Feeling Sew Grateful

Sewing truly has changed my life, and not in a huge dramatic way. But with a subtle shift, towards that better me. I wish I had this touching amazing story as to why or how I learned to sew but I really don’t have one. I love reading the stories about people learning to sew from their grandmother. I would love to have memories like that. But alas my grandmother didn’t teach me. She was too busy working at an illegal gambling ring and running two steps ahead from the cops (Oh my!). Oy…the stories I have about that chica.

Sewing came to me when I needed it most and I’m glad that I jumped in feet first. I didn’t expect to be so easily accepted and encouraged by such a wonderful off and online community. The women I’ve met have been sweet and so gosh darn talented. They keep me on my toes and make me want to get better and better and better. I wouldn’t think twice about inviting any of you over for some tea (coffee for me) and cake. And that’s saying a lot from this ever-vigilant former New Yorker.

I have never hosted a giveaway but took the nudge from Debi and her fabulous idea to host a one to show thanks to the community that is forever giving: touching comments, notes of encouragement, and often a nice good laugh (looking at you Dibs, Karen and Winnie).

There’s only one rule for my giveaway. I ask that you leave a comment (maybe with your favorite joke? I’m a huge sucker for corny stuff.) by midnight (GMT) on February 15. Let’s keep it easy peasy. It’s open to everyone everywhere.

So what are the goods? Well, I’ll tell ya. Yesterday I left my flat with little direction. I just needed to get the heck out. I was stir-crazy from not having left since it snowed over the weekend. I took the bus to Angel and walked and walked and walked. I finally made it to one of my favorite places to browse.

But this time, instead of browsing I bought a little something.

That buckle would compliment a dress quite nicely.

Another little thing I’d like to add to the pot (one winner gets both!) is a lovely German tea pot I turned into a sweet pincushion treat. It’s upcycled so it’s not in perfect condition but the few wee faults don’t take away from its cuteness.

Sorry I am so overdue with sharing this giveaway. Hope I’m not too late!

28 thoughts on “Feeling Sew Grateful

  1. I’m so happy I discovered BOTH your blogs – I love your projects and all the gorgeous pictures you take! I wish I could have gone on that walk with you 🙂 but I would count myself very lucky to win that lovely belt buckle!

    I was an elementary school teacher for many years, so I heard my share of corny jokes. Here’s one of my all time faves:

    Q: What did one rose say to the other rose?
    A: “Hey, Bud!”

    hehehe there’re more where that came from!


  2. Yay for sewing, and your welcome here for coffe any time! I’m really bad at jokes, I can never remember the punch line… The only one I can think of is this:

    What do you call a three legged donkey?
    A wonky!

    See, jokes are not on of my strong suites!

    I love your pin cushion tea pot and the buckle is sooo pretty. Yay for sewing (again) and for sew grateful week!


  3. It’s been wonderful knowing you too Mela. You have to tell me more about your abuela. That buckle looks divine, but, I am coveting the pin cushion.


  4. I love the sound of your grandma! There’s a book waiting to be written right there. Why do the French only eat one egg for breakfast? Because one egg is un oeuf. That was one heck of a walk from Islington to Liberty! Thanks for the giveaway.


  5. I had pelican for dinner tonight. It was delicious, but the bill was enormous! Badumdum ching!
    Did you make the teapot pincushion? That’s very cool.. As is having a hobby that makes you happy!


  6. It’s a little long, but this is my favorite joke:

    A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the
    loan officer.

    She says she’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and
    needs to borrow $5,000.

    The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of
    security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to
    a new Mercedes Benz SL 500. The car is parked on the street
    in front of the bank. She has the title, and everything
    checks out.

    The bank agrees to accept the car collateral for the loan.
    The bank’s president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh
    at the blonde for using a $110,000 Benz as collateral
    against a $5,000 loan.

    An employee of the bank then proceeds to drive the Benz into
    the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.

    Two weeks later, the blonde returns. She repays the $5,000
    and the interest, which comes to $15.41.

    The loan officer says, “Miss, we are very happy to have had
    your business, and this transaction has worked out very
    nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we
    checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire.
    What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

    The blonde replies, “Where else in New York City can I park
    my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be
    there when I return?”

    Also I collect teacups, so this would be amazing!


  7. Oooh! Pretty! Like you I don’t have a heart warming story for learning to sew, I’m just glad for all the help I can get!

    I don’t have any good jokes sorry. Bad memory for things like that!


  8. That teapot pincushion is so cute!
    The only joke I can think of is my mum’s favourite Christmas cracker joke:
    Q: What is fizzy, orange, and comes down the chimney at Christmas?
    A: Fanta Clause


  9. I love the teapot pincushion, such a sweet idea. I heard this joke recently:
    What do they call brazil nuts in brazil? Nuts!
    Not sure if it’s even funny…. Thanks for the giveaway though!

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  10. My favorite joke is a hold over from when I was little. My dad used to travel a lot and would come back with jokes he heard on the road. This one has stuck with me for years.

    Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?

    Because they taste funny.


  11. Beautiful blog and I’m dying to hear more about your grandmother! Please enter me for your giveaway (you can enter mine too if you like!) And here’s my (dreadful but topical) joke: Did you hear the one about the shortsighted hedgehog? He fell in love with a pincushion.

    Eeeek. Jx


  12. oh that buckle is lovely! And your grandmother, ho! what a character she sounds like. more stories please!!

    what did the dyslexic agnostic insomniac do?

    he was up all night wondering if there really is a dog.



  13. I’d love to win !! And I REALLY need a pincushion, I kid you not. Can’t believe Karen got there with my (brother’s) fave joke !! OK, mine is longer. It’s the only one that I can ever remember.
    A guy went into a shop and said ” I’d like to buy a fly please”, and the shopkeeper looked at him kind of strange and said “what?”. The guy said back, “I’d like to buy a fly “. The shopkeeper looked at him really oddly & said “I’m sorry, we don’t sell flies”. And the guy said “Well, you’ve got one in your window” Ba boom!


  14. This is a lovely giveaway which I would love to win.

    I only know two jokes in English 🙂 This is the one from my fifth class English textbook.

    Q: What do you see when you throw butter out of the window?
    A: A butterfly.


  15. I love that teapot!

    So there was once an inflatable boy who lived in an inflatable town. He lived in an inflatable house with his inflatable mum and inflatable dad. He had an inflatable dog, played in an inflatable park and went to an inflatable school.
    One day he brought a pin to school and he got called in to the principle’s office who told him: “Son, you’ve let me down… you’ve let the other students down… you’ve let the whole school down”.


  16. What do a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce have in common? Somebody’s going to lose a trailer! Sorry if that’s crass 🙂 But it’s my favorite. That teapot is too cute!


    • Nice! I just wanted to tell you that this giveaway is closed. I should have closed the comments but I forgot to. It’s from last year!

      But thanks for stopping by and sharing a funny joke with me.


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