Friday, November 29, 2013

Celebrating my 1st Blog Birthday with a Green Bag Lady Freebie!!

You read it right, it's giveaway time again! Today is my 1 year blog anniversary and my sponsor Teresa from Green Bag Lady is helping me celebrate it with you by letting me give away free fabric shopping bags.

Teresa made 12 bags especially for this giveaway. That means 12 of you can win! Aren't the bags beautiful?

Help us do something positive for the environment by using fabric and reusable bags instead of paper or plastic. No fabric at hand to make one? Simply join to win one here.

To enter to win a bag (open to everyone, world-wide):
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS Monday, December 2, 2013 at  2:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CET (winners will be notified no later than Dec 3 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email! We will only contact you if you win.

12 lucky people will be picked at random to win one of these great bags!

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

We will ship these shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can. Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck everyone!
xx Lia

If you want additional information about Green Bag Lady, check out the following links:

New to Green Bag Lady? Click HERE.

Like Green Bag Lady on Facebook HERE.

To make your own bags, super easy pattern HERE.


The winners of this freebie have been contacted via email and are:

Marelize Ries
Julia Isakova
Audrey Matlock
Nadezhda Azarova
Heathe A Driscoll

Congratulations to all of you! :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone,

just a quick post from me to announce the winner of my Blog Hop Giveaway, which just ended a couple minutes ago. I didn't want to leave you waiting ;)

As a reminder, here's the Christmas themed set, that one lucky reader could win, 6 coasters with tree-motifs, 1 pincushion and a box of Nuremberg gingerbread.

The winner of this set is Bonnie Coleman aka Nanbon44 with the comment number 133

Bonnie has already received an email from me asking for her mailing adress. Congratulations, Bonnie! I hope these goodies can sweeten your holiday time and I wish you a speedy recovery! :)

As you can see, becoming a follower sometimes really pays off and I want to use this post to thank all my new readers for deciding to follow along on my sewing adventures.

Unfortunately I have had more no-reply bloggers in this giveaway than usual. Pretty much all of them were Google+ users and a lot of those no-reply bloggers were new followers, too. :(
So, if you're a new follower and you are reading this, but have not received a reply after commenting on my giveaway, then it's most likely that you are a no-reply blogger as well. I always try to reply to all comments posted on my blog, but unfortunately I can't do that when there's no email address associated with the account you're posting from.

If you need assistance with that and on how to remove your no-reply blogger status, check out my previous post, where I listed a few links for help.

I have another giveaway coming up on the 29th of this month, so I'll see you in a few days for more goodies!

Until then, have a good time!
xx Lia

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Just a quick note!

I know everyone's busy entering giveaways for the Blog Hop Party hosted by the Quilting Gallery right now and thank you a lot for commenting in such big numbers on my own giveaway...

BUT! I realised there are a lot more no-reply bloggers out there than usual, and many of you, who are followers of my blog, commented on the giveaway and unfortunately are no-reply bloggers.

So please, check over your comment if you joined the giveaway and simply hit the reply button to comment and add your email address.

Don't know how to do that? See this image for help.

Just click reply on YOUR OWN comment and add your email address in a format like this name(at)emailhost(dot)com.

If you have problems with the no-reply blogger status, check out this helpful post that Adrianne from On The Windy Side put together on how to stop being a no-reply blogger. A lot of times this has to do with Google+ settings. if that is the case with you, then here's another way to solve the problem, posted by Sarah from Venus Trapped In Mars

After all I really want to give you a chance to win, especially my followers of course, but I can't do that when you are not complying to the giveaway terms and I have no way of contacting you :(

Thanks everyone!
xx Lia

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks - A Blog Hop Party Giveaway!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Hi everyone!

It's that time of the year again, the Quilting Gallery is hosting their big Blog Hop Party, and I'm taking part with my own Giveaway.

To everyone who's new to my blog, welcome to my space! I won't bore you with page long stories about what adventures I've been up to with my sewing machine, but if you're interested to find out, just check my latest posts on here, or for some visuals go to my Flickr Photostream, where everything I make gets photographed and uploaded to.

To all my loyal followers and readers, thank you very much for sticking with me in the past year!

Yes, it's been a year now that I've been blogging - a blogaversary Giveaway is coming next week - and I have met a ton of really amazing and super talented people this way and made a bunch of new friends. Wouldn't want to miss this for the world.

But before I babble on now, let's move on to the Giveaway.

Christmas is just a few weeks away, so I decided to give away a few Christmas themed items.

Up for grabs are 6 coasters with paper-pieced tree motifs, each of them measures 4" x 4", 1 gift-shaped pincushion with a white bow, as well as a box of yummy Nuremberg gingerbread.

Here are a few additional photos of the coasters and the pincushion, all of which were made with fabric from Kate Spain's Joy collection.

Do you want these? The whole set will go to one lucky winner! All you have to do is the following:

1.) For your first chance to win, leave a comment and tell me what (Christmas themed) sewing projects you've been working on.

2.) For an additional entry become a follower of my blog, for example through Bloglovin', Google Friend Connect or subscribe any other way (links can be found to the top right of this blog) and comment that you did and how. 

Of course all of my awesome, existing followers get this extra entry too! ;) All you need to do, is tell me that you're already a follower and how you follow me.

This Giveaway is open until Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 2:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CET. International participants are highly welcome.

Please note that I reply to all comments that I get. So if you don't receive a reply, that means you're a no-reply blogger. 
Comments from no reply bloggers will automatically be disqualified from this giveaway unless there's an email address stated within the comment that you left, so make sure I have a way of contacting you! If your email address isn't displayed in your blogger profile or you're unsure wether or not it is, just add your email address to your comment, because if I have no way to contact you, you can't win!

The winner will be picked with the help of Mr. Random and announced here on the blog within 24 hours of the end of this giveaway.

Good luck everyone and happy blog hopping!
xx Lia


The winner of this giveaway is comment number 133 made by Nanbon44. She's already been contacted via Email. Congratulations! :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Anyone in need of free shopping bags?

Yes? Then you should hop over to my sponsors at Green Bag Lady because they have a huge giveaway running until Wednesday, where you can be the winner of one of 50 reusable shopping bags!

Help us safe the environment by using reusable/fabric bags instead of paper or plastic. All the time!

Picture courtesy of Green Bag Lady

On top of that they are giving away 3 prize packs for those bloggers and posters who send over the most people to sign up for the giveaway.
That part is only open to US and Canadian residents and I'm neither, but if you join their shopping bag giveaway after finding out about it through this post, feel free to mention that 'Lia's Handmades' sent you, lol!

Good luck and check back for a giveaway for more bags here on my blog at the end of this month!

xx Lia

Friday, November 1, 2013

Handmade Autumn Swap - Received!

Today was one of those rainy and stormy and super dark days where you literally need some picking up. You know, those days where you wanna stay curled up in bed all day. But then the mail arrived and look at what I received this time, my Handmade Autumn Swap items, made by my partner Rita from Kentucky!

Rita wrapped everything up nicely and added a beautiful card, which made the whole experience even more exciting. If I tell you now that I don't like Christmas, you probably won't believe me, because I surely felt like a kid on Christmas day unwrapping all these gifts ;)

I should mention that this was the first time I was in a swap where you had to communicate with your partner, instead of being a secret partner for someone. I was a bit nervous about that at the beginning, but it turns out it felt so much easier actually. Because you can message back and forth about what you would like to have and communicate. It really helps.

So since this swap was an Autumn themed one, the colours were perfect for something for my (sewing) room as I have lots of browns and natural colours in here. We decided to make each other wall-hangings and Rita has really outdone herself with everything she sent, so here are pictures of everything. I hope you will enjoy them with me :)

The whole package!

The main item of course is the wall-hanging.

These pictures don't really do it justice, the tree is beautiful and has a ton of details!

The back needed to be shown, the fabric Rita used is so cute!

And I especially love the label she made. I've seen this before and think it's just a really neat idea!

Up next is a beautifu thread catcher. I've been wanting one for ages!

The colours go from yellow over red to orange, then green.

Beautiful stippling at the bottom and so small, too!

Then she also made this fabulous needlebook / organizer. 
I love the swirly quilting!

The inside was filled with goodies, including these 4 docks of thread shown as well as the pliers and paper-piecing hexagon templates that are shown in the next.
Don't you just love when you open pockets and you find even more things? ;)

Then Rita added half a yard of beautiful low volume fabric with a mushroom print from Timeless Treasures, as well as 5 fat eights of fabric of which she already used some in her projects. The red and yellow ones are my favourites from these! And then there's the previously mentioned pliers and the Hexagon templates.

I've never done English Paper-Piecing before, but have been wanting to for a while, especially since I have a quilting friend called Karen who blogs over at Faeries & Fibres and makes amazing quilts with EPP. I confess that I probably would've never bought any templates myself, so the ones Rita sent will definitely come in handy now, because now I've run out of excuses not to try EPP! ;)

I really, really adore all these wonderful items that Rita sent me, it's always such a delight when my swap packages arrive in the mail and it just makes me more addicted to new swaps. Like I said, it's like being a kid at Christmas when opening Happy Mail and all the gifts that get included and it's extra special when you've had a partner so talented. And I admit, I always check out how my partner made their items, how do the corners look, how the seams? It's always really interesting to see how someone else works and knowing how much time they have invested in a piece.

I've already hung my new wall-hanging up onto my wall where I will be admiring it daily now and where it will inspire me while sewing. It has gorgeous company as well, because it hangs next to the mug rug/mini quilt I received from Tracy aka torekimi in round 2 of the Mug Rug Revival.

Rita has received my package a couple days ago by the way. Unfortunately I didn't photograph the whole package before sending it off, but I do have a picture of the wall-hanging that I made for her and am certain that Rita will post some more pictures on Flickr soon. EDIT: Rita now has posted a picture on Flickr as well, so go check it out by clicking HERE!

This swap was really fun and I'm already looking forward to the next swaps, although I should take a little break over the holiday season to finish the projects I need for Christmas and a few birthdays beforehand.

So tell me, are you still busy swapping? And what holiday sewing projects do you have? I would love to know :)

xx Lia
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