house to sort it and never wore gloves or mittens in the winter. She made me a pair because she didn't want my hand to get cold! Gotta love her!! She is in heaven now, but was such a wonderful grandmother.

I just LOVE to read and see all of your sewing project. I want to be YOU when I grow up! LOL!!

Love you, sister!!

Carolyn

Carolyn said...

I follow your blog!

Carolyn said...

I'm also a Facebook fan.

Katrina Marie said...

The best gift I ever received from my grandmother is learning how to sew & crochet. She helped bring out my craftiness. She is the best grandmother I could have ever asked for.

Katrina Marie said...

I follow your blog.

Katrina Marie said...

I am a fan on facebook

Katrina Marie said...

I blogged.

http://tinnonfamily.com/2010/04/17/giveaway-over-at-goosegirl-sews/

Katrina Marie said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/KatrinaMarie85

Katrina Marie said...

Follow you on Twitter. KatrinaMarie85

everythingsewing said...

The gift my grandmother gave me, is the love of sewing, the love of beauty in everyday things. Her gift is so precious to me, because I can pass it on to my grandaughter.

noniehoffman@yahoo.com

everythingsewing said...

Follow you on twitter. I am new there so haven't figured out all the link 'stuff' yet. But I am there.

noniehoffman@yahoo.com

everythingsewing said...

Posted about giveaway on my blog

http://everythingsewingnet.blogspot.com/

noniehoffman@yahoo.com

Sewconsult said...

My grandmother gave me (and my sister) a place setting of sterling flatware on our birthday from the first year to the 9th. Every time I use it, I know that I would not have it, if it had not been for her. She gave me memories & a history of family.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN...a follower

everythingsewing said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/

Now what's next? have to go figure that out. Will be back soon

noniehoffman@yahoo.com

everythingsewing said...

I am a fan on facebook and left a post there about your giveaway.
Hope it helps.

nonie

Sue said...

Unfortunately, I did not really get to know my grandparents, but I have had several older people in my life who served in that roll. Grandma Betty and Grandpa Ed were a couple who lived in our small town. They basically adopted us. I was fairly young when Grandpa Ed passed away - I think maybe 8. He was so wonderful, happy and full of love. Currently, my husband's great uncle, a wonderful Christian man who is 86, is teaching me to garden. The most influential, however, are my Aunt Gladys and Uncle Flint who taught me about God's unconditional love.

~Regina~ said...

I'm a fan on facebook now!!! :)

Shawnee said...
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Shawnee said...

The best gift I received from my (adoptive) parents was the gift of unconditional love. They always loved and supported me no matter what. I could do no wrong, was the smartest, prettiest, etc.... while that was a bit much, it was always gratifying to know I could go home and tell them anything and they'd be on my side. A wonderful comfort when the world is sometimes a scary place.

Debbie B said...

I think the best thing my grandparents gave me was their time and unconditional love. My granddad would take me to ride the escalator at the store while my mom & grandmother shopped. Yes, time and good memories those are my favorite gifts from my grandparents.

Bunny said...

This is so easy. My grandmother gave me passion, a passion. It is my passion for sewing, for fabric, and for all things textile. I have the fondest memories of spending time with her, creating dresses out of whatever I picked out of her stash, standing next to her treadle and watching her make magic. To see her take a flat piece of fabric and turn it into something that was absolutely darling was a joy and a gift I will never forget.

Kim said...

Facebook fan.

My mother gave me a love for crafts, sewing, needlework, baking, reading, music, and late nights! She never thought she was that talented at anything but she did well enough!

joanne lendaro said...

I have an apron from the 60's that my great grandmother made for me. I loved to go to her house and help her clean. I "needed" (much like Ahnalin's "needs", I'm sure) an apron like her's to clean and one day she surprised me with one. I LOVED IT! It would hang in the kitchen closet with her aprons for when I came visit. I have so many fond memories of this great grandmother, she could feed the squirels out of her hand, had the most beautiful flower gardens, complete with shells (they were really snails, but I didn't know any better), orange circus peanuts a wonderful soft sweet candy. But the best was the chicken that laid the gumballs, well, next to the apron of course. Thanks for the walk down memory lane....

Ahnalin looks darling in her protective gear! Good for her for wearing it!

Congrats on the aprons, the pics look wonderful!

Jennifer said...

I'm a FB fan. :)

Meredith said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to take part in it. I have so many wonderful memories of my grandparents and great grandma. They have given me so many things but one that particularily stands out are the diaries that my Grandpa wrote in. For over 40 years he wrote in a diary everyday (yes, EVERY DAY!!!) he used the 5 year diaries so it is neat to be able to look across the years and get a picture of his life. Some days it was just the weather. Other days it was the price of milk or the news of the neighborhood. I love looking up the days that I was born, someone's birthday, etc. It is such a gift to have all these memories written down in his hand, especially as he is gone now. Thank you for this wonderful chance to share this memory of him with you and to be a part of this drawing! Meredith (merlawrence@aol.com)

Mrs. Bianca said...

I'm a follower!

Mrs. Bianca said...

I follow on twitter! biasia

Mrs. Bianca said...

I'm a facebook fan too!

Mrs. Bianca said...

My favorite gift from my grandmother was her patience to teach me about sewing, our culture, how to be a lady, to crochet, and her very own mother's pearl necklace as a wedding gift. I am going to further elaborate on this in a blog post. Thank you for the idea to honor her!

Veronica Cummings said...

My grandfatherwas a pattern maker for many years. When I started sewing he gave me some of his old drafting books and his square ruler. These mean the world to me because shortly after that he died of lung cancer. Now when I use these things I feel his spirit.


dakarimom4@hotmail.com

Kellie Staton said...

My grandmother's gift to me was just being an inspiration for the type of person everyone on this earth should strive to be. She never had a bad word to say against anyone. If someone wronged her she would say that just wasn't very nice and then they were forgiven. My sister and I called her Mammaw and there will never be another person like her for me. She passed away in January after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gerhigs disease) and I still miss her everyday but feel my life was oh so blessed just by having her in it.

My e-mail is kelliestaton@yahoo.com

Kellie Staton said...

I am a fan on facebook.

kelliestaton@yahoo.com

Momma Blevins said...

My grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer several years ago, but she gave me a love of crafting. The ones I love most are sewing and scrapbooking, and she is the one who fostered these loves. I love her and miss her very much!

Kellie Staton said...

I am a follower of your blog under the name Hanlin.

kelliestaton@yahoo.com

Momma Blevins said...

I became a fan on facebook:)

Tonya Blevins
doug-tonya@sbcglobal.net

Wendy said...

My grandmother always reminds me to recycle. Each time she comes to visit me, she shows me another way to reduce waste. She has taught me to love the earth!

Wendy:)

wendy@homes.com

Momma Blevins said...

I became a blog follower too!!:)

doug-tonya@sbcglobal.net

Mrs. Bianca said...

Blogged about your contest and the full detail of my response here:

http://biasia.blogspot.com/2010/04/abuelas-gifts.html

Mrs. Bianca said...

Twittered the giveaway on biasia.

Kimm M said...

The favorite gift from a grandparent that comes to mind is the baby quilt hubby's g'ma made for us 25 years ago. Due to fertility struggles we never conceived so we never received the quilt. Even before we adopted our son Grandma considered him her grandson. A couple of years before her death she said the quilt was to be given to him whenever he and his wife have their first child. My mother-in-law gave me the quilt a few months ago.

EverythingIveGot said...

I'd love this pattern! I think you've done just an amazing job, Silvje!
My grandmother was amazing. When she passed 7 years ago, I realized she was the strongest woman I ever knew. She was struck with MS before my mother was even born yet you never heard her complain about her paralysis. She was a powerhouse that could do so much (eg. braid my mother's hair TIGHTLY when she was little, get dressed--bra???, and cook and clean) and that was with her dominant side paralyzed! She gave me the gift of strength. I miss my "Gram".

*sniff* ok, well, this is my one entry, I'm a fan on facebook and I'm following your blog. :-)
auburn tonya at yahoo.com

EverythingIveGot said...

whoops, I'll post for the facebook fan-age
auburntonya at yahoo.com

EverythingIveGot said...

and another time for the following bloggage (it's late LOL)

auburntonya at yahoo.com

Lizzyf1 said...

give away....
My grandma just turned 102 years old and still lives on her own! She's always so sweet and caring and has always made me feel special without really "giving" anything. She is always happy to see me and my family as she is with all her grandkids. She remembers our birthdays and always sends cards. She has 10 kids, 28 grandkids and many great grandkids. She was a great supporter of our adoption with Zoe and is tickled pink whenever she sees her!

While growing up her and grandpa used to send us all $2 Christmas and $1 for our birthday. We looked forward to that year after year and couldn't wait,

I love this being able to write about her and think of her!

thanks for the idea!!! LOL
Liz (betahny board friend)
thefreeby5@yahoo.com

Holly Days Closet said...

At my first communion my grand mother gave me a locket with a rosary in it. It was one that she got at her first communion from her Mother. As I grew older her and I became friends. I miss her everyday.
Holly

Holly Days Closet said...

I'm a follower of your blog and love it.
Holly

hollydaycloset@yahoo.com

Holly Days Closet said...

I'm a fan on face book.
Holly
hollydaycloset@yahoo.com

Curt, Pam, Ryan and Carissa said...

I didn't get to see my grandmother too often since she lived in Oregon and I lived in WV but I always remember her beautiful flower which has inspired my love for them.

I Oregon it was a big deal to graduate from 8th grade heading to High School so each of us grandchildren received a special gift. The boys got watches and us girls received a special Black Hills Gold ring. I received the ring a couple of years before 8th grade because she was afraid she would be around then (but she was!!). I That was 30 years ago and I wear it every day and think of her always!!

pjfreed@charter.net

Jessica said...

My Grammy got a Shirley Temple doll whens he was 10, and gave it to my mom when she was 10, and I got it when I was 10 . . . 8 more years until my daughter gets it on her birthday!

Jessica said...

I became a follower. Your aprons are adorable!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Jessica said...

I became a fan of your facebook page. Thanks!

Jessica said...

I follow you on twitter. (@narniamum)

pamdux said...

I blogged about your giveaway. pamspinks.blogspot.com

pamdux said...

I became a follower of your blog.

pamdux said...

I became a follower of Sivjegoose Patterns and Pretties on Facebook

pamdux said...

I received the gift of knowing that I can teach others how to read patterns from my Grandmother. While doing this she also taught me the patience to be able to deal with people who can not understand things in the same fashion that I can, enabling me to go on to teach even left-handed people how to crochet and others to do many things I love to do. pamspinks.blospot.com

Kristy said...

My grandmother taught me how to shop :) And now my mother is teaching my daughter to shop. I guess it runs in the family!

Kristy said...

I follow your blog!
Kristy
krazyisty at gmail dot com

Kristy said...

I follow you on FB too!
krazyisty at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Sivje darling you are incredible!!!
Love from your mother.

Desiree' said...

ooh, A giveaway!! And the apron pattern is so cute!!

My grandmother raised me, so I can not say enough wonderful things about her. She taught me compassion and perseverance. She passed away four years ago on the day we received our referral for Hope. I did get to tell her and she smiled. Enough said!!

cre8tivecrys said...

My Grandmother was an amazing ceramist. She and my Grandfather even owned a ceramic mold business until he passed away. When I was a young girl I had leukemia and had to have surgery. To cheer me up my grandmother made me from scratch the most beautiful porcelain doll. I remember having her in the hospital with me and some of the nurses thinking it was a real baby…she is that life like. I should do a blog post about her and post her pictures. She is currently working part time as my baby model for all the little things I am making for the little girl I am expecting.

P.S. Yaya is a great pattern. You should be super proud of yourself.

Tracy said...

I think the best gift my Grammie gave me was the gift of sewing. She passed that love down through her 3 daughters and then to me. I even have and love her 1971 Kenmore, one of my favorite machines. My oldest daughter sleeps under one of her quilts at night. It is a wonderful way to keep her close even though she is no longer with us.

ange_moore said...

My grandparent's lived about 1/2 a mile from my house so we spent a lot of time with them - and I suppose that was their greatest gift to me and my brother, their time! My grandmother also taght me a bit about sewing so that's also pretty special.

And congrat to you on your belated blogaversary and your 100 followers!

ange_moore said...

I am a follower too!

applibyhand said...

I just love following your blog.My memories of my grandmother revolve of seeing her sew and do all sort of crafts.I know that I wish I now had something of hers that she made.I was young when she passed, but I remember her using her treadle sewing machine and looking through her dresser of sewing patterns. She always had a apron on.And took joy in making them.

Elisabeth Rose said...

Hi,
One of the greatest gifts my grandmother (Mom's Mom) gave me was that when I was young, she worked in a book bindery and would bring me the seconds. Having all those great books to read helped me become an avid reader at a young age; a love I still have today!
I love your new apron pattern! I am a follower and would love to enter your contest; who would I make it for? Myself, my girls, our AG dolls? Thanks for the inspiration you give on your blog!

Deanna said...

My grandmother gave me a small amount of money at her death that was enough for me to open the business that has been a primary source of income for my family for the last 5 years. The money came with the mandate to "do good with it" and I am certain she smiles down today knowing that her granddaughter and great-grandchildren are cared for (still) by her love.

Joy said...

I don't have a lot of memories from my grandmother as she was older when I was born, and I think was just tired of kids by the time I came along. I guess after 7 kids and countless grandkids, the last grandchild is a little tiring!

But she did instill her love of learning in me and also her love of crafting. She was always thrilled that I did well in school and would be estatic that I finished college and also got a MBA.

I have come now to appreciate all the knitting and sewing she did for everyone. I even have some pillowcases she embroidered probably 50 years ago that are waiting to be made into a dress for my daughter that she never got to meet. My daughter also has her last name Britt as her middle name.

jgwcm at aol.com

Joy said...

I'm also a fan on facebook

jgwcm at aol.com

Sharrieboberry said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

My maternal grandmother moved in with us and lived with us from when I was five. She was very creative and taught me how to crochet. I've been able to teach my youngest DD. And that's pretty cool.

My paternal grandmother made very "colorful" quilts and let me help pick fabrics to go together. She always had a quilt frame set up in her house and I practiced my hand-quilting on her quilts. And she didn't take it out!

Both those are pretty awesome gifts in teaching me something and in giving me a wonderful memory.

Lindsay said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Lindsay.carroll@jhu.edu

Lindsay said...

My grandmother and mother were wonderful needleartists. I used to spend a week each summer with my grandparents. My grandmother always has some little project for me to work on - prestamped embrodery, a little sewing project. When I went to college my mom sent me with her singer machine from 1956. It was wonderful. I sewed away many a stressful day on it. I appreciate that these ladies shared with me a pastime that was so enjoyable to them and is now so enjoyable to me

Lindsay.carroll@jhu.edu

Umma crafty squirrel said...

oh, I have a great memory to share. My best gift came in the form of a book. It wasn't the book that was the gift really, but the reason behind it and the words spoken when given it. My father who has been mostly out of my life gave me a book for a gift, while he gave all my brother and sisters toys and candies. He told me I got a book because he knew I was smart and could go some where and be something in life. It was a true confidence boost especially since my teachers wanted to put me in special education. From then on I've pulled up my grades and try to do my best at everything. I will always be grateful to my father for being confident in me when no one else was.

Umma crafty squirrel said...

ummabbaas@ yahoo.com

Lu said...

I adored my mom, and she gave me one of the most important gifts I have had in my life which was her apology. She was a very passionate person, with a horrific temper, which she took out on us when we were young through yelling and screaming and behaving horribly when she was angry. But in equal measure with her temper, was her love. One way she showed this to me was by apologizing after each temper tantrum. It was short, sweet and simple "sorry-sorry Lulu." But over the years it built to become one of the most important things in my life. She had no idea the weight of what she was doing, but every time she did it, it built up into a separation for me, from her anger, and allowed me to not inherit it, and carry it forward to the next generation.

I love you, Sivje, can I have an apron now? ;)

Ruth said...

The best gift I received from my grandmother was my name, because I was named after her. :) Your pattern is wonderful; I like that you named it after somebody special to you.

Ruth said...

I've long been a follower through google reader, but I just now joined as follower through blogspot. :)

Ruth said...

I'm a fan of you on facebook.

Ruth said...

Also following you on twitter.

Ruth said...

Just tweeted about you on twitter, but I don't know how to send you the link.

EightIsEnuf said...

I'm following now too!

My favorite memories of my grandmother and my great aunts always involves cooking....my one great aunt who lived to be 106 taught me good old fashioned cooking, my great grandmother and my grandma taught me desserts...coconut cakes and chocolate pies from scratch....I still make my grandma's biscuits...and never wrote the recipe down...just do it from my head...drives my son batty, but he will learn patience one way or another.....and the aprons...that became a standard gift from me to my grandma....until the year she passed... Oh how I miss those cooking times...

Hettie Lynn said...

I'm already a Facebook fan!

Hettie Lynn said...

And just became a blog follower!

Ellie Inspired said...

LOVE this apron Sivje!! My grandma loved to sew and because they didn't have much money at times, she was very resourceful of not wasting anything or making new beautiful things out of something that was no longer needed. She taught my mom to sew and my mom taught me. My grandma taught me how to crochet and I love those memories of her. When we were little, she made us lots of doll clothes and a crocheted blanket to carry the dolls around in. We played and played with them and I can remember it. But, my mom saved them for me and gave them to me recently. My grandma is gone now but I wish she could see those same doll clothes being used by my daughter. Now that I'm older and love to sew as well, I can see the love in every stitch.
Laura

Ellie Inspired said...

I'm a follower on your blog!

Ellie Inspired said...

I'm going right now to my blog to post your giveaway there!

Erica said...

My grandmother taught me how to crossstitch. I have made many a gift because of her!
randeharper at gmail dot com

Erica said...

I also follow you blog!
randeharper at gmail dot com

Erica said...

I am also a fan on facebook.
randeharper at gmail dot com

Beth Barcellos Bell said...

I LOVE the apron, Sivje!! It's beautiful, feminine, and practical. I would love to make them for my daughters, who love to cook and who would love this apron!

And yes, I'm a fan on FB and a follower of your blog.

My grandmother taught me kindness and showed me unconditional love. She was a wonderful, talented woman. I have a very dear older cousin named Penny. She had a camel hair winter coat with a fur collar and wore this black mohair knit hat that I admired very much. As a little girl, I wanted to emulate this wonderful older cousin who is, to this day, more like a dear sister. My grandmother, bless her heart, found me a camel hair coat with a fur collar and made me a hat to match my cousin's! Did I ever feel chic and special!! I'll never forget it.

My grandmother passed along her love of cooking and handwork to me. She, along with her mother and sisters all were very talented knitters, crocheters and lace-makers from the "old country". My favorite craft is filet crochet.

I love how you are passing along your love of sewing to your girls, Sivje!

Thank you for the chance to win this awesome give-away!

Hugs,
Beth Barcellos Bell/OR
semperfimama@gmail.com

AmyD said...

Hi Sivje!
My most prized gift is my mom's necklace--it was my "something borrowed" at my wedding, but after the wedding she said I could keep it. It's a teardrop shape pendant with her engagement diamond and the diamond from someone else who had proposed but she turned down (and his diamond was bigger!)

...and I'm a Facebook fan, too.
:-)

Rosieq said...

Hi, Goosegirl...I've enjoyed knowing you for this short while through the ES forum! Your daughters are sweet, and I love your blog style. Now to the contest:

What great gift was given to me perhaps by my grandmothers or another mentor. My grandmothers were quite old when I was a small child...so to really say they taught me to sew--would not be true...and we didn't give material gifts very much in this huge family. But, they taught me how important it is to take time to sit a spell, with milk and cookies or with a pocketbook sandwich...jelly spread on store bread with oleo on it with a young girl whose mother was quite busy cooking,cleaning, sewing, tending her chickens, on and on and on. I was in 7th heaven!!! But, when my mother passed away, I received two wonderful things that these two grandmothers had made for my Mom...both were quilts that they had made (separately) for my parents...and Mom marked the were for me! I'm the only daughter who sews and quilts. Like I'm the only one who doesn't set the table for company with paper plates--so I got her beautiful set of china! I must have learned something over the table with these two gentle fragile (once very strong) women.

I am a fan on Facebook, and think I'm also connected someway to your blog! I'm not really techie on this stuff. I've a "sorta" blog...it is www.linda-thisnthatintherosegarden.blogspot.com/ I gave my self such a long blog name, that sometimes I forget it! HA-HA... And, of course, it goes without saying that I would love to win your apron that you sew!!! lynnlind@rconnect.com

Rosieq!!!

MommytoAJ said...

I'm already a follower (and longtime fan...) and although I don't think I should qualify for this contest (was a tester wannabe)...

I want to tell you about Grandma Barb who is a friend of our families... she was our neighbour who befriended us and my children adore her. She makes special peanutbutter sandwiches and tea parties ... and gives her unconditonal love and amazing knitted gifts.

Grandma Barb just had surgery and her strong faith in God has helped see her through her terrible sickness since December. They have incredible faith and give incredible love and we are so very blessed to have her and her husband Grandpa Ralph in our lives!

Keep up your amazing work Sivje!

Karen in Florida said...

Sivje, I do love your blog with or without your contest. I had to think long and hard about who to pick for this post. My grandmother was a wonderful woman, but the one who really mentored me was my husband's mother, my mother-in-law. My husband and I got engaged 24 hours before my mom died with a brain tumor, and my mil just stepped in to love on me in the gap. She was such a great mil, as well as mentoring me in loving my hubby well, feeding my family, and being frugal without being cheap! She encouraged me to enjoy every moment of my family, and I loved that she did this. She's been dead a few years, and I still miss her sorely. Thanks for the chance to share. Now I'm glad I did!
Karen in FL

Karen in Florida said...

Sivje, I am a fan of yours on Facebook.
Karen in FL

Karen in Florida said...

I am now an "official" follower of yours (never realized I could be that!)
Karen in FL

Melony in GA. said...

My Granny gave me too many things to list.. some of which was her love,her wisdom, the skills to cook and most of all she gave me a love for the Savior which led to my salvation. My Granny has been gone now for 3 years and I miss her soooo much.

jellaan said...

I just found your blog through Ellie Inspired. I love your apron pattern!! My Mom and Dad are always passing their wisdom onto me. They are both so knowledgable. They said their parents weren't very helpful when they were young and they really could have learned a lot from them. So, they choose to pass information onto me on a regular basis so I can hopefully avoid some of the mistakes they made in life.

jellaan said...

I'm a follower.

julie @ littledarlingdesigns.com

jellaan said...

I'm a fan on FB.

julie @ littledarlingdesigns.com

organicmommy said...

My grandmother gave me the gift of knowing that not everything in life has to be bought and expensive to be important. She taught me that living simply and doing things the way that most consider the hard way is more times than not better. She taught me that things sewn by hand will last much longer than things from the store. And she gave me the greatest handmade doll quilt ever, that is still in use today by my young children after surviving through 3 girls and is now on the the 2nd of my girls. Thank you grandma, for all of this I am very greatful!

Jess said...

My Gram made me feel like it was ok to have "special coffee" with her...since I was like 6!! It was more milk than coffee, but my little guys sure do get that special "coffee time" with me now too :) Loving the apron and will have to get one if I don't happen to the the winner of this fabulous and thoughtful giveaway!! Thank you!.

Anonymous said...

yay!! a giveaway :)
I'd love to be entered. I will be making several of these for my mom, mil, daughters and nieces!

thanks: sarahnthegirls (on sms)

Anonymous said...

Hi :)
Another entry for *sarahnthegirls* (on sms) -- I'm a fan on facebook.

Anonymous said...

and one more entry for *sarahnthegirls* -- I'm a follower.

thanks again :)

Anonymous said...

My grandma gave me her pedal-type Singer sewing machine. She left it for me with my name on it. (She didn't have a will, but wrote names on her things to be distributed after her death.) This was truly special for me as so many in our family sew, so it could have gone to any of my many cousins. I cried my eyes out when my aunt told me it was mine. Every summer I used to go to grandma's and she'd hand cut out & sew the most beautiful outfits for my Barbie dolls. I would just sit and watch her in complete awe. No patterns, no books on how to do it, or anything...she would just look at the dolls & then cut & sew. She has been my inspiration for all my sewing. I miss her so much.

Debi (ialady44@yahoo.com)