GIVEAWAY: Bend-the-Rules Sewing


I’m driving off to the desert this week on a little artist retreat to do the final round of edits on my book with the girls from Mix Tape and Yes, Please, then jetting off with my little girl to see JACINDA, CLARE, AND QUINN IN DALLAS WOO-HOO.  No fear, Jacinda will still be here laying mad DIYs on y’all and I’ve lined up a few really fun guest posts for the week so stay tuned.  AND, since I’ve been blessed with this vacation-y gift of friendship and time, I thought I’d share a little gift with you, a new giveaway!

We love this book from amazing blogger Amy Carol of Angry Chicken. Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew “brings stitchers everywhere a down-to-earth introduction to sewing, including thirty projects so adorable and cool theyll inspire anyone to pick up a needle and thread.”  Amy has a great way of distilling every project to it’s simplest terms and helping you really learn how to sew: “Written with Amys characteristic warmth and flair, youll find information on basic equipment and supplies, advice on choosing and using fabrics, and a fantastic section on techniques. In addition, Amy walks readers through easy, inspiring patterns designed for the fashion-savvy crafter. Playful, modern projects, which include pillows, aprons, and purses, help novices master sewing skills while providing immediate sewing gratificationand confidence. Best of all, Amy explains whats easy, whats hard, and when not to sweat the small stuff.”

So for this giveaway we ask you to share a rule in your house that tends to get broken.  For example, in my house I want my daughter to eat healthy meals and display an undying love for vegetables and international cuisine.  In reality I allow the consumption of far too many marshmallows, cupcakes, and candied bacon.  What can I say, it makes me happy when she gets excited about something I’ve made!  Don’t judge me….

Ok, your turn.  You can enter once a day, entries will close upon my return Tuesday March 16th at midnight and a winner will be selected via random.org.  Tweet about the giveaway, share it on facebook, or blog it and leave another comment letting us know for an additional entry.  Come back every day for a new entry.  To win you must live in the US and also you must be awesome.

If you want to skip this giveaway just click here to go ahead and order Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew

Good Luck!

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91 Comments

Erica

A rule that we frequently break is eating dinner while watching TV. I can't remember the last time my husband and I ate at the dining table. But, I'll let it slide until my 8 month old baby is big enough to eat with us; then I'll probably enforce the rule.

Totally awesome book by the way!

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coco

one of our rules regards the things we say: if it isn't kind, helpful or neccessary, it should be kept quiet. A wonderful thing to aim for but not always kept. Still… a lofty and hopeful goal!

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Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY

ooh I so want this book.

The #1 rule we break is eating in the living room instead of eating as a family. Grant it baby eats in the highchair in the kitchen we eat later on the coffee table.. ooh could be alot worse right.

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Hannah

Let's see…in my house ALL of the above rules are broken: eating healthy, TV time, laundry, dishes. Can't imagine how many excuses I'll be able to foster up once I have kids!
My biggest slack is not making the bed, though. I can "fake" everything else, but I HATE making the bed!

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Sarah

Definitely bedtimes! My hubby often returns home later than expected so bedtimes seem to be getting later and later as they grow 🙂 Now if only bedtime would dictate how early they wake up!!

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Stephanie

We have a baby on the way so right now it's up to my hubs and I to break the rules. Our worst offense is definitely eating while watching tv (we're getting better!) And the cat scratches the furniture when he wants to go outside – why can't he just meow?!

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Sandra

Here is another bedtime one: go to bed early so we can get up early. Usually I manage to get up early, but I still go to bed late, and then sleep deprivation takes hold of me. 🙁

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Hannah

My husband and I recently wrote out a list of rooms for us to clean each day of the week (ex: Monday-clean the living room). We're lucky if we get two of the rooms done. Right now I blame it on the fact that we have a 2-year old son, and I am 36 weeks prego. I'm sure it will only get worse once baby arrives, but I guess at least we have goals to work toward.

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Lindsey

I reeeally want this book! 🙂 A rule that is often broken in our house is washing the dishes up every night before bed so that we wake up to a clean kitchen. Course it's generally me breaking that rule because I'm tired. lol Thanks for the great giveaway!

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

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Bethany K

Broken rule: No ice cream until after dinner…who can wait? Sometimes we eat ice cream for dinner.

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Rachel

My current fave rule to break is eating 100% healthy during pregnancy. While I eat healthy a good 90-95% of the time, I just love chocolate,mini white powdered donuts, frosting by the spoonful-mmmmmm! Shall I keep going? lol!

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marlo nol

someone said bed by 8:30. it would be amazing if we were all asleep by 2! i don't even get home from work till 9, which means dinner before 10 (if i'm lucky…) oh, and limit the sugar intake. those girl scouts make it so hard!

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Brandy Kenny

One broken rule in our household: Kids stay in their beds all night – most nights of the week they are camped out on our bedroom floor. 🙂

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abby

A rule that gets broken often is the no TV after lunch rule. I tell myself that when the weather gets warmer it will easier to keep that rule because we can go outside to play!

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Erica

Lots of rules broken here! One we frequently break is getting to bed too late. With a baby who likes to wake up at 5am, an early bedtime is so important for my sanity.

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Marielle

Living alone means fewer rules but I'm still undisciplined so today's reminder of bent rules is to empty the litter box as soon as I get home. My cat is my kid 🙂

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asklisam

Many rules get broken since having a new baby. The most is probably my 6 yo tv tme keeps getting longer.asklisam(at)gmail(dot)com

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Laurie

Our TV time rules get bent at times. Especially when this Mom of 3 needs to actually finish a project… ha.

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Aho, Gabs, Waiola, and Kupa'a

Before we had children, we decided we wanted our bed to remain OURS. Alas, when we wake up in the mornings, we often find our toddler and our puppy snuggled in between us. They're lucky they're both so cute! It makes it hard to stick to some rules.

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Melody

The rule that almost always gets broken in our house is that if you open the dishwasher to get clean dishes out, you are to unload all of it. But we often use all the clean dishes up out of there before we know it. LOL, oh well it's a good idea in theory. Thanks for the chance to win.

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bimbi

thank you for the giveaway 🙂

I have a 5,5 y.o daughter, and a 1 y.o son, the rule that i bent often lately is 'keeping the house clean and tidy' specially while I'm sewing something, so after the sewing is done, I'm happy (the kids too) and smiling ready to clean up all the mess they made. It's a win-win solution 😉

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Alex

Wow a rule in my house that doesn't get broken? Only one…

How about "No paci's unless its nap time"
or
"No cussing in front of the 19 mth old so he'll stop saying bull****"

If Mom cooks, Dad cleans up.This rule is NEVER EVER followed!

really really wanna win 😀 i'm ready to purchase my first sewing machine and i'm a complete novice!

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Krista

The rule that gets broken in my house is eating in front of the TV. My son is only 20 months, so I haven't so much told him that he shouldn't do this… But I don't want him to. So why do I eat there all the time? I'm a bad example, that's for sure!

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Susan

The rule that gets broken the most is "Eat only at the dining room table". They alwasy want to eat in the living room to watch a movie. I give in and let them eat on the floor but not on the new furniture.

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Erica

We just broke another rule last night: Have the baby in bed by 7:15pm. We took her out to dinner with us and didn't get her to bed until 8:45pm. At least she slept through the night then.

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asklisam

Lots of rules get broken but lately the one that is just bugging me is clothes. My son can not but his dirty clothes away I find them everywhere but the hamper!
asklisam(at)gmail(dot)com

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Jessica

I've tried to make a rule for myself to get up 30 minutes before my one year old does so I can collect my thoughts before the day. Never happens 🙂

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Mom2three

What a great give-away! We have older kids (2 teens and 11 yr. old) and the chore that gets broken at our house is doing your chores before Daddy gets home or before you eat. I'm with Alex on the whom ever cooks, does not have to clean – most of the time, I end up cleaning up somehow…

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Sarah

Rules are made to be broken! We break bedtime rules, eating rules, dog training rules… But we are a happy home:)

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Larry and Pam

I have to say I try to bend ALL the rules around my house now, because I finally retired from the USPS in December!! I finally get to stay up late, mostly cruising the web looking at great websites and blogs like yours!! I have a couple dozen projects going all the time, mostly sewing for my new granddaughter Olivia. Bending some sewing rules might be fun, since I started sewing way back in 1967.

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nursenicki

Jeepers, I just realized that I could enter every day! Here in Michigan, the rule to keep the thermostat at what it's programmed gets broken a lot in our not-so-efficient house during the winter…and again in the humid summers…

Thanks for mentioning me in your project roundup!

Nicki

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Brie

We break the no sippy in bed rule. It is one of the only times our son will sit down and drink so in the bed it goes.

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liqidimond

ENTER ME IN! A rule that gets broken in our house is: USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE.

C'mon how can I carry through with it when I see my 5 & 3 year squeeling, screaming excitedly,
"BE A DINOSAUR DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when my husband gets home? They LOVE being chased by him and pretending they are little carnivores being pursued by the biggest Carnivore they know.

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Tracy Chaplin is Gretel Girl

Housework (at least 30 mins a day) before creativeness!!!…
But when that treasured time comes… when the kids are having an afternoon nap… and because they are asleep, they have ceased creating more mess in the house….. WHAT DO I DO…. not housework… I pull out the sewing machine.
At the end of the day, my husband looks pleased at having a messy house but a happy wife!

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Adventure of the Hoffman family

As I naturally gravitate to "bend the rules sewing" I would love to apply this book! With the summer time here the rule broken most often in our house is not eating dinner at the table. My husband has let the kids eat while they watch movies at dinner A LOT. Which I must say is a plus because even on days we are home all day that is the only t.v. time they get! So it is a give and take.

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